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* Bush calls for alternative energy sources and increased spending on science and education; some ideas "were repackaged versions of proposals he has supported for years." Bush: "The only way to protect our people, the only way to secure the peace, the only way to control our destiny is by our leadership, so the United States of America will continue to lead." [WP, NYT, W$J, WT, USAT]


* State of the Union was "rooted in some harsh global and political realities," but many of Bush's proposals will not become reality. [WP, NYT, NYT, USAT]

* Samuel Alito is sworn in after confirmation vote of 58 to 42; perfectly timed to attend SOTU. [WP, NYT, NYT, W$J, LAT, USAT, WT]

* Cindy Sheehan arrested moments before Bush's speech for being "boisterous" in the House gallery. [WP]

* Virginia Governor Tim Kaine offers Democratic response with the refrain, "Together, America can do better." [WP, LAT]

* Bush made assertions that are not entirely true. [WP]

* Bush appeared more "solemn" than "cocksure." [NYT]

* Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee collected $10m more than GOP counterpart in 2005. [WP]

* Louisiana Department of Transportation official to Senate investigators of Katrina response: "The real truth is Katrina moved faster than we did. All of us on the local, state and the federal levels were overwhelmed, undermined and outmuscled by Mother Nature." [NYT, USAT]

* Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) criticizes Speaker Hastert's (R-Ill.) proposed ban on privately funded travel as "childish," then backs off. [LAT]

* House vote today on budget measure will indicate Rep. Blunt's (R-Mo.) leadership. [WP]

* Struggle for energy independence has been lost over many presidencies. [NYT]

* Alito may hold "decisive" vote in key cases. [NYT]

* Milbank tries to judge Alito based on his applause for Bush. [WP]

* Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.) raised $6m in the last quarter of '05. [NYT]

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