(CNN) - One day after ordering $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to go into effect, President Barack Obama was on the phone with members of both parties Saturday, trying to find the "bipartisan compromise that we need to get out of this," said Gene Sperling, the president's senior economic aide.
"He's reaching out to Democrats who understand we have to make serious progress on long-term entitlement reform, and Republicans who realize if we have that type of entitlement reform, they'd be willing to have tax reform that raises revenues to lower the deficit," Sperling said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
(CNN) - For a second straight day, President Barack Obama will tout proposals from his State of the Union address at a campaign-style event outside Washington, visiting a Georgia pre-school where youngsters still on winter break showed up to mimic a regular day.
Obama's visit to the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center near Atlanta followed his call in Tuesday night's speech to a joint sitting of Congress for investments in high-quality early childhood education programs.
Washington (CNN) - "They deserve a vote."
President Barack Obama made that impassioned argument toward the end of his State of the Union message on Tuesday, using a strong emotional appeal to hammer home his plea for a vote in Congress on several gun control measures.
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.
(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:
(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.
CNN Fact Check: Wind energy breezes into the record books
CNN Fact Check: Obama on fuel economy: Your mileage may vary
CNN Fact Check: Illegal border crossings at lowest levels in 40 years
CNN Fact Check: Rubio says Obamacare needs a check up