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Obama Expresses Support For College Aid In State Of The Union

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

President Barack Obama pledged support to reestablish America as the global leader in higher education in his State of the Union address last night. ...

Presidential Name Dropping

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Barack Obama stood on the dais for his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he didn't mention Daniel Hernandez, the intern who rushed to the ai...

Ryan Grim

Congress Members Tangle Over Saved SOTU Seats | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The cross-party-dating tradition that began tonight did not go off as smoothly as it appeared from the television screens. Much like in the legislat...

Howard Fineman

Love Train In The House! | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obama is a boxing fan. So he knows that he did a clinch Tuesday night. How did the president do this? Well, he capitalized on the obvious opportunity in the aftermath of Tucson to call for peace. He honored the rise of a Republican-led House by delivering the most pro-business speech a Democrat has given, since, well, that a Democrat has given. If the measure of success is the number of times he forced Speaker of the House Boehner to clap, the speech was a raging winner.

Gun Violence Destroyed Christina's Dreams

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

How can President Obama tell us in his State of the Union that "the dreams of a little girl in Tucson... deserve the chance to be fulfilled," without talking about the gun violence that destroyed those dreams?

Obama: Afghanistan War To See Transition

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the Iraq war is coming to an end and the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan will begin in July. In...

State Of The Union -- Infrastructure And Jobs: Two Problems, One Solution

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

The way to get out of the debt is to invest in the human capital of the American people and grow out of the debt. The president took us in the right direction tonight, and should be thanked and congratulated.

SOTU 2011: Will Obama Go High... or Dry?

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Given the high economic stakes and a new political environment dominated by demanding Tea Party Republicans, the president will have to set a new standard and higher pitch for his 2011 SOTU address.

Howard Fineman

The State Of The President And The American State Of Mind | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

State of the Union speeches are not about the state of the union. They are about the state of the president. More specifically, they are "state of mind" speeches, in which the president reveals what he thinks the country is thinking. People here in Washington will focus on the sketchy budget numbers he reveals or on the seating arrangement on the floor of the House -- or on budget freezes and debt numbers and troop levels. But the speech is a tight-shot focus on the president in his role as a leader, inspirer, explainer, lightning rod, antagonist and storyteller.

How To Watch The State Of The Union Live Online

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

On Tuesday January 25, President Obama will deliver 2011's State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. The speech will begin at 9 p...

The iTot Challenge: Getting Young Children Ready in the Jetsonian Age

Michael Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michael Levine

As President Obama discusses our State of the Union with a much needed focus on innovation, let's focus on one area that is ripe for change: how digital media can be used for education.

Tucson Shooting Looms Over Obama State Of The Union Address

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Tucson shootings produced a new State of the Union seating plan Tuesday, but no apparent new agreement on the thorniest issues ...

State Of The Union 2011: It's The Economy, Again

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Pleading for unity in a newly divided government, President Barack Obama implored Democratic and Republican lawmakers to rally behi...

Obama Is Latest President To Push Competitiveness

AP/The Huffington Post | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama calls in his State of the Union address for a new focus on American competitiveness, he'll be striking ...

My Conversation With Bill Bradley

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

2011-01-25-playbradley.jpgBill Bradley weighs in on how President Obama can use this moment of the State of the Union to rise above the negative discourse that is so pervasive in American politics.

The State of the Union and the Federal Budget: Investing in America's Future

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

In the global economy, the only "asset" that's unique to any nation -- and that determines its living standard -- is the people who comprise it. Hopefully the president will touch on this Tuesday night.

Social Security and the State of the Union

Nancy Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Altman

The very ideals that President Obama expressed so eloquently during the 2008 campaign are the values that underlie Social Security -- that we each have individual but also shared responsibility and part of one national community.

Barack Obama -- Out of the Closet

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Obama hides his unconditional surrender behind clichés about bipartisanship and compromise -- while putting on a stern countenance and turning his fierce rhetoric against those unspeakable purists whom he has just sold out.

At Obama's Midpoint, An Altered State Of The Union

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Standing before a nation clamoring for jobs, President Barack Obama will call for targeted spending to boost the economy but also f...

SOTU PREVIEW: What Obama Will Focus On In Tuesday's Address

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Under pressure to energize the economy, President Barack Obama said Saturday he will use his State of the Union address to outline ...

Howard Fineman

Sputnik II And The State Of The Union | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama prepares for his State of the Union address to Congress next Tuesday, his aides are looking toward a different Democratic president as a political template: John F. Kennedy.

What Obama Should Say in the State of the Union

Kevin F. F. Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin F. F. Quigley

This year, the Peace Corps will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and it seems only appropriate that Obama mark the occasion and recognize the 200,000 who have served and the 8,600 who are currently serving in his address.

Amanda Terkel

Justice Scalia: The State Of The Union Address Is A 'Juvenile Spectacle' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In remarks to the conservative Federalist Society on Thursday night, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia decried the "juvenile spectacl...

Penny Wise and Pound Foolish: Why Obama's Symbolic Spending Freeze May Grow the Deficit

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Jenkins

Despite long-term deficit concerns, slashing federal spending or raising taxes in the short-term would be tantamount to economic suicide.

What's Missing From the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Debate

Rob Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Smith

What is missing from the DADT debate is the stories of soldiers who survived it, who know what it is like waiting for the other shoe to drop if someone suspects too much. This was my life for nearly five years in the U.S. Army.