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VP Pence praises president's speech ... Tweeting Trump ... Preparing for new travel ban

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 1, 2017 at 5:40 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is giving President Donald Trump high marks for his speech last night to a joint session of Congress. Pence tells MSNBC that his boss showed his "broad shoulders, big heart, reaching out, focusing on the future." The Democrats who showed up generally sat stone-faced during numerous GOP ovations for Trump.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter says some 3 million tweets were sent about President Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress. That's a record. Google says the top trending question was, "Who wrote Donald Trump's speech?" People also wanted to know how tall the president is, and whether he's a Democrat or a Republican.

SEATTLE (AP) — Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban. A draft suggests it would target people from six of the original seven predominantly Muslim countries, but would exempt travelers who already have visas to come to the U.S. The latest draft in circulation no longer includes Iraq.

PARIS (AP) — French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon (frahn-SWAH' fee-YOHN') says he won't withdraw from the election. Fillon has received a summons concerning alleged fake parliamentary jobs for his family. He denies all the allegations, calling the charges a political assassination.

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The chances that Los Angeles will get to host the 2024 Summer Olympics have jumped considerably. Budapest, Hungary, has decided to withdraw its bid for the games. The decision leaves L.A. and Paris as the only remaining candidates. The International Olympic Committee will choose the host city in September.

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