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4:02 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Obama Will Need GOP Help To Accomplish Some Issues, Rep. Clarke Says

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:40 am

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It's All Politics
12:13 am
Wed January 21, 2015

State Of The Union Primer: What President Obama Proposed

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 20. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen in the background.
Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:56 am

Facing a Republican-controlled Congress in his sixth State of the Union speech, President Obama took credit Tuesday for an improving economy and focused on proposals aimed at advancing the middle class.

After years of recession and war, Obama claimed "the shadow of crisis has passed." In its place, he asserted, is a future marked by "a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production."

Here's what Obama proposed on the policy front:

Economy

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It's All Politics
10:57 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Political Theater, Crazy-Glued GOP Seats And More Congressional Reaction

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., applauds during the president's State of the Union address. Not every member of Congress was so moved.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:14 pm

President Obama mentioned Congress 13 times in Tuesday's State of the Union address. He called on Congress to pass a law to ensure women are paid the same as men, to raise the minimum wage, to support the president's plan to make community college free, to help students with loans reduce their payments ... you get the idea.

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The Two-Way
9:46 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

'Tonight, We Turn The Page': Obama Lays Out 2015 Agenda

President Obama receives a standing ovation as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:48 pm

Delivering his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama faced a Congress that's now controlled by his Republican opponents. His speech included possible areas of cooperation — and a threat to use his veto power.

Tax proposals that would boost middle-class families were in the president's speech; so were calls for a new approach to immigration and a push for free education at community colleges.

Obama also called on Congress to pass a resolution to authorize using military force against the extremist group ISIS.

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Politics
9:43 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Transcript: GOP Response To State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:21 pm

Full text of the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery and given by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa):

Good evening.

I'm Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight.

A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come. Even if we may not always agree, it's important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the President sharing his.

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The Two-Way
9:40 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Republicans' Responses Take Shots At Obamacare, Push Keystone XL

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, rehearses her remarks for the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 12:36 am

Joni Ernst, who in 2014 became the first woman elected to the Senate from Iowa, offered the Republican response to the State of the Union last night and introduced herself to the nation.

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Politics
9:39 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Transcript: President Obama's State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 9:31 pm

President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery on Jan. 20, 2015:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:

We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.

But tonight, we turn the page.

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The Two-Way
7:33 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

The Obamas' Guests For The 2015 State Of The Union Address

Alan Gross (center), recently freed after being held in Cuba, speaks with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly before the start of the State of the Union speech in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol. At left is Judy Gross.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:59 pm

President Obama's guest list for tonight's State of the Union address includes Alan Gross, the Maryland man who was freed from a Cuban prison in December after five years of captivity — an event that was announced along with a new era of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Gross will be attending with his wife, Judy, who worked to gain his release.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

State Of The Union Preview

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:25 am

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Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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Politics
4:05 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

'State Of The Union Machine' Patches Together Speeches Of Presidents Past

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:25 am

The State of the Union Machine is an online tool that randomly generates text based on different presidents' actual speeches. Nine presidents' words and phrases can be patched together to create a multi-administration text

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