State of the Union
Feb 14, 2013 — We critique a few of the charts in the White House's State of the Union online presentation.
Feb 13, 2013 — In the State of the Union, Obama defends the legality of drone strikes and promises more openness with Congress.
Feb 12, 2013 — When NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro posed that question to his 125,000 Facebook followers, plenty of people jumped at the chance for a show of wit. Let the bon mots roll!
Feb 12, 2013 — Analysts also say North Korea's claim that the device was smaller and lighter than ones it previously tested might be a sign it has moved closer to being able to fit a weapon on to a missile. Leaders around the world are condemning North Korea's actions.
Feb 9, 2013 — Gun control historically has been one of the most divisive issues in Congress, between the parties and even inside the Democratic coalition. Yet some in President Obama's own party say he has put together a gun agenda that is sweeping without being too painful for most Democrats to support.
Jan 11, 2013 — As tradition dictates, the House speaker has invited the president. This year, Speaker John Boehner's office announced, the date will be the second Tuesday in February.
Jan 25, 2012 — Faced with a re-election fight, Bill Clinton used his State of the Union address to declare "the era of big government is over." President Obama focused instead on economic fairness, an issue his mother embraced.
Jan 24, 2012 — The White House uploaded a YouTube video to tout the large role the president had in preparing the speech. But the White House also would provide an enhanced video feed of the speech, with graphics and charts to go with the president's words, as an added value. And officials would engage citizens through social media after the speech, again on the official website.
Jan 28, 2011 — This week's podcast episode focuses on the State of the Union and the (two) responses. Plus: Rahm Emanuel battles for ballot position in Chicago and George Allen hopes for a rematch in Virginia.
Jan 26, 2011 — On today's Talk of the Nation, Ken Rudin and the guests assess the State of the Union, the story of a woman jailed for sneaking her kids into a school outside their district, reunions with long-lost siblings, and Kathy Bates.