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Well, last night had all the pomp and circumstance that only a State of the Union can provide. President Trump delivered his second last night, weaving together partisan attacks and some calls for unity.

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President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address last night.

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His aides had forecast a call for unity, and the president did open with a call for bipartisanship and unity.

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President Trump was asked a pretty extraordinary question over the weekend. It came from Fox News host Jeanine Pirro. She asked Trump if he has ever worked for Russia. The president did not exactly say no. He did say this.

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The government shutdown over the border wall continues. Here this morning to talk about the political action or lack thereof is NPR's Mara Liasson.

Hi, Mara.

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President Trump painted his drive for a border wall last night in stark terms.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?

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