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3 Quick Facts About Today’s Annual Speech By The President
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3 Quick Facts About Today’s Annual Speech By The President
“He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”
THE NEXT DAY ... Less than 24 hours after Pres. Trump will deliver his third State of the Union address on the House floor, Congress' other chamber will convene on the Senate floor at 4pm to vote on whether or not to remove him from office for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
What to know about the first votes of the 2020 presidential election.
BIG PICTURE: Iowa is not necessarily a predictor for November's winner (or loser). Since Iowa held the first caucuses in 1972, only three winners (2 Democrats & 1 Republican) went on to win the presidency.
What it means,
(and what it doesn’t)
Plus ~ what to expect next…
Third U.S. president impeached
Impeachment by the House does NOT mean the President will necessarily be removed by the Senate
Based on what we know from precedent
When will the trial begin? We don’t know. It’s unclear when House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) will deliver the impeachment articles to the Senate, setting the process in motion. In 1998, the House delivered the articles to the Senate on the same day the House approved them: Dec. 19, 1998.
How long will it last? We don’t know. Pres. Clinton’s trial took about 5 weeks.
As sitting Senators, five of the 2020 Democrat candidates (Sens. Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, & Michael Bennet) must leave the campaign trail for the Senate trial.
If Pres. Trump wins re-election, it will be a first. In the presidential elections after the impeachments of Pres. Johnson and Pres. Clinton, their parties lost.
*KEEP IN MIND* Impeachment ≠ Removal. For Pres. Trump to be removed from office, two-thirds of the Republican-controlled Senate must convict (vote in favor of an article of impeachment). To date, NOT a SINGLE GOP senator has indicated they will vote in favor of removal from office.
No American has ever gone directly from the mayoral office to the Oval Office.
Mike Bloomberg is the latest to try.
Gun control or “gun safety” as Bloomberg references on his website, a passion project after his tenure as NYC mayor.
Founded leading nonprofits advocating for certain gun laws.
Spent more than $100M last year to help elect candidates who support strict gun control policies.
“I believe I would defeat Donald Trump in a general election. But I am clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field.”
While much has been made of the relationship between politicians and news organizations, Mike Bloomberg is the only candidate that actually owns a media company. He is the majority owner of Bloomberg - a financial data and international media company.
Does Britain finally have an exit plan from the European Union?
What it means & why it matters.
We call it “Brexit” but this plan covers the whole UK exiting the EU.
“We can choose to leave with no deal. We can risk no Brexit at all. Or we can choose to unite and support the best deal that can be negotiated — this deal.”
“A more unified Europe is a powerful counterbalance to people like Vladimir Putin.”
IF no deal is reached between the UK & EU in the next 5 months, deadlines to reach a deal may be extended, but only if all 28 EU member countries agree to do so. Some British officials resigned Thursday over the draft proposal, increasing doubt on the deal.
As we hear from our leaders on Sen. John McCain’s death, a look back at their words during his life.
“He loves his country. And if he has to stand up to his party for his country, so be it. He would die for this country.”
“John McCain’s life is a story of service above self…. John is an independent man who thinks for himself. He’s not afraid to tell you when he disagrees. Believe me, I know. No matter what the issue, this man is honest and speaks straight from the heart.”
“I know if I picked up the phone tonight and called John McCain and said, ‘John, I’m at 2nd and Vine in Oshkosh and I need your help. Come,’ he’d get on a plane and come. And I would for him, too.”
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WORTH THE READ
“I know this: As soon as my boys are of age, Ia ll tell them stories about the quality of the man Ia ve gotten to know. Ia ll tell them: Senator John McCain will be revered and respected for as long as the United States of America has a place in this world, and his legacy will outlive us all.”
What the primary elections before the November midterms tell us about the state of politics in America. Or don’t.
“Trump is a bigger factor in midterm voting preferences a positive or negative a than any president in more than three decades. “
“Winning control of the House and Senate means Democrats have to fight on Republican turf, and that means talking to Romney-Clinton and Obama-Trump voters. How well they can talk to both at the same time a and how well Republicans do among the same groups a will determine whether we see a blue wave or another case of Democratic despair.” (NYT)
AP Analysis re: midterm elections: "The proportion of people who said the economy was their top priority fell to its lowest level in more than eight years." SmartHER Reminder: Most polls were off in 2016. Let's see what 2018 brings.
Primary elections expose battles within major political parties, as each seeks to be the fairest of the land.
New York primary exposes divide in Democrat party.
Small Gov’t vs. Big Gov’t
The President’s Political Capital
Despite sparring with Pres. Trump, former Gov. & presidential candidate Mitt Romney won his election in Utah making it a likely scenario that he will become the state's next Senator. Read more on what these elections mean for 2020.