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People say, "WHY don't I see Vice President Harris?"
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On @CNNSotu hosted by @PamelaBrownCNN on @cnn, they opened show featuring Munich Security Conference.
Show producers made these CHOICES to erase @VP 100%. @VP made major appearances repping the U.S.
Show producers platformed the faces of two Republican congressmen: Rep. McCaul & Rep. Mike Turner.
BUT the official message about the position of Biden-Harris Administration regarding supporting Ukraine—to the world—was given by Vice Pres. Harris 👇🏼
Vice Pres Harris presented speech saying words: "Russian forces have
committed crimes against humanity..."
@PamelaBrownCNN quoted the line later in show! Nat'l & Int'l newspapers have given proportionate coverage of the @VP & her multiple diplomatic meetings w/foreign leaders
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Wonderful evening organised last night by @BCIU with friends and partners to celebrate @PEPFAR's #20YearsofImpact - such a bipartisan 🇺🇸 contribution to the world and us here in the Africa. #AUSummit2023 #PEPFARat20
I was inspired by the focus @POTUS gave in last week's #SOTU address to the life-saving impact of @PEPFAR. He said ‘the bipartisan effort thru PEPFAR has transformed the global fight against HIV/AIDS. It has been a huge success.’ What an endorsement!
The value of @PEPFAR is so much more than the billions of dollars that the 🇺🇸 people continue to provide for HIV every year. Look at PEFPAR’s impact & results - today they are supporting over 20m people with #HIV treatment in over 55 countries. #AUSummit
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During his State of the Union Address, President #Biden announced his 4-part Unity Agenda. It includes “Supporting America’s Veterans and Their Families, Caregivers, and Survivors.”…) #veterans #SOTU #SOTU2023
Last year the #Biden Administration expanded benefits for #veterans, #caregivers & survivors. In 2022, @DeptVetAffairs processed an all-time record 1.7 million @VAVetBenefits claims & delivered $128 billion in earned benefits to 6.1 million veterans & survivors. #POTUS
Priorities include reducing #veteran #suicide with the following proposed actions:

•Support states and territories.
•Increase lethal means safety
•Expand outreach to #justice involved veterans.
•Expand Access to #Legal Support Services.
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I love Joe Biden. Watching SOTU a bit late. 👇💙…
That was an excellent SOTU speech with real, tangible ways to help the working and middle classes.

Haven't heard one like that in a while. Very encouraging. #BidenBoom
Paul Pelosi was there, after being beaten with a hammer by a Big Lie conspiracy theorist, and Nancy waved to him across the room and teared up. She looks at him like a schoolgirl with a crush. So sweet.
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Just a quick recap dump thread before I delete all this.

Feel free to use or abuse them as you see fit.

#Biden #SOTU #ChineseSpyBallon #MarjorieTaylorGreene #Clusterfuck
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In Tuesday’s #SOTU, Pres Biden highlighted the importance of family caregivers, saying:

“Let’s get seniors who want to stay in their homes the care they need to do so. And give a little more breathing room to millions of family caregivers looking after their loved ones.”
48 million Americans help take care of spouses, parents and other adult loved ones.

On average, they spend 24 hours/week on care activities – the equivalent of an unpaid part-time job - while also shelling out an avg of $7,000/year on care expenses.
Caregiving is a labor of love, to be sure. It also can be a tremendous challenge . . . physically, emotionally, and financially.
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I can summarize the economic portion of Biden’s SOTU in one word: evasion.

President Biden is evading responsibility for the consequences of the anti-freedom, anti-development, anti-fossil-fuel policies he has supported.

Things won’t get better until he’s held accountable.
In the economic portion of his SOTU, @JoeBiden focused on 3 problems: 1) the decline of US industry and infrastructure, 2) the global energy crisis, and 3) the supply chain crisis.

While Biden portrayed himself as the solution to all 3 problems, he is in fact a major cause.
1: Biden’s role in the decline of US industry and infrastructure

Why have US industry and infrastructure declined?

*Because industry and infrastructure require development*—and we have, with Biden’s support, been passing *anti-development environmental policies* for 50+ years.
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THREAD: @JoeBiden attacked @GOP in #SOTU for wanting to 1) sunset Medicare/SS, 2) “cut” those programs, and hold the debt ceiling hostage to pass those “cuts.”

As we’ll see, those are all things BIDEN PROPOSED HIMSELF.

Follow/RT for additional details… 1/
Let’s start with sunsetting Medicare/SS. This is a topic @JoeBiden should be very familiar with—because he proposed it himself. In 1975, he sponsored a bill (S. 2067, 94th Congress) to sunset all federal programs every four years. 2/
Here’s the language of the bill, which revokes authorizations for all federal programs—including SS and Medicare—after four (not five) fiscal years. 3/ Image
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For decades, Dems lied about the opinion of 95% GOPs on Social Security and Medicare (Republican Bush/Congress expanded the latter).

Biden's SOTU gave the GOP an opportunity of a life time to destroy the lie and they took it.

Which is why Libs are "fact checking" GOPs on it.
The counter troll by the GOP was so good that Biden was forced to say that it's not all/most GOPs; only "some."

Haven't seen such a boomerang of a political trolling in my 22 years following - and 17 years commenting on - politics.

@HouseGOP won it hands down.
Look. Here a Dem-leaning friend tells me that Biden showed America that the GOPs are leftists on Medicate and Social Security (not to cut it) while simultaneously writing that Republicans lied what they stand for.

This is a contradiction.

Folks, the GOP won the round. Wow! Image
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1/ I know #SoTU as so 12-hours ago, but did you know there's a buildings connection? (there always is...)

Short excerpt from my book, #HealthyBuildings

"We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us." -Winston Churchill Image
2/ "THE WORLD IS CHANGING around us, and buildings are at the center of that change. So much so that the decisions we make today regarding our buildings will determine our collective health for generations to come. Winston Churchill’s famous quote has never been more apt.
3/ You may know that quote; many in the building world do. But you may not know that Churchill wasn’t making some grand statement about the societal impacts of our urban fabric when he uttered this now famous phrase.
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Let me share some of the themes I mentioned to media around the world tonight regarding the #SOTU of the most failed POTUS in our lifetimes:

1. By my count, Biden went about an hour before even mentioning two of the most significant crises confronting the nation: The open
border, which is entirely Biden's innovation and creation and has invited a crisis in which 4.5M aliens from all over the world, including those on the terror watch list, with violent criminal histories, violent gang members, human and drug traffickers, and record levels of
lethal fentanyl have poured into our nation; and the vast national security, public health, economic, human rights and other threats from China's Communist Party (CCP) that have escalated on Biden's watch, including the CCP's recent surveillance balloon, which the CCP then lied
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1/ This was an amazing speech, period. Many will speak to the iconic moments, such as when Biden turned the tables on the GOP and made them commit to protecting SS and Medicare, but my focus here will be on the many things Dems stood for while McCarthy remained seated…
2/ I’m sure I didn’t catch every time McCarthy declined to stand, but the list was long, so this should more than capture at least the general flavor:

- Job Creation
- Preserving democracy
- Bipartisan bills
- Building a strong middle class
- 50-year low unemployment
3/ What Dems stand for while McCarthy sits:

- Creating American Jobs
- Americans starting new businesses
- Bipartisan chips and science act
- Supply chains beginning in America
- Great-paying manufacturing jobs in Ohio (you’re welcome Gym)
- Bipartisan infrastructure
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#SOTU 🧵:

Tonight, President Biden failed to offer serious solutions to the chaos at our southern border. Photo ops and lip service will not offset the actions this administration has taken that worsened this crisis. (1/6)
The President should have more forcefully called out China as a threat to global security – especially when all we’ve seen from this administration is indecisiveness on the world stage and two years of totally inadequate defense budget proposals. (2/6)
Were it not for bipartisan congressional action, this administration would have undercut the modernization of our nuclear deterrent while China rapidly expands its nuclear arsenal. (3/6)
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Was any other major issue given as little time as abortion and the overturning of #RoeVWade in #Biden’s #sotu2023?

Fucking outrageous.

If you thought “Where’s the sense of urgency?!” now you know.

It doesn’t exist.
It’s as if nothing happened just a few months ago.

It’s bad enough that Republicans won the House just 5 months after the Supreme Court overturned #RoeVWade and now the president gives it what—3 or 4 sentences?!

I am THRILLED that I am postmenopausal because to be a person who could get pregnant in this country right now would be to held hostage to a zealotry that at the highest levels of politics in this country is denied.

Fucking outrageous #SOTU
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Honestly? So far Biden is making common sense appeals to the folks at home and hammering home on the economy in a v plain way.

He’s making Republicans look like elitist snobs (which they are) and they’re falling into it. #SOTU
“No billionaire should be paying a lower tax rate than a teacher or a fire fighter.” YUP.

Meanwhile the republicans are going to war with teachers and unions. And behaving childishly during a speech during which he has been overly kind to them. #SOTU.

Big yikes
Shout out to those who’ve been pushing from the left on making the wealthy pay their fair share. Shaping policy is often a long game.
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#SOTU: Again, it's not just 16 million Americans who've enrolled in ACA's 17.5 million with BHP enrollees included...and *40* million with ACA Medicaid expansion included:…
However, as @POTUS Biden noted, the upgraded #ACA subsidies of the Am. Rescue Plan & Inflation Reduction Act are currently set to sunset at the end of 2025. It's time to make them permanent. #SOTU
There's also ~2.2 million Americans caught in the #MedicaidGap because they live in states which are *still* refusing to expand Medicaid via the #ACA a decade later.
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💯High energy and hopeful message. "We're just getting started," @POTUS @JoeBiden

Gutsy. "I'll see you at the groundbreaking," he said to the Republicans who did not vote for the infrastructure law but are happy to take the money and build the projects.

#SOTU #DarkBrandon
"We're building back pride."
That's the line. That's the message. Thank you, Joe.
😍This is my love language. "The tax system is not fair. It's not fair."

Huge applause when he corners the Rs into agreeing they won't cut social security

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@POTUS opens with a substantial commitment to bipartisanship. What agenda will he propose to break two years of gridlock?

@jbf1755 @AriMelber @HC_Richardson
@KevinMKruse @JoyAnnReid @HerbertHistory

10 million new small business applications as part of the effort to revitalize the national (and world) economy as part of the recovery from the COVID pandemic.

No note on the coordinated effort to generate inflation and a recession.
@AliVelshi @business

Infrastructure investment is the key element in building an extensive coalition that will bring leadership together across partisan divides.

@amyklobuchar @CoryBooker @JohnFetterman
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Follow along here for @VOANews's coverage of @POTUS' State of the Union address

And follow me here for coverage of national security issues as raised in #SOTU
"The story of America is a story of progress and resilience. Of always moving forward. Of never giving up" per @POTUS

"We are the only country that has emerged from every crisis stronger than when we entered it. That's what we are doing again"
"2 years ago, our democracy faced its greatest threat since the Civil War. Today, though bruised, our democracy remains unbowed and unbroken" per @POTUS
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Biden has failed to follow through on his promise to create a humane and rights-respecting border. Instead, he has continued to use and expanded Trump policies, leading to record numbers of dead at the border. Watch @POTUS give the State of the Union here:…
@POTUS I'll be live tweeting with an eye on immigration and policing. In an earlier hearing, politicians falsely linked migrants with drugs and violence. They continued to call for abusive border policies. Will Biden be any different?
"Power for the sake of power...gets us nowhere." I agree. Why then doesn't @POTUS show real leadership and take a principled stance on US immigration and border policy and follow through on promises to create humane policies?
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I'm watching the #SOTU tonight, let's do some democracy!
Remember, the STOU is a ceremonial speech--it's about who we are, what we value, how we define our future and understand our recent past. It's, of course, about now and the "state" of our union.
The president enacts the presidency when they deliver the speech. They also make a case for their accomplishments, their policies, and their legacy. In making those cases/arguments the speech can also be seen as deliberative (about future action/what should be done).
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SOTU Live tweet thread! Tune into this thread for live commentary with @ThePoliticalPom and @Alphafox78 !!
@ThePoliticalPom Joe must be pooping, its after 9
@ThePoliticalPom here we go
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good time to bust out “I did that” sticker on my dresser #SOTU “I did that” Biden sticker
Willard & George catfighting is a surprisingly enjoyable scenelet #SOTU #SOTU2023
did Sinema get that atrocious dress at Fashion Bug bargain bin, Mama @StephMillerShow? #SOTU
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