State of the Union

The Inequality Speech That Wasn't

Obama's State of the Union went easy on class rhetoric

Yes, he used the "i" word. But was it that different than all that's come before?

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Who You Calling a Lame Duck?

Three ways Obama thinks he can still make a difference

The prevailing consensus in Washington is that President Obama is done creating public policy. He may have the ambition to do more, the thinking goes, but he doesn’t have the political support. Republicans control the House and have enough votes to block most legislation in the Senate. And at the moment, at least, Obama isn’t popular enough to force them to act.

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The president stands strong against Senate pressure.

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Mike Lee's Moment

Ted Cruz isn't the Tea Party leader to worry about

After President Barack Obama gives the State of the Union address, there is traditionally a response from the opposing party. Last year, it was Senator Marco Rubio, but this year there are (so far) three separate responses: the official one, from Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a wildcat one from Rand Paul, and the Tea Party one from Senator Mike Lee of Utah.

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The Political State of the Union Is Not Good

Obama and the Democrats are in deep trouble

Obama and the Democrats are in deep trouble.

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Income inequality is at its highest since 1928. What does this mean for the State of the Union?

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Presidents used to promise full employment. A generation ago, they abruptly stopped. Bringing back the term could change our politics.

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Obama Doesn't Always Say What He Means

Translations of the worst State of the Union cliches

Translations of the worst State of the Union clichés.

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The Best State of the Union Addresses, Ever

Historians weigh in with their top choices

When President Barack Obama delivers his sixth State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, he is expected to address ways of combatting economic inequality, as well as reforming immigration and the NSA. Skilled orator though he is, Obama will have a tough time living up to many of his predecessors, whose State of the Union addresses uplifted the spirit and psyche of the country in hard economic and political times.

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Obama's Pivot to Europe

Forget China. An EU trade deal would be the real game-changer.

Forget China: A trade deal with Europe would be the real game-changer.

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