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A great interactive graphic by the Guardian team shows the decline in the reading level of presidential State of the Union addresses.

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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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State of the Union Live Blogs: CSM has live chat at 8:45 pm

With all the great sites below promoting their live blogs, we had to throw our hat into the ring. The Monitor’s live chat on Facebook with Dave Cook, our DC Bureau Chief, and Abe McLaughlin, our former White House correspondent will start at 8:45 pm Eastern.

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Besides the SOTU live blog we’re running, here are a few more to croll through.  Pick your poison.  Throw out others you’ll be reading in the comments or reply back and we’ll update this post.  Happy viewing! 


The Atlantic 

The New Yorker

The Fix 

The Guardian (UK)

Huffington Post

Hey! Also: GQ’s Ana Marie Cox will be liveblogging the speech right here.

(Source: csmonitor.com)

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State of the Union: Most popular words used by Thomas Jefferson and Barack Obama

Based on your reblogs and likes, we are making an effort to share more of our great infographics that you can find in our weekly print magazine. Here are two that compared the different words used by President Barack Obama in 2010 and former President Thomas Jefferson in 1807. You can also take a look at the statistical look at the State of the Union.

Word Cloud for Barack Obama’s 2010 SOTU address

Word Cloud for Thomas Jefferson’s 1807 SOTU address

For some extra reading on the SOTU 2011 we are taking a look at who will watch it and how seating works at the speech.

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State of the Union: The creation, the positioning and the push back

It is not the only such speech in the world. In addition to Britain, where the “Speech from the Throne” is now more than four centuries old, you can hear similar addresses in Russia, the Netherlands, Norway, and South Africa, among many other countries. America’s is the most celebrated, though. Even if Representative Giffords were sitting in her seat, as she has for the last four years, there’s no question that Tuesday’s event would attract enormous attention. But would it warrant all the interest? Or would it still just be what one critic wrote a few years back, a concoction of “outsized promises, tiresome applause … and flabby rhetoric”?
An excerpt from our cover story, State of the Union: The crafting of a speech. More headlines from CSMonitor.com previewing what to expect from the SOTU: Will Obama’s push to the center appeal to the left? & A State of the Union fight ahead over US government spending . Plus, take our State of the Union quizto see how much you know.
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GRAPHIC: RICH CLABAUGH / MONITOR STAFF

See a graphic-by-graphic breakdown explaining this full-page infographic about the State of the Union address.

GRAPHIC: RICH CLABAUGH / MONITOR STAFF

See a graphic-by-graphic breakdown explaining this full-page infographic about the State of the Union address.