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February 12, 2013 | By Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - When President Obama implored Congress on Tuesday to take up the thorny issue of gun violence, he did so in the name of Nathaniel Pendleton Sr. and Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, whose 15-year-old daughter, Hadiya, was killed just two weeks ago in Chicago. "They deserve a vote," he said in an escalating refrain echoed by legislators gathered for his State of the Union address. He recited other individuals and communities shattered by shootings, such as Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.
February 12, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Climate change: By Neela Banerjee WASHINGTON -- In his State of the Union address, President Obama articulated a subtle but noticeable shift away from his longstanding discussion of climate change in almost entirely economic terms to making a moral argument for the need to act. “For the sake of our children and our future,” he said, “we must do more to combat climate change.” “Yes, it's true that no single event makes a...
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.
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.
February 12, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term tonight at 6 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. EST, looking to set into motion his agenda for the next four years. Urging Republicans and Democrats to work together to resolve the nation's ills, Obama will call on the nation to “reignite the true engine of America's economic growth - a rising, thriving middle class.” Additionally, Obama will lay out a number of proposals “that are fully paid for,” pledging that nothing he outlines will increase the deficit “by a single dime,” according to excerpts released by the White House.
February 12, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON -- President Obama doesn't refer to "drones" in his State of the Union speech, but he alluded to the targeted killing of suspected terrorists when he said, "where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans. " Obama said his administration was seeking to "forge a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counter-terrorism operations. " Four years into the effort, no such framework yet exists for what remains an officially secret process run by the White House and the CIA. LIVE STREAM: Watch the State of the Union   "I recognize that in our democracy, no one should just take my word that we're doing things the right way," Obama added.
February 12, 2013 | By Paul West
WASHINGTON - Declaring that the nation is stronger “after years of grueling recession,” President Obama advocated an array of modest second-term initiatives Tuesday night that he said wouldn't bust the federal budget. There were no sweeping new initiatives. In a one-hour speech that weighed in at a hefty 6,600 words, the president focused at length on domestic issues, including gun control, voting rights, education, immigration and economic development. “Nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.
February 12, 2013 | By Amina Khan
NASA's Twitter celebrity "Mohawk Guy" helped send a rover to Mars, but now he's landing at the White House, thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama, and he'll be rocking a brand new hairstyle for the occasion. Bobak Ferdowsi shot to fame the night the Mars Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet, when his stars-and-stripes hairstyle captivated viewers worldwide. His faux-hawk even earned a shout-out from President Obama, who joked that he had toyed with the idea of trying a similar 'do. Now, the first lady has invited the 33-year-old Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer to be one of her guests at the president's State of the Union address tonight.
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.
February 12, 2013
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens: Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union - to improve it is the task of us all.” Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report. After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home.
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