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Popular Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has been chosen to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address tonight. Ideas about how best the government might respond to the limping economy and tackle the enormous federal budget deficit are sure to feature prominently in both speeches. Daniels comes to such a discussion with baggage, however, having head the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003, when the projected budget surplus of $236 billion ran down the sink hole to become a $400 billion deficit.
That was fast. Two labor groups -- Americans United for Change and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees -- on Tuesday unveiled a national ad applauding President Barack Obama for signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The ad features footage shot earlier in the day at Obama's speech at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.