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When I hear Obama cry that no one who works full time should live in poverty in America, it’s like Groundhog day. Can I be alone in this reaction?
Matt Miller writing on the SOTU in the Washington Post.
Finally, let’s remember that our leadership is defined not just by our defense against threats, but by the enormous opportunities to do good and promote understanding around the globe – to forge greater cooperation, to expand new markets, to free people from fear and want. And no one is better positioned to take advantage of those opportunities than America.

Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all.

Our job is to reverse these tides.

Excerpts from the State of the Union have been released by the White House. More here. 

NPR goes into the early days of broadcasting the State of the Union. “The camera peered about the House chamber for awhile,” read a TIME magazine article that dryly described the scene surrounding Truman’s 1948 speech, “[before] CBS switched to a Jackson Heights supermarket for a customer-participation show called Missus Goes A-Shopping … A bubbling master of ceremonies asked some small children to imitate animals.”

That genius of semantics seems to have deserted the Right for now.
Sam Tanenhaus talks about divisions in the GOP on yesterday’s "To the Point."  

President Obama looked comfortable in his first State of the Union speech since his re-election.  Many of his themes were familiar from last year’s campaign—and so is the Republican reaction. We hear excerpts and different versions of what the future might hold.  Also, a possible end to the Christopher Dorner manhunt. On Reporters Notebook, the Olympic Games — without wrestling?

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That’s tough to swallow. 

Hashtag water.

Samuel Popkin, a professor at the University of California, San Diego and author of  “The Candidate: What It Takes to Win – and Hold – the White House,”  responds to the State of the Union.