- In Illinois, Obama to plead for a unity that's eluded him Updated: Feb-10-16 3:55 am
WASHINGTON - Nine years ago to the day, Barack Obama stood before the Old State Capitol in Springfield and announced his run for president, declaring that "the ways of Washington must change." On Wednesday, Obama returns to the Illinois capital at the twilight of his political career, pleading once again for the type of national unity that has eluded him as president.
- SC Gov. Haley holds up survivors of tragedies as role models Updated: Jan-20-16 11:23 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Gov. Nikki Haley asked legislators Wednesday to follow the inspirational example of the victims and survivors of last year's tragedies to make South Carolina stronger.
- The Latest: House GOP leader says REAL ID reform top on list Updated: Jan-19-16 7:59 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The latest on New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's State of the State address (all times local):
- Top GOP female says judge Gov. Haley on ability, not looks Updated: Jan-14-16 5:22 pm
BALTIMORE - The House's highest-ranking Republican woman said Thursday that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley should be judged on her abilities, not her looks, dismissing a remark by fellow Republican Rep. Steve King.
- AP Conversation: Bush sees conservatism at stake in '16 Updated: Jan-14-16 7:49 am
CORALVILLE, Iowa - Jeb Bush says he misjudged the intensity of anger among Republican voters before his White House campaign and believes the country in 2016 is "dramatically different" than in past elections. Yet he insists he's still a viable candidate, and one who has broadened his mission to include defending conservativism from GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
- Nielsen: 31.3 million watched Obama's last State of Union Updated: Jan-13-16 6:27 pm
PASADENA, California - The Nielsen company says 31.3 million people watched President Barack Obama deliver his last State of the Union, his smallest audience for the annual speech.
- Indiana's Coats misses Obama speech after medical procedure Updated: Jan-13-16 11:08 am
INDIANAPOLIS - A medical procedure kept U.S. Sen. Dan Coats from being in Washington to attend the State of the Union but he was able to watch Indiana Gov. Mike Pence give the State of the State instead.
- South Dakota congressional delegation reacts to Obama speech Updated: Jan-13-16 6:39 am
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Members of South Dakota's all-Republican congressional delegation say President Barack Obama needs to focus more on solving the nation's problems.
- Analysis: Obama in campaign form in final State of the Union Updated: Jan-13-16 4:46 am
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama opened his State of the Union speech saying he'd keep it short, in what must have seemed music to the ears of some in the chamber antsy to get to Iowa to campaign for president.
- Sanders: Almost 800 students in State of the Union contest Updated: Jan-13-16 4:32 am
BURLINGTON, Vermont - The office of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says a record number of Vermont high school students entered his annual State of the Union essay contest this year.
- Obama summons Americans to compromise and change Updated: Jan-13-16 3:43 am
WASHINGTON - With Americans soon to begin choosing his successor, President Barack Obama is casting his seven divisive years as a time of positive change, implicitly asking voters to replace him with a Democrat who would continue his hard-won policies on health care, climate change and Iran.
- In GOP response to Obama, SC governor defends immigrants Updated: Jan-13-16 12:37 am
WASHINGTON - Americans should resist "the siren call of the angriest voices" in how the nation treats immigrants, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday as the GOP used its response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to try softening the tough stance embraced by some of its leading presidential candidates.
- GOP, Dems use cheers, boos to express their politics Updated: Jan-12-16 10:56 pm
WASHINGTON - In a polarized Washington, President Barack Obama's last State of the Union address drew sharply different partisan reactions, with a few exceptions.
- The Latest: Obama takes 'one more look at this thing' Updated: Jan-12-16 10:43 pm
WASHINGTON - The latest on President Barack Obama's last State of the Union address. All times EST:
- Highlights of president's State of the Union address Updated: Jan-12-16 10:40 pm
President Barack Obama's final State of the Union speech offered little in the way of new policy initiatives, but plenty of upbeat talk about prospects for a strong future. His hourlong address predicated future gains on bridging the partisan divides so evident between the White House and Republican-controlled Congress, and in the sharp rhetoric flowing from the 2016 presidential campaign. Some highlights of his address:
- First lady wears sunny shift for State of the Union Updated: Jan-12-16 10:02 pm
The first lady reflected optimism in her outfit for President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address. Michelle Obama wore a sleeveless, sunny yellow shift for the occasion.
- The Latest: Democrat says Pence wants no LGBT rights bill Updated: Jan-12-16 9:22 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The latest on Gov. Mike Pence's State of the State address (all times local):
- Christie highlights bipartisanship, dives into pension fight Updated: Jan-12-16 9:07 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Republican Gov. Chris Christie jumped head first into a fight with state political rivals over pensions despite highlighting his work with the Democratic-controlled Legislature and called for turning a prison into a drug treatment facility during his annual State of the State address Tuesday.
- Kim Davis to attend president's final State of Union Address Updated: Jan-12-16 8:42 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who spent five days in jail for defying federal court orders and refusing same-sex marriage licenses, was given tickets to the president's final State of the Union address, an invitation-only event.
- Watching Obama speech? Check out political dynamics Updated: Jan-12-16 7:07 pm
WASHINGTON - The White House is promising a nontraditional address for President Barack Obama's final State of the Union. But, no, don't look for him to slow-jam Tuesday's speech or rap it.
- Congo native, war vet at State of the Union as Maine guests Updated: Jan-12-16 12:25 pm
YARMOUTH, Maine - The guests of Maine's U.S. representatives at the State of the Union address will be a Congo native who lives in Yarmouth and an Army veteran from Bangor.
- Father of man who died of overdose to attend SOTU address Updated: Jan-12-16 9:00 am
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - The father of a University of Virginia graduate who died of an opioid overdose will attend President Obama's final State of the Union address.
- President Obama to speak at high school in Baton Rouge Updated: Jan-12-16 6:54 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - President Barack Obama will be speaking at McKinley Senior High School during his trip to Baton Rouge this week.
- Congressman to host wounded soldier at State of the Union Updated: Jan-12-16 6:21 am
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - A Fort Bragg soldier who was wounded in Afghanistan will be Republican U.S. Rep. Congressman Robert Pittenger's personal guest for Tuesday's State of the Union address.
- Questions and answers about the State of the Union address Updated: Jan-12-16 3:28 am
WASHINGTON - Since the tradition of a State of the Union address began in the late 18th century, only a few presidents have not delivered their final speech in person.