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State of the Union: Who's coming besides Ted Nugent?

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(Read caption) Musician and gun rights activist Ted Nugent appears at an NRA convention in Pittsburgh in May 2011. Texas Congressman Steve Stockman, a Republican, says he's invited Nugent to Tuesday's State of the Union address.

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When President Obama steps into the House chamber Tuesday night to give his State of the Union address, the crowd staring back at him will be an unusually demanding one.

The audience will include more than 30 Americans touched by gun violence and several undocumented immigrants – a human face on two of the most significant legislative challenges Mr. Obama will face in the coming year.  

It’s typical that lawmakers extend their single guest ticket to a representative of one of their cherished causes or a constituent with special relevance to the night’s proceedings.

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For instance, House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio – who gets extra tickets for his high rank – has a guest list featuring two students and one principal from a Catholic school – an institution dear to him – and a former batboy from the Cincinnati Reds with an inspirational story, among others. 


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