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  • After a relatively tame questioning in the Senate last week, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon received a harsher grilling Monday in the House. The Nation's George Zornick is glad, but he's skeptical as to whether it can help change financial regulation.
  • The Obama administration has mandated birth control coverage for health care providers. Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic asks whether healthcare is a burden we wish to spread across society so that everybody can get the care they need, at a price they can afford.
  • The U.S. military is opening up more positions to female troops. But women already serve in combat in more than a dozen countries. Joshua E. Keating of Foreign Policy compares women's combat roles in foreign countries.
  • The President yearly gives a State of the Union Address. Jonathan Bernstein of The New Republic gives the go ahead enjoy (or revile) the rhetorical flourishes in Obama's State of the Union Address. However, this is one of those cases where it's substance, not style, that matters.