As I write this, US president Donald Trump has yet to deliver his 2020 State of the Union address. For two reasons, we don't have to wait for that speech, or for the Democratic response, to discuss the state of the union. First, we know that he'll say what presidents always say (the state of the union is strong, etc, because of his policies) and that the Democratic response will be the standard opposition party response (the state of the union would be better if we were in charge).

The main Democratic impeachment charge against US president Donald Trump is simple: Trump attempted to pressure and/or bribe the president of Ukraine to investigate a political opponent (Joe Biden), House impeachment managers say, both for corrupt motives (to win re-election) and in violation of the law (by withholding congressionally appropriated aid).

According to its website, Shields of Strength "provides fashionable, functional, and durable Christian fitness jewelry and accessories." Those items include military "dog tags" engraved with quotes from scripture and sometimes the logo of the armed forces branch the customer belongs to. When the Military Religious Freedom Foundation complained, the Marine Corps Trademark Licensing Office ordered the company to stop combining scripture references and the Corps' emblem.

On January 20, comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan mentioned that he'll "probably vote for Bernie" Sanders in the Democratic Party's presidential primary. Rogan cited Sanders's decades of "consistency" as a "very powerful structure to operate from." More interesting than Rogan's quasi-endorsement was the Human Rights Campaign's negative response. The organization called on Sanders to "reconsider" his acceptance of Rogan's support. What's the organization's problem with Rogan?

Are you free to express your opinions? The First Amendment says yes, but 8 US Code § 1324 says no. A case currently before the US Supreme Court, United States v Sineneng-Smith, will presumably clarify the matter, hopefully in favor of free speech. Evelyn Sineneng-Smith, an immigration consultant, allegedly cheated her clients by charging them $5,900 to file applications for a permanent residency program she knew they didn't qualify for.

"The Constitution," Alan Dershowitz claims, "allocates to the president sole authority over foreign policy (short of declaring war or signing a treaty)." Dershowitz makes that claim by way of defending US president Donald Trump against conviction in the Senate on two articles of impeachment.

On August 11, 2014, officers from the Caldwell, Idaho Police Department asked for Shaniz West's permission to enter and search her home. They were looking for her ex-boyfriend. West authorized the search and handed over her keys.

On January 14, Senator Elizabeth Warren released a "Plan to Cancel Student Debt on Day One of My Presidency." Warren would use the US Department of Education’s "broad legal authority" to cancel up to $50,000 of debt on behalf of up to 42 million borrowers.

Dr Bandy Lee, a psychiatrist affiliated with Yale University, posits a "'shared psychosis' among just about all of Donald Trump's followers." Her claim came in the context of a discussion of Alan Dershowitz's use of the word "perfect" to describe his sex life, mirroring Trump's use of that word regarding a well-known phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

On January 8, US president Donald Trump addressed the American public concerning a casualty-free Iranian missile-attack on US bases in Iraq, where just last week Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US drone-strike.

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