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President Obama is scheduled to give his 2014 State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, laying out his plans and proposals for the coming year.
Obama is expected to lay out plans to address income inequality and the economy, although reports have suggested he will also quietly drop numerous unfulfilled initiatives laid out in his 2013 SOTU address. The speech will start at 9 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
There is a certain amount of skepticism from many quarters surrounding this year's speech. It had been hopeful that Obama would fulfill promises to lower corporation tax rates and pass significant immigration reform last year, however, throughout 2013 the president was distracted by other priorities, and has also been unable to navigate his proposals through Congress successfully.
The Benghazi scandal, the botched Obamacare rollout, and NSA spying scandals have ensured that Obama is under more pressure than ever before approaching a State of the Union address.
Although Obama's focus on Tuesday night appears to be set clearly on income inequality and the economy, some reports claim that the president will touch upon past promises to oversee tighter gun controls.
Other topics from last year's SOTU speech, such as taxes and entitlement reform, could also struggle to get more than a mention in this year's speech as Obama looks to bring strong focus on creating more economic opportunities, and close the widening gap between the rich and poor.
It is believed Obama will look to implement more employee protections through 2014, and it has been widely reported he will sign an executive order increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for new federal contracts.
Obama will unveil plans to increase the federal wage to $10.10 over three years, and from then on indexing it to inflation.
Obama's State of the Union speech 2014 can be watched online through a free live stream in the video below or via the White House website by clicking here.