The State Of The Union Is A Union Against Donald Trump

Here's something that Barack Obama and Nikki Haley can agree on.

So, that happened. This week, President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. He was immediately followed by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who shouldered the responsibility of delivering the Republican Party's official rebuttal. Amid all the back-and-forth between opposition parties, there was one thing everyone seemed to agree on: Donald Trump is bad for America.

That was certainly the part of the night that our guest, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.), admired the most. We chatted with Ribble about the oddly unified front presented by the two orators, and got an inside-the-room perspective of what it's like to be a member of Congress at one of these addresses -- and how to distinguish the pomp from the possible. Ribble also offered his best advice for anyone who gets asked to deliver a rebuttal: Maybe don't! 

 Meanwhile, another GOP debate is in the books, as the remnants of the party establishment fight to preserve their bid against the firebrands currently dominating the race. And what of those two firebrands? Will Donald Trump successfully paint Ted Cruz as... Canadian? Your Huffington Post team is in full effect with post-debate analysis. 

Finally, here's a phrase you may have heard if you've been tuning in to the Democratic debates: "Reinstall Glass-Steagall." Is this, like, some home repair tip, where you take out your plastic Steagall and put in a glass one? Probably! But to be 100 percent sure, we'll check in with Alexis Goldstein from Americans for Financial Reform. 

Plus, we'll dig into the latest deeply weird development in the fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. We'll also introduce the newest HuffPost podcast, "Candidate Confidential."

President Barack Obama smiles his way through one more of these.
President Barack Obama smiles his way through one more of these.

"So, That Happened" is hosted by Jason Linkins, Zach Carter and Arthur Delaney. Joining them this week is Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) and Alexis Goldstein of Americans for Financial Reform. Also joining are Huffington Post reporters Igor Bobic, Marina Fang, Samantha Lachman and Lauren Weber.

This podcast was produced, edited and engineered by Christine Conetta.

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