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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.

Jan 21, 2015

Obama urges skeptical Republicans to back his “middle-class economics”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama challenged the Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to break out of the “tired old patterns” of confrontational politics and back an effort to lift the middle class, with higher taxes on the rich and trade deals.

Dogged since the start of presidency six years ago by an ailing economy, Obama appeared before a joint session of Congress and millions of Americans watching on television to declare that his policies have paid off with an economic revival that has trimmed the jobless rate to 5.6 percent.

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Time to “turn the page” and help middle class, Obama to say

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
challenge a skeptical Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to back
tax increases on the wealthy to help lift up middle-class
Americans in a State of the Union speech that will outline his
vision for his last two years in office.

On foreign policy, Obama will call on lawmakers to pass a
new authorization of military force against Islamic State
militants to replace powers that were given to President George
W. Bush to prosecute the Iraq war.

Jan 20, 2015

Obama to challenge Republicans to back tax hikes in big speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will challenge a skeptical Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to back tax increases on the wealthy to help lift up middle-class Americans in a State of the Union speech that will outline his vision for his last two years in office.

According to excerpts released by the White House of his 9 p.m. EST televised speech, Obama will say it is time to convert a recent surge in the U.S. economy into improvements for the middle class, many of whom are still experiencing hard times.

Jan 20, 2015
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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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