Obama vows to reverse tide of inequality in national address

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President Barack Obama vowed to reverse a tide of economic inequality threatening the American dream Tuesday, January 28 (Wednesday, January 29 in Manila), seeking to outflank rival Republicans and revive his stumbling second term. In his annual State of the Union address, Obama vowed to use his executive powers to lift up workers, improve education and clean the environment if his foes in Congress balk at more sweeping action. Obama mined a political seam that has proven rich in the past, billing himself as the champion of middle class families fighting to overcome the worst recession since the Great Depression. He promised to wield his power to raise the minimum wage for federal workers on new contracts from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, and to create a new retirement savings “starter” scheme to help millions of Americans. Obama has two more years in his term as President.


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