Tonight is President Obama's State of the Union Address.
The Washington Post reports the President will move away from what critics call class warfare, and towards populist messaging about helping the middle class. We'll have lots of reaction and analysis today.
Meantime, the Post also reporting the President will tell Americans in the SOTU that he is raising the minimum wage paid to government contract workers to $10.10 per hour. It's part of a larger push to raise the minimum wage by Democrats.
There are new WSJ and NBC News polls out today that are likely very alarming to the White House. The new polls, echoing Fox polling, show more than half the country disapproves of the job the President is doing. Just 43% approve. The WSJ writes, "Since the rise of modern polling in the 1930s, only George W. Bush has begun his sixth year in the White House on rockier ground than Mr. Obama."
There is a hearing at 10am today on security on Healthcare.gov websites. We'll turn some sound.
There is also new reporting on NSA spying on Facebook, Google and other networks overseas (though not allegedly on Americans), and reports the government may be peeking through security holes in popular Apps likely Angry Birds. Catherine Herridge reporting.
A big portion of the South and Southeast getting smacked with a rare winter storm bringing snow, ice, and icy rain to areas unaccustomed to such weather. Meantime the deep freeze has spread from the upper Plains states all the way to the East coast. Brr.
Keep a close eye on markets that have been rattled in recent days by growing fears over weakness in emerging markets and developing countries.
A U.S. cargo ship is headed for the Mediterranean to destroy chemical weapons from Syria. This as talks resume to try and evacuate women and children from the beleaguered city of Homs.
Egypt's former leader back on trial today in Cairo.
New accusations by Hamid Karzai against the United State unlikely to help relations.
A new AP/GfK poll suggests Americans are suspicious of Iran though they support the deal between Iran and 6 world powers.
The unpopular premier of Ukraine has tendered his resignation in a sign of just how bad things have gotten there. PM Mykola Azarov is hoping to take some of the air out of the massive anti-government protests that have been going on for months. Ukraine's government close ties with Russia and a crackdown on civil liberties have led to the growing protests. Greg Palkot reporting.
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