Obama vows 'year of action' to tackle inequality

President Barack Obama has pledged that 2014 will be a "year of action" to tackle economic inequality, in his annual State of the Union address.

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Obama: 'We need to close Guantanamo Bay in 2014'

President Obama has said that 2014 needs to be the year that "we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay".

And with the Afghan war ending, this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay – because we counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military action, but by remaining true to our Constitutional ideals

– President Obama


Obama: US has 'prudent limits on the use of drones'

Barack Obama in his State of the Union address has said he has "imposed prudent limits on the use of drones".

So, even as we aggressively pursue terrorist networks – through more targeted efforts and by building the capacity of our foreign partners – America must move off a permanent war footing.

That’s why I’ve imposed prudent limits on the use of drones – for we will not be safer if people abroad believe we strike within their countries without regard for the consequence.

That’s why... I will reform our surveillance programs – because the vital work of our intelligence community depends on public confidence, here and abroad, that the privacy of ordinary people is not being violated.

– Barack Obama

Obama: 'We will complete Afghanistan mission in 2014'

President Barack Obama has said that America will "complete our mission" in Afghanistan in 2014.

When I took office, nearly 180,000 Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, all our troops are out of Iraq. More than 60,000 of our troops have already come home from Afghanistan.

With Afghan forces now in the lead for their own security, our troops have moved to a support role.

Together with our allies, we will complete our mission there by the end of this year, and America’s longest war will finally be over.

– President Barack Obama

Obama: Time to do away with 'Mad Men' work policies

Barack Obama has said that equality in the workplace must be a priority along with doing away with policies that belong in a "Mad Men" episode.

Obama: 'I will veto increased sanctions on Iran'

President Barack Obama reiterated that he would veto any effort by lawmakers to increase sanctions on Iran while the United States and other Western powers were in diplomatic talks with Tehran over its nuclear program.

"The sanctions that we put in place helped make this opportunity possible," Obama said, according to the text of his State of the Union address, referring to diplomatic talks.

"But let me be clear: if this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it. For the sake of our national security, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed."


Obama: 'It's time to fix our broken immigration system'

US President Barack Obama has said that 2014 is the year to fix America's 'broken immigration system'.

Obama focus on savers, manufacturing and the internet

President Barack Obama has vowed in his State of the Union address to act to help small savers, spur manufacturing and expand school internet access as part of his pledge to strengthen economic security for all Americans.

The president's plans also include helping low-income people rise to the middle class, expanding higher-paying jobs that many types of manufacturing offer, and improving the quality of US schools to improve the fortunes of low- and middle-income families.

The president was also due to preview a program with Apple , Microsoft, Verizon, Sprint and other firms to expand and modernise internet connections in schools.

Obama: '2014 is the year to close Guantanamo Bay'

President Barack Obama has said that 2014 is the year to close the controversial US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior administration official told reporters before his State of the Union address.

Obama will not announce his plans for future U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan and will not mention the Keystone XL oil pipeline during his address, the officials said.

Obama giving his speech. Credit: White House

Obama's administration faces decisions on troops and on whether or not to approve the pipeline from Canada this year.

Obama will say he wants to work with Congress to win broad bipartisan support to pass measures that would give him fast-track authority to enact free trade pacts, the White House said.

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