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Is The State Of The Union Address Obsolete?

The annual where-we-stand lecture delivered by the president to a joint session of Congress has for decades been an opportunity for a national report card putting current events in calm, codifiable context. It was a monumental moment in a relatively quiet world. But does it work in the age of Twitter?
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In State Of The Union, Local Lawmakers Expect Call For Cooperation

President Obama takes to the podium to deliver the State of the Union this evneing, and local lawmakers are expecting a call for bipartisanship, as well as plenty of talk about jobs.

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Obama Supporters Look To State Of The Union Speech

The hotly-contested Republican primary has gotten a lot of attention lately. Tuesday night, President Obama has a chance to reclaim the spotlight. He's delivering his annual State of the Union address. It's a high-profile platform for the president as he tries to frame the choice facing voters in November.
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Fla. Tea Party Likes Gingrich's Bold Leadership Style

Newt Gingrich was forced to defend his record as House speaker and later as a consultant to mortgage giant Freddie Mac during Monday night's GOP presidential debate in Tampa, Fla. And he said he was the type of bold, tough leader Washington needs. That's the part of his record that appeals to many of his supporters in the Tea Party.
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Romney Campaign Finally Releases His Tax Returns

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid about $3 million in federal income taxes in 2010. Romney's tax returns show most of his $21.7 million income came from his investments. The former Mass. governor has been under pressure in recent weeks to release his tax returns. Some media organizations received an advanced copy of the candidate's return.
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Romney, Gingrich Clash During GOP Debate In Tampa

The Republican presidential candidates debated in Florida Monday night and it was a relatively civil affair. But there were plenty of sharp attacks — most of them launched by former front-runner Mitt Romney against the man who has at least for the moment, passed him in the polls former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
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Do Cellphones Apply To Court's GPS Tracking Ruling?

While the Supreme Court ruled police must get a warrant for a GPS tracking device, the court didn't specify if cell phones are covered by the decision. That issue is up to Congress, where legislation spelling out cell phone privacy rights may have gotten a boost because of Monday's high court's ruling.
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Housing Woes Affect Florida's GOP Primary

One of the biggest issues in the Florida GOP primary race is housing. Mitt Romney is attacking Newt Gingrich's work for the housing giant Freddie Mac. This issue is not just a political talking point though. Three years after the economic collapse, foreclosures continue to affect real people every day in an extremely personal way.

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