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A lot of folks in and around Cincinnati politics have their shorts all bunched up worrying about who is going to take Republican Amy Murray's place on Cincinnati City Council when she leaves next month to take a job in Donald Trump's Department of Defense. Frankly, I can't even pretend to get worked up about it.

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President Trump is addressing the nation a day after the Senate acquitted him of both articles of impeachment. Trump said he was "totally vindicated" after a months-long impeachment inquiry and trial.

Watch his remarks live below starting at noon. If it is after the scheduled start time and the below video does not play, please try refreshing the page. 

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This week has seen one major story after another in national politics, and our friend, the Political Junkie Ken Rudin, is in town to join us for Thursday's Cincinnati Edition with a live studio audience.

Updated 5:43 p.m. ET

The Senate has voted to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — ending a months-long process of investigations and hearings and exposing a sharply divided Congress and country.

Acquittal on the first article was 52-48, with Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah becoming the only senator to cross party lines. Trump was cleared of the second charge on a straight party-line vote of 53-47.

Convicting and removing Trump from office would have required 67 votes.

President Trump took full advantage of the large television audience for his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to make his case for reelection in November, touting the strong economy and delighting Republicans in the room with a series of made-for-TV moments.

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Yes, Donald Trump won Ohio by eight percentage points in 2016 on his way to an electoral college victory.

No, his re-election campaign is not taking Ohio for granted in 2020.

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President Trump is delivering the 2020 State of the Union address, which comes under the shadow of his impeachment trial. Watch his remarks live and follow a live annotation of his remarks, including fact checks and analysis from NPR reporters.

The president's address is expected to begin at 9 p.m. ET. If it is after the scheduled start time and the below video does not play, please try refreshing the page. 

Updated at 5:30 p.m.

House Democrats and President Trump's defense team made their final arguments in the Senate impeachment trial before lawmakers vote later this week on whether to remove Trump from office.

Both sides presented opposing versions of the president's handling of aid for Ukraine last summer and the impeachment proceedings so far, before ultimately arriving at divergent conclusions.

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Earlier this week, Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper and some Democratic candidates for Congress and the state legislature traveled to the sometimes forgotten southern Ohio small cities of Chillicothe, Ironton and Marietta. They were there because in 2016, Hillary Clinton was not. 

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The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. At the conclusion of the trial, senators are expected to vote on whether Trump should be removed from office.

Each day of the trial will stream through this player as proceedings begin. Due to the nature of live events, all times are approximate and subject to change, often on short notice. If it is after the scheduled start time and the below video does not play, please try refreshing the page. 

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Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, despite losing the popular vote, because three states - Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan - gave him wins by paper-thin margins, while Ohio went for Trump by eight percentage points. That was enough to push Trump over the 270 electoral vote threshold he needed to defeat Hillary Clinton.

The chair of Ohio’s New African Immigrants Commission says "it just doesn't make a lot of sense" that President Trump could include Nigeria, the native country of a growing number of Columbus residents, in a planned expansion of his travel ban policy.

President Trump has often surrounded himself with lawyers whom he sees as being good on television. But Pat Cipollone, the attorney who will play a leading role in Trump's Senate impeachment trial defense, is better known for working behind the scenes.

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For any politician, getting the boot from your own political party is no easy feat to accomplish.

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The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. At the conclusion of the trial, senators are expected to vote on whether Trump should be removed from office.

Each day of the trial will stream through this player as proceedings begin. Due to the nature of live events, all times are approximate and subject to change, often on short notice. If it is after the scheduled start time and the below video does not play, please try refreshing the page. 

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Earlier this week, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was interviewed on Cincinnati Edition by host Michael Monks on several subjects, including Portman's role as a juror in the upcoming Senate trial of President Trump on impeachment charges.

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET

Amid much pomp and circumstance, the Senate took some of its first steps on Thursday to prepare for next week's impeachment trial of President Trump, just the third such trial in Senate history.

Chief Justice John Roberts, having crossed First Street from the Supreme Court building over to the Capitol, joined senators in the chamber and then was sworn in by Senate President pro tempore Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Roberts will preside over the trial.

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The Democratic candidates for president - or at least a shrunken version of the current active roster - appeared together on stage for their final debate ahead of the Iowa caucus. We are just two-and-a-half weeks away from the votes being cast in the 2020 presidential primary. Did Tuesday's debate have any effect?

Updated at 6:30 p.m. ET

The House of Representatives has delivered articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, which is expected to begin a trial next week.

Earlier in the day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named seven Democratic members of Congress as the managers who will argue the case for impeachment.

Those managers brought the articles to the Senate on Wednesday evening.

The location, timing and message of this Trump rally could be a preview of his re-election strategy.

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