CNN's new Supreme Court reporter Ariane de Vogue reports that all but three Supreme Court justices are in attendance at the State of the Union address. The three most conservative - Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas - all skipped.
In 2010, Roberts told students at the University of Alabama that while he thought "anybody" can criticize the Supreme Court, the backdrop of the State of the Union might not be the best setting.
"The image of having members of one branch of government standing up literally surrounding the Supreme Court cheering and hollering," Roberts said "is troubling." Roberts' criticism was prompted by the 2010 address when President Obama openly criticized the controversial campaign finance decision, Citizens United. As Obama spoke, cameras caught Justice Samuel Alito shaking his head "no" in dissent.
WASHINGTON, DC – Following is the full text of the Republican Address to the Nation by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), as prepared for delivery: “Good evening. “I’m Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight.
by zbyronwolf1/21/2015 2:11:10 AM
"Middle Class Economics"
It's clear the war in politics is still for the middle class. And President Obama makes an obvious flick to Ronald Reagan with this idea - first trotted out this past weekend - that the government should focus on "middle class economics." Reagan, of course, was known for is "trickle down economics."
From the speech -
So the verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way. We can’t slow down businesses or put our economy at risk with government shutdowns or fiscal showdowns. We can’t put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix. And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, it will earn my veto.
by Jeremy Diamond1/21/2015 2:12:44 AM
From the top, Obama touting economic gains. Up next: foreign policy wins
by Jeremy Diamond1/21/2015 2:14:17 AM
Obama: "The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong."
by chris.moody1/21/2015 2:16:28 AM
Did you know? The Supreme Court justices don't clap during the State of the Union because they don't have hands.
Big focus on the 21st century in President Obama's speech. From jobs & the economy to education & (later in the speech) global warming, Obama will talk about the new century 12 times by the end of his address tonight.
CNNRep. Gwen Moore's office is rallying members of Congress to join her in raising a pencil on Tuesday during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to honor the victims of the terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
by Alexandra.Jaffe1/21/2015 2:47:15 AM
Obama called for Scott Kelly to Instagram his space trip!
Obama knocks Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and other opponents of the US-Cuba relations thaw, declaring: "Our shift in Cuba policy has the potential to end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere; removes a phony excuse for restrictions in Cuba; stands up for democratic values; and extends the hand of friendship to the Cuban people." There's Cuba political action going on in the audience, too:
CNNA heated exchanged between President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) broke out Thursday over whether the U.S. should impose new sanctions on Iran amid ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, according to two senators who were in the room.
Every political staffer on both sides of the aisle agrees with POTUS plea for bi-partisan agreement. Question is can we. I think so
by Jeremy Diamond1/21/2015 3:15:43 AM
Stay tuned for the Republican response from Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa. The real question...is the curse real? Will she reach for water like Rubio? Awkward Jindal delivery? Or is it all smooth sailing for this Iowa firebrand?
CNNIt's the hardest act in town to follow: the leader of the free world, framed by his Vice President and the Speaker of the House, delivering what is usually a fairly rousing address to both houses of Congress.