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OBAMA: 'GIVE AMERICA A RAISE'

President Barack Obama on Tuesday delivered the State of the Union address. The full text is below, but here are some highlights:<p>Here is the full text, as prepared for …

Income Inequality

Transcript: Obama's State Of The Union Address As Prepared For Delivery

<b>Toggle more options</b><p><i>President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery on Jan. 28, 2014:</i><p>Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:<p>Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America's …

Fact Check: Less Than Meets the Eye in Obama’s State of the Union Speech

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — President Barack Obama promised to clear red tape away from highway projects that actually are stalled because there’s no money for them, not because rules are in the way. He’s ordering a higher minimum wage for a sliver of the workforce, which affects no one now and not …

Obama warns divided Congress that he will act alone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to bypass a divided Congress and take action on his own to bolster America’s middle class in a State of the Union address that he used to try to breathe new life into his second term after a troubled year.<p>Standing in the House of …

State of the Union 2014 Address: FULL TEXT

<i>Remarks of President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, “Opportunity For All,” January 28, 2014, Washington, D.C.</i><p>Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice …

Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contracts

On 'Morning Edition': White House adviser John Podesta talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>News broke this morning that President Obama will announce during his State of the Union address tonight that he's going to sign an executive order raising the minimum wage in new federal …

The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much?

In the debate over income inequality, the right and left seem to agree on one point: The U.S. is more the land of equal opportunity than the land of equal outcomes.<p>But what's the real relationship between the growing income gap and opportunity? A new report out last week has triggered more debate …

The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans

In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps -- a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.<p>Some of the change is due to demographics, such as the trend toward having fewer children. But a slow economic …

67 Things I Wish I Had Known At 18

1. Boys will break your heart. Let them. Learn from it.<p>2. It’s so easy to become jaded, but don’t let it happen to you. Fight it.<p>3. Stand firm in …

What Richard Sherman Taught Us About America

<i>"I'm the best corner[back] in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you going to get."</i><p>-- Richard Sherman<p>That's the quote that got America talking.<p>The man behind it was Seattle Seahawks all-pro defensive back Richard Sherman, a guy whose mouth is about the …

Frozen Chicago: What The Windy City Looks Like Under Ice, Thanks To The Polar Vortex (PHOTOS)

With temperatures in Chicago hobbling above zero for the first time in 37 hours Tuesday afternoon, it appears some relief is finally within sight for the Windy City.<p>But while "ChiBeria" will soon be a thing of the past, we'll still have some incredibly remarkable photos to show for the bitterly …

26 Reasons Kids Are Pretty Much Just Tiny Drunk Adults

Pull yourselves together, babies.

Miley Cyrus and Kellan Lutz Fuel Dating Rumors in Vegas

Miley Cyrus and Kellan Lutz did nothing to quash the increasingly loud rumors that they may be hooking up when they were spotted together in Las …

Miley Cyrus

Beyoncé Brings Sex to the Runway in ‘Yoncé’

Beyoncé and a bevy of supermodels strut their stuff in the two-minute video for “Yoncé,” one of the 17 new clips to appear on her surprise new …

Bird flu outbreak at China poultry farm confirmed as H5N2: state media

BEIJING, China - An outbreak of H5N2 bird flu has been reported in poultry north China's Hebei Province, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture announced Saturday, according to state news agency, Xinhua.<p>The disease has killed 4,000 chickens at a farm in Baoding City since they first displayed …

Beyonce Has Gone To War Against Amazon And Target For Refusing To Stock Her Album

So Beyoncé went shopping at Wal-Mart in Tewksbury, Mass., on Friday night and after walking through the store pushing a cart like everyone else she gave 750 shoppers a $50 gift card — a giveaway totaling $37,500.<p>Wal-Mart is, of course, the arch-rival of both Amazon and Target.<p>Hijinks aside, there …

Selling

Beyoncé’s lesson? Even superstars need to master the art of the sell

With albums bombing left and right, Beyoncé went all drone warfare at year's end: The R&B diva's digital release of a self-titled collection of 14 songs and videos came right out of the blue. According to Apple, 828,773 copies of the electro-souled <i>Beyoncé</i> sold worldwide in its first three days, …

Beyoncé Explains The Birth Of 'Yoncé' And Breaking 'The Fourth Wall'

By now, fans of Beyoncé have spent hours with the singer's recently released fifth studio album. The self-titled "visual album" sold over 1 million copies in the first five full days after its release. On Saturday afternoon, Beyoncé screened the corresponding videos at New York's School of Visual …

Gabrielle Union Is Engaged: See the Ring!

Gabrielle Union has an impressive new accessory.<p>“Sooooo this happened #Yessss,” the actress, 41, wrote on her Instagram to accompany a photo of her …