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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.

Lawmakers React To State Of The Union Address

There may have been only a half dozen times all night when both sides of the aisle all stood and clapped in approval. One of those moments was when President Obama called for overhauling immigration.

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.