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Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 6: ‘The Pen and Phone’ strategy

Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 6: ‘The Pen and Phone’ strategy



President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday. The Fix is previewing Obama’s major themes and challenges in the speech, focusing on one issue a day leading up to the address. Today’s talking point is bipartisanship. Click here for talking point No. 5 on foreign policy. Click here for talking point No. 4 on immigration. Click here for talking point No. 3 on early childhood education. Click here for talking point No. 2 on saving the planet. And click here for talking point No. 1 on defending Obamacare.

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Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 5: Ending the war in Afghanistan

Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 5: Ending the war in Afghanistan

President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday. The Fix is previewing Obama’s major themes and challenges in the speech, focusing on one issue a day leading up to the address. Today’s talking point is foreign policy. Click here for talking point #4 on immigration. Click here for talking point #3 on early childhood education. Click here for talking point #2 on saving the planet. And click here for talking point #1 on defending Obamacare.

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Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 4: Immigration

Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 4: Immigration

President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday. The Fix is previewing Obama’s major themes and challenges in the speech, focusing on one issue a day leading up to the address. Today’s talking point is immigration. Click here for talking point #3 on early childhood education. Click here for talking point #2 on saving the planet. And click here for talking point #1 on defending Obamacare.

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Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 3: Early childhood education

Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 3: Early childhood education

President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address on Jan. 28. Over the next few days, The Fix is previewing Obama's major themes and challenges in the speech, focusing on one issue a day leading up to Tuesday's address. Today's talking point is education. Click here for talking point #2 on saving the planet and talking point #1 on defending Obamacare.

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Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 2: Saving the planet

Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 2: Saving the planet

President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address on Jan. 28. Over the next few days, The Fix is previewing Obama's major themes and challenges in the speech, focusing on one issue a day leading up to Tuesday's address. Today's talking point is the environment.

Seven months after President Obama unveiled his vision for grappling with climate change, some environmentalists hope he will choose Tuesday’s State of the Union Address to announce how he plans to go farther in protecting the warming planet.

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Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 1: Defending Obamacare

Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 1: Defending Obamacare

President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address on Jan. 28. Over the next week, The Fix is previewing Obama's major themes and challenges in the speech, focusing on one issue a day leading up to Tuesday's address. First up is health care.

When President Obama brings up health care during his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, he will make one issue clear (yet) again: He will defend the Affordable Care Act against any and all political attacks this year.

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Stewart, Colbert poke fun at Rubio (VIDEO)

As we noted in Morning Fix today, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's "water bottle" moment during his response to President Obama's State of the Union has received widespread attention. Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert each took a turn Wednesday at making fun of the episode.

Colbert offered some comforting words to the Florida Republican. "Don't worry, Senator Rubio. Nobody noticed -- that you gave a speech," he said on the "Colbert Report."

On "The Daily Show," Stewart joked about the "self-deportation of Marco Rubio's saliva from the inside of his mouth to the outside of his face."

The minimum wage fight, explained

The minimum wage fight, explained

President Obama's call in his State of the Union address to bump the federal minimum wage up to $9 an hour has directed new attention to a politically divisive issue. And it's already triggered a new round of criticism by congressional Republicans who don't agree with the president.

To better anticipate the direction of the current debate, it's helpful to look at the history of the federal minimum wage law, how lawmakers have addressed the issue in the past and who is for and against raising it in the present debate.

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What the polls say about Obama's proposals

What the polls say about Obama's proposals

President Obama set the tone for his second term Tuesday, going through a litany of policy proposals that he will pursue in the months and years ahead.

And polls suggest most of his big proposals have broad public support.

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Marco Rubio: The anti-Romney

Marco Rubio: The anti-Romney

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took his biggest step on to the national political stage on Tuesday, and it was hardly surprising to see him position himself as strongly opposed to President Obama's policies.

His best move, though, was in his effort to distance himself from the man he replaces as the de facto standard-bearer for the Republican Party: Mitt Romney.

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5 takeaways from the State of the Union

5 takeaways from the State of the Union

President Obama's fourth State of the Union address is in the books -- a 6,000-plus word speech in which he laid out both the blueprint and the underlying justification for his vision of his next four years.

We live-tweeted the whole thing -- and did a bit of pre- and post-game analysis -- but also jotted down a few notable takeaways from the address. They're below. What was your biggest takeaway?

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Pre-game (and post-game) the State of the Union with the Fix! (VIDEO)

What's more fun that watching the State of the Union address? Talking about the State of the Union address with the Fix! Right? Right?

Starting at around 8:45, the Fix along with the Post's Jonathan Capehart and Karen Tumulty will gather to do just that -- on the Internet no less! Then, once President Obama and Republican responder Marco Rubio finish up, which should be around 10:15, we'll be back with some post-game analysis.

You can watch it all -- the pre-game and post-game as well as the speech itself -- below. Enjoy!

A visual history of Michelle Obama's State of the Union guests

The Post's graphics team has a great look back at the people who have flanked Michelle Obama in the first lady's box at previous States of the Union speeches.

Click below to see the interactive graphics, which shows you who has sat in the box and why they were invited (be it because of military heroism, economic anecdotes or because they are political players).



What to watch for in the State of the Union speech

What to watch for in the State of the Union speech

The State of the Union speech is the Super Bowl for political nerds. (Trust us, we know of what we speak.)

While we will know much of what President Obama plans to say and propose -- like bringing home 34,000 troops from Afghanistan -- before he even hits the House floor around 9 p.m., a thousand storylines will be born tonight.

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Why Obama shouldn't expect a big State of the Union polling bounce

Why Obama shouldn't expect a big State of the Union polling bounce

President Obama can reasonably expect a lot of things after he delivers his State of the Union address tonight, but a substantial polling bounce isn't one of them.

A look at recent history shows that presidents Obama included simply don't move the public's opinion about them all that much with their annual speeches before a joint session of Congress.

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Rand vs. Rubio: The 2016 Republican primary begins tonight

Rand vs. Rubio: The 2016 Republican primary begins tonight

It's Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) vs. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

The two most likely 2016 presidential candidates in the Senate will go back-to-back tonight in consecutive rebuttals to President Obama's State of the Union address. First will be Rubio offering the official Republican response; then will come Paul delivering the tea party's take.

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The State of the Union speech -- in word clouds

The State of the Union speech -- in word clouds

When President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, he will be matched up against and compared to many of his predecessors.

But while the tone of the speech will be whatever Obama makes it, the words used will likely be very similar to State of the Unions past.

Below is a look at word clouds from State of the Union speeches delivered by many of America's best-known presidents, including Obama's 2011 address (courtesy of the Guardian).

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Americans on State of the Union: Yawn

Americans on State of the Union: Yawn

Tuesday's State of the Union address may be President Obama's most important to date, but the American people aren't all that jazzed about it.

A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows views of the importance of the speech are pretty much in line with Obama's previous SOTUs. About one-third (32 percent) see it as more important than previous speeches, while 43 percent say it's about the same and 15 percent say it's less important.

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The 10 most memorable State of the Union addresses (VIDEO)

The 10 most memorable State of the Union addresses (VIDEO)

President Obama will deliver his fourth -- and arguably most important -- State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

In looking ahead to Obama's speech, it's helpful to look back through history at some of the most memorable State of the Union addresses ever delivered. Some came ahead of monumental policy achievements or championed notable ideas, while others were delivered before major setbacks, and in one case, a resignation. Below, we take a closer look, in reverse chronological order. And as always, the comments section awaits your input on our choices, as well as what we may have overlooked.

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Previewing Obama's State of the Union address (in four infographics)

Previewing Obama's State of the Union address (in four infographics)

President Obama will deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term on Tuesday.

As we all prepare for the speech, though, it's worthwhile to look at Obama's past speeches and the environment in which he will deliver his next one. Below are four infographics that should serve as good reference points for the week ahead.

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Obama’s message: I’m back

Obama’s message: I’m back

President Obama’s most memorable line in Tuesday’s State of the Union address came when he uttered these three words: “America is back.”

But really, what he was saying is: ‘I’m back.’

The swagger which Obama rode into office with was back in his address Tuesday. The president, emboldened by some positive jobs numbers and an improving (if still not good) personal approval rating, sounded every bit the part of a president with political capital to spend.

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Mitch Daniels and what could have been

Mitch Daniels and what could have been

As the Republican presidential race spirals into a heated battle between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, viewers of Tuesday’s State of the Union address will be reminded of what could have been.

Namely, Mitch Daniels.

Daniels will deliver the official Republican response following President Obama’s speech – a response that will at once return the Indiana governor to the national stage (a space he occupied briefly while he considered his own presidential bid last year) and also provide a small taste of a presidential candidacy that many of the biggest names in the GOP hoped they would see.

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