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The Morning Briefing: It's SOTU Day and Much, Much More

An inflatable, to-scale replica of a portion of the Statue of Liberty draws visitors to the surface of Lake Mendota near the campus of UW-Madison in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Reviving a similar tradition that was started 40 years ago as a prank by former UW Student Association members, members of the university's Wisconsin Union board led an effort to have the work created to coincide with a two day winter carnival event. (AP Photo/John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda:

  • The president delivers the State of the Union address

SOTU is tonight

What do you expect the president to say? What do you want him to say? Sarah Sanders previewed the speech on Hannity last night:

“Absolutely. They have a job to do. The president is fulfilling his end of the bargain. It’s time for Congress to step up and do their part. You can be sure the president will certainly talk about the historic success that he has had over the last two years,” Sanders responded. “Tax cuts, the economy. I mean, the economy is on fire and that is a direct result from this president getting rid of regulations, pushing through the tax cut legislation and continuing to promote ideas that in an environment where businesses want to come here.”

She continued, “You are also going to see the president call on Congress and say, look, we can either work together and get great things done or we can fight each other and get nothing done. Frankly, the American people deserve better than that. That’s why you are seeing the president lead time and time again and call on Democrats to actually work with him and get things done.”

Here is a run-down of the guests invited by the president. One of the guests is a young boy who shares the same name as the president and was bullied. People are animals. The Democrats will bring a pageantry of weirdos to the event. AOC has invited the “activist” who acted out a scripted encounter confronted former senator and CBS’s newest contributor Jeff Flake in an elevator during the Kavanaugh circus.

Do you plan to watch? What kind of snacks do you plan to prepare as you watch the speech?

!NOTACRISIS! border update

A large caravan has arrived at the Texas border:

A large migrant caravan has arrived at Piedras Negras, right across from Eagle Pass.

We are beginning to get more information on the people who arrived at Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico Monday.

We are told all of them arrived on about 55 buses, sent from Saltillo, Mexico.

They are reportedly a part of a caravan with 1,500-2,000 people. It’s difficult to get an exact number, as we’re told by the acting chief of border patrol.

Who paid for the buses? There are more on the way.

NY Prosecutors want Trump inauguration committee records

The Southern District of New York has subpoenaed docs from the Trump inauguration committee.

The subpoena from the Southern District, which came from its public corruption section, is the latest activity focusing on Trump’s political fundraising both before and immediately after the 2016 election.

“We have just received a subpoena for documents. While we are still reviewing the subpoena, it is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry,” a spokesperson for the inauguration told ABC News.

The prosecutors are looking at financial transaction.

Prosecutors are seeking documents and records related to the committee’s donors to the massive inauguration fund, according to sources familiar with the request. Prosecutors also are seeking information on attendees to the events surrounding the inauguration, including benefits to top-level donors such as photo opportunities with Trump, sources said.

Stay tuned.

Historical picture of the day:

A large section of rubble is all that remains in this one block square area of Saigon on Feb. 5, 1968, after fierce Tet Offensive fighting. Rockets and grenades, combined with fires, laid waste to the area. An Quang Pagoda, location of Viet Cong headquarters during the fighting, is at the top of the photo. (AP Photo)

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