News Roundup


  • The speech was 1 hour and 20 minutes long, making it the third-longest in history behind Bill Clinton’s second and final addresses
  • Immediately after the speech ended, Trump told Rep. Jeff Duncan ‘don’t worry, 100 percent’ he’d release the FISA memo

Gitmo staying open on executive order

  • Trump announced during his State of the Union that he would be keeping the controversial U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay open, and signed an executive order soon after
  • You can read that executive order at Populist.TV

Man who sent out Hawaii alert thought attack was genuine, not a drill

  • The emergency management services worker who sent out the false alert missile warning earlier this month has been fired as news comes out that he thought a real attack was underway, instead of merely pressing a wrong button as had been previously reported
  • The supervisor responsible for the drill said “Exercise, exercise, exercise” – the cue indicating this is just a drill – while also erroneously saying “this is not a drill”
  • The administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency also resigned yesterday

List of Russian businessmen and political figures released as part of CAATSA

  • The US Treasury released a list of 96 Russian business and 114 political figures as an implementation of the “Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” law designed to punish Russia for purported election meddling
  • Not a sanctions list, the report dubbed the “Putin list” contains every senior member of the political administration at the Kremlin, and every Russian oligarch with a net worth of $1 billion or more, including some known to have clashed with Putin

Amazon, JP Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway launch health care plan

  • The three corporations announced yesterday they would form an independent health care firm for their employees
  • Little details are known, and those briefed on the plan said the execs of the companies decided to announce this while it was still in the conceptual stage so they could begin hiring early
  • The stocks of drug distributers, pharmacies, and pharmaceutical companies fell by multiple points in the wake of the announcement

Helicopter crash in Newport Beach

  • Three were killed and two injured after a helicopter crashed into a Newport Beach home yesterday
  • The helicopter was being used by a training company and had the week before had its avionics updated

The DoJ is investigating Apple

  • An Apple software update that slowed down older iPhones is now under investigation by the DoJ and the SEC
  • The company says the update was designed to prevent unexpected shutdowns

Top Stories

New York Times: ‘This Is Our New American Moment’ | Trump Tries to Move Past Tumult in State of the Union Speech

Washington Post : Trump sets ambitious agenda, touts ‘new American moment’

Drudge Report : Trump Shows Heart | Cbs: 75% Approve Of Speech

The Daily Caller : New American Moment | Trump's State Of The Union Rocks The House

Breitbart News : ‘Americans are dreamers, too’: State of Trump’s Union | It’s a Hit! Viewers Love Speech in Snap Poll | Dems Shocking Disrespect: Sit, Check Phones as President Praises Vets

Slate : Trump Just Asked Congress to End the Rule of Law

HuffPost : Extremist Makeover

BuzzFeed : “The Judge Is My Hero”