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'Not so lame a lame-duck president' dares rivals on taxes and trade

Obama presents a progressive agenda in his State of the Union address, but it remains to be seen whether GOP will be ready to work with him in advancing it.

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Mr Obama laid out the battle lines between the White House and Congress by challenging the Republicans on Capitol Hill with policy proposals including a plan to impose higher taxes on wealthy Americans.

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US President Barack Obama is confronting now a dilemma that all occupants of the White House had to face during their last two years in office - being seen as a so-called lame-duck president who has less influence with other politicians and governments due to his limited time

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