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President Donald Trump gave his first speech to a joint session of Congress last night using the moment to strike a more positive tone.

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Georgia Voters Mixed On Trump's Speech

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We're checking in this morning with people around the country about the president's speech, what they thought of it. In Huntington, Calif., 21-year-old Trump voter Abigail Stagmeier (ph) was impressed.

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President Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress last night saw him lay out his policy agenda and bring a message of unity around a theme of rising from the ashes.

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In his address to Congress last night, the president addressed a whole range of issues, including national security, where he hit some familiar notes.

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When President Trump delivers his speech at the Capitol on Tuesday, he'll be looking out at a GOP-controlled Congress. It's now new DNC Chairman Tom Perez's job to coordinate the opposition to change that dynamic.

The former labor secretary was elected on Saturday in Atlanta.

Perez tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that Democrats have a lot of work to do.

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And the president will have a big stage tonight as he addresses a joint session of Congress. The White House says President Trump will offer an optimistic vision.

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Now let's hear a voter who thinks President Trump is off to a good start. We reached her by Skype, and she said she is looking for a stronger economy and lower taxes.

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You may have noticed curvier bodies are slowly making their way onto billboards and fashion magazines.

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President Trump addressed the conservative conference known as CPAC this morning.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Great to be back at CPAC.

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TRUMP: It's a place I have really...

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Michael Ryan, 45, is a juvenile judge in Cleveland, Ohio. And like many of the kids who end up in his courtroom, he didn't have an easy childhood.

He adored his mother, he tells his son — also named Michael, 19, at StoryCorps in Cleveland, but she was addicted to heroin.

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Syrian peace talks got started again in Geneva this week. One Syrian woman hopes to get an issue on the agenda - the fate of hundreds of thousands of people detained. It is a very personal issue for her, as NPR's Alison Meuse reports.

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