State of the Union Address

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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Trump Hails 'Great American Comeback'

Rush Limbaugh received medal during SOTU address

(Newser) - President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address less than 24 hours before the Senate was due to decide his fate in his impeachment trial. The president, speaking to a joint session of Congress, including the senators who are expected to acquit him on Wednesday, was greeted by... More »

State of the Union to Highlight Economy and Immigration

Aide won't disclose what Trump will say about his impeachment Tuesday

(Newser) - President Trump will use next week's State of the Union to promote what he calls the "Great American comeback," according to a senior administration official. The speech comes at a moment when Trump is hoping to put his Senate impeachment trial behind him. White House officials say.... More »

Trump Accepts Pelosi's Invitation

State of the Union address scheduled for Feb. 4

(Newser) - Impeachment or not, Nancy Pelosi has invited President Trump to visit the House to deliver his next State of the Union address. And Trump has accepted. Her letter was sent Friday, Politico reports. The invitation could imply that the speaker expects Trump to still be in office on Feb. 4,... More »

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 »

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