(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
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.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 28, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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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
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.
(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?
(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.
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.