President Obama rehashed many familiar themes this evening, calling on Congress to act on a host of issues — and vowing to take unilateral executive action if they fail to sufficiently address his priorities. A few passages were newsworthy: Obama denounced the looming sequester cuts, voiced support for “modest” Medicare reforms, called for another stimulus, resurrected cap and trade, pushed comprehensive immigration reform, backed a national hike in the minimum wage, announced another major troop draw-down in Afghanistan, and insisted that Congress allow up-or-down votes on a series of gun control measures. As is his habit, the president was not especially conciliatory in his remarks. Here are ten quotes from the text of the address that merit further scrutiny:

(1) The sequester:
(2) “Not one dime” to deficits:
(3) Medicare reform and health care costs:
(4) The return of the carbon tax:
(5) Stimulus 3.0:
(6) “What works” in education:
(7) Rhetorical restraint on immigration reform:

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