State of the Union

Week in Review
2:26 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

News From Olympia, State Of The Union, And Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Flickr Photo/Joe Parks

State lawmakers signal progress on the DREAM Act. President Barack Obama's outlines his goals in his State of the Union address. And the 12th man gets ready for Super Bowl XLVIII. 

We talk over these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and political reporter Robert Mak.

State Of The Union
4:29 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Executive Power In The Country Of Checks And Balances

President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber on Tuesday, January 28.
AP Photo/Larry Downing

David Hyde talks with Julian Zelizer, a historian at Princeton University, about President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech and his plans to use his executive power to get things done.

State Of The Union
3:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

From Establishment To Tea Party, Republicans Rebut President

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., rehearses the GOP response to the State of the Union on Capitol Hill. She delivered it Tuesday following the president's speech.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 6:23 am

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking female Republican in the U.S. House, occupied a coveted spot Tuesday night: She delivered the televised rebuttal to the president's State of the Union.

Yet the Washington congresswoman and mother of three young children didn't have the spotlight to herself. She faced competition from within the ranks of her own party, a stark reflection of the divisions that have riven the GOP.

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Diplomacy
7:43 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Kenneth Bae's Sister, Mother Attend State Of The Union

Lynnwood resident Kenneth Bae has been imprisoned in North Korea for 15 months.
Bae family Freekennow.com

David Hyde hears from Terri Chung about her experience attending Tuesday’s State of the Union address. She is the sister of Lynnwood resident Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned in North Korea for 15 months.

President Obama
4:03 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Revisiting The Last State Of The Union

President Barack Obama will deliver the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28.
Flickr photo/Muhammad Ghafari

David Hyde talks with David Gergen, former presidential advisor, CNN political analyst and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, about President Barack Obama's last State of the Union address and whether he met his goals for 2013.

Income Inequality
4:03 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Will Raising The Minimum Wage Rescue The Economy?

Jim McTague of Barron's says raising the minimum wage won't solve unemployment and poverty.
Flickr Photo/Tax Credits (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Jim McTague, of financial magazine Barron's, about income inequality and why  he says raising the minimum wage is a "crowd-pleaser" solution.

State of the Union
9:37 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Obama To Congress: With Or Without You

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 10:09 pm

President Obama called repeatedly on Congress to address issues of paramount importance to the country during his State of the Union address Tuesday. But he also made it clear that when Congress fails to act or agree with his policies, he intends to push ahead on his own.

As is traditional for a State of the Union speech, Obama called on Congress to send legislation to his desk addressing not just immigration, gun control and the budget but a range of policy areas including women's rights, industrial policy and relief for homeowners.

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