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President Obama to give the State of the Union Address tonight

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NATIONWIDE -- President Barack Obama will give his State of the Union Address tonight outlining his agenda for the coming year.

The president is expected to announce executive actions, parts of his agenda that could be completed without Congressional approval.

One of the big topics he's expected to address is minimum wage.

He plans to sign an order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour.

That higher wage would only apply to new contracts, not existing ones.

Republicans oppose his plan to raise the wage, and to bypass Congress for other issues.

"Well I suspect the president has the authority to raise the minimum wage for those dealing with federal contracts. But let's understand something. This affects not one current contract. It only affects future contracts with the federal government. So I think the question is how many people will this executive action actually help? And I think the answer is somewhere close to zero," said Rep. John Boehner.

This year marks a midterm election, and the president's speech is seen by many as a way to set the party's agenda for the elections in November.

We'll have full coverage of the speech here on Time Warner Cable News.

Live State of the Union begins tonight at 9 p.m.

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