Focus on the middle class in Obama's State of the Union address

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In President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, he told the nation that his administration would focus on the middle class and closing the gap between the nation's rich and poor, news sources report.

The New York Times reports that Obama discussed a wide range of initiatives, such as increasing the minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour, to help the middle and lower classes and the overall U.S. economy. The president also pressed the split Congress to focus on the issues of gun violence, the budget, immigration, and climate change.

According to the Washington Post, Obama discussed the war in Afghanistan, as well, saying that he plans to send 34,000 American troops back to the U.S. within the next year. Commenting on his plans to end America's military mission in Afghanistan, he said, "After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home."

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