Five Surprising Facts About the State of the Union Address

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_df405275d9.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- On Tuesday, January 28, President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address to Congress and the American people. The speech has become something of an annual tradition in Washington – though it’s not actually required to be delivered with such regularity – and this year it comes at an important time for the president as he seeks to inject some energy and optimism into what some say has been a disappointing second term.

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Boehner Promotes Relief Bill in Drought-Afflicted California

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_f3a2ea90cf.jpgDrew Angerer/Getty Images (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- House Speaker John Boehner was in drought-stricken central California on Wednesday to talk about a proposed drought relief bill that would halt restoration of the San Joaquin River and allow water to be sent to farmers. Boehner said the restoration project isn't necessary and that he plans to have the bill on the House floor in the coming weeks.

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Treasury Secretary Lew Pens Letter to Raise Debt Limit Before Feb. 7

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_edbdf66180.jpgSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sent a letter Wednesday to House Speaker John Boehner urging Congress to raise the debt limit before Feb. 7, when the Continuing Appropriations Act suspending the statutory debt limit ends. After that date, Sec. Lew says the Treasury will be forced to use extraordinary measures to continue to finance the government on a temporary basis.

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Pentagon Eases Rules on Religious Garb in Uniform

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_39bdc186d4.jpgDigital Vision / Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon has eased rules that have made it difficult for some service members to wear religious clothing or beards required by their faith. Until now each military service had its own rules for religious accommodations. A new policy asks the services to make every effort to accommodate waiver requests to wear religious garb as long as it does not conflict with unit cohesion, safety or the ability to wear protective wear in a combat mission.

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'Mitt' Director Reveals What It's Like Inside the Romney Family

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_64ff119a0b.jpgABC/Donna Svennevik (NEW YORK) -- Everyone knows how this movie ends. But watching it happen as if you're three feet away from former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a unique experience. The man giving you that access is Greg Whiteley, director of the new Netflix documentary Mitt. He followed the Romney family from Christmas 2006 as they huddled to hash out the pros and cons of a presidential run (“no pros?” Romney jokes) to 2012 as Ann and Mitt Romney sat together after the Election Day defeat.

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