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President Obama heads the Congress tonight for his first State of the Union Address. The economy will dominate but the speech also comes through a difficult time politically for the president. NPR's Don Gonyea reports. The president will look back at what's been a difficult year for the nation as it struggles economically while two wars continue. Polls show the public's greatest worries are jobs and the economy. The president support is slipping as years wrestle with health care legislation. He'll cite progress though not as much as he wanted. Pre-Secretary Robert Gates. "I don't doubt that at times he'll be feisty( 易怒的) . I don't doubt that at times he's gonna believe that while Washington may not want to make progress in certain ways that Washington has to be pushed to make that progress." Mr. Obama will speak at 9 p.m. eastern time. Don Gonyea NPR News the White House.
The uncle of a Colorado airport driver charged in a terror plot against New York City has apparently been indicted. Associated Press says that Naqib Jaji was arraigned on a single felony charge in a sealed proceeding in Brooklyn two weeks ago. Jaji is the uncle of Najibullah Zazi, who was charged in September with plotting to attack New York City with homemade bombs. Two other New Yorkers have been charged in the case as well.
The Federal Reserve's policy-making Federal Open Market Committee has left a long short-term interest rates and has given no hint of any near term rate hikes. Steve Beckner of Market News International reports. Fed. policy-makers left the federal funds rate between zero and a quarter of a percent where that overnight money market rate has been for thirteen months. And in their rate announcement, they're against that it will likely stay exceptionally low for an extended period. There was one change- the vote was not unanimous this time. Kensas city Federal Reserve Bank President Thomas Hoenig, one of these years' policy voters descended, not in favor of higher rates but against signal that rates will stays low for an extended period given improved economic and financial conditions. Explaining the majority of the decision, the Fed said the economy has strengthened, but said that consumer spending remains "constrained," that firms "remain reluctant" to hire and that inflation is apt to stay "subdued for some time." For NPR News I'm Steve Beckner in Washington.
Sales of new homes unexpectedly fell last month. Economists had expected a slight increase but the Commerce Department says sales were down 7.6 percent from November. In San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has settled speculation about the company's latest creation-it's a tablet style device called the iPad. The device has a touch screen and it's designed for all sorts of media from video games to electronic books. Steve Jobs says the iPad is more intimate than the laptop but tablet computers aren't anything new and consumer appetite for such devices is unproven.
Stocks have turned positive today. The Dow was up 9 points./ the NASDAQ, Apple shares are leading. The NASDAQ has gained 7 points. This is NPR.
Russia is pledging to help rebuild war-torn Afghanistan. That promise came from Russia's envoy to NATO. His folk officials from dozens of countries converge in London for tomorrow's International Conference on Afghanistan's future. NPR's David Greene reports. Russia's NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin said Russia is ready to help rebuild some Sophia area infrastructure that remains in Afghanistan that includes hydro-power stations, also pipe lines for gas and oil. but Rogozin was speaking to the Reuters news agency, he did add a major caveat. He said yes, Russia makes such improvements, the International Community would have to foot the bill. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was planning to attend Thursday's International Conference on Afghanistan and Russian envoy said Lavrov might bring up the topic of Russian assistance. Back in 1980s, the Soviet Union fought its own prolonged war in Afghanistan and during a present war, Russia has refused to send troops to fight alongside NATO Forces. The Russia has promised to assist in stabilizing the country in other ways. David Greene NPR News Moscow.
Global leaders are already in London. They've been talking about how to stabilize Yemen. In an adjoint News Conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Ministers of Yemen Abu Baker said that they have agreed to work together about militant groups that threaten security in the region.
The prolific author Louis Auchincloss has died. The author's grandson says Auchincloss died yesterday a week after suffering a stroke. He was 92. Auchincloss wrote dozens of books and was a four-time fiction finalist for the National Book Award. "The Embezzler" and "The House of Five Talents." are among his nominated novels.
I'm Giles Snyder.This is NPR News from Washington.