January 11, 2013 As tradition dictates, the House speaker has invited the president. This year, Speaker John Boehner's office announced, the date will be the second Tuesday in February.
January 25, 2012 Faced with a re-election fight, Bill Clinton used his State of the Union address to declare "the era of big government is over." President Obama focused instead on economic fairness, an issue his mother embraced.
January 24, 2012 The White House uploaded a YouTube video to tout the large role the president had in preparing the speech. But the White House also would provide an enhanced video feed of the speech, with graphics and charts to go with the president's words, as an added value. And officials would engage citizens through social media after the speech, again on the official website.
January 26, 2011 On today's Talk of the Nation, Ken Rudin and the guests assess the State of the Union, the story of a woman jailed for sneaking her kids into a school outside their district, reunions with long-lost siblings, and Kathy Bates.
January 26, 2011 The idea that members of Congress would tout their commitment to bipartisanship by sitting together struck some as inspired — and others as insipid. But based on appearances alone, viewers could be forgiven for thinking the president .
January 25, 2011 Obama will urge his fellow policymakers to get past petty politics to secure the nation's future. The
January 25, 2011 In Political Junkie: Previewing Obama's State of the Union address, a new wrinkle in Rahm Emanuel's plan to be the next mayor of Chicago. Plus: winners are named in the 2010 election contest!
January 25, 2011 We'll begin the day hearing about the movies and actors nominated for Oscars. We'll end the day hearing from President Obama about the "state of the union."
January 24, 2011 Obama will defend federal spending on investments even as Republicans are demanding spending cuts. The investments are necessary for the nation to compete globally in the 21st century, he will say. He's also expected to defend his health care law.
January 21, 2011 The idea of bipartisan seating at the State of the Union is favored by 72% of the public. That means lawmakers have a lot more to gain than lose by sitting with members of the opposing party. And once the speech is over, they can get back to sniping.
January 21, 2011 Ryan said that in his official response he'll outline a vision for the future. And he'll have the unusual situation of needing to contend with another Republican who will give her own Obama rebuttal, Michele Bachmann on the Tea Party Express site.
March 26, 2010 Republicans occassionally like to irritate Democrats by calling them members of the Democrat Party when the official name is the Democratic Party. NPR's policy is to call a party what it calls itself. But the policy isn't always followed by NPR st...