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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)
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Nielsen: 31.3 million watched Obama’s last State of Union

The Nielsen company says 31.3 million people watched President Barack Obama deliver his last State of the Union, his smallest audience for the annual speech.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama walks through the Colonnade at the White House January 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama will give his 7th and the final State of the Union address tonight at the Capitol. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama walks through the Colonnade at the White House January 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Obama to look beyond his tenure in final State of the Union

Embarking on his final year in office, President Barack Obama will use Tuesday's State of the Union address to present an optimistic vision built on economic progress under his watch while seeking to ease Americans' growing concern about national security and terrorism.

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NJ Congressman expects more of the same during tonight’s State of the Union

President Barack Obama will be addressing the country during tonight's State of the Union. Though Bill Spadea doesn't plan on watching any of it, he wanted to get the perspective of a New Jersey Congressman who will be in attendance.

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President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, during a meeting with law enforcement officials to discuss executive actions the president can take to curb gun violence. The president is slated to finalize a set of new executive actions tightening U.S. gun laws, kicking off his last year in office with a clear signal that he intends to prioritize one of the country's most intractable issues. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Obama’s State of the Union address seeks to frame 2016 race

President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address will unmistakably attempt to frame the choice facing Americans as they select his successor, doling out an optimistic vision of the country's future in contrast with what he sees as the pessimism that's pervasive in the Republican primary.

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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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Internal Revenue Service (Win McNamee, Getty Images)
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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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Saul Loeb-Pool, Getty Images
Saul Loeb-Pool, Getty Images
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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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Tim Sloan, Getty Images
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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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