Donald Trump's prime-time speech before a joint session of Congress tonight marks a big opportunity to lay out his legislative road map to the country's future. - From CBC News
Although the first presidential speech to the joint session is a highly ritualized affair, and deference is to be expected for the democratically elected leader, decorum in the House was broken in September 2009.
During Barack Obama's address on health-care reform, South Carolina representative Joe Wilson heckled the president, shouting "You lie!" The status-quo response is for the president's party to applaud while the opposition sits on their hands.
Tuesday's joint-session speech affords the president an opportunity to reach out beyond his populist base, though University of Virginia political scientist Kyle Kondik doubts that will translate to a "conciliatory" tone.
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