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It's a time-honored Washington tradition – the president's rivals offer rebuttals to the State of the Union before the president has even delivered it. That's even easier this year, because the president has spent the last few days previewing his speech as he introduces new policy proposals at events across the country.
House Speaker John Boehner attacked Obama's "free college" proposal in a novel way this morning, in an email with this subject line: "12 Taylor Swift GIFs for you."
He used a different GIF of Taylor Swift to illustrate his argument that the presidents plan will cost taxpayers too much money.
You can find the whole list here.
Apparently John Boehner is a Taylor Swift fan.
NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said it was "safe to say" there won't be any future projects with the comedian who starred in the network's iconic The Cosby Show.
French Jews, many with roots in North Africa, have immigrated to Israel since the country's founding. Unlike previous generations, the latest wave of arrivals is retaining more of its French identity.
With refugees streaming in, Germany is running short of places for them. One city has proposed housing refugees in a barracks on the grounds of the notorious Buchenwald camp.
Cue the music — two more games determine which NFL teams will head to the Super Bowl. Melissa Block gets previews the Conference Championship games with Jane McManus of ESPN.
We’ve passed a sobering milestone in this country. For the first time in at least 50 years, the majority of students in public schools are considered poor. That’s according to a new report from the Southern Education Foundation, which found that more than half of students in 2013 qualified for free and reduced-price lunch at school – a widely-used, if imperfect, measure of poverty.
“This is a defining moment,” says Steve Suitts, vice president of the foundation.
We tend to think of poverty as a problem concentrated in rural areas or the inner city, he says. Those boundaries are falling away.
“Even in the suburbs, low-income students are now 40% of the student population in the public schools,” Suitts says. “It’s everyone’s problem.”
The company's resupply mission to the International Space Station went off without a hitch last week, but an attempt to land the spent booster on a floating platform didn't go as well.
The Silk Road was an online anonymous black market for buying and selling illegal drugs. The FBI shut it down in 2013 and now the man accused of running that billion-dollar drug market is on trial.
Audie Cornish talks to Adotei Akwei, managing director of government relations for Amnesty International, about the NGO's analysis of satellite photos taken over Nigeria.
It has been a month since an attack in a school in Peshawar killed at least 150 people, mostly school children. On Friday, the country remembered the victims with vigils and demonstrations.