Drug Policy Not Mentioned in the State of the Union

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 10:10 am

Absent from President Obama’s more than an hour long State of the Union address was any reference to drug policy reform or state level marijuana legalization. While Obama avoiding the issue isn’t surprising, it is disappointing giving the focus of the rest of the speech.

President Obama Uses State Of The Union To Promote TPP, Ducks NSA Reform

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 6:57 am

Last night President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union speech. In the speech Obama addressed growing concerns in the country about lack of opportunities and yawning wealth inequality. Poverty, lack of labor participation, and wealth inequality have gone to record levels under his administration. As the problem has gotten progressively worse the rhetoric seems to be ever more soaring.

LIVE: Watch the State of the Union

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 5:55 pm

In preparation, the Obama administration announced he is going to use an executive order to increase the minimum wage for new government contracts to $10.10 an hour. This move signals that Obama is going to make inequality a big focus of his address. It also likely means Obama will spend much of the speech highlighting what he plans to do via executive power since the prospects of getting anything through the Republican-controlled House are slim to none.

The TPP Threatens the State of the Union

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 3:12 pm

There’s a good chance that President Obama will use tonight’s State of the Union address to gin up support for Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Rich Paying Smaller Share Of Taxes Under Obama

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 12:22 pm

Tonight, during the State of the Union address, President Obama will likely drone on about how he thinks wealth inequality is an important issue. And the polls show Americans agree, the economy is polling as the number one issue while an increasingly number of Americans no longer identify as middle class. These concerns come amidst one of the worst labor markets in American history with an anemic workforce participation rate and record poverty.

The state of the union is weak.

White House Releases Details of Obama’s Preschool Proposal

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 11:15 am

Following the President’s call for expanding access to high quality preschool during the State of the Union, the White House has now released a new document providing more detail.

What Obama Said — And What He Meant — About Climate Change, War and Civil Liberties

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 5:01 pm

The words in President Obama’s “State of the Union” speech were often lofty, spinning through the air with the greatest of ease and emitting dog whistles as they flew.

Let’s decode the President’s smooth oratory in the realms of climate change, war and civil liberties.

There Is No Money

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 4:02 pm

The great problem with President Obama’s State of the Union is that he has created a bizarre reality in which there is no money. This is a narrative that is not only going to continue to hinder our weak recovery, but also make new progressive spending programs impossible.

Waning Commitment to Government Transparency Evident in Obama’s ‘State of the Union’ Speeches

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 2:05 pm

Despite the stated commitments and professions on transparency, the Sunlight Foundation found talk of “government integrity, transparency, and influence” was mostly absent in President Obama’s “State of the Union” speech last night.

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