Obama speech: Big new theme, some familiar content

By By JIM KUHNHENN

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's State of the Union address will deliver familiar content along with some targeted first-time initiatives that both test and illustrate the limits of divided government in an election year.

Obama's message to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday will identify places where he and Congress can cooperate. But he'll also press issues that will distinguish him and Democrats from Republicans. And he will make a case for acting alone.

The address will be wrapped in a unifying theme: that the federal government can play a key role in increasing opportunities for Americans who have been left behind, unable to benefit from a recovering economy.

Still, Obama will also feel compelled to take credit for an economy that by many indicators is gaining strength under his watch.

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