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Want To Join In On Our State of the Union Conversation? Here's How

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

During tonight's State of the Union address, we'll be hosting a Twitter-commentary event, where people from all across the political spectrum will be able to add their thoughts in real time. It's easy:

  • Simply add the hashtag #iafcsotu to your tweets during the speech.
  • We'll be aggregating all of the tweets with that hashtag in a stream on the It's A Free Country homepage, where you'll also be able to watch the speech itself
  • You can do a simple search for the hashtag too
  • Follow along and talk with others - as long as you add the hashtag, you'll be part of the conversation
  • Not on Twitter? This is the perfect excuse to sign up! It's easy, you can pick any handle you want, and you'll be taking part in no time. Here's how

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What Are We Up To During The State Of The Union?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

During tonight's State of the Union address, It's A Free Country has lots going on. We're hosting a watching party at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space here in New York City. But just because you're not with us in NYC doesn't mean you can't be part of the party. Here's how:

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    What Obama Should Say

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    No doubt, even a great speaker, like President Barack Obama, will be tinkering with his State of the Union speech up to the last minute. So, here is my humble advice in two words: Think Big.

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    Transportation Nation

    House GOP Leader: Not "An Easy Answer" to "Just Spend More" on Transportation

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    (Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pushed back directly Monday on the Obama Administration calls for increased transportation infrastructure funding.

    In an extended exchange with reporters, Cantor said that throwing more money at the nation's transportation infrastructure isn't responsible in the face of mounting government debt. "It's not some easy answer, 'just spend more'. I mean, again, the American people are tired of that," he said.

    President Barack Obama is expected to make a push for more spending on research and development and transportation infrastructure in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Even as the White House and Congress embark on likely difficult negotiations over how to curb overall spending levels, the White House says the president wants to continue to invest in sectors he thinks can help spur economic growth.

    Cantor acknowledged that the transportation system is in ill health. "I don't think anybody tell you that our nation's transportation infrastructure is in a state of existence that we would accept," he said.

    Republicans are starting to talk about boosting public-private partnerships as a way to leverage more transportation dollars. At the same time, conservatives in the House are calling on their colleagues to kill $10 billion in high-speed rail projects funded mostly by the stimulus.

    "Everything is on the table. We've just got to learn how to prioritize and do more with less in all areas of government," Cantor said.

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    WNYC News

    New Yorkers' State of the Union Wish List

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    WNYC took to the streets to find out what New Yorkers wanted the president to say during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

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    The President's Speech

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    President Obama has, once again, positioned himself as a political phoenix “rising from the ashes”—that is, if he can get his mojo back with this all-important State of the Union address. To that end, were I in the position of coaching him through this speech, I would admonish President Obama to remember these three key points as he ambles up to the podium on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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    The Washington Report

    WQXR's The Washington Report

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    NYT's David Sanger talks about what we can expect from the President's State of the Union on Tuesday.

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    The State Of The Union: Who Should Sit Together?

    Monday, January 17, 2011

    People may say it's symbolic but you know what, some good symbolism is what we need here. And the problem here in Washington is that people have come to the point where they don't regard the opposition as human and that's because they don't actually have any interaction with them.

    Dana Milbank, political columnist for The Washington Post

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Dana Milbank On A Bipartisan Washington

    Monday, January 17, 2011

    Dana Milbank, political columnist for The Washington Post, follows up on Senator Mark Udall's proposal for Democrats and Republicans sit together at the State of the Union speech and other Washington news.

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    The Takeaway

    Assignment: The State of Your Refrigerator!

    Monday, January 17, 2011

    In the run up to the president's State of the Union address, we're taking on a listener's idea to get the state of your union: Open up your refrigerator and show us the state of your refrigerator.

    Take a photo or video and send us a snapshot of what's inside the fridge and what it says about your life. Is the fridge full? Is it bare? Why did you pick what's in there? Is there anything you're embarrassed about?

    John from Brooklyn, Conn., showed us the state of his union by opening up his refrigerator (see video below).

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