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The Scariest Speech I Ever Wrote for Obama

Failure to raise debt ceiling would mean 'economic shutdown': Jon Favreau

(Newser) - In 2011, White House speechwriter Jon Favreau penned some ominous words predicting the disastrous effects of a failure to raise the debt limit, including indefinite delays on Social Security checks and halted troop pay and veterans' benefits. President Obama never had to give the speech, because the debt ceiling was... More »

Obama to GOP: Let's Cut Corporate Taxes

... but only if you agree to job creation measures

(Newser) - President Obama has a new "grand bargain" for Republicans, though it's a little less grand this time around. In a speech today, Obama will offer to overhaul the corporate tax code, reducing the rate and reaping a onetime windfall in the process, the Wall Street Journal reports. In... More »

What to Watch for in Today's Climate Speech

Obama to set out landmark regulations, but rocky road ahead

(Newser) - Today, President Obama will unveil his plans to fight climate change—"the global threat of our time," he said last week—in a speech at Georgetown University. He's taking on the threat without help from Congress , though lawmakers could potentially seize on a law that lets them... More »

Did Obama Just End the War?

Pundits differ on how seriously we should take yesterday's speech

(Newser) - President Obama delivered a landmark speech on the war on terror yesterday, but people are divided on just how impressed we ought to be. The New York Times is singing the speech's praises. "As frustratingly late as it was—much of what Mr. Obama said should have been... More »

Obama Sees an End to 'Perpetual' War on Terror

Time to narrow its scope, says president

(Newser) - In his big policy speech today, President Obama did indeed promise to rein in drone strikes —a higher threshold for targets will be required, along with a "near certainty" that no civilians will be killed—and to push once again for Gitmo's closure. The full text is... More »

In Major Shift, Obama Will Clamp Down on Drone Strikes

Will speak today on new counterterror policies

(Newser) - President Obama will today outline a new course against terror, including two big goals: cutting down on drone strikes and attempting, once again, to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. The speech comes after the administration yesterday admitted killing four US citizens with drones. Under new drone rules, strikes on foreign... More »

Teen Shot Dead Same Day Sister Attends Obama Speech

She was one of 3 Chicago teens slain over the weekend

(Newser) - A Chicago teenager was gunned down just hours after her 14-year-old sister sat on a stage behind President Obama as he gave a speech at her high school about gun violence. Janay McFarlane, the 18-year-old mother of a 3-month-old boy, was shot dead while visiting friends and family in North... More »

State of the Union Advice for Obama

Pundits urge Obama to think big, articulate a vision

(Newser) - President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address tonight, and every pundit out there has an opinion on how he should approach it. A sampling of the day's top unsolicited advice:
  • "It may be tempting to list a series of measures Obama wants Congress to pass,
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SOTU Guests: Ted Nugent, Mohawk Guy

A look at who will be attending tonight's State of the Union address

(Newser) - Who will be sitting in the audience when President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight? Well, not everyone will be a fan:
  • Ted Nugent will be there as a guest of Rep. Steve Stockman, Talking Points Memo reports. Nugent wants to "counter the scams and lies
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Obama Eyes Nuke Cuts in Tough State of the Union

Obama set for 'aggressive' speech: Glenn Thrush

(Newser) - Tomorrow's State of the Union is shaping up to be a much tougher speech than we've seen in previous editions from President Obama, writes Glenn Thrush at Politico , calling it "less a presidential olive branch than a congressional cattle prod." Obama doesn't expect Congress to... More »

State of the Union to Target Emissions Cuts

EPA could move to limit existing plants' greenhouse gases

(Newser) - President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address will follow up on his inaugural call to arms against climate change, insiders say. Though the specifics aren't clear yet, it's likely Obama will discuss limiting existing power plants' emissions—a plan that could depend on his use of... More »

Obama's Wunderkind Speechwriter Leaving

Jon Favreau may head to Hollywood after 7 years with president

(Newser) - Yet another departure from Obama's first term team : Jon Favreau, the president's wunderkind head speechwriter , is moving on. Fittingly, considering with whom he shares his name , Favreau is interested in screenwriting and may end up in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times reports. Favreau was known for some of... More »

Obama: 'Our Journey Is Not Complete'

Obama calls for collective action, progressive values in inaugural address

(Newser) - President Obama gave a fiery inaugural address today, one at once soaring and distinctly combative, making the case for collective action, support for the poor, and a variety of progressive priorities. He began by reciting the beginning of the Declaration of Independence—the "life, liberty, and the pursuit of... More »

Obama's Inaugural Address: Don't Expect Specifics

He'll emphasize 'founding values,' get to agenda in State of the Union

(Newser) - President Obama will take to the mic at noon today to share his vision for the next four years with the country, and while guns, immigration, and other big issues loom, those tuning in should expect generalities rather than details. The AP spoke with aides who say there's no... More »

Obama Unveils $500M Gun Plan

And signs 23 executive orders

(Newser) - President Obama and Joe Biden laid out their gun control plan at the White House today, calling for a $500 million program in front of a number of children who had written the president asking that he tackle gun violence. Biden got the first word, boasting that his team had... More »

Obama: 'It Falls to Us' to Care for Vets

President hails servicemembers at Arlington

(Newser) - Speaking at the final resting spot of thousands of America's servicemembers, President Obama paid tribute to Veterans Day today with a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and a vow to do more to take care of those who have served. "No ceremony or parade, no hug... More »

Obama: I Have Never Been More Hopeful

'Destiny is shared,' he says in victory speech

(Newser) - President Obama called for unity and vowed to return to the White House more determined in his victory speech before thousands of delirious supporters in Chicago, reports the AP . "This country has more wealth than any nation, but that's not what makes us rich," he said in... More »

Obama Speech an Anticlimax

So-so acceptance speech far from his finest, pundits say

(Newser) - President Obama's acceptance speech last night wasn't a complete dud, but it wasn't the finest speech of his career—or of the Democratic National Convention, or even of yesterday, say pundits. At 38 minutes, it was the shortest acceptance speech from an incumbent since Gerald Ford in... More »

Weather Moves Obama Speech Inside

President will accept nomination in an arena

(Newser) - President Obama will officially accept the Democratic nomination tomorrow night … but thanks to the weather forecast, he'll be doing it in an arena instead of an open-air stadium. His Democratic National Convention speech is being moved to Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena from Bank of America Stadium,... More »

Obama on Bush Tax Cuts: 'Let's Do What We Agree On'

President argues we 'can't afford' cuts for the rich

(Newser) - Barack Obama gave a speech today outlining his argument for extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone making less than $250,000 a year, while allowing cuts for the wealthiest Americans—"folks like myself"—to expire on Jan 1. Republicans, of course, want to keep the cuts in... More »

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