State of the Union Address

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SOTU Contained This Word for the First Time

'Transgender' gets its first mention—as do quite a few other words

(Newser) - Speaking before Congress last night, President Obama uttered quite a few words never before heard in a State of the Union address . Among the most significant was "transgender"—as in, "we … condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual,... More »

Fact-Checking the State of the Union

President pointed to some debatable stats

(Newser) - Last night's State of the Union address has been described as "defiant" and "assertive," but how about "accurate"? The media this morning is questioning a few of President Obama's bigger claims. Among the shakier ones:
  • "Our combat mission in Afghanistan is over.
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Obama's Ad-Lib Retort to GOP Steals the Show

'I know because I won both of them,' he says of his campaigns

(Newser) - In a State of the Union speech short on big surprises, one of the more talked-about moments came during a presidential ad-lib. Late in the speech, Obama said, "I have no more campaigns to run." When some cheers broke out among Republicans, Obama said, "I know because... More »

GOP Response: We're Steering Away From 'Failed Policies'

Joni Ernst also talks about the bread bags she wore on her shoes as a kid in Iowa

(Newser) - The new Republican Congress understands Americans' suffering from the economy, health care system, and Washington gridlock and will steer the country away from President Obama's "failed policies," promised a newly minted senator delivering her party's official response to the State of the Union . Mixing calls for... More »

Obama: 'Middle-Class Economics Works'

President delivers State of the Union

(Newser) - President Obama has wrapped up his State of the Union speech, having tipped his hand on initiatives in advance, including a tax hit on the wealthiest Americans, free tuition for community college students, and paid family and sick leave . As expected, Obama boasted of an economic recovery and focused a... More »

Your 'Designated Survivor': Transportation Chief Foxx

He will watch Obama speech from afar, take over in event of catastrophe

(Newser) - It's not the most pleasant of duties, but Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is this year's "designated survivor" during the State of the Union speech, reports USA Today . Meaning, if something catastrophic happens during President Obama's address that wipes out US leadership, Foxx will be the man... More »

'Robin Hood' Obama to Go on Offense Tonight

SOTU could be his last shot at relevancy, pundits say

(Newser) - The centerpiece of President Obama's State of the Union address tonight will be what some are calling a "Robin Hood" tax plan to benefit the middle class at the expense of Wall Street and the wealthiest 1%—and while the proposals have little chance of making it intact... More »

Ex-Cuba Prisoner, CVS Boss Among Michelle's Guests

President preps for State of the Union amid healthier poll numbers

(Newser) - President Obama goes into tomorrow's State of the Union address with some momentum : A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds his approval rating now stands at 50%, which is the highest since spring 2013; improving views on the economy are a big factor, the Post reports. Meanwhile, the White House... More »

Obama's Tax Overhaul: 99% of Impact Paid for by 1%

99% of greatly expanded middle-class breaks would fall on the 1%

(Newser) - President Obama will take the podium Tuesday night in the US Capitol and use this year's State of the Union to lay out a raft of middle class tax reforms and benefits that he wants to pay for on the backs of the nation's wealthiest—and, as Politico... More »

Obama Proposes Free Community College

President's plan would cover 2 years of tuition for students

(Newser) - President Obama wants the federal government to pay for two years of community college for eligible students. Obama laid out the broad strokes in a video and will cover more details during a speech tomorrow in Tennessee and in his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, reports USA ... More »

This Was Least-Watched SOTU in 14 Years

Fox the only network to gain viewers for speech

(Newser) - American TV viewers chose to skip President Obama's State of the Union address en masse. The address pulled in just 33.3 million viewers, the lowest since Bill Clinton's final SOTU address in 2000, when there were 35 million fewer Americans, the Hollywood Reporter finds. The ratings were... More »

Congressman Threatens to Throw Reporter Off Balcony

Rep. Michael Grimm also tells NY1 reporter 'I'll break you'

(Newser) - After President Obama's State of the Union address last night, a reporter attempted to question New York Rep. Michael Grimm on 2010 campaign finance allegations—and faced a threat in return. NY1 reporter Michael Scotto interviewed the Republican in the Capitol Rotunda about the speech, the New York Daily ... More »

6 State of the Union Takeaways

Obama combative, but makes some peace offerings

(Newser) - Another State of the Union address is in the books, and you know what that means: Time for pundits to assemble random observations and analysis into "takeaway" lists! Here are some of our favorite reactions this morning:
  • The Boehner Card: How do you get Republicans to applaud? Flatter them.
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Texas Rep's Tweet: Obama a 'Socialistic Dictator'

Randy Weber calls president 'Kommandant'

(Newser) - Ahead of last night's State of the Union Address , a Republican congressman tweeted his thoughts on the president: "On floor of house waitin on 'Kommandant-In-Chef' [sic] ... the Socialistic dictator who's been feeding US a line or is it 'A-Lying?'" Texas Rep. Randy Weber's... More »

GOPers Focus on Jobs in SOTU Responses

McMorris Rodgers, Paul, Tea Party's Lee offer rebuttals

(Newser) - President Obama's State of the Union address was swiftly followed by a flurry of rebuttals from the GOP, offering a diversity of responses that highlight the ideological conflicts in the party, the Washington Post notes. Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranked female Republican in Congress, delivered the official... More »

Obama Introduces 'MyRA' for Retirement

Also slams 'Mad Men' policies in the workplace for women, gap between rich and poor

(Newser) - President Obama has wrapped up his State of the Union address, calling for a "year of action" on everything from income inequality to immigration reform, from "equal pay for equal work" for women to better retirement planning for Americans. Obama emphasized that he plans to act on his... More »

Obama, Make These 5 Tweaks to SOTU

Ian Bassin lists 5 'bold' moves president could make at State of the Union

(Newser) - President Obama will announce a number of executive actions at tonight's State of the Union Address—but though the writing and planning of the speech likely started months ago, there are probably a number of aides considering last-minute additions even now. Ian Bassin should know: He used to be... More »

7 Things to Know About Tonight's State of the Union

Obama is ready to go it alone

(Newser) - Last year 33.5 million people tuned in for President Obama's fifth State of the Union. That was the smallest SOTU audience since Bill Clinton's 2000 address and quite a drop from Obama's 2009 SOTU debut to 52.4 million people. Which direction will the numbers go... More »

Obama Raising Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

From $7.25 to $10.10, via executive order

(Newser) - Some federal contract workers will soon be making $10.10 per hour, up from $7.25, thanks to an executive action to be signed by President Obama. The move could eventually affect more than 2 million employees, but Obama's long-term goal is to increase the minimum wage across the... More »

Rubio on Water Gulp: God Reminding Me I'm Human

Mid-speech sip sparks Twitter surge

(Newser) - It's not unusual for the peanut gallery to ask if a politician was drinking after a speech—or if that drink was Kool-Aid—but it's Marco Rubio's swig of water last night that's getting more attention than his words. While giving his party's response to... More »

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