When Is the State of the Union Address?

Jan 20, 2015, 1:12 pm EDT

Don’t know when the State of the Union address is? No worries. InvestorPlace has you covered.

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address for 2015 will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The event will start at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Those looking to watch the State of the Union address can do so on the official White House website. The website will offer users an enhanced version of the speech that will include live data to explain what the President is talking about. Read 

State of the Union 2015: What to Expect

Jan 20, 2015, 1:07 pm EDT

What can you expect to hear President Barack Obama talk about in the State of the Union 2015 address?

Obama will likely spend a portion of the State of the Union 2015 address talking about subjects that have already come up in America. This will likely include the improving job market in the country, the proposal for free community college, net neutrality and more.

The State of the Union 2015 address is expected to be the shortest one that Obama has given yet. Instead of announcing new policies or dropping any surprises, the President will likely focus on policies and programs that have already been announced, reports Politico. Read 

Energy Stocks Could Get a Boost From Congress in 2015

Jan 20, 2015, 11:54 am EDT

Despite the recent issues facing the energy stocks in the United States, the sector may be a surprise champion this year and next. Source: ©iStock.com/StrikingPhotography

A slowing of drilling will help curtail rising supplies and ultimately push up prices. But the real winner to boost the beleaguered sector could come from some buddies high up on the food chain.

I’m talking about the U.S. government. Read 

USPS News: Post Office Proposes Postage Price Increase

Jan 16, 2015, 3:35 pm EDT

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announce proposed increases for postage prices.

The possible USPS postage increases wouldn’t affect first-class Forever Stamps, which cost 49 cents. Instead the price increases would jump international letters up to $1.20 from $1.15 and sending postcards would increase to 35 cents from 34 cents. First class mail will cost an additional 22 cents for every ounce above one, which is a penny increase over the current price.

The proposed increase in postage prices by the USPS won’t affect Postal Service Shipping products and services. If approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the new postage prices will go into effect on April 26, 2015. Read 

5 Things to Know About the Obama ‘Paid Leave’ Proposal

Jan 15, 2015, 2:54 pm EDT

President Obama’s new proposal is looking to offer paid leave for millions of workers.

The plan is also designed to help workers take care of sick children without losing too much pay. Here are five things to know about the proposal:

    Obama is pushing Congress to pass a legislation that would offer workers up to seven days — 56 hours — of paid sick leave to take care of themselves or a family member. Federal employees would get up to six weeks of paid sick leave to care for a new child. The President is also looking to give federal workers six additional weeks of paid parental leave. An expanded paid family and medical leave plan will also be proposed. Workers can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time to care for a new child but most families cannot afford so much time off without pay. Obama is looking for $2 billion from Congress to fund these programs.

The president’s February budget proposal will include details on how Obama plans on raising the necessary funds for his proposal. Read 

US Loosens Embargo on Cuba: The New Rules

Jan 15, 2015, 2:34 pm EDT

The United States is loosening its embargo on Cuba.

President Obama is following through on a number of policy changes announced Dec. 17 regarding the US embargo on Cuba.

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the move helps put behind “out-of-date policies that were not working and puts in place a policy that helps promote political and economic freedom for the Cuban people.” Read 

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