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Highlights of the State of the Union 2011

Here is a roundup of National Journal coverage -- news, insight and analysis -- of Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night:

SETTING THE STAGE FOR 2012: Offering the tone of a statesman appropriately humbled by the ballot box, President Obama also seemed to have his eye on another Election Day. Analysis by Aamer Madhani.


ECHOES OF JFK - AND REAGAN: It was a night of O-ceptionalism, a lesson in bootstrap learning. Analysis by Ron Fournier.

RYAN'S RESPONSE: 'We face a crushing mountain of debt,' says the Wisconsin representative in a Republican response.

UPSTAGING RYAN: Tea party heart-throb Michelle Bachmann completely upstaged Paul Ryan in reacting to Obama's speech. An analysis by Josh Kraushaar.


THE NIGHT IN PHOTOS: More than 'date night,' the State of the Union offered an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to sit and to share - a situation that may be ephemeral as the partisan maneuvering reignites. By Julia Edwards.


EDUCATION: Race to the Top, on Steroids. By Fawn Johnson.

DEFENSE: Our Two Wars Get Few Words. By Yochi Dreazen.


HEALTH: Use a Scalpel, Not a Machete, on Reform. By Matthew DoBias.

TRANSPORTATION: A Pitch For High-Speech Rail, To Little Avail? By Fawn Johnson.

ECONOMY: Reassuring Workers and Business, With Lines That Could Come From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. By Jim Tankersley.

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ENERGY: A Clean Break -- and an Electric Car Dream. By Coral Davenport.

BUDGET: Simplify Taxes, Please; But Don't Make Deep Spending Cuts, GOP. By Tim Fernholz.

TECH: Tough Promises to Keep. By David Hatch.

FULL SOTU TEXT: 'Our generation's Sputnik moment.' Obama's speech.

See updates and more, including the full text of the Republican response and reaction by two key figures in modern politics, at

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