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White House Seeks More Time From Congress On Iran

There is bipartisan support for sanctions — and a veto threat from the president. His chief of staff, Denis McDonough, says the White House would consider congressional action "later in the year."

The State Of The Union Is ... 'Free And Restless'?

Looking back, presidents have often characterized the state of the union as "strong," but not always. President Ford described it as "not good."

State Of The Union Will Tout Progress, But Is The Economy Fixed?

The economy has improved greatly since President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009. But is his economic legacy impressive enough to justify taking a victory lap during his State of the Union address?

State Of The Union: 5 Things To Watch

The prospects for passing major parts of President Obama's agenda are slim to none. So what kind of tone will he take toward Congress?


Obama, In Tonight's State Of The Union, Will Focus On Middle Class

Despite economic growth and the falling unemployment rate, challenges remain. The president will articulate his vision to a Republican-majority Congress.
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Despite Scandals, Virginia Lawmakers Struggle With Proposed Limits On Gifts

Members of Virginia's General Assembly are talking about creating new limitations on gifts to elected officials. But reforming the system might not be as easy as making a few simple changes.

Georgia Pushes For An SEC Presidential Primary

Taking inspiration from college football's Southeastern Conference, Georgia's secretary of state is asking other southeastern states to join in a southern primary on March 1.

Obama To Press For Higher Taxes On Wealthy Taxpayers

President Obama is preparing to deliver his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night. He plans to focus on the middle class. Steve Inskeep talks to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

IRS Budget Cuts May Make For An Unpleasant Tax Filing Season

The IRS commissioner warns that congressionally mandated budget cuts are hurting the agency's ability to crack down on tax cheats, process timely refunds and even staff its help lines.

5 Years After Citizens United, Secret Money Floods Into U.S. Politics

When the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Citizens United case, that opened the door for secret donors to make big-dollar contributions and up spending in elections.