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Obama girds for State of the Union address. His Republican opponents do too.

President Obama will face a tough crowd of Republicans during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. They probably won't like what they hear about taxes and spending.

Monitor correspondent Liz Marlantes previews President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address.
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It’s unlikely that anybody will shout “You lie!” at President Obama as he delivers his State of the Union speech this week (unless it’s at home in front of the TV). Rep. Joe Wilson (R) of South Carolina had to apologize and he was formally reprimanded by the House of Representatives when he did that during a joint session of Congress the President was addressing in 2009.

But Mr. Obama will face a tough crowd Tuesday night – at least among Republicans, who still control the House and have filibuster power in the Senate – as he lays out his plans for job creation and economic growth at a time when unemployment remains high.

Based on his comments to fellow Democrats this past week and insider comment, a variety of news sources have begun outlining what Obama will address – noting that it’ll be his second major speech since being reelected, the first being an inaugural address in which he challenged lawmakers (and the country) along clearly liberal lines.

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“The president will offer proposals for spending on infrastructure, clean energy and education, according to a senior official briefed on the speech,” Bloomberg News reported. “He will also stress the agenda laid out in his inauguration address, pushing Congress for action on immigration, gun control, and climate change.”


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