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Did State Of The Union Hit The Mark — Or Not?

Presidential speeches are usually meant to inspire — and sometimes challenge — Americans. Host Michel Martin continues her State of the Union conversation with a group of diverse people: Oakland Lewis, who is looking for work, Gaby Pacheco, an immigrant rights activist, and Trei Dudley, a college student.
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Your Turn

The president lays out an agenda for his second term, the pope says he'll resign at the end of the month and the International Olympic Committee axes wrestling. It's your turn to discuss the news and share your views.

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Virginia Senate Panel Rewrites Governor's Transportation Plan

Things still aren't looking good for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed transportation plan; a Senate committee rewrote the proposal this week into a version that is unlikely to pass muter in the House.


The State Of The Union In 10 Headlines

What's said and written about a State of the Union address on the morning after can determine what's most remembered. Headline writers have zeroed in on the president's talk about lifting the middle class, getting the economy moving and new gun laws.

Rubio's Big Drink Gets Big Buzz

The Florida senator has joined in the joking about his big stretch for a big drink as he was giving the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
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Area Lawmakers' Reactions To SOTU Fall Along Party Lines

D.C. area Democrats lauded the jobs plan President Obama outlined in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, while Republicans questioned how it will be paid for.

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Virginia Tech Shooting Victims' Families Attend State Of The Union

Families of two victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting were among those victims of gun violence invited to attend the State of the Union address last night as guests of area lawmakers. 


Close Read: Reviewing State Of The Union Address

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep and NPR reporters give a "close read" of President Obama's State of the Union speech. In some cases they are checking facts. In others, they are asking what some parts of the speech really mean.

Obama Calls For Strengthening The Middle Class

The White House seemed surprised last month when President Obama's inaugural address was characterized in some quarters as a liberal manifesto. So Tuesday night's State of the Union speech was firmly grounded in the bread-and-butter pocketbook issues facing the middle class.