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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 …
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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 …
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.
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
The Hill:
Greene's viral SOTU outfit was meant to echo Chinese spy balloon, her office says  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she aimed to send a fashionable message to President Biden by sporting a $500 white fur trim coat to his State of the Union address.  —  The Georgia Republican made headlines …
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 …
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 …
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’
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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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Twitter Officials Confirm to Congress: Trump, Not Biden, Has Tried to Censor Tweets  —  After one Twitter whistleblower said Trump once tried to get a Chrissy Teigen tweet deleted, other ex-execs noted that Biden has never asked for content removal.  —  Spurred on by the so-called …
NBC News:
Former Twitter executives testify before House Oversight about Hunter Biden laptop story  —  House Republicans on Wednesday are hearing testimony from former Twitter executives into what the lawmakers characterize as the social media platform's “role in suppressing the Biden laptop story” …
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 …
Andrew Rice / New York Magazine:
James O'Keefe Is on Paid Leave From Project Veritas  —  James O'Keefe, the founder and chairman of Project Veritas, has taken a paid leave from the conservative nonprofit media organization as its board considers whether to remove him from his leadership position, according to current and former employees of the organization.
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Poll: DeSantis leads Trump for 2024 GOP nod — but not if Haley and others split the vote  —  The Florida governor edges out Trump and performs better against Biden in head-to-head matchups.  —  Read full article … 45th President of the United States  —  American politician  —  American politician
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Brynn Tannehill / New Republic:
Believe It: A DeSantis Presidency Could Be Even Worse Than Trump
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
What it's Like When Ron DeSantis Takes Over Your College
Discussion: Eschaton
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: CNN and Election Law Blog
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 …
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
SNP ‘would overtake Tories in snap Westminster election’  —  Exclusive poll of 28,000 people for The Telegraph finds Conservatives would slump to 23 per cent of the vote  —  The Conservatives would be relegated to Westminster's third party behind the Scottish National Party in a snap election, new polling for the Telegraph has found.
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
Associated Press:
Tennessee House Speaker Mulls Rejecting US Education Money  —  Cameron Sexton said rejecting nearly $1.8 billion of federal K-12 education dollars would let officials to “educate the kids how Tennessee sees fit.”  —  One of Tennessee's most influential Republican lawmakers says the state …
Discussion: Alternet.org
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
DeSantis Threat to Crack Down on Press Protections Would Be Bad News For Conservative Media  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sat at a desk fit for a cable news studio, flanked by several guests, where for an hour he proposed new ways to crack down on media outlets by weakening their legal protections.
Discussion: Politico, Tampa Bay Times and Raw Story
Kyle Seraphin / UncoverDC:
The FBI Doubles Down on Christians and White Supremacy in 2023  —  · Exclusive: Unvaccinated at SRNS Considered ‘Insider Threat’ by DOE  —  The FBI's Richmond Division would like to protect Virginians from the threat of “white supremacy,” which it believes has found a home within Catholics …
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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