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Jan 21, 2015
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Jan 21, 2015

After defiant speech, Obama heads to Republican heartland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) РA day after delivering a defiant State of the Union speech to the Republican-led U.S. Congress, President Barack Obama hit the road on Wednesday to promote his plans for lifting up the middle class.

Obama headed out for a two-day trip to Idaho and Kansas to push his message that the economy has effectively recovered from years in the doldrums.

Jan 21, 2015
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Obama message to Republicans comes out in speech ad-libs, body language

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If President Barack Obama wanted to show Republicans on Tuesday he hopes to work with them this year, his aggressive body language and off-the-cuff gibes may have spoken louder than his words.

Obama gave his hour-long, annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night to the first fully Republican-controlled Congress of his presidency, and the mood was anything but conciliatory.

Jan 21, 2015

Obama strikes defiant tone with Republicans in big speech

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama struck
a defiant tone for his dealings with the new Republican-led
Congress on Tuesday, calling on his opponents to raise taxes on
the rich and threatening to veto legislation that would
challenge his key decisions.

Dogged by an ailing economy since the start of his
presidency six years ago, Obama appeared before a joint session
of Congress for his State of the Union speech in a confident
mood, buoyed by an economic revival that has trimmed the jobless
rate to 5.6 percent and eager to use this as a mandate.

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      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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