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Wednesday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for today.

Good Wednesday morning.

Here is what's on the President's agenda today:

  • The President meets with the Vice President, the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of Defense
  • Later, President Trump has a Tax reform meeting with American workers
  • In the afternoon, the President meets with Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin

I have a condensed version of the Briefing for you this morning. I stayed up later than I wanted for the SOTU festivities and slept through my alarm.

My hot take: I thought the speech was very positive and "pro-America." The President's guests at the speech were a great way to tell the story he wanted to tell. The Democrats looked like sour pusses and bitchy babies but that's no surprise since their political position is to sell misery and discord. Naturally, they revile the positive messages about America coming from the President. Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) delivered the official response and was inexplicably put in front of a car which is a bad look for a Kennedy. Putting a rich white liberal from New England to respond to the SOTU is a funny way to win back the working class Americans that ditched the Dems in 2016, but whatever. The audience noticed he was slobbering or had abused his chapstick to the point of distraction. His response was dark and morose.

SOTU/SOTU after party reviews and hot takes

Read the full text of President Trump's first State of the Union address

5 Things Democrats Refused To Applaud During SOTU

Democrats make political statement wearing black, while FLOTUS makes fashion statement wearing white

CNN poll: 48 percent had 'very positive' reaction to Trump speech

Viewers approve of Trump's first State of the Union address - CBS News poll

Protesters take to the streets, project anti-Trump messages onto his DC hotel over SOTU

Trump protesters chant 'lock him up' outside Capitol ahead of State of the Union

Trump's State of the Union didn't unify Capitol Hill

Tapper: Trump opened one hand, fist with other

Van Jones: Trump's stories were poisoned candy

Trump’s State of the Union: A diatribe against immigrants

Joe Kennedy’s glistening lips outshine his rebuttal to Trump’s State of the Union

Joe Kennedy’s ‘drool-mouth’ outshines his State of the Union response

Trump honors North Korea defector during State of the Union

RUSSIA/Mueller investigation

So much for speech: Trump on hot mic says he'll release memo

Trump's lawyers argue Mueller has not met threshold for presidential interview

Classified GOP memo alleging FBI wrongdoing sent to President Trump to decide whether to declassify, allow release

FBI, intelligence agencies are vetting Nunes memo: report

Atlantic: It’s pure ‘fantasy’ to think Mueller will indict President Trump

Dems direct outrage over Nunes memo at Speaker Paul Ryan, rule out leaking Schiff memo

Other morsels:

CIA director Pompeo met top Russian spies

A woman tried to board a plane with her emotional-support peacock. United wouldn't let it fly

CIA director expects Russia will try to target U.S. mid-term elections

Drug distributors shipped 20M pain pills to town of 3,000 people in West Virginia

Two Obama amnesty ‘Dreamers’ were arrested at the border – here’s what they did

SJWs Threaten Conservative DC Comics Artist With Violence

Trump needles 'monster' Chuck Todd at off-the-record anchors' lunch

Senate passes bill in response to gymnastics sex-abuse case

Female Employees Allege Culture of Sexual Harassment at Humane Society

Hispanic members unload on Dem leaders at 'tense' meeting

Chicago Sun-Times suspends film critic Richard Roeper for reportedly buying Twitter followers

Hawaii emergency chief resigns, officer fired over false missile alert

Military-bashing California teacher pulled from classroom, city council duties pending investigation

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour arrested with gun at airport

Todd Ricketts will be the next RNC finance chair

Facebook is banning all ads for bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and ICOs

Pelosi rips GOP congressman demanding Capitol Police arrest undocumented immigrants at the State of the Union as anti-Christian

Facebook asked to end Messenger Kids app by child advocates

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!

Missed this incredible moment yesterday.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez stomped out of the State of the Union address in a huff Tuesday, just as Republicans broke into a "USA" chant.

Via Fox News Insider:

President Donald Trump had just finished mentioning the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol building, which he then called a "monument to the American people."

In that section of remarks, Trump also praised veterans in wars from the Revolution, through World War II and today, mentioning sites like Saratoga, N.Y., Yorktown, V.A. and the Pacific theater.

As half of the gallery broke into a "USA" chant, Gutierrez (D-Ill.) could be seen exiting his aisle seat and walking out of the chamber.

What a sweetheart that guy is, huh?

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes issued the following statement today in response to the FBI's statement today "slamming" the FISA abuse memo:

“Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies. The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses. Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign. Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.”


Gird your loins:

Allahpundit explains:

What a sh*tshow the next few weeks are going to be. If the FBI feels obliged to respond to the memo publicly, in a test of credibility with the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, before it’s even been released then a waterfall of leaks from both sides is on the way. The NYT and WaPo will be publishing daily scoops about the original FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and allegations about federal agents and Republican pols lying shamelessly to cover their asses over various improprieties well into March.


If you missed Salena Zito's latest, here's the link.

Donald Trump is still the man to this Pennsylvania home.

And a pro tip: Never miss Salena's latest. She's in my estimation the best shoe-leather reporter covering national politics, and really the only one in 2015-16 who recognized the existence of potential Obama-to-Trump voters. You know, the voters who delivered OH, PA, MI, and WI -- and the White House.

But I was taken by this quote from a suburban woman at the end of Salena's report:

“This speech is about us, there were no mentions of ‘I’ or ‘me.’ All he did was talking about taking us to a better place, it was aspirational, compassionate and strong,” she said.

And "refreshing." Don't forget "refreshing."