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  • CARL AZUZ: It's great to have you catching up on world events

  • with CNN 10.

  • I'm Carl Azuz with your daily down the middle explanations

  • of what's happening.

  • Every year the United States around the time

  • of the Super Bowl, there's a type of political Super Bowl

  • that takes place.

  • It's not an election.

  • It's an annual speech the US president

  • gives to a joint session of the US Congress.

  • And what that means is that representatives and senators

  • are there along with their guests.

  • There's a great deal of tradition that surrounds

  • the State of the Union address.

  • It's given annually.

  • It's delivered in person.

  • It's broadcasted on TV and online.

  • It's followed by a speech from the political party

  • that opposes the president.

  • But none of this is required by the Constitution.

  • It says only that the president shall from time to time

  • give to the Congress information of the State of the Union

  • and recommend to their consideration

  • such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.

  • Presidents could just send Congress a letter.

  • And several American leaders have.

  • But giving the speech live before Congress

  • and the American public allows modern presidents to personally

  • let people know what they want to do and why

  • and try to build support for their goals.

  • That's why State of the Union speeches

  • like the one that President Donald

  • Trump delivered last night usually

  • cover a range of subjects.

  • DONALD TRUMP: And my fellow Americans,

  • we meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential.

  • As we begin a new Congress, I stand

  • here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs

  • for all Americans.

  • The agenda I will lay out this evening

  • is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda.

  • It's the agenda of the American people.

  • Many of us have campaigned on the same core promises

  • to defend American jobs and demand fair trade

  • for American workers, to rebuild and revitalize our nation's

  • infrastructure, to reduce the price of health

  • care and prescription drugs.

  • In just over two years since the election,

  • we have launched an unprecedented economic boom,

  • a boom that has rarely been seen before.

  • Members of Congress, the state of our union is strong.

  • [APPLAUSE]

  • An economic miracle is taking place in the United States.

  • And the only thing that can stop it

  • are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous

  • partisan investigations.

  • [APPLAUSE]

  • If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot

  • be war and investigation.

  • Now Republicans and Democrats must

  • join forces again to confront an urgent national crisis.

  • Congress has 10 days left to pass a bill that

  • will fund our government, protect our homeland,

  • and secure our very dangerous southern border.

  • Now is the time for Congress to show the world that America is

  • committed to ending illegal immigration

  • and putting the ruthless coyotes,

  • cartels, drug dealers, and human traffickers out of business.

  • Most of the people in this room voted for a wall,

  • but the proper wall never got built. I will get it built.

  • CARL AZUZ: OK.

  • Speeches like that one have been televised since 1947.

  • Another tradition carried on last night began in 1966.

  • That's when two Republican lawmakers

  • gave a response to the democratic president's speech.

  • Since then, the opposing party has gotten the chance

  • to outline its priorities often immediately

  • after the presidential address.

  • President Trump is a Republican.

  • So a Democrat named Stacey Abrams was chosen

  • to give her party's response.

  • She's from Georgia.

  • She was the Democratic nominee for governor

  • in last year's race.

  • She lost the election but received national media

  • coverage and got the chance to speak to the nation last night.

  • STACEY ABRAMS: Our most urgent work

  • is to realize America's dreams of today and tomorrow,

  • to carve a path to independence and prosperity

  • that can last a lifetime.

  • Children deserve an excellent education from cradle

  • to career.

  • We owe them safe schools and the highest standards

  • regardless of zip code.

  • From now on, our leaders must be willing to tackle gun safety

  • measures and face the crippling effect of educational loans,

  • to support educators and invest what

  • is necessary to unleash the power

  • of America's greatest minds.

  • Under the current administration,

  • far too many hard working Americans are falling behind,

  • living paycheck to paycheck.

  • Compassionate treatment at the border

  • is not the same as open borders.

  • And Democrats stand ready to effectively

  • secure our ports and borders.

  • But we must all embrace that from agriculture to health care

  • to entrepreneurship, America is made stronger by the presence

  • of immigrants, not walls.

  • America wins by fighting for our shared values against all

  • enemies, foreign and domestic.

  • That is who we are.

  • And when we do so never wavering,

  • the state of our union will always be strong.

  • - 10 second trivia.

  • On what calendar is the current year numbered 4717?

  • Lunar calendar, Jewish calendar, Islamic calendar,

  • or Julian calendar?

  • As of Tuesday, it was the Lunar Calendar

  • or the Chinese Lunar solar calendar

  • that entered year 4717.

  • CARL AZUZ: Many Asian countries observe Lunar New Year.

  • But it's in China, the world's most populated nation,

  • that the world's largest human migration takes place as people

  • go home for the new year.

  • We covered the impact on travel on January 25th at cnn10.com.

  • Today we're looking at some Chinese traditions associated

  • with the Lunar New Year.

  • The communist nation is officially atheist.

  • But many Chinese practice Buddhism

  • and folk religion according to the US

  • Central Intelligence Agency.

  • And that's influenced Lunar New Year customs.

  • ANDREW STEVENS: Chinese New Year or the spring festival

  • is the biggest celebration of the year for the Chinese.

  • It's a time when traditionally business comes to a halt.

  • And the focus turns to the home and to the family

  • and of course appeasing the gods.

  • So what do you need and where do you go?

  • We're here at a typical Chinese market.

  • And one of the first things anyone will buy is a fai chun.

  • These you will find on the front door of people's homes.

  • This is a traditional welcome spring fai chun.

  • But perhaps the most important part of Chinese New Year

  • certainly for many Chinese is the red packet,

  • the lai see packet.

  • Into one of these, you will insert a

  • crisp, preferably new banknote.

  • Traditionally, the married gives it to the unmarried

  • and the younger generation.

  • How much?

  • Well, that all depends on how well you know that person

  • and of course how rich you are.

  • And then there's the flowers.

  • They are very important and perhaps none more

  • important than the tangerine.

  • Now the Chinese word for tangerine

  • rhymes with luck and as you see, very, very popular,

  • as are the chrysanthemums.

  • These are a sign of a good harvest,

  • a good income all year round.

  • And the narcissus not much to look at.

  • But this actually blossoms during Chinese

  • New Year, which means health, good luck, and liveliness.

  • And it's always a good idea to buy new clothes.

  • And the reason is--

  • thank you very much--

  • because-- you've probably guessed it--

  • it brings good luck.

  • CARL AZUZ: Today I learned that the average avocado

  • weighs around six ounces.

  • Not this beast.

  • It's closer to six pounds.

  • For years, a local farmer has been bringing fruit like this

  • to a hospital in Hawaii just to share.

  • The Guinness World record for largest avocado

  • is five pounds, eight ounces.

  • So these may very well beat that.

  • The farmer says gigantic alligator pears, as they're

  • also called, have been growing on a tree

  • his brother planted in 1941.

  • As some people put it, holy guacamole!

  • If you find that fruit appealing,

  • it's enough to salad bowl you over.

  • He should write a book on the avoca-dos

  • and avoca-don'ts of growing them.

  • It's enough to make other farmers green with envy.

  • I'm Carl Azuz.

  • And that's CNN 10.

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