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12:13am

Wed January 21, 2015
It's All Politics

State Of The Union Primer: What President Obama Proposed

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:56 am

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 20. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen in the background.
Mandel Ngan AP

Facing a Republican-controlled Congress in his sixth State of the Union speech, President Obama took credit Tuesday for an improving economy and focused on proposals aimed at advancing the middle class.

After years of recession and war, Obama claimed "the shadow of crisis has passed." In its place, he asserted, is a future marked by "a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production."

Here's what Obama proposed on the policy front:

Economy

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11:06pm

Tue January 20, 2015
It's All Politics

Political Theater, Crazy-Glued GOP Seats And More Congressional Reaction

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:14 pm

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., applauds during the president's State of the Union address. Not every member of Congress was so moved.
Rob Carr Getty Images

President Obama mentioned Congress 13 times in Tuesday's State of the Union address. He called on Congress to pass a law to ensure women are paid the same as men, to raise the minimum wage, to support the president's plan to make community college free, to help students with loans reduce their payments ... you get the idea.

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9:46pm

Tue January 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Republicans' Responses Take Shots At Obamacare, Push Keystone XL

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 12:36 am

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, rehearses her remarks for the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Susan Walsh AP

Joni Ernst, who in 2014 became the first woman elected to the Senate from Iowa, offered the Republican response to the State of the Union last night and introduced herself to the nation.

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9:27pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Politics

Transcript: GOP Response To State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:21 pm

Full text of the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery and given by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa):

Good evening.

I'm Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight.

A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come. Even if we may not always agree, it's important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the President sharing his.

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7:51pm

Tue January 20, 2015
The Two-Way

The Obamas' Guests For The 2015 State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:59 pm

Alan Gross (center), recently freed after being held in Cuba, speaks with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly before the start of the State of the Union speech in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol. At left is Judy Gross.
Rob Carr Getty Images

President Obama's guest list for tonight's State of the Union address includes Alan Gross, the Maryland man who was freed from a Cuban prison in December after five years of captivity — an event that was announced along with a new era of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Gross will be attending with his wife, Judy, who worked to gain his release.

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