Good morning, and welcome to a special post-State of the Union edition of On Politics. I’m Lisa Lerer, your host.
A ritual of sorts has developed around the State of the Union address. President Trump arrives in the Capitol, basks in the pomp and ceremony, and delivers an uncharacteristically reserved speech that includes some passing appeals to compromise. “This is the day Trump became president,” official Washington crows, shocked by the apparent transformation.
Early the next morning, the president fires off a tweet. And it’s back to the usual political chaos.
So, this year we’ll let others break down the policy ideas and possibilities for bipartisan action. We’re going to view the speech as what it most centrally was: an opening salvo in Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign.
[Here’s video of the address, along with Times reporters’ analysis. You can read highlights here, and a fact check here.]
With the largest audience he’s likely to have all year, Mr. Trump used the address to please his still-loyal base of conservatives, while trying to position the Democratic Party as too far to the left for the independents, women and suburbanites who have fallen away.
Mr. Trump opened his address with the message Republicans desperately wanted him to push before the 2018 midterms: the strength of the economy.
He said that it had improved under his watch, particularly for blue-collar workers, “who I promised to fight for.” He touted the campaign pledges he’s kept: passage of the tax bill, withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, increased oil drilling.
For his supporters, he promised to build that wall across the southern border, warning in sinister tones of a “tremendous onslaught” of migrant caravans, as Democratic groans echoed in the chamber.
For independents, Mr. Trump offered some universally popular ideas, like fighting childhood cancer and rebuilding crumbling infrastructure. He singled out two key 2020 battleground states, Michigan and Pennsylvania, as hurt by foreign trade.
And he took digs at the ascendant left wing of the Democratic Party, including mounting a strong defense of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency that some Democrats have said should be abolished. The president also urged lawmakers to reject the politics of “resistance” and said he was “alarmed” by “calls to adopt socialism.”
He also attacked the multiple investigations into his administration and his campaign’s possible ties to Russia, seeming to argue that Democrats’ congressional oversight threatened national security and economic growth.
“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations,” he said, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quietly scoffed behind him.
The challenges are adding up: While his base has largely stuck with him, a majority of voters now say they’ve ruled out re-electing him.
Of course, there are some positive signs for the president. The economy is strong. And he’s kept one of his core promises to supporters, sticking to his image as a fighter who punches back twice as hard.
But that base is shrinking, as evidenced by his falling approval ratings among women and independents. Even congressional Republicans who have long feared a backlash if they break with the president are showing signs of autonomy, opposing him on foreign policy and expressing jitters about another shutdown.
The hyperpolarization of the Trump era has pushed voters so far into their corners that it’s almost hard to imagine what Mr. Trump could do to shift that dynamic.
During the Trump administration, Democrats have largely transformed into a party of fierce resistance, impossible to miss in the House chamber on Tuesday as their female members appeared in a sea of white outfits.
The president never mentioned his re-election campaign on Tuesday, even with a number of potential opponents glaring at him from the audience. But it’s clear Mr. Trump is thinking about the 2020 race.
He attacks Democratic candidates on Twitter as political aides work behind the scenes to stave off Republican primary threats. At a lunch on Tuesday previewing his remarks to news anchors, Mr. Trump offered scathing assessments of his possible Democratic opponents.
The address underscored that Mr. Trump and his team may believe their best hope for re-election rests not with winning back independents and white women, but the selection of a Democratic nominee who moves too far to the left for those voters.
Whether the president fully recognizes his own vulnerabilities is less certain.
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____________________2020 Watch (S.O.T.U. Edition)
Prebuttals, responses and GIFs, oh my! It was a busy night for Democrats running for president.
• Senator Bernie Sanders, as he has done before, offered his own rebuttal after the official Democratic rebuttal. (Some Democrats were, predictably, annoyed with him.)
• Senator Kamala Harris took to Facebook Live before the speech to criticize what she expected to be the president’s “insincere appeals to unity.”
• Senator Kirsten Gillibrand jumped on a viral moment of her looking exasperated with Mr. Trump, sharing a GIF on Twitter with a link to donate to her campaign. (She may have broken a House ethics rule in the process.)
• Before attending Tuesday’s speech, Senator Cory Booker addressed his mysterious relationship status, telling the “Breakfast Club” radio show that he does, in fact, have a girlfriend.
• Senator Amy Klobuchar said after the speech that she would announce whether she was running for president on Sunday.
• Julián Castro made his first appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” after the address.
• Former Gov. Bill Weld of Massachusetts, the Libertarian candidate for president in 2016, returned to the Republican Party as he considers a primary challenge to Mr. Trump.
• Beto O’Rourke wasn’t in the chamber for the address, since he didn’t win his Senate race. Instead, he spent the afternoon being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, telling her he would make a decision about the 2020 race by the end of the month.
• Photos from a livestock show and rodeo in Denver, where bold fashion choices defy the idea that the rural West has vanished.
• A Times correspondent and photographer are chronicling their journey along the 1,900-mile border between the United States and Mexico.
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• The New Yorker details how Dan Mallory, a best-selling thriller writer, crafted his own trail of deceptions.
Potential 2020 candidates were all over TV and social media on Tuesday. But one stayed out of the spotlight: Joe Biden. So we turned up this video from 1983, when the former senator from Delaware was tapped to deliver the Democratic rebuttal. Nice sideburns.
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18年马经龙头报“【父】【王】【放】【心】，【女】【儿】【一】【定】【不】【负】【所】【望】。”【严】【亲】【王】【笑】【着】【闭】【上】【了】【眼】【睛】，【属】【于】【大】【曦】【王】【朝】【的】【宝】【藏】，【他】【拼】【死】【守】【住】【了】。 “【表】【妹】，【药】【熬】【好】【了】，”【慕】【容】【辰】【澜】【端】【着】【一】【碗】【汤】【药】【进】【来】，【却】【见】【皇】【甫】【胭】【脂】【握】【着】【舅】【舅】【的】【手】【哭】【倒】【在】【地】【上】，【床】【榻】【上】【面】【带】【笑】【容】【的】【男】【人】【永】【远】【闭】【上】【了】【眼】【睛】。 “【表】【哥】，【父】【王】【再】【也】【不】【用】【喝】【药】【了】，【他】【去】【天】【上】【陪】【皇】【祖】【母】【和】【皇】【爷】【爷】【了】，【还】【有】
“【宗】【主】，【你】…【你】【这】【就】【有】【点】【小】【题】【大】【做】【了】【吧】？” 【秦】【峰】【明】【显】【的】【有】【点】【不】【可】【思】【议】，【他】【睁】【大】【了】【自】【己】【的】【眼】【睛】，【随】【即】【便】【说】【道】：“【我】【承】【认】【这】【个】【小】【子】【在】【同】【龄】【人】【中】【算】【是】【还】【挺】【不】【错】【的】【了】，【不】【过】【你】【未】【免】【也】【太】【看】【的】【起】【他】【了】。” “【我】【们】【诺】【大】【的】【一】【个】【药】【王】【谷】，【岂】【是】【他】【这】【么】【个】【毛】【头】【小】【子】【可】【以】【威】【胁】【的】，【随】【随】【便】【便】【就】【能】【灭】【了】【他】，【如】【果】【他】【敢】【废】【话】【的】【话】。”
【等】【唐】【父】【从】【书】【房】【里】【冲】【出】【来】【时】，【看】【到】【的】【是】【二】【哥】【唐】【家】【荣】【正】【抱】【着】【他】【的】【女】【儿】，【在】【那】【哭】【的】【稀】【里】【哗】【啦】，【泪】【眼】【婆】【娑】【着】。 【他】【第】【一】【反】【应】【是】【大】【吼】【出】【声】，“【唐】【家】【荣】，【放】【开】【我】【的】【女】【儿】” 【此】【时】【的】【他】【只】【有】【一】【个】【念】【头】：【靠】，【又】【来】【一】【个】【跟】【自】【己】【抢】【女】【儿】【的】。 【唐】【二】【伯】【根】【本】【没】【理】【他】，【依】【旧】【抱】【着】【人】，【哭】【的】【很】【忘】【我】。 【看】【到】【他】【这】【个】【样】【子】，【唐】【雨】【泽】【的】【第】【一】【想】【法】
“【就】【她】【那】【刁】【蛮】【高】【傲】【的】【性】【子】，【会】【沦】【落】【到】【这】【种】【境】【地】？” 【青】【婷】【语】【中】【是】【满】【满】【的】【不】【相】【信】。 “【陈】【雅】【的】【小】【伎】【俩】【未】【免】【太】【拿】【不】【出】【手】【了】，【你】【以】【后】【别】【跟】【她】【接】【触】【最】【好】，【免】【得】【惹】【得】【一】【身】【腥】。” 【女】【助】【理】【说】【着】，【已】【经】【顺】【手】【把】【陈】【雅】【的】【联】【系】【方】【式】【拉】【进】【了】【黑】【名】【单】。 【女】【助】【理】【未】【经】【过】【青】【婷】【允】【许】【就】【把】【她】【列】【表】【的】【人】【拉】【了】【黑】【名】【单】，【对】【此】【青】【婷】【没】【有】【表】【现】【出】【任】【何】18年马经龙头报【方】【益】【回】【到】【了】【天】【君】【山】，【参】【加】【了】【南】【域】【大】【比】，【一】【鸣】【惊】【人】，【名】【动】【修】【仙】【界】！ 【之】【后】，【李】【舒】【语】【的】【家】【里】【出】【现】【了】【变】【故】，【几】【位】【皇】【子】【因】【为】【皇】【位】【爆】【发】【了】【内】【乱】，【甚】【至】【有】【魔】【门】【插】【手】【其】【中】。【李】【舒】【语】【和】【方】【益】【前】【往】【调】【停】【解】【决】【内】【乱】，【偶】【遇】【墨】【凝】【霜】。【此】【时】【墨】【凝】【霜】【正】【是】【站】【在】【某】【位】【皇】【子】【身】【后】【的】【魔】【门】【势】【力】【主】【事】【人】，【她】【认】【出】【方】【益】【和】【李】【舒】【语】，【用】【计】【将】【两】【人】【都】【逮】【了】【起】【来】。
【苏】【黎】【悠】【闲】【的】【在】【长】【安】【生】【活】【了】【几】【天】，【曹】【操】【每】【天】【忙】【完】，【都】【会】【来】【苏】【黎】【府】【邸】【坐】【坐】。 【也】【不】【谈】【什】【么】【正】【事】，【就】【是】【闲】【聊】【加】【送】【礼】【的】。 【好】【马】，【好】【枪】，【甚】【至】【是】【一】【些】【解】【闷】【的】【小】【玩】【意】。 【这】【一】【天】，【苏】【黎】【送】【走】【曹】【操】【笑】【了】【笑】。 “【苏】【二】，【你】【又】【打】【坏】【注】【意】【了】？” “【你】【难】【道】【没】【看】【出】【来】？【一】【连】【几】【天】，【我】【数】【次】【提】【出】【告】【辞】，【这】【个】【曹】【操】【都】【是】【想】【出】【各】【种】【办】【法】
【回】【来】【之】【前】【她】【心】【里】【是】【心】【心】【念】【念】【着】【回】【来】【吃】【火】【锅】【的】，【但】【是】【现】【在】【知】【道】【怀】【孕】【了】，【简】【桑】【榆】【不】【太】【确】【定】【自】【己】【有】【哪】【些】【需】【要】【忌】【口】【的】。 【火】【锅】【是】【好】【吃】，【但】【是】【现】【在】【在】【简】【桑】【榆】【的】【心】【里】，【还】【是】【孩】【子】【更】【重】【要】，【所】【以】【她】【对】【火】【锅】【的】【追】【求】【就】【被】【自】【己】【压】【下】【去】【了】。 【简】【桑】【榆】【淡】【定】【的】【坐】【在】【那】【让】【顾】【沉】【有】【点】【意】【外】。 “【尤】【妤】【歆】【过】【两】【天】【会】【带】【着】【她】【儿】【子】【来】**【小】【住】，【你】【会】【有】