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Dem strategist offers SOTU plan: Ban cameras and clear the gallery

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President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will deliver the customary State of the Union speech on January 29, telling Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that he intends to push forward as had been planned before the government shutdown grew to unprecedented lengths.

Trump’s insistence on going where he is not welcome drew howls from the left, with many encouraging Pelosi to have her Sergeant at Arms physically bar the president from the floor of the House.

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Democratic strategist Chris Hahn offered his own suggestion via Twitter Wednesday: Pelosi should allow Trump to deliver his speech to an empty Congress without any cameras present.

“Ban the media and all recording devices and clear the gallery,” he suggested. “And don’t show up to hear it.”

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It remains unclear what Pelosi can or will do to prevent Trump from delivering a speech after he was asked not to.

Both houses of Congress must pass a concurrent resolution for Trump to address them. That resolution has not been passed.

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Meanwhile, Hosue Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) said that he is “pleased” with Trump’s threat to delivery the speech without being asked.

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Bill Maher rips Trump and ‘the gang that couldn’t do treason straight’ on Real Time

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HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher ripped the incompetence of the Trump administration after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney confessed that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine in Rudy Giuliani's search for foreign election assistance.

"It's not just that he's always breaking the law, it's that he obviously wants you to know about it," Maher said. "The Joker doesn't want to get caught this bad."

"This is Trump's definition of three-dimensional chess, 'I'm going to distract you from impeaching me by committing more crimes," he said.

"It's like he comes home and Melania says to him, 'you have lipstick on your color,' and he says, 'you should see my d*ck,'" Maher said.

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‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts fill the stands at Nets game as NBA is protested for China subservience

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The National Basketball Association was protested on Friday for bowing to pressure from China.

The NBA has been harshly criticized for standing by the oppressive regime instead of standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA," New York magazine correspondent Yashar Ali reported Friday. "They're all wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' T-shirts."

Photos from the protest:

1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.

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Trump polling close friends over whether he should fire Mulvaney: report

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President Donald Trump is considering firing Mick Mulvaney, his acting White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, The Atlantic reported Friday.

"Mick Mulvaney's job was in danger even before his disastrous press conference yesterday, and his equally disastrous attempt to walk that performance back," The Atlantic reported. "The fumble could not have been more poorly timed: According to multiple current and former White House officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to relay private conversations, Trump has been steadily souring on Mulvaney for weeks."

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