The Hill's 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways | Sights and sounds from the night | Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface

To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw

To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN

 --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*

*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.

 

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.

 

Did someone forward this to you? Want your own copy? Sign up here to receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox daily: http://bit.ly/2kjMNnn

  

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 TrumpDemocrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Republicans, Trump Jr. signal support for embattled West Virginia governor The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back MOREKimberly GuilfoyleCharlie Kirk and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWe're all on the tarmac, waiting for an Iran policy This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Washington braces for Trump's next move on Iran MORE (R-Ky.). http://bit.ly/2DUQ1Hj

D.C. red carpet: Here's a photo of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughStephen King: 'It's time for Susan Collins to go' EXCLUSIVE — Trump: I would fill Supreme Court vacancy before 2020 election Supreme Court rules against newspaper over information request, giving confidentiality win to businesses 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. LongT-Mobile merger poses more questions than answers GOP 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 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 PenceBolton presses Iran to withdraw forces from Syria, areas of conflict EXCLUSIVE: Trump accuses Biden of lying about Obama's lack of endorsement Leaked Trump transition vetting documents show numerous officials with 'red flags': Axios MORE will be seated behind the president, his brother Greg PenceGregory Joseph PenceThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties Pence, McConnell eulogize Sen. Richard Lugar 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 PerryThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions House Dems attempt to block Trump admin roll back Obama-era lightbulb rule Shutting down plastics at the source 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 RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Democratic challenger leads Tillis by 1 point in North Carolina poll The Memo: Can Trump run as an outsider? MORE (R-Utah). Rep. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenHillicon Valley: House lawmakers reach deal on robocall bill | Laid-off journalists launch ads targeting tech giants | Apple seeks tariff exemptions | Facebook's Libra invites scrutiny Bipartisan House lawmakers announce compromise anti-robocall bill Key senators release bipartisan package to lower health care costs 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 RyanPaul Ryan praises Trump: 'He's not taking any crap' The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Ocasio-Cortez calls out Steve King, Liz Cheney amid controversy over concentration camp remarks 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 RoeHouse conservative's procedural protest met with bipartisan gripes This Memorial Day, I challenge everyone to find a way to honor our nation's fallen Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access 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 TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced 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 Mooney58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill The 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 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-CortezLawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill Bronx restaurants thank Ocasio-Cortez for her endorsements 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 SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' 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 GillibrandRules for first Democratic primary debates announced Juan Williams: Warren on the rise 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown 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 DingellMcCain and Dingell: Inspiring a stronger Congress Pelosi should take a page from Tip O'Neill's playbook Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history 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 DingellCalifornia official blasts EPA head over car standard negotiations Democrats grill Trump officials over fuel standard rollback On The Money: Democrats set stage for next shutdown fight | House panel wraps up final 2020 spending bill | GOP senators, White House delay meeting on spending | Trump hits Fed over high interest rates 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 KlobucharRules for first Democratic primary debates announced Senate set to bypass Iran fight amid growing tensions Sanders unveils student debt plan amid rivalry with Warren 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 NunesHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Lawmakers grapple with deepfake threat at hearing Intel hearing showcases political divide over Mueller report 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report 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 CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns Stephen King: 'It's time for Susan Collins to go' 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