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Obama Ushers in Era of Divided Government With Appeal

President Barack Obama said the U.S. economy is “poised for progress” and called for new engines of growth with investments in education, technology and infrastructure even as he urged a partial freeze on government spending to rein in the deficit.

In a State of the Union address marked by the symbolic comity of Democrats and Republicans sitting next to each other instead of across the aisle of the U.S. Capitol, Obama asked for bipartisan cooperation with the opposition party now in control of the House.