January 30th, 2014
06:08 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama's State of the Union themes seek to boost Democrats in November

Washington (CNN) – Equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, immigration reform, combating climate change and virtually swearing off extended wars.

All are catnip for the political left, and all were highlighted by President Barack Obama this week as he informally launched the November election campaign for 36 Senate seats and a new House of Representatives.

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An unseen, personal battle at the State of the Union
Fort Hood shooting victim Matt Cooke attended the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, January 28, 2014
January 29th, 2014
04:52 PM ET
9 months ago

An unseen, personal battle at the State of the Union

Washington (CNN) - It was a crowning achievement, but he wasn't sure that he wanted to be there. He wasn't sure he could make it through the speech without running out of the House chamber in panic. And he didn't know how many of his country's leaders cared.

Matt Cooke wore his camouflage combat uniform, surrounded by lawmakers, innovators and a few celebrities, and he stepped into a room that would hold the world's greatest concentration of power per square inch for an hour or so.

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Biden: Clinton won't really affect his 2016 decision
January 29th, 2014
09:09 AM ET
9 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
9 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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CNN Poll: Speech watcher reaction less positive than previous years
January 29th, 2014
12:37 AM ET
9 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
9 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
9 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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January 28th, 2014
11:41 PM ET
9 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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January 28th, 2014
05:23 PM ET
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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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January 28th, 2014
12:14 PM ET
9 months ago

White House offers look at State of the Union prep

Washington (CNN) - Ahead of Tuesday's State of the Union, the White House is flooding its social media platforms to try and get Americans to tune in to the annual address.

The latest pitch is a behind-the-scenes video of President Barack Obama preparing his address with a team of speechwriters, telling them he thinks the "tone" of the speech is spot-on but it needs more real-world illustrations to make his point.

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