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State Of The Union

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SOTU Preview; “The Invisible War”; Why Priests?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight. David Leonhardt, Washington editor for The New York Times, previews the speech and talks about his new book on deficits and economic growth. Plus: the Oscar documentary series continues with “The Invisible War”; Pulitzer prize-winning author Garry Wills on his new book about priests, and on the Pope’s resignation; and a closer look at U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East.

→ Watch and Live Chat Tonight: Join Brian, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and others during the State of the Union. Starts at 9.

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Opinion: Goodbye Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Hello Incrementalism

Thursday, January 26, 2012

 

President Obama’s State of the Union was largely a “dream” speech. The chances of comprehensive immigration reform happening is practically nil.

 

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How to Find Our 'Sputnik Moments'

Thursday, January 27, 2011

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama invoked the image of Sputnik, the Soviet satellite whose launch not only ignited the Space Race, but also led to a wave of investments for science technology. But how does the fear factor from 1958 translate into 2011? And will this generation's "Sputnik moment" be enough to galvanize society in the way Obama envisions?

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Sen. Lamar Alexander on the State of the Union

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address last night, and for a Republican reaction, we turn to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). He will also discuss his reaction to Rep. Paul Ryan's Republican response last night, as well as Rep. Michele Bachmann's, on behalf of the Tea Party.

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Obama Calls for 'Winning the Future' in State of the Union

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama discussed his plans for job creation and increased American competitiveness in the global market during his next two years in office. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) delivered the official response on behalf of the Republican Party and stressed the need for spending cuts and his party’s skepticism about further “investments.” And there was a new feature to the evening: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke on behalf of the Tea Party in their united response to the president.

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2011 State of the Union: Assessing the Language

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

After President Obama’s 2009 State of the Union address author Stanley Fish responded this way to Barack Obama’s performance:

It’s as if the speech, rather than being a sustained performance with a cumulative power, was a framework on which a succession of verbal ornaments was hung, and we were invited not to move forward but to stop and ponder the significances only hinted at.”

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How Last Night's Speech Resonated in Congress

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

President Obama's State of the Union Address touched on several key and pressing issues facing the country, from transportation, to immigration and innovation. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, shares his thoughts on the speech and what it could mean for the coming year in the halls of Congress. The Takeaway partners with Transportation Nation, to examine the president's commitment to high speed rail in this country; Obama said he wanted to connect 80 percent of Americans via high-speed rail in coming years.  

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As Global Economy Grows, Can America Keep Up?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

If President Obama’s weekly YouTube address is any indication, America’s ability to compete globally will be an issue very much on the table during his State of the Union speech tonight. So what are the areas where we’re out-competing other countries? And are jobs and economic growth the most important indications of success in the competitive global market?

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Bush Speechwriter on the State of the Union

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Matt Latimer, conservative commentator, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and author of "Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor" remembers preparing for George W. Bush's State of the Union following the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks and brings an insider perspective to, what he calls, a "large ritual that usually signifies little." However, Latimer adds that there are some aspects to the ritual that resonate with the public.

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The Anatomy of a Great Presidential Speech

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

As we anticipate President Obama’s second State of the Union Address, we’re reminiscing about our favorite presidential speeches — and thinking about what makes a speech great. Michael Waldman joins us. He’s a former Clinton speechwriter and the author of "My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America's Presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush."

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White House: How to Prepare for State of the Union

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How does the president and the White House prepare for such a major event as the State of the Union? Jen Psaki, deputy communications director for the White House, says that this is an opportunity for the president to talk about what to expect in the future. But how much of this speech is just a laundry list and how much is a real opportunity to talk to the public about moving forward?

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This Week's Agenda: State of the Union, Economy

Monday, January 24, 2011

President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday is the most anticipated event of the week. Kai Wright, editorial director of ColorLines Magazine, says this speech will signal the start of the 2012 presidential campaign. He shares what to expect from the President's speech, and what the aftermath of it will look like. Kai says the match up is no longer Republicans vs. Democrats, as much as it's Republicans vs. Republicans.

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State of the Union: National Speech, Global Audience

Monday, January 24, 2011

When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, he won't just be speaking to the American people; he'll be speaking to the world. From Iran to Afghanistan to Russia, world leaders and ordinary citizens will listen carefully to Obama's words. For a look at the geopolitical landscape facing Obama on the eve of his address, we talk to George Friedman, author of "The Next Decade: Where We've Been and Where We're Going."

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Jonathan Alter: Obama Needs to Innovate

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Next week, President Barack Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address. We can expect to hear him lay out his roadmap for the next two years. Leading up to his address, we’re talking with some key political observers about the direction in which the president should and must move in his remaining time in office.

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Roger Hodge: Obama Should Commit to Liberal Agenda in 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

At the end of the month, President Barack Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address. At that time, we can expect to hear him lay out his roadmap for the next two years. In the weeks leading up to his address, we'll talk with some key political observers about direction the president should and must move in while he's still in office. Today we speak with Roger Hodge, author of "The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism." Hodge is a fierce liberal critic of the president, and says Obama must focus on economic stimulus and job creation and end policies that kill jobs and attack our civil liberties.

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The State of the Indian Union

Friday, January 29, 2010

All this week, we’ve been focusing on the State of Our Union. President Obama offered his version on Wednesday night. Today in Washington, Jefferson Keel, the president of the National Congress of American Indians and a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, offers his take on the state of the Indian union.

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Homeland Security Sec. Napolitano on Haiti, State of the Union

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The last few weeks have been busy for U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Besides dealing with international and domestic security concerns following the foiled bomb plot on Christmas Day, Napolitano is also addressing the devastation in Haiti and how to best help those who made need to seek refuge in the United States.

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Donna Brazile and Fred Barnes Debate the State of the Union

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Following President Obama's State of the Union address last night, we get analysis from pundits in opposing political arenas. Democratic political strategist, Donna Brazile and Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard, discuss what the president achieved and what he missed in his speech.

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Chris Matthews Says He 'Forgot' Obama Was Black

Thursday, January 28, 2010

President Obama's State of the Union Address last night prompted a wide range of comments on style and policy.  But maybe the most surprising came from MSNBC Chris Matthews, who said he "forgot that he was black tonight for an hour." We ask Morehouse College professor David Wall Rice.

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Eric Cantor: State of the Union Words Not Actions

Thursday, January 28, 2010

President Obama delivered his State of the Union Wednesday night in the midst of his job approval rating being the most polarized of any first-year president. According to a recent Gallup Poll, there is a 65 percentage point gab between Democrats and Republicans. We turn to House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) for a Republican's take on President Obama's speech.

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