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Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

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Sen. Marco Rubio told reporters on Wednesday he doesn’t plan to run for president and reelection to the Senate at the same time in 2016.

If he seeks the presidency, the Florida Republican said, “I won’t be able to run for reelect.”

“If I decide that I want to be president of the United States then that’s what I’m going to run for,” he said at a Washington breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “I think if you want to be president, that’s what you want to be and that’s what you run for, what you focus on.”

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Republicans were irked by President Barack Obama's caustic reminder in his State of the Union speech that he defeated them twice.

"I've run my last campaign," Obama said toward the end of the nationally televised address. Republicans in the chamber applauded derisively, which prompted the president to ad-lib a zinger which wasn't in his prepared remarks: "I know because I won both of them."

Democrats erupted with applause.

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Barack Obama wants to mainline progressivism into the bloodstream of America the way Ronald Reagan ushered in a generation of conservatism.

That's the lofty goal of the president's penultimate State of the Union address on Tuesday night, as his senior aides tell it. He's stymied for the remainder of his presidency by a Republican Congress wedded to a Reaganesque mentality, but the White House views the recent spate of positive economic news as an opportunity for Obama to aggressively make the "long-term" case for embracing government as an agent to help the middle class.

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President Barack Obama will seek to "turn the page" on the Great Recession and call for embracing "middle-class economics" in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, according to an excerpt of the remarks as prepared for delivery.

His speech will also touch on terrorism, American diplomacy and cyber-security.

Read the excerpts below, circulated by the White House:

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President Barack Obama faces a whole new landscape in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, buoyed by an improving economy and rising approval ratings but stymied by new Republican majorities in the House and Senate for the first time.

With five of his State of The Union addresses down and two more to go, including tonight's, here's the bare minimum you need to know about this overwrought oratorical anachronism that lives on despite itself.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is downplaying expectations for a political fight over Social Security or Medicare in the new Congress.

"The only way to do entitlement eligibility changes is on a bipartisan basis," he said on Thursday at an annual Republican retreat in Hershey, Pa. "In terms of the Senate we do not intend to be offering unilateral, one party-only entitlement eligibility changes."

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President Barack Obama's approval rating has risen to 50 percent in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday, his strongest showing in the survey since the spring of 2013.

Forty-four percent disapprove of how he's handling his job as president.

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