POLITICS State of the Union

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Photo Gallery: Bush Gives His Address
Addressing a joint session of Congress, Bush touched on domestic issues before turning his attention to the threat of war with Iraq.

State of the Union
Bush's Speech: Text | Video
Democratic Response: Text | Video

Speech Highlights
What Bush Said
Terry M. Neal offers an issue-by-issue breakdown of the speech, with audio and text excerpts.

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Terry M. Neal
World Reaction

Post correspondents around the globe offer audio reports on local reaction to President Bush's speech:
In Baghdad: Rajiv Chandrasekaran
In Moscow: Sharon LaFraniere
In Germany: Peter Finn
In France: Keith B. Richburg
In Kuwait: Jonathan Finer

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Message Boards Read transcripts of live discussions with:
David Corn
(Editor, The Nation)
Tucker Eskew
(Director, White House Global Communications)
Norman Ornstein
(American Enterprise Institute)
The Post's Robert G. Kaiser

The Post's David S. Broder

Multimedia Gallery
The State of the Union:
A Century of Presidential Addresses

Richard M. Nixon
Journey through the most notable annual addresses of the past 100 years, with facts, phots and audio.

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Past Speeches

Read the full transcripts of the most recent State of the Union addresses:
Bush's 2002 State of the Union
Bush's 2001 Address to Congress
Clinton's 1993-2000 Addresses

Obstacles to Bush Agenda Loom
One day after President Bush laid out afar-reaching domestic agenda, Democrats and a few key Republicans raised serious questions about his vision for lowering taxes, restraining spending and overhauling health care.
 Homeland Security
 Bioterrorism Threat
 Medicare Changes
 Cloning Debate
 Hydrogen Cars
 AIDS Relief

In Europe, Response to Bush Speech Is Mixed
President Bush's address appeared to change few minds on the issue of Iraq, but some European leaders who have been reluctant to go to war against Saddam Hussein praised Bush's promise to share more intelligence information.

Post Editorial

'Decisive Days'
"Mr. Bush revealed little of the intelligence the administration says it has on the Iraqi arsenal, and he said little about what the costs of a war might be.... His case against Saddam Hussein was strong; but it left him with much still to do in the coming weeks."

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Activists Hail President's Call for More Funding to Fight AIDS (Jan. 29, 2003)

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What Did Bush Say?: A Breakdown of Key Issues in the President's Address (Jan. 29, 2003)

Tale of Two Speeches (Jan. 29, 2003)

Terrorism Agency Planned: Center to Integrate Intelligence, Analysis (Jan. 29, 2003)

A War Cry Tempered By Eloquence (Jan. 29, 2003)

On America's Stage, Performance Protest: Activists Take a Role Outside the Capitol (Jan. 29, 2003)

Words of War for Doubting Public: Bush's Address Must Convince Others of Urgency to Attack Iraq (Jan. 26, 2003)

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