January 28th, 2014
12:11 PM ET
11 months ago

14 reasons to watch CNN for State of the Union

1.  Our depth, experience, analysis and reach: And if that's not enough, we've invited a lot of other insightful people into the conversation. While our special coverage on TV begins at 7 p.m. ET, the speech starts at 9 p.m. ET, and you can watch 24/7 on CNN.com and our apps.

2. Take our coverage with you: Besides our special TV programming, anyone can watch the speech on CNN.com and the CNN mobile apps.
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Boehner warns Obama headed for 'brick wall'
January 28th, 2014
11:11 AM ET
11 months ago

Boehner warns Obama headed for 'brick wall'

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner warned President  Barack Obama that he will "run into a brick wall" by using his executive power and bypassing Congress, as the White House has signaled the President intends to do.

"We’re just not going to sit here and let the President trample all over us," said Boehner.
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January 28th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
11 months ago

Obama to raise minimum wage for federal contractors

(CNN) - While President Barack Obama’s attempts to increase the nation’s minimum wage through legislation have stalled in Congress, the White House announced plans on Tuesday to use the president’s executive powers to partially address the problem.

Just hours before the President is scheduled to deliver his fifth State of the Union address, the White House revealed that Obama will issue an executive order to increase the minimum wage for new federal contract workers.

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7 things you didn't know you didn't know about the State of the Union
January 28th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
3 months ago

7 things you didn't know you didn't know about the State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – If you tune in to CNN’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, you’ll find plenty of intelligent reporting, insightful analysis, and a robust and thoughtful discussion of the most important issues facing our nation.

You won't find any of that here. But where else will you find the answers to burning questions such as, “What color necktie did Obama wear in 2011?” and “What the heck is that thing in front of John Boehner?”

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White House adds GM exec, immigration activist, Georgia school shooting hero to SOTU guest list
January 28th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
11 months ago

White House adds GM exec, immigration activist, Georgia school shooting hero to SOTU guest list

(CNN) - As President Barack Obama prepares to address the nation, the White House released additional names of guests invited to join the first lady for Tuesday's State of the Union address.

Among those attending the speech will be Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Company and the first woman to run a major global automaker. Antoinette Tuff, a Georgia bookkeeper deemed a hero after talking down a school shooter, will also join the first lady, along with immigration activist Cristian Avila, who joined the fasting protest in Washington last year.

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Giffords asks 'What is Congress afraid of?' in SOTU gun control ad
January 27th, 2014
10:37 PM ET
11 months ago

Giffords asks 'What is Congress afraid of?' in SOTU gun control ad

(CNN) - Gabby Giffords' gun control group will air an ad featuring the former congresswoman around Tuesday’s State of the Union address, pushing Congress to take action on legislation expanding background checks on firearms sales.

Capitalizing on the wide audience, Americans for Responsible Solutions will run the ad nationwide around the President's speech.

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Obama's polls nothing to brag about ahead of big speech
January 27th, 2014
12:22 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama's polls nothing to brag about ahead of big speech

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's poll numbers are near the lowest of his presidency as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled on Monday which averages the most recent non-partisan, live operator national surveys, Obama's approval rating stood at  44%, with 51% of Americans giving a thumbs down to Obama's performance in the White House.

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GOP congressional leaders pick top ranking woman to deliver State of the Union response
January 23rd, 2014
04:37 PM ET
11 months ago

GOP congressional leaders pick top ranking woman to deliver State of the Union response

Washington (CNN) – Emphasizing her family's story, Republican congressional leaders tapped Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth highest House GOP leader and highest ranking woman, to deliver the response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address next Tuesday.

McMorris Rodgers is serving in her fifth term representing the district that runs along the eastern side of Washington State and delivered her third child in November, becoming the only member of Congress to give birth three times while in office.

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February 13th, 2013
06:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Will Obama's speech help bipartisanship?

(CNN) - CNN's John King breaks down what parts of Obama's State of the Union address could gain support from House Republicans.

Obama takes his SOTU message on the road
February 13th, 2013
04:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama takes his SOTU message on the road

Asheville, North Carolina (CNN) – Seeking to build momentum and rally support for his jobs agenda, President Obama began the first of three campaign-style day trips around the country Wednesday a day after his fourth State of the Union address.

Traveling to Asheville, North Carolina Mr. Obama spoke at an auto parts plant to highlight his proposals he hopes will make America a "magnet" for jobs and manufacturing.

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