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The Annotated 2013 State of the Union

The annual tradition returns: Mouse over the text of Obama's speech for commentary and analysis. | James Fallows


Helpful, Harmful, or Hype? 5 Economists Weigh In on Obama's Minimum-Wage Proposal Reuters

Helpful, Harmful, or Hype? 5 Economists Weigh In on Obama's Minimum-Wage Proposal

Lo and behold, some of the smartest minds in the field find plenty to disagree on.

Obama's Minimum-Wage Gamble Charles Dharapak/Reuters

Obama's Minimum-Wage Gamble

There's no clear path to a minimum-wage hike in today's Congress. So why did the president surprise members of his own party and bring it up in the State of the Union?

Who Might Get a Raise If Obama Boosts the Minimum Wage? Reuters
Obama's State of the Union: What America Heard Reuters

Obama's State of the Union: What America Heard

The president's message about helping the middle class resonated broadly with voters -- but they wonder if he can get it done.

The Economics Behind Obama's Unapologetically Liberal Second-Term Agenda Reuters

The Economics Behind Obama's Unapologetically Liberal Second-Term Agenda

A higher minimum wage and universal pre-K might sound like hackneyed liberal goals. But they're supported by broad economic research -- and common sense.

Is Marco Rubio Capable of More Than Bromides? Reuters

Is Marco Rubio Capable of More Than Bromides?

His smoothly delivered State of the Union response showed his major weakness as a speaker: the staleness of his rhetoric.

Marco Rubio Reaches for the Water Bottle; Parents of Slain Teen Sit Stoic Getty Images

Marco Rubio Reaches for the Water Bottle; Parents of Slain Teen Sit Stoic

Human moments from the ridiculous to the heart-rending lept from the boilerplate at the State of the Union address and the GOP response to it.

Obama Cries Out for Climate-Change Solutions, but What Happens Now? Reuters

Obama Cries Out for Climate-Change Solutions, but What Happens Now?

The president heartened environmentalists with the strongest presidential statement on warming in history. All that's left to see is how he follows through.

Obama's Agenda: Incremental Progress, not Sweeping Initiatives Reuters

Obama's Agenda: Incremental Progress, not Sweeping Initiatives

After a first term marked by major policy pushes, the president's State of the Union suggests a pragmatic, small-ball approach going forward.

Obama's 2013 State of the Union Speech: Full Text Reuters

Obama's 2013 State of the Union Speech: Full Text

The following is the complete text of the president's address as prepared for delivery.

Marco Rubio's Rebuttal to Obama: The Advance Excerpts The Atlantic

Marco Rubio's Rebuttal to Obama: The Advance Excerpts

The Florida Republican's efforts to situate himself within his immigrant community make him sound both more regional and more grounded than the average U.S. Senator.

Obama's 2013 State of the Union: Live News and Analysis Reuters

Obama's 2013 State of the Union: Live News and Analysis

As the president delivers his fourth State of the Union address, here are up-to-the-minute updates and the best analysis from around the web.

Obama's SOTU Speech: The Advance Excerpts Reuters

Obama's SOTU Speech: The Advance Excerpts

Tidbits from the prepared for delivery version of Obama's speech.

Why the State of the Union Is So Long—and Why No One Can Fix It

Why the State of the Union Is So Long—and Why No One Can Fix It

Nobody loves workmanlike laundry lists, but four former presidential speechwriters say there's little hope for shorter speeches any time soon.

The Most Important Chart About the Deficit You'll Ever See Reuters

The Most Important Chart About the Deficit You'll Ever See

The only way to close the budget deficit is to close the jobs deficit

The Art of Infinite War Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

The Art of Infinite War

Can any of us imagine a time when we aren't stripping down to our socks for travel, or sending security agents into mosques? Welcome to the age of perpetual conflict.

North Korea's Nuclear Test: Taunting Obama on the Eve of His SOTU Speech Reuters

North Korea's Nuclear Test: Taunting Obama on the Eve of His SOTU Speech

The pariah state's latest nuclear test is an embarrassment for the administration's non-proliferation strategy.

The State of the Law, 2013 Edition Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The State of the Law, 2013 Edition

Prisoner abuses, DNA testing, and changes to marijuana rules—a review of what tonight's State of the Union speech should call for, but probably won't

Who Is Cody Keenan, Obama's SOTU Speechwriter? Pete Souza/the White House

Who Is Cody Keenan, Obama's SOTU Speechwriter?

He's posed as a pirate and toiled on the funerals beat. Now he's taking over the task of writing the president's major addresses.

State of the Union: What Do You Want Obama to Say? Reuters

State of the Union: What Do You Want Obama to Say?

As America braces for an address that tends to be uneventful, here's what Washington's major constituencies would like Obama to talk about.

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