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1:00 PM ET, February 8, 2023

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Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Biden, in State of the Union, mixes bipartisanship with defiance  —  Speech is marked by unusual back-and-forth between president and Republican lawmakers  —  By Toluse Olorunnipa and Yasmeen Abutaleb  —  President Biden, facing a vocal and divided Congress, used his second State …
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John F. Harris / Politico:
Republicans Turn Themselves Into Props for Biden  —  For four decades, since Ronald Reagan re-invented the modern State of the Union address, television audiences have become accustomed — arguably to the point of tedium — to presidents putting the spotlight on ordinary Americans invited …
Discussion: Fox News, Twitchy and Raw Story
Rex Huppke / USA Today:
Dark Brandon shows up at State of the Union, mops the floor with lost Republicans  —  Biden went off script regularly, parrying GOP lawmakers who heckled him, at one point backing the party into a corner and getting them to swear to protect Medicare and Social Security benefits.  —  View Comments
Wall Street Journal:
The State of the Union Contradiction  —  If Biden is such a success, why aren't Americans pleased?  —  By The Editorial Board  —  President Biden was set to devote much of his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to celebrating what he says is a long list of legislative and economic achievements …
The Hill:
Biden, GOP battle at raucous State of the Union
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacks ‘left-wing culture war’ in SOTU response
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Takeaways from Biden's State of the Union address
Daniel Greenfield / Frontpage Mag:
Biden's State of the Union Vows 2 More Years of Misery
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Shouts ‘Liar’ At Joe Biden During State Of The Union
The White House:
Remarks of President Joe Biden - State of the Union Address as Prepared for Delivery
Associated Press:
Biden speech takeaways: More conciliation than conflict
Washington Free Beacon:
Panda In The Room: Biden Mum on Chinese Balloon in SOTU
W. James Antle III / Washington Examiner:
State of the Union 2023: Five takeaways from Biden's speech
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Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Former Twitter Executives to Face GOP Scrutiny on Hunter Biden Laptop Decisions
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Pennsylvania Democrats take back state House control with three special election wins  —  Pennsylvania Democrats won a trio of state House special elections Tuesday night, handing them a clear majority.  —  The victories give Democrats the upper hand in a chamber that has seesawed …
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Adam Smeltz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pa. Democrats sweep 3 Allegheny County special elections and win the state House
Discussion: Pluribus News and PoliticusUSA
Paul Kirby / BBC:
Notorious Russian nationalist Igor Mangushev shot dead in Ukraine  —  Notorious Russian army captain and mercenary Igor Mangushev has died in hospital, days after he was shot in the head at close range in occupied Ukraine, his friends have said.  —  Mangushev's wife Tatyana described his killing as an execution.
Mary Ilyushina / Washington Post:
Putin implicated by Dutch prosecutors in downing of Malaysia passenger jet  —  Dutch prosecutors said Wednesday that it was likely Russian President Vladimir Putin personally signed off on a decision to supply long-range antiaircraft missiles systems to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine …
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
‘He would never do such a thing!’  Trump posts photos of Ron DeSantis as a teacher, allegedly partying with high school girls, as he ramps up attacks on Republican rival  — Trump re-posted photos of Florida Gov. DeSantis allegedly in his twenties  — ‘Whistleblower’ story claimed he was pictured with high school seniors
CNN:
Romney told Santos 'You don't belong here' in tense exchange in House chamber before SOTU  —  Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah told GOP Rep. George Santos of New York: “You don't belong here,” according to a member who witnessed the tense exchange in the House of Representatives chamber Tuesday night.
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Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
‘A Sick Puppy’: Mitt Romney And George Santos Get Into Tense Exchange At State Of The Union
Michelle Marchante / Miami Herald:
Doctors raise concerns over Florida possibly requiring student athletes' menstrual info  —  While a change in diet, medication, exercise and stress can all affect a girl's menstrual flow, doctors say cycle irregularities don't affect their ability to play sports and are raising privacy concerns …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court backs N.C. attorney general in battle to avoid criminal libel prosecution  —  A federal appeals court has sided with North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein in his bid to avoid prosecution under a state law criminalizing “derogatory” statements related to political candidates.
Discussion: Washington Post and Reason
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Half in U.S. Say They Are Worse Off, Highest Since 2009  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reflecting on their personal financial situations, 35% of Americans say they are better off now than they were a year ago, while 50% are worse off.  Since Gallup first asked this question in 1976 …
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Accused Libyan bombmaker in 1988 Lockerbie plane attack pleads not guilty  —  Abu Agela Mas'ud Kheir al-Marimi was extradited to U.S. on charges of making explosives used in downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in U.S. history
Discussion: CNN and CBS News
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
What it's Like When Ron DeSantis Takes Over Your College  —  Students at Florida's tiny New College are alarmed by Gov. Ron DeSantis' hostile takeover—and worry who his next targets will be.  —  Cameron Joseph  —  WASHINGTON, US  —  PB  —  Ron DeSantis has made a tiny liberal arts college …
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Estimate of misspent Covid unemployment payments leaps to $191B  —  The Labor Department's internal watchdog identified nearly $30 billion more in pandemic unemployment benefits that were wrongfully sent out than previously estimated, according to testimony submitted Wednesday to the House Ways and Means Committee.
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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