Liberals claim momentum from Obama address
January 29th, 2014
01:45 PM ET
10 months ago

Liberals claim momentum from Obama address

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's decision to highlight issues like economic inequality and the minimum wage in the State of the Union address is part of a political shift that promises to benefit Democratic candidates in this year's midterms, a top liberal campaign group said on Wednesday.

Two big themes coming out of Tuesday's address are economic populism and a "new willingness to fight" entrenched conservative interests, said Adam Green of the Washington-based Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
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Filed under: President Obama • State of the Union
January 29th, 2014
12:44 PM ET
10 months ago

Is Obama toxic to Democrats facing tough re-elections?

Washington (CNN) - When it comes to the 2014 midterm elections, Harry Reid and Mark Begich don't appear to be on the same page.

Reid, the Senate majority leader and Democrat from Nevada, says "Barack Obama is personally a very popular guy."

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Filed under: 2014 • Harry Reid • Mark Begich • Mark Udall • President Obama
Biden: Clinton won't really affect his 2016 decision
January 29th, 2014
09:09 AM ET
10 months ago

Biden: Clinton won't really affect his 2016 decision

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden says Hillary Clinton's decision on whether she will or won't run for president in 2016 will not directly impact his own decision on whether to launch another bid for the White House.

And Biden, making the rounds on the morning network newscasts, said he thinks he'd "make a good president."

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January 29th, 2014
01:21 AM ET
10 months ago

A bipartisan outpouring for wounded war hero at State of the Union

(CNN) - It’s a partisan see-saw that marks when Democrats and Republicans stand and applause at a State of the Union address. Tax cuts – cue Republicans, raise the minimum wage – hurrah go the Democrats.

But on Tuesday night, an Army soldier with a heroic and remarkable story obliterated that custom, receiving arguably the most heartfelt expression of bipartisan gratitude any Congress could muster – a nearly two-minute standing ovation.

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January 29th, 2014
01:18 AM ET
10 months ago

N.Y. congressman apologizes after threatening to throw reporter off balcony

updated 12:05 p.m. ET

Washington (CNN) – After first defending his actions, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-New York, apologized Wednesday for physically threatening a NY1 News reporter at the Capitol.

"I apologized. I called (the reporter) Michael Scotto up. He was very gracious in accepting my apology. We're going to have lunch sometime next week and make sure this is all behind us," Grimm told reporters in Washington.

"This was an unfortunate incident that shouldn't have happened. I'm sure my Italian mother is going to be yelling at me, saying 'you weren't raised that way' and she's right," he added
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Filed under: Michael Grimm
January 29th, 2014
12:49 AM ET
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Tea Party SOTU Response: ‘Obamacare is an inequality Godzilla'

Washington (CNN) - Utah Sen. Mike Lee blamed big government for growing inequality in America, calling Obamacare an “inequality Godzilla.”

Lee’s comments came during his Tea Party response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

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Filed under: Mike Lee • President Obama • State of the Union • Tea Party
CNN Poll: Speech watcher reaction less positive than previous years
January 29th, 2014
12:37 AM ET
10 months ago

CNN Poll: Speech watcher reaction less positive than previous years

Washington (CNN) – Less than half of those surveyed who watched President Barack Obama's State of the Union address reacted very positively to it, a new poll showed.

And a while the President emphasized in his speech on Tuesday night that he's willing to bypass Congress and take executive action to accomplish his goals, a CNN/ORC International survey also indicated that only three in 10 said Obama should make unilateral changes to deal with major issues.

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January 29th, 2014
12:25 AM ET
10 months ago

State of the Union: Obama calls for action, with or without Congress

Washington (CNN) - He talked a good game of acting on his own if necessary, calling for 2014 to be a "year of action, but President Barack Obama's State of the Union address showed he knows that true progress depends on cooperation with a divided and recalcitrant Congress.

"Sometimes we stumble; we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged," he said near the end of the more than hour-long speech, seeming to describe his bad 2013 that lowered his approval ratings. "But for more than 200 years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress."

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January 29th, 2014
12:13 AM ET
10 months ago

A softer Republican side in response to Obama

(CNN) – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers relied heavily on themes of family and compassion to draw divisions with President Barack Obama on Tuesday in the Republican response to his State of the Union address.

In her nationally televised appearance, she knocked him for policy proposals that "won't solve the problems actually facing Americans."

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