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Obama to discuss jobs, troop withdrawal during State of the Union

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President Barack Obama will speak to the nation during his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night, and he's expected to focus on spending, jobs, and the Afghan war.

During the speech, the president is expected to announce the withdrawal of 34,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, but the main focus of the night is a call for job creation and the economy.

If Congress hasn't agreed on a budget compromise by March 1, wide-spreading spending cuts will automatically take effect.

"The president says we need to solve the problem by some cuts but more tax revenue. Republicans say you've got all the taxes you're going to get, we need to cut spending," Rockford College Professor Bob Evans says. "So the how, is a real gulf between the two, and I'm not sure how they can solve that, because if the thing I want is the thing you won't do, then we're going to have a hard time getting together."

President Obama is also expected to address the latest North Korean nuclear test.


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