GUESTS WHO MAKE A POINT. The president and members of Congress are picking guests who highlight their policy views for tonight’s presidential address to a joint session of Congress, reports Yahoo News’ Chris Wilson: “The White House announced that six guests would be joining first lady Melania Trump at the address. Half of that group have lost family members in killings by undocumented immigrants.” Meanwhile, “Many Democrats have invited guests who benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the proposed DREAM Act to draw a contrast to the president’s messaging and policies.” And Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), invited Tom Perez, the former labor secretary, who just beat him out for the post of chair of the Democratic National Committee.
THE SUFFRAGETTE COLOR. Democratic women will wear white at the Trump speech tonight, to highlight their disputes with the administration on women’s issues and situate themselves in the history of women’s political activism. White was the color worn by marchers in the women’s suffrage movement.
PRESIDENT BUSH SPEAKS OUT. After staying silent for most of Obama’s tenure in office, former President George W. Bush is speaking up on politics, while sitting for interviews to promote his book of paintings, “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.”
“I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated,” Bush told People magazine of the Trump era. “Nobody likes that.”
Bush, it should be remembered, sought to remake the Republican Party under a bigger tent, following the example of Texas, where a substantial fraction of Latinos vote GOP. He also tried in 2005 to enact comprehensive immigration reform, an effort scuttled by the very forces within his own party that are now ascendant after the election of Trump.
TRUMP SUPPORTERS RALLY. The daily anti-Trump protests that have broken out…