Washington (CNN) – Keeping up pressure on congressional Republicans after his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama launched three days of campaign-style speeches on Wednesday with a visit to a North Carolina manufacturing plant that he said epitomized his proposals for job creation.
Obama toured the Linamar Corporation plant in Asheville before telling workers that Congress should pass his proposals laid out in Tuesday night's speech that call for more job training and ending tax subsidies that reward sending jobs overseas.FULL STORY
(CNN) – In a show of bipartisanship, Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham sat with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer during Tuesday night's State of the Union address.
The seating arrangement raised the question: Could the trio be dubbed the next "Three Amigos?"
(CNN) – Cleopatra and Nathaniel Pendleton, who lost their daughter Hadiya to gun violence last month, talked Wednesday about how they now find themselves in the middle of the gun control debate.
"Talking about her and getting the word out and becoming more involved with the issue is empowering so to speak. It helps," Cleopatra said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
Washington (CNN) – On Tuesday night Republican Rep. Paul Ryan took issue with President Barack Obama's proposal to increase the minimum wage arguing it will hurt, not help, the working poor.
"The goal ought to be to get people out of entry level jobs and into better jobs, better paying jobs. That's better education, that's a growing economy," the chair of the House Budget Committee said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, "I don't think raising the minimum wage, and history's very clear about this, doesn't actually accomplish those goals."
(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio continued to poke fun at himself Wednesday morning after his now-famous sip of water made a big splash during the Republican response to the State of the Union.
"God has a way of reminding us that we're human, every now and then," Rubio said in Spanish on CNN en Español's "Café."
Washington (CNN) - As with any State of the Union address, President Barack Obama this year had several audiences and there were multiple aims for the White House: To show that he understands the economy is still struggling and that he will do more to help the unemployed find jobs, and to portray a different side of himself than what was seen on Inauguration Day - one willing to reach out to the other party.
While the president did offer some new proposals - including increasing the minimum wage and guaranteeing preschool - many of the ideas he pushed were repeating what he had previously offered but went nowhere in divided Washington. And we saw a president trying to expand the use of executive power to help push his agenda.
Here are five things we learned Tuesday night:FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama made a wide range of claims during Tuesday's State of the Union address, from wind energy to illegal immigration. CNN fact-checked his remarks–as well as those made by Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican response.
New York (CNNMoney) - After promising five years ago to raise the federal minimum wage, President Obama finally unveiled a plan to do so on Tuesday.
In his State of the Union address, Obama pressed to raise the hourly rate in stages to $9 an hour in 2015, up from the current $7.25, and index it to inflation. The change, should it become law, would boost the wages of 15 million Americans, according to the White House.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans who watched President Barack Obama's State of the Union address said they had a very positive reaction to his speech, according to a survey of people across the country who viewed Tuesday night's address.
But a CNN/ORC International poll also indicated that less than four in ten think the speech will lead to more bipartisan cooperation.
(CNN) - After stepping off of the House floor Tuesday, President Barack Obama picked up the phone and urged supporters to push forward the priorities he outlined in his State of the Union.
"Wherever you are I just want you to remember its people like you who are going to help us actually realize the vision that I talked about tonight," he said on a conference call and livestream. "That's why you're the first phone call I'm making on the way back to the White House."