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Trump Claims End of ‘American Decline’ While Avoiding Mention of Impeachment

February 5, 2020
Michael Shear | The New York Times
President Trump claimed credit for a “great American comeback” in a speech to Congress on Tuesday night, boasting of a robust economy, contrasting his successes with the records of his predecessors and projecting optimism in the face of a monthslong Democratic effort to force him from office.
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Senate faces Trump impeachment vote

February 5, 2020
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
President Trump gave his State of the Union address just a day before the Senate is likely to acquit him in the impeachment trial. Tensions between Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who greenlit the effort to remove him from office, were on full display Tuesday evening.
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Democrats use State of the Union rebuttal to pivot from impeachment

February 5, 2020
Rachael Bade | The Washington Post
Democrats used a rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night to refocus the national spotlight on the party’s policy platforms, a pivot from the impeachment narrative that has dominated the headlines of the past half-year.
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What We Learned From Trump's State Of The Union Address

February 5, 2020
Ayesha Rascoe, Susan Davis, Deirdre Walsh, Selena Simmons-Duffin, Roberta Rampton | NPR
President Trump took full advantage of the large television audience for his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to make his case for reelection in November, touting the strong economy and delighting Republicans in the room with a series of made-for-TV moments.
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In addressing Congress during impeachment, Trump to sound the starting gun toward November

February 4, 2020
Philip Rucker, Seung Min Kim | The Washington Post
President Trump will stride Tuesday night into the House chamber where he was impeached just 48 days earlier to deliver his annual State of the Union address, seizing the dais on the cusp of acquittal by the Senate to position himself to fight for a second term.

In this divided government, is compromise possible?

February 8, 2019
Congressional investigations and the border battle.
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3 stories you might have missed

February 6, 2019
Have you been keeping up? Check out these three stories you might have missed this week.
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In SOTU address, Trump calls for end of resistance politics

February 6, 2019
Julie Pace, Catherine Lucey | Associated Press
Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to cast aside “revenge, resistance and retribution” and end “ridiculous partisan investigations” in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable moment for his presidency.
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Stacey Abrams, in Democrats’ Response, Calls for Ballot Fairness

February 6, 2019
Sheryl Gay Stolberg | The New York Times
Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost her race in November to be Georgia’s governor, delivered the Democrats’ official response to President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night by outlining the party’s vision for lower health care costs and a more inclusive immigration policy, and pressing her case that access to the voting booth should be easier, not harder.
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