Daily Dispatch 2/6/19

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February 6, 2019
Countdown to Shutdown v.2.0 National Emergency:


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Well… that happened.

As expected Trump’s SOTU was filled with fear-mongering, lies, arrogant credit-taking, and, of course, memorable facial expressions from its victims audience.

One of the more controversial claims from the address was this:

San Diego used to have the most illegal border crossings in the country.  In response, and at the request of San Diego residents and political leaders, a strong security wall was put in place.  This powerful barrier almost completely ended illegal crossings.

The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our Nation’s most dangerous cities.  Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities.

Simply put, walls work and walls save lives.  So let’s work together, compromise, and reach a deal that will truly make America safe.

Here are two fact-checking articles from the and the . (And here is the on Trump’s Feb. 11 to be held in El Paso.)

And this from NBC News’s Jacob Soboroff:


+ of the speech from the White House.

+ A general from the New York Times.

+ Pelosi’s post SOTU official .

+ The best post-SOTU response came from Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono:

+ The State of the Union in (from Vox).


To everyone’s relief Trump did not use the venue to declare a national emergency. Yet.

Many Republicans are nervous about the emergency declaration for many reasons, including its potential to diminish Congress’s standing as a co-equal branch and setting a bad precedent. Are they willing to vote against the president? Maybe this bit of , gaining bipartisan support, offers a hint – the bill would require Congressional approval to leave NATO (another common threat of Trump’s that Republicans largely disavow).

Just hours before the SOTU, New Mexico’s Governor announced that she was National Guard troops from the border and asked the governors of other border states to do the same. Then… she released this video showing what she thinks of all this wall talk (hint: she doesn’t like it):


Other News:

The border security conference committee charged with negotiating an agreement that would avoid a shutdown and a fake emergency declaration are meeting today at 10am to receive a classified briefing by Border Patrol.

From : “Trump’s Dangerous Scapegoating of Immigrants at the State of the Union”

From News: “Customs And Border Protection Apologized After An Agent Questioned A BuzzFeed News Reporter About Trump Coverage”

From : “Migrant caravan arrives at town on Texas border”

From : “MAGA all-stars visit border to plot private wall project”

From : “Trump immigrant crime hotline still faces hurdles, pushback”


Bonus Videos:

Stephen Colbert covers the SOTU address

Seth Myers covers the SOTU address

Trevor Noah covers the SOTU address