The president isn’t able to persuade most Americans to get on board with his immigration agenda.
High-profile progressives and party leadership panned the president’s calls for unity. But a group of the newest House lawmakers saw an opening.
It was the most unexpected moment of an otherwise dully divisive evening: a group of lawmakers taking a speech that wasn’t about them and insisting that in fact it was.
“He committed to build a wall,” Steve Bannon said. “What’s not to like?”
In his State of the Union address, the president returned to the themes he stressed in 2016, reminding Americans why he remains a formidable candidate.
The president lamented bills that would allow “a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth” in his State of the Union address.
The president said he wants to eradicate the virus. That would mean a radical reversal of his policy and rhetoric.
In his State of the Union address, the president had the option of reaching out. He chose to stay the course.
In her response to the president’s State of the Union address, the former Georgia legislator pushed voting rights to the heart of her party’s agenda.
In a long and sometimes strange State of the Union address, the president exalted bipartisanship—without displaying a strategy, or a will, for achieving it.
Is the president ready to strike a compromise deal?
The former candidate for Georgia governor is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party.
The speech comes as Congress is trying to prevent a second government shutdown.
The president claimed in his State of the Union address both that bipartisan legislation is impossible if he is subjected to partisan investigations—and that he has already signed several important bipartisan bills into law.
Americans don’t need anyone else to tell them how the country is doing. So Tuesday's address is really a checkup on Trump.
A president who disdains acting presidential is unlikely to achieve much by relying on convention.
The decision to tap Abrams for their State of the Union response reflects the importance of this year’s address to the party.
The tradition has mutated into something bigger, dumber, and more dysfunctional than the Framers ever could have imagined.
A former White House speechwriter poses the key questions about the speech, and annotates its text.
The three main ways the president is shaping congressional races, as seen in his first State of the Union