Post Politics: State of the Union


Posted at 12:10 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Drama of the State of the Union, with a reality-TV side show

For the first time in the history of State of the Union addresses, a reality television star nearly upstaged the president.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:10 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, State of the Union

Posted at 10:50 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Rating Obama’s State of the Union

Leading political analysts rate Obama’s performance in real time, via Twitter

By David Beard  |  10:50 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Live updates: State of the Union

By Aaron Blake  |  06:00 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Campaign cash used to pay for some State of the Union guests

In some cases, lawmakers are using money raised for political purposes to pay for their invited guest to travel to Washington. And it’s legal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:32 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Barack Obama State of the Union 2014, campaign finance, Congress, Democrats, GOP, House, House Republicans, Obama, Obama SOTU 2014, Obama speech, Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, SOTU 2014, State of the Union 2014, state of the union address, White House

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 01/28/2014

‘Duck Dynasty’ star Willie Robertson to attend State of the Union

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) invites a friend to the president’s big speech.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:35 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Boehner knocks Obama’s minimum wage executive order

The House Speaker dismissed as insignificant President Obama’s plans to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:38 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Boehner invites several activists to attend State of the Union

He’s bringing Catholic school children and activists for children with cancer and military families.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:35 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, State of the Union

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Sen. Mike Lee to deliver tea party response to Obama

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have delivered the tea party response in recent years.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:02 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Marco Rubio has always loved water

Rubio took a big swig from a water bottle in his last major primetime speech.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:36 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 02/13/2013

McCain might support Hagel filibuster

Several Republicans told the magazine that the threshold for Hagel's confirmation would be 60 votes. But they said they were not filibustering the nomination, just placing holds on it. Hagel almost certainly has enough votes for confirmation.

By Rachel Weiner  |  01:34 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel, State of the Union

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Shuster apologizes for calling Obama a liar

It was hardly a "You Lie!" moment, but by Wednesday Shuster regretted his words.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:27 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, State of the Union

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Marco Rubio: 'I don't think a minimum wage law works'

"I don't think the minimum wage law works," Rubio told Charlie Rose.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:55 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Obama and Mark Kirk share exploding fist bump

President Obama is known for his fist bumps, but the exploding fist bump adds a new level.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:31 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Why Obama kept his palms down

A body language expert weighs in on the State of the Union.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:56 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 02/13/2013

State of the Union 'Say What': video, transcript and social reaction

In

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:25 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:46 PM ET, 02/12/2013

No new proposal on immigration

President says immigration reform is something that leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree on.

By Tara Bahrampour  |  11:46 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Marco Rubio takes a water break

Marco Rubio takes a water break

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:35 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Rand Paul's tea party response: Obama ‘offers you free stuff'

"The president offers you free stuff, but his policies keep you poor," Paul said, adding that "the ranks of the poor have swelled" during Obama's tenure.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:35 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:34 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama's State of the Union: The reaction

The early reactions to Obama's speech.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:34 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:14 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Rubio: New face, same GOP principles

Even if the messenger was new, the message Rubio offered was back-to-basics

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:14 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013

'They deserve a vote'

Several guests sitting near Michelle Obama on Tuesday night got an extra taste of the spotlight when President Obama called them out in his speech,

By Emily Heil  |  10:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Woman escorted out of speech

When taken out in the hall, the woman, who did not give her name before being escorted away, was seen crying.

By Emily Heil and Ed O'Keefe  |  10:25 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Issue by issue summary

An issue by issue look at Obama's speech.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Gabrielle Giffords' moment

Giffords and husband applaud remark on gun control.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:16 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Early reactors

Some members of Congress want to catch media attention before the crowd is out.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:16 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:15 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama: Overwhelming majorities support background checks

Here's what polls find NRA members think about universal background checks

By Scott Clement  |  10:15 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, Polls, State of the Union

Posted at 10:12 PM ET, 02/12/2013

'We buy less foreign oil'

Obama is right: Oil imports have dropped dramatically in the last two years

By Steve Mufson  |  10:12 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of Union

Posted at 10:10 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Pay parity for women

Making the wage gap seem wider than it is.

By Glenn Kessler  |  10:10 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fact checker, State of the Union

Posted at 10:07 PM ET, 02/12/2013

On sequester: 'Enough already'

Obama calls on Congressional Republicans to work with him to replace the sequester with a more sensible deficit-reduction plan

By Lori Montgomery  |  10:07 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Duckworth stands for mention of wounded warriors

I ask this Congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts, President Obama said in his address.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:03 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Little hope of avoiding defense cuts

Obama reiterated his opposition to a proposal by some Republicans to spare defense cuts, but not other bit-ticket items, such as health care and social services.

By Ernesto Londono  |  10:03 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama promises climate action

President is silent on the contentious Keystone XL pipeline project.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:00 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 09:59 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Crackdown on college costs?

Obama promises to require colleges to show their tuition costs if they want federal grants

By Lyndsey Layton  |  09:59 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama ribbon-cutting joke flops

While touting investments in infrastructure during his State of the Union, President Obama ribbed members of Congress: "I know you want those job-creating projects, I've seen you all at ribbon-cuttings."

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Peter Roskam, Paul Ryan's wingman

Those wondering what Paul Ryan thought of President Obama's State of the Union would do well to ask the lawmaker who has been serving as the Wisconsin Republican's wingman.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Extreme weather, climate change linked

Obama links recent extreme weather to climate change

By Juliet Eilperin  |  09:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama proposes universal pre-school

Those programs cost taxpayers about $5.5 billion, an average of about $5,000 per child in 2011.

By Lyndsey Layton  |  09:49 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:46 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama asking Romney lawyer to take on long voting lines

It's no surprise that President Obama is addressing voting reform in the State of the Union. But the president is making news by announcing that he is asking a lawyer for Mitt Romney to co-chair a commission on the issue.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:46 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Medicare reform

Claim on Medicare savings that earned the president a Geppetto Checkmark.

By Glenn Kessler  |  09:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fact checker, State of the Union

Posted at 09:43 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Jobs number unclear

Obama is cherry-picking a jobs number

By Glenn Kessler  |  09:43 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:40 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama: Limited cost-cutting for Medicare

Obama also mentioned asking more from our wealthiest seniors

By N.C. Aizenman  |  09:40 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:37 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Medicare statement misleading

Medicare savings mentioned by Obama wouldn't come until 2022

By Glenn Kessler  |  09:37 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Factchecker, State of the Union

Posted at 09:28 PM ET, 02/12/2013

A guide to Michelle Obama's guests

We broke down the list of First Lady's Michelle Obama's guests earlier today, but what do they look like?

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:28 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Reducing deficit

Fact Checker: Reducing deficit

By Glenn Kessler  |  09:25 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013

A burst of bipartisanship?

Several lawmakers from opposite parties are sitting together

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Foreign oil

Fact Checker: Foreign oil

By Glenn Kessler  |  09:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fact checker, State of the Union

Posted at 09:18 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama begins his State of the Union address

We'll update with them with the transcript of his remarks as delivered once they are complete.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:18 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Six million new jobs

Fact Checker: Six million new jobs

By Glenn Kessler  |  09:18 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fact checker, State of the Union

Posted at 09:11 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Kerry gets warm welcome

New secretary of state greeted with hugs and kisses

By Emily Heil  |  09:11 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:03 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama arrives at Capitol, Carney 'heading to the bar'

White House spokesman Jay Carney: "We're heading to the bar."

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:03 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:58 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Paul Ryan is in the House

Paul Ryan is in the House

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:58 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Gabby Giffords in the House

Invited guests are squeezed in together high up in the Chamber

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:51 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Biden wearing green ribbon to honor shooting victims

Green ribbons in honor of Newtown victims

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:51 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:51 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Aurora survivor attending State of the Union

Stephen Barton lives near Sandy Hook and is attending as Sen. Blumenthal's guest.

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:51 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:25 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Steven Chu is the State of the Union 'designated survivor'

Outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu will not attend the State of the Union, the White House announced Friday.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:25 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Bo meets Bobak

The popular first dog meets the popular scientist

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:15 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Dozens of gun violence victims attending State of the Union

Congressional Democrats have invited at least 35 people with connections to gun violence

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Rubio to focus State of the Union response on Medicare, Social Security

"Mr. President, I don't oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors," Rubio will say.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:20 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Advance excerpts of Obama's State of the Union address

In his State of the Union tonight, President Obama will, as he has before, defend the role of government in making lives better. At the same time, he will emphasize that he does not plan to increase the deficit and that he is not for "bigger government" but "smarter government."

By Rachel Weiner  |  06:13 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Ted Nugent promises to be respectful during State of the Union

Rock musician Ted Nugent, who once said he would end up "dead or in jail" if President Obama was reelected, told reporters that he will be respectful during tonight's State of the Union.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Rand Paul to call for GOP to embrace immigrants

In his tea party response to President Obama's State of the Union tonight, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will call on Republicans to embrace immigrants.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:54 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, State of the Union

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Who's sitting in Michelle Obama's State of the Union box

First Lady Michelle Obama's guest list makes clear that the president will emphasize gun violence with tonight's speech.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:43 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union, White House

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 02/12/2013

State of the Union: Where, when, and what to watch

Watch the State of the Union live.

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:34 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Speechwriter Cody Keenan takes lead on State of the Union

With top speechwriter Jon Favreau leaving the White House, deputy director of speechwriting Cody Keenan is transitioning into the lead role. His first big task -- President Obama's State of the Union tonight.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:14 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union, White House

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 02/12/2013

The face of voting delays at the State of the Union

The face of voting delays at the State of the Union

By Emily Heil  |  08:59 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Ted Nugent to attend State of the Union

Nugent, a rock star and gun rights advocate, will be the guest of a Texas congressman.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:11 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, State of the Union

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Is Marco Rubio the GOP's answer?

The Florida Senator is everywhere these days.

By Karen Tumulty and Manuel Roig-Franzia  |  08:29 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Rand Paul to deliver 'tea party response' to State of the Union

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will deliver a "tea party response" to President Obama's State of the Union address, on behalf of the organization Tea Party Express.

By Rachel Weiner  |  03:58 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Nancy Pelosi bringing Newtown resident to State of the Union

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will bring a survivor of the Sandy Hook shootings and her mother to the State of the Union, she told reporters Friday.

By Rachel Weiner  |  01:26 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, State of the Union