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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered the English language Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night. She spoke speaking from her daughters' school — East Lansing High School.

In brief remarks, she focused on Democrats' plans to improve infrastructure, education and health care coverage.

President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, the day before his Senate impeachment trial is scheduled to wrap.

President Trump delivered a wide-ranging State of the Union address Tuesday night that went an hour and 21 minutes. That's the third-longest ever.

So what should we make of Trump's third address to Congress, and in a year when Democrats are gearing up for a crowded primary to decide who will face Trump in 2020?

1. Trump did not acknowledge the new political reality in Washington

Stacey Abrams, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and potential Senate candidate, delivered the Democrats' response to President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Illustration of President Trump
Chelsea Beck | NPR

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address, which the White House says will outline a "policy agenda both parties can rally behind." Yet the speech follows the longest shutdown in U.S. history, and the deadline to avoid another one is in less than two weeks. NPR reporters covering the White House, Congress, immigration, national security and more are annotating his remarks live, adding context and analysis.

At left, Craig Remsburg sits with his son Cory during the State of the Union address along with a photo of the Army Ranger during rehab with President Obama.
Enhanced White House stream of State of the Union Address

Dear Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg:

St. Louis says, “Hi.”

With tweets and Facebook posts and all manner of website shout-outs, St. Louisans have been sending well wishes to Sgt. Remsburg, the Army Ranger who was lauded for his determination and courage by President Barack Obama during Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

Blunt Offers State of the Union 'Prebuttal'

Jan 25, 2014
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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says President Obama has "a lot of explaining to do” in his State of the Union address Tuesday.

Blunt offered a preemptive rebuttal to the speech in the GOP’s weekly radio address Saturday, saying Americans are suffering under unnecessary regulation and lackluster job creation.

Obama is expected to call for a “Year of Action” on poverty, but Blunt calls the focus on income inequality “more of the same.”

A gun show in Houston, Texas, in 2007.
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During his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama emphasized the need for more background checks for gun buyers, saying that that the majority of Americans favor the proposal as a way to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.

President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address

Feb 12, 2013
(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

Updated 10:04 p.m. following address and response.

President Obama's delivery of the annual State of the Union address has concluded. For a full breakdown of his remarks, and those of the Republican response, given by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, check out this post from NPR.

Our earlier story:

President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address tonight and we'd love for you to join us. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 12, 2013 - Perhaps unsurprisingly, Missouri and Illinois lawmakers generally split along party lines when reacting to President Barack Obama's first State of the Union speech since winning re-election last November.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 2, 2013 - WASHINGTON – Last month, President Barack Obama waxed eloquent about social equality and collective action as he addressed a million people on the National Mall in an inaugural speech that was heavy on ideology and relatively light on the specifics of his second-term agenda.

Tonight, Obama is expected to shift emphasis to jobs, fill in the blanks in policy details, and outline some new proposals when he speaks in the U.S. House chamber in a State of the Union address to the 535 members of Congress who will determine how many of his goals are realized.

Blunt on Mo. presidential primary, State of the Union

Jan 24, 2012
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Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the race for the Republican presidential nomination could still be in play in March when Missouri holds its caucus. But before that, Missouri will hold a meaningless presidential primary on Feb. 7.

Blunt, a Republican, says at a time when the state is trying to save money, a primary that has no binding impact should have been eliminated.

"But we're going to have it," Blunt said. "And that February primary may give some guidance to people going to the March caucuses."

State of the Union: 2012

Jan 24, 2012
(Pete Souza)

Join us tonight beginning at 8 p.m. for live special coverage of the 2012 State of the Union address from NPR.

As always, you can listen on-air at 90.7 FM or online here.

After President Obama addresses Congress, the Republican response will be given by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

What is President Obama expected to touch on during his address? White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe gave NPR this preview of the speech. The featured topic of choice? The economy.

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Missouri's Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt agree that the president's proposal to cut the deficit does not go far enough.

President Barack Obama proposed a freeze in spending in his State of the Union speech last night.

McCaskill, a Democrat, says the president's spending cuts don't go far enough:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 26, 2011 - WASHINGTON - While the Republicans and Democrats in the audience worked hard to give the impression of warm bipartisanship during President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening, the assessments of the speech afterward divided along predictably partisan lines.

Anticipating the winter storm that was heading toward the capital, most Republicans -- while praising Obama's spirit of bipartisan civility -- gave his call for a federal spending freeze the cold shoulder because they said it would not cut deeply enough.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 28, 2010 - For most presidential State of the Union addresses, members of Congress generally wait until after the speech to offer their assessment.

But on Wednesday, reflecting the political polarization in Washington, most St. Louis area members of Congress volunteered their observations before President Barack Obama had said a word.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 26, 2010 - The State of the Union Address provides President Barack Obama the chance to use the special resources of the presidency and his unique gifts to reclaim the political initiative.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 26, 2010 - Right after Barack Obama was elected in November 2008, James Spies, a retired school principal in St. Louis, had a message for his fellow Americans: Give the new president time to tackle the tough problems ahead. 

As Obama gets ready to deliver the State of the Union address Wednesday night, Spies thinks the patience he called for has worn a little too thin, a little too quickly.