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PBS NewsHour: David Brooks and Ruth Marcus analyze the State of the Union

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David Brooks of the New York Times and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post analyze the key points of President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address.

PBS NewsHour: Carney to GOP on State of the Union: Don't Criticize a Speech You Haven't Heard

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PBS NewsHour correspondent Ray Suarez previews the State of the Union, then Gwen Ifill discusses the president's election-year agenda with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

SOTU: Obama on the Economy

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The President spoke about the state of the American economy Tuesday night in his third State of the Union address.

Obama's State of Union Must Strike a Balance on Congress

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For weeks, President Obama and his top advisors have been meeting around the gleaming table in the Roosevelt Room, debating what to include in the State of the Union address that will double as the national opening of the president's reelection year. Now, as they polish the final drafts, a key question remains: how rough to be in attacking what Obama calls a "do-nothing Congress" — the members of which will be arrayed in front of him as he speaks Tuesday night.

Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline from Canada to Texas

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President Obama's rejection Wednesday of rapid approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas triggered Republican and business community objections but also signs from Obama and the pipeline company that the issue was far from over. Russ Girling, president of TransCanada, the pipeline's builder, said the company would reapply for permitting and asked for the application to be processed in time to get the pipeline online by 2014.
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Obama Seeks Power to Merge agencies, Shrink Government

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President Obama this morning will ask Congress to give him authority to significantly shrink the federal government by merging six agencies dealing with trade and commerce, a senior administration official said. Obama is seeking power to propose a sweeping consolidation of agencies with overlapping duties with an eye toward saving money and improving performance, the official said.
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Obama Surprised by Daley's Resignation, Says News 'Was Difficult'

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Chicagoan Bill Daley is stepping down as White House chief of staff, making way for budget director Jack Lew to take over the president’s team as it heads into a tough election year. President Obama told reporters this afternoon that Daley’s resignation was “not easy news to hear” and that he didn’t accept the decision right away. “I asked him to take a couple of days,” Obama said, adding that “the pull of the hometown we both love” ultimately won out.

William Daley to Step Down as Obama's Chief of Staff

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William Daley is stepping down as White House chief of staff and budget director Jack Lew is taking over the President Obama’s team as it heads into a tough election year, senior administration officials say. Daley gave his letter of resignation to the president in a private meeting in the Oval Office last week, recounting the administration's successes of his one year on the job and saying it was time for him to return to his hometown of Chicago.

Shifts at Pentagon Reflect Dual Realities of Different Threats, Tighter Budgets

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The Obama administration's high-profile rollout of its new military blueprint for the years ahead was designed to do two very different things: mark a decisive shift away from manpower-heavy counterinsurgencies like Afghanistan and shield the White House from Republican criticism over its plans for significant cuts to the Pentagon budget.
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Obama Testing 2-Tier Strategy for Re-election

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Just three hours after President Obama announced that he was defying Congressional Republicans to fill a high-level regulatory position while lawmakers were out of town, Mitt Romney sent out the obligatory news release ripping the president. “Chicago-style politics at its worst,” Mr. Romney fumed, accusing the president of “circumventing Congress.”
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