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Sen. Jeff Flake: Republicans Can Work With President On Trade

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

Robert Siegel talks to Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona for his reaction to the State of the Union.

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Obama Draws Battle Lines In State Of The Union Address

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

In his State of the Union address, President Obama said he still believed in a United America — one that wasn't divided into red and blue camps. But the reaction to his speech, from both camps, was anything but united.

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Boehner Invites Israel's Netanyahu To Address Congress On Iran

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:33pm

The White House, which was not informed of the invitation, called it a departure from diplomatic protocol. House Speaker John Boehner said, "Congress can make this decision on its own."

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Rep. Cole: Obama Used Tax Issue For Partisan Advantage

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:42am

David Greene talks to Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma about his reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech.

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I'm Over The Moon Obama Brought Up Broadband, Sen. Heitkamp Says

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:36am

Renee Montagne talks to Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota about President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Obama's Speech Included Historic Words

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:50am

According to observers, it was the first time a president used the words: lesbian, transgender and bisexual in a State of the Union speech. Obama made another first when he mentioned Instagram.

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Obama Makes The Case For Middle Class Economics

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:42am

In his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, the president said the economic recovery was taking hold and it was time to ensure more Americans were sharing in the benefits.

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Obama State Of The Union Seeks To 'Turn The Page' To A Brighter Chapter

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:27am

Republicans find Obama galling, in part, because he seems so blithe in defying them. To them, the historical page that is being turned at this moment is the one with Obama's face on it.

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To Drive Economy Toward Equality, Obama Requests More Spending

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:03am

His State of the Union address celebrated a year that brought the U.S. jobs and growth, and called on Congress to expand child care and free education. Critics say it's pure politics that won't pass.

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Scandium Middle Man Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Our Planet Money team has a story about a man who realized at the time, that he was the only person in the world with his job. It was a job selling something, almost no one wanted.

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Obama Will Need GOP Help To Accomplish Some Issues, Rep. Clarke Says

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

David Greene talks to Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York. She is the vice chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and offers reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Republican Sen. Gardner Weighs In On Obama's Speech

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Renee Montagne talks to Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner for his take on President Obama's State of the Union Speech.

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Illinois' Financial Condition Is Dire, Gov. Rauner Warns

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

A study suggests Illinois' gigantic budget hole may be much deeper than previously thought. And that leaves that state's new Republican governor with the difficult task of having to fix it fast.

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Obama Lays Out Ambitious Agenda In Address To Nation

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Undeterred by the big losses his party suffered in November, the president challenged the new majority Republicans to turn the page on the economic recession and embrace "middle-class economics."

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After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Scientists are studying how hemp might be used in the electronic, medical and manufacturing industries. Because the plant's been illegal for decades, it's been difficult to do research on its uses.

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Republican Charge Obama Isn't Serious About Working With Them

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

In the hours after Obama's State of the Union address, Republicans rejected the proposals at the core of his speech. They said the president did little to show that he wanted to work with them.

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Fact Checking Obama's State Of The Union Speech

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

In his address to the nation Tuesday night, President Obama — among other things — talked about the economy, education, immigration and foreign policy. Were his statements correct?

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State Of The Union Primer: What President Obama Proposed

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:13am

After what he called a "breakthrough year," the president set caution aside. He called for expanded tax credits to help working families and for paid sick leave for workers who don't already have it.

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Political Theater, Crazy-Glued GOP Seats And More Congressional Reaction

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:54pm

There was the official GOP response, but many members who didn't get their moment in the spotlight took to Twitter.

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Republicans' Responses Take Shots At Obamacare, Push Keystone XL

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:36pm

In a response that introduced her as a product of a thrifty Iowa upbringing, new GOP Sen. Joni Ernst echoed many of the president's goals and calls for cooperation while taking aim at Obamacare.

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