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  7. State of the Union Live Chat: Before President Obama gives his fourth State of the Union tonight, we’ll be chatting live with White House reporter Paul Brandus, founder of West Wing Reports

    Brandus is an award-winning journalist and independent member of the White House press corps. In 2011, he won the Short Award for “Best Journalist on Twitter.” He’ll be responding to your questions and comments about the President’s 2013 State of the Union address. Come chat!

    • When: Tonight at 7:30
    • Where: The Week’s Facebook page
    • What: A discussion about tonight’s State of the Union. What do you want to hear Obama say? What will he skip completely, and why? How will Marco Rubio’s response position him within the GOP? 
    • How to participate: Tune in on Facebook around 7:15 to start submitting your questions and comments. Brandus will jump in at 7:30. 

    In the mean time, here are the 5 things Obama is likely to talk about in his speech tonight. 

     

  8. So far, 1,428 people have signed a petition asking the government to secure funding and resources to begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

    "By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense."

    The 11 most ridiculous White House petitions

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  9. What Obama and Romney’s lunch at the White House might look like
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  10. 1. ASSAD TAKES IDLIB ON ANNIVERSARY OF SYRIA UPRISING
    Thursday marks the first anniversary of the start of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. National media report that Assad’s forces have cleared rebels from the northwest city of Idlib, but the opposition continues to fight throughout the country. Meanwhile, Britain’s Guardian claims to have accessed Assads’ private emails. They show the leader seeking counsel from Iran on how to handle the uprising, while continuing to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle. According to United Nations estimates, more than 8,000 people, the majority of them civilians, have died in the violence, and nearly 230,000 have been displaced from their homes. 
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    2. AFGHAN ATTACKER DIES AFTER PANETTA ATTEMPT
    An Afghan man has died after stealing a truck on Wednesday and attempting to run over a group of U.S. Marines waiting on a runway for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s plane. The man, an interpreter at Camp Bastion where the attack took place, was badly burned when the vehicle burst into flames. He died while being treated for his wounds. Panetta has said that he doesn’t think he was the target of the attack. [Washington Post]
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    3. JURY AWARDS VA. TECH FAMILIES $4 MILLION EACH
    A Virginia jury on Wednesday awarded two families of the victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre $4 million each. The families sued the state for wrongful death saying the university failed to inform students early enough that a gunman was on the loose. It is likely the state will appeal the verdict. [CNN]
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    4. ARIZONA BIRTH CONTROL BILL ADVANCES
    Legislators in Arizona have advanced a controversial bill that would make women seeking health insurance coverage for their contraception provide evidence to their employers that they need contraception to treat medical conditions, not merely to prevent pregnancy. The American Civil Liberties Unions says the law could make it legal for employers to fire a woman if it was found she was taking birth control to prevent pregnancy. [Huffington Post]
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    5. WHITE HOUSE HOLDS GLAM DINNER FOR CAMERON
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday hosted British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, at a star-studded state dinner. Guests included George Clooney, Warren Buffet, Apple’s Jonathan Ive, Harvey Weinstein, and Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern. John Legend and Mumford & Sons performed. [CBS News]
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  11. If you’re like some of us and don’t have access to cable from your apartment, you can watch the State of the Union live here. Also, The Week will be live-blogging the address with updates from the best opinion makers out there. And if you’re on Twitter, you can follow the list we’ve created of reliable sources that we will likely be using to monitor reactions to the speech. Enjoy!

     


  12. On the surface, it might seem a curious choice: Daley has opposed the creation of Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, criticized the administration for focusing on health care reform, and has close ties to the Chamber of Commerce.

    So why would Obama pick him? Here’s what commentators are saying.