The Star Tribune lead by Kevin Diaz is short and questionable, making readers continuing to read to find the answer to that short sentence. That short sentence is not a question by a good lead for people that trying to find out what that short sentence mean. The lead was, "It wasn't supposed to be like this," by Diaz. Nothing more to that lead, if readers want to find out, continue reading.
The New York Times lead by Sheryl Gay Stolberg was a little bit to long almost similar to every other lead in a news story. Giving the readers most of the important information to understand what they are about to read.
The next paragraph both of the writers mention about the big impact of the Democrats Party in Congress losing their senate seat to a Republican senator in Massachusetts. The president now has to find out a way to bring all the senators and congressmen all together to fix the health care bill. I think both news reporters put it after the lead because it's a very important story for newsreaders to understand what everybody is thinking before the State of the Union.
For the Star Tribune the first quote was by senator Amy Klobuchar, a day before the speech. She is wondering if they have an old draft of the speech that president Obama going to read.
For the New York Times they started out a little quote by president Obama it was, " tired old battles." A few sentences after that quote it was president Obama quote again, "To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve some problems, not run for the hills," said Obama.
If I have to pick which one of these story is a better news story, I would pick the story by the Stat Tribune because of that good lead he put for the readers. Everything else almost is similar to one another.