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The State of the Union Is … Overrated

Seriously, it might be the least productive day on Congress’s calendar.

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In the Spiel, the State of the Union address is like baseball’s All-Star Game. Flashy, but without consequence.

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Podcast production by Pierre Bienaimé and Daniel Schroeder.