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Obama-Biden rapport transcends the office: This relationship is personal.

January 13, 2016
Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post
The Obamas had a mantra during the 2008 campaign when it came to those vying to get into their inner circle: “No new friends.” As the president enters the final year of his second term, at least one person has managed to defy that rule: Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
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Obama's Rocky Relationship With Speaker Ryan Threatens Final Year

January 13, 2016
Susan Davis | NPR
Tuesday's State of the Union address was the first with Paul Ryan as House Speaker. NPR explores whether President Obama and Speaker Ryan will be able to cooperate this year.
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Obama Asks Congress For Help In Overhauling Justice System

January 13, 2016
Carrie Johnson | NPR
There's not much the White House and the Republican-led Congress can agree on this year. President Obama singled out one issue in his State of the Union address: an overhaul for the justice system.
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The State of YOUR Union

January 12, 2016
As President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address, he will likely tell Congress and his fellow Americans that the state of the union is "strong." But do average Americans outside the Capitol feel the same? We asked people on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to describe the state of the union as they see it in just one word.
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Every Obama State of the Union in 6 Minutes

January 12, 2016
As President Obama gets ready to deliver his final State of the Union address, look back at every address he's given since taking office in 2009. What do his State of the Union speeches say about his legislative priorities? Over seven years, themes like the economy, gun violence and the war in Iraq make repeated appearances. This year, Obama will reportedly shy away from a list of priorities and instead focus on "the big things."
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WATCH: Obama's Final State of the Union

January 12, 2016
President Obama deliver his final State of the Union address Tuesday.
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Obama Speech Will Pave Way for Dems in '16

January 12, 2016
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama entered office with a dramatic economic rescue and overhaul of the nation’s health care system as his opening acts. Now that he’s preparing to exit the White House in a year, he speaks approvingly of incremental rather than transformational progress.
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Americans Worry About State of the Union

January 12, 2016
Reid Wilson | Morning Consult
When President Barack Obama steps into the well of the House of Representatives to offer his seventh and final State of the Union address tonight, he will face a Congress riven by partisan polarization — and a populace deeply worried about the future of the country.
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