In Washington, the House of Representatives passed a compromise budget deal that preserves tax cuts for most Americans. The deal prevented drastic automatic spending cuts and tax increases going into effect.
In his sixth annual State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama has declared the economic crisis over and called on Americans to move forward together. The speech marks the final leg of his two-term presidency.
The United States and Cuba have closed two days of talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after half a century of estrangement. Both Washington and Havana have agreed to meet again.
The new Republican-controlled Congress and President Obama are likely to disappoint American voters who want them work together. Areas for compromise are narrow and early signs don’t look promising.
US President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address on Tuesday to propose closing tax loopholes exploited by the richest Americans, officials say. It will be his first address to a Republican-led Congress.
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