Washington (CNN) - President Obama makes his second State of the Union address Tuesday night, which will be his fourth address to Congress.
How did Obama's deeds measure up against his words in last year's address? Here are 10 key statements Obama made in his 2010 address and how events played out over the year.
Washington (CNN) - A Republican congressman who unexpectedly participated in President Obama's health care speech in 2009 by heckling the chief executive says he will be flanked by two Democrats on Tuesday night to show his willingness to work with the opposition party.
Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted "You lie!" during the president's address on health care in September 2009. The chief executive had just denied that illegal immigrants were covered in his proposed health care plan.
Capitol Hill (CNN) – Congress has 110 new members and one new ruling party in the House. And then, not so new, are the 12,000+ registered lobbyists in Washington. (See the Center for Responsive Politics' database here.) This week, American Sauce asks whether change in Congress will force any change in the lobbyist ring of power.
And we clear up some numbers in the Health Care Wars. Does the new law save or cost the government? Does it add or kill jobs?
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(CNN) – Former Virginia Governor and Republican Sen. George Allen made his campaign announcement official Monday with the release of a video on his website.
"Today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the U.S. Senate," Allen said in the almost three minute video. "You know me as someone willing to fight for the people of Virginia, and I'd like the responsibility to fight for you again. Hire me on for six years and I pledge to work hard restoring freedom, personal responsibility and opportunity for all."
(CNN) - Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel's team filed papers Monday night with the Illinois Supreme court to request a stay to allow ballots to be printed with Emanuel's name on them, according to the court.
A Democratic source aware of the developments says the Emanuel campaign will file a petition with the state Supreme court on Tuesday asking for a leave which would then allow time to appeal. Wednesday the team would file the actual appeal and brief, which may be followed by a response from the Chicago Board of Elections on Friday.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday announced a government wide series of 50 programs and proposals to increase support for U.S. military families.
The 50 initiatives - including more counseling to prevent suicides, increased education grants and expanded child-care assistance - resulted from efforts by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, to address concerns of military families.
(CNN) - A bipartisan group of American leaders, including President Barack Obama, took to the pages of USA Today Monday to commemorate the 100th birthday of former President Ronald Reagan.
Reagan understood that despite different opinions, patriots "put the welfare of our fellow citizens above all else," Obama wrote.
Washington (CNN) - On the eve of his State of the Union address, Barack Obama's approval rating is at its highest level in more than a year, according to a new national poll.
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But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates that while the president gets high marks on foreign policy and national security issues, a majority of the public disapproves of how he is handling the economy and the federal budget deficit - issues that are likely to dominate Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
TOPICS: Obama overall approval rating and approval rating on issues; approval rating for Congress; will country move in right direction under polices of Obama, GOP leaders in Congress, Democratic leaders in Congress
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden reported for jury duty in Delaware Monday morning, but he was not chosen to sit on a jury.
The White House announced early Monday that Biden, who served for nearly four decades as a U.S. senator from Delaware, and who often retreats to his Wilmington family home on the weekends, would "participate in the standard jury selection process in his capacity as a private citizen" at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington.