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State of the Union 2013

Elise Foley

Dreamer At Last Year's State Of The Union Laments Congress' Failures On Immigration | Elise Foley | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A year ago, Alan Aleman sat in the House gallery and watched President Barack Obama vow to sign immigration reform into law in 2013. It ...

Speaker Points: 2013 State of the Union Address

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Jimmy Nguyen

Lest anyone think President Obama is waiting for Republicans to play nicely in Congress, he also made clear that he would take action, by executive orders if necessary, if Congress could not reach bipartisan agreement.

Stand in What Line, Mr. President?

Aggie R. Hoffman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Latino Voices
Aggie R. Hoffman

It should now be clear that immigration reform cannot demand that the applicant go home and stand in line; there is no line for them to stand in, unless Congress creates a new visa category for them.

State of the Union Unites Generations

Donna M. Butts | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Donna M. Butts

Wherever our children live now or in the future, they must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to their families and the economy. That means the nation, as a whole, must invest now in education and training.

The State of the Union as Rorschach Test

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Immediately after Obama's State of the Union speech, pundits offered clashing descriptions: prosaic, bread-and-butter, Clinton-like, an extension of the liberal agenda outlined in the inaugural address, uplifting, aggressive and so on. What I heard was something really unusual.

Jason Linkins

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.19.2013 | Media

Maybe there will be a lot of clear-eyed thinking today on these Sunday shows -- and I see that Meet The Press has booked John McCain so never mind, sorry, business as usual.

Jason Linkins

Obama's Voting Reform Plan All Pomp, Little Circumstance | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics

It's now pretty much an historical fact that the road to President Barack Obama's re-election ended up running a lot smoother than the hyped-up pundit...

Call and Response: What the President Did This Week

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

There is a tradition in the black church named "call and response." It's simply the experience of the preacher "calling" and the congregation "responding." Obama is ready to issue "calls" to the American people, over the heads of the Washington politicians and pundits. It's time for our response.

How the State of the Union Worked

George Lakoff | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
George Lakoff

That is how the president has changed public discourse. He has changed it at the level that counts, the deepest level, the moral level. What can make that change persist? What will allow such an ideal citizenry to come into existence?

Obama Wrapping Up Tour In Hometown

Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was wrapping up his post-State of the Union tour by talking about...

'$7.25 An Hour Would Barely Cover My Gas Expenses': How A Miniumum Wage Hike Would Help

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

Driving to the next town. Saving money instead of scraping by. Moving yourself -- and your infant son -- out of your parents' home. These are just ...

'She Couldn't Take Time Off, Because She Would Not Be Paid'

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

Life isn't easy at $7.25 an hour. Following President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, where he called for increasing the national ho...

Joy Resmovits

Obama's 'Pre-School For All' Only Guaranteed For Some | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama visited an early education center in Decatur, Ga., Thursday to make his case for dramatically expanding pre-school access. Aft...

Marco Rubio Water Bottle Quenches Media Thirst

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

Supporters of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) can now purchase a signature water bottle -- one that's probably more eco-friendly than the Poland Spring cont...

Which Republican Party Are We Dealing With?

Scott Lilly | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Until mainstream Republicans stand up to that radical view, there is little likelihood that the president can craft a bipartisan deal to avert sequestration--or, for that matter, reach any compromise on any of the pressing issues facing the country going forward.

Mr. President: We Can Drill, or We Can Fight Climate Change. But We Can't Do Both.

Kate Gordon | Posted 04.16.2013 | Green
Kate Gordon

Climate change is more difficult. It's a complicated challenge that is global in scale, and it's got a longer time horizon. But like those other issues, it requires -- urgently requires -- a strong commitment to short-term action.

Obama State of the Union: Rallying Cry Against Economic Disenfranchisement

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

While the president's speech was ambitious and not short on specifics, it was resoundingly consistent in this one theme alone, that of owning up to the working poor and indigent in America, and taking a seismic step in advancing towards economic justice.

'You're Not Fooling Anyone With This Middle Class Talk'

Posted 02.14.2013 | Comedy

Like the rest of America, Stephen Colbert watched President Obama's State of the Union on Tuesday, and he could not have been more repulsed by the thi...

Ed Today: Chicago Public School Closure List Out; More SOTU Preschool Details

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Chicago School Drama? Two notable things happened in Chicago Public Schools land on Wednesday. First, 39 or 50 aldermen (code for city councilmen) signed a resolution that calls for a moratorium on charter schools next year. (Sort of similar, ish, to the closure and colocation moratorium several New York City mayoral candidates signed onto.) More controversially, CPS released a list of 129 schools that could be eligible for closure, notes the Chicago Tribune..


The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.14.2013 | Comedy

After Marco Rubio gave the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address, most viewers took one thing away: Rubio's awkward sip ...

Joy Resmovits

Obama's Big Push For Kids | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama is traveling to Georgia today to press a plan he announced in his State of the Union address to dramatically expand preschool. ...

The State of the Progressive Union 2013

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Activism works. To the extent that the president's words and deeds have become more progressive, it's because people took to the streets and spoke to our leaders with votes, emails, and phone calls. But there's more to be done. Much more.

Rubio Turns Water to Whine

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If you want to whine about how your opponent is attacking your motives, it might behoove you to refrain from suggesting that the President of the United States believes the free market is evil and the cause of all of America's problems.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama's State Of The Union Address Draws Some Republican Praise | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite Republican criticism of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, some GOP lawmakers offered rare praise for some asp...

Chelsea Kiene

Obama's Election Commission Offers 'Business As Usual' Without Reform, Activists Say | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's creation of an independent Presidential Commission on Election Administration to address voting problems has sp...