May 22, 2024

Good morning, and welcome to RedState’s “Morning Minute” — a brief glimpse at which stories are trending at the moment and a look ahead at what the day may bring. Consider this your one-stop shop for news to kickstart your day. (Brought to you a wee bit later this morning as yours truly had a late night with State of the Union coverage and an early morning sub-hosting the Mike Ferguson in the Morning Show on NewsTalkSTL.)

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TOP O’ THE MORNIN’

HOT TAKES: House Speaker Mike Johnson Is the Star of the SOTU Address As His Facial Reactions Go Viral

Also not funny: Johnson had to sit through some truly awful rhetoric, and he couldn’t hide his disdain:

Democrats Are in Full-Scale Revolt Over Biden’s Accurate Description of Laken Riley Murderer

With all that said, don’t take my writings as a defense of Biden. He deserves every bit of this. These are the lunatics he courted and empowered. He built a coalition of some of the worst people in America, and watching them go after him is supremely satisfying.

SOTU: Alabama Senator Katie Britt Brings the Youth and the Fire in Her Rebuttal

In Reaganesque-fashion, Britt ably brought it back to the table and a conversation with America, refocusing on optimism, America’s history of resilience, and how strong families are a part of what makes our country great. 

WHAT’S ON TAP?

Today on Capitol Hill…

No hearings are set on Friday. Most Members of Congress may still be recuperating from a late night listening to President Joe Biden yell at them at the State of the Union address. 

Of course, most of the members have shared their reaction to Biden’s speech — Sen. Katie Britt (R-AL) had the rebuttal last night. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had some thoughts of his own. Even Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) had some criticisms regarding the partisan nature of Biden’s speech. 

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Over on the House side, Speaker Mike Johnson (who may have won the night with his eminently meme-able facial expressions) had his own criticisms of the president’s performance. 

HOT TAKES: House Speaker Mike Johnson Is the Star of the SOTU Address As His Facial Reactions Go Viral

But the business of Congressing goes on. The House Education Committee sent a letter to MIT Friday morning demanding that it turn over records on its antisemitism investigation. 

The House Education Committee sent a letter to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Friday morning demanding the school turn over records relating to antisemitism on campus as the panel expands its investigation on the issue.  

Committee Chair Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) began her letter to MIT President Sally Kornbluth and MIT Corporation Chair Mark Gorenberg saying lawmakers are probing the school’s “response to antisemitism and its failure to protect Jewish students. We have grave concerns regarding the inadequacy of MIT’s response to antisemitism on campus.” 

White House What’s Up

No doubt, the president is resting up a bit from that…um…energetic performance Thursday night. Friday afternoon, he and First Lady Jill are off to Pennsylvania for a campaign event in/near Philadelphia, before returning to Delaware to spend the night. 

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MORNING MUSING

I’m going to keep this short and sweet: If there’s a person out there who was waffling on whether or not to vote for Biden in November but now is sold after watching/listening to the SOTU, I’d like to meet them. Seriously. I’d like to know what moved the needle. Because, from my perspective, the only needle moved was on the decibel meter. My ears are still bleeding. 

LIGHTER FARE 

It’s Friday — y’all get a twofer:

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