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Slideshow: WNYC State of the Union Party

Friday, January 27, 2012

On Tuesday, January 24th, we gathered in the Greene Space for a watching-and-tweeting party during the State of the Union Address. Here are some picture, featuring:

Thanks to our photographers Steven Ehrlich, Matthew Septimus, and Travis Hartman

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    Obama Pulls PAC Punch, Cantor's Lament, and Todd's REM Cycles

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Episode #3: At the State of the Union, President Obama talked about the "corrosive influence of money in politics," but perhaps most revealing was what he didn't mention. Anna Sale, Brian Lehrer and Todd Zwillich bring their most revealing clips of the week and discuss Obama's SuperPAC strategy; Eric Cantor's admission that bipartisanship doesn't always work; and how Todd should nap as he works the morning shift.

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    Story Pirates States of the Union (Exclusive Download)

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    This is Politics Bites. Every once in a while we'll post short audio to It's A Free Country: The Podcast that deserves a little extra attention.

    The Story Pirates take stories written by kids and turn them into musical theater. For the State of the Union 2012, It's A Free Country asked our audience to answer the question: “What would you say if you were addressing the country?”

    The Story Pirates compiled the answers and some responses from their own workshops - with kids from ages 6 to 17 - and here are the results. Take a listen, download for free!

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    Open Phones: React to SOTU

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Hear excerpts from President Obama's SOTU speech last night and call in with your reactions. Plus Dan Gross, columnist and economics editor at Yahoo! Finance reports on reactions to the President's Multinational Corporation tax proposals, and Occupy Wall Street organizer Justin Wedes reacts on the themes of inequality in the President's speech. 

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    Jennifer Granholm: Keeping Current

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Former governor of Michigan (D) and host of "The War Room with Jennifer Granholm," Jennifer Granholm, talks about her new show and responds to the State of the Union and the presidential campaign. 

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    The Takeaway

    The State of the Union's Foreign Policy Message

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    A number of political analysts have noted that President Obama has been far more successful in the foreign policy arena than domestically. But the President who managed to find Osama Bin Laden still faces a tough re-election battle this year. David Sanger, Chief Washington correspondent for our partner The New York Times, and contributor to WQXR's The Washington Report gives his thoughts on the foreign policy points made during last night's state of the union address.

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    Voters Across the Spectrum React to the State of the Union

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Politicians from both sides of the aisle took to the airwaves to attack or defend president Obama's remarks last night, setting the tone for the rest of his first term in office. But perhaps more importantly, the State of the Union informally kicked off the president's reelection campaign. This morning, The Takeaway takes a look at how his words resonated with three voters from across the country.

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    State of the Union Address: Obama on the Economy

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    The theme of last night's State of the Union was "an economy built to last." Vowing to protect the middle class and correct economic inequality, President Obama laid out his plans for financial reform: regulating home prices, penalizing banks that participated in the housing crash, imposing the "Buffet rule," and tightening regulations on private equity and Wall Street.

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    Two Takes on Last Night's State of the Union Address

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    With spirited rhetoric about protecting the middle class and enforcing fairness in taxation, president Obama abandoned his normally conciliatory tone about non-partisan politics during last night's State of the Union address and instead highlighted the differences between right and left. Although both parties have had the chance for rebuttal, The Takeaway has assembled their own partisan players to comment on the president's remarks.

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    Former Clinton Speechwriter Reacts to Obama's State of the Union Address

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    President Obama delivered his third annual State of the Union Address last night. Obama focused primarily on income inequality. Jettisoning his normally conciliatory tone, the president instead highlighted the differences between right and left with impassioned rhetoric. Vowing to protect middle class families with mortgage assistance legislation, he also outlined his plans to institute the "Buffet rule" which would require those making over $1 billion to pay a 30 percent tax rate.

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    2012 State of the Union Quiz

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    President Obama delivers the State of the Union speech tonight. What do you know about this tradition and how other presidents have used this address in past years? We'll be giving this quiz to those attending our SOTU watching party at The Greene Space, but you can take it from home too. And -- no googling!

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    Listen: Our State of the Union Mix

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    We're gathering tonight in The Greene Space for the State of the Union viewing party, but you can join in the fun from home. Here's the playlist of songs about states we're listening to as we get ready for the speech, courtesy of Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan.

    States of Our Union from jta on 8tracks.

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