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February 13, 2013 | By David Horsey
What appears to be the fiery finale to Christopher Dorner's violent rampage across Southern California nearly upstaged President Obama's State of the Union address. As the seconds ticked down to the start of the speech, it seemed as though Anderson Cooper and the folks at CNN were awfully reluctant to break away from the burning cabin near Big Bear where the disgruntled, unhinged ex-cop from the Los Angeles Police Department appeared to be holed up.  Nevertheless, the cable news organizations did their duty and switched from the sensational to the substantial.
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February 2, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - As President Obama looks to show off all he can do without Congress, he's been pointing to a surprising place for guidance on the savvy use of power: the other side of the White House. In public and private, the president has been holding up Michelle Obama's initiatives in the East Wing as a template for how the West Wing could accomplish a policy agenda the non-legislative way. He has called his wife's team a model for what's possible, and, in his State of the Union address last week, he said, "As usual, our first lady sets a good example.
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January 29, 2014 | By David Horsey
In his sixth State of the Union address, President Obama called for a “year of action,” but 2014 is more likely to be a year in which voters ratify gridlock.  Listening to Obama's sometimes meandering, sometimes inspiring speech, one thought would not leave my mind: Words are not enough to undo the damage done by six years of ceaseless vitriol and obstruction from the right. When, for instance, he said, “Climate change is a fact,” I had no doubt that a majority of the Republicans in the House chamber were thinking, “Who says?
OPINION
January 30, 2014
Re "'America does not stand still,'" Jan. 29 Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine had by far the best response to the State of the Union speech. In 2006, he said, "I think people question whether the State of the Union - and the response - has outlived its usefulness. " There is an old saying: "Don't tell me what you are going to do; do it and then tell me. " All these politicians should get to work solving the nation's problems instead of sticking their faces in front of the cameras and grandstanding.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2010 | By David G. Savage
If there was ever an era of good feelings between President Obama, a Harvard Law School grad and former law professor, and the justices of the Supreme Court, it apparently ended this week. As six of the justices sat in the front row Wednesday night for the annual State of the Union address, Obama denounced a court ruling last week as opening the floodgates to corporate money in American elections. Dissenting was Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who shook his head and appeared to say "not true" as the president spoke.
NATIONAL
January 27, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons
With his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama aims to deliver a game-changing message, one capable of convincing Americans that his policies will create jobs, curb spending and restore prosperity. But with voter discontent over his healthcare overhaul running high and the recession's effects cutting deep, the president's trademark eloquence may not be the antidote to his troubles. Economists see little hope for substantial employment gains or the return of a robust economy between now and November's midterm congressional election, despite Obama's $787-billion stimulus package.
NEWS
January 28, 1987 | United Press International
In order to muffle the cacophony of hundreds of pieces of paper being turned at once, the White House on Tuesday made available advance copies of President Reagan's State of the Union address in bound notebooks. Advance texts are always given to members of Congress and reporters so lawmakers can follow along at their leisure and applaud at the appropriate time and reporters on deadline can get a head start in writing their stories.
NEWS
January 26, 1988 | United Press International
President Reagan singled out his wife, Nancy, as a heroine Monday night at his nationally televised State of the Union address for helping so many young people "say 'no' to drugs." Reagan, who has made a tradition of singling out "heroes" and "heroines" in the visitors' gallery when addressing a joint session of Congress, picked the First Lady this year for the honor.
NEWS
January 28, 1987 | United Press International
President Reagan made a special bid Tuesday night for a good working relationship with new House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.). Early in his State of the Union address to Congress, Reagan noted, "There's a new face at this place of honor." He invited the assembled lawmakers to join in "warm congratulations" to Wright, who was seated in the Speaker's chair behind the President. Wright became Speaker of the House with the start of the 100th Congress this month, succeeding Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill Jr.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 1992 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To Comedy Central, tonight's State of the Union address may not be a joke, but it is a good opportunity to tell a few. The year-old cable network is joining ABC, C-SPAN, Cable News Network, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS in airing what President Bush's chief speech writer has called "the biggest speech of the next five years."
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Business groups gave mixed reviews to President Obama's State of the Union address. They praised him for urging Congress to pass legislation overhauling the corporate tax code, making it easier to strike trade deals and reforming the immigration system. But some groups said they were disappointed there wasn't a greater emphasis on reducing federal regulations they say are burdening American companies. And one of the centerpieces of Obama's speech, his push for a higher minimum wage, is not universally popular among businesses.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address drew an average of 33.3 million viewers Tuesday night, according to Nielsen. That is the lowest showing since 2000, when President Clinton's speech averaged 31.5 million viewers. Total viewership for the address, which aired live from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. PST on 13 networks and tape delayed on Univision, was down slightly from last year's. The 2013 State of the Union was watched by about 33.5 million people.  On the set: movies and TV  The speech was covered live by CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - President Obama's sixth speech on the state of the union spotlighted many issues, but more than anything it illuminated the vast gap between his policy ambitions and the tools he has to achieve them. The president made the ambition clear last month, when he referred to a "dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility" in the U.S. as the "the defining challenge of our time," a theme he repeated Tuesday night. "After four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better," he said, "but average wages have barely budged.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2014 | By David Horsey
In his sixth State of the Union address, President Obama called for a “year of action,” but 2014 is more likely to be a year in which voters ratify gridlock.  Listening to Obama's sometimes meandering, sometimes inspiring speech, one thought would not leave my mind: Words are not enough to undo the damage done by six years of ceaseless vitriol and obstruction from the right. When, for instance, he said, “Climate change is a fact,” I had no doubt that a majority of the Republicans in the House chamber were thinking, “Who says?
NATIONAL
January 28, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Republicans took multiple tries to deliver their reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. In addition to the officially sanctioned Republican Party response by Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and a Spanish-language version by Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Tea Party Express faction continued its practice of delivering a separate speech, this year by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. And Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who had delivered the Tea Party Express response last year, staked out his own turf this year with a YouTube address.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
WASHINGTON - Two Boston bombing survivors and Jason Collins, a 12-year NBA player who came out as gay last year, will sit among the White House's guests at Tuesday's State of the Union speech. Accompanying First Lady Michelle Obama, they join a list that includes Obamacare proponent Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.), the first female CEO of General Motors and a first responder to a tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., in May, the White House announced. Presidents frequently cite guests in the first lady's box to reinforce their State of the Union themes.
NEWS
January 26, 1988 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times Staff Writer
More than two months ago, President Reagan's senior advisers and speech writers gathered with the President to kick around ideas and get their instructions for preparing his final State of the Union address. They viewed the speech as a critical opportunity to combat the erosion of power and authority that threatens the President as he begins his last 12 months in office. It was a chance, one adviser said, to show that "Reagan's in it, right to the finish line."
NEWS
January 26, 1988 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
Democratic congressional leaders, sounding the themes they hope will help their party recapture the White House, blasted President Reagan's "Technicolor view of society" in their rebuttals to his State of the Union speech Monday and said that they offer a "tougher, more realistic" approach to foreign and domestic problems. In separate speeches, Senate Majority Leader Robert C.
OPINION
January 28, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Two themes dominated the advance speculation about President Obama's State of the Union address: that he would hammer away at income inequality and joblessness, and that, despairing of cooperation with congressional Republicans, he would defiantly trumpet what he could accomplish unilaterally. Fortunately, the forecasts were only half right. Obama indeed emphasized the importance of strengthening and enlarging the middle class, which he said had been battered not only by a concentration of wealth at the top but by "massive shifts in technology and global competition.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Michael McGough
When he delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama will be abiding by Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, which says: "He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; and he shall also give a shout-out to guests in the audience who can serve as human props for his political priorities or...
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