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-- it is sort of an open question what their strategy will be going forward whether they bring these bills up for a vote as a symbolic vote or whether they tried to shoehorn -- they try to shoehorn some of these into broader legislation that has to get passed. >> thank you very much for being with us. we appreciate your time. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> andrew keen, author of "the internet is not the answer," on how the public is being used by internet companies for their own profit. >> in the old days, people went to work in factories. they were paid for their labor. they work 90 clocked at 5:00, then went home and did what they want -- they worked 9:00 to 5:00, then went home and did what they wanted with their money. now we are not rewarded.
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it is not even if knowledge we are creating the value -- even acknowledged we are creating the value for them. worse than that, we are the ones being packaged up as product. these companies are learning more and more about us from our behavior, from what we publish from our photographs, from our ideas, from what we buy, from what we say, from what we don't say. and they are creating this panopticon. they are transforming us, repackaging us as the product. we are the ones being sold. not only are we working for free, but then we are being sold. it is the ultimate scam. it is a perfect hitchcock movie. >> tonight on c-span's "q&a." >> president obama delivered the annual state of the union address before a joint action of congress tuesday night in the house chamber. this is about an hour and 15 minutes.
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[gavel] >> mr. speaker the president of the united states. [applause]
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[applause] [gavel] >> members of congress, i have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the united states. [applause] >> thank you. thank you so much.
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mr. speaker, mr. vice president, members of congress, my fellow americans. we are 15 years into this new century. 15 years that dawned with terror touching our shores, that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars, that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. it has been and still is a hard time for many. but tonight, we turn the page. tonight, after a breakthrough year for america, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. [applause]
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[applause] our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis. more of our kids are graduating than ever before. more of our people are insured than ever before. [applause] we are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we've been in almost 30 years. [applause]
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tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in afghanistan is over. [applause] six years ago, nearly 180,000 american troops served in iraq and afghanistan. today, fewer than 15,000 remain. and we salute the courage and sacrifice of every man and woman in this 9/11 generation who has served to keep us safe. we are humbled and grateful for your service. [applause] [applause]
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america, for all that we've endured, for all the grit and hard work required to come back, for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this -- the shadow of crisis has passed, and the state of the union is strong. [applause] at this moment, with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production, we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on earth.
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nation on earth. it's now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years, and for decades to come. will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort? [applause] will we approach the world fearful and reactive, dragged into costly conflicts that strain our military and set back our standing? or will we lead wisely, using all elements of our power to defeat new threats and protect our planet? will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another, or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled america forward? in two weeks, i will send this congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan.
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and in the months ahead, i'll crisscross the country making a case for those ideas. so tonight, i want to focus less on a checklist of proposals, and focus more on the values at stake in the choices before us. it begins with our economy. seven years ago, rebekah and ben erler of minneapolis were newlyweds. [applause] [laughter] she waited tables. he worked construction. their first child, jack, was on the way. they were young and in love in america, and it doesn't get much better than that. "if only we had known," rebekah wrote to me last spring, "what
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was about to happen to the housing and construction market.” as the crisis worsened, ben's business dried up, so he took what jobs he could find, even if they kept him on the road for long stretches of time. rebekah took out student loans enrolled in community college, and retrained for a new career. they sacrificed for each other. and slowly, it paid off. they bought their first home. they had a second son, henry. rebekah got a better job, and then a raise. ben is back in construction and home for dinner every night. "it is amazing," rebekah wrote "what you can bounce back from when you have to. we are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times.” "we are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times."
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america, rebekah and ben's story is our story. they represent the millions who have worked hard, and scrimped and sacrificed, and retooled. you are the reason i ran for this office. you're the people i was thinking of six years ago today, in the darkest months of the crisis when i stood on the steps of this capitol and promised we would rebuild our economy on a new foundation. and it's been your effort and resilience that has made it possible for our country to emerge stronger. we believed we could reverse the tide of outsourcing, and draw new jobs to our shores. and over the past five years our businesses have created more than 11 million new jobs. [applause]
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[applause] we believed we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our planet. and today, america is number one in oil and gas. america is number one in wind power. every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. [applause] and thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save about $750 at the pump. [applause] we believed we could prepare our kids for a more competitive world. and today, our younger students have earned the highest math and reading scores on record. our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high. more americans finish college
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than ever before. [applause] we believed that sensible regulations could prevent another crisis, shield families from ruin, and encourage fair competition. today, we have new tools to stop taxpayer-funded bailouts, and a new consumer watchdog to protect us from predatory lending and abusive credit card practices. and in the past year alone about ten million uninsured americans finally gained the security of health coverage. [applause] at every step, we were told our goals were misguided or too ambitious, that we would crush
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jobs and explode deficits. instead, we've seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by 2/3, a stock market that has doubled, and health care inflation at its lowest rate in 50 years. [applause] this is good news, people. [laughter] [applause] so, the verdict is clear. middle-class economics works. expanding opportunity works. and these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don't get in the way. we can't slow down businesses or put our economy at risk with government shutdowns or fiscal
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showdowns. we can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on wall street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got to fix a broken system. and if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, i will veto it. it will earn my veto. [applause] today, thanks to a growing economy, the recovery is touching more and more lives. wages are finally starting to rise again. we know that more small business owners plan to raise their employees' pay than at any time since 2007. but here's the thing, those of
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us here tonight, we need to set our sights higher than just making sure government doesn't screw things up. that government doesn't just halt the progress we're making. we need to do more than just do no harm. tonight, together, let's do more to restore the link between hard work and growing opportunity for every american. [applause] [applause] because families like rebekah's still need our help. she and ben are working as hard as ever, but have to forego vacations and a new car so they can pay off student loans and save for retirement. friday night pizza, that is a big splurge.
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basic childcare for jack and henry costs more than their mortgage, and almost as much as a year at the university of minnesota. like millions of hardworking americans, rebekah isn't asking for a handout, but she is asking that we look for more ways to help families get ahead. in fact, at every moment of economic change throughout our history, this country has taken bold action to adapt to new circumstances, and to make sure everyone gets a fair shot. we set up worker protections social security, medicare, and medicaid to protect ourselves from the harshest adversity. we gave our citizens schools and colleges, infrastructure and the internet - tools they needed to go as far as their effort will -- efforts and dreams will take them. that's what middle-class economics is - the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot,
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everyone does their fair share everyone plays by the same set of rules. [applause] we don't just want everyone to share in america's success. we want everyone to contribute to our success. [applause] so, what does middle-class economics require in our time? first, middle-class economics means helping working families feel more secure in a world of constant change. that means helping folks afford childcare, college, health care, a home, retirement. and my budget will address each of these issues, lowering the taxes of working families and putting thousands of dollars back into their pockets each year. [applause]
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here's one example. during world war ii, when men like my grandfather went off to war, having women like my grandmother in the workforce was a national security priority, so this country provided universal childcare. in today's economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable high-quality childcare more than ever. [applause] it's not a nice-to-have, it's a must-have. it's time we stop treating childcare as a side issue, or a women's issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.
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[applause] and that's why my plan will make quality childcare more available and more affordable for every middle-class and low-income family with young children in america - by creating more slots and a new tax cut of up to $3,000 per child, per year. [applause] here's another example. today, we're the only advanced country on earth that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. 43 million workers have no paid sick leave. 43 million. think about that. and that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home. so, i'll be taking new action to
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help states adopt paid leave laws of their own. and since paid sick leave won where it was on the ballot last november, let's put it to a vote right here in washington. [applause] send me a bill that gives every worker in america the opportunity to earn seven days of paid sick leave. it's the right thing to do. it's the right thing to do. [applause] of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. that's why this congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. [applause] it's 2015. it's time.
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we still need to make sure employees get the overtime they've earned. and to everyone in this congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, i say this, if you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. [applause] if not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in america a raise. [applause] these ideas won't make everybody rich, won't relieve every hardship. that's not the job of government. to give working families a fair shot, we still need more employers to see beyond next quarter's earnings and recognize that investing in their
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workforce is in their company's long-term interest. we still need laws that strengthen rather than weaken unions and give american workers a voice. [applause] but things like child care and sick leave and equal pay, things like lower mortgage premiums and a higher minimum wage - these ideas will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families. that is a fact. and that's what all of us - republicans and democrats alike - were sent here to do. second, to make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road, we have to do more to help americans upgrade their skills. [applause] america thrived in the 20th
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century because we made high school free, sent a generation of gi's to college, and trained the best workforce in the world. we were ahead of the curve. but other countries caught on. in a 21st century economy that rewards knowledge like never before, we need to up our game. we need to do more. by the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education. two in three. and yet, we still live in a country where too many bright, striving americans are priced out of the education they need. it's not fair to them, and it's sure not smart for our future. that's why i am sending this congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college to zero. [applause]
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40% of our college students choose community college. some are young and starting out. some are older and looking for a better job. some are veterans and single parents trying to transition back into the job market. whoever you are, this plan is your chance to graduate ready for the new economy, without a load of debt. understand, you've got to earn it. you've got to keep your grades up and graduate on time. tennessee, a state with republican leadership, and chicago, a city with democratic leadership, are showing that free community college is possible. i want to spread that idea all
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across america, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in america as high school is today. [applause] let's stay ahead of the curve. and i want to work with this congress, to make sure americans already burdened with student loans can reduce their monthly payments, so that student debt doesn't derail anyone's dreams. [applause] thanks to vice president biden's great work to update our job training system, we're connecting community colleges with local employers to train workers to fill high-paying jobs like coding, and nursing, and robotics. tonight, i'm also asking more businesses to follow the lead of companies like cvs and ups, and offer more educational benefits and paid apprenticeships opportunities that give workers the chance to earn higher-paying jobs even if they don't have a higher education. and as a new generation of
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veterans comes home, we owe them every opportunity to live the american dream they helped defend. already, we've made strides towards ensuring that every veteran has access to the highest quality care. we're slashing the backlog that had too many veterans waiting years to get the benefits they need, and we're making it easier for vets to translate their training and experience into civilian jobs. joining forces, the national campaign launched by michelle and jill biden -- thank you michelle. thank you jill. has helped nearly 700,000 veterans and military spouses get new jobs. ica, let me repeat. if you want somebody who is going to get the job done and done right, hire a veteran.
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[applause] finally, as we better train our workers we need the new economy to keep churning out high wage jobs for our workers to fill. since 2010 america has put more people back to work than europe, japan, and all advanced economies combined. our manufacturers have added almost 800,000 new jobs. some of our bedrock sectors like our auto industry are booming. but there are also millions of americans working jobs that didn't exist 20 years ago, jobs at google and ebay and tesla.
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no one knows for certain which industries will generate the jobs of the future but we do know we want them here in america. we know that. and that's why the third part of middle class economics is all about building the most competitive economy anywhere, the place where businesses want to locate and hire. 21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure -- modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains, and the fastest internet. democrats and republicans used to agree on this. so lets set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline. lets pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could create more than 30 times as many jobs per year and make this country stronger for decades to
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come. let's do it. get it done. 21st century businesses including small businesses, need to sell more american products overseas. today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages. but as we speak, china wants to write the rules for the worlds fastest-growing region. that would put our workers and businesses at a disadvantage. why would we let that happen? we should write those rules. we should level the playing field. thats why im asking both parties to give me trade promotion authority to protect american workers, with strong new trade deals from asia to europe that arent just free, but are also fair. it's the right thing to do.
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look, im the first one to admit that past trade deals havent always lived up to the hype, and thats why weve gone after countries that break the rules at our expense. but ninety-five percent of the worlds customers live outside our borders, and we cant close ourselves off from those opportunities. more than half of manufacturing executives have said theyre actively looking to bring jobs back from china. let's give them one more reason to get it done. 21st century businesses will rely on american science technology, research and development. i want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine, one that delivers
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the right treatment at the right time. in some patients with cystic fibrosis, this approach has reversed a disease once thought unstoppable. tonight, im launching a new precision medicine initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier. we can do this. i intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world.
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i want americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs -- converting sunlight into liquid fuel, creating revolutionary prosthetics so that a veteran who gave his arms for his country can play catch with his kids again. pushing out into the solar system not just to visit, but to stay. and last month we launched a new spacecraft as part of a re-energized space station program that will send american astronauts to mars. in develop months to prepare us for those missions, scott kelly will begin a year-long stay in space system of good luck, captain. make sure to instagram it. we're proud of you.
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now, the truth is, when it comes to issues like infrastructure and basic research, i know theres bipartisan support in this chamber. members of both parties have told me so. where we too often run onto the rocks is how to pay for these investments. as americans, we dont mind paying our fair share of taxes as long as everybody else does, too. but for far too long, lobbyists have rigged the tax code with loopholes that let some corporations pay nothing while others pay full freight. theyve riddled it with giveaways the superrich dont need while denying a break to middle class families who do. this year, we have an opportunity to change that. lets close loopholes so we stop rewarding companies that keep profits abroad, and reward those
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that invest in america. lets use those savings to rebuild our infrastructure and make it more attractive for companies to bring jobs home. lets simplify the system and let a small business owner file based on her actual bank statement, instead of the number of accountants she can afford. and lets close the loopholes that lead to inequality by allowing the top one percent to avoid paying taxes on their accumulated wealth. we can use that money to help more families pay for childcare and send their kids to college. we need a tax code that truly helps working americans trying to get a leg up in the new economy, and we can achieve that together.
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helping hardworking families make ends meet. giving them the tools they need for good-paying jobs in this new economy. maintaining the conditions for growth and competitiveness. this is where america needs to go. i believe its where the american people want to go. it will make our economy stronger a year from now fifteen years from now, and deep into the century ahead. of course, if theres one thing this new century has taught us, its that we cannot separate our work here at home from challenges beyond our shores. my first duty as commander-in-chief is to defend the united states of america. in doing so, the question is not whether america leads in the world, but how. when we make rash decisions
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reacting to the headlines instead of using our heads; when the first response to a challenge is to send in our military, then we risk getting drawn into unnecessary conflicts, and neglect the broader strategy we need for a safer more prosperous world. that's what our enemies want us to do. i believe in a smarter kind of american leadership. we lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy; when we leverage our power with coalition building; when we dont let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents. thats exactly what were doing right now, and around the globe, it is making a difference. first, we stand united with people around the world who have been targeted by terrorists from a school in pakistan to the streets of paris. we will continue to hunt down
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terrorists and dismantle their net woverbings and we reserve the right to act unilaterally as we have done relentlessly since i took office to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies. >> we learned lessons. instead of learning the lessons, they have taken the lead and horpped our troops' and instead of sending joifer seas to den iowa safe havens. in iraq and syria, america
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america leadership is stopping isis we are leading a broad coalition. we are supporting a moderate coalition and assisting people everywhere against violent sprisme the speaker pro tempore: we will succeed, and tonight i call on this congress to show the word we are united to authorize a resolution against iceis. we need that authority. second, we are demonstrating strength and pelosi.
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upploding the nations by opposing russian aggressionion and assuring our nato jalt eyes. -- jail eyes. last year as we were doing the hard work along with your allies and reinforcing our presence with the front line states, mr. putin's aggression, it was suggested was strategy and strengths. today, it is america who stands strong. russia is isolated with its economy in at that timers. that's how america leads.
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we have resolve. in cuba we are ending a policy that long passed its sparings date. and what you are doing doesn't work for 50 years, try to try something new and our ships and cuba policy has the potential to end, mistrust in our hems officer and stands up for democratic values. and this year, congress should be working to end the embargo.
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as pope france cyst v, plomes is the work of small steps, these small steps have added up. and after years in prison, we are overjoyed that alan gross is back home. welcome home. our plomes is at work with respect to yirne where the first time we have halted the program of the program and reduced the nuclear program.
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we have a agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed iran and avoiding another middle east conflict. there are no guarantees that the negotiation will succeed. a new sanction passed by this congress at this moment in time will guarantee that pelosi fails. allen ating america from its allies and ensuring the program, it dose nt make sense. and i will undue this progress. the american people expect us to go to war as a last resort and i
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instead to stay true to that wisdom. first we are looking beyond the issues beyond the past to shape. no hacker should be able to shut our network and especially our kids. we are macking thaur our government combats threats. i urge to pass the legislation to combat identity threats and that should be a bipartisan effort.
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if we don't act, our i believe our nation and economy is vulnerable. if we do, we can protect the technologies for peoples around the globe. west africa, our troops, our scientists, our doctors, our nurses helping to storm watch the threat of disease. i could not be prouder of them. and i thank this congress for your boip support of their efforts. the world needs to use this lesson to prevent the spread of pandemics and aradic supreme poverty. we are modern ising and making
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sure other nation play by the rules and how they participate in meeting challenges like nonproffers and disaster relief. and no challenges. no challenges, poses greater threat than climate quhange. -- change. 204 was the planet's warmest year on record. and one year doesn't make a trend, but this does 14 haven't 15 warmest years of record have fallen in the first 15 years of this century.
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some have said we don't have enough information to act. i'm not a scientist either. i know a good scientists in noah and the best scientists are telling us that the our activities are changing the climate and we will continue to see rising ocean heat waves and massive diss runses and greater conflict ruined the globe. the climate change has a major risk and we should act like that . that's why over the past six years, we have done more than
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ever to come bat climate change. more public lands and waters more than any of this. and i will not not turn the clock back. i'm determined to make sure it drives nnl action. and we made an historic action. woe cut carbon pollution. and the two economies came together, other nations are now stepping up and offering hope that the world will reach an agreement to protect the one planet we got. and there's one last pillar of
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our leadership and that's the example of our values. as americans we expect human dignity even when we are threatened and i have present -- present hitted torture. it's why we speak out against the anti-cementism in certain parts of the world and muslims, vast majority of whom share our speech. we defend free speech. and people who are lesbian, gay transsectional or transjengeder.
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as americans we have a profound american to justice. no to spend $3 million used to recruit. since i have been president we have cut combit mow in half. and it is not who we are. it's time to close get more. . . . we charish our civil little
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brits. while somebody have moved on i have not. as promised our agencies having worked hard, increase transparency and build more safeguards and next month we willish a report. lookic to the future instead of the past. making sure we match our power with diplomacy. meeting new challenges and opportunities. leading always with the example of our values. that's what makes us our exceptional. that keeps us strong. we have to keep striving ours to
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the highest of standards our own. you know, just over a decade ago, i gave a speech in boston, black america and white america, but a united states of america. i said this because i seen it in my own mind, a nation that gave me a chance because i grew up in hawaii, melting pot, because i made illinois my home, state of small towns, rich farmlands, a country where democrats and republicans and independence, good people have good values.
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over the past six years, the pundits pointed out that my pptsi hasn't delivered on this vision. and held up as proof, not just of my faults of which there are in, but the vision itself is madison square garden guided naive, too many people in this town that benefit from gridlock to do anything about it. i i know how tempting such cynicism may be, but i still think the cynics are wrong. i still believe that we are one people. i still believe that together we can do great things, even when the odds are long.
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i believe this because over and over in my six years in office i have seen america at its best. i have seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from new york to california our newest officers at west point, indianapolis, colorado springs new london -- west point, unanimous, colorado springs, new london. i've mourned with grieving familyings at tucson and newtown and boston and west texas, and west virginia. i've watched americans beat back adversity from the gulf coast to the great plains, from midwest assembly lines to the mid atlantic seaboard. i've seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart, to a civil right that's now legal in states that seven in 10 americans call home.
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so i know the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the american people who, every day, live the idea that we are our brothers keeper, and our sisters keeper. and i know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example. so the question for those of us here tonight is how we, all of us can better reflect americas hopes. ive served in congress with many of you. i know many of you well. there are a lot of good people here, on both sides of the aisle. and many of you have told me that this isnt what you signed up for. arguing past each other on cable
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shows, the constant fundraising, always looking over your shoulder at how the base will react to every decision. imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. imagine if we did something different. understand, a better politics isn't one where democrats abandon their agenda or republicans simply embrace mine. a better politics is one where we appeal to each other's basic decency instead of our basest fears. a better politics is one where we debate without demonizing each other; where we talk issues, and values, and principles, and facts, rather than gotcha moments or trivial gaffes or fake controversies that have nothing to do with people's daily lives.
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a better politics is one where we spend less time drowning in dark money for ads that pull us into the gutter but spending more time lifting young people up with a sense of purpose and possibility, asking them to join in the great mission of building america. if were going to have arguments, let's have arguments, but let's make them debates worthy of this body and worthy of this country. we still may not agree on a womans right to choose, but surely we can agree its a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care she needs. yes, passions still fly on immigration, but surely we can
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all see something of ourselves in the striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hardworking mom is snatched from her child, and that it's possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. i talked to republicans and democrats about that. that's something we can share. we may go at it in campaign season, but surely we can agree that the right to vote is sacred; that its being denied to too many; and that, on this 50th anniversary of the great march from selma to montgomery and the passage of the voting rights act, we can come together, democrats and republicans, to make voting easier for every single american. we may have different takes on the events of ferguson and new york.
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but surely we can understand a father who fears his son cant walk home without being harassed. surely we can understand the wife who wont rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift. surely we can agree its a good thing that for the first time in 40 years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together, and use that as a starting point for democrats and republicans, community leaders and law enforcement, to reform americas criminal justice system so that it protects and serves us all. thats a better politics. thats how we start rebuilding trust. thats how we move this country forward. thats what the american people
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want. thats what they deserve. i have no more campaigns to run. my only agenda for the next two -- i know, because i won both of them. yeah. my only agenda for think next two years is the same as the one i've had since the day i swore an oath on the steps of this capitol, to do what i believe is best for america. if you share the broad vision i outlined tonight, i ask you to
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join me in the work at hand. if you disagree with parts of it, i hope youll at least work with me where you do agree. and i commit to every republican here tonight that i will not only seek out your ideas, i will seek to work with you to make this country stronger. because i want this chamber, i want this city to reflect the truth that for all our blind spots and shortcomings, we are a people with the strength and generosity of spirit to bridge divides, to unite in common effort, and to help our neighbors, whether down the street or on the other side of the world. i want our actions to tell every child, in every neighborhood: your life matters, and we are as committed to improving your life
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chances as we are for our own kids. i want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we are a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen. man and woman, young and old, black and white, latino, asian, immigrant, native american, gay, straight, americans with mental illness or physical disability. everybody matters. i want them to grow up in a country that shows the world what we still know to be true. that we are still more than a collection of red states and blue states, and we are the united states of america. i want them to grow up in a
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country where a young mom can sit down and write a letter to her president with a story that sums up these past six years. it is amazing what you can bounce back from when you have to. we are a strong tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times. my fellow americans, we too are a strong, tight-knit family. we too, have made it through some hard times. 15 years into this new century we have picked ourselves up dusted ourselves off and begun again the work of remaking america. we have laid a newfoundation. a brighter future is ours to write. let's begin this new chapter together. and let's start the work right now. thank you. god bless you. god bless this country we love.
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>> also on tuesday evening newly elected iowa senator joni ernst the liver the republican response to president obama's of the union address. she spoke from the senate -- the russell senate building on capitol hill. this is 10 minutes. >> good evening. i'm joni ernst. as a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great state of iowa, i am proud to speak with you tonight. a few moments ago, we heard the president lay out his vision for the year to come. even if we may not always agree, it's important to hear different points of view in this great country. we appreciate the president sharing his. tonight though, rather than respond to a speech, i'd like to talk about your priorities.

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