On Tuesday, the White House broke a longstanding State of the Union tradition. Rather than distributing an embargoed copy of the President’s speech to the press and press alone, the address was made public on the blogging site Medium for everyone’s understanding, criticism and analysis.
The veto threats that President Obama has issued over the last three weeks are a microcosm of American politics, representing the roiling issues of the day, the power struggle playing out between Congress and the White House, and even the pique between the president and GOP congressional leaders. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama expressed condolences and offered sympathy Thursday to the people of Saudi Arabia upon the death of King Abdullah, an important ally and a major force in the Muslim world. Continue reading
HAVANA — Still at odds over human rights, the United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement. Continue reading
PBS NewsHour’s political director Domenico Montanaro and political editor Lisa Desjardins, will be taking your 2015 State of the Union questions during a Twitter chat. Continue reading
Following up on the State of the Union, President Obama is sitting down with YouTube channel producers GloZell Green, Bethany Mota and Hank Green for an interview at the White House dubbed #YouTubeasksObama. The interview is part of the White House’s continue push to communicate the themes of the State of the Union with a broader and more digitally-native audience.
WASHINGTON — The leader of the House Democrats said Thursday that Republican Speaker John Boehner blundered when he invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress amid sensitive negotiations about Iran’s nuclear program and in the shadow of Israel’s elections.
Today in the Morning Line: Obama hitting the road Today, he’s in Kansas (before talking to YouTube stars) House abortion bill falls apart Boehner invites Netanyahu; doesn’t tell White House Just one senator (and it’s not the one you might … Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, senators pushed a bipartisan bill to impose sanctions on Iran unless the country curbs its nuclear program by a July deadline. President Obama has said he would veto such a bill. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House first. Continue reading
Gridlock in Washington has left much of the heavy lifting of governance to states, cities and towns. What do city leaders think about President Obama’s State of the Union proposals? Judy Woodruff asks Mayor Stephen Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, and Mayor Richard Berry of Albuquerque, New Mexico what they hope to see materialize. Continue reading