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February 12, 2013
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National Pulse 
  • Obama is poised to announce new climate action
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    President Barack Obama is expected to use tonight's State of the Union address to launch a sweeping new effort to tackle climate change via regulatory rather than legislative means. Atop the environmentalists' policy wish-list is an effort to regulate industrial greenhouse emissions modeled on the Environmental Protection Agency's recent regulation of automobile emissions. "The problem is very pressing, and so the sooner we have policy proposals in front of us, the better," says Nathan Willcox, the global warming program director with Environment America. National Journal (2/12) , The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Business leaders could play role in climate push:   The Obama administration will seek business leaders' support for its climate agenda, but many of the utility executives who backed Obama's first-term cap-and-trade bill have moved on. With some executives saying they fear the impact of new regulations, it could be harder for the White House to win over CEOs this time around. The Wall Street Journal (2/11) , Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Agenda Items 
  • Economy is key to Obama's second-term agenda, experts say
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    President Barack Obama will set out an ambitious agenda for his second term in tonight's State of the Union address -- but his ability to deliver will largely depend on the country's economic performance, experts say. Obama needs political capital to win fights on gun control, immigration and climate change, and will only get that leverage if the public feels the economy is improving. "He understands both the short and long-term stakes center on the economy," says pollster Stan Greenberg. "He still needs growth." Bloomberg Businessweek (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Chart shows the real state of the union
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    President Barack Obama will give his State of the Union address tonight -- but a chart from National Journal offers a less wordy snapshot of the nation's affairs. Employment and the Dow Jones index have ticked up steadily during Obama's time in office, but so too has the national debt. National Journal (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • The Bull Moose's best buzzwords
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    Roosevelt/Library of Congress via Reuters
    Teddy Roosevelt coined some enduring phrases during his time as America's Bull Moose in chief. Among his greatest hits: using the phrase "nailing jelly to the wall" to describe an impossible task, calling journalists "muckrakers," describing waverers as "pussyfooters," and calling the presidency a "bully pulpit." (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Politics is an act of faith; you have to show some kind of confidence in the intellectual and moral capacity of the public."
--George McGovern, American author, historian and politician
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