Washington (CNN) – As President Obama prepares to lay out an agenda Tuesday night, three congressional foes say his challenge might be a lot easier if he spent a little more time schmoozing.
"I think it would make a difference from this standpoint: It is easier to understand where someone is coming from when you have a relationship with him," said Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina.
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(CNN) - Judging by their early arrivals, today might be the Black Friday of the political world.
But instead of camping out for deals on electronics and toys, they're claiming their seats for the most-watched political event of this year.
(CNN) - In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama will announce that by this time next year, 34,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will have returned home, according to sources with knowledge of the president's speech.
The move will reduce the number of U.S. forces in the country by half.FULL STORY
(CNN) - It's not a typical red carpet, but the guest list for Tuesday's State of the Union address features a range of names from successful CEOs to average Americans to local elementary school students.
Victims of gun violence will especially have a prominent role on the list of attendees, as President Obama is expected to again highlight his firearm proposals. Seated in the gallery will be at least 20 survivors of gun violence invited to attend the annual event by members of Congress, who are each given one ticket for a guest to view the speech in person.
Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Follow our real-time State of the Union live blog at cnn.com/conversation.
Washington (CNN) - It's arguably the most important poll number for any president: his approval rating.
As President Barack Obama gets ready to give the first State of the Union address of his second term, his approval rating stands at 49%, with 44% saying they disapprove of his performance in the White House, according to a new CNN Poll of Polls, which averages the latest national surveys.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - On Tuesday, President Barack Obama will present his fourth State of the Union address, the 224th in the nation's history. However, this will be only the 80th time a president has delivered the speech before Congress - earlier presidents routinely delivered a written message to be read to Congress.
Here are some firsts from past State of the Union addresses:FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – It is the second big speech of his presidency's second act, but there is little or nothing to suggest President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address offers any hope of a new beginning or a new spirit in divided Washington.
Consider the vast partisan differences in expectations.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Tea party leaders are turning to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, to deliver their message following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, a speech that will compete with the official Republican response.
Paul will make his remarks soon after Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, wraps up the GOP response Tuesday night, a Paul spokeswoman confirms to CNN.
(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will give the Republican response to the State of the Union address next week, House Speaker John Boehner's office announced Wednesday.
The speech will be delivered by the first-term senator and potential presidential candidate in both English and Spanish, as the GOP works to draw more Hispanics into its column.