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January 5, 1999 | RICHARD A. SERRANO and JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the Senate returns to Washington to take up the impeachment of President Clinton, the White House signaled Monday that it will not delay this month's State of the Union address, despite the specter of the president speaking to the nation from the same Capitol building where he will be on trial for his political life. The shape and duration of the trial will not be known until today or Wednesday.
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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1996
Re "Shrinking Government Must Not Neglect Poor, Clinton Says," Jan. 24: When President Clinton talked about the environment in his State of the Union address, House Speaker Newt Gingrich's face was a study. In self-control, I thought. I believe very much in environmental issues, cleaning up the messes that spoil more than the landscape, and preserving wildlife and wilderness. I am grateful to Clinton for standing firm on the environmental issues. He has backed down on many of his commitments and policy decisions.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton and James Barragan
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama will try to recharge his presidency by discussing the expansive divide between rich and poor in America. It's a crucial issue, and one with no easy solutions. Obama is expected to focus on the twin themes of income inequality and social mobility, which is the ability to move up the economic ladder. Wealth disparity has drawn enormous attention with the U.S. income gap at its highest level since the Great Depression.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Morgan Little and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- The spotlight may be on President Obama tonight as he delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term, but his remarks mark the culmination of countless laborious hours spent fine-tuning his every word. With former head speechwriter Jon Favreau having left the White House after spending seven years with Obama, Tuesday night's address marks new chief speechwriter Cody Keenan's first time leading the pivotal yearly address. Administration officials have said that Obama's speech will include a call for "common ground," between Republicans and Democrats though the speech maintains Obama's second-term proclivity toward using political pressure to keep Republicans in line with White House policy.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
The parents of Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton will join First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address on Tuesday, as the president urges Congress to combat gun violence. Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel A. Pendleton's daughter Hadiya was shot and killed on Chicago's South Side in January, just days after the teenager traveled to Washington, D.C., to mark the president's inauguration. She was an honors student and band majorette at King College Prep High School.  According to the White House, the first lady's box at the address will include Americans from middle-class families whose lives the president believes would be improved by his policy proposals.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Some new traditions have taken hold amid the familiar rituals of a State of the Union address, and they seem to have a common goal: drawing some of the spotlight away from the president and to his audience. The newest push on the part of lawmakers revolves around a clothing accessory - an attention-grabbing orange lapel pin that more than three dozen lawmakers will wear to signify their intent to "put their country first - ahead of party. " The initiative by members of the self-described "Problem Solvers Caucus" is sponsored by the group No Labels , a nonprofit group involving Democrats, Republicans and independents, and is the latest attempt to restore some collegiality in the polarized atmosphere in Washington these days.
NATIONAL
January 24, 2012 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
By using his State of the Union speech to draw sharp contrasts with Republicans on such high-profile issues as taxes and the housing market, President Obama opened an election-year debate on the role of government that could be more intense than any in decades. Warning Congress that "I intend to fight obstruction with action," he painted a confrontational picture that stands in sharp contrast with the conciliatory approach taken by the last Democrat to seek a second term, Bill Clinton.
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
February 12, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In the first State of the Union address of his second term, President Obama tried to breathe new life into his economic agenda, offering measures to spur growth and urging Congress to revive stalled talks over deficit reduction. Entering his fifth year presiding over a flagging economy, the president declared the restoration of a strong middle class "our unfinished task" and called on a deeply divided Congress to find "reasonable compromise" to solve the nation's lingering fiscal ills.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to call for compromise in his State of the Union address Tuesday night as he invites Republicans to join him in a search for common ground -- and subtly dares them not to.   The annual address -- the first of his second term -- comes as Obama faces a limited time of opportunity to pass legacy-making agenda items through a divided Congress while his political capital is still at its post-reelection high....
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Some new traditions have taken hold amid the familiar rituals of a State of the Union address, and they seem to have a common goal: drawing some of the spotlight away from the president and to his audience. The newest push on the part of lawmakers revolves around a clothing accessory - an attention-grabbing orange lapel pin that more than three dozen lawmakers will wear to signify their intent to "put their country first - ahead of party. " The initiative by members of the self-described "Problem Solvers Caucus" is sponsored by the group No Labels , a nonprofit group involving Democrats, Republicans and independents, and is the latest attempt to restore some collegiality in the polarized atmosphere in Washington these days.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Morgan Little and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- The spotlight may be on President Obama tonight as he delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term, but his remarks mark the culmination of countless laborious hours spent fine-tuning his every word. With former head speechwriter Jon Favreau having left the White House after spending seven years with Obama, Tuesday night's address marks new chief speechwriter Cody Keenan's first time leading the pivotal yearly address. Administration officials have said that Obama's speech will include a call for "common ground," between Republicans and Democrats though the speech maintains Obama's second-term proclivity toward using political pressure to keep Republicans in line with White House policy.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Christi Parsons, Chicago Tribune reporter
The parents of Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton will join First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address on Tuesday, as the president urges Congress to combat gun violence. Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel A. Pendleton's daughter Hadiya was shot and killed on Chicago's South Side in January, just days after the teenager traveled to Washington, DC to mark the president's inauguration. She was an honor student and band majorette at King College Prep High School.  According to the White House, the First Lady's box at the address will include Americans from middle class families whose lives the president believes would be improved by his policy proposals.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Ted Nugent, the rocker-turned-gun-rights activist who was the subject of a Secret Service investigation last year after controversial remarks about President Obama, will attend Tuesday's State of the Union address as the guest of a conservative congressman from Texas. The invitation from Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), announced Monday, comes as some Democratic lawmakers have invited people who have been affected by gun violence to attend the presidential address.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 10 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SUNDAY Brits pick the best of the past year's flicks at the "BAFTA Awards 2013," where "Lincoln" leads the pack with 10 noms. And singer Frank Ocean is up for six trophies at "The 55th Annual Grammy Awards. " (BBC America, 5 and 8 p.m.; CBS, 8 p.m.) Cylons! The metallic meanies are back in "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome," a new prequel to the acclaimed science fiction series.
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