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From DCDecoder:

State of the Union Decoded: The best reporting from DC Decoder and the Monitor on President Obama’s State of the Union address.
State of the Union 101: Has Obamacare really slowed rise of health costs?
State of the Union: Obama and Rubio go head to head on the middle class
Obama’s State of the Union address both bold and modest
Rubio reaches for water - and now he’s putting out fires
Ted Nugent slams State of the Union. Why did he rip GOP, too?
Photo: President Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday night. Photo by: Charles Dharapak/AP

From DCDecoder:

State of the Union Decoded: The best reporting from DC Decoder and the Monitor on President Obama’s State of the Union address.

State of the Union 101: Has Obamacare really slowed rise of health costs?

State of the Union: Obama and Rubio go head to head on the middle class

Obama’s State of the Union address both bold and modest

Rubio reaches for water - and now he’s putting out fires

Ted Nugent slams State of the Union. Why did he rip GOP, too?

Photo: President Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday night. Photo by: Charles Dharapak/AP

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Prepare yourself for President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight with DCDecoder:  

State of the Union Preview: Obama, Rubio, and Paul

President Obama will face a tough crowd of Republicans during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. But on top of Sen. Marco Rubio’s response, Sen. Rand Paul will deliver the “tea party” response to Obama’s address. Will Paul overshadow the official Republican response?

Obama girds for State of the Union adress. His Republican opponents do too.

Will Rand Paul force Marco Rubio to toughen his response to Obama’s address?

Photos (top) President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, in 2012. Photo by: Saul Loeb/AP  

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky testifies before a state legislative committee on the legalization of growing hemp at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort, Ky., Monday. Photo by: James Crisp/AP

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Sarah Palin addresses the audience during the “Americans For Prosperity Foundation Summit” in Clarkston, Michigan in May 2010. Photo by: Rebecca Cook/Reuters

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The ‘stupid party’: Is GOP’s concern what’s said or how it’s said?

Sarah Palin vows to fight on without Fox News gig

Obama: Compromise or ‘political conquest?’

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Debate Prep: Obama and Romney Must-Dos

Less than a week away before the first presidential debate. Our DC Decoder team has some pointers for both the candidates.

Romney’s list: Be specific, be surprising, be self-deprecating. (Full explanation here)

Obama list: Be the president, be humble, channel Bill Clinton. (Full explanation here)

And don’t miss out on our first post-debate Google+ Hangout next Wednesday, October 3rd at 10:45PM with Reason, Political Wire, Roll Call and ThinkProgress, organized by the Google Politics & Elections team. Event details here.

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Three suggestions for Mitt Romney as the former Massachusetts governor gets ready for the presidential debates next month. More from DC Decoder here

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'Legitimate rape' comment by GOP's Todd Akin shakes up Missouri Senate race.

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With one off-key comment by the Republican nominee, the Missouri Senate race has taken a dramatic turn – and suddenly, Democrats are thinking they might be able to save their most vulnerable Senate seat.

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US Supreme Court’s decision vindicates President Obama’s insistence that his health-care reform law is constitutional. The political cost: Republicans can tap into public dislike of the law.