NPR Coverage of the State of the Union Address

NPR News will provide extensive coverage of the President's State of the Union speech and the Republican Response. 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.

Facing into an election year, the President is expected to continue pushing Congress on his economic agenda. The GOP response will be given by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

Melissa Block will host. She'll be joined in the studio by NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson. Our special coverage will augmented with reporting and reaction from NPR correspondents on Capitol Hill, as well as analysis of the speeches from NPR correspondents and outside contributors. NPR will report the Tea Party response in our special as news warrants.

[The program will run through the end of the Republican response.]


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