Archive for the ‘civics’ Category

Video: John Boehner’s First Address as Speaker of the House

On January 5, Representative John Boehner (R-OH) was elected the Speaker of the House for the 112th Congress. His address focused on how the House would conduct its business under his leadership, and what its priorities would be. You can watch Boehner’s comments in the video below, or click to...

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Time to Stop Borrowing?

Some tea party candidates have said that they will not – under any circumstances – vote for an increase in the federal debt limit. Other conservatives say that a debt increase should be paired with steep spending cuts. The Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers says that it would...

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Today in History: Utah Admitted to the Union

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was established in 1830, in the United States. But its adherents were often persecuted for their beliefs and practices. Seeking a place to worship freely, Brigham Young led the Mormons from Illinois to the valley of the Great Salt Lake, in...

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Today in History: The Battle of Princeton

On Christmas Day, 1776, General George Washington led his men across the Delaware River, and defeated Hessian mercenaries at the Battle of Trenton. The stunning surprise attack allowed the Americans to take 1000 prisoners, and capture muskets, powder, and artillery. On January 2, British Lord Cornwallis left New York City...

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Today in History: United States Ceases Recognition of Taiwan, Instead Recognizes PRC

After nearly 30 years of refusal to recognize the government in Beijing, and therefore to confer legitimacy on it, the United States formally changed its stance on December 31, 1978. By switching its recognition from Taipei to Beijing, the US set the stage for closer ties to communist China, and...

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Today in History: The Monitor Sinks

In 1861, the Union Navy received word that their Confederate counterpart had recovered the hull of the USS Merrimack, which the Union had scuttled in Norfolk when Virginia seceded from the Union. The confederacy was converting the Merrimack into an ironclad warship – the Virginia. The United States needed an...

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Today in History: Texas Enters the Union

Throughout the period of European colonization of the Americas, Texas was a sparsely-populated region. Settled primarily by the Spanish, the territory of Texas was part of Spain’s colony of Mexico. And when Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, Texas was a part of the newly independent Mexican state....

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Today in History: The Gulag Archipelago Published

On December 28, 1973, Solzhenitsyn’s investigation into the Soviet police state was published in Paris. According to the History Channel: Solzhenitsyn’s massive work detailed the machinations of the Soviet police state from the time of the Bolshevik Revolution to 1956. In the preface to the book, however, he warned that...

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Today in History: Colonel Washington Leads American Raid at Hammonds Store

On December 27, 1780, Colonel William Washington was dispatched – along with approximately 275 men – to destroy a force of British loyalists who had been terrorizing patriots in South Carolina. Washington – the cousin of George Washington – killed or wounded 150 enemies, and captured 40 more. The action...

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Video: President Bush’s 2006 Christmas Message

In 2006, President Bush offered this Christmas message to the American people – saluting in particular, our nation’s men and women in uniform. As we do every year at this time, we should remember those who stand ready to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our lives and liberty.

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