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The Hill's 12:30 Report: What to watch in tonight's State of the Union | Trump tweets about 'human wall' before speech | Slams Schumer | Tonight's guests | Hose Dems aim to use  to challenge Trump | Senate GOP warns Trump against emergency for wall | Sasse risks primary challenge with Trump criticism | World Nutella Day



Trump teases the main event:

Let's do this thing!!


Setting the stage for tonight's State of the Union address, President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE again pushed for a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

He tweeted: "Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border. We have sent additional military. We will build a Human Wall if necessary. If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!"

Trump then criticized Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday MORE (D-N.Y.): He tweeted, "I see Schumer is already criticizing my State of the Union speech, even though he hasn't seen it yet. He's just upset that he didn't win the Senate, after spending a fortune, like he thought he would. Too bad we weren't given more credit for the Senate win by the media!"


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Five things to include on your SOTU Bingo cards:

1. The speech is a much-needed reset button for President Trump.

2. Trump and his aides have hinted at using tonight's speech to lay the groundwork for declaring a national emergency to fund the wall.

3. Will there be a potential olive branch to Democrats? The dynamic this year is very different.

4. Trump can finally explain his recent foreign policy moves in the Middle East to the American people (i.e.: Syria and Afghanistan).

5. Will he share details of the next U.S.-North Korea summit? Trump has been teasing this announcement.

Context and details for each:

Here is an actual State of the Union 2019 bingo card if you're interested: Via The Washington Post:

Be my guest, be my guest: Here's a full list of President Trump's special guests at the address:

The guest getting talked about: Sixth-grader Joshua Trump, who is not related to the president but has been getting bullied because of his name, according to the White House.

Road closures for the address: Here's a list of which roads to avoid today:

HOW SENATE REPUBLICANS FEEL ABOUT TRUMP DECLARING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY TO BUILD THE WALL: Not great. "GOP lawmakers warned that declaring a national emergency would be met with resistance on Capitol Hill, where Congress could try to block Trump by using a resolution of disapproval." How this could play out:

Yeah, but...: Republican Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (La.) predicted that a number of Republicans would back Trump if he declared a national emergency.

WE ALL KNOW THAT PERSON WHO WANTS TO MAKE IT ABOUT THEMSELVES: Here's how Democrats want to use tonight's address to show how they have tried to take on President Trump:




Tidbit -- Ooo la la, Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Joe Biden must release the results of his cognitive tests — voters need to know GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday MORE has a girlfriend:

Via CNN's Rebecca Buck, Democratic senator and presidential candidate Cory Booker (N.J.) talked about his relationship status and confirmed he has a girlfriend.

Aw: "Before I declared for president, I've been dating somebody really special. (Would she make a nice first lady?) "Yes she would."

No pressure here!!: "Asked whether being unmarried should factor into electability, Booker says. 'If Donald Trump can get elected with the personal life that he has? Then anybody can.' But adds, laughing: 'There's two more years. Give me some time.' "

Keep in mind: Booker doesn't really talk about his private life. What we do know, via Marie Claire:

Watch the full interview:


Throwing some sass at Sasse:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Conservative Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Beijing: US 'oppressing Chinese companies' after Huawei, ZTE action Senate Republicans defend Trump's response on Russian bounties MORE (R-Neb.), a frequent critic of President Trump who said he could not support him during the 2016 cycle, is at risk of a significant primary challenge in 2020, according to GOP sources.  A Nebraska Republican official told The Hill there are Republicans interested in running for Sasse's seat, while a senior Republican aide predicted that Sasse will see a primary challenge."


Next up in the tank:

President Trump nominated former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt as his next Interior secretary. Keep in mind: Bernhardt is currently the acting Interior secretary. What to know about him:




New York Times Opinion created a video for Facebook's 15th anniversary, mocking Facebook's friendship anniversary videos. 



So much spin:

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa) took a spin class with Democratic senator and presidential candidate Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter The Hill's Morning Report - Officials crack down as COVID-19 cases soar MORE (N.Y.).


Meanwhile in Boston...:

Full-size photo of the diamond necklace:



The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

12:30 p.m. EST: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons. 

3:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes. The Senate's full schedule today:

8:30 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves the White House en route to the U.S. Capitol.

10:05 p.m. EST: President Trump gets back to the White House.

Today: Chinese New Year. Op-ed:

Today: It would have been Trayvon Martin's 24th birthday.

8 a.m. EST Wednesday: The Hill is hosting an event on building a 5G world. Featured speakers: Reps. Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkeYvette Clarke wins NY House primary The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Wooing voters, Trump autographs Arizona border wall Bowman holds double-digit lead over Engel in NY primary MORE (D-N.Y.) and John Curtis (R-Utah). Details and RSVP:

9:45 a.m. EST Wednesday: The Hudson Institute holds an event on U.S. missile defense with Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood. Details and how to RSVP:

Feb. 27–March 2: CPAC 2019 at National Harbor:

March 6: When President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has to surrender for his prison sentence.



7 p.m. EST: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Democrats: A moment in history, use it wisely 'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project MORE (R-Ky.) will be interviewed on Fox News's "The Story with Martha MacCallum." 

9 p.m. EST: President Trump delivers his State of the Union address. Livestream:

10 a.m. EST Wednesday: Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump administration grants funding extension for Texas testing sites Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down GOP lawmakers join social media app billed as alternative to Big Tech MORE (R-Texas) speaks at an American Enterprise Institute event on foreign policy. Details and livestream:



Today is World Nutella Day

Here's how to get free personalized Nutella jar today if you're in New York or Chicago:


I agree it was a boring Super Bowl, but come on:

For a segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," producers went on the streets of Los Angeles and asked people to congratulate the Rams for their Super Bowl victory. It's pretty great. Watch -- it starts around 4:11:


And to break up your Tuesday afternoon, here are two dogs who couldn't be left behind while others are sledding: