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Judge Brett Kavanaugh is back in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his Supreme Court nomination after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. The first woman to publicly accuse him, Christine Blasey Ford, is testifying before the panel first. Kavanaugh will be questioned separately after her. Watch Live

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Continues Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 8 a.m. Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are scheduled for this week. The 53-year-old Federal Judge is President Trump’s pick to fill the spot left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in July.

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Airs Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 9 a.m. Senator John McCain of Arizona will be remembered in a national memorial service on Saturday, September 1st at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama will be among colleagues and friends who will pay tribute to the war hero, senator and presidential candidate. NPR News will be there with live special coverage of the entire service. The special live coverage will be hosted by Congressional Correspondent Scott Detrow.  He’ll be joined in studio by NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsley and from the National Cathedral by NPR Congressional Reporter Kelsey Snell.

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Airs Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 8 p.m. President Donald Trump is scheduled to give his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, to a joint session of Congress. One year into the Trump administration, the Speaker of the House has extended the traditional invitation to the president to "take account of the progress we have made" and "lay out the work that still remains to be done."

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Airs Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 9 a.m.  Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election. The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing. Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation. That's a charge that the White House denies. A Special Counsel has since been tapped by the Justice Department to head the probe. Thursday's public hearing begins at 9 a.m. CT. Online, NPR journalists covering national security and politics are annotating Comey's opening remarks, which the Senate Intelligence Committee released in advance on Wednesday. A live video stream of the Senate Select Committee is below.