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New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she shares President Barack Obama's optimism about the future. 

Speaking shortly after the President's final State of the Union address Tuesday night, Shaheen says she agrees that the political system needs to do a better job of facing the nation's challenges.

She also says she was pleased that Obama acknowledged the current prescription drug addiction epidemic in his speech.

"It's particularly good to hear the President of the United States say that this has got to be a national priority."

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When a candidate comes to your town, there’s always a huddle of reporters with microphones and cameras. 

And we hear a lot from those candidates and their supporters at an event. 

But as we get closer to our First in the Nation Primary, here on Morning Edition we’re going to be those reporters with mics, talking with people at a town hall or a diner visit.  But you’re also going to hear us in the communities hosting the candidates, to find out what’s on voters’ minds. 

We start in Nashua at a town hall meeting for Marco Rubio at Nashua Community College.

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All right. Now to something else we heard from the president last night. He said the United States has the strongest and most durable economy in the world.

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Good morning I'm David Greene, calling all bachelors. The Playboy Mansion could be yours for a cool $200 million. Just think about it. You'd have 29 rooms, the famous pool with its grotto, a zoo with monkeys, exotic birds and, yes, bunnies.

Spain's hilltop Royal Palace towers over working class barrios across the Manzanares River, on the west side of Madrid. The area is home to Magdalena and Margarita Rodriguez Prado, two sisters in their late 60s, who huddled under a wall-mounted TV on Monday in their local chocolate and churros shop, glued to footage of Princess Cristina's trial.

Infanta Cristina de Borbón, 50, is one of King Felipe VI's two older sisters. She went on trial Monday accused of tax fraud.

"I think she's a good person, but my God! The mess she's gotten herself into!" Margarita says.

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Now, sometime this evening, President Obama will declare the state of the union strong. Odds are the television ratings will not be. But this is still a chance for the president to make his case, as NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

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Legendary rock musician David Bowie, who influenced generations of musicians and fans, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.

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And I'm David Greene.

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DAVID BOWIE: (Singing) Should have took a picture, something I could keep.

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At the Detroit Auto Show, a lot to celebrate. 2015 was a record year. Detroit sold more cars and trucks than ever before. Here is someone not celebrating.

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