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2:20 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.
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The State of the Union Contradiction
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
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Dems rally behind Biden — and the political press weeps
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and NewsTalkSTL
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’
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacks ‘left-wing culture war’ in SOTU response
Daniel Greenfield / Frontpage Mag:
Biden's State of the Union Vows 2 More Years of Misery
The Hill:
Biden, GOP battle at raucous 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 …
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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
Brynn Tannehill / New Republic:
Believe It: A DeSantis Presidency Could Be Even Worse Than Trump
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 …
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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Kate McGee / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott tells state agencies to stop considering diversity in hiring  —  In a memo written Monday and obtained by The Texas Tribune, Abbott's chief of staff Gardner Pate told agency leaders that using diversity, equity and inclusion policies in hiring violates federal and state employment laws …
 
 
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