Obama’s Unexpectedly Energetic State Of The Union

And we’re on to the foreign-policy grab-bag section of the night. The end of the war in Afghanistan garners applause, though Obama obliquely admits the U.S. still has no agreement with President Hamid Karzai to keep troops there. 10:01 p.m. Obama speaks only very briefly on guns.
Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/01/obamas-unexpectedly-energetic-state-of-the-union/283423/

State Of The Union Speech 2014: Obama Delivers Annual Address

They pointed to previous examples of Obama using executive action to defer deportations of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents as children and to strengthen regulations on carbon emissions at power plants. Such moves were bigger than anything Congress passed in the last two years aside from the budget, one senior administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. But Republicans quickly denounced the new proposals as small potatoes and accused the president of failing to work through the legislative process to achieve more sweeping initiatives. I suspect the president has the authority to raise the minimum wage for those dealing with federal contracts, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said before the speech Tuesday, after Obamas plans were leaked by the White House. But lets understand something: This affects not one current contract; it only affects future contracts with the federal government. And so I think the question is: How many people, Mr.
Source: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20140128-obama-vows-to-press-economic-initiatives-on-his-own.ece

Michelle Obama hosts new GM CEO Mary Barra

Obama’s go-it-alone approach has already irritated Republicans, some of whom claim he is pushing the limits of the Constitution; others diminish his initiatives as insubstantial. “He can work with us to create opportunity and prosperity,” wrote Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “Or he can issue press releases.” The approach, some Republicans say, could also backfire by angering GOP leaders who already don’t trust Obama’s administration. “The more he tries to do it alone and do confrontation, the less he’s going to be able to get cooperation,” said John Feehery, a former top House Republican aide. Obama will follow his State of the Union address with a quick trip Wednesday and Thursday to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Tennessee to promote his proposals.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/28/state-of-the-union-speech-2014_n_4590441.html

Obama vows to press economic initiatives on his own

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 3 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Barack Obama Michelle Obama hosts new GM CEO Mary Barra Nathan Bomey and Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press 6:03 a.m. EST January 28, 2014 Barra will have a front row seat for President Obama’s State of the Union address Mary Barra, GM’s new CEO, is attending the State of the Union (Photo: KATHLEEN GALLIGAN Detroit Free Press) Story Highlights Mary Barra will attend the State of the Union address She is a guest of Michelle Obama She was recently http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net named CEO of GM SHARE 70 CONNECT 34 TWEET 3 COMMENTEMAILMORE DETROIT — General Motors CEO Mary Barra plans to attend tonight’s State of the Union address as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama a month after the company shed its government ownership and two weeks after Barra became the first female CEO of a major automaker. Barra’s attendance marks a reversal of GM’s strategy of avoiding the political spotlight while the automaker was still fending off the derisive “Government Motors” moniker in recent years. In summer 2012, fed up with being used as a political football during the presidential campaign, GM banned President Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney from its factories during the election season.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/01/28/obama-barra-gm-general-motors/4956305/


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