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SOTU
January 13, 2018

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is the third House Democrat to announce her intent to skip President Trump's State of the Union address on Jan. 30.

"Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?" Waters said in an appearance on MSNBC Friday evening. "Someone who lies in the face of facts, someone who can change their tune day in and day out. What does he have to say that I would be interested in?"

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) announced his plan to boycott earlier Friday, citing Trump's reported derogatory comment about Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations; and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said last week he would rather hear from his constituents.

Many congressional Democrats who will attend plan to stage a silent protest in the audience. Members of the Democratic Women's Working Group will wear all black, said chair Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), "to really continue the conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace, about disparity of salaries where people work in the same job, and also getting paid for the value of your work." Bonnie Kristian

January 12, 2016

In his last State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama told more than a few jokes — but one of his most pointed was implicitly directed at those who deny climate change:

Sixty years ago, when the Russians beat us into space, we didn't deny Sputnik was up there. We didn't argue about the science, or shrink our research and development budget. We built a space program almost overnight, and 12 years later, we were walking on the moon. [Obama]

The applause on the left side of the aisle was wild. On the right? Not so much. Nico Lauricella

January 5, 2016

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's final State of the Union address next week, her office confirmed on Tuesday.

Haley, who's considered a potential candidate for vice president on the Republican ticket, garnered national attention last summer when she called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state's capitol grounds following the massacre in Charleston.

"This is a time of great challenges for our country, but also of great opportunities. I intend to speak about both," Haley said in a statement. Stephanie Talmadge

January 20, 2015

Calculations published at the Washington Times indicate that while President Obama will make a lot of promises and proposals in his State of the Union address this evening, it's unlikely that most of them will actually be implemented.

Only about 30 percent of Obama's State of the Union plans to date have successfully been put into practice to date. 2013 proved to be a particularly bad year, marked by a 5 percent proposal adoption rate.

By contrast, President Clinton had a 44 percent success rate, despite working with strong Republican majorities in Congress. The only president in the last half century to be even less successful in implementing his State of the Union deas was Gerald Ford — who was not elected to the presidency and did not serve a full term. Bonnie Kristian

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