The State of the Union speech is always important: what's included, what's left out and, asI wrote earlier this week, just for the ritual itself.

Since I already said that the head-to-head 2016 polling is worthless, I'll go with Hillary Clinton's big lead over Chris Christie as something that didn't matter.

What do you have? What do you think mattered this week?

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