Politics

Obama Focuses on Future, Need For Unity

William Gallo President Barack Obama is delivering his seventh and final State of the Union address, touting his accomplishments as president, focusing on his vision for the country's future and discussing the need to heal its deep political divides. Speaking to a packed House of Representatives chamber in the Capitol, Obama acknowledged that the expectations are low for his final year in office, but vowed he would not stop working to achieve his policy goals. "Fixing a broken immigration system, protecting our kids from gun violence, equal pay for equal work, paid leave, raising the minimum wage — all these…
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Washington Gears Up for Obama’s Last State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON—"America can do anything,” President Barack Obama said Saturday, previewing a theme of his final State of the Union address this week. The president and his Republican critics will differ in assessing the past seven years and clash on what the United States needs going forward. Obama sees progress made and a stronger foundation on which to build. “Our businesses are now on a 70-month streak of job creation, with more than 14 million new jobs in all,” the president said. “We’ve made historic investments in clean energy and put ourselves on a path to a low-carbon future. We’ve brought…
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Syrian Refugee Among First Lady’s Guests for State of Union

VOA News A newly arrived Syrian refugee and a Muslim former soldier will be among the White House invitees sitting with first lady Michelle Obama in her box Tuesday at President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address. A first lady's choice of guests to the closely watched address often underlines the president's priorities, and this year is no different. At Michelle Obama's side will be Naveed Shah, a Muslim and former soldier, who was a child when his parents immigrated to the country from Pakistan. Shah joined the army in 2006 and served in Iraq. The Obama administration has…
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Politics

Washington Gears Up for Obama’s Last State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON—"America can do anything,” President Barack Obama said Saturday, previewing a theme of his final State of the Union address this president and his Republican critics will differ in assessing the past seven years and clash on what the United States needs going forward. Obama sees progress made and a stronger foundation on which to build. “Our businesses are now on a 70-month streak of job creation, with more than 14 million new jobs in all,” the president said. “We’ve made historic investments in clean energy and put ourselves on a path to a low-carbon future. We’ve brought more than…
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This Day In History

This Day in History – 1790 President George Washington delivers first State of the Union

On this day in 1790, President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address to the assembled Congress in New York City. Washington began by congratulating you on the present favourable prospects of our public affairs, most notable of which was North Carolina’s recent decision to join the federal republic. North Carolina had rejected the Constitution in July 1788 because it lacked a bill of rights. Under the terms of the Constitution, the new government acceded to power after only 11 of the 13 states accepted the document. By the time North Carolina ratified in November 1789, the…
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