President Barack Obama finishes his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 28, 2014

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State of the Union 2014: President Obama Calls for a Year of Action

President Barack Obama finishes his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 28, 2014

photo by Reuters/Larry Downing

January 29, 2014

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke of America's progress in graduation rates, a rebounding housing market, growth in manufacturing jobs, producing more oil at home, and reducing deficits.

Obama called for “a year of action” to achieve his 2014 agenda — from helping people sign up for health insurance, to immigration reform, to completing the mission in Afghanistan. He urged cooperation between Democrats and Republicans to get things done and work on behalf of all citizens.

RAND is committed to raising the level of public policy debates and offering evidence-based, actionable solutions. Below is a selection of findings from RAND's work in areas the President discussed: meeting U.S. veterans' needs; the value of early childhood education; the obesity epidemic; energy security and resources; climate change; the Affordable Care Act; income inequality; immigration; security and privacy; international emergency assistance; negotiations with Iran and why new sanctions will not work; Afghanistan after the drawdown; the current terrorist threat; the U.S. role in Syria; and America's ongoing mission to support democracy throughout the world.