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12:05 PM ET, March 1, 2017


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7 in 10 Speech-Watchers Say Trump Boosted Optimism  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's first address to Congress received largely positive reviews from viewers, with 57% who tuned in saying they had a very positive reaction to the speech, according to a new CNN/ORC poll of speech-watchers.
CBS News:
Viewers strongly approve of Trump's speech to Congress  —  Viewers nationwide strongly approved of President Trump's speech Tuesday night, with many Democrats joining Republicans in calling it “presidential” and positive in tone.  Republicans and Independents found it “unifying,” …
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
5 Key Takeaways From President Trump's Speech  —  WASHINGTON — In President Trump's world, boring is disruptive.  —  After five-plus weeks of gleefully setting the Washington establishment ablaze and declaring a new war with virtually every public utterance, Mr. Trump took the radical step …
Discussion: Washington Post, The Slot and Politico
New York Times:
Ever a Showman, Donald Trump Keeps Washington Guessing
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
Ben Casselman / FiveThirtyEight:
Trump's Speech Was Quiet — And Quietly Radical  —  Reviews of President Trump's first address to Congress on Tuesday night seem to be converging around a single theme: It was Trump at his most subdued.  “Trump Softens Tone in Outlining Goals,” read the lead headline on The New York Times homepage Wednesday morning.
New York Times:
Fact Check: Trump's First Address to Congress
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact-checking President Trump's address to Congress
Discussion: The Atlantic, PolitiFact and NBC News
Jason Kurtz / CNN:
Van Jones on Trump: ‘He became President of the United States in that moment, period’  —  (CNN)Shortly after President Donald Trump addressed a Joint Session of Congress for the first time since taking the oath of office, CNN's Van Jones called one particularly moving moment from the speech …
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:
Liberals Attack SEAL's Widow, President Trump Over Tribute  —  Nearly the whole country was moved by the presence of Carryn Owens, widow of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, during President Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress.  —  Nearly, but not all.
Discussion: RedState and Infowars
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Diving into Trump's first address to Congress
Discussion: Towleroad
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Trump speech leaves Democrats befuddled, in ruins, with question marks  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  The president opened by celebrating Black History Month.  Lady Democrats wore white.  —  Donald Trump delivered the most finely crafted speech of his political life Tuesday night …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Great Night For Trump and Republicans
Discussion: National Review
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
In Video, Uber CEO Argues With Driver Over Falling Fares  —  Travis Kalanick tells a driver to take responsibility for his problems and boasts about a tough culture.  —  by  —  When Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick takes an Uber, he prefers a black car, the high-end service his company introduced in 2010.
Travis / Uber Global:
A profound apology  —  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent the following note to all Uber employees Tuesday evening.  —  By now I'm sure you've seen the video where I treated an Uber driver disrespectfully.  To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement.
Kimberly Dozier / The Daily Beast:
Generals May Launch New ISIS Raids Without Trump's OK  —  The White House is considering delegating more authority to the Pentagon to greenlight anti-terrorist operations like the SEAL Team 6 raid in Yemen that cost the life of a Navy SEAL, to step up the war on the so-called Islamic State, multiple U.S. officials tell The Daily Beast.
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Trump on generals in Yemen raid: They ‘lost’ Navy SEAL
Daniel Halper / New York Post:
Was Kellyanne Conway raised in a barn?  —  Photos of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway kneeling on an Oval Office couch with her shoes on have sparked an online debate about decorum in the executive mansion.  AP  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has been ridiculed for making herself …
Cortney O'Brien /
Hey Dems, Trump and the GOP Just Signed Bills to Help Women, Black Colleges
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Will Disney's Bob Iger Run for President in 2020?  Hollywood Friends Are Nudging  —  Iger told THR in June that “a lot of people have urged me to seek political office,” and now he's considering the prodding for him to lead the Democratic ticket.  —  Disney CEO Bob Iger already runs the world's most successful media company.
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Congressional Republicans Were Desperately Hoping for More Information From Trump.  He Gave Them None.  —  President Donald Trump gave a pretty good speech to a joint session of Congress tonight.  He followed the script, and threw in some unexpected rhetorical flourishes …
Discussion: Booman Tribune, Reuters, Vox and The Hill
Julia Ioffe / The Atlantic:
The State of Trump's State Department  —  The flags in the lobby of the State Department stood bathed in sunlight and silence on a recent afternoon.  “It's normally so busy here,” marveled a State Department staffer as we stood watching the emptiness.  “People are usually coming in for meetings …
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Bill Nye / National Review:
Bill Nye's Embarrassing Face-off with Tucker Carlson on Climate Change  —  It didn't end well for the ‘Science Guy.’  —  Climate-change alarmists who have been largely unchallenged by the media over the past decade have finally met their match in Fox News host Tucker Carlson.  And it ain't pretty.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
A different tone from Trump, but the same message in speech to Congress … For one night at least, President Trump set aside the insults, the conspiracy theories, the rehashing of grievances, the dystopian visions of a country on the brink of ruin.  —  In his first speech to a joint session of Congress …
Aidan Quigley / Politico:
Trump's speech by the numbers
Discussion: Vox
Hayley Miller / The Huffington Post:
Jeff Sessions Warns Of An America With ‘Marijuana Sold At Every Corner Grocery Store’  —  “My best view is that we don't need to be legalizing marijuana,” the attorney general said.  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is doubling down on his crusade against marijuana legalization.
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Salesman-in-Chief  —  President Donald Trump basically told Americans last night that he's going to make sure we can have our cake and eat it, too—and by the way it will be a spectacular cake, it won't cost much, and it's going to help us lose a lot of weight.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Trump is performing the role of president, not doing the job  —  He doesn't want to be president, he just wants to play one on TV.  —  The Donald Trump Show is getting stale, old, and, frankly, a little bit boring.  —  President Trump's big speech before Congress on Tuesday night was the epitome of the show.
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Dow breaks above 21,000 as stocks hit all-time highs after Trump's speech  —  U.S. equities kicked off Wednesday trading sharply higher, with the Dow Jones industrial average climbing above 21,000 for the first time, on the back of President Donald Trump's speech to Congress.
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Week
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Trump Scapegoats Unauthorized Immigrants for Crime  —  Donald Trump is worried about violence by unauthorized immigrants.  When he spoke before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, he invited three relatives of people that unauthorized immigrants had killed to attend as his guests.
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