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Live Annotation of the State of the Union Address

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President Donald Trump spoke before a joint session of Congress a year ago. Tonight is his first State of The Union address.

President Trump is planning a bipartisan pitch to Congress with his first State of the Union address, but he will have his work cut out for him with a public that is more divided than ever.

Sixty-one percent of Americans believe Trump has done more to divide the country than to unite it, according to a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. A year into office, Trump's approval ratings are at record-low levels, and a majority of Americans see his first year as a failure.

A scripted speech like the State of the Union, with dedicated air time, gives Trump a prime opportunity to lay out his agenda and try to set a new tone. A senior administration official told reporters the president will tout his "record-setting" accomplishments, which are "lifting all Americans." The speech will reflect on his first year in office and highlight the country's economic upswing.

Tuesday night, Trump is expected to focus on five major policy areas: jobs and the economy, infrastructure, immigration, trade and national security. The president is expected to unveil some new policy proposals, though the official would not elaborate on what those would be.

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