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An Oval Office Address Sends Strong Message

Since the dawn of TV, presidents have used the setting to make some of their most important announcements. Tuesday night, President Obama takes his turn.

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President Obama tours the V&M Star steel plant in Youngstown, Ohio, last month. The visit was part of a broader pitch by the president to show how the stimulus package is helping in places like Ohio. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mary Kay Henry is the new president of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union. She was elected over the weekend and replaces Andy Stern, who retired last month. SEIU hide caption

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