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Two senators from different parties say they’ll skip tradition and sit together during President Obama’s State of the Union address.

The decision by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Democrat Charles E. Schumer of New York comes amid calls for greater civility in political discourse after the fatal shootings Jan. 8 at a political event in Tucson, Ariz.

Mr. Schumer says he and Mr. Coburn hope other lawmakers will follow their example and skip the partisan seating arrangements that usually come with joint sessions of Congress. Mr. Schumer says it’s a symbolic move, but one he hopes will help set a more civil tone.

The State of the Union address is set for Jan. 25.

Mr. Coburn and Mr. Schumer spoke Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”


Rumsfeld unlikely to guest on TV drama

PASADENA | Producers of the CBS drama “The Good Wife” want former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to appear on a future episode. But Mr. Rumsfeld’s office says it won’t happen.

Robert King, who produces the show with his wife Michelle, said Friday he would like Mr. Rumsfeld to appear as himself, called as a witness in a lawsuit. The legal case is about what is considered torture or not, and Mr. King said he wants Mr. Rumsfeld to testify about why aggressive interrogation is sometimes needed in wartime.

But Keith Urbahn, who works for Mr. Rumsfeld, says the subject matter makes the idea a “non-starter.”

Mr. King hadn’t asked Mr. Rumsfeld yet. He’s also writing the episode with a fictional character in case Mr. Rumsfeld won’t do it.

“The Good Wife” has had occasional real-life cameos, including Vernon Jordan and Lou Dobbs.


Ex-agent enters not-guilty plea in leak

ALEXANDRIA, Va. | An ex-CIA agent pleaded not guilty Friday to illegally leaking classified documents about agency programs in Iran to a New York Times reporter.

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