Obama goes it alone: ‘America does not stand still, and neither will I’

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President Obama warned Congress he won’t wait to take action on his agenda, vowing in Tuesday’s State of the Union address to use executive powers to sidestep Republican roadblocks on Capitol Hill.  

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How to watch the State of the Union with NBC News

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President Barack Obama is set to make his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, his second since winning re-election. We’ll carry the speech in full on an NBC News Special Report beginning at 9 p.m. ET and anchored by NBC’s Brian Williams, along with live analysis and reaction immediately after. 

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Chris Christie rises above polarized nation, NBC News/WSJ poll shows

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The New Jersey governor now enjoys nearly equal appeal among Democrats, Republicans and independents, according to the poll.

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'Shame on us if we've forgotten': Obama pushes Congress on guns

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President Barack Obama on Thursday sternly rebuked opponents of pending gun control measures, accusing them of “running out the clock” and hoping that the nation forgets last year’s Newtown school shooting in order to keep popular reforms from passing into law.

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Attitudes on gay marriage shift among surprising groups

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It’s not just Democrats and liberals who are the reason for the shift on gay marriage. 

Beneath the broad support from liberal-leaning demographic groups, is the fact that some of the biggest shifts in favor of gay marriage since 2004 have been from some more unlikely, conservative-leaning blocs — blue-collar workers, older voters, and Southerners, according to NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls over the last decade.

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Palin re-emerges to lash GOP establishment and Obama alike

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin re-emerged into the national spotlight to level a blistering rebuke of both President Barack Obama and the Republican establishment, calling upon a friendly conservative audience to “stop preaching to the choir.”

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As meeting yields no breakthrough, Obama blames ‘dumb’ cuts on GOP, signs order

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Lamenting the idea that only a “Jedi mind meld” could prod the GOP into compromise, President Barack Obama said Friday that the “dumb” automatic across-the-board cuts taking effect Friday are the fault of Republican resistance to a reasonable deal to avert the sequestration’s budget reductions. 

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Obama’s latest stimulus plan: raise the minimum wage

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President Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage would help millions of working families struggling to make ends meet. The White House is also hoping it would help boost the sluggish U.S. economy.

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What’s the state of our union? Thirsty, very thirsty

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Sen. Marco Rubio’s awkward water break while delivering the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address has gone viral.

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“ More government isn’t going to help you get ahead. It’s going to hold you back. ”

“ America is exceptional because we believe that every life, at every stage, is precious. ”

“ We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight. ”

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