Chamber unveils its energy plan

Chamber unveils its energy plan

WASHINGTON—The influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce unveiled a plan on Tuesday that’s at odds with much of President Barack Obama’s clean energy agenda. The chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy presented what it calls “realistic, bipartisan solutions to our...
Bugged! Bed bug summit opens

Bugged! Bed bug summit opens

As director of the Office of Health Homes and Lead Hazard Control, Jon Gant dislikes the phrase, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” But at the Second National Bed Bug Summit hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, Gant confessed that he utters those...

Obama challenges Americans to innovate

By Nina Lincoff and Elena Schneider WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama challenged the country to “win the future,” calling on Americans’ innovative spirit to become the international leader in business, education and infrastructure in Tuesday night’s...
Dual, but not dueling, responses

Dual, but not dueling, responses

WASHINGTON — New House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan appealed to lawmakers to rein in out-of-control spending and respond to the growing national debt, which will soon surpass federal limits, in his rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address...

Post-speech, a more partisan response

WASHINGTON — The unity politicians demonstrated by sitting in bipartisan pairs during the State of the Union address Tuesday was less evident in their responses to President Barack Obama’s speech. Although many members of Congress entered the Capitol with the...
State of the Union, 2.0

State of the Union, 2.0

During his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama called for innovation. Obama’s communications directors apparently took his advice. Beginning with a YouTube video teaser and culminating with a live YouTube question-and-answer session, Obama and his staff...

Budding politicos gather to party, watch speech

Dozens of youthful Obama supporters crowded into a downtown office building not far from the White House Tuesday evening to celebrate hip hop, politics and the youth vote and to cheer the president’s State of the Union address. “This is not your typical...
“Our generation’s Sputnik moment”

“Our generation’s Sputnik moment”

WASHINGTON — In his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama drew a parallel to the Cold War to support his call for increased government spending on infrastructure, research and education. “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment,” he...
Full text: State of the Union speech

Full text: State of the Union speech

Here is the full text of President Barack Obama’s speech tonight, released by the White House Press Office: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and...

A guide to the State of the Union

President Barack Obama will call for innovation, investments in education and infrastructure, deficit reduction and government reform during Tuesday’s State of the Union address as key elements of his roadmap for repairing the economy, according to White House...

A tradition bound by unwritten rules

It feels like it’s set in stone. Each year, Congress invites the incumbent president to speak on the House floor. All three branches of government — save for one cabinet member, who is the “designated survivor” in case of disaster —...