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President Obama Is Hosting a Google+ Chat Today

February 14th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Following his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama will be hosting a Google+ Hangout this afternoon to take questions from ordinary Americans.

The event will take place at 4:50 p.m. ET and will be live on,, and the White House Google+ page. The White House webpage has a link for submitting questions to this latest “Fireside Hangout.”

This hangout will take place after the President’s visit to Decatur, GA to talk about education issues. This is the second of three SOTU follow-up trips Obama has scheduled to discuss issues brought up during the speech. He’ll be speaking today at a preschool center; he’s proposing a Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership program.

“Some Republicans called Obama’s plans too expensive and ill-conceived in an era of high debt,” USA Today writes.

Universal preschool was one of many areas that President Obama discussed the other day. We round up nine of them here. He was in Asheville, NC yesterday to talk about jobs.

Separately but related, Deadline Hollywood reports that the ratings for the State of the Union address were down 11.3 percent from 2012 to 37.3 million viewers. The all-time low was President Clinton’s 1993 address, which had about 31.5 million viewers.

9 Big Issues Covered in the State Of The Union Address

February 13th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool

Last night, President Obama gave the first State of the Union address of his second term (we live tweeted it here) and he raced through a number of big issues that he’d like to see Congress act on in the coming months. One of those issues, and possibly most unexpected, was a higher minimum wage.

But there were others that will be up for debate — among Congresspeople and voters alike. Here, we outline nine of the big ones. And in the comments, feel free to chime in with your thoughts and debate. That’s democracy at work!