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Speaker to Obama: Jan. 28 for State of the Union

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Photo - Footprints in the snow lead to the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. In Washington. Snow was falling at daybreak, but traffic problems failed to materialize as many workers stayed home. Non-emergency federal employees were granted an excused absence and others were told to telecommute, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Footprints in the snow lead to the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. In Washington. Snow was falling at daybreak, but traffic problems failed to materialize as many workers stayed home. Non-emergency federal employees were granted an excused absence and others were told to telecommute, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark your calendars: House Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union address on Jan. 28.

Boehner sent a letter to Obama on Friday with the invitation. The White House quickly accepted.

The Republican said Americans expect Washington to focus on their priorities and find common ground. Boehner said that Congress wants to hear the president's ideas, particularly on putting Americans back to work.

Obama would speak at 9 p.m. EDT from the House chamber in an address to Congress and the nation.

By tradition, the president gets invited to this appearance by the speaker of the House.

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