State of the Union Address

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Paul Ryan 'Wanted to Be Wallpaper' During SOTU

He thought Trump attacks 'degraded' the presidency

(Newser) - President Obama's final State of the Union address was Paul Ryan's first in the House speaker's seat—and he did not enjoy the experience. He tells USA Today that while sitting behind the president, he "disagreed with much of what he had to say," but... More »

4 Takes on Obama's Final SOTU

Inspirational for some, exasperating for others

(Newser) - President Obama delivered the final State of the Union address of his presidency on Tuesday night, looking back at the last seven years and offering his vision of America's future. Here's what the pundits are saying:
  • The word "Trump" wasn't spoken, but the speech, with its
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Haley Takes Swipe at Trump, Too, in GOP Response

She doesn't go easy on her own party

(Newser) - Donald Trump is managing to again grab headlines , though his name was neither uttered by President Obama nor South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who gave the GOP response to Obama's State of the Union address . The American-born daughter of Indian immigrants gave what Politico describes as a "not-so-subtle... More »

Obama Tossed Out One 'Curveball'

Wage insurance...

(Newser) - Though "vision" is the buzzword when it comes to describing President Obama's final State of the Union address , he did share some concrete goals and proposals, among them ways to better support unemployed Americans ... and one was a "curveball," writes Haley Sweetland Edwards at Time : wage... More »

In Last SOTU, Obama Hits at Those 'Peddling Fiction'

Makes the case for keeping a Democrat in the White House

(Newser) - Three presidents have opted not to deliver their final speech in person; President Obama was not the fourth, tonight giving what was his last State of the Union address. He kicked it off with a wide grin, noting that for "this final one I'm going to try to... More »

Obama's Final State of the Union: 'Speaking to History'

It's 'all about his legacy' on Tuesday night

(Newser) - President Obama gives his final State of the Union address at 9pm EST on Tuesday. Here's a guide of expected themes and things to watch:
  • Don't expect a laundry list of goals. Instead, expect a "central theme of optimism" that lays out a bigger picture for America,
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Obama SOTU Guests: Syrian 'Inspiration,' Empty Chair

Refugee Refaai Hamo lost wife, daughter in bomb blast

(Newser) - One of the guests at President Obama's final State of the Union address will be a man that some of his potential Republican successors wouldn't allow into the country. Refaai Hamo, a Syrian refugee who moved to Michigan last month after his tragic story went viral, will sit... More »

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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