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After weeks of headlines dominated by White House actions on the international stage, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will face questions from lawmakers Wednesday afternoon about how the Trump administration is managing foreign policy.

State of the Union annotation and video begin at 8 p.m.

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party.

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Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans."

Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

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After passing their respective tax overhaul bills, the U.S. House and Senate are trying to reconcile the differences in their legislation.

While they do that, President Trump is making a renewed pitch to the American people about the importance of overhauling the tax code.

Watch the president’s remarks live.

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Donald Trump Jr. tweeted images of emails regarding his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer on Tuesday. An intermediary said he could connect Trump Jr. with people who had information "that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]... and would be very useful to your father." Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting, which former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner also attended in June 2016. They met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, whom Trump Jr. said ultimately did not provide the promised material on Clinton. 

The Senate Intelligence Committee begins two days of highly anticipated hearings Wednesday that could shed new light on the state of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday at the Capitol.

The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs.

Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

The debate comes at a time of heightened tension in the campaign, to say the least. After the Washington Post last Friday published a 2005 video showing Donald Trump making lewd comments and bragging about sexual assault, he offered an apology. Many prominent Republicans have even called for Trump to step aside, something he has said he will not do.

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence are squared off in the vice-presidential debate last night.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, live annotated the debate. You can see the archive video on this page, and follow along with the text below, which was transcribed in real time (please forgive the occasional typo).

Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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