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Lawmakers sending their own messages during Trump’s speech

President Donald Trump won’t be the only one trying to send a message when he delivers his first State of the Union address; other lawmakers will be using the speech …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018

Amid turmoil, Trump seeking a reset with State of the Union

Beset by poor poll numbers and the grind of the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump will look to reset his term with his first State of the Union address, arguing …


Mark Ruffalo, Alyssa Milano plan Trump counter events

Mark Ruffalo, Lee Daniels, Michael Moore and Whoopi Goldberg are among celebrities who plan to attend an evening of speeches and music at “The People’s State of the Union,” billed …


Stephen Colbert to go live again after Trump’s State of the Union

For the first time in nearly a year, Stephen Colbert will host a live episode of “The Late Show,” following President Trump’s State of the Union address on Jan. 30, …


Charles Krauthammer: State of the Union was warmed-over hash

Divisive president repeated hollow promises, ignored failures


State of the Union: Obama warns against giving into election year cynicism

Eyeing the end of his presidency, Barack Obama urged Americans Tuesday night to rekindle their belief in the promise of change that first carried him to the White House, declaring …


Shawn Vestal: Health care horror stories more hairy than scary

Remember “Bette in Spokane”? Bette in Spokane was the anecdotal hook that Cathy McMorris Rodgers used to critique Obamacare last year when she gave the GOP rebuttal to the State …


President Obama promotes economic plan in Idaho

BOISE – President Barack Obama wanted to make a statement by picking Republican-dominated Idaho for his first public appearance after his State of the Union. “There’s not a liberal America …


Washington, Idaho senators agree economy should be Obama’s focus

President Barack Obama is right to focus on improving economic conditions for America’s middle class, Washington and Idaho senators of both parties agreed after the speech. They disagreed, however, on …


Washington, Idaho lawmakers evaluate Obama’s address

President Obama is right to focus on improving economic conditions for America’s middle class, Washington and Idaho senators of both parties agreed after the speech.


In State of Union, Obama calls for higher taxes on wealthiest, ‘better politics’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that the “shadow of crisis” has passed America and urged Congress to build on economic gains by raising taxes on the nation’s …


Full text of Obama’s State of the Union speech

Text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House.


Obama to propose tax rate changes

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union speech Tuesday to propose hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases on the wealthy, and to urge …


‘Bette in Spokane,’ cited in McMorris Rodgers’ speech, declined health insurance options

The woman described only as “Bette in Spokane” during a nationally televised address by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Wednesday she had no idea her frustrations over increasing insurance …


McMorris Rodgers delivers calculated rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union

President Barack Obama had a case of a person helped by health care reform. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers had a case of someone hurt by it. Obama proposed raising the …


Local reaction to Obama’s speech aligns with parties

Reaction to President Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union address was predictably divided along party lines within the Inland Northwest’s congressional delegation. Democrats praised the president’s message and tone. …


McMorris Rodgers will give GOP response to State of the Union

Spokane Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will deliver the Republican Party’s response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address next week.


Region’s lawmakers split on speech

WASHINGTON – The Inland Northwest congressional delegation was both impressed and rankled by President Barack Obama’s fourth State of the Union address Tuesday night. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said she …


Obama to take on economy in State of the Union

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is ready to reclaim the spotlight with a plea for economic fairness in a State of Union address that opposition Republicans panned in advance as …


Local lawmakers’ reactions to State of the Union vary

While they liked some overall themes in President Barack Obama’s call for more innovation, more cooperation and less spending, some members of Congress from Idaho and Washington wondered about the …


NW delegation finds reasons to cheer, jeer in Obama speech

While they liked some overall themes in President Obama’s call for more innovation, more cooperation and less spending, some members of Congress from Idaho and Washington wondered about the details. …


Obama speech: Leadership now ‘shared responsibility’

Pleading for unity in a newly divided government, President Barack Obama implored Democratic and Republican lawmakers to rally behind his vision of economic revival for an anxious nation, declaring in …


Obama wins Supreme Court majority at speech

President Barack Obama drew what could be called a bipartisan majority of the Supreme Court on Tuesday night, as six of its nine justices showed up to listen to his …


State of the Union: Full text

The text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery and released by the White House.


Obama talks deficit, doubts

WASHINGTON – Acknowledging Americans’ frustration with the slow pace of the nation’s economic recovery, President Barack Obama dedicated more than half of his first State of the Union address Wednesday …


Both sides praise emphasis on jobs, small businesses

Northwest Republicans and Democrats applauded President Barack Obama’s emphasis on jobs, particularly on creating them in small businesses, but wondered about the details of other proposals in the State of …


Delegation finds some room for agreement on Obama speech

Northwest Republicans and Democrats applauded President Barack Obama’s emphasis on jobs, particularly on creating them in small businesses, but wondered about the details of other proposals in the State of …


The State of the Union as prepared for delivery

Remarks of President Barack Obama as prepared for delivery.


Republicans say nation can’t afford Dem policies

The nation cannot afford the spending Democrats have enacted or the tax increases they propose, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday in the Republican response to the State of the …


Fact check: Obama and the ’hatchet’ job

President Barack Obama, who once considered government spending freezes a hatchet job, told Americans on Wednesday it’s now part of his solution to the exploding deficit. He didn’t explain what …