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 plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?