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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/25/2012

State of the Union speech a big deal here, elsewhere... not so much; plus John Kerry’s bruises explained (read-this roundup)

House Speaker John Boehner listens as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address. (Saul Loeb - Associated Press)
It’s like there’s a parallel universe out there somewhere. There are two very different views of Tuesday’s State of the Union address: The first is typified in our hyper-detailed analysis, complete with a minute-by-minute breakdown of how much time President Obama spent talking about various issues. This is from the world where bars all over town turned the channels allowing patrons to catch the all-important speech.

Second, a reminder from our colleague Joel Achenbach that not everyone gives a hoot about a silly speech. His dispatch from sunny Florida (is that another planet, we wonder) includes the shocking revelation that many folks out there aren’t cable-news junkies. Some (gasp!) don’t even have cable.

And our colleagues at the Reliable Source have the scoop on what the puck happened to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who last night appeared in the SOTU audience with a banged-up face: He injured himself in a hockey game with pals, they report.

But in case you missed the big event, our colleagues have whittled it down to a breezy 60 seconds. Think of it as the Cliff Notes version:

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