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Peaceful Protest, Minority Dissent Aren't New to US Congress

The U.S. Congress has withstood boisterous exercises of two long-standing American traditions: peaceful protest and a minority political party’s right to dissent. Bedlam reigned Wednesday in the House of Representatives as the presiding officer, Republican Ted Poe of Texas, banged and banged the speaker’s gavel. “The House will be in order! The House will be in order!” Poe bellowed, grim-faced. “No bill, no break!” dozens of Democrats chanted repeatedly as they occupied the floor...

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