ANALYSIS: The president was brisk and confident during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. He also managed to avoid a remarkable array of issues that could have proved problematic. But he hasn't been nearly as adept at the less-dramatic business of dealing with Congress and the media.
As President Obama prepares to deliver his annual message, members of his team are making media appearances to talk about why they think the president will be able to accomplish more this year than last. But the president faces strong headwinds, according to public opinion polling.
The "Charismatic" movement involves worshipping with exuberance, miraculous healings, prophesying and establishing a personal connection with God — and the number of converts is growing. According to a recent survey by NPR, about one-third of Latino Catholics in the U.S. identify as "Charismatic."
Before former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell became embroiled in the scandal for which he was recently indicted, his political future was as bright as could be. Alex Roarty with the National Journal and Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington break it down.
Puerto Ricans are less likely to speak Spanish at home, compared with other Latinos living in the U.S. According to an NPR poll, only 20 percent of Puerto Ricans speak Spanish at home — less than half the percentage for respondents overall.
President Obama over the weekend signed the 1,600-page spending bill to keep the government operating. The signing ceremony came after his speech on Friday, in which he outlined changes for the way the National Security Agency collects intelligence.
The New Jersey state legislature on Monday is expected to issue subpoenas to former aides of Governor Chris Christie in the case surrounding the George Washington bridge road closures last fall. Will "Bridgegate" play a role in whether Christie runs for the Republican presidential nomination?
Since June, we've been "live-tweeting" moments from 1963 as if they were happening today. That includes "replays" of the March on Washington, the Birmingham church bombing and President Kennedy's assassination.
A new law lets adopted people in Ohio see their original birth certificates — but opponents say it comes at a cost to the birth parents. Guest host Celeste Headlee takes on the topic with law professor Carol Sanger, birth mother Jodi Hodges, and advocates Adam Pertman and Betsie Norris.
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