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February 5, 2020

President Trump’s State of the Union: “The Best Is Yet to Come”

This Day in History | 2003

Secretary of State Colin Powell gives a speech at the United Nations ahead of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq. 

Good morning Middle Americans,

We may have witnessed one of President Trump’s most effective addresses of his presidency Tuesday Night. Buoyed by the confidence of knowing he’s acquittal in the Senate Impeachment trail will come today, the president laid out his political victories and priorities by telling the stories of his special guests.  The speech had a little something for everyone, except for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who tore up a copy of the president’s speech as he wrapped it up. 

Meanwhile, the Iowa Democratic party of Iowa has released most of the results from Monday’s caucuses.  The results are one story. Mayor Pete Buttigieg won, followed by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Joe Biden finished a distant forth place. The other story is the debacle that we watched play out over the last few days.  We may have witnessed the death of the Iowa caucuses. 

Finally, Sen. Rand Paul named the Ukraine phone call ‘whistleblower’ yesterday on during closing arguments in the impeachment trail. The questions are now why and so what?

Read all about it. 

– Fraser Dixon

Trump Uses State of Union to Campaign, Pelosi Rips up Speech

(AP) — Standing before a Congress and a nation sharply divided by impeachment, President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address to extol a “Great American Comeback” on his watch, just three years after he took office decrying a land of “American carnage” under his predecessor.

The partisan discord was on vivid display Tuesday as the first president to campaign for reelection after being impeached made his case for another term: Republican legislators chanted “Four More Years.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of Trump’s speech as he ended his address.

“America’s enemies are on the run, America’s fortunes are on the rise and America’s future is blazing bright,” Trump declared. “In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny. We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago, and we are never going back.”

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Related: Watch Melania Trump award Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of freedom at the State of the Union address. 

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Apologizes for Results Reporting Delays, Calling Process ‘Unacceptable’

(The Des Moines Registar) – The head of the Iowa Democratic Party apologized somberly Tuesday for botching the highly anticipated release of the party’s caucus results, calling the delay unacceptable.

“I apologize deeply for this,” said party chair Troy Price, shortly before releasing the first batch of precinct results.

Campaigns, party volunteers and regular Iowans expressed confusion and frustration at the lack of clarity on what is often one of the most closely-watched nights in American presidential politics.

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Republican Rand Paul Names ‘Whistleblower’ in the Senate

(Reuters) – Republican Senator Rand Paul gave the purported name of the anonymous whistleblower at the center of President Donald Trump’s impeachment in a speech in the Senate on Tuesday, after earlier being blocked from doing so during Trump’s trial.

Paul uttered the name in a question that U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts had earlier declined to read as the presiding officer of the trial. The Senate was not holding impeachment proceedings when Paul spoke on Tuesday.

The Kentucky senator also displayed the question on a poster board positioned nearby. It alleged that an official at the White House National Security Council (NSC) conspired with a Democratic staffer of the House Intelligence Committee, which spearheaded the impeachment inquiry.

But Paul first pointed out that the question, while using the name of an NSC official reported by conservative media to be the whistleblower, did not actually identify the person as such.

“They made a big mistake not allowing my question. My question did not talk about anybody who was a whistleblower. My question did not accuse anybody of being a whistleblower,” Paul said. “It did not make a statement believing someone was a whistleblower. I simply named two people’s names.”

Trump and his Republican allies have long sought to out the anonymous whistleblower who used official channels to raise concerns about a July 25 phone conversation in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is now a leading Democratic presidential candidate.

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