Today's Takeaway: Examining the State of the Union Address

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

US President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union Address. (JIM WATSON/Getty)

State of the Union Address: Obama on the Economy; Egypt: One year after the revolution; General David Petraeus's Legacy; Partisan Evaluations of Last Night's State of the Union Address; Former Clinton Speechwriter Reacts to Obama's State of the Union Address; Voters React to the State of the Union; Bloomberg speaks out against NYPD; The State of the Union's Foreign Policy Message; The Rise of the Glock

Top of the Hour: State of the Union, Morning Headlines

President Obama set out out an ambitious agenda for the American economy in his State of the Union address. The majority of the president's 90 minute speech focused on Washington gridlock and ways to combat stalemate. 

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Former Clinton Speechwriter Reacts to Obama's State of the Union Address

President Obama delivered his third annual State of the Union Address last night. Obama focused primarily on income inequality. Jettisoning his normally conciliatory tone, the president instead highlighted the differences between right and left with impassioned rhetoric. Vowing to protect middle class families with mortgage assistance legislation, he also outlined his plans to institute the "Buffet rule" which would require those making over $1 billion to pay a 30 percent tax rate.

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Two Takes on Last Night's State of the Union Address

With spirited rhetoric about protecting the middle class and enforcing fairness in taxation, president Obama abandoned his normally conciliatory tone about non-partisan politics during last night's State of the Union address and instead highlighted the differences between right and left. Although both parties have had the chance for rebuttal, The Takeaway has assembled their own partisan players to comment on the president's remarks.

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Egypt One Year After the Revolution

Today marks the one year anniversary of the uprising in Egypt that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. Over the past twelve months, the country has taken big steps to transition to a more democratic government. Egypt rewrote its constitution and the first freely elected parliament in more than 60 years held their first session this week.

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Islamic Extremism in Yemen

There are increasing worries Al Qaeda is using the instability in Yemen to spread its influence. An American military operation assassinated the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki last year. One week ago militants took over the town of RaddaStephen Sackur, with our partner the BBC, sent this report.

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The Legacy of General David Petraeus

From February 10, 2007 to September 16, 2008, retired General David Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq. He was the mastermind behind the counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan until July of 2011, when he became director of the CIA. He is arguably one of the most influential military leaders in recent American history. A new biography about General Petraeus comes out this week.

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State of the Union Address: Obama on the Economy

The theme of last night's State of the Union was "an economy built to last." Vowing to protect the middle class and correct economic inequality, President Obama laid out his plans for financial reform: regulating home prices, penalizing banks that participated in the housing crash, imposing the "Buffet rule," and tightening regulations on private equity and Wall Street.

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Top of the Hour: Aid Workers Rescued in Somalia, Morning Headlines

Overseas now to Somalia where two aid workers are free this morning after a raid by the U.S. military. Personnel came in on helicopters in the dark of night in the Horn of Africa. The raid freed 32-year-old American Jessica Buchanan and a 60-year-old Danish worker who were taken hostage by Somali pirates in October. 

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Voters Across the Spectrum React to the State of the Union

Politicians from both sides of the aisle took to the airwaves to attack or defend president Obama's remarks last night, setting the tone for the rest of his first term in office. But perhaps more importantly, the State of the Union informally kicked off the president's reelection campaign. This morning, The Takeaway takes a look at how his words resonated with three voters from across the country.

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NYPD Speaks About Use of Anti-Muslim Video

An 80-minute movie called "The Third Jihad," produced by the Clarion Fund, asserts that a vast number of radical Islamic forces exist in the U.S. and are preparing a violent jihad against America. Last January, the NYPD revealed that this direct-to-DVD movie had been shown once during anti-terrorism officer training. But this week, following a freedom of information request, the Brennan Center for Justice revealed that the video may have been viewed by nearly 1,500 officers during training breaks as well.

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The State of the Union's Foreign Policy Message

A number of political analysts have noted that President Obama has been far more successful in the foreign policy arena than domestically. But the President who managed to find Osama Bin Laden still faces a tough re-election battle this year. David Sanger, Chief Washington correspondent for our partner The New York Times, and contributor to WQXR's The Washington Report gives his thoughts on the foreign policy points made during last night's state of the union address.

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American Hostage Rescued in Somalia

U.S. Special Forces rescued two hostages in Somalia, including one American, who were being held by pirates. The Navy Seal team was the same the killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. President Obama says the mission reasserts the United States will stand against threats to its people. Nick Childs, world affairs correspondent for our partner the BBC, joins us for an update on the situation.

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The Rise of the Glock: America's Gun

In the early 1980s, a 50-year-old radiator manufacturer who'd never made a gun before was given the opportunity to make some for the Austrian army. His name was Gaston Glock, and the gun that bears his name has gained a ubiquitous presence both on-screen and in real-life crimes over the past 25 years. Made mostly of plastic and consisting fewer parts, the glock is lighter and easier to handle than other handguns — making it "amateur-friendly."

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Live Take From Egypt One Year After the Revolution

Today marks the one year anniversary of the uprising in Egypt’s that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. Over the past twelve months, the country has taken big steps to transition to a more democratic government. Egypt rewrote its constitution and the first freely elected parliament in more than 60 years held their first session this week. Yolande Knell, correspondent for our partner the BBC, gives us a report from the ground.

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