News Brief 2/12/2013, Adar 2, 5773
North Korea Poses Problem for Obama Ahead of Big Address
North Korea's nuclear blast Tuesday rudely interrupted President Barack Obama's rollout of his State of the Union address, which is billed as a catalyst for a second-term drive to create jobs.
Obama was also to tell war-weary Americans he will bring 34,000 more troops home from Afghanistan within a year, as he winds up a more than a decade of foreign overstretch and tries to restore middle class security at home, AFP reported.
Less than a month into his second term, the president will step up to deliver the annual showpiece speech in the House of Representatives.