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President Obama will deliver this year’s State of the Union address at 9 PM ET/ 6 PM PT Tuesday night.

KCRW will be covering the SOTU here and on air (89.9 FM if you’re in Southern California).

In the meantime here a few pieces to help you get ready for the State of the Union address:

Politico: Glenn Thrush writes: When POLITICO asked how Obama is approaching the speech compared with his previous State of the Union addresses, a person close to the process of drafting the speech replied with a 2,500-year-old quote from Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu: “Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.”

The New York Times: David Leonhardt writes: “As he prepares to deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term, on Tuesday night, he and his advisers face some big decisions on climate policy. One is how to make the biggest dent in carbon emissions through executive-branch actions, given the long odds of Congress’s passing any substantial bill. Another is to rethink the economics of climate policy now that the early burst of green-job enthusiasm has waned.”

The Huffington Post: David Leopold writes: “Senator Marco Rubio (R-FLA) will make history Tuesday night. For the first time in the nation’s history, he will deliver a response to the president’s State of the Union address in two languages, English and Spanish. He is the son of Cuban immigrants and, no pressure here, considered by some to be the GOP’s greatest hope to repair its shattered image. His bottom line political objective will be to reach out to Latino voters who, quite frankly, have been repelled by the GOP’s embrace of extremist anti-immigrant policy proposals, such as “self-deportation” and opposition to the DREAM Act. The GOP is betting that Rubio, recently dubbed the party’s “savior" by Time Magazine, will put a young, dynamic, Latino face on a Republican party whose brand remains badly tarnished.”

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