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President Barack Obama is about to deliver his first State of the Union speech since being re-elected. His inaugural speech was an argument for a more progressive, activist sort of government. Tonight, he'll put some more details behind that aspirational framework.

Not that he has a more willing Congress to work with than he did in his first term, or a fully recovered economy.  But he is free from the burden of having to win another election, setting him up, before the lame duck narrative sets in, to promote more of the agenda his liberal supporters have been hoping for all along.

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"F.D.R. is back." — Carolyn Maloney

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The mortgage task force announced at last year's State of the Union hasn't won many victories, with Eric Schneiderman asking the White House for more resources last summer. [Jon Prior and Jonathan Allen]

How Rep. Eliot Engel always gets a good seat. [Dan Friedman]

Christine Quinn's speech yesterday was her way of addressing economic inequality. [Michael Grynbaum]

"Unions are in the definition of an existential crisis." [Michael Powell]

Praise for Bloomberg's handling of the school bus driver strike. [Michael Benjamin]

From Capital

Quinn's speech yesterday focused on immigrants and the middle class, key constituencies in the mayor's race. [Dana Rubinstein]

More on Bloomberg testing the N.R.A.-counterweight proposition. [Dana Rubinstein]

"Citing Subway, Bloomberg declares a victory over salt" [Dana Rubinstein]

The gulf between Andrew Cuomo and Fred Dicker is harder to ignore. [Azi Paybarah]

The candidates for public advocate are, variously, young, angry, connected, discipline and aggrieved. [Azi Paybarah]

Events

10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a photo-op where he accepts the Department of Defense flag in honor of Vietnam War Veterans and New York City's participation in the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Commission, at City Hall. @MikeBloomberg #Vietnam50

10 a.m. Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis will discuss his plans for creating new educational and job opportunities, at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesman, 20 West 44th Street, in Manhattan. @Jcats2013 #nyc2013

10 a.m. The MTA's response to Hurricane Sandy and the storm's longterm impact on public transit is the subject of a City Council Transportation Committee hearing, on the 14th Floor of 250 Broadway, in Manhattan. @MTAinsider @NYCTsubwayScoop @GaleABrewer @DanGarodnick @NYCgreenfield @PeterKoo2009 @JessLappin @DarleneMealy @Ydanis @CMDebieRose @Eric_Ulrich @JimmyVanBramer #Sandy

10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: The Times' Washington editor David Leonhardt previews Obama's State of the Union speech; and Council of Foreign Relations senior fellow Elliott Abrams discusses the Middle East in the Bush years. @BrianLehrer @DLeonhardt @CFR_org #SOTU #SOTU2013

11 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State speech and budget presentation, on the 3rd floor of the Rotunda in the Nelly Goletti Theater, at Marist College, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie. @nygovCuomo #NYbudget #NYsafe

11 a.m. New York City Comptroller John Liu discusses a new audit that looked at the lease agreement between the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Marriot Marquis Hotel, at 1535 Broadway, in Manhattan. @JohncLiu #MarriottLease

11:30 a.m. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver discusses the NYS Dream Act legislation, in Room 342, the speaker's conference room, in the Capitol building, in Albany.@NYSA_Majority @NYDreamAct #NYDreamAct

11:45 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is joined by UFT president Michael Mulgrew, CSA Vice President Randi Herman and Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Kathleen Grimm kick-off Respect for All Week, at P.S. 380, 370 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn.@ChriscQuinn @UFT @FollowCSA @NYCschools #RespectForAll

Noon. The mother of police shooting victim Sean Bell, and others, join Robert Jackson, a 19-year-old Queens resident as he and his lawyer reveal amateur video of NYPD officers allegedly assaulting Jackson, at the Law Offices of Jacques Leandre, 232-06A Merrick Boulevard, in Laurelton, Queens. #RobJackson

1 p.m. Cuomo delivers his State of the State speech and budget presentation, at the Pascak Community Center, 87 Clarkstown Road, in Nanuet. @nygovCuomo #NYbudget #NYsafe

1 p.m. A resolution to "Acknowledge the years of suffering of all those involve in the Central Park Jogger Case,' is considered at City Council Committee on Government Operations meeting, in the Council Chambers at City Hall. @GaleABrewer @Erik_Dilan @DomenicRecchia @PFVjr #CentralPark5

1 p.m. The New York State Economic Development Commissioner and Empire State Economic Development Corporation President Kenneth Adams, NYS Economic Development Council Executive Director Brian McMahon and others are expected to testify at a joint budget hearing held by the New York State Senate Finance and New York State Assembly Ways & Means Committees, at Hearing Room B of the Legislative Office Building, in Albany.@EmpireStateDev @TheBCNYS @JohnDeFrancisco @MalcolmASmith @RevRubenDiaz @SenatorDilan @Adriano4Senate @@SenGianaris @SenMartyGolden @LizKrueger @SenatorLanza @SenatorParker @SenatorPeralta @NYSenatorRivera @DianeSavino @DanielSquadron @DennFarrell71A @DeborahJGlick @CarlHeastie @NMalliotakis @FelixwOrtiz #NYbudget

2 p.m. New York State Senate co-leader Jeff Klein, IDC members along with State Senator Eric Adams, Adriano Espaillat release a report showing how women and minorities are hurt by the state's current minimum wage, in Room 123 in the Capitol building, in Albany.@JeffKleinNY @DianeSavino @DavidCarlucci @MalcolmSmith @NYSSenAdams @EspaillatNY #RaiseTheWageNY

6 p.m. City Council candidate Ken Biberaj hosts a town hall meeting with former governor David Paterson, at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, 250 West 65th Street, in Manhattan @KenBiberaj #GovPaterson #BiberajForum

6:30 p.m. City Councilman Dan Halloran kicks off his re-election campaign, at Verdi's, 149-58 Cross island Parkway, in Whitestone, Queens. @Dan_Halloran #CD19 #HalloranReElect

7 p.m. Road to City Hall: White House press secretary Jay Carney, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. Wise Guys: Eliot Spitzer, Alfonse D'Amato and former Rep. Ed Towns. [NY1] @RoadtoCityHall @PressSec @GavinNewsom @AlDaatoNY #SOTU #SOTU2013 #EdKoch #nyc2013

7:30 p.m. Make the Road New York, immigrant families and others gather for a community forum, and then a State of the Union watch party, at Make the Road's office, 92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, in Jackson Heights, Queens. MakeTheRoadNY #SOTU #SOTU2013 #DreamActNY #Dreamers

2013

The candidates' campaign logos are not flattering. [Jill Colvin]

Quinn "proposed spending $365 million a year and racking up an additional $1.5 billion in debt to pay for a slew of new social programs, as she gears up for this year’s Democratic primary." [Sally Goldenberg]

40,000 middle-class apartments in ten years is "what may be the first of her mayoral campaign promises." [Erin Durkin]

City Hall / City Council

Bloomberg's plan to reduce salt in pre-packaged food is working. [Anemona Hartocollis]

The Bloomberg administration won a court case involving their right to dock workers' pay for not showing up during the 2010 blizzard. [David Seifman]

The Council will investigate why storm-damaged homes were hit with higher tax assessments. [Rich Calcer and David Seifman]

City Councilman Ruben Wills is facing another probe. [Carl Campanile]

Albany

If Cuomo misses tomorrow's deadline, a decision on fracking could be delayed for months. [Erik Kriss]

Cuomo's judicial nominee, Jenny Rivera, was approved. [Erik Kriss]

Cuomo signaled he might be open to some downstate casinos. [Jimmy Vielkind]

Washington

A more assertive President Obama? [Jackie Calmes]

Ted Nugent will be the guest of a Texas Republican at the State of the Union and said he's looking forward to the "orgy" of media attention. [Pema Levy]

Chuck Schumer's chief of staff is a big fan of "House of Cards," and the show's writers visited Schumer's office for research. [Rebecca Berg]

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