The Last State of the Union Speech and 11 Months to Go
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George W. Bush has delivered his last state of the union address, but he still has 11 months left in the world's most powerful office. We look at what's ahead and get some early assessments of his legacy. Also, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan continues his efforts to stem post-election violence in Kenya, and Florida voters today are using the same kinds of machines that lost votes in a previous election.
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Kofi Annan in Kenya as Post-Election Violence Continues ()
In Kenya, President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga have formally opened negotiations. But deadly violence continues, and each side says the main point of difference is not negotiable—that's the outcome of the recent election. Jeffrey Gettleman is in Nairobi for the New York Times.
The Last State of the Union Speech and 11 Months to Go ()
President Bush delivered his final State of the Union address last night to a divided Congress. He got a full complement of standing ovations, but mostly from Republicans. The speech contained modest new proposals, positive language about Iraq and a call for bipartisanship on the economy. Democrats called it the last gasp of a failed presidency. Even Republicans were hard-pressed to celebrate. Senator John McCain didn't even show up. Was anybody listening? George W. Bush will be the most powerful man in the world until January of next year. What are the prospects for his lame-duck administration? What will history say about the "compassionate conservative" who ended up focused on partisanship and warfare?
- Martin Kady: Congressional Correspondent, Congressional Quarterly, @mkady
- Jacob Weisberg: Editor of Slate.com, @jacobwe
- Matthew Continetti: Associate Editor, Weekly Standard
- Allan Lichtman: Professor of History, American University
- Richard Cizik: Vice President for Governmental Affairs, National Association of Evangelicals
Many Floridians Today Still Voting on Discredited Machines ()
Seven years ago in the razor-thin presidential election, Florida became famous for butterfly ballots and hanging chads. In Sarasota, federal investigators have put touch-screen voting machines under lock and key, as they continue to investigate 18,000 lost votes that may have changed the outcome of a 2006 congressional race. Today, as Republican presidential candidates facing off for their party's nomination, nearly a third of Florida's voters are casting their votes on the same kind of machines. Susan Pynchon is executive director of the nonpartisan Florida Fair Elections Center.
- Susan Pynchon: Executive Director, Florida Fair Elections Coalition
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