Politics
9:10 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Is The State Of The Union Address Obsolete?

President Obama delivers last year's State of the Union Address on Jan. 25, 2011.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 2:07 pm

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?

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.

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The Two-Way
8:57 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Obama adviser Plouffe: Expect a State of the Union heavy on the economy

White House advisor David Plouffe.
AP

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 6:03 am

Tonight, President Obama is set to deliver the final state of the union address of his first term. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne spoke to White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe for a preview of the president's speech.

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Opinion
8:55 am
Tue January 24, 2012

New Republic: State of the Union listening guide

U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner, addresses a Joint Session of Congress while delivering his State of the Union speech Jan. 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama is expected to primarily discuss the economy in his upcoming speech.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 6:51 am

Jonathan Bernstein blogs at A Plain Blog About Politics.

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 does matter. And yet the conventional wisdom about the importance of the speech tends to be almost exactly backwards.

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Author Interviews
8:51 am
Tue January 24, 2012

How The Glock Became America's Weapon Of Choice

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 12:09 pm

Today the Glock pistol has become the gun of choice for both criminals and law enforcement in the United States.

In his book Glock: The Rise of America's Gun, Paul Barrett traces how the sleek, high-capacity Austrian weapon found its way into Hollywood films and rap lyrics, not to mention two-thirds of all U.S. police departments.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Starbucks is flying high

The original Starbucks logo at Seattle's Pike Place Market. 9/18/2009
mediafury flickr.com

2011 was a terrific year for the Seattle-based Starbucks coffee chain. The stock shot up 43% last year and recently hit record highs.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at the successful company on this week's Money Matters.

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Other News
4:57 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Oregon Football Coach Turns Down NFL

Duck fans who went to bed in a panic Sunday day night awoke Monday to learn that University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly has turned down an offer to coach in the NFL. He will remain at the U of O.

Citing “unfinished business” at the University of Oregon, Chip Kelly has rejected an offer to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to stay and coach the Ducks.

According to U of O athletic director Rob Mullens this means Kelly wants to “continue to build this program.” Mullens said Monday he expected high level interest in Oregon coaches as an indicator of the school’s success.

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Lost on Mount Rainier
4:09 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Update: No sign of missing campers, climbers on Mt Rainier

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — Despite a break in the weather, there's still no sign of four campers and climbers who have been missing for a week on Mount Rainier.

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The Two-Way
3:27 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Sen. Rand Paul Suspects He Was Randomly Picked For Pat-Down

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 2:00 pm

The news that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was stopped by Transportation Security Administration screeners this morning at the Nashville airport and delayed for about an hour is whipping around the Web.

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The Two-Way
3:25 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Washington Set To Be Seventh State To OK Same-Sex Marriages

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 2:55 pm

Citing the Golden Rule and saying that "all men and women in our state [should] enjoy the same privileges that are so important in my life," the last legislator needed to pass same-sex marriage legislation in Washington State announced this afternoon that she will support the measure.

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, a Democrat, posted a statement about her decision here.

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Gay rights
3:21 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Washington state has the votes to legalize gay marriage

Jane Abbott Lighty, left, looks on as her partner of 35 years, Pete-e Petersen, hugs Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, on Monday in Olympia, Wash., after hearing the news that the state Senate had enough votes to pass a same-sex marriage law.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gay marriage proponents urged their supporters not to become complacent following news the Legislature has enough votes to make Washington the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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