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Jan 21, 2015
Jan 21, 2015
Jan 21, 2015
Jan 21, 2015

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.

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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      "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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