FROM Doris Kearns Goodwin
Previewing Obama's Last State of the Union The State of the Union address to Congress is a tradition that’s come and gone — for better or worse. Much depends on demands of the times. George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address to Congress. Thomas Jefferson sent his in writing. Harry Truman put his audience to sleep. Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin traces the history and importance of this American tradition. The audience applauds as President Barack Obama enters the House Chamber to deliver his State of the Union address on January 25, 2011. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Celebrations Abound in Honor of Lincoln's Bicentennial In the Capitol Rotunda today, President Obama paid homage to the predecessor he admires most. "What Lincoln never forgot, not even in the midst of civil war, was that despite all that divided us -- north and south, black and white -- we were, at heart, one nation and one people, sharing a bond as Americans that could not break." Obama observed that he was speaking in a building constructed in part by slaves and immigrants, and that Lincoln insisted the work go on during the Civil War, even though the metal supporting the Capitol Dome might have been used for bullets.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.