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12:50 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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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
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
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Jeffries suggests Republicans who heckled Biden are unfit to serve in Congress  —  House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) suggested that Republicans who heckled President Biden during the State of the Union Address Tuesday evening are unfit to serve in Congress.
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 …
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.
Politico:
Playbook: Biden's no-compromise SOTU  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Ukrainian President VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY will visit Britain on Wednesday, his first trip to the U.K. since Russia's invasion began nearly a year ago and only his second …
New York Post:
Biden's State of the Union set new records for dishonesty and emptiness
The Hill:
Biden, GOP battle at raucous State of the Union
Washington Free Beacon:
Panda In The Room: Biden Mum on Chinese Balloon in SOTU
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
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Chinese balloon part of vast aerial surveillance program, U.S. says  —  Spy balloon effort operates in Hainan province off China's south coast and has for years collected information on military assets in several countries, officials said  —  The U.S. intelligence community has linked …
 
 
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Jen Rice / Houston Chronicle:
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