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1:05 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
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
ABC's Jon Karl Declares SOTU One Of Biden's ‘Best Speeches’ — Made Republicans Look ‘Bitter Rude Angry’  —  ABC News anchor Jonathan Karl declared President Joe Biden's State of the Union speech one of his best and ripped Republicans for looking like bitter, rude, and angry hecklers.
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
New York Times:
Full Transcript of Biden's State of the Union Address
Daniel Greenfield / Frontpage Mag:
Biden's State of the Union Vows 2 More Years of Misery
The White House:
Remarks of President Joe Biden - State of the Union Address as Prepared for Delivery
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Shouts ‘Liar’ At Joe Biden During State Of The Union
Associated Press:
Biden speech takeaways: More conciliation than conflict
Washington Free Beacon:
Panda In The Room: Biden Mum on Chinese Balloon in SOTU
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Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Former Twitter Executives to Face GOP Scrutiny on Hunter Biden Laptop Decisions
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.
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
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
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 …
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
 
 
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