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State of the Union: Morning-After Highlights

Here are the National Journal's top stories on the State of the Union and its aftermath:

WHERE ARE THE JOBS? Velma Hart, still looking for work, achieved brief fame last year for saying she was ''exhausted'' from defending Obama and waiting for change. She liked Obama's speech, but had a key question. By Beth Reinhard.


TWO YEARS TOO LATE: That's what a defeated Democratic congressman said of Obama's emphasis last night in his speech. By Alex Roarty.

DECODING THE SPEECH: Dick Durbin, Lindsey Graham, Lamar Alexander and Amy Klobuchar go over the SOTU and discuss prospects on policy in 2011 with National Journal's Ron Brownstein and Major Garrett. Watch it live.

WILL OBAMA GET WHAT HE WANTS? Success for the president will depend on whether he can keep the debate focused on the future -- and not on who can cut more. Analysis by Marc Ambinder.


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 Michele Bachmann completely upstaged Paul Ryan even before her oddly delivered speech last night. That reflects a growing movement that the GOP may find tough to control.  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, Liz Lynch, Chet Susselin and Rick Bloom.


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

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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.

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.

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