Economy

Jobs Will Top Obama's Address

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It's looking to be a busy day, so let's get right to it.

As you've probably heard (several times) by now, President Barack Obama this evening delivers his first State of the Union address. He's scheduled to get started at 9 p.m. ET.

On Morning Edition, NPR's Scott Horsley reported that "you can expect to hear a lot about jobs. ... Obama is looking to reconnect with recession-weary voters after last week's special election in Massachusetts put much of his agenda in doubt":

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The Wall Street Journal also says jobs will be uppermost on the president's mind.

McClatchy Newspapers hits the jobs themes too.

The Los Angeles Times expands on that meme just a bit, saying that "with his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama aims to deliver a game-changing message, one capable of convincing Americans that his policies will create jobs, curb spending and restore prosperity."

The New York Times, meanwhile, adds that top administration aides say that in the address, the president will "accept responsibility, though not necessarily blame, for failing to deliver swiftly on some of the changes he promised a year ago. But he will not, aides said, accede to criticism that his priorities are out of step with the nation's."

Also on Morning Edition, by the way, host Steve Inskeep talked with House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio about the GOP agenda for the coming year and about his goal to become Speaker of the House after the fall elections:

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As we wrote last evening, the latest NPR Poll has plenty of political "danger signs" in it for Democrats. NPR's Mara Liasson reported about that on Morning Edition.

We'll "live-blog" the State of the Union, starting in the early evening as more details start to emerge about what the president will say. There will be live coverage on NPR member stations and a special post-speech broadcast following

To find an NPR station hear you that broadcasts Morning Edition, click here.

One of the other major stories of the day will be coming from Apple, which early this afternoon (ET) is expected to unveil its much-anticipated tablet computer. Our friends at All Tech Considered plan to live-blog that news, so check with them as the day goes on.

NPR's Lynn Neary previewed the tablet news on Morning Edition. It might, she says, heat up an e-book war— "Toyota's Halt To Sales Is Latest Setback": (Detroit Free Press)

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