FROM George Condon
A Fast Start to the President's "Fourth Quarter" Last night, the President told Congress the State of the Union is "strong." He provided a list of positive changes over the past five years: 11 million new jobs, lower prices for gasoline, increased economic growth, decreased deficits — with the stock market up and health coverage for ten million uninsured people. President Obama told Congress what every Democrat wanted to hear, but that's not the way Republicans describe the state of the union and — just last November -- they won control of Capitol Hill. The President isn't conceding. Last night, he threatened to veto four potential GOP challenges to his policies and actions. He also made the case for "middle class economics." Did he set the stage for bipartisanship — or next year's presidential campaign?
Campaign Rhetoric and the State of the Union Address President Obama told a joint session of Congress that he inherited an economy in free fall. He said, "The state of the union is getting better," even though partisan differences have thwarted his efforts to make it better still. He used the SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden to call for unity. Today, the President is on the road, taking the messages of last night's State of the Union speech to voters across the country. We summarize the results, get partisan reactions and hear from Americans in different parts of the country.
Campaign Rhetoric and the State of the Union Address In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama told a joint session of Congress that he inherited an economy in free fall. He said, "The state of the union is getting better," even though partisan differences have thwarted his efforts to make it better still. He used the SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden to call for unity. George Condon is White House correspondent for National Journal .
State of the Union to Set Obama's Election Campaign Agenda President Obama is preparing for tonight's final State of the Union address of his current term. One of themes will be creating more "fairness" in America's tax code. ( KCRW will air tonight's address and the Republican response, starting at 6pm.) George Condon is White House correspondent at the National Journal .
Underwater Homeowners Get a Boost The so-called Home Affordable Refinance Program was expected to help some five million owners when it was started in 2009, but it's only reached about 800,000. Today in Las Vegas, President Obama was expected to tell distressed homeowners about an expansion to HARP to allow more underwater mortgages to be refinanced. George Condon is White House Correspondent for the National Journal .
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.