January 29th, 2014
09:15 PM ET

Reince Priebus: President's State of the Union address 'offered nothing'

President Obama kept his controversial state of the union promise.

He bypassed Congress, signing an executive order to allow workers to start their own retirement savings plans.

And as you might expect Republicans aren't too happy with the President's new tactic.
Senator Ted Cruz wrote an op-ed titled "The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama."

It reads:

"Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president's persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat."

Imperial? Lawlessness? Executive Fiat?

"He's done things in the past that have fundamentally altered bills, like Obamacare," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said.

Outfront: Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

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February 13th, 2013
01:07 AM ET

Virginia Focus Group of voters weigh in on Obama's State of the Union address

CNN's focus group of Democrats, Republicans and Independent voters gathered at the The University of Richmond in Virginia to weigh in to President Obama State of the Union address.

Erin Burnett is OutFront in Richmond, Virginia and talks to members of the focus group about their reaction to the State of the Union.

CNN Focus group's highs, lows on SOTU 

While listening to the president's speech, the members of the focus group used a dial to record their reaction. The dial recording was illustrated in lines that went up and down for positive and negative responses.

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Congress takes on sexual assault, will military follow?
February 12th, 2013
09:27 PM ET

Congress takes on sexual assault, will military follow?

Members of Congress will take on sexual assault in the military in a big way this week.

On Tuesday, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-C.A.) is bringing a military sexual assault victim as her guest to the State of the Union. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Rep. Chellie Pingree, (D-Maine) will introduce on Wednesday a bill that will help sexual assault victims in the military receive VA benefits.

This comes after the House Armed Services Committee held an open hearing January 23rd on the sexual misconduct at Lackland Air Force Base in which 32  instructors were accused of sexual assault-related crimes against 59 trainees.

Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh III and General Edward Rice, Commander on the Air Education and Training Command, made up the first panel and the second panel consisted of two sexual assault survivors-retired Technical Sergeant Jennifer Norris and retired Chief Master Sergeant Cindy McNally, and Dr. David Lisack, a clinical psychologist specializing in sexual trauma.

Risking sexual assault to serve your country

Gen. Rice said that since the incidents were reported seven months ago, there has not been one report of sexual misconduct at the Lackland base.

"The key to success over the next weeks and months and years is to sustain the intense level of focus we have devoted to this issue over the past nine months," said Gen. Rice. FULL POST

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