Good Wednesday morning. You're invited — 8 a.m. today in downtown D.C.: Rep. Adam Schiff — top Dem on the House Intelligence Committee, and leading voice on the Russia investigation — is a last-minute add to the blockbuster lineup for our State of the Union postgame event. Doors open 7:30 a.m. at 1011 4th Street NW (near L St.). RSVP here.
Outside cameras and correspondents welcome.
Also joining our triple crown of conversations: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) — a leader of the Common Sense Coalition which helped reopen the government — and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who has seen it all in 36+ years under the dome. I look forward to seeing you for breakfast and conversation.
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President Trump’s State of the Union embodied the surprising and frequently baffling ways the president zips across partisan divides, Axios' Jonathan Swan writes:
Trump's flair for showmanship was on full display. The speech was packed with made-for-TV moments, including a North Korean defector who hoisted his crutches in the air and a young boy who plants flags on veterans’ graves.
A few other moments that stood out for Swan:
And maybe the most consequential line of all ... Trump had trouble disguising his sneer about nuclear disarmament:
The big picture: The president stuck mostly to prepared remarks in a speech that came in just over 75 minutes—about 15 minutes longer than last year's speech before a joint session of Congress.
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WashPost's Josh Dawsey: 'Trump, in scripted TelePrompTer speeches, often embraces unity and bringing people together. Trump, on Twitter and unscripted, often embraces fights, incendiary comments and culture wars."
P.S. As Trump left the chamber, TV cameras caught him telling Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) he "100 percent" favors releasing the classified Russia memo.
House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi and other House Dems wear black to the State of the Union in support of #MeToo and #TimesUp.
In a 1,500-word Facebook post moments before the State of the Union address began, Hillary Clinton addressed the N.Y. Times report on her handling of sexual harassment allegations against her 2008 campaign faith adviser, Burns Strider:
Alliance of behemoths could disrupt health care ... Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon team up to try transform the American health care system, AP's Marley Jay writes:
In the official Democratic response, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, 37, "a Massachusetts Democrat and rising star in the party, channeled some of the collective disdain his colleagues were asked to stifle," per the Boston Globe:
The year is 2034 — 16 years from now, writes Variety's Todd Spangler:
P.S. Fox Broadcasting wrapping up 'Thursday Night Football'' deal with NFL: "Fox is expected to pay significantly more than the $450 million that current rights holders NBC and CBS Corp. paid this past season." (Wall Street Journal)
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Rare "super blue blood moon" rises over West Coast ... The moon rises over the Mojave Desert near Amboy, Calif., last night before becoming a "super blue blood moon" when it becomes totally eclipsed before dawn.