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The biggest surprise Thursday morning at the Supreme Court will be if the justices do not issue their most-anticipated decision of the year — on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  Red River Radio plans to extend Morning Edition coverage for the decision and analysis.  Our extended coverage will begin at 9:00 a.m. unless we get word that the court has deferred the release of their opinion to another date. We will push back Performance Today's broadcast time until after full coverage and analysis has been completed by NPR.

As we reported Monday, the court has said its last day of the current term is Thursday. And that's led to the logical conclusion that the health care decision will be released shortly after 10 a.m. ET, when the justices come to the bench. It's highly unlikely, court watchers say, that the justices have decided to give themselves another day before going on recess or have opted to delay a decision even longer.

We will pass along the news as soon as possible. NPR's health, legal and Washington teams will all be on the story and feeding NPR.org, the Newcast Desk and Morning Edition — which will still be on the air across much of the nation.

NPR has alerted us that the President will address the nation tonight and NPR coverage will begin at 6:00 p.m. CT tonight.  No details about the subject of the address are known at this time.  President Obama is in Afghanistan on a surprise visit and a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Obama will address Americans tonight from Bagram Air Base, at 6:30 p.m. CT.  NPR coverage will begin at 6pm.

Airs Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.  The U.S. Supreme Court has been hearing arguments in the one of the most important legal and policy cases of our generation. Today the justices will consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  The Supreme Court  will release audio of today's arguments and NPR will offer one-hour wrap specials tonight of the arguments. Jennifer Ludden, NPR correspondent, will host tonight special. We will have edited highlights of the arguments before the justices. Tentative guests include Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

Airs Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. Ten states will hold Republican contests on Tuesday, March 6.  NPR will offer special coverage at 7 p.m., hosted by Audie Cornish and Melissa Block.

Airs Tuesday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m.  On Tuesday night, January 24, President Obama delivers his State of the Union address. Facing into an election year, the President is expected to continue pushing Congress on his economic agenda. This will be President Obama's last State of the Union Address of his White House term as he heads into the 2012 presidential election campaign.  NPR will also carry the GOP response which will be given by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

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