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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Obama Delivers State of The Union Tonight -
in a pivotal speech to the nation, the president will address issues such as making American competitive in the global economic environment and creating jobs now and for the future, Obama will also build on the unity theme he was successful in creating during the lame duck session of Congress and the inspiring speech he gave in the wake of the Tucson tragedy.

Obama will speak of the importance of educating our youth, the need to modernizing our infrastructure and increasing the global marketplace for American goods, using China as the country the U.S. must not allow to move ahead of the United States.

The president will also provide a preview of his fiscal 2012 budget which will be released next week.

On the foreign policy front, Obama will mention this summer will mark the beginning of U.S. troop withdraw from Iraq. The Washington Post has more on the SOTU here.

The speech is televised at 9:00 PM ET with 50 million viewers expected to tune in. Make sure you have some snacks as the speech is expected to last one hour.


Rahm Emanuel Appeals to Illinois Supreme Court -
after an appellate court ruled he did not meet the Chicago one year residency requirement for the office of mayor. The NY Times has more here.

The hearing will be expedited due to the upcoming primary. Residency requirements have been struck down in many cases on the first amendment argument.


White House Climate Adviser Carol Browner to Resign -
the much anticipated cap-and-trade bill never materialized in spite of the heavy build up by supporters such as Al Gore. has more here.


Olbermann to Run for Senate? -
some netroots are urging recently fired MSNBC political commentator Keith Olbermann to run for the Joe Lieberman Senate seat in Connecticut. A Facebook page is already active with over 2,000 fans in less than one day. Olbermann lived in Connecticut previously and could moved there and establish residency prior to the 2012 election.


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