"Only two presidents have had lower approval ratings
on the eve of a State of the Union speech. Richard Nixon was at 26 percent in 1974, seven months before he resigned in disgrace because of the Watergate scandal. Harry S. Truman was at 23 percent in January 1952, driven down by public disapproval of the Korean conflict and his firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur."
Dan Froomkin previews tonight's State of the Union
"D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has declined
a White House invitation to sit with first lady Laura Bush at tonight's State of the Union address, deciding to attend the event as a guest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi."
Ron Hutcheson on the long war
deal with a sinking president. And man, even John Warner is against the surge
.Cat and Girl
on obsolete rites of passage
The Post on gothic beauty
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