State of the Union address

In this Feb. 12, 2013 photo, President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio behind him, gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File-Pool)

State of the Union: Of pledges, pleas and setbacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He’ll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be […]


President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama to press jobs agenda with executive actions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ready to put an economic spotlight on his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is picking up the pace of his jobs message and making a case that, even against […]


President Barack Obama speaks about his Promise Zones Initiative, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Obama unveils first 5 ‘Promise Zones’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Invoking his own personal story, President Barack Obama made a plea for bipartisan work to combat poverty and declared, after a 2013 marked by struggles and disappointments, that “this is going to […]


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33.5 million watch State of the Union

NEW YORK (AP) — The 33.5 million people who saw President Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union made it the smallest audience for the annual speech since Bill Clinton’s last address in 2000.


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Text of Obama’s State of the Union address

(AP) – The text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, released by the White House as prepared for delivery: “Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:


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Highlights of Obama’s State of the Union address

(AP) – Click to see highlights of the economic and other proposals President Barack Obama called for in his State of the Union address.


A US economy that’s strengthened over past 4 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy, the expected focus of Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech, is much healthier than it was four years ago. Yet growth remains slow and unemployment high.


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Obama to announce 34K troops to be home in 1 year

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address that 34,000 U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan within a year, a senior administration official said Tuesday. That’s about half the U.S. forces currently serving there.


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Obama to revive populist message in Tuesday speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reviving his populist re-election message, President Obama will press a politically-divided Congress to approve more tax increases and fewer spending cuts during a State of the Union address. Get a preview here.


Bruce Cochrane, Lincolnton Furniture President and CEO (AP Photo)

NC furniture maker hailed as US job creator closes

LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) — A start-up North Carolina furniture company once celebrated as a sign of America’s manufacturing rebound has closed, a year after its head was hosted by President Barack Obama.




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