(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.
(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) – 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) – 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) - 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) - 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) – 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.
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.
(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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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.