President Obama State of the Union

President Obama State of the Union

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WASHINGTON (AP) January 28 2014- Challenging lawmakers, President Barack Obama will announce tonight in his State of the Union address that he's raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to both parties and the balance of power in Congress. Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress and millions more watching at home will be wrapped in a unifying theme: The federal government can play a key role in increasing opportunities for Americans who have been left behind, unable to benefit from a recovering economy.