January 28th, 2014
11:41 PM ET
8 months ago

State of the Union: Bravado vs. political reality

(CNN) - It was a speech filled with proclamations and bold promises for action.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama vowed to make 2014 a "year of action."

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Obama's 12 executive actions
January 28th, 2014
10:12 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama's 12 executive actions

(CNN) - President Barack Obama announced 12 executive actions during his State of the Union speech.

Here's a list, as prepared by the White House:
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Filed under: President Obama • State of the Union
January 28th, 2014
07:23 PM ET
8 months ago

Live Blog: State of the Union

Follow our live blog to get the latest updates, quotes, and analysis from President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address.

We'll also keep you tuned into what's creating buzz in the social media world.

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Filed under: State of the Union
Obama to put women's issues 'front and center' in address
January 28th, 2014
07:10 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama to put women's issues 'front and center' in address

(CNN) - Working women and their struggles will form a major part of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, CNN has learned, underscoring the important role women play both in Obama's domestic agenda and his party's hopes for this year's midterm elections.

During his speech, Obama will call for an end to the wage gap between men and women. On average, women earn 77 cents to every dollar a man makes in the workplace
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Filed under: President Obama • State of the Union
January 28th, 2014
07:00 PM ET
8 months ago

Reid will allow vote on Democratic-backed Obamacare changes

Washington (CNN) – In a nod to vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2014, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he will allow the Senate to vote on some Democratic proposals to change Obamacare.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, Reid said he is meeting with Democrats who have suggestions about altering Obamacare and hopes to bring their changes to the Senate floor for a vote.
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Filed under: 2014 • Harry Reid • President Obama
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 28, 2014
January 28th, 2014
06:10 PM ET
8 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 28, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 28, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

CNN'S SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION
STARTS ON TELEVISION AT 7 P.M. ET

CHOOSE YOUR SECOND SCREEN …
Pizza, Wings & the President of the United States: Watch the HambyCast on CNN.com, in which @PeterHambyCNN does political play by play during the speech with @TVietor08 and @Timodc
Liveblog: Follow along CNN’s coverage including notable quotes, tweets and commentary
Tweet of the Union: Follow all of the members of Congress as they tweet, sort by party & gender

A DEFINING MOMENT FOR OBAMA… Three numbers to keep in mind Tuesday night as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address: six, 30 and 43. Six as in the number of seats Republicans need to gain this November to take control of the Senate. 30: The historical average of House seats gained by the other party - in this case the Republicans - in a two-term president's "six-year itch" midterm election. And 43%, of course, is Obama's job approval rating - a reminder that his political standing is weak, though up slightly from its recent low point, as he stands before a closely divided Congress - and country - to lay out his agenda for year six of his presidency. – John King
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
January 28th, 2014
05:26 PM ET
8 months ago

Senate aide who killed himself left final message

Updated 6:03 p.m. ET, 1/28/2014

(CNN) - A newly surfaced letter written by Jesse Ryan Loskarn gives details on why the former U.S. Senate aide killed himself after getting arrested last month for possessing child pornography.

Loskarn, who was found dead Thursday, wrote in the letter that he identified with the images he purchased because he had been sexually abused, himself, as a child.
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January 28th, 2014
05:23 PM ET
8 months ago

Ordinary Americans often heralded at State of the Union

(CNN) - For more than 30 years, a handful of lucky individuals are chosen to sit with the first lady during the State of the Union address.

Some are heroes, others are smiling examples of a president's policies. Still more represent small businesses or local school programs in small towns in politically important states.

How did the tradition begin?

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Wendy Davis' daughters step in to defend their mother's life story
January 28th, 2014
04:45 PM ET
8 months ago

Wendy Davis' daughters step in to defend their mother's life story

(CNN) – The two daughters of Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis penned their support of their mother, as well as her personal history, in open letters released Tuesday.

Questions over Davis' personal story as a teenage mother who rose out of poverty by putting herself through college to become a Texas lawmaker arose earlier this month after a report by the Dallas Morning News highlighted discrepancies in her account.

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Filed under: Texas • Wendy Davis
House expected to pass bill banning taxpayer funds for abortion
January 28th, 2014
02:50 PM ET
8 months ago

House expected to pass bill banning taxpayer funds for abortion

Washington (CNN) - On the same day that the top Republican woman in the House will deliver the response to the President's State of the Union message, the GOP-led House of Representatives is expected to pass a controversial bill on an issue that divides women.

The Republican measure would ban taxpayer money for abortions.
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Filed under: Abortion • Cathy McMorris Rodgers
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