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Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM
By Mary Ann Ahern

Jesse Jackson Jr. Absent During State of Union

Jesse Jackson Jr. Absent During State of Union

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is one of those who usually has a primo seat for the president's State of the Union address. This year, however, there was no sign of Jackson. Read »

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM
By Lisa Balde

Emanuel's State of the Union Advice for Obama

Leading up to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has some advice for his former boss: Don't focus on the past. Read »

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