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Obama's challenge in 2016 campaign year: stay relevant

By Jeff Mason HONOLULU (Reuters) – Advancing gun control, closing the U.S. military prison in Cuba and reforming criminal justice laws are likely to top President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address agenda next month as he starts his last year with a key goal: remaining relevant. Obama, who returns from a two-week vacation in Hawaii this weekend, will deliver his last State of the Union speech to both houses of Congress on Jan. 12, kicking of his final year in office just as the campaign to succeed him moves into a higher profile phase. Current and former White House advisers noted that Obama avoided any slide into “lame duck” status in 2015 with big policy moves including the Iran nuclear deal and an international agreement to fight climate change.

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