Over the past week, msnbc.com has published "The State of America," a series culminating in President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 20. This is the state of the issues you care about, as told by organizations promoting social change and other policy experts. read more
The Middle East has not figured prominently in President Obama's past State of the Union addresses. This year, however, it will warrant a bit more discussion, given that the preceding year saw two major U.S. initiatives: An intensive effort by Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate a Palestinian-Israeli peace accord, which seemed to... read more
Perhaps the most important development for struggling American families over the past two years has been the emergence of stagnant wages as a major issue – redefining our political debate and spurring direct intervention to raise pay at the state and local level. While it was Occupy Wall Street that initially focused attention on our nation’s... read more
As we enter 2015, the state of the climate movement is strong. Over the last year, we have grown in leaps and bounds. Together, we turned out over 400,000 people into the streets of New York City during last September’s People’s Climate March. It was the largest demonstration for climate action in history--and the largest march on any issue for... read more
Both parties felt like they had something to prove in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address: Democrats want to be seen as saviors of the middle-class, and Republicans are trying cast themselves as the new defenders of America’s underclass.
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On Tuesday night, President Obama will address the nation in his sixth State of the Union address. He will lay out a series of proposals aimed at helping ordinary Americans who feel like the country’s economic gains have left them behind. read more
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst said Republicans "heard the message you sent in November loud and clear," in her State of the Union rebuttal, but her speech competed for American ears and eyes with an array of unofficial GOP responses that began well before President Obama spoke.
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A confident, often feisty President Barack Obama claimed credit for the improving economy in his State of the Union address Tuesday, chiding Republicans -- who won sweeping victories in the 2014 midterm elections -- to follow his lead in enacting policies to help the middle class. While pledging pragmatic steps that lawmakers of both parties... read more
The Millennial generation is the largest and most diverse in the United States – 93 million strong, 43% from communities of color, outnumbering even the Baby Boomers. Despite making up over one-third of the population and holding the power to become the most influential voting bloc in the country, young people are frustrated with the political... read more
If he's serious about promoting human rights at home, Obama should use the remainder of his term to push for accountability for torture, end the bulk collection of communications data, bring the legal framework for his counterterrorism policies into the light for public debate and review, and continue the push to close Guantanamo, as he... read more
When President Obama delivers the State of the Union Tuesday night, he will outline ideas that have been months in the making. The speech is typically the most watched presidential address of the year – 33 million viewers caught it live in 2014 – yet many people may not realize how much goes into the big night.
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