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The late Rev. Billy Graham "lies in honor" at the U.S. Capitol rotunda today, the fourth private citizen in U.S. history to be accorded such treatment.
His body rests on an unsanded pine platform, a tradition dating back to President Abraham Lincoln.
The three others to "lie in honor": U.S. Capitol Police officers John Gibson and Jacob Chestnut, killed in a shootout in 1998, and civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
President Trump on Graham:
"Billy Graham carried his message around the world, but his heart, as Franklin will tell you, was always in America ..."
"Everywhere he went, Reverend Graham delivered the same beautiful message: God loves you. That was his message. God loves you."
"We can only imagine the number of lives touched by the preaching and the prayers of Billy Graham –- the hearts he changed, the sorrows he eased, and the joy he brought to so many. The testimony is endless."
"Today, we give thanks for this extraordinary life. And it’s very fitting that we do so right here in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol, where the memory of the American people is enshrined."
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"Martin Katz, who has outfitted Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet and hundreds of other stars with bling for more than 25 years," gives the A.P. the scoop ahead of Sunday's Oscars on how stars get their free jewelry: