State of the Union http://www.kplu.org en 4 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address http://www.kplu.org/post/4-things-expect-obamas-state-union-address President Obama's <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/21/inaugural-address-president-barack-obama" target="_blank">second inaugural</a> address was widely perceived as a throwing down of the gauntlet in how it framed his progressive faith in government and challenged his Republican political opponents in any number of ways.<p>Given that, expect to see more glove-throwing Tuesday as the president delivers the first State of the Union speech of his second term.<p>With no more presidential elections to face, Obama seems to be taking advantage of that newfound freedom to sp Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:50:34 +0000 Frank James 7774 at http://www.kplu.org 4 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address Obama, At Crossroads, Takes Different Route Than Clinton Chose In '96 http://www.kplu.org/post/obama-crossroads-takes-different-route-clinton As the president delivered the final State of the Union address of his term before a looming re-election battle, he looked out at a sea of angry and skeptical Republicans who had fought him on budgets, government shutdowns, and whether or not to raise the nation's debt ceiling.<p>And what did President Bill Clinton do in 1996?<p>He delivered his "the era of big government is over" speech, which <em>The Washington Post</em> summed up this way: "Clinton Embraced GOP Themes in Setting Agenda."<p>President Obama may be buffeted by nearly identical issues — including the specter of pugnacious Clint Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:51:14 +0000 Liz Halloran 3914 at http://www.kplu.org Obama, At Crossroads, Takes Different Route Than Clinton Chose In '96 Is The State Of The Union Address Obsolete? http://www.kplu.org/post/state-union-address-obsolete Given the nonstop, stereo-rock news cycle, the warp speed tempo of geopolitics and the constant to-and-fro between the media and the president, has the State of the Union address become obsolete?<p>Traditionally, the speech — an annual where-we-stand lecture delivered by the president to a joint session of Congress — has for decades been an opportunity for the professor in chief to issue a national report card and put current events in calm, codifiable context.<p>In the past, it was a monumental moment — surrounded on each side by a few days of national reflection — in a relatively quiet and Tue, 24 Jan 2012 17:10:25 +0000 Linton Weeks 3897 at http://www.kplu.org Is The State Of The Union Address Obsolete? Obama adviser Plouffe: Expect a State of the Union heavy on the economy http://www.kplu.org/post/obama-adviser-plouffe-expect-state-union-heavy-economy Tonight, President Obama is set to deliver the final state of the union address of his first term. <em>Morning Edition's</em> Renee Montagne spoke to White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe for a preview of the president's speech.<p>"The central challenge that we are facing right now is we came out of a steep recession, the worst since the Great Depression, and the American people want to know how are we going to continue to climb out of it," Plouffe said. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:57:53 +0000 3895 at http://www.kplu.org Obama adviser Plouffe: Expect a State of the Union heavy on the economy New Republic: State of the Union listening guide http://www.kplu.org/post/new-republic-state-union-listening-guide <em>Jonathan Bernstein blogs at</em> A Plain Blog About Politics.<p>Even with the major distraction of a Republican presidential primary, tonight's State of the Union speech will guaranteed to, however briefly, capture the undivided attention of all political junkies. They're not wrong: The annual tradition <em>does</em> matter. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:55:47 +0000 Jonathan Bernstein 3894 at http://www.kplu.org New Republic: State of the Union listening guide Obama's salmon quip: Is salmon management a joke? http://www.kplu.org/post/obamas-salmon-quip-salmon-management-joke <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-948394.mp3</p><p>In President Obama’s State of the Union speech, he got the biggest laugh of the night when – to illustrate the need to simplify government – he made a crack about salmon management.</p><blockquote><p>"The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater ... I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked."</p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 13:06:53 +0000 Liam Moriarty 653 at http://www.kplu.org Obama's salmon quip: Is salmon management a joke?