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President Barack Obama is greeted by Gov. Andrew

President Barack Obama is greeted by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as he arrives to speak on the need for a "21st Century Transportation Infrastructure" in Tarrytown on May 14, 2014. Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Jewel Samad

In the past few days President Barack Obama and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo have been on the road previewing their goals for 2015. If there are any big surprises left on their lists, we're sure to find out this week.

In a prime-time speech on Tuesday, Obama addresses a joint session of Congress, the first one with Republicans in the majority of both chambers. He's already rolled out free community college tuition and broadband access for all as proposals, but there aren't likely to be any big legislative initiatives.

On Wednesday afternoon, Cuomo will combine his State of the State address and his annual budget speech into one presentation. The governor has already unveiled a property tax relief program for some homeowners and renters, and is likely to preview his plans for education reform.

It's a double-popcorn week for politicos.