President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address to Congress on Jan. 20 at the U.S. Capitol. The following is a transcript of his remarks, as provided by the White House. He began the speech at 9:10 p.m. EST and ended at 10:11 p.m. EST.
President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.
As Obama continues to signal what he will propose during the State of the Union policy address on Jan. 20, senior administration officials said that he will call for raising the capital gains rate on top income earners and eliminating a tax break on inheritances. The revenue generated by those changes would fund new tax credits and other cost-saving measures for middle-class taxpayers, officials said.
West Hollywood, California, this week begins requiring gender-neutral restrooms under a new ordinance.
The ordinance that takes effect on Jan. 15 requires that restrooms with only one stall in restaurants, businesses and public places cannot restrict it to a specific sex either by signage or fixtures.
President Barack Obama will deliver the State of the Union address tonight. Here are excerpts, as prepared for delivery and released by the White House:
“We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.
Two Oregon farmers are defending a local ordinance in federal court in a campaign to protect their harvests and create a zone free of genetically engineered crops.
Minimum-wage workers in 20 states — about 3.1 million people — saw a boost in their paychecks with the arrival of the new year.
The newly released Fossil Fuel Subsidies Tradeoff Calculator at www.BigOilGiveaways.com compares the cost of government giveaways for Big Oil to the cost of social programs, including food stamps, higher education grants, health care for veterans and other government services.
Groups fighting for racial and economic justice are joining communities of faith and environmentalists to remind federal lawmakers that welfare for polluters is an unacceptable use of public money. As federal programs that feed the hungry and heal the sick struggle for funding, oil and gas companies continue to drain billions of U.S. tax dollars in the form of subsidies and other special interest giveaways.
Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said on Jan. 19 that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting."
Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate births. But he said most importantly, no outside institution should impose its views on regulating family size, blasting what he called the "ideological colonization" of the developing world.
The sunny day Floridians Joe Williams and Peter Rostenkowski skipped down the steps of their county courthouse with a marriage license in hand, a Florida congresswoman reintroduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing them access to full marriage benefits.
Family and friends of a recently deceased gay woman are upset after a Denver-area church that was about to host her memorial service refused to show a video that included images of the woman kissing her fiancee.
Gary Rolando, a chaplain contacted by the woman's family to officiate the service, said the funeral at New Hope Ministries in Lakewood was abruptly canceled and moved to a nearby funeral home after church officials insisted images of the couple kissing could not be shown in the ceremony.
Research from the University of Missouri shows that cellphone separation can have serious psychological and physiological effects on iPhone users, including poor performance on cognitive tests.