The State of Our Union

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Le Pain Quotidien Flatiron

931 Broadway · New York, NY

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We'll be on the THIRD FLOOR dining section.

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The State of Our Union is ________________________________. (fill in the blank)

For this meeting, we'll discuss the current State of Our Union. Please note that this is not a watch party for the SOTU address.


The Premise:

The Nation has just endured the longest government shutdown in history. The SOTU address has been rescheduled, while theatrics stemming from tribal hyper-partisanship has roiled the Nation. This month also marks the half-way point of the Trump Presidency. The balance of power is now split in the two houses of Congress. Finally, the 2020 Presidential Election season is expected to kick in full gear in the months ahead.


With that in mind, let's explore and discuss the following themes:

- The right-track vs. wrong-track of our Union.

- The merits and criticisms of the stated reasons for the government shutdown.

- The lessons learned, if any, from the government shutdown. Can we expect another shutdown soon?

- The purported merits and criticisms for declaring a National Emergency.

- Are the posturing, bickering, brinkmanship and gamesmanship utilized by our elected officials unprecedented?

- What to expect from the change in balance of power in Congress.

- Finally, what are the most pressing issues and challenges ahead for our Union this year?

More details to follow.


IMPORTANT: the announcement will be sent out about 8 to 11 days before the event, at which time the RSVP window will open for registration.


This is part one of a double-header event on Feb. 9th. If you wish to attend the second discussion ("Foreign Policy Preview of 2019"), you must have a confirmed RSVP.