(CNN) – In a show of bipartisanship, Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham sat with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer during Tuesday night's State of the Union address.
The seating arrangement raised the question: Could the trio be dubbed the next "Three Amigos?"
Washington (CNN) - With a little over two weeks before automatic spending cuts hit all federal agencies, House Speaker John Boehner said they are "bad policy" but restated his position that the House will not act to replace the so called "sequester," saying it was up to the Senate to pass a bill to lay out alternative cuts.
"We've played our cards, we laid out our hand - passed those bills and nothing happened. It' time for the Senate to do its job," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill.
Washington (CNN) – A group of Republican veterans are forming a super PAC to fund a new effort to refocus the party's messaging and policy goals, in an attempt to broaden the GOP's appeal beyond its traditional demographic base.
"The goal is simple," said Alex Castellanos, who is spearheading the project, NewRepublican.org. "Help move the GOP move forward and renew our brand."
(CNN) – Cleopatra and Nathaniel Pendleton, who lost their daughter Hadiya to gun violence last month, talked Wednesday about how they now find themselves in the middle of the gun control debate.
"Talking about her and getting the word out and becoming more involved with the issue is empowering so to speak. It helps," Cleopatra said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
Washington (CNN) – On Tuesday night Republican Rep. Paul Ryan took issue with President Barack Obama's proposal to increase the minimum wage arguing it will hurt, not help, the working poor.
"The goal ought to be to get people out of entry level jobs and into better jobs, better paying jobs. That's better education, that's a growing economy," the chair of the House Budget Committee said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, "I don't think raising the minimum wage, and history's very clear about this, doesn't actually accomplish those goals."
(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio continued to poke fun at himself Wednesday morning after his now-famous sip of water made a big splash during the Republican response to the State of the Union.
"God has a way of reminding us that we're human, every now and then," Rubio said in Spanish on CNN en Español's "Café."
Washington (CNN) - As with any State of the Union address, President Barack Obama this year had several audiences and there were multiple aims for the White House: To show that he understands the economy is still struggling and that he will do more to help the unemployed find jobs, and to portray a different side of himself than what was seen on Inauguration Day - one willing to reach out to the other party.
While the president did offer some new proposals - including increasing the minimum wage and guaranteeing preschool - many of the ideas he pushed were repeating what he had previously offered but went nowhere in divided Washington. And we saw a president trying to expand the use of executive power to help push his agenda.
Here are five things we learned Tuesday night:
(CNN) - President Barack Obama made a wide range of claims during Tuesday's State of the Union address, from wind energy to illegal immigration. CNN fact-checked his remarks–as well as those made by Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican response.
CNN Fact Check: Wind energy breezes into the record books
CNN Fact Check: Obama on fuel economy: Your mileage may vary
CNN Fact Check: Illegal border crossings at lowest levels in 40 years
CNN Fact Check: Rubio says Obamacare needs a check up
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Full text: President Obama's 2013 State of the Union
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fourth State of the Union address, and his seventh address to a joint session of Congress. Here are his remarks, as prepared.
CNN Poll: 53% who watched speech give president thumbs up
A majority of Americans who watched President Barack Obama's State of the Union address said they had a very positive reaction to his speech, according to a survey of people across the country who viewed Tuesday night's address. But a CNN/ORC International poll also indicated that less than four in ten think the speech will lead to more bipartisan cooperation.
New York (CNNMoney) - After promising five years ago to raise the federal minimum wage, President Obama finally unveiled a plan to do so on Tuesday.
In his State of the Union address, Obama pressed to raise the hourly rate in stages to $9 an hour in 2015, up from the current $7.25, and index it to inflation. The change, should it become law, would boost the wages of 15 million Americans, according to the White House.