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President Trump used last night's State of the Union address to lay out themes, policies and symbols for his 2020 re-election race, winning over no Democrats in the chamber but giving new hope to supporters who were turning pessimistic.
A notable new twist that we'll hear a lot more about on the campaign trail: "Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country."
Trump mixed a hard line on immigration with applause lines on D-Day and criminal justice reform. The WashPost's Dan Balz called it "two speeches in one."
Be smart ... One of the president's most loyal D.C. supporters texted me about the presidents effort to cloak hard-nosed policies in softer rhetoric:
Georgia's Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the race to become the state's governor last November, emphasized voting access as a key issue in the official Democratic response to Trump's address: "This is the next battle for our democracy."
Why it matters, via the New York Times: Her loss "dashed hopes that she would become the first African-American female governor, and the way she lost rankled her and her supporters, amid charges of voter suppression and ballot rigging."
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and dozens of women Democrats wore white, the color favored by suffragettes in their quest for the right to vote.
President Trump never mentioned Robert Mueller, but at one point threw his arms wide as he rhymed: "If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation."
NBC's Andrea Mitchell called it "a false choice."
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Computers have long made short work of human champions in Go and chess.
Now, artificial intelligence researchers are attempting to master an improbable path even closer to human capability: Pictionary, a guessing game requiring not strategy but common sense, Axios' Kaveh Waddell reports from Silicon Valley:
Our review: The AI is better at guessing than drawing. If a player asks for a new drawing when he or she can't immediately guess the phrase, the AI can get stuck.
"Federal prosecutors in New York have requested interviews in recent weeks with executives at the Trump Organization," CNN's Erica Orden and Cristina Alesci report.
Happening today ... The House Intelligence Committee, meeting for the first time with Rep. Adam Schiff as chairman, is expected to vote to send Mueller 50+ interview transcripts from the panel's now-closed Russia investigation, per AP.
"Sen. Elizabeth Warren said ... she was sorry that she identified herself as a Native American for almost two decades, reflecting her ongoing struggle to quiet a controversy that continues to haunt her as she prepares to formally announce a presidential bid," the WashPost's Annie Linskey and Amy Gardner report.
Beto O'Rourke told Oprah during a Times Square event that he'll announce his decision about a 2020 presidential run "before the end of the month," and suggested he's leaning toward it, AP's Steve Peoples and Will Weissert report:
P.S. ... Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow after the speech last night that she'll announce her 2020 plans Sunday in Minneapolis. (AP)
President Trump called it "the Eighth Wonder of the World" when Foxconn, the Taiwan-based tech supplier for Apple, announced it would create as many as 13,000 good-paying jobs for "amazing Wisconsin workers" by 2022.
But with the company considering switching its cheesehead plan from manufacturing to R&D, with many fewer jobs, Bloomberg's Austin Carr writes that boosters' assurances may turn out to have been hollow all along:
The 2017 collision of the Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the cargo ship MV ACX Crystal "was the Navy’s worst accident at sea in four decades. Seven sailors drowned. ... Two months later, a second destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, broke that grim mark when it collided with another cargo vessel, leaving 10 more sailors dead," write ProPublica's T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi in a feature that's worthy of your time.
Why it matters: "The successive incidents raised an unavoidable question: How could two $1.8 billion Navy destroyers, protected by one of the most advanced defense systems on the planet, fail to detect oncoming cargo ships broadcasting their locations to a worldwide navigational network?"
"Hundreds of thousands of euphoric fans packed the streets of Boston Tuesday in perhaps the largest rally in the city’s history, a triumphant victory parade that celebrated the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots with deafening cheers and raining confetti," writes the Boston Globe's Mark Arsenault: