Why One Seat in the First Lady’s Guest Box at the State of the Union Will Be Empty

It’s a visceral symbol of the president’s latest policy passion: gun control.

First lady Michelle Obama, second from left, applauds on Jan. 20, 2015, before President Obama's State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. Joining her, from left: Anthony Mendez Rebekah Erler, and Jill Biden.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

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