The kumbaya State of the Union?
The social dynamics of the bipartisan seating during President Obama's speech could produce a multitude of results, Jessica Levinson writes at the Huffington Post.

Senators hint at scaled-down Senate reform package
Some changes to the Senate's rules are likely to be made, but it won't be all that liberals had hoped for, Slate's Dave Weigel explains

Don't count Rahm out
At Frum Forum, John Vecchione thinks that the Illinois Supreme Court will have a hard time knocking the frontrunner in the Chicago mayoral primary off the ballot. 


Pelosi spurns Cantor on seating
The rivals won't be sitting together at the State of the Union after all, The Hill's Russell Berman reports

Obama to seek partial freeze in spending as deficit move
Jackie Calmes and Michael D. Shear of the New York Times reveal a partial preview of President Obama's State of the Union, but Republicans are already saying it's not enough. 

Guantanamo detainee gets life sentence
Ahmed Ghailani will spend the rest of his life in jail for his role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa. But the greater impact of the verdict in the key test case for Gitmo detainees is uncertain. The Associated Press has more.