Previewing and live-blogging President Obama’s speech tonight

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President Obama will address a joint session of Congress at 7 pm ET tonight to unveil his plan — dubbed “The American Jobs Act” — to kick start the U.S. economy. I’ll be previewing the speech all day with analysis and links to must-reads.  And I’ll be live-blogging the speech here and on Twitter. Follow me at @saintpetersblog.

1:24 p.m. – Michele Bachmann, “struggling to maintain visibility as a Republican presidential candidate, will rebut President Obama’s jobs speech to Congress on Thursday,” The Hill reports. “There is no formal Republican response to Obama’s speech, a void Bachmann appears poised to fill as she works to keep her name in the national discussion.”

11:17 a.m. – Major Garrett points to one question in the latest Washington Post/ABC News is quite telling: 47% said President Obama’s new economic proposals to be unveiled Thursday night would have “no effect.” And if that wasn’t bad enough, twice as many believe his plan would make matters worse than believe it will make them better — 34% to 17%.

11:16 a.m. – Republicans have decided they’re not going to give a rebuttal to President Obama’s economic speech on Thursday night, Fox News reports.

10:56 a.m.New York Times notes, is that “the odds that the American economy is falling into a double-dip recession have risen sharply in recent weeks and may even have reached 50 percent.”

9:38 a.m. – First Read: “Democratic officials familiar with Obama’s plan have said the speech will be a call to action; his plan will be comprehensive; it includes bipartisan ideas; and it will make the case for what can be done now on the economy… And he seemed to make it clear that the president would not be offering up any ideas that were complete non-starters with the GOP. Every major idea they are putting forward are ones that normally get some GOP support.”

9: 37 a.m. – The Note: “The issue isn’t who has the ‘better’ or most-detailed jobs plan but instead it’s about who can gain the confidence of the American public that they can actually get something done. Obama’s advantage is that he remains personally well-liked. But, another bruising fight with Congress over jobs legislation isn’t going to instill confidence in the public that he’s getting us on a path to recovery.”

8:15 a.m. – Some Republicans plan to skip President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will probably miss it as well, but for nonpolitical reasons.

Rubio has remained in Miami this week to be with his mother, who recently suffered two strokes and remains hospitalized. If he comes to Washington tomorrow for meetings, he will fly back in the afternoon, spokesman Alex Burgos said.


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