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Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris debated in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night, their first and only debate of the 2020 campaign. The face-off came at a time of turmoil for the current administration, with President Trump continuing treatment for the coronavirus.

Here are the fact checks and analyses from throughout the night.

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Major-party nominees President Trump and Joe Biden debated for the first time Tuesday night in Cleveland, and it was rocky from the start with heated exchanges and much cross-talk. 

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On the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump gave the headlining speech from the White House South Lawn. Here's a recap of the night's events.

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Vice President Pence headlined the third day of the Republican National Convention. Here's a recap of the night's events.

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First lady Melania Trump had the marquee speaking slot at the end of the second night of the Republican National Convention. She addressed the country live from the White House Rose Garden. Here's a recap of the night.

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A few hundred Republican delegates in Charlotte, N.C., renominated President Trump and Vice President Pence on Monday as the party’s presidential ticket. Here's a recap of the first day of the Republican National Convention.

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“This is a life-changing election that is going to determine what America is going to look like for a long time,” Joe Biden said during his speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention. Here’s a recap of the night’s events.

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“In this election, we have a chance to change the course of history. We're all in this fight: you, me and Joe — together,” Kamala Harris said during her headlining speech on the third night of the Democratic National Convention. Here’s a recap of the night’s events. 

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“From the bottom of my heart, thank you all,” Joe Biden said, after officially being nominated as the Democratic candidate for president. Here’s a recap of the second night of the Democratic National Convention.

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"We have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it," the former first lady says in a prerecorded video. Here's a recap of the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

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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.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET

As jurors in President Trump's impeachment trial, senators have remained silent as House impeachment managers and Trump's defense team make their cases. But now they have their opening.

The trial adjourned on Monday, giving senators their chance to take the floor. That window was still open on Tuesday; senators had up to 10 minutes each to speak.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke first on Tuesday, dismissing the two articles of impeachment against Trump as "constitutionally incoherent."

Senators are debating whether to include witnesses in the Trump impeachment trial.

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts is presiding over the Senate trial, and senators have been sworn in to act as jurors, vowing to render "impartial justice." Senators are not allowed to speak, so they are submitting written questions to Roberts to read.


Seven candidates are onstage Thursday night for the sixth Democratic presidential debate. It is the smallest and least diverse group yet.

PBS NewsHour and Politico are hosting the debate in Los Angeles, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. It is expected to last about three hours.

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Seven Democratic presidential candidates debated Thursday night, the smallest group yet. The December debate, hosted by Politico and PBS NewsHour, took place at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. NPR reporters provided live analysis of the candidates' remarks.

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Ten candidates are taking the stage for the November Democratic Debate in Atlanta, amid public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. NPR reporters will be providing fact checks and analysis throughout the debate. Follow along.

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House Democrats have resumed public impeachment hearings with testimony from a central figure who could be their most important witness yet.


President Trump is expected to hold a news conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday, a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry into him.

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Community members gathered for a vigil in El Paso on Monday night to honor the youngest victim of the mass shooting at a Walmart store on Saturday.

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Sen. Kamala Harris of California and former Vice President Joe Biden traded barbs on several issues, but they also faced criticism from other candidates on Wednesday's debate stage. NPR reporters shared real-time analysis and context for the presidential hopefuls' talking points.

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While the focus going into Tuesday's debate was on progressive icons like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, centrists were not afraid to push back. NPR reporters have analysis and fact checks to parse through the candidates' remarks.

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Ten candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, will be on stage Thursday in Miami.

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Twenty candidates have made it to the first round of Democratic primary debates. Ten take the stage Wednesday night, with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the center. Night 2, on Thursday, will include former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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The Justice Department has released a redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

» A copy of the document is available here.

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The stakes were high for President Trump ahead of his second State of the Union speech, as he remains at a logjam with Congress over immigration in the shadow of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

NPR reporters will be posting results and offering analysis through Tuesday night.


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A handshake in Singapore set in motion a historic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un — the first-ever between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean head of state. Both leaders have committed to "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," but it's unclear what specific steps North Korea is willing to take to get there.

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The Democratic National Committee filed an attention-grabbing lawsuit against the Russian government, WikiLeaks and Donald Trump's presidential campaign that says they conspired to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The suit — which faces legal obstacles because of the Justice Department's investigation into Russia's attack and the difficulties involved with suing a foreign government — develops a theory about alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians.