Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 8:50 am
In so many ways, Jan. 20, 2009, was a frightful day to be taking the oath of office.
The U.S. economy was in free fall as Barack Obama rose to deliver his inaugural address. "We are in the midst of crisis," he said. "Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered."
Exactly six years later, Obama is returning to Capitol Hill to deliver a State of the Union address at 9 p.m. ET. He is expected to highlight the economic progress that has been made since that frigid Day One — and call for more changes.
Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:51 am
The group that calls itself the Islamic State, in a direct address to Japan's prime minister, is threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless it gets $200 million within 72 hours. The demand in a video posted online comes as Shinzo Abe is visiting the Middle East.
Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 8:49 am
Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama's State of the Union address is still the biggest audience he'll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents constitutionally barred from running again — Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama) have all had opposition congresses, making the prospects for passing major parts of the president's agenda slim to none.