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State Of The Union 2013 Live: Obama Delivers Annual Address (LATEST UPDATES)

Feb 12, 2013 | Updated Feb 12, 2013

President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Obama's speech takes place in front of a joint session of Congress as many Americans watch from home. While inviting the president to give the yearly address, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) cited the country's "immense challenges" ahead.

Below, the latest updates from the 2013 State of the Union address:

02/13/2013 1:22 AM EST

Paul Ryan: Obama Immigration Remarks 'Productive'

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had rare words of praise on Tuesday for President Barack Obama's message on immigration.

"I thought on comprehensive immigration reform, I thought his words were measured," Ryan said in an interview with CNN after the State of the Union address. "I think the tone and the words he took were productive on that front."

Obama urged Congress to act quickly -- "in the next few months" -- and praised the work of bipartisan groups in the House and Senate. Ryan said he appreciated that nod to Congress, adding that he thinks immigration is "an area where we have a good chance of getting something done."

"I think, you know, when you have -- when you are in the legislative arena and we're trying to get a comprehensive bipartisan agreement here, the words he uses matters," Ryan told CNN. "And he used what I thought was a measured tone, which gives me a sense that he is trying to get something done."

-- Elise Foley

02/13/2013 1:20 AM EST

Immigrant Workers Surprised, Disappointed By Obama Immigration Remarks

WASHINGTON -- For many of the 300 immigrant day laborers, cooks and manual laborers watching the State of the Union address at a Hilton Hotel in Washington on Tuesday, President Barack Obama's remarks on immigration were underwhelming.

When Obama called for swift action on immigration reform, the crowd in the Hilton conference room roared with cheers. But as the president laid out his policy ideas, including enhanced border security, taxes and penalties, the immigrant workers quickly turned to boos, hisses and indignation.

"I was surprised that he dedicated so little time of his speech to immigration," said Guillermina Castellanos, 52, a community organizer from San Francisco. "We know it's our labor that makes this country function."

The group was gathered for grassroots organizing trainings hosted by the United Workers Congress and the National Guestworker Alliance, and later this week will attend a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and a press conference with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.).

The organizers and workers are staunch supporters of comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship, and one of their top priorities is to urge Obama to halt deportations -- which currently stand at record levels -- until immigration reform discussions are complete. About one-fifth of the crowd was undocumented, National Day Laborer Organizing Network spokesman B. Loewe estimated.

For immigrants, Obama's statements were particularly important. Raul de la Torre, 46, is a worker from Mexico who along with 89 of his colleagues was fired by his employer for allegedly being undocumented after the group tried to organize to bargain for fair wages. He is involved with Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant rights group, and was with Jennifer Martinez, a 33-year-old U.S. citizen also involved with Voces. She has four small children she is raising alone after her undocumented husband was deported to Mexico last year.

With Martinez acting as a translator, de la Torre said he "hoped and prayed with all his heart that Obama has a conscience."

-- Preston Maddock

CORRECTION: This post has been corrected to clarify details of Raul de la Torre's case.

02/13/2013 1:14 AM EST

Jobs Proposals Don't Go Far Enough, Economists Say

President Barack Obama argued Tuesday night that a growing economy with more middle-class jobs "must be the North Star that guides our efforts."

But some outside observers and economists said the president's State of the Union address reflected a less ambitious approach to job creation than in the past -- one that acknowledged the realities of dealing with a Congress focused mostly on deficit-reduction.

"I'm sure there are a lot of good things in there, but it's just going to be nickel-and-dime stuff," said Dean Baker, an economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research. "He's starting his term, in my view, by asking for very, very little."

Obama's new proposals included a "Fix It First" program that calls for $50 billion to hire people to fix decaying infrastructure such as bridges, and new upgrades to roads and railroads financed by reduced war spending. He also proposed a program to put people to work revamping vacant homes in communities ravaged by foreclosures, estimated to cost $15 billion.

The president made a passing reference to a $447 billion jobs bill he proposed in 2011, but he stressed that "nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime."

The language was a marked contrast from last year's speech, where Obama referenced the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge and the interstate highway system as examples of past administrations investing in "great projects that benefited everybody."

"You need to fund these projects," he said in the 2012 address. "Take the money we're no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home."

"Rhetorically, there were some bold visions in this speech, but I didn't see the level of specificity about the new projects this time as I have in the past," said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. "Part of that may be an aspect of realism, but I'm of the school that if you don't ask for it, you're not going to get it."

Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said some of the more modest initiatives on job creation in this speech reflect the country moving beyond the crisis mode of 2009 and 2010.

"As opposed to his agenda in his first years, where he was really putting out a huge fire, at this point he's talking about rebuilding the house," said Bernstein, a former Obama administration economist. "You're going to hear much less about large deficit spending on a big stimulus, and more about investments in kids, in infrastructure, in our manufacturing base."

-- Chris Kirkham

02/13/2013 12:46 AM EST

Howard Fineman: The Emotion Of The Night

I was playing the role of hard-boiled -- not to say cynical -- reporter on the Hill when I got into a conversation with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz after the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

"So," I asked, "do YOU have your own personal victim of gun-violence with you tonight?"

The Florida Democrat, an important party leader, shot me a glance that was equal parts pity, surprise and annoyance. "Yes I do," she said, and turned to introduce me to 17-year-old from Miami named Megan Hobson. The young woman explained that she had been injured in a drive-by shooting last year.

"We needed to have people here such as Megan to underscore the point we want to make about gun violence," Wasserman Schultz said.

President Barack Obama laid out a detailed progressive agenda, a recitation that some pundits panned, but that early polls showed the public liked. Still, the emotional highlight -- and potentially most politically astute maneuver -- was when Obama and his fellow Democrats discussed the lives and losses of gun-violence victims.

In an effort organized by five Democrats from New York and New England -- the region of Newtown -- more than 30 members brought to the Capitol families that had experienced gun-related tragedies. It was powerful theater, especially when Obama himself paid homage to the parents of a victim from Chicago.

Using the call-and-response cadence of a church service, the president demanded that the Congress allow up-or-down votes on several gun measures. The idea was to put Republicans and wavering Democrats from Red States on the spot.

And it felt in the House Chamber Tuesday night that he had done so.

"The president backed them into a corner and they sat there like they were trying out for stone faces on Mount Rushmore," said Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee. "I loved that. And maybe we'll get those voters."

Maybe the Democrats and Obama will. Whether they will win them is another matter. If they do, the beginning of the story of that victory will be this night in the U.S. House -- and with people such as Megan Hobson.

-- Howard Fineman

02/13/2013 12:35 AM EST

Obama Promises Climate Change Action

The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim reports:

President Barack Obama Tuesday night pledged that if Congress refuses to take action to stem climate change, his administration would act unilaterally.

"I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago," Obama said, as McCain offered a tight smile from a back row. "But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy."

There's about zero chance that the GOP-led House will pass climate change legislation this session, given that many of its members do not acknowledge that human activity has anything to do with it, if it's happening at all.

Click here to read more.

02/13/2013 12:34 AM EST

Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, Miffed Obama Didn't Mention Coal

Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, said he liked President Barack Obama's speech, but was miffed the energy portion left out his state's key resource -- coal.

Obama and his administration have talked about coal in the past, but Manchin noticed the president didn't bring it up when he was addressing energy efficiency and climate change.

"I was disappointed on energy," Manchin told reporters. "Not to say a word about coal -- and coal produces about 35 percent of the the nation's energy. When you look at it, you've got to talk about climate, and if you're talking about climate, the United States of America consumes close to one-eighth of the the coal that's burned in the world -- you should be finding the technology that helps use it cleanly, and uses it much better and more efficiently. So that was disappointing."

Many analysts have said there is no such thing as clean coal, although Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have talked up the idea in the past.

-- Michael McAuliff

02/13/2013 12:18 AM EST

Obama Short On Details For Climate Change And Green Energy

HuffPost's Lynne Peeples reports:

President Barack Obama's State of the Union remarks fell in line with what many energy experts, industry representatives and environmental advocates predicted to me earlier today -- lots of rhetoric yet little detail on how to tackle climate change and propel green energy.

Read more here.

02/13/2013 12:10 AM EST

What Stands In The Way Of A Minimum Wage Increase

The payroll tax increase that went into effect at the beginning of the year stands to offset significantly the president's proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.

In his State of the Union address, Barack Obama called on lawmakers to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25. For an employee working a 40-hour work week, the bump would translate to a 24 percent raise to $18,720 a year.

However, because of the payroll tax hike that went into effect on Jan. 1, 10 percent of that raise, or $374, would be lost, according to a calculator provided by the Wall Street Journal.

Read more here.

-- Caroline Fairchild

02/12/2013 11:50 PM EST

Obama Calls For Pre-K Expansion

HuffPost's Joy Resmovits reports:

During Tuesday night's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed several major education initiatives, including a big push to expand pre-kindergarten and a potential revamp of the federal aid system for college students.

"Tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America," Obama said. "Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on.”

Instead of focusing on the bulk of American public school students, the president's proposals zeroed in on the margins, targeting the oldest and youngest members of the country's education system.

Read more here.

02/12/2013 11:49 PM EST

Obama Calls For Immigration Reform To Attract Skilled Entrepreneurs, Engineers

President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address called for reforms to the nation's immigration system that would help highly-skilled immigrants remain in the country.

"Real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods, reduce bureaucracy and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy," Obama said.

The president said bipartisan groups in both chambers of Congress were working to draft an immigration reform bill. "Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away," he said.

Advocates said a massive backlog of visas is preventing immigrants with advanced degrees in engineering from securing visas to remain in the country.

Read the entire piece here.

-- Gerry Smith



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\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

Groans at tv monitors in statuary hall when rubio reached for the water. Of such small moments are epochs made?

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\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

Gop also stone-faced on voting study O proposed. And equal pay for women

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) gave only a brief mention to immigration policy during his GOP rebuttal to the State of the Union, focusing more on the economy than the more contentious issue that has put him at odds with many of his Republican colleagues.

\"We can also help our economy grow if we have a legal immigration system that allows us to attract and assimilate the world’s best and brightest,\" Rubio said. \"We need a responsible, permanent solution to the problem of those who are here illegally. But first, we must follow through on the broken promises of the past to secure our borders and enforce our laws.\"

Rubio is a member of the \"gang of eight,\" a bipartisan group of senators working on a comprehensive immigration bill. With the rest of the group, including GOP Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Rubio called for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants along with stricter border and interior enforcement and a major overhaul of the legal immigration system.

A number of Republicans disagree with the \"gang of eight\" on the issue of citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and Rubio has attempted to walk the thin line between agreeing with them about the risks and trying to argue for the plan he put forward.

To do so, he has emphasized, as he did on Tuesday, the need to secure borders and enforce the laws \"before\" any other reform, which the \"gang of eight\" plan does, at least in a sense. The plan would allow undocumented immigrants who met certain requirements to gain provisional legal status right away, but then would require border provisions be met before any of them could be given green cards.

-- Elise Foley

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HuffPost's Ryan J. Reilly reports:

Desiline Victor, a 102-year-old Miami woman who waited for hours to vote in the last election, got a standing ovation from the nation's top leaders during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. Victor attended the State of the Union as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama.

\"When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours,\" the president said. \"And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her. Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read 'I Voted.'\"

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HuffPost's Ryan J. Reilly reports:

Desiline Victor, a 102-year-old Miami woman who waited for hours t...Read More"},{"id":"205","created":"02/12/2013 10:32 PM EST","title":"McCain Disappointed By Lack Of Syria Talk","tweet_link":"205_mccain-disappointed-by-lack-of-syria-talk","entry_text":"

\"SenJohnMcCain\"

@ SenJohnMcCain :

Disappointed but not surprised by the President's failure to seriously address the issue of 60,000 dead in #Syria. #SOTU

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\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

Call for increase in minimum wage probably got the coldest response from GOP -- a classic if not THE classic dem-repub dividing point. H

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President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night drew immediate reactions from politicians from both parties, with some taking to Twitter during the speech to respond. Here's what some had to say during and immediately after the speech.

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\"gov\"

@ gov :

Most-tweeted #SOTU moment: Middle class opportunity and minimum wage at 9:52p ET = ~24,000 Tweets per minute.

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\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

Might be able to get a bare majority for -- but most won't get enacted.

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\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

That was a detailed, programmatic speech -- some of which he has and can do on his own; some things he mighj

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President Obama essentially plagiarized himself in last year's State of the Union, with remarks on immigration that were strikingly similar to those he made during his address in 2011. And both of those segments focused largely on Dreamers, the young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

This year, though, he no longer had to make the case for why immigration reform is needed -- now the argument is over what such reforms should include. Where in previous speeches he implored Congress to take up even a single measure, this year he's calling for an entire package, and has the momentum to do so.

For comparison, here are Obama's remarks on immigration in the past three State of the Union speeches, with emphasis added for what the president seemed to indicate could get done.

2011:

Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens. Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents. They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet they live every day with the threat of deportation. Others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. It makes no sense.

Now, I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. And I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows. I know that debate will be difficult. I know it will take time. But tonight, let's agree to make that effort. And let's stop expelling talented, responsible young people who could be staffing our research labs or starting a new business, who could be further enriching this nation.

2012:

Let’s also remember that hundreds of thousands of talented, hardworking students in this country face another challenge: the fact that they aren’t yet American citizens. Many were brought here as small children, are American through and through, yet they live every day with the threat of deportation. Others came more recently, to study business and science and engineering, but as soon as they get their degree, we send them home to invent new products and create new jobs somewhere else. That doesn't make sense.

I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration. That’s why my administration has put more boots on the border than ever before. That’s why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office. The opponents of action are out of excuses. We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now.

But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away.

2013:

Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants. And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Real reform means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my Administration has already made – putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.

Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship – a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English, and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally.

And real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods, reduce bureaucracy, and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy.

In other words, we know what needs to be done. As we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working diligently to draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts. Now let’s get this done. Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away.

-- Elise Foley

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\"JohnCelockHP\"

@ JohnCelockHP :

A lot of cabinet members getting hugs from #POTUS as he leaves House chamber after #SOTU.

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President Obama received one of his biggest standing ovations of the night as he saluted the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, a young woman killed by gun violence, and demanded that Congress vote on gun control measures.

\"One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton,\" he said. \"She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.\"

\"Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.\"

-- Christina Wilkie

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President Obama received one of his biggest standing ovations of the night as he saluted the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, a young woman killed by gun violence, and demanded that Congress vote on gun control measures.

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\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

We are citizens.

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\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

Obama's detailed practical tone is probably the right one for the times, tho his emotional appeal on guns clearly infuriated Rs

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\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

TONIGHT'S WINNER: Desiline, who is 102 and stayed awake. TONIGHT'S LOSER: John Boehner, who is 63 and didn't.

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\"jmartpolitico\"

@ jmartpolitico :

Finally some real energy in chamber after O cites tragedy after tragedy.

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\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

Silence and reverence for Hadiya them shouts of demands for votes on the tough meAsures

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\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

Hushed silence in the hall as obama turns to guns

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\"JohannaBarr\"

@ JohannaBarr :

Obama on gun violence victims: \"They deserve a vote. Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote.\" #SOTU

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\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

Strongest section of the speech coming up...

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HuffPost's Christina Wilkie reports:

To drive home his point on the need for action on gun control, Obama invoked a string of mass shootings that have occurred during his administration. The State of the Union audience included dozens of people whose lives had been affected by gun violence, invited as guests of congressional Democrats and the White House.

\"[Former Rep.] Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote. The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence -- they deserve a simple vote,\" Obama said.

As he prepared to finish the speech, the president acknowledged -- and some might say disarmed -- the argument favored by many who oppose gun control laws that no law can eliminate all gun violence.

\"Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight,\" Obama said. \"But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity, and uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.\"

Click here to read more.

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HuffPost's Christina Wilkie reports:

To drive home his point on the need for action on gun control, Obama invok...Read More"},{"id":"187","created":"02/12/2013 10:10 PM EST","title":"First Lady Michelle Obama Hugs Hadiya Pendleton's Mother ","tweet_link":"187_first-lady-michelle-obama-hugs-hadiya-pendletons-mother-","entry_text":"

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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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"},{"id":"186","created":"02/12/2013 10:09 PM EST","title":"Michelle Obama's State Of The Union Dress 2013 Is A Glittery Sheath","tweet_link":"186_michelle-obamas-state-of-the-union-dress-2013-is-a-glittery-sheath","entry_text":"

HuffPost Style reports:

Michelle Obama looked absolutely stunning during President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday. FLOTUS literally glowed in her two-toned sheath, complete with a glittering maroon skirt, black detailed neckline and a floral brooch. Did we say she looked stunning?

We're thinking the dress looks like a Jason Wu and the brooch is Alexis Bittar, but stay tuned for fashion credits.

Click here to read more.

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HuffPost Style reports:

Michelle Obama looked absolutely stunning during President Obama's State of th...Read More"},{"id":"185","created":"02/12/2013 10:07 PM EST","title":"Address Calms Down In Second Half","tweet_link":"185_address-calms-down-in-second-half","entry_text":"

\"jonward11\"

@ jonward11 :

First half of speech the president seemed much more combative. Seems to have settled in and down a bit during second half

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ jonward11 :\r\nFirst half of speech the president seemed much more combative. Seems to have settled in and down a bit during seco...Read More"},{"id":"184","created":"02/12/2013 10:07 PM EST","title":"Boehner Stood Up!","tweet_link":"184_boehner-stood-up","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

Seriously, someone offer Boehner a cigarette so he stands up.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\nSeriously, someone offer Boehner a cigarette so he stands up.\r\n"},{"id":"183","created":"02/12/2013 10:07 PM EST","title":"Despite Party Lines, Rep. Paul Ryan Applauds","tweet_link":"183_despite-party-lines-rep-paul-ryan-applauds","entry_text":"

\"paul

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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"},{"id":"182","created":"02/12/2013 10:07 PM EST","title":"Tip-Toeing Around Foreign Policy","tweet_link":"182_tiptoeing-around-foreign-policy","entry_text":"

Tuesday night's speech was never going to be about foreign policy, and President Obama certainly managed to wedge the international portions of his speech into a compressed space.

Aside from the previously leaked news of an accelerated drawdown of troops from Afghanistan, Obama touched on a small handful of foreign policy issues, including the nuclear threats posed by Iran and North Korea, which just today conducted yet another test, and the responsibilities America holds to its returning veterans.

One of the longer sections focused on the Arab Spring, which has posed a significant challenge to the Obama administration as it has found itself torn between a desire to help shape events positively and a reticence to directly interject in other nations' affairs. That dilemma, with little added by way of a reconciliation, is laid out in the address, when Obama said that the U.S. will \"insist on respect for the fundamental rights of all people,\" but \"cannot presume to dictate the course of change.\" He added, two years into the game, \"The process will be messy.\"

The many advocates, pundits and (increasingly) former administration officials who believe Obama ought to do more to advance the cause of rebel fighters in Syria will find this balancing act deeply disappointing. On the two-year-old conflict there, Obama promised only to \"keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has murdered its own people,\" but otherwise offers no hints of a change in policy. He suggested that he may have more to say during a Middle East tour next month.

-- Joshua Hersh

","short_text":"

Tuesday night's speech was never going to be about foreign policy, and President Obama certainly managed to wedge the international portions of his speech into a compressed space.

Aside from the Read More"},{"id":"181","created":"02/12/2013 10:06 PM EST","title":"Benghazi Answers","tweet_link":"181_benghazi-answers","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

Lindsey Graham now keeled over, yanking his hair out and DEMANDING BENGHAZI ANSWERS

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\nLindsey Graham now keeled over, yanking his hair out and DEMANDING BENGHAZI ANSWERS\r\n"},{"id":"180","created":"02/12/2013 10:04 PM EST","title":"Obama Weaves Odd Contradiction On Executive Power","tweet_link":"180_obama-weaves-odd-contradiction-on-executive-power","entry_text":"

A brief mention in tonight's State Of The Union address on the issue that roiled the media last week -- the Obama administration's approach to targeted, extra-judicial killings, and their relative constitutionality. In the speech, Obama seems to want to have it both ways:

Today, the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of its former self. Different al Qaeda affiliates and extremist groups have emerged – from the Arabian Peninsula to Africa. The threat these groups pose is evolving. But to meet this threat, we don’t need to send tens of thousands of our sons and daughters abroad, or occupy other nations. Instead, we will need to help countries like Yemen, Libya, and Somalia provide for their own security, and help allies who take the fight to terrorists, as we have in Mali. And, where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans.

As we do, we must enlist our values in the fight. That is why my Administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism operations. Throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts. I recognize that in our democracy, no one should just take my word that we’re doing things the right way. So, in the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention, and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.

So, first we have the assertion that \"throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts.\" I'm not sure that Congress would agree! But, then, neither does Obama, apparently, hence the \"in the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention, and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.\"

Clever bit of wordplay, but you're either making a full and transparent effort now, or you're not. Obama claims to be doing both.

-- Jason Linkins

","short_text":"

A brief mention in tonight's State Of The Union address on the issue that roiled the media last week -- the Obama administration's approach to targeted, extra-judicial killings, and their relative constitutionality. In the speech, Obama seems to want t...Read More"},{"id":"179","created":"02/12/2013 10:03 PM EST","title":"Two References To Gay Rights Make It Into Speech","tweet_link":"179_two-references-to-gay-rights-make-it-into-speech","entry_text":"

Obama made one direct and one indirect reference to gay and lesbian people in his State of the Union address.

\"It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love,\" he said near the start of the speech.

Later on, while discussing his role as commander-in-chief, he said, \"We will ensure equal

treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight.\"

Fred Sainz, a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, praised the president's words.

\"These inclusions in the speech are meaningful,\" Sainz wrote in an email. \"Both reaffirm his commitment to equality in ways that are substantively important. This President has done a lot for LGBT people but one of his greatest legacies will be the unapologetic way in which he has included LGBT people when speaking about our country and the way it should afford opportunity to all.\"

-- Lila Shapiro

","short_text":"

Obama made one direct and one indirect reference to gay and lesbian people in his State of the Union address.

\"It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your respons...Read More"},{"id":"178","created":"02/12/2013 10:03 PM EST","title":"Cyber Security Reaction","tweet_link":"178_cyber-security-reaction","entry_text":"

\"JohnCelockHP\"

@ JohnCelockHP :

Was that one party applause for #bipartisanship call for #cybersecurity? #SOTU

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ JohnCelockHP :\r\nWas that one party applause for #bipartisanship call for #cybersecurity? #SOTU\r\n"},{"id":"177","created":"02/12/2013 10:02 PM EST","title":"Facing A Divided Congress, Obama Addresses Tough Issues ","tweet_link":"177_facing-a-divided-congress-obama-addresses-tough-issues-","entry_text":"

\"sotu\"

(Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

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(Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"176","created":"02/12/2013 10:00 PM EST","title":"Obama Renews Call For Elimination Of Some Corporate Tax Loopholes","tweet_link":"176_obama-renews-call-for-elimination-of-some-corporate-tax-loopholes","entry_text":"

Solving the never-ending budget crisis and reducing the deficit will require corporate tax reform, President Obama said Tuesday.

He called for tax reform that \"lowers incentives to moves jobs overseas,\" and \"lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that create jobs in the U.S.\"

The current corporate tax rate is 35 percent, though very few companies actually pay that much. Those that pay the least tend to be large multinationals, including banks and pharmaceutical companies, that use tax shelters to hold profits offshore in order to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

In a policy paper released by the White House on Tuesday night, Obama called for putting in place an \"offshoring tax\" that would set a \"minimum tax\" on offshore earnings in order to encourage domestic investment and \"prevent a race to the bottom in corporate tax rates.\"

It's not clear what this rate would be, but Kim Clausing, an economics professor at Reed College, estimated that American companies are holding $1.7 trillion overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes, costing the treasury $90 billion in missed revenue.

Citizens for Tax Justice, a nonprofit advocacy group, estimates that Congress could raise $600 billion over a decade if Congress ended \"deferral\" of U.S. taxes on corporate profits. In some cases, deferral encourages corporations to shift operations and jobs offshore, the group says.

-- Ben Hallman

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Solving the never-ending budget crisis and reducing the deficit will require corporate tax reform, President Obama said Tuesday.

He called for tax reform that \"lowers incentives to moves jobs overseas,\" and \"lowers tax rates for businesses and ma...Read More"},{"id":"175","created":"02/12/2013 10:00 PM EST","title":"The Boehner Stare ","tweet_link":"175_the-boehner-stare-","entry_text":"

\"DaneCook\"

@ DaneCook :

Boehner looks like how Darth Vader always stares at people underneath his mask. #SOTU

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DaneCook :\r\nBoehner looks like how Darth Vader always stares at people underneath his mask. #SOTU\r\n"},{"id":"174","created":"02/12/2013 9:59 PM EST","title":"White House's Afghanistan Plan","tweet_link":"174_white-houses-afghanistan-plan","entry_text":"

\"whitehouse\"

@ whitehouse :

President Obama: \"Over the next year, another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan\" #SOTU http://t.co/ak1wWQkF

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ whitehouse :\r\nPresident Obama: \"Over the next year, another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan\" #SOTU Read More"},{"id":"173","created":"02/12/2013 9:58 PM EST","title":"Issa Leaves SOTU Early","tweet_link":"173_issa-leaves-sotu-early","entry_text":"

Obama's speech was apparently too predictable or just too boring for one of his top congressional Republican opponents, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who left the chamber early.

","short_text":"

Obama's speech was apparently too predictable or just too boring for one of his top congressional Republican opponents, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who left the chamber early.

Rep Issa has left the chamber Read More"},{"id":"172","created":"02/12/2013 9:58 PM EST","title":"Did You Mean Drones?","tweet_link":"172_did-you-mean-drones","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

Didn't get the \"range of capabilities = drones\" memo...

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\nDidn't get the \"range of capabilities = drones\" memo...\r\n"},{"id":"171","created":"02/12/2013 9:57 PM EST","title":"Obama Pokes Romney In Call For Minimum Wage Hike","tweet_link":"171_obama-pokes-romney-in-call-for-minimum-wage-hike","entry_text":"

In pushing for a raise to the minimum wage, Obama made a somewhat surprising -- and apparently enjoyable -- reference to his vanquished GOP challenger, Mitt Romney.

\"Working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher,\" Obama said. \"So here’s an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.\"

That was a reference to some waffling on Romney's part on the campaign trail last year. In January 2012, the former Massachusetts governor said he supported the idea of pegging the minimum wage to inflation, so that it rises over time.

Romney later tried to walk back his comment, saying the economic recovery wasn't a good time to hike the wage floor -- even though the minimum wage would rise roughly every year with a cost-of-living adjustment.

-- Dave Jamieson

","short_text":"

In pushing for a raise to the minimum wage, Obama made a somewhat surprising -- and apparently enjoyable -- reference to his vanquished GOP challenger, Mitt Romney.

\"Working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to g...Read More"},{"id":"170","created":"02/12/2013 9:57 PM EST","title":"Palin's Take On Health Care","tweet_link":"170_palins-take-on-health-care","entry_text":"

\"SarahPalinUSA\"

@ SarahPalinUSA :

The average cost of family health care premiums has risen 24% under Obama. #sotUGottaBKiddingMe

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ SarahPalinUSA :\r\nThe average cost of family health care premiums has risen 24% under Obama. #sotUGottaBKiddingMe\r\n...Read More"},{"id":"169","created":"02/12/2013 9:57 PM EST","title":"Reaction To Afghanistan","tweet_link":"169_reaction-to-afghanistan","entry_text":"

\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

Very strong bipartisan applause on Afghanistan

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ howardfineman :\r\nVery strong bipartisan applause on Afghanistan\r\n"},{"id":"168","created":"02/12/2013 9:56 PM EST","title":"Violence Against Women Act Gets Namechecked","tweet_link":"168_violence-against-women-act-gets-namechecked","entry_text":"

The Violence Against Women Act was renewed in the Senate Tuesday night, by what the Associated Press termed a \"robust bipartisan majority.\" Obama namechecked the legislation -- a pet cause of Vice President Joe Biden -- in his State of the Union address.

We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence. Today, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act that Joe Biden originally wrote almost 20 years ago. I urge the House to do the same. And I ask this Congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts, and finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this year.

Of course, it's pretty much expected that the subtextual tactic of the speech will be elucidating the positions of the GOP. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told the National Review's Robert Costa, \"There is no indication that an olive branch is forthcoming.\" And you can't help but notice that tonight's appointed GOP rebuttal-giver, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), voted against the VAWA authorization. (His reasoning can be found here.) He was joined by 21 other Republican senators, males all.

-- Jason Linkins

","short_text":"

The Violence Against Women Act was renewed in the Senate Tuesday night, by what the Associated Press termed a \"robust bipartisan majority.\" Obama namechecked the legislation -- a pet cause of Vice President Joe Biden -- in his State of the Union addres...Read More"},{"id":"167","created":"02/12/2013 9:55 PM EST","title":"Rep. Paul Ryan Grimaces ","tweet_link":"167_rep-paul-ryan-grimaces-","entry_text":"

\"PaulBegala\"

@ PaulBegala :

Paul Ryan grimaces when POTUS notes Mitt Romney wanted to index min wage to inflation. #SOTU

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ PaulBegala :\r\nPaul Ryan grimaces when POTUS notes Mitt Romney wanted to index min wage to inflation. #SOTU\r\nRead More"},{"id":"166","created":"02/12/2013 9:54 PM EST","title":"SOTU: When Obama Mentions Romney...","tweet_link":"166_sotu-when-obama-mentions-romney","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

Probably the womp womp-iest moment of Paul Ryan's career right there (actually, second-most...).

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\nProbably the womp womp-iest moment of Paul Ryan's career right there (actually, second-most...).\r\nRead More"},{"id":"165","created":"02/12/2013 9:53 PM EST","title":"On Immigration, 'Let's Get This Done'","tweet_link":"165_on-immigration-lets-get-this-done","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Elise Foley reports:

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to send him an immigration reform bill \"in the next few months,\" upping the pressure on Senate and House members to find a compromise.

\"We know what needs to be done,\" Obama said in his State of the Union address. \"As we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working diligently to draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts. Now let’s get this done. Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away.\"

Obama has devoted considerable attention to immigration reform during the first weeks of his second term, including in a major address on the topic in Las Vegas at the end of last month. In that speech, the president said Congress needed to deal with immigration \"in a timely manner\" -- without setting an exact timeframe -- or else he would send his own legislation for a vote.

Click here to read more.

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HuffPost's Elise Foley reports:

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to send him an immig...Read More"},{"id":"164","created":"02/12/2013 9:52 PM EST","title":"Bipartisan Support","tweet_link":"164_bipartisan-support","entry_text":"

\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

Comprehensive migration reform gets a real bipartisan standing O. About three quarters of Gop stand - and applauds , tho not Cruz or Cantor

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ howardfineman :\r\nComprehensive migration reform gets a real bipartisan standing O. About three quarters of Gop stand -...Read More"},{"id":"163","created":"02/12/2013 9:52 PM EST","title":"Obama Proposes 'Race To The Top'-Like Program On Energy Efficiency","tweet_link":"163_obama-proposes-race-to-the-toplike-program-on-energy-efficiency","entry_text":"

Obama on Tuesday proposed a program for energy efficiency mimicking the \"Race To The Top\" education initiative.

\"I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years,\" he said. \"The states with the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make it happen.\"

The federal government -- in particular the Department of Defense -- has pushed using the procurement process to achieve greater energy efficiency. Climate activists, however, say that the federal government could do much more to bend the cost curve on alternative energy technologies similar to how the Department of Defense purchased microchips in the 1950s and 1960s to spark the personal computing revolution.

-- Luke Johnson

","short_text":"

Obama on Tuesday proposed a program for energy efficiency mimicking the \"Race To The Top\" education initiative.

\"I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty yea...Read More"},{"id":"162","created":"02/12/2013 9:51 PM EST","title":"Real Reform","tweet_link":"162_real-reform","entry_text":"

\"BarackObama\"

@ BarackObama :

President Obama: \"Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship.\" #ImmigrationReform

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ BarackObama :\r\nPresident Obama: \"Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship.\" #ImmigrationR...Read More"},{"id":"161","created":"02/12/2013 9:50 PM EST","title":"On Drones, Obama Pledges Greater Transparency","tweet_link":"161_on-drones-obama-pledges-greater-transparency","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Joshua Hersh reports:

Making an oblique reference to a highly classified counterterrorism program that swept into headlines and congressional debate last week, President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday pledged greater transparency on his targeted killing program.

\"We must enlist our values in the fight,\" Obama said, in a portion of the speech dedicated to the \"range of capabilities\" the U.S. would deploy against suspected terrorists worldwide. \"In the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention, and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.\"

The discussion of transparency comes amid a heated dispute over the administration's insistent secrecy about the targeted killing program, much of which employs drones, and all of which is considered classified.

Click here to read more.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Joshua Hersh reports:

Making an oblique reference to a highly classified counterterrorism program t...Read More"},{"id":"160","created":"02/12/2013 9:49 PM EST","title":"Obama Hails Obamacare, Targets Medicare, Drugs For Savings","tweet_link":"160_obama-hails-obamacare-targets-medicare-drugs-for-savings","entry_text":"

President Obama hailed his signature health care reform law in the State of the Union address, even as he pledged to pursue more cuts that he said would be in line with the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan, which imagined some $550 billion in health care spending cuts.

\"Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs,\" Obama said, referring to slowing cost increases that recently prompted to cut some $200 billion from the projected growth of Medicare costs.

\"The reforms I’m proposing go even further,\" Obama said. \"We’ll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors. We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive.\"

Obama did not spell out a specific plan for prescription drugs. A major reform to bring down drug costs would be to let Medicare bid for prices, but so far Congress has resisted that idea, and did not include it in the Affordable Care Act.

-- Michael McAuliff

","short_text":"

President Obama hailed his signature health care reform law in the State of the Union address, even as he pledged to pursue more cuts that he said would be in line with the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan, Read More"},{"id":"159","created":"02/12/2013 9:48 PM EST","title":"Boehner Doesn't Look Pleased ","tweet_link":"159_boehner-doesnt-look-pleased-","entry_text":"

\"obama

(Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

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(Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"158","created":"02/12/2013 9:47 PM EST","title":"Obama Ad-Libs To Protect Social Security","tweet_link":"158_obama-adlibs-to-protect-social-security","entry_text":"

President Obama departed from his prepared text Tuesday and made it clear that the need for deficit reduction did not justify making cuts to Social Security.

\"Why is it that deficit reduction is a big emergency justifying making cuts in Social Security benefits but not closing some loopholes?\" he said.

Social security cuts, are, of course a political loser, but a GOP proposal called \"chained CPI,\" essentially a backdoor cut, surfaced during the fiscal cliff talks. Both Democrats and Republicans favor closing loopholes for tax reform, but many of the loopholes have powerful constituencies.

-- Luke Johnson

","short_text":"

President Obama departed from his prepared text Tuesday and made it clear that the need for deficit reduction did not justify making cuts to Social Security.

\"Why is it that deficit reduction is a big emergency justifying making cuts in Social Se...Read More"},{"id":"157","created":"02/12/2013 9:46 PM EST","title":"\"German School\"","tweet_link":"157_german-school","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

You know who else graduated from a German school?

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\nYou know who else graduated from a German school?\r\n"},{"id":"156","created":"02/12/2013 9:45 PM EST","title":"Loud Applause For Pre-School ","tweet_link":"156_loud-applause-for-preschool-","entry_text":"

\"DNDailyPolitics\"

@ DNDailyPolitics :

That applause for early childhood education funding is probably the loudest yet of SOTU. No one wants to be seen hating that on camera.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DNDailyPolitics :\r\nThat applause for early childhood education funding is probably the loudest yet of SOTU. No one ...Read More"},{"id":"155","created":"02/12/2013 9:44 PM EST","title":"In Other Words","tweet_link":"155_in-other-words","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

\"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?\" - President Obama, basically.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\n\"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?\" - President Obama, basically.\r\nRead More"},{"id":"154","created":"02/12/2013 9:44 PM EST","title":"Climate Change Takes Center Stage","tweet_link":"154_climate-change-takes-center-stage","entry_text":"

As he did in his Inaugural Address, President Obama spent a significant amount of time during the State of the Union talking about climate change, and its deleterious effects on the planet and our well-being.

But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.

The good news is, we can make meaningful progress on this issue while driving strong economic growth. I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago. But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.

If you recall, the coverage of that Inauguration Day speech conventionally held that it was a \"bold\" oration, and Obama's mention of climate change was cited as something that made it so. But it's important to remember that presidents, in speeches like these, aim to connect with as broad a swath of the electorate as possible, and where climate change is concerned, Obama's position is actually the mainstream position.

Let's go to the poll results:

Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

Belief and worry about climate change are inching up among Americans in general, but concern is growing faster among people who don’t often trust scientists on the environment. In follow-up interviews, some of those doubters said they believe their own eyes as they’ve watched thermometers rise, New York City subway tunnels flood, polar ice melt and Midwestern farm fields dry up.

Overall, 78 percent of those surveyed said they thought temperatures were rising and 80 percent called it a serious problem. That’s up slightly from 2009, when 75 percent thought global warming was occurring and just 73 percent thought it was a serious problem. In general, U.S. belief in global warming, according to AP-GfK and other polls, has fluctuated over the years but has stayed between about 70 and 85 percent.

Emphasis mine, because Obama was obviously well aware of this phenomenon and discussed it in those terms (\"But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense\"). The message: even if you've no trust in scientists, surely you believe your eyes.

The position that anthropogenic climate change isn't happening is actually the weird, fringe position. Remember that when the talking heads discuss this section of the State of the Union address as something that was unusually \"bold.\"

-- Jason Linkins

","short_text":"

As he did in his Inaugural Address, President Obama spent a significant amount of time during the State of the Union talking about climate change, and its deleterious effects on the planet and our well-being.

But for the sake of our ...Read More"},{"id":"152","created":"02/12/2013 9:44 PM EST","title":"Obama's Got Swagger","tweet_link":"152_obamas-got-swagger","entry_text":"

\"jonward11\"

@ jonward11 :

never seen Obama speak with such swagger. his supporters will find it invigorating. opponents will find it arrogant

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ jonward11 :\r\nnever seen Obama speak with such swagger. his supporters will find it invigorating. opponents will find it arrogan...Read More"},{"id":"151","created":"02/12/2013 9:43 PM EST","title":"McCain Grins And Bears It ","tweet_link":"151_mccain-grins-and-bears-it-","entry_text":"

\"ananavarro\"

@ ananavarro :

McCain valiantly wince-smiles thru Pres. Obama's \"McCain\" shout-out. Wonder if he'll finish it off there w/a \"Paul Ryan\" shout-out too.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ ananavarro :\r\nMcCain valiantly wince-smiles thru Pres. Obama's \"McCain\" shout-out. Wonder if he'll finish it off there w/a \"P...Read More"},{"id":"150","created":"02/12/2013 9:42 PM EST","title":"Sen. Frank Lautenberg On SOTU ","tweet_link":"150_sen-frank-lautenberg-on-sotu-","entry_text":"

\"FrankLautenberg\"

@ FrankLautenberg :

Which would you prefer? A country with deteriorating roads & bridges, or one with high-speed rail & high-tech schools? #HSR #SOTU

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ FrankLautenberg :\r\nWhich would you prefer? A country with deteriorating roads & bridges, or one with high-speed...Read More"},{"id":"149","created":"02/12/2013 9:41 PM EST","title":"SOTU Humor","tweet_link":"149_sotu-humor","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

\"I’ve seen you all at the ribbon-cuttings\" was actually written into the text. #humor

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\n\"I’ve seen you all at the ribbon-cuttings\" was actually written into the text. #humor\r\nRead More"},{"id":"148","created":"02/12/2013 9:40 PM EST","title":"Cory Booker On SOTU","tweet_link":"148_cory-booker-on-sotu","entry_text":"

\"CoryBooker\"

@ CoryBooker :

President Obama speaking climate change truth #SOTU

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ CoryBooker :\r\nPresident Obama speaking climate change truth #SOTU\r\n"},{"id":"147","created":"02/12/2013 9:40 PM EST","title":"Interventions","tweet_link":"147_interventions","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

To first shift our cars and trucks off oil for good we'll need to confront them in some kind of intervention setting. Who wants to host?

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\nTo first shift our cars and trucks off oil for good we'll need to confront them in some kind of intervent...Read More"},{"id":"146","created":"02/12/2013 9:40 PM EST","title":"Obama Announces Executive Order on Cybersecurity","tweet_link":"146_obama-announces-executive-order-on-cybersecurity","entry_text":"

President Obama announced during his State of the Union address Tuesday that he had signed an executive order aimed at protecting government and businesses from what he called \"the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks.\"

\"We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private email,\" he said. \"We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.

\"That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.\"

Many experts said the executive order was an important first step toward securing the country's most vital computer networks after Congress failed to pass cybersecurity legislation last year. But the president's executive order was significantly weaker than what his administration had proposed two years ago. Most notably, it does not require companies that operate critical infrastructure to meet minimum security standards, a point of contention in Congress.

Last year, Senate Republicans, led by John McCain (R-Ariz.), voted down the legislation. In doing so, they sided with business lobbyists who claimed it would have created costly regulations on the companies that operate about 90 percent of critical infrastructure.

-- Gerry Smith

","short_text":"

President Obama announced during his State of the Union address Tuesday that he had signed an executive order aimed at protecting government and businesses from what he called \"the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks.\"

\"We know hackers stea...Read More"},{"id":"145","created":"02/12/2013 9:39 PM EST","title":"Secretary Of State John Kerry Greets Crowd","tweet_link":"145_secretary-of-state-john-kerry-greets-crowd","entry_text":"

\"kerry

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

","short_text":"

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"144","created":"02/12/2013 9:39 PM EST","title":"Who Is Nodding Off?","tweet_link":"144_who-is-nodding-off","entry_text":"

\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

Justice Ginsberg is nodding off in a noticeable fashion. I not eager to say this. Kennedy just nudged her .

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ howardfineman :\r\nJustice Ginsberg is nodding off in a noticeable fashion. I not eager to say this. Kennedy just nudged...Read More"},{"id":"143","created":"02/12/2013 9:37 PM EST","title":"Tell That To Solyndra","tweet_link":"143_tell-that-to-solyndra","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

\"Solar energy gets cheaper by the year – so let’s drive costs down even further.\" Seriously, tell that to Solyndra.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\n\"Solar energy gets cheaper by the year – so let’s drive costs down even further.\" Seriously, tell tha...Read More"},{"id":"142","created":"02/12/2013 9:37 PM EST","title":"Not Impressed","tweet_link":"142_not-impressed","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

John Boehner is not impressed.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\nJohn Boehner is not impressed.\r\n"},{"id":"141","created":"02/12/2013 9:37 PM EST","title":"Full House At SOTU","tweet_link":"141_full-house-at-sotu","entry_text":"

\"crowd

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

","short_text":"

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"140","created":"02/12/2013 9:35 PM EST","title":"Obama: Pass Job Package ","tweet_link":"140_obama-pass-job-package-","entry_text":"

\"AP_Politics\"

@ AP_Politics :

#Obama urges Congress to pass the rest of his job package, says we need \"smarter government.\" http://t.co/mqXwYiqQ #SOTU

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ AP_Politics :\r\n#Obama urges Congress to pass the rest of his job package, says we need \"smarter government.\" Read More"},{"id":"139","created":"02/12/2013 9:34 PM EST","title":"The Senate Loose Patrons","tweet_link":"139_the-senate-loose-patrons","entry_text":"

\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

Most interesting row: Cruz, hatch, gillibrand, McCain, Schumer, graham and Bennett. Those are the Senate loose protons

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ howardfineman :\r\nMost interesting row: Cruz, hatch, gillibrand, McCain, Schumer, graham and Bennett. Those are the Sena...Read More"},{"id":"138","created":"02/12/2013 9:34 PM EST","title":"Wearing Green For Newtown ","tweet_link":"138_wearing-green-for-newtown-","entry_text":"

\"DNDailyPolitics\"

@ DNDailyPolitics :

Queens Rep. Joe Crowley wearing the green (tie) at #SOTU tonight.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DNDailyPolitics :\r\nQueens Rep. Joe Crowley wearing the green (tie) at #SOTU tonight.\r\n"},{"id":"137","created":"02/12/2013 9:32 PM EST","title":"Tax Reforms, Loopholes, The GOP","tweet_link":"137_tax-reforms-loopholes-the-gop","entry_text":"

\"jonward11\"

@ jonward11 :

honestly don't know how Obama can hit GOP for not wanting to close loopholes. that's a big part of tax reform, which GOP wants, right?

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ jonward11 :\r\nhonestly don't know how Obama can hit GOP for not wanting to close loopholes. that's a big part of tax reform, whi...Read More"},{"id":"136","created":"02/12/2013 9:32 PM EST","title":"Opening Offer On Deficit Talks","tweet_link":"136_opening-offer-on-deficit-talks","entry_text":"

I've previously discussed what is, and what is not, accomplishable in a State of the Union address. Short story: treat the speech as an opening parlay in negotiations, not as an attempt to persuade everyone to hew to a point of view. Right off the bat, President Obama bends into the coming debate over the sequester cuts. He depicts them as deleterious to the economy (naturally, the cuts to the Pentagon take precedence over the far worse hatchet looming over the domestic side of the sequester):

In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year. These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They’d devastate priorities like education, energy, and medical research. They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. That’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as “the sequester,” are a really bad idea.

So, what to do about it? Obama sets what appear to be boundaries:

Now, some in this Congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training; Medicare and Social Security benefits.

That idea is even worse. Yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising cost of health care for an aging population. And those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms – otherwise, our retirement programs will crowd out the investments we need for our children, and jeopardize the promise of a secure retirement for future generations.

Treat this as Obama signaling an openness to making cuts to these programs (he's evinced this before), but an unwillingness to balance the budget on the backs of people in need.

He goes on, citing the Simpson-Bowles commission as a model, touting the Affordable Care Act as a means to slow the growth of health care costs, suggesting tweaks to \"taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies\" and a generic hint at means-testing and more efficiency-finding in the system.

Paul Ryan style voucherization? Off the table. What's on the table? Romney-Ryan style tax reform: \"To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we should do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and well-connected.\"

So that's your opening offer on the deficit for 2013. Here's something that might make the Paul Krugmans of the world happy (while angering the deficit scolds and the cast of \"Morning Joe\") -- Obama puts the horse before the cart, asserting that full employment is the key to solving long-term deficits: \"encouraging job creation\" leads to \"bringing down the deficit,\" and not the reverse.

\"I realize that tax reform and entitlement reform won’t be easy,\" Obama said. \"The politics will be hard for both sides. None of us will get 100 percent of what we want.\"

-- Jason Linkins

","short_text":"

I've previously discussed what is, and what is not, accomplishable in a State of the Union address. Short story: treat the speech as...Read More"},{"id":"135","created":"02/12/2013 9:31 PM EST","title":"Obama Slams 'Elected Officials'","tweet_link":"135_obama-slams-elected-officials","entry_text":"

\"aterkel\"

@ aterkel :

Awkward silence, few smattering of claps when Obama slams \"elected officials\" #SOTU

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ aterkel :\r\nAwkward silence, few smattering of claps when Obama slams \"elected officials\" #SOTU\r\n"},{"id":"134","created":"02/12/2013 9:30 PM EST","title":"Claps From All","tweet_link":"134_claps-from-all","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

Hearty applause from the creators of the manufactured crises.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\nHearty applause from the creators of the manufactured crises.\r\n"},{"id":"133","created":"02/12/2013 9:29 PM EST","title":"Where Is The Love, Tom Coburn?","tweet_link":"133_where-is-the-love-tom-coburn","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

Tom Coburn: Not a fan of healthy old people, apparently.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\nTom Coburn: Not a fan of healthy old people, apparently.\r\n"},{"id":"132","created":"02/12/2013 9:29 PM EST","title":"Thowing Shade","tweet_link":"132_thowing-shade","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostHill\"

@ HuffPostHill :

\"That idea is even worse. \" Huh, the original text just said \"[Throw Shade At Republicans, wait for applause]\"

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostHill :\r\n\"That idea is even worse. \" Huh, the original text just said \"[Throw Shade At Republicans, wait for appla...Read More"},{"id":"131","created":"02/12/2013 9:28 PM EST","title":"Obama on Medicare: Cut Pharma Subsidies, Not Seniors' Benefits","tweet_link":"131_obama-on-medicare-cut-pharma-subsidies-not-seniors-benefits","entry_text":"

President Barack Obama's rhetoric on Medicare reform is focused on making the health care system more efficient, rather than targeting benefit cuts for seniors. It's much more progressive than the proposals Obama has backed in the past, which have included raising the eligibility age for Medicare, a proposal that disproportionately cuts benefits for the poor.

Most notably, the portion of his speech about the cost of health care does not spare the corporate beneficiaries of an expensive system.

\"On Medicare, I’m prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission,\" Obama said, praising the level of savings without backing benefit cuts.

\"Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs. The reforms I’m proposing go even further. We’ll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors. We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive. And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.\"

The federal government has granted pharmaceutical companies a host of intellectual property standards that create long-term monopolies on medications, allowing them to charge higher prices on drugs in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Referring to these policies as \"subsidies\" indicates that Obama is attempting to empahsize conservative, small-government principles to build a consensus around curbing them.

-- Zach Carter

","short_text":"

President Barack Obama's rhetoric on Medicare reform is focused on making the health care system more efficient, rather than targeting benefit cuts for seniors. It's much more progressive than the proposals Obama has backed in the past, which have incl...Read More"},{"id":"130","created":"02/12/2013 9:28 PM EST","title":"Obama Takes The Stage","tweet_link":"130_obama-takes-the-stage","entry_text":"

\"obama

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

","short_text":"

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"129","created":"02/12/2013 9:26 PM EST","title":"Paul Ryan Claps For Obama","tweet_link":"129_paul-ryan-claps-for-obama","entry_text":"

\"mpoindc\"

@ mpoindc :

Paul Ryan clapping and nodding -- seemed to almost stand -- at Obama's line about keeping promises already made. #NBCpolitics #SOTU

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ mpoindc :\r\nPaul Ryan clapping and nodding -- seemed to almost stand -- at Obama's line about keeping promises already made. #NBCpol...Read More"},{"id":"128","created":"02/12/2013 9:26 PM EST","title":"Obama Calls For Controversial Trade Deals","tweet_link":"128_obama-calls-for-controversial-trade-deals","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Zach Carter reports:

President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to urge the United States to pass two key trade agreements, including the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership and a new deal with the European Union that human rights say will impede access to medicines and degrade labor standards.

Obama emphasized the promise of new export markets for American goods. But his administration's record on trade has been ambiguous on jobs and problematic for advocates of improved public health and Internet openness.

Click here to read more.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Zach Carter reports:

President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night ...Read More"},{"id":"127","created":"02/12/2013 9:26 PM EST","title":"Schumer Seated Next To McCain","tweet_link":"127_schumer-seated-next-to-mccain","entry_text":"

\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

Schumer sitting between McCain and graham on gop side.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ howardfineman :\r\nSchumer sitting between McCain and graham on gop side.\r\n"},{"id":"126","created":"02/12/2013 9:25 PM EST","title":"Supreme Court Justices Attend SOTU","tweet_link":"126_supreme-court-justices-attend-sotu","entry_text":"

\"scotus

(Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

","short_text":"

(Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

"}]

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