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Obama To Congress: With Or Without You

President Obama called repeatedly on Congress to address issues of paramount importance to the country during his State of the Union address Tuesday. But he also made it clear that when Congress fails to act or agree with his policies, he intends to push ahead on his own.

Rubio, A New Face, Delivers A Familiar Message In Response To Obama

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, in the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address, strove mightily to transform the perception, cemented during last year's presidential race, that his party's embrace excludes those who aren't rich and white.

Live Chat: State Of The Union

President Obama is expected to put specifics behind the vision he outlined in his inaugural address a few weeks ago. Get live updates from the speech and join NPR journalists in analyzing what it could mean for the future.

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Analysis: Local Lawmakers Weigh In On Proposed Federal Pay Increase

President Obama has proposed a 1 percent increase in pay for federal workers, and Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper says local lawmakers are already describing the proposal as skimpy.

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Virginia House Votes To Protect Concealed Handgun Permit Holders

The Virginia House of Delegates voted to protect the identities of concealed-carry permit holders on Tuesday, an amendment that still has to pass the state senate.


Congressman Returning After 33 Years Says Congress Works And Cooperates Less Now

U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan of Minnesota returned to Congress after more than 30 years away. He talks to Robert Siegel about what's changed.