This is President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address. The president is expected to focus less on his congressional audience and more on the American public in a direct appeal aimed at helping to drive his agenda in the remainder of his second term. It will focus heavily on domestic issues like unemployment, the minimum wage, and health care — and will likely touch only briefly on foreign policy. Obama has already made clear that he is willing to use executive orders to work past partisan gridlock, which has become a hallmark of Washington politics.
Here's your complete State of the Union run-down:
- Who are the guests at tonight's State of the Union? And how do they get there?
- This is the one big issue on many Americans' minds right now.
- Rep. Cathy McMorris will give the GOP rebuttal. Here's what she will discuss.
- Rep. Mike Lee will give the Tea Party rebuttal. Here's what you need to know.
- Sen. Rand Paul will give his own rebuttal.
- Has Obama broken the promises he made in his 2013 State of the Union? Jay Carney says that's not the case.
- Obama will focus on the minimum wage — and how America has fallen behind (just check this chart).