Explaining a freeze on spending that isn't and trying to convince a skeptical public he has the answers on creating jobs will be the president's top priorities. (See also Michael Ledeen: "The Real State of the Union: Fear")
An early look at how the Senate races are shaping up for the November election.
Falling approval numbers for the president and Congress, as well as increasingly worrisome prospects for midterm elections, may doom the Senate bill. (Also read Roger Kimball: An Early Christmas Present, Brought to You By The Hill)
Republicans are on the upswing and the Democrats are facing a fierce anti-incumbent mood in the country.
Democrats are wrestling with the size and scope of the public option, trying to make it more palatable to moderates.
Never has such a major piece of legislation passed with no support from the minority party and a majority of Americans opposed. This could be the first.
The president will roll the dice and push the public option, despite what it might cost the Democrats in 2010.
The president and the Democrats must now scramble for ways to get it passed.
Obama's falling poll numbers and declining political capital spell trouble for his legislative agenda. (Also read Roger L. Simon: Health Care and Obama's Insecurity)
Despite polls showing that only 6% of Israelis see the president as pro-Israel, liberal Jews still support his administration.