---President Donald Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, addressing a host of familiar themes from his campaign and calling for unity to address a litany of issues that he says are plaguing the country. Trump's call for an end to the "pure unadulterated division" and "trivial fights" comes in the wake of a bruising campaign and a tumultuous start to his presidency, squaring off against critics as well as waging a pitched battle against the media. The speech also comes amid a flurry of questions about alleged contacts between Trump associates and suspected Russian officials, which the president has derided as "fake news."
--Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear delivered the Democratic response.
---Protesters gathered outside in Washington calling on Congress to take a stand against the President.
--Vice President Pence and Democratic Senate Leader Schumer speak to ABC Chief Political Correspondent George Stephanopoulos.
--The full details of President Trump’s budget aren’t even out yet, and already the blowback against the White House is, in a word, tremendous. Former top military leaders who served on the frontlines and congressional leaders in the president’s party are all speaking out, trying to stop the administration from slashing funds for foreign aid and American diplomacy. "It's going nowhere," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of the likelihood that Congress would approve such a budget.
13 proved to be unlucky for Wall Street and the Dow Jones snapped its 12-day winning streak as investors waited to hear what the President would say Tuesday night.
Several suspected tornadoes have touched down in LaSalle County, Illinois, destroying homes and taking down trees and power lines in the towns of Ottawa and Naplate. A nursing home was severely damaged but a nurse that works in the home says all the residents and staff survived the storm. Another round of storms are expected between Little Rock, Arkansas and Chicago, Illinois late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. There are reported fatalities.
CA PLANE CRASH
Southern California authorities on Tuesday provided more information about the victims of a fiery small plane crash that killed three people and critically injured two others in a residential area of Riverside. Among the five occupants of the Cessna 310, which slammed into a home Monday, were one female teenager, three women and one man, police said. The crash site is just northeast of Riverside Municipal Airport. None of the deceased have been identified by authorities.
KS BAR SHOOTING
The triple shooting at a Kansas bar that killed a man who immigrated to the U.S. from India is being investigated as a hate crime, the FBI announced Tuesday. On Feb. 22, police in Olathe responded to a 911 call of shots fired at Austin's Bar and Grill, about 20 miles southwest of Kansas City, Kansas, authorities said.
AL MARDI GRAS CRASH
An SUV veered into a crowd at a Mardi Gras parade on the Gulf Coast of Alabama on Tuesday morning, just days after a similar incident occurred in New Orleans. At least 12 people were injured in the accident, and four of them are in critical condition, according to police. The driver was a 73-year-old man, police said. Witnesses says his foot slipped off the brake pedal and onto the gas, causing the car to plow into the Gulf Shores High School marching band from behind. Police say there is no indication the incident involved alcohol or drugs, nor is it believed to be an intentional act.
Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.
FL MOVIE THEATER SHOOTING
In court testimony on Tuesday, Curtis Reeves described the altercation in January 2014 that ended with his fatally shooting another moviegoer over texting, calling it at one point a "life-or-death struggle." Reeves, 74, a former police captain and former amusement park security director, is accused of shooting and killing 43-year-old Chad Oulson on Jan. 13, 2014, in Pasco County, Florida, before a showing of "Lone Survivor," police said. "At that point, it was his life or mine," Reeves testified, when asked by the defense why he shot Oulson that day. If Circuit Court Judge Susan Barthle rules in favor of Reeves, he will receive immunity from prosecution and will leave the court a free man, with no criminal murder charges, under Florida's "stand your ground" law.
FRANCE PRESIDENT SHOOTING
A police sharpshooter accidentally fired his weapon during a speech by French President Francois Hollande and two people were slightly injured. The incident occurred while Hollande was inaugurating a new fast train line in the western town of Villognon. The regional prefect, speaking to journalists near the scene of the incident, said the gendarme, or military police officer, was located on a high spot when his weapon was fired. Two people were slightly wounded, each in one leg.
OBAMA BOOK DEALS
The former president and first lady have signed with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed for the books, which several publishers had competed for, although the deals are likely in the tens of millions of dollars