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New York Times:
Before Expected Call for Unity, Trump Laced Into Democrats at Lunch for TV Anchors  —  WASHINGTON — For public consumption, President Trump planned to use his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to appeal for bipartisan unity.  But at a private lunch for television anchors earlier …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Asks for Unity, but Presses Hard Line on Immigration  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump delivered a message of bipartisan unity on Tuesday night in his first address to Congress in the new era of divided government, but signaled that he would continue to wage war for the hard-line immigration policies …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump has no clue how to strike a deal with Dems.  His State of the Union speech proved it.  —  Art of the deal, indeed.  —  President Donald Trump's most famous book, The Art of the Deal, says “you can't con people, at least not for long.  You can create excitement …
POLITICO Playbook: Notes from inside the SOTU
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Donald Trump 2019: Same lying racist he was last year
New York Times:
Watch State of the Union: Live Video and Analysis  —  Watch State of the Union: Live Video  —  Join New York Times reporters for live analysis and fact-checking during President's State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday.  The speech is set to begin at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
Most viewers approved of Trump's second State of the Union address  —  Seventy-six percent of Americans who tuned in to President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night approved of the speech he gave.  Just 24 percent disapproved.  —  As is often the case in State of the Union addresses …
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Discussion: Breitbart, ABC News and Raw Story
Ezra Klein / Vox:
I liked parts of Trump's State of the Union, then I remembered his presidency  —  In his speech, Trump imagined the president he hasn't been.  —  I'll be honest.  There were parts of President Donald Trump's 2019 State of the Union that I liked.  But then I remembered the reality of his presidency.
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why Trump's zig-zagging speech made perfect sense
Discussion: Vox, Axios and Breitbart
Speech audience was most partisan since 2001
Discussion: Political Wire
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
State of the Union 2019: President Donald Trump calls for unity, renews pledge to build wall
Yahoo News:
Full text: President Trump's 2019 State of the Union address  —  Below is President Trump's 2019 State of the Union address as prepared.  The delivered remarks may differ.  —  Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
President Trump's State of the Union transcript, annotated  —  President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday night — an address that had to wait for a week due to the government shutdown.  And he delivered it at a time when the underlying issues in that shutdown …
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Fact-Checking President Trump's 2019 State of the Union address  —  President Trump's State of the Union speech once again was chockful of stretched facts and dubious figures.  Many of these claims have been fact-checked repeatedly, yet the president persists in using them. here …
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Wire
Nicole Fallert / Vox:
President Trump's State of the Union address: live transcript
Discussion: Hit & Run, The Week and IJR
Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren apologizes for calling herself Native American  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that she was sorry that she identified herself as a Native American for almost two decades, reflecting her ongoing struggle to quiet a controversy that continues to haunt her as she prepares to formally announce a presidential bid.
Washington Post:
'This isn't me': Gov. Northam's defiance caught advisers off guard  —  RICHMOND — Most of his staff was gone for the night as Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pam, worked the phones in the Executive Mansion.  They called friends back in Norfolk, old classmates from his medical school …
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Yes, Virginia, This is Chaos
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
President Trump didn't need the State of the Union to speak his mind.  He does it all the time.  —  The Constitution mandates that the President of the United States give an update on the State of the Union from “time to time.”  —  And, so, President Trump does.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Trump goes big, uses delayed State of the Union to make case on border, much more
Discussion: 105.9 FM and AM 630
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
One speech, two conflicting missions: Trump revs up his base while reaching beyond it
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Kate Feldman / New York Daily News:
President Trump calls for investigations into him to end during State of the Union — just like Nixon did  —  Do as Nixon says, but maybe not as he does.  —  Echoing President Nixon's 1974 State of the Union, President Trump called for an end of investigations into him during Tuesday night's address.
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Trump's State of the Union Protection Racket: Either Mueller Gets It, or the American Economy Does
Discussion: Raw Story
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump derides ‘ridiculous partisan investigations’ in State of the Union
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump's claims in his State of Union address  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump laced his State of the Union speech with puffed-up numbers and partial truths Tuesday as he hailed an “economic miracle,” warned of human traffickers flooding across the border and appeared …
Chris Riotta / The Independent:
Newly unearthed video shows Trump ‘meeting with Russians in Moscow in 1995’ over ‘building project’  —  Video alleges to show US president meeting with former Russian officials in Moscow to discuss building an underground mall  —  The former mayor of Moscow has confirmed Donald Trump met …
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Stacey Abrams's New Strategy for Democrats  —  Live from Atlanta, Stacey Abrams delivered the Democratic response to the State of the Union address, standing in front of a slowly swaying group of people in which women and minorities were notably represented.
Tom Scocca / Hmm Daily:
Choose a Different Hill to Die On
Discussion: Mediaite
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
The New York Times Co. Reports $709 Million in Digital Revenue for 2018  —  The New York Times Company generated more than $709 million in digital revenue last year, growing at a pace that suggests it will meet its stated goal of $800 million in digital sales by the end of 2020.
Andrew M. Cuomo / New York Times:
Trump's Assault on Abortion Rights Must Be Rejected  —  The president and the religious right are spreading falsehoods about abortion laws to inflame their base.  —  In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump attacked the law that New York passed last month codifying …
Discussion: Vox and Rewire.News
New York Times:
Pope Acknowledges Nuns Were Sexually Abused by Priests and Bishops
Discussion: VICE News and NPR
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Customs And Border Protection Apologized After An Agent Questioned A BuzzFeed News Reporter About Trump Coverage  —  A top official of the Customs and Border Protection apologized Tuesday to a BuzzFeed News reporter who was aggressively questioned by an agent about articles regarding President Donald Trump …
Vinson Cunningham / New Yorker:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Captured the Horror of the State of the Union  —  All of the blithe, occasionally lethal childishness of American political culture was on display Tuesday night during Donald Trump's second State of the Union address.  Most of what's wrong with the speech predates …
Discussion: Althouse, CNBC and Vanity Fair
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Three-batter requirement for all pitchers, universal DH part of proposals that could bring big change to baseball  —  The left-on-left specialist — a left-handed reliever who sometimes faces only one left-handed hitter — soon might be an endangered species in Major League Baseball.
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David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Christie touts wife as possible congressional candidate
Discussion: Political Wire and The Guardian
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Statistic on sexual assault of migrant women is from an unrepresentative sample
Discussion: Breitbart
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Pence says government shutdown wasn't a mistake, can't guarantee there won't be another one
Discussion: Axios and Joe.My.God.
Austin Carr / Bloomberg:
Inside Wisconsin's Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal With Foxconn
Discussion: Curbed
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump shifts from insurgent to incumbent with 2020 in mind
Discussion: Axios
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Klobuchar to announce 2020 plans Sunday in Minnesota
Discussion: Roll Call and Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
SWAT  —  Officer Timothy Matson raced into the gunfire …
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Rick Perry tapped as ‘designated survivor’ for the State of the Union
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
Benjamin Fearnow / Newsweek:
Former KKK Leader David Duke Endorses Tulsi Gabbard 2020 Presidential Campaign, Says She'll Put …
Kirk Mitchell / Denver Post:
How the trail runner attacked by a mountain lion in Larimer County killed the animal
Discussion: Breitbart and NBC News
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
GOP Leadership Instructs Lawmakers to Play Up Gruesome Murders and Rapes by Immigrants
Discussion: Raw Story