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Biden to discuss Russia and COVID in his State of the Union address

President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday to a nation eager to emerge from the deadly coronavirus pandemic but facing worries about inflation and the conflict with Russia. Biden’s remarks during a joint session of Congress will give him the opportunity to trumpet his administration’s accomplishments in his first year in office and set policy goals for the year ahead. The speech will not be his first major address to Congress. Last April, just three months after taking office, Biden struck an optimistic tone during a joint session of Congress, but that speech was technically not a State of the Union address. After Tuesday night’s speech, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will give the Republican Party’s rebuttal. The last State of the Union was delivered by former President Donald Trump on February 4, 2020.

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