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After last night's State of the Union address, President Obama was back on the road today, making his case for executive orders if Congress doesn't support what he calls "a year of action." What's the future of the federal minimum wage, immigration reform and other items on his agenda? Also, winter weather causes chaos in the South, and why navigating the Internet may never be the same.

Banner image: President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 28, 2014. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Gideon Brower

Can Barack Obama Go It Alone in His Second Term? 35 MIN, 35 SEC

In his fifth State of the Union address last night, President Obama asked a divided Congress to increase the federal minimum wage. But he also conceded that a divided Congress is not likely to embrace his agenda. This morning, Congress stayed in Washington long enough to pass a Farm Bill, before House Republicans headed for a working retreat to talk about immigration reform behind closed doors. The President got into campaign mode — at a Costco in Maryland -- repeating last night's promise that if Congress doesn't make this "a year of action," he will. Get ready for more from the Bully Pulpit, as the President tries to achieve familiar objectives before he becomes a "lame duck." We hear what he can do with executive orders — and what requires Congressional action, including immigration reform.

 

Guests:
Jim Tankersley, Washington Post (@jimtankersley)
Julian Zelizer, Princeton University (@julianzelizer)
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@AEI)
Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner (@susanferrechio)

Dot-com Domain Names Now Have a Lot of Company 7 MIN, 30 SEC

For Internet users, the domain names that come after the dot are changing big time. Instead of just .com, .net .org and a few others there will soon be hundreds and almost 2000 are in the pipeline. Generic top-level Internet domain names(gTLD) are issued by registries, including Donuts Inc. Today, Donuts went live with seven new domains: .bike, .clothing. guru, .holdings, plumbing, .singles and .ventures. The Internet may never be the same, as we hear from Sarah Needleman, who reports about small business for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Sarah Needleman, Wall Street Journal (@sarahneedleman)

Winter Weather Chaos, in Atlanta and Beyond 7 MIN, 40 SEC

Yesterday, Winter Storm Leon dumped snow all over Southern states that aren't used to it, turning streets and highways into parking lots, stranding school buses and causing 940 confirmed traffic accidents in Atlanta alone. Today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vowed, "(T)here will not be anybody stranded in a vehicle on our interstates that has not been offered the opportunity to go to a place of safety and security where they can be fed, where there will be access to restrooms, etc." Jeff Masters is Director of Meteorology for Weather Underground.com, an Internet forecasting service.

Guests:
Jeff Masters, WeatherUnderground.com (@wunderground)

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