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Obama Challenges New GOP Congress in State of the Union (Updated)

Updated 11:59 p.m. | A president energized by an improving economy challenged the new Republican Congress in his 2015 State of the Union address to focus on the middle class and find a bipartisan path forward — while vowing to veto efforts to undo his actions on immigration, climate or health care.

Obama's State of the Union Speech Text as Prepared for Delivery

The White House has released the 2015 State of the Union speech text as prepared for delivery, exceeding 6,700 words.

Excerpts From Obama's State of the Union Address

The following is a transcript of excerpts of President Barack Obama’s Jan. 20 State of the Union address: “We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.

Rand Paul to Quote MLK, John Lewis in SOTU Response

Sen. Rand Paul plans to quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when responding to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

Rand Paul's Message: 'Do No Harm' In Foreign Affairs

Possible 2016 contender Sen. Rand Paul says that the foreign policy potion of his own response to Tuesday’s State of the Union address will focus on an old adage from his medical career: “Do no harm.”

No Labels Makes Sure Members Are Labeled

No Labels, the group dedicated to solving the nation’s problems and avoiding labels at all costs, has gotten about 70 members of Congress to agree to be a “problem solver.” You can even see these folks at Tuesday’s State of the Union address because they’ll be wearing, um, labels.

State of the Union Drink-o

Why should politicos be the only ones to get all punchy while President Barack Obama yammers on about something or other Tuesday night? Tap into the excitement surrounding #ThisTown’s version of the Academy Awards/Super Bowl by punctuating each prescribed buzzword with a wee nip of something special.

Hoyer Mum on Whether He'll Help Obama, GOP on Trade Deal

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama likely will reiterate his call for Congress to pave the way for new trade negotiations — but House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is still demurring on how far he’ll go to help the administration achieve that goal.

OK Go Aims to Help Drone Lobby Take Off

Is your office abuzz about unmanned aircraft systems? Allow OK Go to set your mind at ease about making the most of miniature flying contraptions during a pro-drone tutorial at the 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW).

John Lewis’ Publicity Tour Marches Onward

Rep. John Lewis has once again donned his graphic novelist cowl, officially swinging back into campaign mode on Wednesday to help promote the second installment of his illustrated memoir, “March: Book Two.”

Cheri Bustos Keeps Door Open to Senate Run

Rep. Cheri Bustos said she is not closing the door on running for Senate in Illinois in 2016, marking the third House Democrat to express some level of interest in one of the cycle’s top race targets.

Boehner Invites Anti-Castro Cubans to Obama Speech

Speaker John A. Boehner’s list of invitees to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address includes two prominent Cuban dissidents, Jorge Luis García Pérez (known as Antúnez) and Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera.

Joni Ernst's Next Move

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, will have been in the Senate for just two weeks before she delivers the GOP’s response to the State of the Union Tuesday — and Republicans already predict her influence in the party will extend well beyond that in the coming months.

Harry Reid Back at Capitol, Will Miss State of the Union (Updated)

Updated 3:04 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid returned to the Capitol Tuesday to lead the Democratic Caucus lunch, but he won’t be making it to the State of the Union address.

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Congress is Good at Shrinking One Part of Government

Your average House member represented 710,767 people in 2010. The same lawmaker represented 469,088 people in 1970. Despite the 52 percent increase in constituents, each House member today can have no more than 18 staff members, a limit that hasn’t changed since 1975.

The Bill Young Saga: Items the Family Has Yet to Recoup

The death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young set off a fight for custody of some of the Florida Republican’s personal effects. While many items have been returned to the Young family, some memorabilia is still not accounted for and in the family’s possession.

James K. Polk: He Might Be a Giant

The list of things President Harry S. Truman, presidential architect Karl Rove and alt-rock band They Might Be Giants have in common is probably a short one. But all three agree on one thing: James K. Polk.

State of the Union: Why Members Keep Showing Up

This year there are more defensible rationales than ever for members of Congress to miss the State of the Union address. But there doesn’t seem to be any groundswell of absenteeism in the works.

The Bill Young Saga: Harry Glenn’s Timeline

The death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young produced a melee among his family, staffers and others entrusted with the Florida Republican’s legacy. Longtime Young Chief of Staff Harry Glenn has found himself in the middle of some of these fights, and he provided CQ Roll Call with his own timeline surrounding the events in question.

Late Congressman's Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia

SEMINOLE, Fla. — What happens when a member of Congress dies in office? There is no standard set procedure and the internecine melee that followed the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, perhaps best illustrated by the exhaustive search for a handful of pictures and one Pentagon-approved memento, has ruined decades-old friendships and frayed family bonds seemingly beyond repair.

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