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Constitution reading provokes political tussling

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House Members take their oath of office during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) By Charles Dharapak House Members take their oath of office during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) By Charles Dharapak

 

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even the reading of the Constitution has brought some political squabbling today on the floor of the House.
  
Both Democrats and Republicans took part in the reading, which was scheduled as the first order of business by the new Republican leadership.
  
But Democrats questioned the decision not to read sections that reflected how the document has changed over time -- such as a provision that classified slaves as three-fifths of a person.
  
Republicans saw the event as a symbol of their campaign promise to enforce constitutional limits on the powers of the federal government.
  
The reading was interrupted once -- as a lawmaker read the section that said that only a natural-born U.S. citizen can be president.
  
A woman in the visitor's gallery shouted, "except Obama." She was removed.
 
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   APTV 01-06-11 1417CST

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