Stories You Shold Know (1/27/10)

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
When President Obama appears before Congress and the nation tonight to deliver his State of the Union speech, his goals will be to reset his agenda, assure his demoralized party that he has not given up on key priorities and try to convince a skeptical public that he can still change Washington.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA)
When the national spotlight turns to Gov. Bob McDonnell tonight as he delivers the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, he’ll will mark the third time in five years that a Virginian has delivered the response to the State of the Union address.

Only one-quarter of Americans think the federal stimulus plan has helped the middle class, while a majority say it has helped bankers and investors, according to a new national poll.

USA Today (USA)
Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., says he will not run against Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., in this year’s Senate race.

New York Times (New York, NY)
Senator Arlen Specter left the Republican Party last year and became a Democrat to save his political career. Now, at 79, he suddenly finds that the party he switched into may not provide a safe haven.

Wall Street Journal (USA)
Federal officials accused four men, including a conservative activist, of posing as telephone repairmen to tamper with phones at the New Orleans offices of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.


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