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That wasn’t John Lewis — he skipped Donald Trump’s speech

9:05 am Mar. 1, 2017

After a bit of confusion last night, a top aide to U.S. Rep. John Lewis confirmed this morning that the Atlanta congressman skipped President Donald Trump’s first speech before a joint session of Congress Tuesday.

As Trump spoke, we saw a lot of Tweets — including from a few news organizations — noting Lewis’ presence, seated right next to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough of “Morning Joe” fame. Problem is, that wasn’t Lewis.

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Your tip sheet: The frenzy before Crossover Day

7:30 am Mar. 1, 2017

Days remaining in the session: 14

It’s Crossover-eve in the General Assembly and the House and Senate both have lengthy agendas.

The House has packed its floor calendar with major bills, including:

House Bill 51, which creates new rules for colleges to handle allegations of sexual assault on campus. Supporters say it gives due process to students accused of rape and other crimes while critics worry it makes accusers less likely

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich introduces Donald Trump at a July rally in Ohio.   John Sommers II/Getty

Georgia Republicans dazzled by Trump’s speech, despite few new specifics

7:00 am Mar. 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — In the lead up to Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday, several of Georgia’s Republican congressmen said they were looking for concrete policy specifics from the new president on issues like health care and infrastructure.

They got relatively little of that, especially by way of new details — such presidential speeches to Congress are designed, after all, to be broad and sweeping — but the state’s Republicans were still dazzled by

President Donald Trump speaks to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Feb. 28, 2017. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Trump doubles down on campaign pledges in maiden speech to Congress

11:43 pm Feb. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump revived the populist rhetoric that helped propel his rise to the top of the Republican ticket and later the White House while urging lawmakers to cast aside partisanship to work with him to overhaul the tax code and rebuild the nation’s health care system in his first address before a joint session of Congress.

Forty days into his presidency, Trump indicated in his hourlong speech that

President Donald Trump speaks to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Feb. 28, 2017. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Your copy of Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress

9:59 pm Feb. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Forty days into his presidency, Donald Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress.

Here’s a copy of his prepared remarks, courtesy of the White House:

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America:

Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of

President Donald Trump pumps his fist. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

ISIS, policy details and reconciliation: Georgia’s hopes for Trump’s big speech

6:55 pm Feb. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Republicans want details and Democrats want an olive branch. What’s unclear is whether either side will get ’em.

Anticipation is running high for President Donald Trump’s first speech before a joint session of Congress later tonight. Georgia lawmakers have a long list of issues they hope the new president will address during his prime-time speech.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is looking for more details on Trump’s plan to defeat