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Airs Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 8 p.m. President Donald Trump is scheduled to give his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, to a joint session of Congress. One year into the Trump administration, the Speaker of the House has extended the traditional invitation to the president to "take account of the progress we have made" and "lay out the work that still remains to be done."

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Airs Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 9 a.m.  Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election. The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing. Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation. That's a charge that the White House denies. A Special Counsel has since been tapped by the Justice Department to head the probe. Thursday's public hearing begins at 9 a.m. CT. Online, NPR journalists covering national security and politics are annotating Comey's opening remarks, which the Senate Intelligence Committee released in advance on Wednesday. A live video stream of the Senate Select Committee is below. 

Airs Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 7 p.m. As the Trump presidency approaches its 100th day, NPR News is launching a new round of the collaborative project A Nation Engaged, to help foster conversation on the topic of Power & the Presidency with this framing question:

How powerful should any American president be?"

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Airs Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 7 p.m.  NPR and WNYC present a special hour of coverage to set up this important moment in President Trump’s early presidency. This coverage is intended to provide listeners with context for the night’s speech by placing the speech inside the framework of America in a time of seismic change. This special will be a one-hour call-in program hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and featuring conservative commentator and talk radio host Charlie Sykes. 

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