In advance of President Obama's State of the Union speech tonight, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is weighing in with what he wants Obama to mention.

Merkley tells Marketplace the president should focus on foreclosures because "housing got us into this recession, and as long as housing is a mess, we're going to be in a recession for a very long time."

And if you're looking for a worthy piece on foreclosures while waiting for tonight's speech, read this piece by Matt Taibbi on foreclosure courts.