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Here is your live blog for the day.

Wrapping up.

I think Trump did very well this evening. I particularly liked his powerful remarks against Ralph Northam on infanticide. Even Bernie Sanders could not denounce Trump's remarks without his own voice rebelling against him.

In closing, I will direct you, dear reader, to the many articles we've published about the State of the Union:

President Trump lobbed some deadly bombs at Democrats tonight and now the media firefighters are doing their best to put out the fires.

Republicans should have defunded NPR a long time ago, but noooo.

And the Washington Post fact-checker went after the president's comments on late-term abortions.

 

 

Bernie Sanders is echoing talking points.

Here's a sampling:

And don't forget Sanders's push for censorship!

Sen. Ted Cruz on Hannity lauded Trump's "staggering" list of achievements and slammed the Dems' response to the SOTU: "Tonight we saw just how extreme -- how out of touch -- the modern Democratic Party has become," he said.

As far as the budget showdown is concerned, Cruz says Democrats will either break and compromise on border funding, or the president will act unilaterally. And he doesn't think the Dems are gonna budge on the border.

 

I don't know what Rick Santorum is drinking tonight, but it is making him sound foolish:

There was a time Santorum would have wept with joy to hear a president defending the lives of unborn babies. CNN does funny things to people.

In other good news, Elizabeth Warren is finished as a candidate for national office:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that she was sorry that she identified herself as a Native American for almost two decades, reflecting her ongoing struggle to quiet a controversy that continues to haunt her as she prepares to formally announce a presidential bid.

Her comments more fully explain the regret she expressed last week to the chief of the Cherokee Nation, the first time she’s said she was sorry for claiming American Indian heritage.

The private apology was earlier reported as focusing more narrowly on a DNA test she took to demonstrate her purported heritage, a move that prompted a ferocious backlash even from many allies. Warren will be vying to lead a party that has become far more mindful of nonwhite voters and their objections to misuse of their culture.

Wait, it gets worse:

In addition to the DNA test, she released employment documents over the summer to show she didn’t use ethnicity to further her career. And in a speech a year ago she addressed her decision to call herself a Native American, though she didn’t offer the apology that some wanted at the time.

But as Warren undergoes increased scrutiny as a presidential candidate, additional documents could surface to keep the issue alive.

Using an open records request during a general inquiry, for example, The Post obtained Warren’s registration card for the State Bar of Texas, providing a previously undisclosed example of Warren identifying as an “American Indian.” Warren filled out the card by hand in neat blue ink and signed it. Dated April 1986, it is the first document to surface showing Warren making the claim in her own handwriting. Her office didn’t dispute its authenticity.

Image at the link. Stick a fork in Fauxcahontas. She's done.

 

Fox News' Chris Wallace laments that the president didn't speak about climate change at all.

Hey, Chris -- he doesn't believe in it. Or at least, he doesn't think it's a tremendously pressing issue. That would be why he didn't spend any time talking about it.

It's been a tough day for socialists, national socialists, and communists of all stripes:

The tomb of Karl Marx at London’s Highgate cemetery has been vandalised in a targeted attack that means the Grade I-listed monument will “never be the same again”. The suspected vandal damaged a marble plaque which was taken from Marx’s original 1883 gravestone and incorporated into the 1954 monument.

Images of the defaced memorial, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, show what appears to be damage done by a hammer to the lettering of Marx’s name and the marble on which it is mounted. Ian Dungavell, the chief executive of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, condemned the attack as “an appalling thing to do” and a “particularly inarticulate form of political comment”, warning that the tomb would be permanently scarred.

As I like to say on Twitter: Gee, that's too damn bad.

Such crass politics:

In her rebuttal, Abrams demagogues about the shutdown with the desperate hope that Americans will turn against the president because he took all the blame.

Then, in the midst of a booming economy, she projects a doom and gloom economic outlook.

Then she chirps about "children in cages at the border." LAME.

Wants the president to address climate change ... (Yawn).

Here's a winner: "Voter suppression is real."

Americans overwhelmingly support voter integrity laws.

She started out looking cheerful and jocular, but she became sneering and angry by the middle of her speech.

Two thumbs down.

Is Stacey Abrams still trying to say she won her election? Yawn.

"Voter suppression"? What about voter fraud? Much bigger problem.

Abrams's speech pure small ball -- typically Democrat. Pales after what we just heard.

Stacey Abrams fails to acknowledge that Obamacare caused an increase in Americans delaying healthcare over costs.

Stacey Abrams mentioned she was a writer. What she didn't tell you was that they were "steamy romance novels".

Stacey Abrams giving a great argument in favor of private charity.

Why are we being forced to listen to Stacy Abrams' life story?

 

If past State of the Union responses are any guide, Stacey Abrams' future in politics will be derailed tonight. #justsayin

Juan Williams calls Trump's grand-slam SOTU a "ho-hum speech."

Dude.

Seriously:

Not just the best SOTU I can recall in recent decades, but the smartest.

Trump played up bipartisanship and America, and let the Democrats stew in it.

Will it change the parameters of the "national conversation" as our progressive friends like to say? We'll see. But in the meantime, I sure liked what I heard.