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Obama pledges economic equality

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2014 | 8:25 AM

United States President Barack Obama has promised to bypass a fractured Congress to tackle economic inequality in his annual State of the Union address.



He pledged to take steps without legislation wherever possible.



And he announced a rise in the minimum wage for new federal contract staff.



The Democratic president is facing some of his lowest approval ratings since first taking office in 2009.



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