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Analyzing Obama's State of the Union address

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President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. Also pictured are Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) (R-OH).
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During his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama called for paid sick leave policies, tax hikes on the rich and universal access to community college.

From NBC News: 

In his first six years in office, Obama has been dogged by criticism over the economy, with Republicans and even some centrist Democrats suggesting his policies were ineffective in helping the country recover from the recession.

Now with the federal deficit dropping and huge job growth over the last year, Obama is articulating proposals that reflect a country no longer in an economic crisis. His speech Tuesday included many ideas targeted at middle-class Americans who have not benefited from the economic growth, including his proposal to offer seven days of paid sick leave for workers who don't get it now.

On The Daily Circuit, we're analyzing his speech and policy proposals.