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The State of the Union's history

Technology and partisanship have transformed the State of the Union over the past century. Here's a look back.



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January 27, 2010

Vice President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi behind President Obama during his State of the Union address in 2010. Rather than announcing new initiatives, Obama called on Congress to pass legislation mired in partisan gridlock.

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Article | It has been a frenetic few weeks for the country's leading oil industry group: Lobbyists for the American Petroleum Institute have repeatedly phoned the White House, cajoled agency higher-ups, even bought big newspaper ads touting the virtues of oil and natural gas.

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