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President Obama, center, makes a point Tuesday as he conducts his State of the Union address before members of Congress and other dignitaries on Capitol Hill. Also pictured is Vice President Joe Biden, left, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Tribune photo by Charles Dharapak

Obama vows job creation without adding to deficit, to keep promises that have been made

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WASHINGTON — Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Obama on Tuesday urged a deeply divided Congress to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation’s middle class.


He declared Republican ideas for reducing the deficit “even worse” than the unpalatable deals Washington had to stomach during his first term.

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