Robert Siegel talks to Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona for his reaction to the State of the Union.
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.
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."
David Greene talks to Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma about his reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech.
Renee Montagne talks to Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota about President Obama's State of the Union address.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Renee Montagne talks to Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner for his take on President Obama's State of the Union Speech.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
There was the official GOP response, but many members who didn't get their moment in the spotlight took to Twitter.
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.