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2:50 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 …
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
Jeffrey Blehar / National Review:
Deal with It: Biden's State of the Union Was an Aesthetic Win  —  Behold, as I rise to write a wildly unpopular Corner post:  —  My reaction to Biden's State of the Union address inevitably falls upon aesthetic lines.  It is perhaps my cardinal flaw to analyze politics in the post-social media …
USA Today:
Biden is most talkative president in six decades of State of the Union addresses  —  George Petras Javier ZarracinaUSA TODAY  —  In the last six decades, no president has spoken as many words - by actual or average count - in an address to Congress than President Joe Biden.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Joe Biden, Once Again, Lucks Out with His Enemies  —  In his State of the Union address, the President offered a strong performance—with an assist from House Republicans.  —  When Joe Biden stepped onto the House floor just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, for his first State of the Union address since …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Lays Down Economic Challenge to House Republicans in State of the Union Address  —  President Biden was heckled during the State of the Union address when he spoke about fentanyl and when he accused Republicans of threatening Social Security and Medicare.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Takeaways from Biden's State of the Union address
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Jeffries suggests Republicans who heckled Biden are unfit to serve in Congress
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:   The night the old man handed them their asses
New York Post:
Biden's State of the Union set new records for dishonesty and emptiness
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
ABC's Jon Karl Declares SOTU One Of Biden's ‘Best Speeches’ — Made Republicans Look ‘Bitter Rude Angry’
Daniel Greenfield / Frontpage Mag:
Biden's State of the Union Vows 2 More Years of Misery
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacks ‘left-wing culture war’ in SOTU response
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Queen of Having It Both Ways
Rolling Stone:
Twitter Kept Entire ‘Database’ of Republican Requests to Censor Posts  —  Elon Musk's “Twitter Files” focus on Democrats, but former administration officials and Twitter employees say Trump's team and other Republicans routinely demanded posts be taken down  —  WHEN THE WHITE House called …
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Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Former Twitter Executives to Face GOP Scrutiny on Hunter Biden Laptop Decisions  —  House Oversight panel hearing kicks off broader inquiry into social-media content moderation  —  WASHINGTON—House Republicans are set Wednesday to launch hearings into what they describe …
Seymour Hersh:
How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline  —  The New York Times called it a “mystery,” but the United States executed a covert sea operation that was kept secret—until now  —  The U.S. Navy's Diving and Salvage Center can be found in a location as obscure as its name …
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 …
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Brynn Tannehill / New Republic:
Believe It: A DeSantis Presidency Could Be Even Worse Than Trump
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
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 …
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: The Hill and Washington Post
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 …
Chicago Sun Times:
POLL: Lightfoot's losing hand?  Bleak numbers in new poll spell trouble for reelection bid  —  With the election less than three weeks away, three out of five voters disapprove of the job the mayor has done in her first term and 71% think the city is on the wrong track …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
NBC, MSNBC employees plan walkout in protest of layoffs  —  It's the latest major labor action to strike a national news organization in recent months as the media industry faces headwinds and cut-backs  —  More than 200 employees of NBC represented by the NewsGuild of New York plan to walk off …
 
 
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