Local newspapers’ front pages were almost unanimous in their pick for the message from the president’s 2014 State of the Union address: Obama’s declaration that he wanted this to be a “year of action.”
“In the coming months, let’s see where else we can make progress together. Let’s make this a year of action,” the president said. “That’s what most Americans want — for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations. And what I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all — the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.”
Newspapers also picked up on Obama’s pledge to initiate policy goals without legislation by bypassing Congress through executive orders. “Flexing” (as in muscles) and “solo” (as in going solo) were also popular headline terms.
- In a landmark prison reform decision, California has agreed to a settlement that will effectively end indefinite solitary confinement in the state. ›
- Los Angeles has officially been selected as the American candidate city to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. ›
- Missouri executed Roderick Nunley Tuesday night for a 1989 rape and murder. It was the state's sixth execution this year, and the nation's 20th. ›