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Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. suffered the president's criticism for the court at the last State of the Union address in 2013, pictured here. Roberts joined fellow pro-Obamacare court votes at tonight's address. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts greets President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, prior to the president's State of the Union address. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. suffered the president's criticism for the court at the last State of the Union address in 2013, pictured here. Roberts joined fellow pro-Obamacare court votes at tonight's address. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Obama’s Action Figures of Speech: Obamacare in Passing

In this “year of action,” President Barack Obama’s label for the agenda spelled out in his State of the Union address, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., who helped save the president’s 2010 health care law, joined the procession of justices...

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President Barack Obama is delivering his State of the Union address tonight. He was pictured at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC,on Jan. 17, 2014.

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President Barack Obama is delivering his State of the Union address tonight. He was pictured at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC,on Jan. 17, 2014.

Obama’s ‘Action’ State of the Union: Pre-Show

Updated at 6:49 through 8:38 pm EST “Let’s make this a year of action,” President Barack Obama is saying in his State of the Union address tonight. “That’s what most Americans want – for all of us in this chamber...

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Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah (left) and Ted Cruz of Texas at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Nov. 7, 2013.

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Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah (left) and Ted Cruz of Texas at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Nov. 7, 2013.

Tea Party, Bill Maher, Roseanne Barr Ready for SOTU ‘Pre-Sponses’

In the event you’re wondering what to make of the president’s State of the Union address tonight, there will be no shortage of people ready to help. Like Sen. Mike Lee, the Utah Republican who’s a darling of the Tea...

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Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich at a news conference  in Fort Lee, N.J., on Jan. 9, 2014.

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Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich at a news conference in Fort Lee, N.J., on Jan. 9, 2014.

George Washington Bridge Jams Easy, Next to Washington’s Gridlock

Out of the traffic jam and into the log jam. Mark Sokolich, mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., is best known lately as the unwitting victim of mysterious lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last fall that snarled his town...

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama before U.S. President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama before U.S. President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address

Michelle Obama’s ‘Firsts’ in SOTU Box

First lady Michelle Obama is hosting a bevy of “firsts” in her congressional box tonight at her husband’s State of the Union address. Among them will be Mary Barra, the new head of General Motors and the company’s first female...

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Portrait of President Woodrow Wilson, circa 1912

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Portrait of President Woodrow Wilson, circa 1912

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 1913

President Woodrow Wilson in 1913 began a modern tradition of the chief executive delivering the annual State of the Union message in person before Congress. Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution says that the president “shall from time to...

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The 2013 State of the Union address.

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The 2013 State of the Union address.

State of the Union: Questions of Confidence

If there is one palpable state of the union heading into President Barack Obama’s annual address before a joint session of Congress, that state is great uncertainty. More pointedly, a lack of confidence in leadership of all stripes. Just 37...

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