Frank James http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 5 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/5-things-expect-obamas-state-union-address As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union speech Tuesday evening, he does it against a backdrop of some of the <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Job-Approval.aspx">lowest voter-approval ratings</a> of his presidency, with a divided Congress that has largely stalled his second-term agenda and with Washington's collective focus starting to shift toward the midterm elections and beyond.<p>Here are five things to expect from the president in his fifth State of the Union speech:<p><strong><strong>Income inequality --</strong></strong> Obama has made t Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:10:10 +0000 Frank James 33304 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 5 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address A Viewer's Guide To Obama's Syria Speech http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/viewers-guide-obamas-syria-speech If ever a speech seemed to be President Obama's last, best chance to win public and congressional support for his plan to launch military strikes against Syria, it's his prime-time talk to the nation Tuesday.<p>With polls indicating that 60 percent of Americans oppose action against Syria for using sarin gas and congressional approval looking ever more like a long shot, Obama's speech is a high-stakes endeavor.<p>What can viewers expect to hear in the speech? Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:18:51 +0000 Frank James 29794 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Viewer's Guide To Obama's Syria Speech Question For Obama In Congress: Can He Get The Vote On Syria? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/question-obama-congress-can-he-get-vote-syria Now that President Obama has turned to Congress for authorization to launch punitive military strikes against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons, can he get it?<p>As a former Defense secretary might have said, the answer to that question is a known unknown. That's especially true in a GOP-led House that's typically opposed to the president. The chances are better in the Senate with its Democratic majority.<p>What is known, however, is that the president's decision means that many in the House and Senate will be forced to cast very tough votes for or against a U.S. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 12:39:38 +0000 Frank James 29556 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Question For Obama In Congress: Can He Get The Vote On Syria? Administration Still Fighting For Assault Weapons Ban, Biden Says http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/biden-administration-still-fighting-assault-weapons-ban Vice President Joe Biden told <em>All Things Considered</em> co-host Melissa Block in an interview Wednesday that he and the Obama administration plan to continue to fight for a ban on assault weapons to be included in a larger bill in Congress.<p>That despite signs that such a ban doesn't have enough support, even from members of Biden's own party, to make it through the Democratic-controlled Senate.<p>Biden was the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in 1994 during the passage of a 10-year-long assault weapons ban that was part of a larger crime bill. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:44:00 +0000 Frank James 10385 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Administration Still Fighting For Assault Weapons Ban, Biden Says 4 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/4-things-expect-obamas-state-union-address President Obama's <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/21/inaugural-address-president-barack-obama" target="_blank">second inaugural</a> address was widely perceived as a throwing down of the gauntlet in how it framed his progressive faith in government and challenged his Republican political opponents in any number of ways.<p>Given that, expect to see more glove-throwing Tuesday as the president delivers the first State of the Union speech of his second term.<p>With no more presidential elections to face, Obama seems to be taking advantage of that newfound freedom to sp Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:53:49 +0000 Frank James 9219 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 4 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address 3 things to watch for in Illinois primary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/3-things-watch-illinois-primary By the time Republican primary season got around to Illinois in past election cycles, the Land of Lincoln was pretty much an afterthought since the party's nominee had already been decided. Not this time.<p>Mitt Romney has what seems like an insurmountable lead in delegates. But there are questions as to whether he can reach the 1,144 needed for the nomination by the party's August convention. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:13:39 +0000 Frank James 3302 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 3 things to watch for in Illinois primary