state of the union

President Trump's State of the Union address included some surprising moments — both emotional announcements and a blunt reaction from the speaker of the House — all playing out live before a prime-time audience.

Here are six of the highlights:

1. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rips up a copy of the president's speech

When President Trump stands before Congress on Tuesday to deliver his State of the Union address, he will be a president impeached, but not yet acquitted.

Traditionally, the State of the Union address is the most important and most-watched speech of the year for a president. Doing it in the midst of an impeachment trial adds another political dimension.

President Clinton faced a similar situation in 1999. He delivered his State of the Union on the very day his legal team began presenting his impeachment defense to senators.

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

President Trump is set to deliver his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, less than a day before the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on two articles of impeachment against him.

While the scene on Capitol Hill has been tumultuous during the impeachment trial, a senior administration official told reporters last week that Trump's address would use "the great American comeback" as its theme and take an optimistic tone.

Here's what you need to know ahead of tonight's address.

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On Tuesday night, Feb. 4, 2020, President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. Afterwards, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to deliver the Democratic Party's response. 

NHPR will carry NPR live anchored coverage of the State of the Union Address and the Democratic Party response. 

A Conversation with U.S. Congresswoman Annie Kuster

Feb 20, 2019

New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster went viral earlier this month, raising the roof during President Donald Trump's State of the Union address (pictured above.) Representative Kuster is back in Washington this term along with a historic number of women serving in Congress. With a Democratic majority in the House, the Second Congressional District representative has a number of goals for this term. She just joined the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and leads a bipartisan task force addressing the opioid epidemic.   

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President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday. 

New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen spoke with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley about her thought on the speech.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.)

Senator, what was your biggest takeaway after hearing the speech last night?

   

In his first State of the Union address to a divided Congress, President Donald Trump warned Democrats on Tuesday that "ridiculous partisan investigations" could derail the nation's economic progress.

Trump peppered his speech with calls for bipartisanship, urging Washington to govern "not as two parties, but as one nation." But his message clashed with the rancorous atmosphere he has helped cultivate in the nation's capital, as well as the desire of most Democrats to block his path during his next two years in office.

President Donald Trump will deliver a State of the Union address Tuesday night at approximately 9. 

Watch the speech live at the scheduled time below, followed by the Democratic response by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

 

The speech follows the longest shutdown in U.S. history, and the deadline to avoid another one is in less than two weeks. 

N.H. Reps: Trump Must Do More for Opioid Epidemic

Jan 31, 2018
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  New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation reacting to President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech appreciate his efforts to take on the opioid epidemic, but say he hasn't done enough to get funding.

Rep. Annie Kuster says declaring the opioid epidemic a national health emergency was the right thing for Trump to do, but without the funding, it's a meaningless gesture. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says he must finally begin fulfilling his promise to deliver treatment resources.

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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time.

You can also watch the speeches live, just scroll below the fact-check transcript to see the video.

Follow the real-time fact-check:

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President Donald Trump delivers his first State Of The Union address Tuesday night, which NHPR will air live.

Members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation have announced their respective guests. 

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On today's show:

Episode 11: The State of the Union Address

Feb 28, 2017

The State of the Union address is a longstanding tradition that involves bizarre, unexplained protocol and more applause than a high school graduation. It’s also mandated by the constitution. In this episode, we learn how the SOTU has changed since George Washington delivered the very first one to a joint session of Congress way back in 1790.  

State of the Union 2016: N.H. Reacts

Jan 13, 2016
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The president reviewed accomplishments from the past year and his hopes for the future, with a look to the upcoming election.  We’ll play back highlights from the speech and the Republican response, and we're also getting reaction from New Hampshire analysts.

Guests:

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New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she shares President Barack Obama's optimism about the future. 

Speaking shortly after the President's final State of the Union address Tuesday night, Shaheen says she agrees that the political system needs to do a better job of facing the nation's challenges.

She also says she was pleased that Obama acknowledged the current prescription drug addiction epidemic in his speech.

"It's particularly good to hear the President of the United States say that this has got to be a national priority."

2nd Annual State Of The Union Bingo!

Jan 20, 2015
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Back by popular demand, it's the 2nd Annual Word of Mouth SOTU Bingo Card!

Planning on watching the State of the Union address this evening? Why not have a little fun and play State of the Union bingo with us! Simply print one--or the whole set if you're hosting a party--of our fancy bingo cards, and keep your eyes and ears open. We'll also be live-tweeting the speech, if you'd like to join the conversation online. It all kicks off at 9 p.m. sharp!  

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If you’ve felt skeptical during a political speech, fear not! Politifact is fact-checking tonight’s State of the Union address and the Republican response in real time. On today’s show: how to truth squad a speech that has not yet happened, and the challenges of distinguishing fact from fiction in the political realm.

Then, in an age when so much information is kept in the cloud or on hard drives, hoarding is no longer a problem unique to the physical realm; we’ll talk to a self-diagnosed digital hoarder.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen has invited a Portsmouth firefighter as her guest at President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address in Washington.

Bill McQuillen, who is secretary-treasurer of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, will sit in the audience Tuesday for the president's speech. Shaheen said it's an honor to host McQuillen in Washington to show her appreciate for all that he and his fellow first responders do for New Hampshire year-round.

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Here is a roundup of reactions to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech from the New Hampshire Congressional delegation and political organizations.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte:

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For an hour and five minutes, President Barack Obama addressed the country for his 5th State of the Union address.  Obama lauded progress the country has made from decreasing unemployment to smaller deficits. He talked about recent successes of the Affordable Care Act and spoke out about progress that still needs to be made: higher wages for women, and raising the minimum wage. And he showed a little extra swagger saying that if congress won’t go along with his ideas, then President Obama will go at it alone.

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Planning on watching the State of the Union address this evening? Why not have a little fun and play State of the Union bingo with us. Simply print out our fancy bingo card here, and keep your ears open. We'll also be live-tweeting the speech, if you'd like to join the conversation online. It all kicks off at 9 p.m. sharp!     

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with the latest bills to expand gambling in New Hampshire. Supporters believe the cards may be finally right for their cause, given Governor Maggie Hassan’s support for some type of increased gambling. Later, we’ll hear highlights from President Obama’s State of the Union address and get your reaction. And we’ll end the week with the ins and outs of Governor Hassan’s budget.

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Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental implications of the road ahead as laid out by President Obama in his recent State of the Union? -- Marilyn Pike, Bethesda, MD

 

If you're sitting on the couch alone watching an event like the State of the Union, you can feel less alone if you follow its hashtag on Twitter, a lot less alone. It’s your choice, really, whether you want to join the conversation, and I (as Word of Mouth) didn’t necessarily plan to last night, but it can be kind of hard not to tweet about what we might say if we were on the air at that moment.  

The big story of the day is, of course, President Obama's State of the Union address last night. Since the speech wrapped, analysis from politicos, pundits, and wonks has been pretty much non-stop.