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The Hill's 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways | Sights and sounds from the night | Gillibrand becomes a meme | Bernie, AOC react to Trump on socialism | Bipartisan moments | Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface | Intel panel postpones Cohen testimony | Trump plans first 2019 rally for El Paso | Professional rugby coming to DC

  

STATE OF THE UNION TAKEAWAYS

Break it down now!:

Overall, it was a pretty action-packed night. Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, here are six takeaways: 

  1. Trump lashed out at investigations.
  2. His address involved some effort to reach out, some red meat.
  3. Trump and Democratic women tangled in a viral moment
  4. Trump didn't acknowledge Pelosi
  5. 2020 Democrats competed to show their disdain
  6. The nation was divided before and after the speech.

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2DbYjsZ

HOW TRUMP VEERED BETWEEN COMITY AND CONFRONTATION: http://bit.ly/2DguTtC

A NEW WHITE HOUSE-CONGRESS DYNAMIC: The article begins, "It was an end-zone dance right in front of Donald Trump's face." Full piece: http://bit.ly/2ULSOII

 

It's a buzzy Wednesday in D.C.  I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and  Facebook.

 

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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM LAST NIGHT

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT:

OMG you guys -- there's video!: It's just as awkward and funny as the photo. Watch: http://bit.ly/2GbBx8t

This morning – reaction from Pelosi's daughter: Christine Pelosi tweeted, "#waybackwednesday - oh yes that clap took me back to the teen years. She knows. And she knows that you know. And frankly she's disappointed that you thought this would work. But here's a clap. #youtriedit" http://bit.ly/2I46nSq

  

BEFORE THE ADDRESS:

Spotted at Trump International Hotel before the addressDonald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpNadler: I don't understand why Mueller didn't charge Donald Trump Jr., others in Trump Tower meeting Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent House Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report MOREKimberly GuilfoyleCharlie Kirk and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulBooker, Harris have missed most Senate votes Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen Bottom line MORE (R-Ky.). http://bit.ly/2DUQ1Hj

D.C. red carpet: Here's a photo of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris McGahn's lawyer pushes back after Giuliani knocks his credibility Grassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump MORE arriving with his wife: http://bit.ly/2BlY1ja

Photo of Trump's limo waiting outside the White House: That's a beautiful angle: http://bit.ly/2BoeQd5  And video of Trump leaving: http://bit.ly/2Sv0ykD

How to get a good seat at the address -- respect: "[Rep. Billy LongWilliam (Billy) H. LongGOP pushes back on net neutrality bill at testy hearing The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal Bad weather stops Pelosi, lawmakers from attending Dingell funeral service MORE (R-Mo.)], who was in his aisle seat when I got to the Capitol at noon, is still here, 9 hours later." Well done, sir. http://bit.ly/2MYIPx7

Tidbit about the Pences: "While Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence: Mueller report confirms 'no collusion, no obstruction' Melania Trump, Karen Pence say they're ready to serve four more years in White House The Turkish rupture could cause a fissure in NATO MORE will be seated behind the president, his brother Greg PenceGregory Joseph PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways | Sights and sounds from the night | Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface MORE, now a freshman Rep. will be on the floor watching." http://bit.ly/2GqgK0h

Meanwhile outside the Capitol: Here are protesters gathered outside. Photos: http://bit.ly/2Txa6Je

The designated survivor: Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Energy: Mueller report reveals Russian efforts to sow division over coal jobs | NYC passes sweeping climate bill likened to 'Green New Deal' | EPA official says agency may ban asbestos | Energy Dept. denies Perry planning exit The Hill's 12:30 Report: Inside the Mueller report The very early, boring Democratic primary: Biden v. Bernie MORE. For fun, here's a throwback of Perry DJing on "Dancing with the Stars." Watch: http://bit.ly/2UHjxWF

I love watching interactions before the address: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) chatted with Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGiuliani: 'Nothing wrong' with campaign taking information from Russians Earth Day founder's daughter: Most Republican leaders believe in climate change in private Senate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller MORE (R-Utah). Rep. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenConservative groups defend tech from GOP crackdown Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders unveils new Medicare for all bill with backing from other 2020 Dems | White House slams Sanders' rollout | Drugmakers, 'middlemen' point fingers on insulin pricing House votes to reinstate Obama-era net neutrality rules MORE (R-Ore.) high-fived Sen. Krysten SinemaKyrsten Lea SinemaAbortion rights group knocks Sinema for supporting Trump judicial pick The Hill's 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways | Sights and sounds from the night | Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface Arizona Senate race a virtual tie: poll MORE (D-Ariz.). 

  

DURING THE ADDRESS:

Who was paying the most attention during the address -- not who you think: "The deepest concentration in the House Chamber can be found with the man operating the crane camera, diligently panning." (Via Roll Call's Kellie Mejdrich)  http://bit.ly/2t6VHrF  

Tidbit -- Pelosi was supposed to intro Trump: "I'm told Speaker Pelosi was planning to introduce the president before his #SOTU address (just like Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAppeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers FEC filing: No individuals donated to indicted GOP rep this cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday MORE did in 2018.) But Trump blew right through it." (Via The Hill's Melanie Zanona) http://bit.ly/2HX5WJg

^ According to the C-SPAN mic: Trump said to Pelosi, "Hi Nancy. How are you? Nice to see you." http://bit.ly/2ULLNHP

Something you may not have noticed -- a person fainted toward the end of the address: "Two GOP docs -- Roger MarshallRoger W. Marshall95-year-old Bob Dole promoted from Army captain to colonel Kansas Senate race splits wide open without Pompeo The Hill's 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways | Sights and sounds from the night | Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface MORE and Phil RoeDavid (Phil) Phillip RoeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways | Sights and sounds from the night | Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface Activist who met with GOP lawmakers also promotes ‘black violence’ gene: report GOP lawmaker to be challenged by Dem he delivered as a newborn MORE -- have rushed to their side." http://bit.ly/2I3MF9o

Why so many House Democratic women wore white: https://cnn.it/2HUFMa5 Oops: Tiffany Trump also wore white. Photos and reactions on Twitter:  http://bit.ly/2Dgjyd2

Interesting throwback to note: "George W. Bush congratulated Pelosi during SOTU when she became Speaker. No such congratulations from Trump tonight" (Via The Hill's Scott Wong) http://bit.ly/2SgoAkj

What everyone couldn't stop watching: President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE's tie was off center and PEOPLE NOTICED. Photo of Trump's tie -- GAH: http://bit.ly/2Date92

^ Hahahaha: "The vice president has very few constitutional responsibilities, but one of them is telling the president to fix his tie and jacket." (Via Politico's Steven Shepard) http://bit.ly/2HQG55M

Bernie looks like he's having ... FUN: Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Wage growth shaping up as key 2020 factor for Trump Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' MORE (I-Vt.) looks like he's going to burst with anger. Video of him fidgeting midway through the speech -- can you feel that bern?: http://bit.ly/2DimAxo 

Best tie of the night: http://bit.ly/2t61EVM

'He doesn't even go here!': "Alex MooneyAlexander (Alex) Xavier MooneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways | Sights and sounds from the night | Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface Key conservative presses for shield law after seizure of NYT reporter’s records May brings key primaries across nation MORE, the West Virginia Republican, is the lone R sitting in the middle of the Democratic section. When he stands up, it's quite noticeable with the Dems seated." Oh and: "Also sitting in a row full of senators. How'd he end up way over there?" http://bit.ly/2Genxuu

Did you notice that Pelosi kept checking her copy of the speech?: The Washington Post's Robert Costa with the right comparison: "Speaker Pelosi is looking at her copy of the speech in the same way a longtime teacher looks at late homework." http://bit.ly/2TyuOsj

When Trump said America would "never be a socialist country": Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMichael Steele: A missed opportunity at holding banks accountable House Dem dismisses impeachment push: 'I'd rather defeat' Trump at ballot box Tlaib rallies in support of Green New Deal at Detroit town hall MORE (D-N.Y.) had a big smile. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) looked unenthused. Photo: http://bit.ly/2GsWHOA

^ First Dem to stand at that socialism line: Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference MORE (D-N.Y.).  http://bit.ly/2DatvsG

Lol: "Democrats watching Trump (a series)." Photos -- they're pretty funny together: http://bit.ly/2HYENps

  

FEEL GOOD MOMENTS:

One of the most heartwarming parts: The entire chamber sang "Happy Birthday" to a man who survived both the Holocaust and the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The man then yelled, "Thank you!" Trump then joked: "They wouldn't do that for me, Judah." Watch: http://bit.ly/2DY0kL7

^ Context from NBC's Kasie Hunt: "That hasn't happened in the...10 or so years I have been attending these speeches. Can't say it's never happened but let's just say I would be floored if it had." http://bit.ly/2SbCCDR

Trump noted the record number of women in Congress: "Exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional Amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than ever before." Female lawmakers then cheered chanted "USA!"-- watch: http://bit.ly/2TyrA8c

^ Trump then joked to the female lawmakers cheering: "You weren't supposed to do that!" http://bit.ly/2MWisYE 

What to know about the Democratic response from Stacey Abrams:  http://bit.ly/2RJ2TUI

  

WHO BECAME MEMES LAST NIGHT: 

Getting traction -- this meme applies to me daily: Here's a brief video of Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' 2020 Dems ratchet up anti-corporate talk in bid to woo unions MORE (D-N.Y.) rolling her eyes at the address. Watch: http://bit.ly/2HWWOnZ

^That didn't take long. Gillibrand immediately used this meme to fundraise: http://bit.ly/2HYDOWi

CNN's slow-zoom of AOC is an extremely useful gif: The look on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) face. Watch: http://bit.ly/2t6Z6Xt

^ If you're curious about AOC's pin: It is of "Jakelin Caal, the Guatemalan child who died in custody of [U.S. Customs and Border Protection.]" http://bit.ly/2Tzkbpf

Raise the roof: Politico's Melanie Zanona tweeted, "Just told [Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.)] that her raise-the-roof moment was turned into a meme/went viral.. and she was thrilled! The meme: http://bit.ly/2BomSTh

  

REACTIONS THIS MORNING

From Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah): Romney praised Trump's address. In Romney's words: "The president's speech was strong, well-delivered, and appealed to our patriotism and common values as Americans." Romney's full comments: http://bit.ly/2UJ1Vtt

AOC on Trump's socialism remarks: "I thought it was great. I think he's scared," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told reporters when asked about Trump's remarks. "He sees that everything is closing in on him and he knows that he's losing the battle of public opinion." http://bit.ly/2MS98F3

How State of the Union addresses have just become 'applause-fests': http://bit.ly/2DnWklB

  

NEWS THIS MORNING

2 breaking updates -- What is going ON in Virginia?!: 

First -- Virginia's AG admits he wore blackface: 

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) just admitted to wearing blackface to a party when he was in college. From Herring's statement: "In 1980, when I was a 19-year old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song ... This was a onetime occurrence and I accept full responsibility for my conduct." http://bit.ly/2Gcbluz

Read his full statement: http://bit.ly/2Gefmyz

  

Second -- Virginia's lieutenant governor is facing his own allegations.

The Washington Post reports, "Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax issued a statement early Monday denying a sexual assault allegation that appeared on the same conservative website that posted a racist photograph from Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page." The full story: https://wapo.st/2MTnmFB

MEANWHILE: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is trying to stay afloat after a photo with blackface in his medical school yearbook surfaced last week. How Northam is defending himselfhttps://nyti.ms/2TA9CCi

SO...: Virginia's governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general are all embroiled in major controversies.    

  

John DingellJohn DingellAlaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cohen back on the hot seat Cummings shows how oversight should be done - and that's bad news for Trump MORE is in ailing health:

Former Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) has "entered a new phase," according to his wife, Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellDemocrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general House Dem calls Mueller report 'a roadmap' for 2020 Dems grill EPA chief over auto emissions rollback plan MORE (D-Mich.)  She tweeted: "Friends and colleagues know me and know I would be in Washington right now unless something was up. I am home with John and we have entered a new phase. He is my love and we have been a team for nearly 40 years ...  I will be taking each day as it comes. We thank people for their friendship and support and ask for prayers and privacy during this difficult time." http://bit.ly/2HTa8db

REACTION FROM REP. HAKEEM JEFFRIES (D-N.Y.) -- AGREED, HE IS AN INCREDIBLE TWEETER:  Jeffries told reporters, "He will go down in history as one of the most impactful members of the United States Congress ... And he's a great tweeter as well." http://bit.ly/2RJryIH

 

Back to the season where I can't get The Rolling Stone's 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' out of my head :/

Throwback to 2016 --> http://bit.ly/2GrVl6X

This morning, President Trump announced his first presidential reelection campaign rally of 2019. Where: El Paso, Texas. When: Feb. 11. http://bit.ly/2GbZCvW

ANOTHER 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT COMING THIS WEEKEND?: Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBooker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' 2020 Dems ratchet up anti-corporate talk in bid to woo unions 2020 Democrats commemorate 20-year anniversary of Columbine shooting MORE (D-Minn.) said she will announce on Sunday whether she is running. Where she will make her announcement: Minneapolis. https://nbcnews.to/2DaR5W8

  

A new D.C. sports team to put our hopes and dreams:

Via The Washington Post's Jacob Bogage, a professional rugby team is coming to Washington, D.C. The name: Old Glory D.C. Rugby Club. What to know: https://wapo.st/2t93OUQ

How the organization is preparing: "Old Glory will spend the 2019 season hosting skills combines and tryouts and playing exhibition matches. It will play its first regular season schedule in 2020 as teams from Boston and Atlanta also enter the league. Toronto and New York teams are set to join for the 2019 season." 

  

LATEST WITH THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

That's a later problem:

This morning, the House Intelligence Committee abruptly postponed Friday's scheduled testimony from President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen until Feb. 28. Why: It's unclear. A brief statement said, "In the interests of the investigation, Michael Cohen's testimony has been postponed until February 28th."  http://bit.ly/2TAp7tI

KEEP IN MIND: Michael Cohen must report for his prison sentence on March 6. 

TIDBIT -- OH HELLO THERE, Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTen post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators Schiff, Nunes pressed DOJ for Mueller briefing The Hill's Morning Report - Mueller report will dominate this week MORE: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told reporters leaving the Intelligence Committee hearing this morning, "You're an embarrassment to yourselves." Keep in mind: Nunes is no longer the chairman of the committee. http://bit.ly/2HV4S8T

MEANWHILE IN THE SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATION: In recent court filings, special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE references "uncharged individuals." I.e.: Potentially more indictments could be coming. Details from The Hill's Morgan Chalfant: http://bit.ly/2SgAbjl

  

IN OTHER NEWS

Interesting fundraising tidbit:

Via The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump GOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying MORE (R-Maine) had her strongest fundraising quarter in the end of 2018. The interesting part: She raised more money from supporters of then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh than she did from supporters in her home state of Maine. For context: She raised $1.8 million in the last quarter, but only $19,000 was from Maine residents. Yeah, but: Contributions of less than $200 were not itemized. http://bit.ly/2t8gP0E

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Ahh hahahaha:

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Portsmouth, Va., to visit the U.S. Coast Guard Base.

Today: "This feels like the first real day of House Democratic majority...  Simultaneous hearings on gun violence, Obamacare (x2!) and climate change (x2!)" (Via Politico's Sarah Ferrishttp://bit.ly/2WMCadz

10:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence left for Portsmouth, Va.

12:05 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence is receiving a briefing and tour of the U.S. Coast Guard Base Portsmouth.

2–3 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule: http://bit.ly/2Ms1W2e

6:30 p.m. EST: President Trump hosts a dinner with the National Prayer Breakfast host committee and pastors.

7 p.m. EST: The 11th Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Details and tickets: http://bit.ly/2mJYanx

  

WHAT TO WATCH

1:30 p.m. EST: President Trump announces the U.S. candidate for World Bank president. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2TuCwDL

1:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks to Coast Guard and Homeland Security employees in Portsmouth, Va. He then heads back to Washington, D.C. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2GqM3YJ

3 p.m. EST: President Trump discusses ISIS during remarks at the State Department. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2MTZnWF

7 p.m. EST: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell holds a town hall meeting. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2HU4MOE

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Frozen Yogurt Day -- which is described in "The Good Place" as "a food that people think they enjoy, but it's also kind of a bummer." 

 

And because it's a been a busy morning and you deserve something lighter, here's a gorilla trying to get a reaction out of his brother: http://bit.ly/2t6iEey