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January 19, 1999 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Determined to show that his embattled presidency is alive and kicking, President Clinton plans to use tonight's State of the Union address to push for an ambitious agenda of education programs, Social Security reform and tax cuts.
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NATIONAL
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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NEWS
January 26, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
A president's annual message to Congress often contains a laundry list of legislative proposals, an acknowledgement of the nation's challenges, and requisite appeals for bipartisan cooperation. More often than not, the presidential address drags on for the better part of an hour. But one single climactic line tends to reflect the moment in time, and it usually begins: "The state of our Union is ?" Sometimes it's a simple declaration, often just: "strong. " But presidents have often embellished, or taken a different course.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1986
President Reagan's State of the Union address was much too long. He could, and should, have limited it to five sentences, as follows: "In the 189 years before I was elected President, this nation had accumulated a national debt of 1 trillion dollars. I doubled that to 2 trillion in just five years. In 1980 we were the greatest creditor nation in the world. Under my stewardship we have become the greatest debtor nation in all of history. In addition to these accomplishments, I have successfully thwarted every attempt at arms control or arms reduction."
WORLD
September 4, 2012 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Outgoing President Felipe Calderon told Mexicans in his final state of the union address Monday that although their country was still rife with problems, particularly drug violence, structural changes he championed would make it stronger in the long run. Calderon's decision shortly after taking office in 2006 to confront drug gangs head-on came to define his presidency, although the wisdom of his choice remains a matter of intense debate...
NATIONAL
January 21, 2012 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
For weeks, President Obama and his top advisors have been meeting around the gleaming table in the Roosevelt Room, debating what to include in the State of the Union address that will double as the national opening of the president's reelection year. Now, as they polish the final drafts, a key question remains: how rough to be in attacking what Obama calls a "do-nothing Congress" - the members of which will be arrayed in front of him as he speaks Tuesday night. Obama has experimented with different approaches over the last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 1996 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ask Lindsay Crouse about life with father, and you're likely to hear about "Life With Father." The actress is, after all, the daughter of Russel Crouse, one of Broadway's most famous scribes, not to mention the man who wrote the play by that name. And she's even named after her father's writing partner, Howard Lindsay. In addition to "Life With Father," the Crouse-Lindsay team was responsible for such archly American standards as "State of the Union" (1945), "Call Me Madam" (1950) and "Mr.
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?
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.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Evan Halper
In his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled policies he can implement by executive order, as well as several needing congressional approval. Among them: Executive actions: • Create a retirement savings program for lower-income workers. The “starter” investment plan would be made available to millions of private-sector employees who do not currently have access to a 401(k) or pension. • Boost the minimum wage for workers hired by firms with federal contracts to $10.10 per hour.
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 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...
NATIONAL
January 28, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Hoping to leave a bruising year in the rearview mirror, President Obama vowed Tuesday to work with Congress when possible but around it when necessary to push ahead with a series of mostly modest steps aimed at helping low- and middle-income families share in the economic recovery. In his State of the Union address, Obama shook off his earlier recession-era rhetoric to envision an increasingly robust economy. He warned Congress not to impede that progress, and swore he would work to shrink the gap between rich and poor left by the years of job losses and depressed wages.
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