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Father of Marine Killed in Afghanistan Arrested at SOTU
Charges Dropped
Against SOTU Heckler

Charges Dropped Against SOTU Heckler

Steve Nikoui, father of Marine killed in Afghanistan, reportedly 'thrilled and humbled'

(Newser) - The father of a US service member killed in the 2021 bombing at Kabul's airport is no longer facing charges for heckling President Biden during the State of the Union address, per Fox News . As with other protesters, DC attorney general Brian Schwalb, a Democrat, declined to prosecute Steve...

Independent Journalist Flagged Katie Britt's Timeline
Katie Britt

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Katie Britt Fallout Continues

Senator insists she was not trying to mislead with decades-old sex trafficking story out of Mexico

(Newser) - Sen. Katie Britt's first big foray onto the national stage continues to make headlines, but probably not the ones she'd wanted. The junior Alabama senator delivered the GOP rebuttal to President Biden's State of the Union address, and she's been fending off criticism ever since that...

The Political Fashion Statements at the SOTU

Clothing choices raise issues from abortion to the Israel-Hamas war

(Newser) - The State of the Union address is a popular place for lawmakers to make fashion statements—political fashion statements. And they were in abundance this year. The AP reports that there were a number of female House Democrats wearing white (a symbol of women's suffrage) to telegraph support for...

What Trump Said in His Response to State of the Union

He wasn't happy Biden arrived late, 'shouted' the entire speech, acted 'angry and crazy'

(Newser) - Donald Trump had promised to "correct, in rapid response, any and all inaccurate Statements" made by President Biden during his State of the Union address Thursday night, which he did on his Truth Social platform. The platform experienced some outages as the SOTU was happening, which Forbes refers to...

5 Points From the GOP State of the Union Rebuttal

Katie Britt calls Biden a 'dithering and diminished leader'

(Newser) - Sitting at her kitchen table in Alabama, Sen. Katie Britt called President Biden a "dithering and diminished leader" and warned of a bleak American future under his presidency in the Republican rebuttal to his State of the Union address Thursday evening, the AP reports. The first-term Alabama Republican, the...

Youngest Female Senator Will Deliver SOTU Response

Katie Britt is the 'opposite of everything Joe Biden is,' fellow GOP senator says

(Newser) - "She's young, female, and full of energy—opposite of everything Joe Biden is," Republican Sen. Markwayne Mullin says of his colleague Sen. Katie Britt, who will deliver the GOP response to President Biden's State of the Union address. The 42-year-old from Alabama is the youngest Republican...

House Speaker Begs for 'Decorum' at State of Union

Mike Johnson reportedly put out the plea on Wednesday during closed-door GOP session

(Newser) - President Biden is set to deliver his State of the Union address on Thursday night, and the speaker of the House is already trying in advance to reign in lawmakers on the Republican side. "Decorum is the order of the day," Mike Johnson reportedly warned during a closed-door...

Romney Had It Out With George Santos at SOTU

Utah senator doesn't mince words about his opinion of freshman rep from NY at SOTU

(Newser) - You can count the junior senator from Utah as someone who won't be breaking bread with Rep. George Santos anytime soon. Sen. Mitt Romney had some words for the newly elected and unrelentingly controversial representative from New York at Tuesday night's State of the Union address, and they...

Here's What People Are Saying After Biden's State of the Union

Takeaways from both sides of the aisle

(Newser) - One big theme in coverage of President Biden's Tuesday night State of the Union address? The POTUS was scrappy and seemed to relish it. As Politico's headline briefly put it, "Biden pokes the elephant." Some quick takes and reactions:
  • CNN offers a few takeaways from the

In GOP Rebuttal, Sanders Says Choice Is 'Between Normal or Crazy'

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls President Biden unfit to serve

(Newser) - Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered the Republican rebuttal to President Biden's State of the Union address Tuesday night, and she did not hold back: The Arkansas governor declared Biden "unfit to serve as commander in chief" and said he's putting both the US and the entire world at...

Tyre Nichols' Parents, Monterey Park Hero Invited to SOTU

Biden will deliver his second SOTU address next Tuesday

(Newser) - President Biden will deliver his second State of the Union Address next Tuesday and the guests will include the parents of Tyre Nichols, the Memphis man who died days after he was brutally beaten by police. Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Sunday that Nichols'...

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

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

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'

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...

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