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President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans.

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President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Full text of President Obama’s State of the Union address

President Barack Obama and his aides have been trickling out his State of the Union proposals on taxes, education, Internet access and more for weeks. What's left to watch for during Tuesday night's speech? Plenty. The event is as much about the theatrics and accoutrements of the evening as about the meat of the president's proposals.

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Highlights of President Barack Obama’s plan to tax wealthy

The White House says President Barack Obama will propose in his State of the Union address a plan to impose higher taxes on the wealthy and use the revenue to help middle-class families. Congress would have to agree, and lawmakers have rebuffed Obama's earlier proposals to eliminate certain tax provisions and spend the money on road and bridge repair, for example.

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Nielsen: Obama’s State of the Union Audience Dwindles

The interest among television viewers in President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union addresses is dwindling.

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Obama: American Dream in Peril, Fast Action Needed [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama is selling his 2012 economic policy goals on a three-day tour of politically crucial states. The election-year, post-State of the Union journey will pitch his presidency to a divided public.

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Jobs, Re-Election Frame State of the Union [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama says his State of the Union address will be a blueprint for an economy that's "built to last" for the middle class.

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