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Obama focuses on economy in address

STATE OF THE UNION:Obama said he would seek an increase in the minimum wage and in spending on infrastructure and he plans to withdraw US 34,000 troops from Afghanistan

Reuters, WASHINGTON

Saying the 12 hottest years on record have taken place in the past 15, Obama issued an ultimatum to Congress on climate change. He vowed to take action to confront climate change through presidential executive orders unless Congress enacts legislation.

US Senator Marco Rubio, a rising Republican star who could run for president in 2016, accused Obama of being too fond of big government.

“I hope the president will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy,” Rubio said in the formal Republican response to Obama’s speech.

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