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America At Work

Images from the job-and-jobless front

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Making It in America

The story of Standard Motor Products, a family-run manufacturer in Queens, illuminates what it takes to survive in today’s economy — and why the jobs crisis will be so hard to solve.

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The Spending Game

How a presidential election boosts the economy

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Obama's State of the Union: A Million Little Messages Looking for a Message

Obama's dilemma: His proposals are both too small-bore to deal with the scale of the crisis he wants to address and also way too big for Congress | Derek Thompson


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PACs Americana

A dispatch from the future, where political action committees have absorbed America's political parties.

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Video of the Day: How to Write a State of the Union Address

A behind-the-scenes look at the process of writing the president's third annual speech to a joint session of Congress is 'The West Wing' in real life.

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What Americans Mean When They Say They're Conservative

The word is invoked to refer to a number of surprisingly diverse worldviews -- and politicians take advantage of that.

Annotated State of the Union Speech Reuters

Annotated State of the Union Speech

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Where Did All the Workers Go? 60 Years of Economic Change in 1 Graph

As we mourn the decline of manufacturing, why isn't anybody talking about the tragic decline of agriculture?

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SOTU Responses: The GOP Establishment vs. the Tea Party

The Republican Party's two factions each assigned someone to respond to President Obama's speech. Which had more to offer?

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The State of the Union: What Obama Doesn't Get About America

Comparing the citizenry to a military unit, he says we need to cooperate better and trust more. But prospering as diverse individuals is our greatest strength

In a Politically Charged Speech, Obama Says He's No Class Warrior Reuters

In a Politically Charged Speech, Obama Says He's No Class Warrior

Obama lays out a case for his re-election, but the policy solutions he proposes fall short of the challenges America faces.

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State of the Union Speech: Full Text

The following is the complete text of President Obama's State of the Union address as written.

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Obama's State of the Union Speech: Liveblogging the Address

As President Obama gives his third state of the union address, we're gathering the best commentary and analysis from across the web.

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