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Obama: Bolstering middle class must be policy 'North Star'

White House via MSNBC - Tue, 02/12/2013 - 7:06pm

President Barack Obama was set to announce broad goal of reinvigorating America's middle class during his second term at Tuesday's State of the Union address, calling it the "North Star" that guides policy making in Washington in the immediate future.





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At least four members of Congress already in seats for State of the Union

White House via MSNBC - Tue, 02/12/2013 - 1:26pm

If members of Congress want to be there to greet President Obama as he walks down the aisle of the House chamber for his State of the Union address tonight, they're going to have to save their seats now.


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Boehner accuses Obama of not having the 'guts' to cut spending

White House via MSNBC - Tue, 02/12/2013 - 12:02pm

House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday repeatedly challenged the president's willingness to go against his own party on issues that include reforms to social programs and spending.


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Obama to announce about half of U.S. troops will exit Afghanistan this year

White House via MSNBC - Tue, 02/12/2013 - 11:24am

In his State of The Union address Tuesday, President Obama will announce that 34,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be brought back home.


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Obama’s last chance to go big

White House via MSNBC - Tue, 02/12/2013 - 10:19am

First Read:  Tonight’s State of the Union address starts the clock ticking on a narrow window for the president to get any big legislative victories.


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Rubio's rise: GOP star returns to the spotlight with response to Obama

White House via MSNBC - Tue, 02/12/2013 - 10:07am

Marco Rubio gets his moment in the spotlight when he delivers the official response to the State of the Union address delivered minutes earlier by President Barack Obama – another political rock star whose meteoric ascent invites inevitable parallels for Rubio.





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State of the Union rallies victims of gun violence

White House via MSNBC - Tue, 02/12/2013 - 5:55am

President Barack Obama is promising to focus his State of the Union address primarily on the state of the economy – but victims of gun violence are taking advantage of the high-profile event to try to shine a spotlight on their cause.





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Hagel's brother says he won't withdraw; 'He's going to fight harder'

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 1:25pm

Although stung by attacks from his former Republican colleagues in the Senate, Chuck Hagel is bracing to fight back against his critics and has no intention of withdrawing as the nominee to be Defense Secretary, according to the former senator's brother.


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Obama awards Medal of Honor to Afghan battle hero

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:28am

President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to celebrated Army veteran Clinton Romesha on Monday afternoon, making the former active duty staff sergeant just the fourth living person to receive the military’s highest honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan.


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Afghan battle hero getting Medal of Honor

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:28am

President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to a celebrated Army veteran on Monday. Clinton Romesha, 31, a former active duty Army staff sergeant, is being honored for his "conspicuous gallantry" during the Battle of Kamdesh, a day-long firefight in Afghanistan in 2009.


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Obama returns to a focus on the economy

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:21am

First Read: In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, the president will focus on jobs, the economy and the nation’s fiscal state.





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Fiscal realities put Obama agenda in question

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 5:56am

Less than one month into his second term, President Barack Obama looks to complete the outlines of an ambitious agenda in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.


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Four years after Elkhart, it’s still about the economy

White House via MSNBC - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 10:47am

First Read: Four years after Obama pledged recovery, the economy has improved but still a long way to go.





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Obama steels House Dems for sequester fight ahead

White House via MSNBC - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 3:29pm

President Barack Obama told his House Democratic colleagues that he would continue to challenge Republicans on how to best replace the impending sweeping spending cuts known as the "sequester."


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Drones take center stage

White House via MSNBC - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 10:21am

First Read: Obama’s nominee to head the CIA will face some tough questions on the Hill over U.S. policy on controversial drone policy.





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White House: Congress to get classified drone info

White House via MSNBC - Wed, 02/06/2013 - 9:45pm

Reversing its earlier course, the White House will now brief members of Congress on a memo detailing the justification for drone strikes against U.S. citizens, an administration official said Wednesday night.


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Progressives pressure Obama on immigration reform triggers

White House via MSNBC - Wed, 02/06/2013 - 12:16pm

President Barack Obama’s allies in organized labor and progressive groups are drawing a line in the sand, stating that any preconditions on creating a pathway to citizenship would be a deal-breaker in terms of winning their support.


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Budget battle is back

White House via MSNBC - Wed, 02/06/2013 - 10:11am

First Read: With debt ceiling fight postponed, the budget fight in Washington turns to the automated spending cuts slated to hit in March.





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