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CNN Explains: The State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12:  U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), gestures as State of the Union address during a jointhe gives his session of Congress on Capitol Hill on February 12, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Facing a divided Congress, Obama focused his speech on new initiatives designed to stimulate the U.S. economy. (Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

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    CNN Explains: The State of the Union

CNN's Tom Foreman explains the protocol and the history behind the president's annual address to Congress.