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    Trumps Announce Guests for State of the Union
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    Alice Johnson (L), granted clemency from a mandatory life sentence for nonviolent drug charges does an interview on the Today show and Tom Wibberley (R), father of deceased Navy Seaman Craig Wibberley mourns his son on Saturday, July 24, 2010. Wibberley and Johnson have been invited by President Trump as special guests to his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

    A woman freed from federal prison after President Donald Trump cut short her life sentence for drug offenses and a Delaware boy allegedly bullied because his last name is Trump headline a varied group of 13 guests who will sit with first lady Melania Trump for the State of the Union address.

    Alice Marie Johnson, 63, served more than two decades of a life sentence without parole before Trump commuted her sentence last year. Johnson's case had been championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, who personally lobbied Trump in the Oval Office.

    Delaware's Brandywine School District said last year that steps had been taken to support Joshua Trump, a middle-school student who reportedly had been bullied for years because he shares the president's last name.

    Guests the White House invites to the State of the Union typically serve to help put a face on policies the president will promote in the nationally televised address.

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    (Published Monday, May 20, 2019)

    Johnson's case spotlights legislation Trump signed into law last year to address concerns about the criminal justice system, including giving judges more discretion in sentencing some drug offenders. Bullying prevention is a key element of an initiative Mrs. Trump named "Be Best."

    Other guests will represent Trump's opposition to illegal immigration, his push to halt human trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border, efforts to stem the deadly opioid addiction epidemic and his economic policies.

    The remaining guests are:

    — Debra Bissell, Heather Armstrong and Madison Armstrong, the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter, respectively, of a Reno, Nevada, couple allegedly killed in their home last month by a person illegally in the U.S.

    — Matthew Charles, a Tennessee man who was among the first prisoners released under the First Step criminal justice legislation Trump signed in December.

    — Grace Eline, a 9-year-old brain cancer survivor.

    Ala. Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Virtually All Abortions

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    Alabama lawmakers have approved a bill banning virtually all abortions, including for women impregnated via rape or incest, making the act a felony at any stage of pregnancy with no exceptions. The bill now heads to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to sign.

    (Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019)

    — Ashley Evans, a former opioid addict nearing one year and one month of sobriety who hopes to be reunited with her daughter full-time.

    — Elvin Hernandez, a special agent with the Homeland Security Department's human trafficking unit.

    — Roy James, plant manager of a lumber facility in Vicksburg, Mississippi, that the White House says was reopened under provisions in Trump's tax cut legislation.

    — Timothy Matson, a Pittsburgh police officer and SWAT team member who was shot multiple times while responding to the deadly October 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Eleven people were killed.

    — Judah Samet, a Holocaust survivor and member of the Tree of Life Synagogue.

    — Tom Wibberley, father of Navy seaman Craig Wibberley, who was killed in the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.

    'Tonight': Buttigieg on His 2020 Campaign, 'GoT' Predictions

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    South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg explains how he tracked down Jerry Seinfeld to make him accept a key to the city, reacts to Trump's nickname for him, breaks down his 2020 campaign platform and shares his analysis about who will claim the Iron Throne in "Game of Thrones."

    (Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019)

    Johnson was convicted in 1996 on eight criminal counts related to a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking ring. Federal courts, including the Supreme Court, rejected her appeals. Her requests for clemency had been rejected by President Barack Obama, who during eight years in office commuted the sentences of hundreds of federal inmates convicted of drug crimes.