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SOTU Scoop
January 29th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, January 29, 2014

1. The reviews are in.  The public's reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address is less positive compared to previous years.  A CNN/ORC poll found that 44% of people who watched Tuesday night's speech had a very positive reaction, while 32% said they had a somewhat positive response and 22% had a negative response.  The 44% who said they had a very positive reaction is down from the 53% who said the same thing after the President's State of the Union address last year.  The poll also found that only 3 in 10 said Obama should bypass Congress to deal with major issues.

2. On the road again.  Fresh from his SOTU speech, President Obama hit the road Wednesday to push policies he outlined in his address.  At a Costco store in Maryland, the President repeated his call for an increase in the federal minimum wage.  Later at a steel plant near Pittsburgh, Obama signed an executive order establishing a savings program for workers whose employers don't offer retirement plans. "I am hoping that congress goes along with this but I am not going to wait for Congress.  I could do more with Congress but I am not going to not do anything without Congress," said the President.  Obama travels to Wisconsin and Tennessee Thursday.

3. House GOP: STOP Obama.  A group of House Republicans wants to take President Obama to court for what they say is his abuse of executive powers. The lawmakers are also pushing a so-called STOP resolution (Stop This Overreaching Presidency) that condemns the President for extending insurance policies that were scheduled to be cancelled because of the health care law, the one-year delay of Obamacare's employer mandate, and ending  the deportation of illegal immigrants brought to the country as children.   "You’ve got a pen and a cellphone. You also have the constitution of the United States," said Rep. Jeff Duncan (R) South Carolina, a supporter of the STOP legislation. "This is the most important document.  I know the president knows this.  He taught it."

4. Biden: I'd make "a good president."  Vice President Biden says his decision to on whether to run for president in 2016 won't rest on whatever Hillary Clinton decides. "In my heart, I'm confident that I would make a good president," Biden told NBC's "Today Show." "It's a very different decision to decide whether or not to run for president and there's plenty of time to do that."  Clinton has said she'll make a decision on her 2016 plans sometime this year.

5.  Southern disaster.  The finger-pointing is underway after two-inches of snow left an apocalypse-like atmosphere in the Atlanta-area.  Icy road conditions and a mass exodus from offices and schools made for a disastrous combination.  More than 1,000 car crashes were reported, scores of drivers were stranded on highways and students were stuck on schools and buses for hours. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal are both defending their responses to the storm.  The overriding question now seems to be who dropped the ball in the nation's ninth-largest metropolitan area.


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