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Politics
3:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Obama Tries To Spread State Of The Union Messages Outside Speech

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:25 am

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Law
3:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Supreme Court Examines Gray Area In Judicial Campaigning

Thirty-nine states elect some or all of their judges, and 30 of them bar personal solicitations in order to preserve judicial impartiality.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:25 am

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that tests whether states may ban judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions.

For most of the last decade, the Supreme Court's conservative majority has systematically dismantled federal and state campaign finance laws enacted to limit corruption and the appearance of corruption in the legislative and executive branches of government. Tuesday's case is the first challenge targeted specifically at the judicial branch.

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Politics & Government
1:14 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Walker Ramps-up National Political Schedule

Gov. Scott Walker will head to Palm Springs, California this weekend, to attend the winter meeting of Freedom Partners, a Koch brothers' organization.

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Politics & Government
10:26 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Right-to-Work Momentum Appears to Be Slowing in Wisconsin

Credit Andy Simonds, Flickr

Right-to-work laws ban mandatory union dues in the private sector workplace.

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Politics & Government
10:19 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Johnson Hopes to Hear Security Initiatives in State of the Union Speech

Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson hopes President Obama will talk about how to better protect Americans from terror, in his State of the Union address.

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security committee.

He hopes the president devotes much of his speech to how he intends to better protect Americans.

"The world is witnessing the growth of Islamic terror, the growth of Isis, the attacks in Sydney and Paris.  This isn't going away.  Americans are looking for policies and leadership that will keep Americans safe and secure, in terms of national security and economic security," Johnson says.

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It's All Politics
8:53 am
Tue January 20, 2015

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

During his 1965 State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson said, "This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope."
AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:30 pm

Presidents often characterize the state of the union as "strong." Last year, in fact, President Obama remarked: "It is you, our citizens, who make the state of our union strong."

It seems whatever the crisis du jour is, the State of the Union address is a chance for the president to sneak in some optimism. In 2012, as the economy limped back, Obama still found occasion for the s-word: "The state of our union is getting stronger. And we've come too far to turn back now."

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The Two-Way
8:38 am
Tue January 20, 2015

White House Seeks More Time From Congress On Iran

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:41 pm

The White House says it could consider congressional action against Iran later in the year, but emphasized it wants more time to see if negotiations over the Islamic republic's nuclear program can work.

"If Congress wants to act later in the year, we could consider that, but at the moment they ought to give us the space to let these negotiations work," Denis McDonough, White House chief of staff, tells NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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It's All Politics
6:06 am
Tue January 20, 2015

State Of The Union: 5 Things To Watch

President Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks Friday during their joint news conference at the White House.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 6:37 pm

Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama's State of the Union address is still the biggest audience he'll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents constitutionally barred from running again — Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama) has had opposition congresses, making the prospects for passing major parts of the president's agenda slim to none.

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The Two-Way
5:48 am
Tue January 20, 2015

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

President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College, in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 9. Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 6:41 pm

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address tonight and is expected to focus on the state of the economy and its impact on the middle class.

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Politics
4:35 am
Tue January 20, 2015

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

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 2:42 pm

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