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10:05 AM ET, February 6, 2019

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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 …
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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 …
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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Notes from inside the SOTU  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  FORGET THE SUBSTANCE OF LAST NIGHT, because as you know, we are SOTU skeptics.  But we have some observations from inside the chamber last night.  — THERE WAS DEFINITELY a weird vibe.  It seemed a tad bit emptier than usual.
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
NPR:
Fact Check: Trump's State Of The Union Address  —  President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address Tuesday night, a speech that had been delayed during the government shutdown.  —  The annual remarks come as a bipartisan group of lawmakers continue to negotiate border security funding …
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Donald Trump 2019: Same lying racist he was last year  —  Delivered late, this State of the Union offered the same old Trump: Racist trolling with a dash of desperation  —  Well, one good thing came out of the State of the Union that Donald Trump delivered on Tuesday night: It ended the government shutdown.
CNN:
Speech audience was most partisan since 2001  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's State of the Union address drew a deeply Republican audience, which largely gave the President strong reviews for his address from the House chamber, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS immediately following the speech.
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 …
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why Trump's zig-zagging speech made perfect sense
Discussion: Vox, Axios and Breitbart
New York Times:
Watch State of the Union: Live Video and Analysis
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
President Trump's State of the Union transcript, annotated
Discussion: Breitbart
CBS News:
Trump lays out agenda to divided Congress in second State of the Union
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Asks for Unity, but Presses Hard Line on Immigration
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump shifts from insurgent to incumbent with 2020 in mind
Discussion: Axios
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Wire
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
One speech, two conflicting missions: Trump revs up his base while reaching beyond it
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Ben Terris / Washington Post:   President Trump didn't need the State of the Union to speak his mind. He does it all the time.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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
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 …
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Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Yes, Virginia, This is Chaos
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 …
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Molly Jong-Fast / The Bulwark:
Seb Gorka Is a National Treasure  —  When in doubt, always go Full-Gorka.  —  “I asked Sebastian Gorka about his tweets; he told me to ‘go outside and lick a metal street lamp.’”  — Will Sommer, The Daily Beast  —  Sebastian Gorka is a man of many distinctions.
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 …
Ben Foldy / Bloomberg:
U.S. Banks Win $21 Billion Trump Tax Windfall Then Cut Staff, Loaned Less  — The ‘full economic impact will take many years to observe’  —  Major U.S. banks shaved about $21 billion from their tax bills last year — almost double the IRS's annual budget — as the industry benefited …
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
Tom Elliott / Grabien News:
Tulsi Gabbard: Assad Is Not the Enemy of the United States  —  ‘Assad is not the enemy of the United States because Syria does not pose a direct threat to the United States’  —  EXCERPT:  —  HUNT: “Do you think Assad is our enemy?”  —  GABBARD: “Assad is not the enemy of the United States …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify Is Acquiring Pair of Podcasting Companies, Signaling Broad Ambitions  —  Spotify is buying a pair of podcasting companies, accelerating its investment in non-music content as it seeks to broaden its appeal and snap up share of listening time from radio.
 
 
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