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National Security-Relevant Portions of Trump's Address to Joint Session of Congress

This evening, President Donald Trump is delivering his first address before Congress. Below, we have aggregated the portions of his prepared remarks that are relevant to Lawfare readers. We will update this post if the final speech differs significantly from the remarks as prepared.


A Syrian Response to Obama's Final State of the Union

While I definitely cannot lay a claim to representing all Syrians, home or abroad, and while I definitely cannot represent the sentiments of pro-Assad Syrians—who, in fact, do exist—I am willing to wager that there are millions of them who will agree with the following view of President Barack Obama’s last state of the union address.

Politics & National Security

On Cyber, Not a Peep from the President

Last night, President Obama reassured lawmakers eager to return to the presidential campaign (“some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa”) that he would make his final State of the Union “a little shorter.” He promised to “go easy on the traditional list of proposals for the year ahead.” Still, three issues were striking by their absence – cybersecurity, surveillance, and encryption.

Politics & National Security

We Watched the State of the Union So You Don't Have To

We watched the State of the Union so you don’t have to.

With an eye towards the national security sections of the speech, we’ve selected the parts we think are most relevant to Lawfare readers, organizing them by subject matter. While you can read the President's full comments on those subjects below, here’s a brief summary:

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