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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
CNN:
Speech audience was most partisan since 2001
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why Trump's zigzagging speech made perfect sense
Discussion: Vox, Axios and Breitbart
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Trump goes big, uses delayed State of the Union to make case on border, much more
CBS News:
Trump lays out agenda to divided Congress in second State of the Union
New York Times:
Watch State of the Union: Live Video and Analysis
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Asks for Unity, but Presses Hard Line on Immigration
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
President Trump's State of the Union transcript, annotated
Discussion: Breitbart
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Wire
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
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Statistic on sexual assault of migrant women is from an unrepresentative sample  —  “1 in 3 women is sexually assaulted on the long journey north.”  —  The White House attributes the 1-in-3 estimate to a 2017 report by Doctors Without Borders.  But there's less to that number than meets the eye.
Discussion: Breitbart
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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.
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
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump derides ‘ridiculous partisan investigations’ in State of the Union  —  President Trump on Tuesday ripped what he called “ridiculous partisan investigations” during his State of the Union address as House Democrats prepare a range of probes into his administration.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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
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.
NBC News:
On Trump's calendar, just 17 intelligence briefings in 85 days  —  U.S. officials also say Trump does not regularly read the written intelligence briefing sent over daily.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who doesn't regularly read the daily intelligence summary prepared for him …
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 …
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Trump's State of the Union Protection Racket: Either Mueller Gets It, or the American Economy Does  —  This was a weird, shambling speech but it had one clear moment where the president channeled Nixon to suggest the economy would collapse if Mueller continued to go after him.  —  By RICK WILSON2.6.19 4:49 AM ET
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Austin Carr / Bloomberg:
Inside Wisconsin's Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal With Foxconn  —  “This is the Eighth Wonder of the World.”  —  So declared President Donald Trump onstage last June at a press event at Foxconn's new factory in Mount Pleasant, Wis. He was there to herald the potential of the Taiwanese …
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.
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 …
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Christie touts wife as possible congressional candidate  —  Former governor says he's trying to convince Mary Pat Christie to challenge Mikie Sherrill  —  Former Gov. Chris Christie is touting his wife as a potential challenger to Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in New Jersey's 11th district next year.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Guardian
 
 
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
President Trump didn't need the State of the Union to speak his mind. He does it all the time.
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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Rick Perry tapped as ‘designated survivor’ for the State of the Union
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Benjamin Fearnow / Newsweek:
Former KKK Leader David Duke Endorses Tulsi Gabbard 2020 Presidential Campaign, Says She'll Put …
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