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Obama to Announce Withdrawal of 34K Troops


 Obama to 
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 34K Troops 
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Obama to Announce Withdrawal of 34K Troops

Accelerated drawdown to feature in State of the Union address

(Newser) - President Obama intends to pull about half of the US' remaining troops in Afghanistan out of the country within a year, and will announce the move at tonight's State of the Union address, two sources familiar with the address tell the AP . Obama agreed to accelerate the US exit...

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
...

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...

Graham: I'll Block Brennan, Hagel Over Benghazi

Wants White House to 'fess up on what happened

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham says he's ready to block the confirmations of both Chuck Hagel and John Brennan if President Obama isn't a little more forthcoming with what he knows about the Benghazi consulate attack. "No confirmation without information," he said today, adding that the confirmations shouldn't...

Obama&#39;s State of Union Message: &#39;Game On&#39;
 Obama's State of Union  
 Message: 'Game On' 
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Obama's State of Union Message: 'Game On'

Pundits see president's speech as a populist offensive

(Newser) - President Obama delivered a feisty, populist State of the Union address last night ( excerpts here , pictures here ), and naturally pundits are dissecting and grading it today. Here's what they're saying:
  • "Obama had a simple message for Republicans: Game on," writes Chris Cillizza of the
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In GOP Response, Daniels Blasts 'Pro-Poverty' Policy

Indiana governor says US must be 'pro-growth' instead

(Newser) - President Obama may be bullish about the state of the union, but he shouldn't be, said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels in the GOP response. Obama was elected to fix the nation's financial problems, but he's only made them worse, said Daniels. "When President Obama claims that...

Obama: 'State of Our Union Is Getting Stronger'

President says restoring American dream our 'defining issue'

(Newser) - President Obama delivered his third State of the Union address tonight, with a focus as expected on economic inequality and the need for all Americans to get a "fair shot" at success, reports CNN . In fact, Obama called keeping the promise of the American dream alive the "defining...

Obama: &#39;No Bailouts, No Handouts, No Cop-Outs&#39;
 Obama: All 
 Americans 
 Deserve 
 a 'Fair Shot' 
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Obama: All Americans Deserve a 'Fair Shot'

State of the Union speech to hit on fairness, income inequality

(Newser) - It's no great surprise given that Warren Buffett's secretary will be a guest, but President Obama will hit on the theme of income inequality in his State of the Union speech tonight. The White House released excerpts ahead of the 9pm speech, notes CNN . (Also, the phrase "...

Steve Jobs&#39; Widow Will Sit With First Lady
 Steve Jobs' Widow 
 Will Sit With First Lady 
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Steve Jobs' Widow Will Sit With First Lady

Laurene Powell Jobs will be with Michelle Obama for SOTU speech

(Newser) - The State of the Union speech itself may not have the same grand aura of addresses of old, but at least the crowd sitting with Michelle Obama is turning out to be an interesting bunch. Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve, will be with the first lady, and the White...

State of the Union Speech: Is It Still Relevant?

Maybe not, writes Linton Weeks

(Newser) - The State of the Union used to be "a monumental moment—surrounded on each side by a few days of national reflection," a time when the president could address important topics in "a relatively quiet and slowly whirring world," writes Linton Weeks at NPR . Not so...

Special Guest at SOTU: Warren Buffett's Secretary

Debbie Bosanek will sit in Michelle Obama's box

(Newser) - At tonight's State of the Union address, Warren Buffett's secretary will have a seat in Michelle Obama's box, the Washington Post reports. Debbie Bosanek is the inspiration for President Obama's "Buffett rule," a call for the rich to pay a higher tax rate; Buffett...

Obama Failed His Sputnik Moment

 Obama Failed His 
 Sputnik Moment 
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Obama Failed His Sputnik Moment

Krauthammer, Noonan: His State of the Union was a 'mushy' unserious mess

(Newser) - With the rhetorical dust settled from President Obama's State of the Union speech, two pundits on the right—Charles Krauthammer and Peggy Noonan—declare that the president blew it. Among other things, both seize on the fact that he took more than a half-hour to get to the biggest issue...

Palin: Obama's Theme Is Winning the Future&mdash;or WTF
Palin: Obama's Theme Is Winning the Future—or WTF
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Palin: Obama's Theme Is Winning the Future—or WTF

Get it? Get it? Also, we need to cut 'fluffery' spending on NPR

(Newser) - Sarah Palin, not surprisingly, wasn’t a fan of President Obama’s State of the Union address . She joked with Greta Van Susteren last night that his theme “was the WTF, you know, winning the future ,” which was appropriate because “there were a lot of WTF moments...

Stewart: Call That a Sputnik Moment?
 Stewart: Call That 
 a Sputnik Moment? 
STATE OF THE UNION

Stewart: Call That a Sputnik Moment?

Daily Show host offers his take on State of the Union

(Newser) - Jon Stewart found plenty to poke fun at in President Obama's State of the Union address—and the rebuttals. The Daily Show host homed in on Obama's "Night of Too Many Promises," specifically the president's claim that now is a " Sputnik moment ." "I'm with you!...

Reid: Earmarks Will Be Back
 Reid: Earmarks Will Be Back 

Reid: Earmarks Will Be Back

Obama 'applause lines' not really solving anything

(Newser) - "They'll be back." No, not Terminator robots from the future, but something that some may consider nearly as deadly—earmarks. Harry Reid says President Obama is wrong to try to end the practice that allows members of Congress to insert benefits for their home states into bills. "...

Obama 'Won the Center'
 Obama 'Won the Center' 
OPINION Roundup

Obama 'Won the Center'

Focus on jobs hit the right note, pundits say

(Newser) - President Obama's second State of the Union address probably won't win over many critics from the left or right, but he did an impressive—at times even Reaganesque—job of pitching to the center, pundits say.
  • "The point wasn't soaring rhetoric or soothing the nation," notes Joshua Green
...

Odd Pairings &amp; Aisle Hogs at State of the Union
 Odd Couples & Aisle Hogs
at State of the Union
STATE OF THE UNION

Odd Couples & Aisle Hogs at State of the Union

Congress makes history with bipartisan display

(Newser) - The century-old tradition of partisan seating at the State of the Union address crumbled last night as Republicans and Democrats paired off. After days of matchmaking that resembled a pre-prom frenzy , Republican-Democrat pairings included Jim DeMint and Tom Udall, Charles Schumer and Tom Coburn, and John Thune and Kirsten Gillibrand,...

Obama: This Is Our 'Sputnik Moment'

 Obama: This Is Our 
 'Sputnik Moment' 
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Obama: This Is Our 'Sputnik Moment'

President calls on Americans' 'stubborn resilience'

(Newser) - President Obama wrapped up his State of the Union Address tonight—read the full text here , from the Wall Street Journal —a speech in which he called on Americans to set aside partisan squabbles and summon their "stubborn resilience" to meet the nation's challenges, much as the US...

Obama to Call for 5-Year Spending Freeze

 Obama to Call 
 for 5-Year 
 Spending 
 Freeze 
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Obama to Call for 5-Year Spending Freeze

Measure would only hit non-defense discretionary items

(Newser) - Barack Obama will call for a five-year freeze on non-defense discretionary spending in his State of the Union address tonight, calling it “a down payment toward reducing the deficit,” a White House official tells the Wall Street Journal . The official said Obama would also look for “cuts...

Sorry, Obama: No One Will Watch Tonight

State of the Union speeches just aren't popular anymore

(Newser) - Don’t feel guilty if you’re not planning to watch the State of the Union speech tonight—hardly anyone is, writes David Graham in Newsweek . And even those who do watch won’t remember much about it. “What used to be a must-see for the country is watched...

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