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The Democratic Agenda

In advance of Bush's State of the Union address, Roll Call reports that Democrats are planning to hold numerous pre-buttal events "to ensure they go into Tuesday night's speech with an upper hand on the issues they believe Bush is set to address, including the Iraq War, balancing the budget, global warming and energy independence. Democrats already are fanning out to the rank-and-file Members, urging them to set expectations high, so that the onus is on Bush to measure up."

The AP says the Senate yesterday vote "to shine more light on thousands of expensive pet projects buried in legislation every year after the new Democratic majority bowed to a successful push by Republicans to make new disclosure rules even tougher than originally planned."