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FILE - In this July 17, 2003 file photo, British Prime Minister Tony Blair addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill. Given anywhere else, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday wouldn’t cause such a fuss. But a foreign leader denouncing U.S. policy from within the grand hall of American democracy upends nearly two centuries of tradition. A joint meeting of Congress, gathering senators and representatives together in the House chamber, is a ceremony typically bestowed on one or two friendly foreign leaders per year. It looks a lot like a presidential State of the Union address. The speaker embodies his or her nation; the audience of lawmakers represents all American. Vice President Dick Cheney  and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, right, listen. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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