D.C.: Please join me tomorrow at 7:45 a.m. for our State of the Union postgame show, where I’ll host back-to-back conversations with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. RSVP here!
Situational awareness: "The Justice Department’s inspector general has been focused for months on why Andrew McCabe, as the No. 2 official at the FBI, appeared not to act for about three weeks on a request to examine a batch of Hillary Clinton-related emails found in the latter stages of the 2016 election campaign," per the WashPost.
1 big thing: Big Tech's day in the sun
While Washington obsesses about President Trump's upcoming State of the Union speech, the most interesting action today has been on the West Coast.
The big news items from today:
- Amazon is joining JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway to start a new health care company “free from profit-making incentives” and focused on employer-based health benefits. Details are still scarce.
- Facebook banned all ads for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, including on Instagram.
- Apple faces a Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission probe for how it reported its device slowdown in a recent iOS update.
P.S.: President Trump's speech is at 9pm EST.
2. What you missed
- Now-EPA administrator Scott Pruitt predicted in a 2016 interview Trump would act unconstitutionally if elected president. Details ... Pruitt sighting.
- The RNC is expected to name Todd Ricketts as RNC finance chair after Steve Wynn was accused of sexual misconduct. The RNC also said it will keep Wynn's donations unless he's proven guilty. Meet Ricketts ... More.
- Vice Media fired its chief digital officer Mike Germano after the New York Times published an investigation detailing allegations of his unwanted sexual advances. Report.
- An Arizona Republican has asked U.S. Capitol Police and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to arrest and deport any unauthorized immigrants present at tonight's State of the Union address. Quote.
- The Hawaii staffer who sent a false alarm missile alert has been fired, and an administrator has resigned. The FCC said the employee claimed to have believed the threat was real. More.
3. 1 D.C. thing: Hillary to speak at Georgetown
Hillary Clinton will be in D.C. on February 5th to present awards to a pair of young female leaders.
Clinton will be speaking at Georgetown University for an awards ceremony hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
The recipients, per a press release:
- "Nadia Murad, a former captive of the Islamic State, is a Yazidi human rights activist and United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking."
- "Wai Wai Nu, a Rohingya woman and former political prisoner, is a committed civil society advocate for human rights, democracy, and peace in Myanmar."