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Obama challenges Republicans in State of the Union speech

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says it's time to turn the page after years of economic hardship at home and wars overseas. But Republicans in charge of Congress say the voters already took care of that last November -- and they're the proof.

Obama had scarcely finished his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans accused him of calling for the same litany of new taxes and new spending that he's sought in the past.

Obama also salted his speech with a string of veto threats against Republican priorities.

Democrats inside the House chamber generally cheered the president, while Republicans sat quietly in their seats.

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