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Government Shutdown Barely Mentioned In Obama's SOTU Speech, In Contrast To Clinton In 1996

01/28/2014 11:08 pm ET | Updated Jan 29, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- In 1996, President Bill Clinton went before the nation and shamed congressional Republicans for shutting down the government. It was his first State of the Union address after two shutdowns that closed the federal government for 28 days, and he made sure GOP lawmakers would regret what they did.

But on Tuesday, in his first State of the Union speech since the 16-day shutdown in October, President Barack Obama took a very different approach. He made only a passing reference to the government shutdown and never pointed the finger directly at anyone.

"For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government," said Obama near the beginning of his address. "It's an important debate -- one that dates back to our very founding. But when that debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy -- when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States -- then we are not doing right by the American people."

On Jan. 23, 1996, in contrast, sitting in the first lady's box was Richard Dean, a heroic Social Security Administration employee and Vietnam War veteran who risked his life to save others during the Oklahoma City bombing. Clinton honored his service, and the entire chamber applauded him.

But then Clinton delivered his kicker: Dean had been furloughed during the government shutdown. Clinton then called on Congress to keep the government open from now on, receiving loud cheers from Democrats and an uncomfortable House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), sitting on the podium awkwardly:

But Richard Dean's story doesn't end there. This last November, he was forced out of his office when the government shut down. And the second time the government shut down he continued helping Social Security recipients, but he was working without pay.

On behalf of Richard Dean and his family, and all the other people who are out there working every day doing a good job for the American people, I challenge all of you in this chamber: Never, ever shut the federal government down again.

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News outlets declared Clinton's speech a winner, saying Republicans had been "sandbagged" by the president. Even then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) realized what had happened and was reportedly "raging" at his television set when he went home and rewatched the president's address that night. As Washington Post reporter Glenn Kessler -- who covered the shutdowns in the 1990s -- noted in 2011, "After that, Clinton never lagged in the polls again."

As in 1996, in the immediate aftermath of the most recent government shutdown, the public placed the brunt of the blame for closing the government on congressional Republicans, not the president. But this time around, the political fallout was short-lived, as Republicans successfully switched the conversation to flaws in HealthCare.gov and moved attention away from what happened during the shutdown.

Obama, too, appeared to move beyond it on Tuesday, instead emphasizing the bipartisan work Congress has done lately.

"Last month, thanks to the work of Democrats and Republicans, this Congress finally produced a budget that undoes some of last year's severe cuts to priorities like education," he said. "Nobody got everything they wanted, and we can still do more to invest in this country's future while bringing down our deficit in a balanced way. But the budget compromise should leave us freer to focus on creating new jobs, not creating new crises."

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified Rep. Tom DeLay as House speaker in 1996. He was the House majority whip at the time.

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01/29/2014 1:22 AM EST

Sen. Menendez On Obama Sinking His Iran Sanctions Bill: 'I'm Not Frustrated'

President Barack Obama made clear Tuesday night that an Iran sanctions bill being pushed by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) isn't going anywhere, threatening a veto if it ever made it to his desk.

HuffPost caught up with Menendez after the president's address and asked for his thoughts on Obama shutting down his legislation. He didn't have much to say.

"I’m not frustrated," said the New Jersey Democrat as he ducked into an elevator, pushing the buttons and looking ready to be done with the conversation. "The president has every right to do what he wants."

Menendez's bill has bipartisan support, but it faces stiff resistance from the White House, which argues it may thwart a delicate deal now in place between Iran and a number of world powers, including the United States. Under that six-month deal, Iran will stop developing its nuclear capability in exchange for an ease in existing sanctions.

Speaking to a group of reporters as he made his way to the elevator, Menendez said his "real concern" is that, without steadily imposing sanctions on Iran, the U.S. will ultimately let them all fall away.

"We'll have to accept a nuclear weapons state or we're going to end up with a military option," he said. "We won't have sanctions in place anymore."

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said he noticed something different about the way the president talked about Iran during Tuesday's address.

"He talked about preventing them from building a nuclear weapon. It used to be we're going to prevent them from having the capability to build a nuclear weapon. That seems to be gone," Lankford said. "It was all about just not getting to the last stage rather than capability. That's a pretty big shift."

-- Jennifer Bendery and Michael McAuliff

01/29/2014 1:03 AM EST

Michele Bachmann: Equal Pay Is So Old

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) didn't think much of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address (aside form his support for wounded warriors), but she was especially dismissive of his appeal for women to get equal pay. That's just so over, Bachmann argued.

"Frankly, a lot of what we heard were 40-year-old prescriptions and 40-year-old bromides. I mean really, equal pay for equal work?" Bachmann said. "I mean, this was something in the 1970s people were talking about. So I think we've addressed that."

Most economists estimate that women earn about 77 percent of what their male counterparts earn.

-- Michael McAuliff

01/29/2014 12:57 AM EST

Sen. Lindsey Graham: 'World Is Literally About To Blow Up'

Shortly after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters point-blank: "The world is literally about to blow up and our president did not really paint a fair picture of the threats we face."

Graham, a member of the Senate Arms Services Committee, said he wanted Obama to tell the American public during his annual address how he intends to resolve the conflict in Syria and questioned whether the administration's negotiations with Iranians over their nuclear program would be productive.

"I cannot stress to you enough how disappointed I was to hear the president's explanation of the state of affairs when it comes to the Mid-East and our national security threats," Graham said. "I thought he underplayed that and oversold. Explain what happens in the Middle East if the Syrian conflict goes on and (Bashar al) Assad continues to win."

He went on: "I would say that trying to free people from the bonds of al Qaeda is a good thing. That going into Afghanistan is a good thing. Taking Saddam Hussein out is a good thing. Trying to get people get on their feet and elect their government is a good thing."

Graham and a bipartisan group of senators have called for more sanctions on Iran. Obama has promised to veto any legislation that would increase such sanctions.

-- Eugene Mulero

01/29/2014 12:35 AM EST

State Of The Union Poll Gives Obama Positive Marks

HuffPost's Ariel Edwards-Levy and Mark Blumenthal report:

CNN's instant polling among Americans who watched Tuesday's State of the Union found an overwhelming majority reacting positively to President Barack Obama's address, as it has four times previously during his presidency.

The network's poll found that 76 percent of Americans viewed the speech somewhat or very positively, in line with reactions to his previous speeches, although the percentage with "very positive" views declined. Last year, 77 percent of watchers reported a positive view of the speech to CNN, and slightly higher numbers approved of Obama's speeches in three previous years. (The network didn't conduct a post-State of the Union poll in 2012.)

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01/29/2014 12:15 AM EST

GOP Response To State Of The Union Leaves Out These Words: Repeal Obamacare

HuffPost's Jeffrey Young reports:

Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) delivered harsh criticisms of President Barack Obama's health care reform law during the official GOP response to his State of the Union address Tuesday, but stopped short of explicitly demanding its repeal.

McMorris-Rodgers highlighted the negative effects of the Affordable Care Act on consumers whose premiums rose, whose previous health insurance policies were canceled because they didn't meet the law's benefit standards and whose physicians aren't covered by the new plans available on Obamacare's health insurance exchanges. But while McMorris-Rodgers declared Obama's reforms a failure, she didn't vow that congressional Republicans would continue their push to repeal the law, for which the GOP-led House has vote dozens of times.

"No, we shouldn't go back to the way things were, but this law is not working. Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government's," McMorris-Rodgers said. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made no mention of Obamacare in the written statement he issued following the speaches by Obama and McMorris-Rodgers.

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01/28/2014 11:17 PM EST

'All-Of-The-Above' Energy?

Environmental advocates had mixed reviews for the climate and energy portions of President Barack Obama's speech –- praising his climate comments but criticizing his energy strategy.

A number of environmental groups wrote to the president earlier this month asking him to drop his "all-of-the-above" rhetoric on energy. That policy, they wrote, is "fundamentally at odds with your goal of cutting carbon pollution." But Obama's speech doubled down on that language, claiming that the strategy "is working."

"If we are truly serious about fighting the climate crisis, we must look beyond an ‘all of the above’ energy policy and replace dirty fuels with clean energy," Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement following the speech. "We can’t effectively act on climate and expand drilling and fracking for oil and gas at the same time."

Erich Pica, the president of Friends of the Earth, noted that the speech "was filled with unhelpful contradictions" in an email to The Huffington Post. "You cannot address carbon pollution through an all of the above energy policy. You cannot promote regulatory streamlining and trade pacts that will undermine governments regulations while trying to implement carbon pollution regulations."

Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, praised the climate portion of the speech but also brought up the environmental elephant in the room that Obama didn't address tonight: the Keystone XL pipeline. His statement called on Obama to reject the proposed pipeline from Canada to Texas.

-- Kate Sheppard

01/28/2014 11:16 PM EST

Republicans Respond To Obama With A Soft-Focus Human Interest Speech

HuffPost's Jon Ward reports:

The response to the president's State of the Union address from Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.), the GOP's fourth-ranking member in the House, was largely an attempt to present a humanizing side of the GOP, "a more hopeful Republican vision."

The 44-year old mother of three, who gave birth to her third child in November, talked at length about her own biography: She worked at a McDonald's drive-through in college, she got up before dawn to pick apples on her family's orchard, she was in the 4H Club, she's married to a retired Navy commander. The YouTube livestream of her speech featured a picture of McMorris-Rodgers' family when she mentioned her husband and children.

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Beyond that, her speech was largely a string of generalized bromides about how Republicans want to "empower people, not politicians."

But for a party that has lost support among women voters in the last few elections -- and is viewed by a good number of voters as the party of old white men -- such a soft-focus human interest speech was just what the GOP wanted.

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01/28/2014 11:12 PM EST

Obama Barely Mentions Government Shutdown, In Contrast To Clinton In 1996

HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports:

In 1996, President Bill Clinton went before the nation and shamed congressional Republicans for shutting down the government. It was his first State of the Union address after two shutdowns that closed the federal government for 28 days, and he made sure GOP lawmakers would regret what they did.

But on Tuesday, in his first State of the Union speech since the 16-day shutdown in October, President Barack Obama took a very different approach. He made only a passing reference to the government shutdown and never pointed the finger directly at anyone.

"For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government," said Obama near the beginning of his address. "It's an important debate -- one that dates back to our very founding. But when that debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy -- when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States -- then we are not doing right by the American people."

Read more here.

01/28/2014 11:07 PM EST

Exactly Zero Words On Pot, Drug Policy Or Criminal Justice Reform

President Barack Obama didn't mention criminal justice, drug policy or marijuana in his 2014 State of the Union address at all.

Obama recently told the New Yorker he was troubled that "Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do." Attorney General Eric Holder has identified fixing the broken justice system that disproportionately affects millions of young black men as one of his top priorities. And the administration recently seems to be taking a more lenient stance on drug policy, allowing Colorado and Washington to proceed with their experiments in marijuana legalization.

None of that, however, was in the speech.

Every interest group feels left out when their favorite issue gets excluded from the State of the Union, and marijuana reform advocates are no exception. Tom Angell, co-founder of Marijuana Majority, said he thought it was "shameful" the president couldn't spare a few words.

"There are many ways the president can act to lead us out of this mess without Congress, including commuting the sentences of the thousands of nonviolent drug offenders that are locked up for no good reason," he said in an email. "He should also use the bully pulpit to build the case for repealing mandatory minimum sentences and reforming the failed drug prohibition policies that put too many of our fellow Americans behind bars for too long."

-- Matt Sledge

01/28/2014 11:01 PM EST

Drone Strikes Under 'Prudent Limits' Still Cause Civilian Casualties

President Barack Obama mentioned in his remarks the "prudent limits" he has imposed on U.S. drone strikes, referring to new procedures for the so-called "targeted killing" program laid out in a May 2013 speech.

In Pakistan, at least, those procedures seem to be having some effect: the U.K.'s Bureau of Investigative Journalism recently found that there were no reported civilian casualties from drones in that country in 2013.

Overall, however, drone strike deaths -- including those of suspected militants -- increased in both Pakistan and Yemen in the first six months after the May speech. And 2013 ended on a grisly note for the program, when the U.S. killed up to 12 civilians in a strike on a Yemeni wedding convoy.

"We will not be safer if people abroad believe we strike within their countries without regard for the consequence," Obama said Tuesday.

So far, Pakistanis and Yemenis do not seem to be satisfied by the changes to the drone program. Pakistani's interior minister this week blamed a U.S. drone strike for derailing peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, and Yemen's parliament approved a resolution after the wedding convoy attack calling for an end to all drone strikes in the country.

-- Matt Sledge

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HuffPost's Sabrina Siddiqui reports:

When President Barack Obama delivered his 2013 State of the Union address, his impassioned plea for lawmakers to vote on anti-gun violence legislation was deemed one of the most memorable moments of his presidency. That speech came just two months after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and at the onset of an ambitious push by Obama's administration to advance the most sweeping reforms to gun policy in a generation.

One year later, with his gun control agenda considered dead on Capitol Hill, the president used the same venue to pledge that he will advance measures to reduce gun violence \"with or without Congress.\"

\"Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day,\" Obama said Tuesday in his State of the Union address. \"I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say 'we are not afraid,' and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.\"

In contrast, last year's speech highlighted the victims of gun violence who'd been invited as guests and ended with an emotional call to action. Last year, Obama mentioned guns seven times; this year, the word appeared once in in speech totaling close to 7,000 words.

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HuffPost's Dave Jamieson reports:

While pressing lawmakers in Washington to pass legislation raising the federal minimum wage, President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to call upon states and cities around the country to raise their wage floors in lieu of action by Congress.

\"To every mayor, governor and state legislator in America, I say: You don’t have to wait for Congress to act,\" Obama said. \"Americans will support you if you take this on.\"

The president's speech acknowledged a simple fact of the minimum wage debate: While the GOP-controlled House of Representatives has so far refused to raise the minimum wage, more and more local governments around the country are passing such raises on their own -- and they're often doing it with public support that crosses party lines.

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HuffPost's Dave Jamieson reports:

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HuffPost's Luke Johnson reports:

President Barack Obama delivered a forceful veto threat in front of Congress, imploring members at his State of the Union speech Tuesday not to pass a bill to slap more sanctions on Iran.

\"The sanctions that we put in place helped make this opportunity possible,\" Obama said. \"But let me be clear: If this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it. For the sake of our national security, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed. If Iran’s leaders do not seize this opportunity, then I will be the first to call for more sanctions, and stand ready to exercise all options to make sure Iran does not build a nuclear weapon. But if Iran’s leaders do seize the chance, then Iran could take an important step to rejoin the community of nations, and we will have resolved one of the leading security challenges of our time without the risks of war.\"

Obama has continually vowed to veto a sanctions bill. However, warning lawmakers on their own turf ratcheted up pressure by the president to avoid that route. Obama's remarks were met with halting applause in the chamber. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did not applaud during the president's comments about Iranian diplomacy.

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HuffPost's Kate Sheppard reports:

Obama celebrated the efforts his administration has made to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while also praising recent increases in domestic oil and gas production.

Obama said early in his address that there is now more \"oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world,\" for the first time in two decades. \"The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades,\" he said.

He cited the increase in natural gas production in the U.S. as one reason for this shift. \"If extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change,\" he said.

He promised to \"cut red tape\" to help spur the construction of natural-gas-powered factories and fueling stations for cars and trucks. \"My administration will keep working with the industry to sustain production and job growth while strengthening protection of our air, our water, and our communities,\" he said.

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HuffPost's Kate Sheppard reports:

Obama celebrated the efforts his administration has made to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while also praising recent increases in domestic oil and gas production.

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Kshama Sawant won a seat on the Seattle city council last year running on a socialist platform. On Tuesday night, she'll deliver a live rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, where she'll likely speak on some issues to the left of the president -- and give those confused about what an actual socialist is a clear look into that side of the political spectrum.

Earlier in the night, freshman Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) accused Obama of being \"Kommandant-In-Chef [sic]\" and a \"Socialistic dictator.\" We'll see how satisfied Sawant is with her alleged socialist comrade's address.

-- Nick Wing

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HuffPost's Amanda Terkel and Sam Stein report:

In the lead-up to Tuesday night's State of the Union address, there was lingering hope within the gay rights community that President Barack Obama would draw attention to the discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals still face in the workplace.

And so the speech hit them with a thud when the president didn't announce plans to take executive action to ban such discrimination among federal contractors, and didn't mention the Employment Non-Discrimination Act at all.

ENDA bars employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill cleared the Senate last year, but it is currently languishing in the GOP-controlled House. While the president can't push ENDA through without congressional support, he could sign an executive order outlawing federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT individuals.

“The President’s message tonight failed to address the needs of LGBT workers looking for a fair shake in this economy,\" said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. \"Not only was there no call for the House to pass a federal law to protect LGBT workers nationwide, President Obama also sidestepped his commitment to take action where Congress has left off, leaving out an order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors.\"

Tico Almeida, founder and president of Freedom to Work, which is pushing for ENDA, called Obama's omission \"disappointing,\" especially \"given that ENDA has such strong bipartisan support.\"

\"Moving past this evening’s address, the best thing President Obama can do for ENDA is lead by example and sign the long overdue executive order creating LGBT workplace protections at federal contractors,\" he said. \"That order will fit perfectly in the President's planned 'year of action.'\"

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HuffPost's Amanda Terkel and Sam Stein report:

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HuffPost's Jon Ward reports:

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) challenged tea party conservatives in his response on their behalf to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday to move \"from protest to progress\" and to start focusing on constructive solutions for the country's problems, rather than fixating on what they oppose.

Lee used the example of the American Revolution, a favorite touchstone of many conservatives, to illustrate his point. The Boston Tea Party, he pointed out, came 14 years before the Constitutional Convention created the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia.

\"Fortunately for all of us, those early patriots moved on from Boston and moved past their protest against the government they didn’t want,\" Lee said. \"They marched forward on a road toward the kind of government they did want.

\"In America, the test of any political movement is not what that movement is against, but what it is for,\" Lee said. \"The founders made a point at Boston Harbor, but they made history in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.\"

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HuffPost's Jon Ward reports:

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A standing ovation for Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg, whom Pres Obama hails as one who \"never gives up, and he does not quit.\"

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) 4 years ago

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A standing ovation for Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg, whom Pres Obama hails as one who \"never gives up, and he does not quit.\"

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President Obama: \"On his 10th deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan.\" #SOTU http://t.co/CU29om1WRb

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 4 years ago

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Closing Guantanamo Bay is a moral imperative. Congress must stop blocking this important step to restoring our int'l reputation #SOTU

— Rep. Mike Honda (@RepMikeHonda) 5 years ago

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Closing Guantanamo Bay is a moral imperative. Congress must stop blocking this important step to restoring our int'l reputation #SOTU

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\"We’ll keep slashing that backlog so our veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned, and our wounded warriors receive the health care – including the mental health care – that they need,\" Obama said. \"We’ll keep working to help all our veterans translate their skills and leadership into jobs here at home. And we all continue to join forces to honor and support our remarkable military families.\"

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President Obama sought during his State of the Union address Tuesday night to link his 4-year-old health care reform law to his broader agenda to address widening income inequality and promote financial security.

The speech comes nearly four months into the rollout of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges, whose botched start bruised both the president and his namesake reforms.

During his address, Obama focused instead on the benefits of the law that already have taken effect, and their potential to protect Americans from crippling medical expenses. He likened the health care law to proposals he made on subjects including raising the minimum wage, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and boosting retirement savings.

\"For decades, few things exposed hard-working families to economic hardship more than a broken health care system. And in case you haven’t heard, we’re in the process of fixing that,\" Obama said. \"That’s what health insurance reform is all about: the peace of mind that if misfortune strikes, you don’t have to lose everything,\" he said, citing Amanda Shelley of Gilbert, Ariz., a guest of first lady Michelle Obama, whose pre-existing condition locked her out of the health insurance market until the Affordable Care Act took effect.

Obama also highlighted the contributions of Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, another guest of the first lady, whose handling of his state's health insurance exchange and expansion of Medicaid to more poor residents have made him a leading figure in the health care reform effort. \"Kentucky’s not the most liberal part of the country. That's not where I got my highest vote totals. But he’s like a man possessed when it comes to covering his commonwealth’s families,\" Obama said.

Acknowledging the staunch and relentless opposition of congressional Republicans to the Affordable Care Act and their repeated attempts to undo the law, Obama returned to a common refrain: enough.

\"The American people aren’t interested in refighting old battles,\" Obama said. \"Let’s not have another 40-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans like Amanda. The first 40 were plenty.\"

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President Obama sought during his State of the Union address Tuesday night to link his 4-year-old health care reform law to his broader agenda to address widening income inequality and promote financial security.

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HuffPost's Ryan J. Reilly reports:

More than five years after he signed an executive order to close the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said it's time for Congress to help him follow through.

\"This needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay -– because we counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military action, but by remaining true to our Constitutional ideals, and setting an example for the rest of the world,\" Obama said during his State of the Union address.

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HuffPost's Ryan J. Reilly reports:

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\"That’s why I’ve imposed prudent limits on the use of drones – for we will not be safer if people abroad believe we strike within their countries without regard for the consequence,\" Obama said. \"That’s why, working with this Congress, I will reform our surveillance programs – because the vital work of our intelligence community depends on public confidence, here and abroad, that the privacy of ordinary people is not being violated.\"

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We must reduce gun violence to honor @GabbyGiffords and other victims and to protect our kids and communities from harm.

— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) 3 years ago

","short_text":"

We must reduce gun violence to honor @GabbyGiffords and other victims and to protect our kids and communities from harm.

— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) Read More"},{"id":"89","created":"01/28/2014 10:04 PM EST","title":"Obama On Syria","tweet_link":"89_obama-on-syria","entry_text":"

\"While we have put al Qaeda’s core leadership on a path to defeat, the threat has evolved, as al Qaeda affiliates and other extremists take root in different parts of the world. In Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Mali, we have to keep working with partners to disrupt and disable these networks,\" Obama said. \"In Syria, we’ll support the opposition that rejects the agenda of terrorist networks. Here at home, we’ll keep strengthening our defenses, and combat new threats like cyberattacks. And as we reform our defense budget, we have to keep faith with our men and women in uniform, and invest in the capabilities they need to succeed in future missions.\"

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\"While we have put al Qaeda’s core leadership on a path to defeat, the threat has evolved, as al Qaeda affiliates and other extremists take root in different parts of the world. In Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Mali, we have to keep working with partners...Read More"},{"id":"88","created":"01/28/2014 10:02 PM EST","title":"Gwen Moore Likes Obama's Address","tweet_link":"88_gwen-moore-likes-obamas-address","entry_text":"

Raising the roof at #SOTU!

— Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore)
4 years ago

","short_text":"

Raising the roof at #SOTU!

— Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) 4 years ago

"},{"id":"87","created":"01/28/2014 10:00 PM EST","title":"Obama Calls Out Congress For Dropping Unemployment Insurance","tweet_link":"87_obama-calls-out-congress-for-dropping-unemployment-insurance","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Arthur Delaney reports:

President Barack Obama confronted Congress for letting more than a million workers miss out on unemployment insurance last month.

After saying the benefits system should be reformed to be more effective in today's economy, Obama spoke directly to lawmakers: \"This Congress needs to restore the unemployment insurance you just let expire for 1.6 million people.\"

The president then told the story of Misty DeMars, a mother of two from Oak Park, Ill., who had been steadily employed until last year. The White House announced Tuesday afternoon that DeMars had been invited to watch the speech from the first lady's box.

\"In May, she and her husband used their life savings to buy their first home,\" Obama said of DeMars. \"A week later, budget cuts claimed the job she loved.\"

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Arthur Delaney reports:

President Barack Obama confronted Congress for letting more than a million workers mi...Read More"},{"id":"86","created":"01/28/2014 10:00 PM EST","title":"Obama On Gun Violence","tweet_link":"86_obama-on-gun-violence","entry_text":"

\"Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day. I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say 'we are not afraid,' and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook,\" Obama said.

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\"Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day. I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say 'we are not afraid,' and I intend to keep trying, with or w...Read More"},{"id":"85","created":"01/28/2014 9:59 PM EST","title":"Executive Action On Public Lands?","tweet_link":"85_executive-action-on-public-lands","entry_text":"

Almost as an aside, President Barack Obama raised the prospect during the State of the Union of taking executive action to protect new areas of public lands. The remark came in the portion of the speech devoted to oil and gas development.

\"And while we’re at it, I’ll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations,\" said Obama.

Last week, 109 Democratic House members urged Obama to protect national monuments using the Antiquities Act, which allows the president to designate new monuments. The members cited the fact that Congress has gone a record amount of time without designating new public lands.

Any effort to do so, however, would surly rile Republicans, however, who have attempted to block Obama from using executive authority to designate areas for protection.

-- Kate Sheppard

","short_text":"

Almost as an aside, President Barack Obama raised the prospect during the State of the Union of taking executive action to protect new areas of public lands. The remark came in the portion of the speech devoted to oil and gas development.

\"And wh...Read More"},{"id":"84","created":"01/28/2014 9:58 PM EST","title":"Dig At McConnell","tweet_link":"84_dig-at-mcconnell","entry_text":"

.@BarackObama introduces guest, KY Gov Beshear (D), whose a big fan of #Obamacare. Real dig at McConnell. #SOTU

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

.@BarackObama introduces guest, KY Gov Beshear (D), whose a big fan of #Obamacare. Real dig at McConnell. #SOTU

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) Read More"},{"id":"83","created":"01/28/2014 9:57 PM EST","title":"Rowdy Dem Cheers","tweet_link":"83_rowdy-dem-cheers","entry_text":"

Rowdiest Dem cheers yet tonight when Obama challenges GOP to come up with their own health care plan. #SOTU

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

Rowdiest Dem cheers yet tonight when Obama challenges GOP to come up with their own health care plan. #SOTU

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) 5 ...Read More"},{"id":"82","created":"01/28/2014 9:56 PM EST","title":"'The First Forty Were Plenty'","tweet_link":"82_the-first-forty-were-plenty","entry_text":"

Obama weighed in on Republicans' repeated attempts to vote to repeal Obamacare.

\"The first forty were plenty. We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for, not just what we’re against,\" Obama said.

","short_text":"

Obama weighed in on Republicans' repeated attempts to vote to repeal Obamacare.

\"The first forty were plenty. We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for, not just what we’re against,\" Obama said.

"},{"id":"81","created":"01/28/2014 9:56 PM EST","title":"Obama Makes Major Push For Preschool, School Connectivity ... Again","tweet_link":"81_obama-makes-major-push-for-preschool-school-connectivity-again","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Joy Resmovits reports:

President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address ran short on fresh education policy ideas, unlike in previous years, according to the text of his speech.

Instead of announcing new initiatives, Obama mostly expanded on proposals he announced during and since last year's State of the Union address, tying them to his theme of fighting poverty and pushing the country forward despite legislative inaction. Obama promoted a competition to redesign high school, boosting schools' Internet connectivity, and making college more affordable and accessible -- all ideas he has already proposed.

Obama made only passing mentions of signature administration education initiatives, such as waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, and the Race to the Top competition, according to his prepared remarks. And he alluded to the Common Core State Standards without mentioning them by name.

\"Teachers and principals in schools from Tennessee to Washington, D.C., are making big strides in preparing students with skills for the new economy,\" Obama said. \"Some of this change is hard. It requires everything from more challenging curriculums and more demanding parents to better support for teachers and new ways to measure how well our kids think, not how well they can fill in a bubble on a test.  But it’s worth it -- and it’s working.\"

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Joy Resmovits reports:

President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address ran short on fresh education policy ideas, unlike in previous years, according to the text of his speech.

Instead of announcing new initi...Read More"},{"id":"80","created":"01/28/2014 9:55 PM EST","title":"Obama Praises Oil and Gas Development AND Emissions Reductions","tweet_link":"80_obama-praises-oil-and-gas-development-and-emissions-reductions","entry_text":"

President Barack Obama celebrated the efforts his administration has made to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while also praising increases in domestic oil and gas production.

Obama said early in his address that there is now more \"oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world,\" for the first time in two decades. \"The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades,\" he said.

One reason he cited is the increase in natural gas production. \"If extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change,\" he said.

He promised to \"cut red tape\" to help spur the construction of natural-gas powered factories and fueling stations for natural-gas powered cars and trucks. \"My administration will keep working with the industry to sustain production and job growth while strengthening protection of our air, our water, and our communities.\"

Obama also called for the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies –- a familiar request from his previous State of the Union addresses. And he said that his administration will act in the coming months to set new fuel efficiency standards for heavy trucks.

\"The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way,\" he said. \"But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.\"

-- Kate Sheppard

","short_text":"

President Barack Obama celebrated the efforts his administration has made to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while also praising increases in domestic oil and gas production.

Obama said early in his address that there is now more \"oil produced at h...Read More"},{"id":"79","created":"01/28/2014 9:52 PM EST","title":"Obama Calls For End To 'Mad Men'-Era Workplace Policies","tweet_link":"79_obama-calls-for-end-to-mad-menera-workplace-policies","entry_text":"

President Barack Obama addressed women's economic security in his speech on Tuesday, calling on Congress to pass fair pay legislation and other proposals that would help women in the workplace.

\"A woman deserves equal pay for equal work,\" Obama said. \"She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship –- and you know what, a father does, too. It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a 'Mad Men' episode.\"

Obama said he \"firmly believe[s] when women succeed, America succeeds\" -- a nod to the slogan of House Democrats' comprehensive women's economic agenda. The agenda includes raising the minimum wage and passing affordable childcare legislation, equal pay legislation and a bill guaranteeing paid sick and family leave -- all of which Republicans generally oppose.

\"This year, let’s all come together –- Congress, the White House, and businesses from Wall Street to Main Street -– to give every woman the opportunity she deserves,\" Obama said.

-- Laura Bassett

","short_text":"

President Barack Obama addressed women's economic security in his speech on Tuesday, calling on Congress to pass fair pay legislation and other proposals that would help women in the workplace.

\"A woman deserves equal pay for equal work,\" Obama s...Read More"},{"id":"78","created":"01/28/2014 9:51 PM EST","title":"'It's Easy To Remember'","tweet_link":"78_its-easy-to-remember","entry_text":"

\"Tom Harkin and George Miller have a bill to fix that by lifting the minimum wage to $10.10. It's easy to remember -- ten-ten,\" Obama said. \"This will help families. It will give businesses customers with more money to spend. It doesn’t involve any new bureaucratic program. So join the rest of the country. Say yes. Give America a raise.'

","short_text":"

\"Tom Harkin and George Miller have a bill to fix that by lifting the minimum wage to $10.10. It's easy to remember -- ten-ten,\" Obama said. \"This will help families. It will give businesses customers with more money to spend. It doesn’t involve any n...Read More"},{"id":"77","created":"01/28/2014 9:49 PM EST","title":"'You Shouldn't Have To Live In Poverty'","tweet_link":"77_you-shouldnt-have-to-live-in-poverty","entry_text":"

\"In the coming weeks, I will issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour –- because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty,\" Obama said.

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\"In the coming weeks, I will issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour –- because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have t...Read More"},{"id":"76","created":"01/28/2014 9:48 PM EST","title":"Boehner Hypocrisy ","tweet_link":"76_boehner-hypocrisy-","entry_text":"

Boehner stood up and clapped for equal pay, but won't bring the Paycheck Fairness Act to the floor for a vote.

— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

Boehner stood up and clapped for equal pay, but won't bring the Paycheck Fairness Act to the floor for a vote.

— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) ...Read More"},{"id":"75","created":"01/28/2014 9:46 PM EST","title":"Obama On Big 'Embarrassment'","tweet_link":"75_obama-on-big-embarrassment","entry_text":"

\"Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment,\" Obama said. \"Women deserve equal pay for equal work.\"

","short_text":"

\"Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment,\" Obama said. \"Women deserve equal pay for equal work.\"

"},{"id":"74","created":"01/28/2014 9:40 PM EST","title":"Obama Asks CEOs To Give Long-Term Unemployed 'A Fair Shot'","tweet_link":"74_obama-asks-ceos-to-give-longterm-unemployed-a-fair-shot","entry_text":"

\"Congress, give these hardworking, responsible Americans that chance,\" Obama said. \"They need our help, but more important, this country needs them in the game. That’s why I’ve been asking CEOs to give more long-term unemployed workers a fair shot at that new job and new chance to support their families.\"

","short_text":"

\"Congress, give these hardworking, responsible Americans that chance,\" Obama said. \"They need our help, but more important, this country needs them in the game. That’s why I’ve been asking CEOs to give more long-term unemployed workers a fair shot ...Read More"},{"id":"73","created":"01/28/2014 9:39 PM EST","title":"Obama: 'Let's Get Immigration Reform Done This Year'","tweet_link":"73_obama-lets-get-immigration-reform-done-this-year","entry_text":"

President Barack Obama devoted only a short portion of his speech to immigration, one of his top policy priorities in 2013. The reason for his brevity could be that the politics surrounding the issue are currently more delicate than ever. House Republicans plan to release priorities for reform as soon as this week, and it's a bad time to antagonize them. It's viewed as better, for now, to let the House GOP have its space to work.

Instead, Obama focused on the positive, saying \"members of both parties in the House want to\" address immigration reform this year and urging them to do it. He didn't go into detail about the specific policies -- he's done so in previous speeches, including last year's State of the Union address -- such as a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, border security and streamlining the legal immigration system.

And although Obama discussed executive actions he will take on other issues, he didn't announce any plans on immigration, despite activists' pleas for him to halt the deportations of undocumented immigrants without criminal records.

His full immigration comments:

Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement -- and fix our broken immigration system. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same. Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams -- to study, invent, contribute to our culture -- they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everybody. So let’s get immigration reform done this year.

More interesting, to many, was the positive response from some Republicans to Obama's comments:

Fred Upton and Orrin Hatch among the very few Repubs who applauded immigration line. #SOTU

— daveweigel (@daveweigel) January 29, 2014

Cantor w/ the tentative clap. RT @ShaneGoldmacher: Paul Ryan, up and clapping, for "fix our broken immigration system."

— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) January 29, 2014

Boehner claps when Obama says "time to fix our broken immigration system". I'm clapping too

— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) January 29, 2014

-- Elise Foley

","short_text":"

President Barack Obama devoted only a short portion of his speech to immigration, one of his top policy priorities in 2013. The reason for his brevity could be that the politics surrounding the issue are currently more delicate than ever. House Republi...Read More"},{"id":"72","created":"01/28/2014 9:37 PM EST","title":"What Obama Asked Biden","tweet_link":"72_what-obama-asked-biden","entry_text":"

\"So tonight, I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now,\" Obama said.

","short_text":"

\"So tonight, I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled ri...Read More"},{"id":"71","created":"01/28/2014 9:34 PM EST","title":"'The Debate Is Settled'","tweet_link":"71_the-debate-is-settled","entry_text":"

\"But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact,\" Obama said.

","short_text":"

\"But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact,\" Obama said.

"},{"id":"70","created":"01/28/2014 9:31 PM EST","title":"Obama: Energy Strategy Is Working","tweet_link":"70_obama-energy-strategy-is-working","entry_text":"

Obama said \"the all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working\":

One of the reasons why is natural gas – if extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change. Businesses plan to invest almost $100 billion in new factories that use natural gas. I’ll cut red tape to help states get those factories built, and this Congress can help by putting people to work building fueling stations that shift more cars and trucks from foreign oil to American natural gas. My administration will keep working with the industry to sustain production and job growth while strengthening protection of our air, our water, and our communities. And while we’re at it, I’ll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.

It’s not just oil and natural gas production that’s booming; we’re becoming a global leader in solar, too. Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced. Let’s continue that progress with a smarter tax policy that stops giving $4 billion a year to fossil fuel industries that don’t need it, so that we can invest more in fuels of the future that do.

","short_text":"

Obama said \"the all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working\":

One of the reasons why is natural gas – if extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon polluti...Read More"},{"id":"69","created":"01/28/2014 9:29 PM EST","title":"Obama On Trade","tweet_link":"69_obama-on-trade","entry_text":"

Let’s do more to help the entrepreneurs and small business owners who create most new jobs in America. Over the past five years, my administration has made more loans to small business owners than any other. And when ninety-eight percent of our exporters are small businesses, new trade partnerships with Europe and the Asia-Pacific will help them create more jobs. We need to work together on tools like bipartisan trade promotion authority to protect our workers, protect our environment, and open new markets to new goods stamped “Made in the USA.” China and Europe aren’t standing on the sidelines. Neither should we.

-- Obama

","short_text":"

Let’s do more to help the entrepreneurs and small business owners who create most new jobs in America. Over the past five years, my administration has made more loans to small business owners than any other. And when ninety-eight percent ...Read More"},{"id":"68","created":"01/28/2014 9:28 PM EST","title":"Second Lady's Wrist Broken","tweet_link":"68_second-ladys-wrist-broken","entry_text":"

An aide to Dr. Jill Biden says the second lady broke her left wrist in a fall last week. She'll be in a cast for about 6 weeks.

— Carrie Dann (@CarrieNBCNews) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

An aide to Dr. Jill Biden says the second lady broke her left wrist in a fall last week. She'll be in a cast for about 6 weeks.

— Carrie Dann (@CarrieNBCNews) Read More"},{"id":"67","created":"01/28/2014 9:25 PM EST","title":"Boehner Thumbs Up","tweet_link":"67_boehner-thumbs-up","entry_text":"

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) gave Obama a smile and a thumbs up during the State of the Union address. No, it wasn't because of Obama's appeal to extend unemployment benefits. It was because the president said that America was the kind of place when the son of a barkeep -- like Boehner -- could rise to be the leader of the House.

\"That’s what drew our forebears here. It’s how the daughter of a factory worker is CEO of America’s largest automaker; how the son of a barkeeper is Speaker of the House; how the son of a single mom can be President of the greatest nation on Earth,\" Obama said.

Boehner received a standing ovation.

WATCH:

-- Michael McAuliff

","short_text":"

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) gave Obama a smile and a thumbs up during the State of the Union address. No, it wasn't because of Obama's appeal to extend unemployment benefits. It was because the president said that America was the kind of place ...Read More"},{"id":"66","created":"01/28/2014 9:24 PM EST","title":"Obama Praises Michelle","tweet_link":"66_obama-praises-michelle","entry_text":"

Obama praised his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, for setting \"a good example.\"

\"Michelle’s Let’s Move partnership with schools, businesses, and local leaders has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in thirty years – an achievement that will improve lives and reduce health care costs for decades to come,\" Obama said. \"The Joining Forces alliance that Michelle and Jill Biden launched has already encouraged employers to hire or train nearly 400,000 veterans and military spouses.\"

The first lady received a standing ovation.

","short_text":"

Obama praised his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, for setting \"a good example.\"

\"Michelle’s Let’s Move partnership with schools, businesses, and local leaders has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in thirty years "},{"id":"65","created":"01/28/2014 9:24 PM EST","title":"Taking Responsibility ","tweet_link":"65_taking-responsibility-","entry_text":"

\"If you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead\"

From the man who avoids responsibility for his failure to respond in Benghazi

— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You)
1 year ago

","short_text":"

\"If you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead\"

From the man who avoids responsibility for his failure to respond in Benghazi

— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) Read More"},{"id":"64","created":"01/28/2014 9:22 PM EST","title":"'Inequality Has Deepened' ","tweet_link":"64_inequality-has-deepened-","entry_text":"

\"Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all,\" Obama said.

","short_text":"

\"Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all,\" Obama sa...Read More"},{"id":"63","created":"01/28/2014 9:20 PM EST","title":"No Applause ","tweet_link":"63_no-applause-","entry_text":"

No applause from Republicans when Obama says it's not doing right by the American ppl to shut down the govt. #SOTU

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery)
5 years ago

","short_text":"

No applause from Republicans when Obama says it's not doing right by the American ppl to shut down the govt. #SOTU

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) Read More"},{"id":"62","created":"01/28/2014 9:20 PM EST","title":"On The Shutdown","tweet_link":"62_on-the-shutdown","entry_text":"

\"When our differences shut down government or threaten the credit of the U.S...we are not doing right by the American people,\" Obama said.

","short_text":"

\"When our differences shut down government or threaten the credit of the U.S...we are not doing right by the American people,\" Obama said.

"},{"id":"61","created":"01/28/2014 9:19 PM EST","title":"'Better-Positioned'","tweet_link":"61_betterpositioned","entry_text":"

\"The American people have us better-positioned for the 21st century than any other country on Earth,\" Obama said.

","short_text":"

\"The American people have us better-positioned for the 21st century than any other country on Earth,\" Obama said.

"},{"id":"60","created":"01/28/2014 9:17 PM EST","title":"'It Is You'","tweet_link":"60_it-is-you","entry_text":"

\"It is you, our citizens, who make the state of our union strong,\" Obama said.

","short_text":"

\"It is you, our citizens, who make the state of our union strong,\" Obama said.

"},{"id":"59","created":"01/28/2014 9:07 PM EST","title":"Members Wearing Blue Ribbons To Support Unemployment Insurance","tweet_link":"59_members-wearing-blue-ribbons-to-support-unemployment-insurance","entry_text":"

Several Democratic members of Congress and their guests are wearing blue ribbons to signal support for reauthorizing long-term unemployment insurance. Congress let benefits lapse for 1.3 million Americans at the end of December.

@WaysMeansCmte 2 bad y'all don't wear Yellow or the Stars/Stripes to recognize our troops! #tcot #SOTU

— Bearded Revolution (@bobincincy) January 29, 2014

-- Arthur Delaney

","short_text":"

Several Democratic members of Congress and their guests are wearing blue ribbons to signal support for reauthorizing long-term unemployment insurance. Congress let benefits lapse for 1.3 million Americans at the end of December.

Read More"},{"id":"58","created":"01/28/2014 9:05 PM EST","title":"Obama To Advocate For 'Black Teenage Unemployment Act': Economist","tweet_link":"58_obama-to-advocate-for-black-teenage-unemployment-act-economist","entry_text":"

The president is expected to speak at length tonight about Democrats' proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and peg it to inflation. If the president is reading this -- granted, given the hour, it's unlikely -- HuffPost politely suggests that during the minimum wage portion of the program he make direct and sustained eye contact with Arthur Laffer, a guest of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

Laffer -- an economist who worked under President Ronald Reagan and is most famous for the Laffer Curve -- isn't a tremendous fan of the minimum wage. He's referred to legislation raising the minimum wage as the \"Black Teenage Unemployment Act,\" since, like many conservatives, he believes that higher minimum wages reduce hours and ultimately hurt low-wage workers. (Whatever your political or economic leanings, there are ample studies on the merits of a government-mandated wage floor to support such workers.)

Speaking on Fox News earlier this month, Laffer argued that by raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Obama would hurt the very low-wage earners that he was trying to help. He also went a step further, suggesting that the minimum wage be abolished, though just for teenagers:

\"The minimum wage makes absolutely no sense whatever to me… I mean, honestly, it’s just the teenage — black teenage unemployment act and this is the very group that we need to have jobs (and) not be put out of work because of the minimum wage. So I’m very much in favor of at least for teenagers getting rid of the minimum wage so that we can bring them back to the labor force, get them the skills they need to continue being productive members of our society for years and years.\"

[Ed. note: The bill before Congress is in fact called the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013.]

-- Dave Jamieson

","short_text":"

The president is expected to speak at length tonight about Democrats' proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and peg it to inflation. If the president is reading this -- granted, given the hour, it's unlikely -- HuffPost politely...Read More"},{"id":"57","created":"01/28/2014 9:02 PM EST","title":"Reaching Across Party Lines","tweet_link":"57_reaching-across-party-lines","entry_text":"

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) arrive at the State Of The Union together.

","short_text":"

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) arrive at the State Of The Union together.

"},{"id":"56","created":"01/28/2014 9:00 PM EST","title":"How Much Obamacare Will Obama Care To Talk About?","tweet_link":"56_how-much-obamacare-will-obama-care-to-talk-about","entry_text":"

Tonight is the first State of the Union address since the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act took effect on Jan. 1, so President Barack Obama can be expected to talk about new benefits like the ban on discriminating against people with preexisting conditions and the availability of financial assistance for low- and middle-income health insurance consumers.

The first lady is hosting Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), who became a standard-bearer for Obamacare by not botching its rollout (like the federal government and other states did in October), and Amanda Shelley of Gilbert, Ariz., who gained health coverage under the law after being shut out of the insurance market because of a pre-existing condition. (For their part, Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, are bringing guests of their own to highlight the downsides of Obamacare.)

How much more will Obama, who has apologized for the failings of the law's rollout, say about his health care law? Considering health care reform is widely considered to be his biggest domestic policy achievement, and that the relentless political debate over the Affordable Care Act has partially defined his presidency, he actually hasn't devoted much time to it during his previous State of the Union addresses.

Last year, Obama devoted just 248 words to health care, or 3.9 percent of the speech, according to an analysis by The Advisory Board Co., a Washington-based health care consulting firm. The year before, he said even less: 70 words, or about 1 percent of his address. Not surprisingly, Obama's 2010 State of the Union remarks, which took place during the final round of the legislative battle to pass the bill, was heaviest on health care at 570 words, or 7.8 percent of the speech.

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Source: The Advisory Board Co.

-- Jeffrey Young

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Tonight is the first State of the Union address since the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act took effect on Jan. 1, so President Barack Obama can be expected to talk about new benefits like the ban on discriminating against people with preexist...Read More"},{"id":"55","created":"01/28/2014 8:55 PM EST","title":"Obama's Recurring American Dream Theme","tweet_link":"55_obamas-recurring-american-dream-theme","entry_text":"

President Obama will revisit an idea Tuesday he's talked about in his three most recent State of the Union addresses. It's about the American Dream.

\"What I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all –- the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead,\" the president will say, according to an excerpt of remarks released by the White House ahead of his address.

In last year's address, he put it this way: \"It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country -- the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, or who you love.\"

In 2012, he lauded \"the basic American promise that if you worked hard, you could do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for retirement.\"

And in 2011, Obama sounded a little more nostalgic about what he later called the USA's basic bargain.

\"Many people watching tonight can probably remember a time when finding a good job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown,\" he said. \"You didn’t always need a degree, and your competition was pretty much limited to your neighbors. If you worked hard, chances are you’d have a job for life, with a decent paycheck and good benefits and the occasional promotion. Maybe you’d even have the pride of seeing your kids work at the same company. That world has changed.\"

-- Arthur Delaney

","short_text":"

President Obama will revisit an idea Tuesday he's talked about in his three most recent State of the Union addresses. It's about the American Dream.

\"What I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young o...Read More"},{"id":"54","created":"01/28/2014 8:54 PM EST","title":"Cruz Denied","tweet_link":"54_cruz-denied","entry_text":"

Ted Cruz gets no handshake from John McCain. Steps to Louie Gohmert. Firm handshake. #sotu

— Todd Zwillich (@toddzwillich) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

Ted Cruz gets no handshake from John McCain. Steps to Louie Gohmert. Firm handshake. #sotu

— Todd Zwillich (@toddzwillich) 4 years agoRead More"},{"id":"53","created":"01/28/2014 8:52 PM EST","title":"What To Expect From Obama's Foreign Policy Agenda","tweet_link":"53_what-to-expect-from-obamas-foreign-policy-agenda","entry_text":"

From the breakthrough in diplomacy with Iran to the end of U.S. military’s participation in the Afghanistan War, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and Syria's civil war, what foreign policy issues must the president cover during tonight's State of the Union address? HuffPost Live discusses with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos, National Iranian American Council research director Reza Marashi and Interpreter Magazine editor-in-chief Michael Weiss.

-- Ryan Buxton

","short_text":"

From the breakthrough in diplomacy with Iran to the end of U.S. military’s participation in the Afghanistan War, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and Syria's civil war, what foreign policy issues must the president cover during tonight's State of the...Read More"},{"id":"52","created":"01/28/2014 8:50 PM EST","title":"Obama Already Knows The Perks And Perils Of Ruling By Executive Order","tweet_link":"52_obama-already-knows-the-perks-and-perils-of-ruling-by-executive-order","entry_text":"

According to excerpts released by the White House, President Obama's State of the Union address will center on his plans to rule by executive order in light of a stagnant Congress.

\"Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do,\" Obama is expected to say, according to the excerpts. \"America does not stand still and neither will I.\"

It's a theme familiar to education observers. Obama has already taken such steps in the field of K-12 education. The strategy was somewhat effective in the short term, but the ultimate result is a flimsy legacy that can easily be undone by his successor and angry congressional Republicans who decry Obama for overstepping the boundaries of his power.

After Congress failed to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, the Bush-era law that rewarded and punished schools based largely on standardized test scores, Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan offered states waivers from the most cumbersome strictures of the law -- if they agreed to implement certain education reforms. The waiver process accomplished two things for the administration: politically, Obama could begin to provide relief to governors who said their school systems were crumbling under the weight of the much-derided law; on the policy end, it was a non-legislative workaround to get states to implement White House education priorities such as stricter teacher evaluations.

Forty-five states applied for waivers, and 42 have received them so far. Since the waivers were announced, though, as Congress moved to rewrite the law in fits and starts, the administration was criticized for expending little effort to negotiate the rewrite -- further imperiling his legacy in education.

-- Joy Resmovits

","short_text":"

According to excerpts released by the White House, President Obama's State of the Union address will center on his plans to rule by executive order in light of a stagnant Congress.

\"Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to ex...Read More"},{"id":"51","created":"01/28/2014 8:50 PM EST","title":"Michelle Obama Leaves For SOTU","tweet_link":"51_michelle-obama-leaves-for-sotu","entry_text":"

Heading to the Capitol. https://t.co/LmV8ZJVDHz #SOTU #StateOfTheUnion

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

Heading to the Capitol. https://t.co/LmV8ZJVDHz #SOTU #StateOfTheUnion

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 4 years ago

"},{"id":"50","created":"01/28/2014 8:46 PM EST","title":"Harry Reid Heads To SOTU Speech","tweet_link":"50_harry-reid-heads-to-sotu-speech","entry_text":"

We're on our way to listen to the President. #SOTU http://t.co/59iW0lJ6o9

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

We're on our way to listen to the President. #SOTU http://t.co/59iW0lJ6o9

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) Read More"},{"id":"49","created":"01/28/2014 8:45 PM EST","title":"Obama's On His Way","tweet_link":"49_obamas-on-his-way","entry_text":"

UPDATE: Obama's motorcade. It's approaching the Capitol. A chill is in the air. #SOTU

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

UPDATE: Obama's motorcade. It's approaching the Capitol. A chill is in the air. #SOTU

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) 5 years ago

Read More"},{"id":"48","created":"01/28/2014 8:44 PM EST","title":"Duck Dynasty Star Cozies Up To His Wife In The Capitol","tweet_link":"48_duck-dynasty-star-cozies-up-to-his-wife-in-the-capitol","entry_text":"

\"robertson\"

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"},{"id":"47","created":"01/28/2014 8:36 PM EST","title":"Al Franken Excited To Have SOTU Guest Erick Ajax","tweet_link":"47_al-franken-excited-to-have-sotu-guest-erick-ajax","entry_text":"

Very excited to have #MN manufacturer & workforce development leader Erick Ajax as my guest for #SOTU -Al http://t.co/yQVVgd2iWu

— Al Franken (@alfranken) 6 years ago

","short_text":"

Very excited to have #MN manufacturer & workforce development leader Erick Ajax as my guest for #SOTU -Al http://t.co/yQVVgd2iWu

— Al Franken (@alfranken) Read More"},{"id":"46","created":"01/28/2014 8:32 PM EST","title":"Eleanor Holmes Norton Is Cold","tweet_link":"46_eleanor-holmes-norton-is-cold","entry_text":"

!!Pres better set us on fire tonite. It's freezing here on the fLoor!!

— Eleanor H. Norton (@EleanorNorton) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

!!Pres better set us on fire tonite. It's freezing here on the fLoor!!

— Eleanor H. Norton (@EleanorNorton) 4 years ago

Read More"},{"id":"45","created":"01/28/2014 8:27 PM EST","title":"Steve Stockman Suspects Something Is Missing From Obama's Speech","tweet_link":"45_steve-stockman-suspects-something-is-missing-from-obamas-speech","entry_text":"

You know what I'm not seeing in the advance excerpts & talking points of Obama's #SOTU? Any mention of his defining legislative achievement

— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) 1 year ago

","short_text":"

You know what I'm not seeing in the advance excerpts & talking points of Obama's #SOTU? Any mention of his defining legislative achievement

— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) Read More"},{"id":"44","created":"01/28/2014 8:19 PM EST","title":"Bernie Sanders Emphasizes Income Gap Before SOTU","tweet_link":"44_bernie-sanders-emphasizes-income-gap-before-sotu","entry_text":"

95% of all of the new income generated in this country from 2009-2012 went to the top 1%. #SOTU

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

95% of all of the new income generated in this country from 2009-2012 went to the top 1%. #SOTU

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) 4 years ago<...Read More"},{"id":"43","created":"01/28/2014 8:16 PM EST","title":"The GOP Hashtag Games Have Begun","tweet_link":"43_the-gop-hashtag-games-have-begun","entry_text":"

#SOTUinthreewords -- \"Obamacare has failed.\"

— Rep. Trent Franks (@RepTrentFranks) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

#SOTUinthreewords -- \"Obamacare has failed.\"

— Rep. Trent Franks (@RepTrentFranks) 4 years ago

"},{"id":"42","created":"01/28/2014 8:13 PM EST","title":"How Obama Prepares","tweet_link":"42_how-obama-prepares","entry_text":"

Jon Favreau, Obama's former speechwriter, shares details on the president's preparation:

I have worked on five State of the Union addresses, and they never get easier. The President starts thinking about this speech in late November, and each year, he would begin with a few bold pronouncements: “This will not be a laundry list!” and “This one will be shorter than all the rest!” By the weekend before, we’d be cutting furiously, fending off additions from the rest of the administration (and the President!) in a desperate attempt to keep this monster under an hour. Obama himself would clock consecutive 2 a.m. nights editing and revising. And if anyone’s looked at the White House Instagram feed lately, you’ll notice that Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan hasn’t had time to shave a single hair from his face since late in 2013, and now bears a striking resemblance to Homeland’s Saul Berenson, a development that has left his girlfriend deeply concerned.

Click here to read more.

","short_text":"

Jon Favreau, Obama's former speechwriter, shares details on the president's preparation:

I hav...Read More"},{"id":"41","created":"01/28/2014 8:12 PM EST","title":"What Will He Say About Obamacare?","tweet_link":"41_what-will-he-say-about-obamacare","entry_text":"

After the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, what will the president say about the Affordable Care Act in tonight's State Of The Union? In the video below, HuffPost Live discusses Obamacare's role in tonight's address with experts including Healthcare Advocates, Inc. President Kevin Flynn, Young Invincibles Deputy Director Jen Mishory and HuffPost health care reporter Jeffrey Young.

-- Ryan Buxton

","short_text":"

After the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, what will the president say about the Affordable Care Act in tonight's State Of The Union? In the video below, HuffPost Live discusses Obamacare's role in tonight's address with experts including Healthca...Read More"},{"id":"40","created":"01/28/2014 8:12 PM EST","title":"Inside The Capitol Before The Speech","tweet_link":"40_inside-the-capitol-before-the-speech","entry_text":"

What the hallways look like on #SOTU night. #behindthescenes http://t.co/uMyNY54p1d

— Susan W. Brooks (@SusanWBrooks) 1 year ago

","short_text":"

What the hallways look like on #SOTU night. #behindthescenes http://t.co/uMyNY54p1d

— Susan W. Brooks (@SusanWBrooks) Read More"},{"id":"39","created":"01/28/2014 8:09 PM EST","title":"Sarah Palin Calls SOTU \"More Of The Same\"","tweet_link":"39_sarah-palin-calls-sotu-more-of-the-same","entry_text":"

Look forward to hearing facts from @SenMikeLee following \"more of the same\" in SOTU tonight. #TPSOTU http://t.co/qc4NKbXKea

— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

Look forward to hearing facts from @SenMikeLee following \"more of the same\" in SOTU tonight. #TPSOTU http://t.co/qc4NKbXKea

—...Read More"},{"id":"38","created":"01/28/2014 8:06 PM EST","title":"Members Make Statement, Wear Blue Ribbons To Support Extending Unemployment Benefits","tweet_link":"38_members-make-statement-wear-blue-ribbons-to-support-extending-unemployment-benefits","entry_text":"

Look for Members of Congress wearing blue ribbons tonight, demonstrating support for #renewui. http://t.co/9RXt5LZju4

— Sandy Levin (@repsandylevin) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

Look for Members of Congress wearing blue ribbons tonight, demonstrating support for #renewui. http://t.co/9RXt5LZju4

— Sandy Levin (@repsandylevin) Read More"},{"id":"37","created":"01/28/2014 8:02 PM EST","title":"The Designated Survivor Is...","tweet_link":"37_the-designated-survivor-is","entry_text":"

United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will serve as the designated survivor during the 2014 State of the Union.

","short_text":"

United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will serve as the designated survivor during the 2014 State of the Union.

"},{"id":"36","created":"01/28/2014 8:01 PM EST","title":"Sen. Ted Cruz Criticizes Obama","tweet_link":"36_sen-ted-cruz-criticizes-obama","entry_text":"

In the nation's history, there is simply no precedent for an American president so wantonly ignoring federal law: http://t.co/jTrFdJ8dqj

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) 1 year ago

","short_text":"

In the nation's history, there is simply no precedent for an American president so wantonly ignoring federal law: http://t.co/jTrFdJ8dqj

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz)...Read More"},{"id":"35","created":"01/28/2014 8:00 PM EST","title":"Ryan Wishes McMorris Rodgers Luck","tweet_link":"35_ryan-wishes-mcmorris-rodgers-luck","entry_text":"

Good luck to my friend @cathymcmorris tonight. I'm looking forward to her response to the #SOTU.

— Paul Ryan (@PRyan) 1 year ago

","short_text":"

Good luck to my friend @cathymcmorris tonight. I'm looking forward to her response to the #SOTU.

— Paul Ryan (@PRyan) Read More"},{"id":"34","created":"01/28/2014 7:52 PM EST","title":"Michelle Obama Heads Over To Watch SOTU","tweet_link":"34_michelle-obama-heads-over-to-watch-sotu","entry_text":"

\"Heading over to watch Barack's #StateOfTheUnion address.\" —FLOTUS: https://t.co/BxtwFUmjOl

Watch here: http://t.co/se4yYSg5Cu #SOTU

— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) 1 year ago

","short_text":"

\"Heading over to watch Barack's #StateOfTheUnion address.\" —FLOTUS: https://t.co/BxtwFUmjOl

Watch here: http://t.co/se4yYSg5Cu #SOTU

— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) Read More"},{"id":"33","created":"01/28/2014 7:38 PM EST","title":"Obama's State Of The Union Guests Still Eager To See His Vision Achieved","tweet_link":"33_obamas-state-of-the-union-guests-still-eager-to-see-his-vision-achieved","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Sam Stein reports:

In the early winter of 2010, Gabriela Farfan was a freshman at Stanford University planning a career in environmental science. She had been fascinated with the subject since growing up in Madison, Wis.

As a senior in high school, Farfan won top awards in the Intel Science Talent Search for her research on the nanoinclusions of certain gemstones and why they appeared to change color when viewed from different angles.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Sam Stein reports:

In the early winter of 2010, Gabriela Farfan was a freshman at Stanford University planning a...Read More"},{"id":"31","created":"01/28/2014 7:37 PM EST","title":"Gov. Steve Beshear Touts Kentucky's Health Care Success ","tweet_link":"31_gov-steve-beshear-touts-kentuckys-health-care-success-","entry_text":"

Proud that KY is being recognized for its success in providing affordable healthcare to every Kentuckian for the 1st time in history. #SOTU

— Steve Beshear (@GovSteveBeshear) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

Proud that KY is being recognized for its success in providing affordable healthcare to every Kentuckian for the 1st time in history. #SOTU

— Steve Beshear (@GovSteveBeshear) Read More"},{"id":"30","created":"01/28/2014 7:31 PM EST","title":"Billionaire To Air Ad Bashing Keystone XL Pipeline During State Of The Union","tweet_link":"30_billionaire-to-air-ad-bashing-keystone-xl-pipeline-during-state-of-the-union","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Kate Sheppard reports:

Billionaire green investor Tom Steyer and his NextGen Climate Action PAC will run an ad before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night calling for the rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

\"It's a sucker punch to America's heartland,\" says the ad, which will air on MSNBC before and after the president's speech. The ad argues China will benefit from the proposed pipeline, which would run from Canada's tar sands to ports in Texas. Chinese companies have made investments in the pipeline, it argues, and much of the oil will be exported after it is refined.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Kate Sheppard reports:

Billionaire green investor Tom Steyer and his NextGen Climate Action PAC will run ...Read More"},{"id":"29","created":"01/28/2014 7:30 PM EST","title":"18 People The Obamas Should Have Invited To The State Of The Union","tweet_link":"29_18-people-the-obamas-should-have-invited-to-the-state-of-the-union","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Nick Wing and Shadee Ashtari report:

President Barack Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday, in which he will talk for an extended period about the priorities he'd like Congress to act upon over the next year. The American public is largely in agreement that the president's speech won't actually mean a whole lot, but his words won't be the only things carrying a message in the House chamber this evening. The president, first lady Michelle Obama and congressional lawmakers all have invited guests, many of whom are intended to represent political initiatives important to the people who brought them.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Nick Wing and Shadee Ashtari report:

President Barack Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union ad...Read More"},{"id":"28","created":"01/28/2014 7:27 PM EST","title":"Most Exciting Part Of SOTU For Long-Time Congressman: Sitting With His Brother","tweet_link":"28_most-exciting-part-of-sotu-for-longtime-congressman-sitting-with-his-brother","entry_text":"

Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) has been going to the State of the Union for the last 33 years. Is there anything exciting left about attending these things?

After a long, long pause, Levin finally responded.

\"Getting to sit with my brother,\" he said.

Levin's brother is Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.). Every year, the two sit together. And every year, the two share notes throughout the address.

\"We whisper about what's going on, what we like and what we don't like,\" said the congressman. And when they want each other's attention to make an observation, \"We nudge each other like this,\" he said, elbowing this HuffPost reporter in the gut.

--Jennifer Bendery

","short_text":"

Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) has been going to the State of the Union for the last 33 years. Is there anything exciting left about attending these things?

After a long, long pause, Levin finally responded.

\"Getting to sit with my brother,\" h...Read More"},{"id":"27","created":"01/28/2014 7:21 PM EST","title":"Louie Gohmert Gives Sean Hannity A Tour Of The Capitol Building","tweet_link":"27_louie-gohmert-gives-sean-hannity-a-tour-of-the-capitol-building","entry_text":"

@replouiegohmert showing me around before the #SOTU http://t.co/Mif510S7jX

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

@replouiegohmert showing me around before the #SOTU http://t.co/Mif510S7jX

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) Read More"},{"id":"26","created":"01/28/2014 7:15 PM EST","title":"A Look Back At Addresses Past And A History Of Forgotten Promises","tweet_link":"26_a-look-back-at-addresses-past-and-a-history-of-forgotten-promises","entry_text":"

In a piece originally published ahead of the 2013 State of the Union address, we looked back at all the forgotten promises from speeches past. See a video of that and read more here.

","short_text":"

In a piece originally published ahead of the 2013 State of the Union address, we looked back at all the forgotten promises from speeches past. See a video of that and Read More"},{"id":"25","created":"01/28/2014 7:14 PM EST","title":"Progressives Brace For Disappointment On Trade Policy","tweet_link":"25_progressives-brace-for-disappointment-on-trade-policy","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Jennifer Bendery reports:

Progressives will be up on their feet cheering at Tuesday night's State of the Union when President Barack Obama announces that he is raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. But their celebration will end quickly if the president pushes another of his priorities: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Jennifer Bendery reports:

Progressives will be up on their feet cheering at Tuesday night's State of the Union ...Read More"},{"id":"24","created":"01/28/2014 7:06 PM EST","title":"Joaquin Castro Invites Dreamer To The Speech","tweet_link":"24_joaquin-castro-invites-dreamer-to-the-speech","entry_text":"

","short_text":"

"},{"id":"23","created":"01/28/2014 6:56 PM EST","title":"'Final Touches'","tweet_link":"23_final-touches","entry_text":"

Final touches: http://t.co/0wCbuDsiMA #SOTU, http://t.co/Qrhhw4oyHh

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

Final touches: http://t.co/0wCbuDsiMA #SOTU, http://t.co/Qrhhw4oyHh

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 4 ...Read More"},{"id":"22","created":"01/28/2014 6:51 PM EST","title":"Conservatives Race To Tweet Photos Of Themselves With Duck Dynasty Star","tweet_link":"22_conservatives-race-to-tweet-photos-of-themselves-with-duck-dynasty-star","entry_text":"

Republican lawmakers hoping to brandish their conservative credentials were lining up Tuesday night to tweet photos of themselves with Willie Robertson, a star of the A&E reality show \"Duck Dynasty.\"

Willie is attending the State of the Union address as the guest of Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.). Korie Robertson, Willie's wife, also is attending, compliments of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Several conservatives posted pictures of themselves with Willie Robertson and said how honored they were to meet him.

Willie's father Phil was suspended from the show for making anti-gay remarks in a GQ article, but then allowed back after Republicans rallied behind him.

My kids are impressed I get to see one person tonight, and it's not President Obama or Speaker Boehner. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/HfRNfjeIX3

— David Vitter (@DavidVitter) January 28, 2014

I stand with Duck Dynasty! Chatted with Willie Robertson today. @williebosshog pic.twitter.com/XiD6RdI3NH

— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) January 28, 2014

Proud to provide my guest ticket to tonight’s SOTU to Korie Robertson. #DuckDynasty @bosshogswife pic.twitter.com/UKSGePeHry

— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) January 28, 2014

-- Jennifer Bendery

","short_text":"

Republican lawmakers hoping to brandish their conservative credentials were lining up Tuesday night to tweet photos of themselves with Willie Robertson, a star of the A&E reality show \"Duck Dynasty.\"

Willie is attending the State of the Union add...Read More"},{"id":"21","created":"01/28/2014 6:51 PM EST","title":"Ex-GOP Gov: A Woman Delivering The GOP's Response Won't Solve Everything","tweet_link":"21_exgop-gov-a-woman-delivering-the-gops-response-wont-solve-everything","entry_text":"

TPM's Caitlin MacNeal reports:

Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman (R), the only other Republican woman to ever give the State of the Union response, shed some light on the GOP's decision to tap House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to give the party's rebuttal to the speech on Tuesday.

\"It's hard for me to phrase this politely. Sometimes Republicans think that just putting a woman up front means somehow that women are going to feel good about the party. It is not about the messenger. It's about the message,\" she told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Tuesday.

\"And until we figure that one out, while it's nice that we have a woman as a spokesperson, if the message itself doesn't get changed a bit, it's not going to work.\"

Read more at TPM.

","short_text":"

TPM's Caitlin MacNeal reports:

Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman (R), the only other Republican woman to ev...Read More"},{"id":"20","created":"01/28/2014 6:51 PM EST","title":"Tea Party To Blame Obama For Wealth Gap In Official Response","tweet_link":"20_tea-party-to-blame-obama-for-wealth-gap-in-official-response","entry_text":"

\"Americans know in their hearts that something is wrong. Much of what is wrong relates to the sense that the 'American Dream' is falling out of reach for far too many of us,\" Sen. Mike Lee (R) plans to say. \"We are facing an inequality crisis — one to which the president has paid lip-service, but seems uninterested in truly confronting or correcting.\"

Click here for more.

","short_text":"

\"Americans know in their hearts that something is wrong. Much of what is wrong relates to the sense that the 'American Dream' is falling out of reach for far too many of us,\" Sen. Mike Lee (R) plans to say. \"We are facing an inequality crisis — one t...Read More"},{"id":"19","created":"01/28/2014 6:49 PM EST","title":"Here's Some Bad State Of The Union Advice For President Obama","tweet_link":"19_heres-some-bad-state-of-the-union-advice-for-president-obama","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Jason Linkins writes:

In just a few hours, President Barack Obama will deliver a speech called “The State Of The Union” and deliver it to a joint session of Congress. It’s probably already written, save for maybe the obligatory “bad joke that humanizes the president,” and waiting to go to the printers, but hey, when you are the White House’s political opponents and you have some super-bad advice for what should be included in the speech, there’s no time like the present! Let’s review the highlights.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Jason Linkins writes:

In just a few hours, President Barack Obama will deliver a speech called “The State Of ...Read More"}]

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