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President Obama Highlights TPP, Cuba Embargo in Final State of the Union Address

On January 12, President Obama delivered his seventh and final State of the Union Address to Congress and the American people. Among the many topics that he raised in this annual speech were two trade-related priorities that...more

Washington Insight - January 2016

President Obama Delivers State of the Union Address - In his eighth and final State of the Union address, President Obama focused on his views of and hopes for the future beyond his last year in office. Rather than...more

The President’s Precision Medicine Initiative – The First Annual Check-Up

Watching President Obama’s recent 2016 State of the Union Address reminded me that one year has passed since the President announced a new “precision” or personalized medicine initiative to advance personalized, effective...more

Climate and energy in 2016 State of the Union

President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016. The White House has posted his remarks as prepared for delivery to Congress. Climate change, and related energy and environmental issues,...more

State of the Union 2016 – What Will the President Focus on in his Final Year in Office?

While much of last night's State of the Union Address focused on big-picture issues, President Obama did make some specific employment-related comments during the annual speech to the country. One underlying purpose of this...more

President Obama's Last State of the Union Address

On the evening of January 12, 2016, in his seventh and final State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Barack Obama delivered a look back at what he hopes will be remembered as his legacy accomplishments in office, as well...more

Previewing climate and energy in 2016 State of the Union

President Obama is scheduled to deliver his final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016. As in previous years, he is likely to address climate change, energy and environmental issues. What will the 2016 State of the...more

Obama 2015 Tax Proposals

President Obama’s State of the Union address, delivered on January 20, 2015, proposed three significant changes to US federal tax law: (1) an increase from the current 20 percent rate to 28 percent for the top federal capital...more

NC Politics In The News

North Carolina Representatives and Senators gathered in the House chambers last Wednesday evening to receive Governor Pat McCrory’s biennial State of the State Address. Governor McCrory outlined his 2015 agenda, which...more

NC Legislative Update for February 6, 2015

This Week - Governor McCrory addressed a joint assembly of House and Senate Wednesday evening for the biennial State of the State address. The Governor used his 80-minute speech to focus on a number of issues that he...more

President Promotes Cybersecurity in State of the Union Address

Highlighting the importance of cybersecurity in a time of data breaches and cyber attacks that have compromised our national security, privacy, economy, and businesses, President Obama incorporated cybersecurity issues in his...more

President Obama Presses For Advancement Of Trade Deals During State Of The Union

President Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, and one of the major focuses of the speech was the importance of concluding trade agreements. The President used the occasion to call on...more

Details Emerge for President’s Precision Medicine Initiative

Personalized medicine has a friend in high places. President Obama recently announced an initiative to support “precision” or personalized medicine. In very general terms, the President stated during his 2015 State of the...more

President Presses For Action On Cybersecurity Legislation In State Of The Union

On January 20, 2015, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address, during which he pressed for Congress to take action to combat cybersecurity threats. He called on Congress to “finally pass the legislation...more

The Cyber Security State of the Union: Obama Commits “to Protect a Free and Open Internet”

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama continued his ongoing push for nationwide privacy legislation to “better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our...more

Proposed Personal Data Notification & Protection Act

Leading up to his State of the Union address last week, President Obama proposed a number of federal legislative goals intended to provide a uniform standard as to how data breaches and other related incidents would be...more

Greenhouse Gas Reductions – Is There Still Time to Change the Policy Direction?

In his State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted the pending Clean Power Plan and his intent to make climate change a centerpiece of his domestic policy, and indeed an aspect of his Presidential legacy, with the...more

State Of The Union “Sneak Peek” Highlights Administration Cybersecurity Initiatives

As part of a series of “sneak peeks” announced in advance of the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20th, President Obama made remarks last week before the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Homeland...more

What Obama's Proposed Anti-Hacking Legislation Means for Entrepreneurs

The slew of highly publicized data breaches over the past few years has brought the issue of cyber-security truly to the mainstream -- most recently reaching our living rooms through President Barack Obama’s State of the...more

Did The State Of The Union Matter For Employers?

The short answer: not really. This year’s State of the Union Address, delivered by a lame-duck President to a hostile Congress, contained ideas that, if enacted, would surely affect American employers. But in the end, the...more

Energy and State of the Union 2015

President Obama delivered his 2015 State of the Union address on January 20, 2015. In his remarks as prepared for delivery, he addressed energy-related themes including the growth of U.S. energy resource production and...more

2015 State of the Union: Cyber, Data and Privacy Issues

President Obama's State of the Union address highlighted the importance of cybersecurity, data security and privacy to his 2015 agenda: "No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our...more

State of the Union Surprise: President Targets Inherited Assets in Middle-Class Tax Reform

After the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, many in the estate planning community thought that tax law dealing with estates and trusts was settled for some time. President Obama’s earlier budget proposals calling for a...more

Obama Releases Tax Proposals for 2015

The proposed U.S. tax changes highlighted in President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 20 fall far short of the broad U.S. federal tax reform that members of Congress believe is needed for fundamental fairness...more

Cybersecurity and Privacy in State of the Union Address

As expected in his State of the Union address last night, President Obama made it very clear that cybersecurity is on his agenda for 2015. After stating that: “No foreign nation, no hacker should be able to shut down...more

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