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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Removing troops from Afghanistan, improving schools and gun control. Just a few of the issues President Obama touched on during his first State of the Union Address of his 2nd term. In his 4th State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out the agenda for his 2nd term in office.
"Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger," says President Obama.
The focus of tonight's speech: how he plans to improve the economy and find work for 12.3 million unemployed Americans.
"Broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to deficit reduction, with spending cuts and revenue and with everybody doing their fair share," says President Obama.
Warmly received by Democrats and mostly dismissed by Republicans, the President will need help from both parties to achieve his goals.
"Let's set party interests aside, and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future," says President Obama.
On foreign policy, the President announced a major troop withdrawal from Afghanistan - 34,000 by this time next year. On immigration reform, he pushed for a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. On gun control, he made it clear he wants action. We'll continue to cover the issues brought up during the State of the Union. You can get the latest overnight developments on TENNESSEE MORNINGS starting at 5am or anytime at Fox17.com or Facebook.com/FoxNashville.
Wednesday, February 13 2013, 01:45 AM CST
First lady to high school grads: live your dreams
May 18, 2013 19:28 GMT
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama has some advice for some Tennessee high school graduates: strike your own path in college and life and work to overcome inevitable failures with determination and grit.
Mrs. Obama spoke for 22-minutes to the Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School in Nashville in her only high school graduation speech this year.
The first lady told the 170 graduates that she spent too much of her own time in college focusing on academic achievements. She said while her success in college and law school led to a high-profile job, she ended up leaving to focus on public service.
Mrs. Obama had this message for the graduates: "Do not waste a minute living someone else's dream."
Mrs. Obama later presented graduate diplomas on stage.
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.