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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...

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...

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...

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...

Powell: Trump Has 'Drifted'
Powell: Trump Has 'Drifted'
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Powell: Trump Has 'Drifted'

The former secretary of state also says he's voting for Biden

(Newser) - Colin Powell hit State of the Union on Sunday and added his name to the list of ex-military officials criticizing President Trump, CNN reports. The former Republican secretary of state said Trump has "drifted away" from the Constitution in his strongman response to the George Floyd protests: "We...

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...

Trump Hails 'Great American Comeback'
Trump Hails 'Great
American Comeback'
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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...

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

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...

Key Takeaways From Trump's SOTU Address
Key Takeaways From
Trump's SOTU Address
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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...

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...

In SOTU, Trump Expected to Double Down on Border Wall
Bullied Boy Named Trump
Will Be Among SOTU Guests
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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...

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...

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...

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