State of the Union Address

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A Governor Wore a Blue Dress. It Somehow Became a Big Deal

Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer blasts TV station for giving oxygen to comments on her attire

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talked about infrastructure, drinking water, and LGBT rights during her State of the State address on Tuesday, but a good number of viewers were apparently hyperfocused on something else: the cobalt blue dress she was wearing. And, per the AP , a segment on Detroit TV station... More »

In a Few Seconds of Applause, Pelosi Dished 'Acres of Shade'

The tweets came fast and furious

(Newser) - It was the applause heard round the world, except it was the sight, not the volume, of Nancy Pelosi clapping during President Trump's State of the Union address that has captivated the internet. As the president spoke out against "the politics of revenge," the House speaker rose... More »

Fact-Checkers Dispute Trump Claims on Economy, Immigration

His statements on tariff, regulations, and war were also problematic

(Newser) - President Trump's State of the Union address contained numerous true statements, fact-checkers said after a busy night Tuesday. It also, however, contained numerous false or misleading claims and cherry-picked statistics, while Democrat Stacey Abrams also made a few dubious claims. The Washington Post took issue with almost 30 statements... More »

Key Takeaways From Trump's SOTU Address

Ann Coulter was not impressed

(Newser) - President Trump's State of the Union address "showed this president growing in this job," an approving House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said after Trump's address to Congress Tuesday night. Democrats, however, said Trump's second SOTU address followed a now-familiar pattern: Soaring calls for bipartisanship coupled... More »

Stacey Abrams: 'We Do Not Succeed Alone'

Democrat delivers powerful SOTU response

(Newser) - Stacey Abrams stepped onto the biggest stage of her political career Tuesday and accused President Trump and his fellow Republicans of abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord. The Georgia Democrat introduced herself to the nation months after narrowly losing her bid to become America's first black... More »

A First for Big Speech: a Birthday Serenade

Holocaust survivor Judah Samet gets impromptu tribute

(Newser) - One of the nicer moments from Tuesday night's State of the Union address came after President Trump paid tribute to Judah Samet, who survived the Holocaust as a boy and narrowly avoided being killed at the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh last year. When Trump mentioned that it was Samet'... More »

Key Lines in Trump's State of the Union

He stresses unity but derides 'ridiculous partisan investigations'

(Newser) - President Trump stressed bipartisan unity in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, but he also made a big push for his border wall and his immigration policies. Here is the transcript, via the Washington Post . Some highlights:
  • Investigations: Trump derided "ridiculous partisan investigations," saying only they
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Trump Gets Surprise Ovation From Women

'You weren't supposed to do that,' he jokes

(Newser) - One of the lighter moments in President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday came when he was lauding the role of women in the economy and in politics—and many of the female lawmakers, including Democrats, stood and cheered. "You weren't supposed to do that,"... More »

Bullied Boy Named Trump Will Be Among SOTU Guests

President expected to call for bipartisanship as well as a border wall

(Newser) - President Trump will deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday night and analysts expect two largely incompatible things: Calls for a unity, and calls for a border wall. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says Trump will be "calling for cooperation" in the address, though both Democrats and Republicans... More »

Undocumented Trump Worker Will Be at His SOTU

Victorina Morales will attend as special guest of NJ Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman

(Newser) - Victorina Morales figured she'd be fired after speaking to the New York Times last month about working as an undocumented immigrant for one of President Trump's golf resorts. Morales now tells the Times she's not sure she ever was let go; she simply stopped going to work... More »

Democrats Pick a New Face for State of the Union Response

Stacey Abrams drew the party's attention in her close race for governor of Georgia

(Newser) - Stacey Abrams, the first black woman to win a major party nomination for governor, will deliver the Democrats’ response to President Trump’s State of the Union address next week. "She’s an incredible leader," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in making the announcement, per Politico . "... More »

Here's New Proposed Date for Trump's State of the Union

Pelosi invites him to give address Feb. 5, he accepts

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has issued a new invitation to President Donald Trump to give his State of the Union speech on Feb. 5, the AP reports. Pelosi said in her formal letter that she and Trump spoke Monday and agreed on the new date. She wrote: "In our... More »

Pelosi: SOTU Still Won't Be Happening

The House speaker says it's still a work in progress

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi says the State of the Union address still isn't happening Tuesday, regardless of the government shutdown being on hold. "It's not happening on 1/29," a spokesman for Pelosi tells USA Today . A deal was reached Friday for the federal government to be reopened for... More »

Trump Blinks First in SOTU Standoff

He says he'll postpone speech until shutdown ends

(Newser) - Unless lawmakers strike a deal to reopen the government by next Tuesday, President Trump's second State of the Union address will be the first in history to be delayed by a shutdown. The president was the first to blink in his SOTU standoff with Nancy Pelosi Wednesday, the BBC... More »

Pelosi Tells Trump SOTU Is Officially Postponed

'I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date'

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi is officially postponing President Trump's State of the Union address until the government is fully reopened. The California Democrat told Trump in a letter Wednesday the Democratic-controlled House won't pass the required measure for him to give the nationally televised speech from the House floor. Pelosi... More »

Trump Doesn't Back Down, Sends Pelosi a Letter

President says State of the Union will go ahead as planned on Jan. 29

(Newser) - One week ago Nancy Pelosi sent President Trump a letter . On Wednesday, he responded in kind. In a letter sent to the House speaker, the president said he intends to give his State of the Union address next Tuesday in the House chamber as per her original invitation, which he... More »

Here's the Latest on State of the Union Drama

White House is reportedly moving forward with plans for the address in the Capitol on Jan. 29

(Newser) - President Trump still plans to make his State of the Union address as scheduled next week despite the letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recommending he delay it or submit it in writing due to the government shutdown, sources tell the AP , NBC News , and Fox News . "She invited,... More »

Was Pelosi's State of the Union Move a Foolish One?

Pundits weigh in

(Newser) - In a letter to President Trump on Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi suggested that the State of the Union address, scheduled for Jan. 29, be postponed until after the shutdown ends or delivered in writing. Some reactions to the House speaker's move, which she indicated was tied to security concerns :
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Pelosi Sends Trump a Letter With a Big Ask

She wants him to delay his State of the Union address

(Newser) - On Jan. 3 she formally invited him to deliver the State of the Union address on Jan. 29; just shy of two weeks later, Nancy Pelosi wants it rescheduled until after the shutdown ends—or just delivered in writing. In a letter sent to President Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns,... More »

White House Walks Back Trump's 'Treasonous' Remark

It was 'tongue in cheek,' spokesman says

(Newser) - The White House says President Trump wasn't speaking seriously when he said it was "treasonous" for Democrats not to clap during his State of the Union address. He was speaking "tongue in cheek" and trying to emphasize positive changes under his leadership that all Americans should celebrate,... More »

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