February 5 Top Stories

February 5 Top Stories

Last night was
President Trump’s third State of the Union speech. I provided some commentary
on the speech last night during DPAN.TV’s live-streaming
of the speech that included ASL interpreters. Trump gave a speech that was
one hour and 22 minutes long, but most of the attention was
on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi because she ripped up
the speech transcripts at the end of the speech. There was another moment between
the two before Trump started his speech – Pelosi extended her
hand to Trump for a handshake, but he ignored her. So, there’s a lot of bad blood
between the two, clearly. A reporter asked Pelosi
last night why she ripped up the transcripts and she said “It was the courteous thing to
do considering the alternative” and that “it was
such a dirty speech.” We don’t know what she
meant by “alternative.” The White House responded by
saying Pelosi ripped up people who Trump honored
during his address – including a Tuskegee Airman,
a premature child, mourning families,
and service members. As I said last night in
my post-speech commentary, this represents the divisiveness
between political parties in our nation. Axios reported that President
Trump is getting stronger despite his impeachment because
he has a Gallup job approval rating of 49% and the Republican
party has a 51% favorable rating, the highest
it’s been since 2005. Trump’s speech was a preview
of his 2020 re-election campaign – he criticized Democrats’
vision of Medicare for All, touted America’s booming stock
market and low unemployment rates, emphasized
tough immigration laws, and investments
in the U.S. military. BBC News did a feature
on Mo O’Brien, the first deaf woman to row
an ocean by completing a 3,000 mile journey
across the Atlantic Ocean. She is 60 years old. The trip started at the Canary
Islands and finished 49 days later on Antigua. Mo rowed with her
32-year-old hearing daughter, Bird Watts, and
their 45-year-old friend, Claire Allinson. Their rowboat seems like it’s
30 feet long and it has small, enclosed cabins at
either end of the boat. They rowed in pairs
for four-hour shifts, then rested for two hours. They were in a race called the
Talker Whisky Atlantic Challenge that included 40 other teams. They finished in 24th place
but was the fastest female trio to complete the challenge. Mo told BBC that her favorite
part of the trip was rowing at night because it felt like
they were going 100 mph and loved the feeling of freedom
and seeing the stars at night. She said they saw orcas
and humpback whales. Mo uses her voice,
wears hearing aids, and lipreads to
communicate with others. BBC reported that
the British Deaf Association congratulated Mo
by saying she is “an example of what deaf
people can achieve.” Captioned by

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6 thoughts on “February 5 Top Stories

  1. Hi all I am very proud Nancy Pelosi that she did right thing to show the world look at president of America Trump. Bottom line don’t votes for him, think twice ur future about kids and grandchildren too

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