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For Biden, an 'Unusual Bounce' After Big Speech

Approval rating returns to 'pre-Afghanistan' levels following his State of the Union address

(Newser) - President Biden's approval rating jumped 8 percentage points in the aftermath of his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, a new poll shows. The NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist National Poll released Friday put the share of Americans who approve of the job he's doing at 47%; it was...

White House Details Plan for Life With COVID

Approach includes familiar preventive tools and efforts to catch new variants quickly

(Newser) - White House officials detailed their approach to the next, less disruptive stage of life with COVID, in which Americans would mostly return to their pre-pandemic routines. But precautions and vigilance still will be required, CNN reports. "Vaccines, treatments, tests, masks—these tools are how we continue to protect people...

Biden's SOTU Triggers More Bashing From Elon Musk

Tesla CEO, who's long had a beef with president, was apparently torqued Tesla wasn't mentioned

(Newser) - Iowa's governor wasn't the only one to take aim at President Biden's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night. Elon Musk, who's long irked Biden's team for his constant criticism of the White House, didn't seem happy that during the annual address Biden...

Boebert Shouted Twice During Biden's Speech
GOP Rep. Boebert Had
a Busy Night During Speech
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GOP Rep. Boebert Had a Busy Night During Speech

She yelled out twice during Biden's address, at one point blaming him for US casualties in Afghanistan

(Newser) - One of President Biden's conservative critics made her feelings known during the State of the Union address Tuesday night. GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert shouted out twice during the president's speech:
  • Afghanistan: At one point, Biden talked about the dangers facing US troops. “When they came home, many
...

Rashida Tlaib Calls Out Dems in Response to Biden's SOTU

'Corporate backed Democratic obstructionists' helped Republicans block Biden agenda

(Newser) - Rashida Tlaib's controversial progressive response to President Biden's State of the Union address did indeed call out members of her own party: "No one fought harder for President Biden's agenda than progressives," the Democratic congresswoman and member of the so-called "Squad" said, per Fox...

Iowa Governor Issues 14-Minute Rebuttal of Biden's State of the Union

Kim Reynolds casts POTUS as a weak world leader, among other things

(Newser) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, delivering the Republican rebuttal to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, painted the picture of a country hardly emerging from a crisis and instead in the grips of several as she hammered the president's leadership notably on the world stage, the AP...

Biden Applause Line: 'Fund the Police'
Biden Applause Line:
'Fund the Police'
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Biden Applause Line: 'Fund the Police'

Liberal members were not fans of the sentiment

(Newser) - President Biden drew sustained applause during his State of the Union speech when he refuted the slogan pushed by progressives to "defund the police." Said Biden: “The answer is not to defund the police. The answer is to fund the police.” While it drew many members...

Biden: Putin Blew It, 'Badly Miscalcuated'
Biden: Putin Blew It,
'Badly Miscalcuated'
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Biden: Putin Blew It, 'Badly Miscalcuated'

President begins State of the Union address with focus on Ukraine invasion

(Newser) - President Biden began his first State of the Union address Tuesday night with a focus on Ukraine, and he got a bipartisan standing ovation with his condemnation of Vladimir Putin's invasion. That big line early: "Freedom will always triumph over tyranny," he said, per CNN . Members of...

Democrats Fuming Over Tlaib's State of the Union Plan

'Squad' member will give a progressive response to Biden's speech

(Newser) - Update: This story has been updated with new developments. President Biden delivers his first State of the Union Address in prime time Tuesday night, with no shortage of big-ticket items to discuss. What to know ahead of the speech, which is scheduled to begin at 9pm Eastern:
  • President will say
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Ukraine Ambassador Will Join Jill Biden at SOTU

Other guests include Facebook whistleblower

(Newser) - First Lady Jill Biden's guests at President Biden's State of the Union address Tuesday night will include Ukraine's ambassador to the US. The White House released a list of people who will join the first lady in the viewing box Tuesday, saying they were "chosen by...

Just in Time for SOTU, Capitol Ditches Mask Mandate

New CDC guidance eased the way for the move

(Newser) - Face coverings are now optional for President Biden's State of the Union address Tuesday, as Congress is lifting its mask requirement on the House floor after federal regulators eased guidelines last week in a rethinking of the nation's strategy to adapt to living with a more manageable COVID-19....

GOP Leaders Say Reynolds Will Deliver Response to SOTU

McConnell praises Iowa governor's 'common sense' handling of pandemic

(Newser) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will deliver the Republican response to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on March 1, GOP congressional leaders announced Tuesday as they look outside Washington to appeal to voters in a midterm election year. Reynolds is the first woman to be elected governor...

US Official: American Casualties in Afghanistan

Several US personnel were either injured or killed

(Newser) - American and Afghan military personnel were fired on while conducting an operation in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, the US military said Saturday. Several US personnel were either injured or killed, but the exact number and other details were not provided, said a US official who agreed to discuss the...

Lucky SOTU Student Isn't What She Seemed

Janiyah Davis was already attending a charter school

(Newser) - President Trump threw the spotlight on a Philadelphia fourth grader during his State of the Union address, but appeared to fumble a key fact—about the kind of school she attended. Trump made Janiyah Davis a showpiece for the school-choice movement Tuesday when he referred to "countless American children...

Pelosi's Ripping of Trump Speech Called Her 'Meme 2'
7 Reactions to Pelosi
Ripping Up Trump's Speech
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7 Reactions to Pelosi Ripping Up Trump's Speech

From 'effective' to 'a disgrace'

(Newser) - There's no arguing that Nancy Pelosi's dramatic tearing of President Trump's State of the Union speech grabbed attention, headlines, and TV time. But that's just about where the agreement ends: The ripping is sparking divisive opinions. We cover a few of those:
  • Trump himself: Talking Points
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Dad of Parkland Shooting Victim Booted From SOTU

After 'rough night,' Fred Guttenberg apologizes for shouting out

(Newser) - President Trump spoke on gun rights at his Tuesday State of the Union address , vowing to "always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms." At least one person in the crowd didn't appreciate his remarks and very vocally made that known: That would be...

Takeaways From a Wild SOTU
Takeaways From the
'Strangest SOTU Ever'
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Takeaways From the 'Strangest SOTU Ever'

It included some 'reality show' flourishes

(Newser) - Love him or hate him—and Tuesday's State of the Union address won't have moved many people from one camp to the other—President Trump knows how to work a crowd. While most Democrats remained silent, the president got cheer after cheer from Republicans during the heavily partisan...

Pelosi Rips Up Trump's SOTU Speech
Pelosi Rips Up
Trump's SOTU Speech
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Pelosi Rips Up Trump's SOTU Speech

It was 'the courteous thing to do given the alternative,' she says

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was chosen to deliver the official Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address—but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered an unofficial one first. After the president finished speaking, Pelosi took the copy of the speech she had been provided and ripped it...

Michigan Governor Delivers SOTU Response
Mich. Governor
Delivers Dems'
SOTU Response
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Mich. Governor Delivers Dems' SOTU Response

Whitmer focused on working-class issues

(Newser) - Gretchen Whitmer has used Democrats' response to President Trump's State of the Union address to swivel from impeachment to working-class voters' worries, saying her party is focusing on easing health care costs and other pocketbook concerns. Whitmer, speaking from East Lansing High School, mentioned Trump's impeachment trial only...

Limbaugh Awarded Medal During Trump Address
Trump Address Had Special
Moment for Rush Limbaugh
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Trump Address Had Special Moment for Rush Limbaugh

Trump paused speech to honor radio host with Presidential Medal of Freedom

(Newser) - Before Tuesday night's State of the Union address, there were rumors that President Trump planned to announce that Rush Limbaugh would be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But the president did more than that: In one of the most unusual moments in SOTU history, Trump paused the...

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