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Parsing Obama’s Words Over 8 Addresses to Congress

Delivering his final State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama relied on key phrases and terms that dominate his previous addresses to Congress.  

Obama’s dependence on certain words, however, has changed over the years. When he first addressed Congress as president in 2009, he mentioned terms such as “government,” “tax” and “budget” 59 times. On Tuesday, such terms were used just nine times.  

A History of Gun-Control Policy in Washington

As President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union with his executive actions on gun control still fresh, gun issues will remain a conversation topic from Washington to the campaign trail to the kitchen table.  

The first major piece of gun-control legislation passed by Congress is known as the Gun Control Act of 1968. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, it was a response to the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Because of the sweeping bill, stricter licensing of firearms begins, felons can't buy guns and ammunition, and federal jurisdiction over bombs and other devices is put in place.