The big issues: what to watch for in Obama’s State of the Union

Tonight at 9PM EST, President Barack Obama will give his fifth State of the Union address, followed on January 31st by a “Hangout Road Trip” where he’ll

answer questions from a handful of citizens across the country. Even though the text of the speech is still under wraps, White House officials and insiders have given us a preview of the big issues the president will cover. White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer described the thrust of the address as “opportunity, action, and optimism,” promising that Obama will “lay out a set of real, concrete, practical proposals to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, and empower all who hope to join it.” While the speech is expected to focus particularly on income inequality, a lot of…

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