tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN January 21, 2015 1:00am-2:01am PST
♪ president obama defiantly pushing his agenda in the state of the union address proposing free community college, higher taxes for the wealthy and promising to veto bills that dismantle his executive actions. we're breaking down the big moments, and the response they're generating this morning. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans.
>> and i'm john berman it's wednesday, january 21st 4:00 a.m. in the east. president obama, he struck a chord last trite, seemingly undaunted as he gave his first state of the union address to an entirely republican-controlled congress. the president put forward the agenda of an economic populous really, aimed at the economic class. >> reporter: john and christine, this was not as a speech from a president who sees himself as a lame duck in the state of the union address, he
offered up his prescription for lifting up the middle class. raising taxes and fees on the wealthy and big banks in exchange for new tax breaks or middle income earners. as part of the middle class scheme, the president also talked about free community college, he called on congress to lift the embargo on cuba slammed the keystone pipe tine.
vowed to veto iran's legislation. but he also
called on the country for a better kind of politics at this turning point of the presidency away from 9/11 and towards the future. here's what the president had to say. >> 15 years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up difficulted ourselves off, and begun again the working of a new america. we have laid a new foundation. a brighter future is ours to write. let's begin this new chapter together. and let's start to work right now. >> reporter: the president will take his message to hide hoe later today. and then kansas on thursday. those are both red states. but a democratic source tells me the president will be visiting more red states in coming months. he wants to engage americans who don't agree with him to sell his agenda. and also the budget which includes that tax plan which republicans have deemed dead on arrival. >> of course the democrats took
a much dimmer view on their rebuttal. joni ernst talked on the hurt caused by plans. and seized the change that republicans believe they won in elections. >> americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions too often, washington responded with the same stale mind-set that led to failed policies like obama care. it's a mind-set that gave us political talking points not serious solutions. that's why the new republican majority you elected, started by reforming congress to make it function again. and now, we're working hard to pass the kind of serious, job creation ideas you deserve. >> away from capitol hill the president's speech got mixed reviews. the cnn instant poll found a
generally favorite response. 51% of americans who watched the speech had a very positive reaction. that is up from last year. and significantly better than george w. bush received in his presidency. political figures with bids for 2016 weighed in hillary clinton praised the speech saying it pointed way to an economy that workforce all now we need to step up and deliver for the middle class. and jeb bush said hoping the president will be mindful of the strong message american voters sent in november. >> to couples who make up to $120,000 a year. he also wants to triple the child care tax credit to $3,000. the president also pushed changes to education.
>> by the end of this decade
two and three job openings will require some
higher education, two and three. and yet, we still live in a country where too many bright striving americans are priced out of the education they need. it's not fair to them. and it's sure not smart for our future. >> ease he's proposing free community college for millions and wants to eliminate the benefits of savings plans that's in part to streamline and target students who need the most help. howe-r how is he going to pay for this raising the capital gains tax, and eliminates the trust fund loophole and fees on large banks. >> i don't think it's about passing, that's the thing. i think it's about reframing a debate to be about the middle class. >> absolutely. the president's had a hard time
finding where that sweet spot is. the economy getting better but wages have been stagnant. to make sure the comphiblg recovery is shared by everyone. >> also to say look at the numbers, look at this news let's feel good about it. for the first time some americans, more americans seem to agree with him on that. it will be interesting to see how it plays. social media was buzzing about the speech many of them. a lot of people took to social media, twitter and facebook to talk about it. one particular part of the speech went viral. let look. >> i have no more campaigns to run. my only agenda -- i know because i won both of them. >> look i actually think that was the moment of the speech and the one that we'll remember. said i have no more campaigns to run. and the president interjected,
was it scripted? we don't know the president said because i won both of them. it was a confident president obama that took to the stage. at least it was the tone that he will project. >> it will be interesting to see if they can do some stuff this year. there are some parts of the proposal that republicans have been on board with before. everyone wants to create job us and relief. >> maybe this time the
president may veto may be the one technically saying no no no. >> all right. republicans did stand up to cheer the president a few points noteably when he talked about the fight for terror. >> we stand united from the schools of pakistan to the streets of paris. we will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks and we reserve the right to act unilaterally as i
streets, while in the meantime planning acts of terrorism. we're also learning details from the prosecutor. they said they have made good progress in the investigation against coulibaly. the prosecutor giving the first name to the four people being held. he said one was called willie one kristof, one torino the other michael. these are not muslim names. one associated with coulibaly used to drive him to the supermarket. and they're also involved in buying weapons. dna, the other one, michael, the fourth one, found on clothing police say. so the impression created here is that coulibaly was drawing on support perhaps criminal elements. three of them had criminal records, according to the prosecutor rather than other
people moving in as islamists. >> really interesting to see that video. nishg robertson, thanks so much. >> happening now in belgium, the country's public prosecutor getting set to address a police operation tuesday very close to the border with france. so far, officials have only said 82 people were evacuated from 33 apartments and the operation went calmly. no comment if this was a terror-related operation as suspected. officials are searching for the suspected isis leader. cnn has obtained a tape of abboud defending his tactics, listen. >> it's not fun seeing blood spilled. but it gives me pleasure from time to time.
>> he calls on muslims to find honor to jihad. >> now to yemen where shiite rebels have successfully staged a coup that have overtaken and the president is no longer in control in yemen. there are concerns that a government collapse could send the country into a full-scale civil war. a turn of events that could be exploited by radical groups like al qaeda. there are growing concerns about u.s. interest there. a u.s. embassy vehicle was shot near a checkpoint monday night. two warships have moved into the red sea. they are ready to evacuate americans from the u.s. and embassy if need be. breaking overnight, a palestinian man has been arrested after nine people were
stabbed on a bus in tel aviv. they're calling this a terror attack. he was chased down shot by police and arrested. the islamic group hamas praised stabbings as brave and heroic. japan, will they pay the $200 million ransom? we're live with the latest developments next. >> technology gives you security. technology gives you control and now technology
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as his holiness pope francis
has said diplomacy is the
work of small steps. these small steps have added up to new hope in cuba. after years in prison we are overjoyed that alan gross is back home where he belongs. welcome home alan we're glad you're here. >> historic talks on the story, drama mattics relationships between u.s. and cuba are set to start today. on cuba's demands it wants to be removed from the list of states listed as terror. right now, the u.s. using every diplomatic channel available to isis and extremist groups not to execute the japanese hostages. isis has asked for $200 million ransom for these men. it's not sure when they will pay
or a smaller sum. let's go to will ripley. good morning, will. >> reporter: john we know that prime minister shinzo abe is back in tokyo, he just landed and gave a brief statement where he reiterated that the japanese would not back down to the demands of isis. but when asked or pressed whether japan would be willing to pay some sort of ransom to secure the release of these two men there's still no dwin siff answer. unlike america and britain, japan is a bit more soft on the issue of paying ransom in exchange for citizens although no ransom has ever officially been paid. so that's something that we will continue to watch unfold here in the coming hours. i've also been talking, john with men who knew these two men. a good friend corroborated a story that the two men actually met each other in syria less than a year ago. seasoned freelance journalist
was giving yuwawa on how to survivor. he felt that he took his advice that he took his advice and was captured. and there's belief that he went back put himself in danger, to find if he him, and now these two men are appearing in the video. >> what a tragedy. what a horrific offense by the men holding them. will ripley thank you. fox news mayor said the network consulted the city. she insists that the no go zones do not exist. the mayor tells them that she plans to sue for the honor of paris. fox has repeatedly apologized.
bobby jindal is doubling down on had his contention that some western countries have allowed some western countries to establish autonomous no-go zones. some see this as part of a political strategy in an attempt to have jindal stand out from a field of presidential hopefuls. eric garner was unarmed when he died at the hands of blazer. in december a grand jury decided not to indict a white officer, daniel pantaleo in garner's death. authorities say the goal is to take a fresh look at the garner case. light know in the north and great lakes. let's go to pedram for the forecast. >> good morning. let's show you what's happening in the northeast with philly baltimore, washington one to three inches mainly the
afternoon hours, 2:00 a.m. could see afternoon showers. again, another clipper system pushes into thursday afternoon and evening. so some light flurries possible. not a major snowstorm, but could be a possibility that could slow you down in you're traveling across that area. the southeast, mild conditions above average temperatures for atlanta, charleston eventually down to new orleans and houston, mid-60s after some morning fog across that region. while the great lakes starting you in the upper 20s and low 30s. again, accumulation is going to be on the lighter side, one inch around chicago, two inches around cleveland. some icy spots in areas south and central ohio. but still worth noting. sending it back to you. >> pedram thanks so much. a potentially huge story this morning. nfl investigation in so-called
deflate gate reportedly found 11 of the 12 balls used in the afc championship game were yount inflated by two pounds per square inch. that is a lot. significantly less than the league rules require. if the ball is deflated it could make it easier to grip easier to throw. the accusation is here that somehow the patriots deflated the balls to give them the advantage. tom brady, easier to throw and easier for gronkowski to catch it. there's no word officially from the nfl, according to espn the league has not determined what if any penalties. we're talking about fines, draft picks. look this is the super bowl that they are headed to if they did that deliberately if they deflated those balls it will be cheating. there will be a team that cheats in the super bowl. >> if you have it deflated by
two pounds per square inch you can feel that when you hold the ball, will the players say, hey -- >> yes, the way they discovered this apparently when the colts intercepted the ball when the colts held that ball for the first time they're like whoa there is not air in this ball. >> the colts have their own balls -- >> yes. they have balls that they use on offense. one of the question right now, were the colts' balls as underdeflated? that's the question. happening now, fighting intensifying the death toll rising in eastern ukraine. russia accused of fuelling the fight. we're live with the very latest on that next. ♪♪♪
the latest now in the airasia crash investigation. indonesia's transportation minister confirmed that flight 8501 climbed at speeds more suit only for a fighter jet before plunging into the java sea. 6,000 feet per minute. that's about hour times the average climbing speed for a commercial jet. aviation experts say that kind of a climb could trigger a stall. and coming under heavy fire from pro-russian rebels. the prime minister insisting these rebels are being helped by hundreds of russian troops russian troops who have crossed their border. a charge for russian defense
ministry calls it a hallucination. let's bring in matthew chance live from moscow. well-worn argument here ukraine says russia is involved with its troops. russia says no way. but the violence flares. >> reporter: yeah it does. and that's what we're seeing on the ground right now in eastern ukraine. within the past few minutes, in fact the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov has rejected those allegations coming from ukraine in particular and also the united states and others that russian troops have been crossing the border russian heavy weaponry has been crossing the border. saying look we've heard this in the past this is what he said. but we haven't seen any evidence for. give us the satellite photos. show us the evidence. and that's been the russian argument all along and at the roots of the russian denials. again, they're saying they got nothing to do with the violence but they're calling on the ukrainians and the rebels as well as a matter of fact to
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economic populist aimed at the fruits of the economic recovery. >> reporter: john and christine, this was not a speech from a president who sees himself in a lame duck. in the state of the union address, president obama came out and referred to the economy as on the rise. but lifting up the middle class, raising taxes and fees on big banks. president also talked about his plans for free community college. but he also covered other subjects. he asked lawmakers to give them a vote on isis. and slammed the keystone pipeline vowed to veto the legislation. but he also called on the country for a better kind of politician at this turning point in his presidency away from 9/11 and towards the future. here's what the president had to say. >> 15
years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up dusted ourselves
off and begun again the working of a new america. weapon have laid a new foundation. a brighter future is ours to write. let's begin this new chapter together. and let's start to work right now. >> reporter: the president will take his message to
idaho later today and then kansas on thursday. those are both red states. but a democratic source tells me the president will be visiting more red states in the coming months. he wants to engage americans who don't agree with him to sell his agenda. but also coming soon the president's budget that includes that tax plan that republicans have already deemed dead on arrival. >> thanks to jim. jim highlighted one of the president's speech where he said we picked ourselves up we dusted ourselves up. that's a direct reference where he said we need to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off. so what you saw last night was essentially saying mission accomplished on part of the economic recovery. it was interesting to hear that. >> and wages have been stagnant.
you got a stock market that's doubled. best jobs picture in six years, but people don't feel it. that's why there's an attack on pushing the middle class. >> obviously republicans did not agree they took a much dimmer view of the economy in their rebuttal. freshman iowa senator joni ernst spoke of stagnant wages and lost jobs and the hurt caused by cancelled health care plans. but republicans say they won the november midelection. >> americans have been hurting but when we've demanded solutions too often, washington responded with the same stale mind-set that led to failed policies like obama care. it's a mind-set that gave us political talking points. not serious solutions. that's why the new republican majority you elected started by reforming congress to make it function again. and now, we're working hard to
pass the kind of serious job creation ideas you deserve. >> away from capitol hill the president's speech got mixed reviews. a cnn instant poll found a generally favorable response 51% of americans who watched the speech had a very positive reaction. that is up from last year. and significantly better than the response george w. bush received. political bids for 2016 weighed in. hillary clinton. she said it pointed a way to an economy that works for all. she added now we need to step up for the middle class. look at that #fairshot fairshare. i bet we hear that again. on facebook jeb bush said -- be mindful of the strong message american voters sent in november and will work with our new congressionalle majority. >> in the next year and a half
this is how the debate will be framed in the next year and a half. the president boasted about the strength of the recovery. >> at this moment with the growing economy shrinking deficits bustling industry booming industry production we have risen from recession freer to write down own future than any nation on earth. >> that's mostly true. job growth was the strongest since 1999 last year. unemployment keeps falling. but firing has not pushed wages up.
and many americans feel like they are just getting by. how about his claims on oil. >> america is number one in oil and gas -- >> the u.s. surpassed saudi arabia a years ago and is also the top producer of natural gas. and finally let's check this on paid sick leave. >> today, we're the only country
on eartha doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to their workers. >> that is true. some states
have offered for paid leave. snats have taken this on themselves. but on these points on an economy that is growing again, it is true. you know the stock market has more than doubled. the job creation -- the job opening is the highest in 14 years but not everybody feels it. >> but that's why he talked about the middle class economy. he seems to have found that narrow zone to thread that needle. >> right. and social media was buzzing as americans took to facebook to sound off. one particular part of the state of the union address went viral. it first prompted shock laughter and then a lot of applause. listen. >> i have no more campaigns to run -- [ applause ] -- i know because i won both of tell me. [ cheers and applause ] >> ooh.
that was a big dig of the republicans. >> now that wasn't scripted. a lot of time unscripted lines are planned. we don't know if that line was planned there. but i think that sent a huge message that this president is not going to roll over because he lost in the midterm. democrats loved it i guarantee republicans did not like it. it will only create more of the controversy that surrounds this president and his relationship with the other party. republicans they did stand up and cheer the president in a few instance instances. >> we stand united with the people of the world from the schools of pakistan to the streets of paris. we will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks and we reserve the right to act unilaterally which i have done relentlessly since taking off for direct threats of
terrorism. >> and president obama spoke to french fredpresident hollande earlier in the day. and new surveillance video, look at this obtained exclusively by sn. it appears to show amedy coulibaly and his partner hayat boumeddiene, it's chilling. let's turn to nic robertson live in paris with the latest. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, john. the very latest we have from the prime minister leading off his press conference now. saying there are 120,000 police officers spread out across france tackling this issue. we heard from the french prosecutor a little earlier saying that they're making good progress on getting information on about medamedy coulibaly.
and the four persons they hold on the purchasing the car and the attack. three of them involved in purchasing weapons. one of them their dna found at the crime scene but the prosecutor not saying whether they had direct knowledge of the attack. but what's interesting, they're not muslim names. tony kristof. just two of those names. the indications are, and certainly the impression the prosecutor is giving is that these are criminals with criminal records, who were involved in whying ingbuying weapons but not necessarily knowledge of the impending attack. we expect to hear more in the prime minister. the defense minister justice minister which gives the impression of the range and scale and scope of areas that we're going to hear from them on
as to how france is going to combat this terrorist threat that is now affecting the population here. john. >> all right, our nic robertson in paris. that investigation ongoing. so many threads to follow. >> happening now in belgium, the country's public prosecutor getting set to address a police operation tuesday, very close to the border with france. so far, officials have only said that 82 people were evacuated from 33 apartments and this operation went calmly. no comment yet on whether this was a terror-related operation as suspected. meantime officials are searching for the suspected ringleader of an isis-linked terror cell. cnn has obtained tape of abboud defending isis tactics. listen.
>> he also calls on muslims to find honor through jihad and martyr them. now, to yemen where shiite rebels have successfully stage add coupe and overtaken the presidential palace. in sanaa. telling nick paton walsh, the president is no longer in control of that country, there are concerns that a government collapse could send that country into a full-scale civil war. it say level of chaos that's been claimed by the al qaeda group on the "charlie hebdo" attacks. and the growing interest there, an embassy vehicle was shot at near a checkpoint. and moving into the red sea, two
navy warships. and a man has been arrested after nine people were stabbed on a bus in tel aviv. the attacker was eventually chased down shot by police and arrested. it's the latest in a string of attacks by israelis several of them deadly. the hamas which controls neighboring gaza claimed responsibility. will japan pay the $200 million ransom demanded by the terrorists? we're live in tokyo with the very latest next. that's why so many people are turning to delsym for longer lasting cough relief. delsym has an advanced time release formula that helps silence coughs for a full 12 hours. up to twice as long as other cough liquids. all night... or all day.
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right now. that's livewatch.com. president obama once again made clear that he will veto the current keystone pipeline bill working its way through congress. the president called it a wide-ranging program to reinforce america's infrastructure. republicans in their response they were equally clear, that they do not plan to let the issue drop. even framing the pipeline as a jobs bill. >> one you've probably heard about is the keystone jobs bill. president obama has been delaying this bipartisan infrastructure project for years. even though many
members of his party, unions and a strong majority of americans support it. >> let's set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline. let's pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could
create as many as 30 times more jobs
per year and make it strong for years to come. >> the senate which of course led by republican resumes consideration of the keystone pipeline bill when it meets this morning. right now, the japanese government using every detall it can to convince isis group not to execute two japanese hostages. isis wants $200 million to compare these men's lives. it's so sad they're in the hands of isis. we know that the united states is not in a position to negotiate with terrorists. what's the position from japan. >> reporter: japan officially has never paid a ransom although there were some hostages leased from iraq that there was some speculation that perhaps a deal has been worked out secretly.
and there's some similar talk amongst some that they may be trying to work out a deal. look christine the facts are this no country in the world has ever paid as large a sum as what isis is demanding. $200 million, it would be frankly, impossible for any country to pull together those kinds of funds in a matter of three days to secure the release of two hostages. and to give that kind of money, to put that kind of money in the hands of a terrorist group like isis. think of how many more people would be in danger how many more lives would be at risk if a group like isis were to get its hands on that kind of money all at once. so the question now, what is the japanese government willing to give? and what will isis be willing to accept to spare the lives of kenji goto jogo and haruna yukawa. the primary message we're
getting from prime minister abe that that japan will not back down to terrorists christine. we'll see what happens in the coming days. certainly, everybody here hoping for the best. >> quickly how did they fall in the hands of isis? >> these two men met in iraq we're hearing from friends, one i just spoke with a short time ago, they met less than a year ago, freelance journalist jogo was giving yukawa tips on how to start in the middle east. yukawa wanted to start a security business. we think that goto felt responsible for this man because he felt responsible, and we'll hear from them in the coming hours. >> thank you so much for that will ripley. 30 minutes after the hour. fox news could face legal action over the coverage that parts of paris are off limits to muslims.
the mayor of paris said that the news insulted the city. the mayor tells cnn she plans to sue for prejudice, in honor of the image of paris. fox said it repeatedly apologized. louisiana governor bobby jindal is doubling down on his contention that countries have allowed islamists in some where they trump legal laws. some say it is an attempt to make jindal stand out from a pretty crowded field of 2016 nominations. an nfl investigation in deflate-gate. 12 of the footballs were under inflated. this is big news. espn reports they have investigated the balls used by the patriots and found they had
too little air in them way too little. two pounds too little. that could make the ball easier to grip. easier for tom brady to throw. easier for the patriots to catch. the colts would have used different balls. if the patriots did this deliberately it would have given them an advantage. unfair advantage. the patriots won 45-7 in that game. so far there has been no official comment from the nfl, according to espn. the league has not yet determined what if any, penalties the patriots could face. typically, in the past this kind of violation, you get a $25,000 fine. it could be worse. but this was afc title game. 11 out of 12 footballs. it's really bad. >> was it a colts player caught a ball and said wait a minute this doesn't feel right? >> so a colts player picked off a pass from tom brady. felt the ball. the coach told the refs. we're told by espn that 11 of
the 12 balls seem to be undeflated. >> i know about this from you. >> this is what america does. is watch the super bowl. and if one of the teams is there -- >> and this is your team. >> look cheating is bad. i think we should all take a stand against it. new reaction this morning to the president's state of the union address. what did those watching the speech think? cnn's digital dial test checking the reaction -- next. medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans it could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs. call now to request your free decision guide. i've been with my doctor for 12 years.
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it's all about the economy. cnn's dial testing the viewers who watched the state of the union address, found that democrat and republicans reacting similarly. that is except when it came to economic issues interesting. cnn's tom foreman has the numbers. when you look at the respondents on our digital dial test you can see some very clear trends here. yes, the democrats, by and large, agree with what he said the republicans squishy on it. and they disagree a great deal particularly on the economy. listen
and watch how they responded to this. >> today, thanks to a growing economy, the economy is touching more and more lives. wages are finally starting to rise again. >> you can see it right there, republicans way down at the
just are not buying this even though democrats are. another thing republicans aren't buying is the idea what to do about it particularly with the bigger plans. take a look at the part where he talked about college and how that could be the key to moving some people along in this economy. >> and yet, we still live in a country where too many bright striving americans are priced out of the education they need. it's not fair to them. and it's sure not smart for our future. that's why i'm sending this congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college. to zero. >> yeah look at that. the independents and republicans are kind of with him as long as he's talking about college in general when he starts talking about a program to give college education away they're not happy. and what about the question of minimum wage. that's another hot button issue.
these are popular on the democratic
side. again, watch the reaction. >> and -- and everyone in this congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage. i say this if you truly believe you can work full time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year -- try it. if not, vote to give millions of the hardest working people in america a raise. [ applause ] >> and we saw that time and time and time again, the economy remains the dividing line. democrats say it's going well. republicans say, they're just not convinced. >> all right. tom foreman, that fares for that. oil prices keep on budging. that's good news for drivers. very bad news for some american workers. an "early start" on "your money" next. well, did you know you that former pro football player ickey woods will celebrate almost anything? unh-uh. number 44... whoooo! forty-four, that's me!
subscribers last quarter. >> wow. >> and the company says it has big plans for expansion. in the next two years, netflix aims to be in 200 countries. 50 right now. the stock is up 15% before the bell so watch netflix this morning. oil prices are falling. crude oil about $47 a barrel right now. it has been cut in half since last summer and that means job cuts. texas-based oil company baker hughes is the latest plans to slash 7,000 positions, cut capital spending by 20%. that's a big trim folks. cheap energy is great for consumers, but it's devastating for those energy companies, which have expanded and expanded and expanded and now they're trimming a bit. >> big problems in texas ahead. all right, "early start" continues right now. president obama defiantly pushing his agenda in his state of the union address. he proposes free community college, higher taxes for the wealthy and a promise to veto bills that dismantle his
executive action. we will break down the big moments, the surprising moments and the response. it is all generating this morning. good morning, everyone. great to see you. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is wednesday, january 21st 5:00 a.m. in the east. president obama struck a confident tone last night, seemingly undaunted as he gave his first state of the union speech to an entirely republican-controlled congress. the president putting forward the agenda of an