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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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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 …
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
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
The night the old man handed them their asses  —  We'll talk about Bidenism the way we talked about Reaganism.  —  I don't want to hear anymore bollocks you-heard-me about the president being too old to reelect.  If the man can walk, he can run, and he can do a lot more than walk.
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 …
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Dems rally behind Biden — and the political press weeps  —  Also: All the things McCarthy wouldn't applaud at SOTU.  —  Aaron Rupar and Noah Berlatsky  —  The political press is bitter.  After the Democratic National Convention met in Philadelphia for its winter meeting last week …
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
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Jeffries suggests Republicans who heckled Biden are unfit to serve in Congress
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
ABC's Jon Karl Declares SOTU One Of Biden's ‘Best Speeches’ — Made Republicans Look ‘Bitter Rude Angry’
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Takeaways from Biden's State of the Union address
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Queen of Having It Both Ways
New York Post:
Biden's State of the Union set new records for dishonesty and emptiness
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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NBC News:
Former Twitter executives testify before House Oversight about Hunter Biden laptop story
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
Democrat accuses GOP of holding hearing to fundraise — on Twitter
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Former Twitter Executives to Face GOP Scrutiny on Hunter Biden Laptop Decisions
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 …
Brynn Tannehill / New Republic:
Believe It: A DeSantis Presidency Could Be Even Worse Than Trump  —  Many Republicans who were put off by Donald Trump's peccadillos, ignorance, and outlandish behavior have found their anointed one in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.  DeSantis offers Trumpism without Trump …
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:
What it's Like When Ron DeSantis Takes Over Your College
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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
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Mississippi House OKs new court system — to be appointed by white state officials — for second-Blackest U.S. city, stoking tension  — The Mississippi House has approved the creation of a new court system within the capital of Jackson in which judges and prosecutors in the overwhelmingly Black city …
Discussion: The Clarion-Ledger
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Appeals Court Greenlights Donation Investigation Into GOP Group  —  WinRed, the online donation platform for Republicans, tried to stymie a state investigation into their recurring donation practices.  The court wasn't having it.  —  A federal appeals court said on Wednesday …
Discussion: Election Law Blog
NBC News:
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu takes a major step toward running for president  —  New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has taken his most significant step yet in exploring a White House bid, launching a national political organization that's a popular tool for prospective presidential candidates testing the waters.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
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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