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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first address to Congress is being called a "home run" by House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump said largely what GOP leaders were hoping to hear last night, staying on-message and talking in optimistic tones. Ryan pointed to Trump's first-time embrace of tax credits — a central element in the Republican plan to replace President Barack Obama's health care law.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The widow of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Yemen stood in the balcony of the House chamber as Democrats and Republicans alike stood for minutes to applaud. Carryn Owens' husband, Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens, was killed last month in a raid approved by President Donald Trump. That decision has been sharply criticized by some, including Owens' father. Trump continued to defend it last night.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats used to jeering at President Donald Trump for veering off message, advancing unsupported claims or resorting to personal insults, had little good to say about a speech that did none of these things. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's address had "an air of unreality" because what he said was — quote — "so different than how he has governed in the first 40 days."

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban. Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days. Citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — will remain on the list.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After a day of parades, blaring marching bands, elaborate costumes and crowds screaming for beads, another Mardi Gras celebration is over. Fat Tuesday, which marks the end of the Carnival season, started before dawn in New Orleans and wrapped up with a ceremonial clearing of Bourbon Street at midnight. The Christian observance Lent begins today, Ash Wednesday.

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