State of the Union: Politics - a view from the right
January 27th, 2014
11:20 AM ET
3 months ago

State of the Union: Politics - a view from the right

(CNN) – This Tuesday, President Barack Obama will tell us that "The state of our Union is strong," as presidents usually do. He will be right: The American people are primed to create what they always have: a more prosperous and promising future.

However, the state of our politics and government is a different story.

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: Politics - a view from the left
January 27th, 2014
11:16 AM ET
3 months ago

State of the Union: Politics - a view from the left

(CNN) - The state of our Union is, in a word: healing.

We're coming back together, America. Of course, things are far from hunky-dory. Republicans are still waging a bloody civil war between the Cro-Magnons and the Neanderthals. And in Washington, some GOP politicians are treating the lawmaking process like the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge: clogging it up out of pure political spite.

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: Congress - coming to life?
January 27th, 2014
11:13 AM ET
3 months ago

State of the Union: Congress - coming to life?

(CNN) - In recent months, the deeply divided U.S. Congress has shown signs of freeing itself from extended gridlock that caused an angry public to give it historically low approval ratings.

It adopted a budget without much partisan rancor, scaling back dreaded sequestration cuts in favor of more targeted spending reductions.

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: Economy - for many, a slow recovery
January 27th, 2014
11:07 AM ET
3 months ago

State of the Union: Economy - for many, a slow recovery

(CNN) – President Barack Obama entered office amid the deepest recession since the Great Depression. Five years later, the economy is certainly on stronger footing than it was back then, but deep scars remain.

At around $16 trillion a year, the United States produces more in annual economic output than ever before. Home prices are rising again, businesses have been adding jobs for four straight years and the stock market recently reached all-time highs.

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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Boston bombing survivors, gay pro athlete to sit in First Lady's box
January 27th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
3 months ago

Boston bombing survivors, gay pro athlete to sit in First Lady's box

Washington (CNN) — Survivors of two 2013 disasters — both natural and made-made — will be honored guests at Tuesday’s State of the Union address alongside Jason Collins, the former NBA center who in 2013 became the first openly gay male athlete in one of the four major American pro leagues.

Invitees to the First Lady’s box at the annual address to Congress are usually chosen either for their bravery — last year’s included a Medal of Honor winner — or to illustrate a policy the President is advocating during his time in front of the cameras. In 2012 Obama invited Warren Buffett’s secretary to help push raising taxes for wealthy Americans.
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January 26th, 2014
11:24 AM ET
3 months ago

WH adviser: Obama prepared to use bully pulpit

(CNN) - White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said President Barack Obama's plan to take more action in 2014-even without congressional approval-shouldn't be considered a threat to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

"I don't think it's confrontational. It's 'Let's find areas to work together,'" he said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "There are some items right before Congress we can do together."
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White House: Obama “will not wait for Congress”
January 25th, 2014
12:03 PM ET
3 months ago

White House: Obama “will not wait for Congress”

Tune in to CNN for complete State of the Union coverage, starting Tuesday, January 28 at 7 pm ET.

Updated 1:58 p.m. ET, 1/25/2014

Washington (CNN) - Just days from President Obama's State of the Union address, a senior adviser is providing a glimpse into the speech's central themes: "opportunity, action and optimism."

In an e-mail message to supporters, Dan Pfeiffer is rallying supporters ahead of the address this Tuesday, with a glimpse at the President's plans for 2014.
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GOP: Obama has ‘a lot of explaining to do’
January 25th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
3 months ago

GOP: Obama has ‘a lot of explaining to do’

(CNN) – Pre-empting President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday and the GOP response, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri on Saturday sought to get ahead of the conversation.

The President "has a lot of explaining to do" in his speech, Blunt said in the GOP weekly address, criticizing Obama's so-called "Year of Action," a blueprint for 2014 touted by the White House.
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Behind the scenes: Gearing up for the State of the Union address
January 24th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
3 months ago

Behind the scenes: Gearing up for the State of the Union address

Washington (CNN) – When President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address Tuesday night, his words will have been months in the making. So will his chief speechwriter's beard.

Cody Keenan began sporting stubble in November, just before White House officials first met to discuss the big speech and plans to shave after Obama delivers his speech before Congress.
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PHOTO: Cathy McMorris Rodgers SOTU preparations mix with motherhood
January 24th, 2014
03:08 PM ET
3 months ago

PHOTO: Cathy McMorris Rodgers SOTU preparations mix with motherhood

(CNN) – Talk about multitasking.

A baby in one arm and State of the Union preparations in the other, the House GOP's highest ranking woman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers readied for the Republican response to President Barack Obama's annual address while caring for her two-month old baby.

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