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President Obama appeals for a 'better politics'

President Obama has appealed to lawmakers to create a "better politics" and to see over partisanship to start "rebuilding trust".

President Obama gives his State of the Union address Credit: REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool

He said that he knows Congress contains "good people ... on both sides of the aisle" and urged them to recognise their similarities:

A better politics is one where we debate without demonising each other; where we talk issues, and values, and principles, and facts, rather than “gotcha” moments, or trivial gaffes, or fake controversies that have nothing to do with people’s daily lives.

– president obama

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Obama urges Congress to help combat cyber attacks

President Barack Obama made clear that he has not forgotten the debate over Internet privacy ignited by the recent hacking of Sony Corp. He said:

No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids ...

I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information.

If we don’t act, we’ll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable.

– president obama

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Obama: 'We will continue to hunt down terrorists'

President Obama has said in his State of the Union speech that the US reserves the "right to act unilaterally" against terrorists:

We stand united with people around the world who’ve been targeted by terrorists – from a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris.

We will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks, and we reserve the right to act unilaterally, as we’ve done relentlessly since I took office to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies.

– president obama

Obama hails success of 'middle class economics'

President Obama is laying out the tenets of what he has dubbed "middle class economics".

He is talking about the need for childcare, maternity and paternity leave, seven days' paid sick leave, equal pay for women and the minimum wage.

"These ideas will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families," he said.

President Obama: 'The shadow of crisis has passed'

President Obama gives his State of the Union speech Credit: APTN

President Obama has started his State of the Union speech saying that America is both economically and militarily stronger than it has been for years.

"It has been and still is a hard time for many, but tonight we turn the page," he said.

He added: "The shadow of crisis has passed and the state of the union is strong".

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