State of the Union Preview

On January 29, 2018 -- the eve of President Trump’s historic first State of the Union address -- influential lawmakers and plugged-in political analysts previewed the president’s speech and looked ahead to the coming legislative year at a live news event at The Washington Post.
Speakers also assessed the first year of the Trump presidency, discussed the 2018 policy agenda and addressed the opportunities and obstacles for finding common ground on Capitol Hill.
A View from the White House

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway previews the State of the Union address

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Donald J. Trump, frames the upcoming State of the Union address and the administration’s 2018 agenda.

Kellyanne Conway: State of the Union will be ‘bipartisan, forward-looking’

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Donald J. Trump, spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about what to expect from President Trump’s first State of the Union address.

Kellyanne Conway: White House had ‘nothing to do’ with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s departure

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Donald J. Trump, comments on FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s departure: "The White House has nothing to do with that decision."

Kellyanne Conway on FISA memo: ‘We believe in transparency’

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Donald J. Trump, spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about a classified House Intelligence Committee memo alleging abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Kellyanne Conway: Firing Mueller has 'never been discussed with me'

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Donald J. Trump, spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about reports that President Trump wanted special counsel Robert S. Mueller III fired.

Kellyanne Conway calls sexual harassers ‘weak and pathetic’

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Donald J. Trump, spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about workplace sexual harassment and the impact of the #MeToo movement.
Kellyanne Conway

Counselor to President Donald J. Trump

Kellyanne Conway is currently serving as Counselor to President Donald Trump and recently served as the Campaign Manager to the Trump-Pence Presidential campaign, becoming the first woman to successfully manage a presidential campaign. Conway is also the Founder and former President of The Polling Company, Inc./WomanTrend, currently in its 21st year of operation.
Interviewed by Philip Rucker

The Washington Post

Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post.
One-on-One with the House Democratic Leader

One-on-One with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi, the longtime leader of House Democrats, discusses her party’s legislative and political goals for the year ahead at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018.

Nancy Pelosi calls Trump’s proposed border wall ‘immoral’

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about immigration legislation and the president’s proposed border wall.

Nancy Pelosi: Trump’s infrastructure plan ‘doesn’t even come close to what we need’

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about President Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan.

Nancy Pelosi on the ‘politicization of intelligence’

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about the controversy surrounding a classified House Intelligence Committee memo.

Nancy Pelosi: Tax bill is the ‘dark cloud that hangs over the Capitol’

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives spoke at The Washington Post on Jan. 29 about the recently passed Republican tax overhaul.

Nancy Pelosi predicts 2018 midterm elections will be 'about authenticity’

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about her expectations for the Democratic Party during the 2018 midterm elections.
Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader, U.S. House of Representatives

Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history. For 30 years, Leader Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California's 12th District, in Congress. She has led House Democrats for more than 12 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip.
Interviewed by Karen Tumulty

The Washington Post

Karen Tumulty is a National Political Correspondent for The Washington Post.
Communication in the Trump Era

State of the Union 2018 predictions from Donna Brazile, Ari Fleischer, Eric Swalwell and David Urban

Three seasoned political operatives and a member of Congress offer their predictions for the president’s speech and discuss the relevance of the State of the Union address in modern political times.

Ari Fleischer: 'I want to hear normal' from Trump's State of the Union address

Three seasoned political operatives and a member of Congress spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about the president’s State of the Union address.

Political experts weigh in: Trump and the teleprompter

Three seasoned political operatives and a Congressman spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about President Trump’s unique style and controversial rhetoric.

Political experts analyze how presidents can move forward after the State of the Union address

Three seasoned political operatives and a member of Congress discuss what they can expect from President Trump during the year ahead and the 2018 midterm election season.

Ari Fleischer dismisses FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s departure as 'Washington news'

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer discusses FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s decision to step down and whether it will impact the president's State of the Union address.
Donna Brazile

Former Chairwoman, Democratic National Committee

Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is the former Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). For over 40 years Brazile, former Vice-Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation, has been an active member of the Democratic Party.
Ari Fleischer

Former White House Press Secretary

Ari Fleischer served as White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, from 2001 to 2003. He previously served as the senior communications adviser and spokesman for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign.
Rep. Eric Swalwell

(D-Calif.)

Congressman Eric Swalwell was elected to represent California’s Fifteenth Congressional District in 2012 and is now in his third term. He serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Judiciary Committee, and is the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
David Urban

President, American Continental Group

David Urban joined the Trump campaign working as an adviser in the Pennsylvania and Indiana primaries and later moved to the Republican Convention in Cleveland where he served as the campaign’s senior political liaison. After the convention, Urban was named as a Senior Adviser on the campaign.
Moderated by Libby Casey

The Washington Post

Libby Casey is the Politics and Accountability Anchor for The Washington Post.
The Outlook for Bipartisanship on Capitol Hill

Senators discuss the outlook for bipartisanship on Capitol Hill

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) talk about the legislative climate of President Trump’s first year in office and assess prospects for working across the aisle.

Sen. Angus King on bipartisanship: ‘Everyone wants to be a moderate all of a sudden’

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about opportunities for both parties to cooperate.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito on mandatory sexual harassment training in Congress

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about legislation that she put forward in Congress making sexual harassment training mandatory.

What do Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Angus King disagree on the most with President Trump?

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) spoke at The Washington Post on January 29, 2018 about the issues they agree and disagree on with the president.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito

(R-W.Va.)

Senator Shelley Moore Capito was elected to the United States Senate in 2014. She is the first female U.S. Senator in West Virginia’s history, and serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Rules and Administration Committee, and the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Sen. Angus King

(I-Maine)

Senator Angus King was sworn in as Maine’s first Independent United States Senator in 2013. Senator King is a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Rules and Administration.
Moderated by Ed O’Keefe

The Washington Post

Ed O’Keefe is a Congressional Reporter for The Washington Post.
Sponsor Remarks

Catherine Monson, Chief Executive Officer at FASTSIGNS International, delivers sponsor remarks

On January 29, Catherine Monson, Chief Executive Officer of FASTSIGNS International, delivers sponsor remarks at The Washington Post.
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