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State of the seating

Democrats and Republicans usually sit with members of their own party during the president's annual State of the Union speech. But this year, amid calls for more civility and less partisanship in Congress following the recent shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), some lawmakers plan to break that tradition.

Democrats and Republicans usually sit with members of their own party during the president's annual State of the Union speech. But this year, some lawmakers plan to break that tradition.

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State of the Union speech doesn't always go according to script
Article | Here's a side of the State of the Union speech you don't get to see on television: Every year, early on the day of the address, lawmakers begin staking out seats along the center aisle of the House chamber. If the need arises to leave for a moment as the hours wear on, they'll drape a suit jacket...

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