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With Congress now dominated by Democrats, last night's State of the Union speech was an opportunity to re-assert presidential authority. Will proposals on health insurance, immigration and energy get a real hearing or will the war in Iraq drown out everything else?   Plus, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says no to the president, and on Reporter's Notebook, was Louis "Scooter" Libby a scapegoat for Karl Rove?

Making News Senate Committee Opposes Troop Surge 6 MIN, 2 SEC

In last night's State of the Union address, President Bush asked Congress to support his troop increase in Iraq, but the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today passed a resolution saying it's "not in the national interest."  Indiana Republican Richard Lugar said he was "not confident the plan will succeed," but he voted against the resolution. Nebraska's Chuck Hagel was the only Republican who voted yes. John Donnelly covers defense and foreign policy for Congressional Quarterly.

Guests:
John Donnelly, Reporter for Congressional Quarterly

Reporter's Notebook Scooter Libby Points the Finger at Karl Rove 9 MIN, 38 SEC

Yesterday in a Washington courtroom, the trial of Vice President Cheney's former top aide got off with a bang. Louis "Scooter" Libby's lawyer said his client was "sacrificed" by the White House to protect political operative Karl Rove. Libby is accused of lying to federal investigators. His trial has turned the spotlight back on Karl Rove, the White House and Republican politics.  Evan Perez reports for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Evan Perez, Wall Street Journal (@evanperez)

Main Topic State of the Union: New Beginning or Beginning of the End? 33 MIN, 6 SEC

Last night, for the first time, President Bush faced a Democratic Congress, with his own poll ratings lower than ever.  In his State of the Union address, he defended his troop increase plan and asked Congress to "give it a chance." Today, a Senate committee passed a non-binding resolution repudiating what he calls the "new way forward." Did the President get any traction with his proposals on health insurance, immigration and curbing energy use? Are Congress and the American people still listening to anything but news about the unpopular war in Iraq?  We speak with journalists, pollsters, strategists and public-policy experts about a President struggling to re-assert his authority.

Guests:
Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor (@linda_feldmann)
Andrew Kohut, Pew Research Center (@pewresearch)
Rich Galen, Mullings.com (@richgalen)
William Galston, Brookings Institution

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