January 28th, 2014
12:14 PM ET
3 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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January 28th, 2014
12:11 PM ET
3 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
3 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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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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Giffords asks 'What is Congress afraid of?' in SOTU gun control ad
January 27th, 2014
10:37 PM ET
3 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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GOP to have all-woman SOTU response
January 27th, 2014
03:50 PM ET
3 months ago

GOP to have all-woman SOTU response

Washington (CNN) - Whichever language you speak, the Republican response to the State of the Union address tomorrow night will be in a woman’s voice.

Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will give a Spanish version of the party’s response to President Barack Obama’s annual speech, her office tells CNN. That will parallel the response Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, plans to give in English and will mark the first time that the GOP has tapped two women to give its official rebuttal of the President’s remarks.

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January 27th, 2014
11:31 AM ET
3 months ago

State of the Union: The presidency - feeling feisty

(CNN) – After the start of the New Year, President Barack Obama's top advisers called a group of reporters into a small basement conference room and let it be known a new day had arrived at the White House.

Stung by a year of setbacks in 2013, senior administration officials described the President refreshed from his Hawaiian vacation and ready to embark on what they called a "year of action" - shorthand for pushing policy initiatives with or without the help of Congress.

CNN's live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starts at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. Go to CNN.com for complete coverage or take it with you on your iPhone, iPad or Android.
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State of the Union: Posture shifts post 9/11
January 27th, 2014
11:30 AM ET
3 months ago

State of the Union: Posture shifts post 9/11

(CNN) – In 2013, terrorists carried out the first major attack on U.S. soil since flying hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon 12 years earlier.

The Boston Marathon bombing last April raised questions about why U.S. security agencies failed to prevent it.

CNN's live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starts at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. Go to CNN.com for complete coverage or take it with you on your iPhone, iPad or Android.
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State of the Union: Military - under the budget gun
January 27th, 2014
11:27 AM ET
3 months ago

State of the Union: Military - under the budget gun

(CNN) - The Iraq war is over and combat operations in Afghanistan end this year, but there's no evident peace dividend for the U.S. military.

Spending cuts from Washington budget deals have launched a transition started under former Defense Secretary Robert Gates to what he described as a leaner military shaped to deal with 21st Century challenges such as confronting terrorist-armed militias rather than full-fledged foreign armies.

CNN's live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starts at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. Go to CNN.com for complete coverage or take it with you on your iPhone, iPad or Android.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Military • State of the Union
State of the Union: Foreign policy - U.S. still a leader?
January 27th, 2014
11:23 AM ET
2 weeks ago

State of the Union: Foreign policy - U.S. still a leader?

(CNN) – While a sluggish economic recovery keeps the national focus on domestic issues, the Obama administration enters its sixth year with an evolving foreign policy dealing with longstanding challenges in the Middle East and new priorities in Asia.

After ending the Iraq war and winding down combat operations in Afghanistan this year, President Barack Obama seeks to shift the perception of U.S. power from self-interested unilateralism to a more multilateral, cooperative approach.

CNN's live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starts at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. Go to CNN.com for complete coverage or take it with you on your iPhone, iPad or Android.
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