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State of the Union

Obama wants higher taxes on rich, incentives for jobs

Seeks 30% rate on top earners; boosts housing, clean energy aid

WASHINGTON - President Obama pledged last night to use the transformative role of government to rescue the middle class and restore tax fairness, calling on Congress to be a partner in easing economic anxieties.

In an assertive, expansive State of the Union address, the president proposed that the richest Americans - earners of more than $1 million a year - be made to pay at least 30 percent in taxes. The proposal creates a stark contrast to those Republicans seeking to replace him by pitching less government and more tax cuts.

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