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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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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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'Defiant' Obama Shapes His Liberal Legacy

Too little, too late, critics say

(Newser) - President Obama was full of confidence during a State of the Union address last night that some pundits are calling a "victory lap," celebrating his most progressive policies and outlining an ambitious vision for the future. "We have risen from recession freer to write our own future... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Who Is War Hero Cory Remsburg?

Meet the star of last night's State of the Union

(Newser) - By far the longest standing ovation in last night's State of the Union address belonged not to President Obama but to Army Ranger Cory Remsburg. In fact, Remsburg couldn't be blamed "if the ear-splitting, two-minute standing ovation he received ... brought back memories of the day a blast... 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 »

Images From State of the Union

An Army Ranger gets his due

(Newser) - President Obama presented his State of the Union address tonight, and the AP has images from the festivities. They include Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, who was the guest of Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. But the real star of the night seemed to be Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, who was... 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 »

Obama Wants to Raise Minimum Wage to $9

He also wants preschool available to all kids, tougher gun laws

(Newser) - We knew much of what he was going to say in advance—a focus on gun violence, job creation to create a "thriving middle class," and a quicker drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan , for starters—but President Obama still had a speech to give. Some highlights and... More »

Obama: Middle-Class Jobs Must Be Our 'North Star'

In excerpts, he says initiatives won't increase the deficit a 'single dime'

(Newser) - It's not clear how specific President Obama will get in laying out initiatives to create jobs in his State of the Union Address, but excerpts released by the White House make clear he intends to make the concept a key talking point—and he insists it won't increase... 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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