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One issue that never came up was immigration, which like the court decision, was the subject of major news earlier in the day — the defeat of Mr. Bush’s bill that provides a path to citizenship and a guest-worker program.

One of the most raucous reactions was the standing ovation for Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio when he denounced federal-mandatory-minimum sentences for felonies and drug crimes.

“We need to end the federal death penalty, and remove the disparity of sentences between crack cocaine and powder cocaine,” Mr. Kucinich said, as the crowd rose to its feet.