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“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” (President Obama)

“I’m asking everybody watching nationwide to waste your vote on me.” (Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson)

“As a reporter I’m torn about joining in the pledge of allegiance/national anthem at rallies. I’m a rally observer, not a participant.’ (National Public Radio correspondent Ari Shapiro, in a tweet.)

Please note that a few of the quotes include expletives, by the way. See the other 35 here:, under the “Columns” heading.


Yes, audiences still buzz about the intensely crafted movie “Lincoln.” But consider that the Library of Congress on Jan. 3 will display the actual first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, handwritten by Abraham Lincoln. It is intended to mark the 150th anniversary of the proclamation’s signing as part of “The Civil War in America” exhibit, highlighted here:

Lincoln read this very draft to his cabinet July 22, 1862, to mixed response, says Michelle Krowl, a Civil War specialist at the library.

“Some worried about the aftereffects. Some wondered about how it might affect the midterm elections. And others pointed out that the Union army was not doing so well at that time, and that it might be advisable to wait until the Union army had a victory so the document would be presented with a backdrop of strength rather than weakness,” Ms. Krowl continues.

Lincoln hold off until the Union victory two months later at Antietam. On Sept. 22, he put forward the official preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The final was signed Jan. 1, 1863.

“The Emancipation Proclamation was presented as a war measure, freeing slaves as a way of weakening the enemy by taking away their labor force. It was one of a series of documents and actions that paved the way for passage of the 13th Amendment that would permanently abolish slavery,” the analyst says.


• 51 percent of Americans say “it’s good for the country” that Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives.

• 93 percent of Republicans and 15 percent of Democrats agree.

• 43 percent overall say the GOP control is “bad for the country”; 6 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of Democrats agree.

• 50 percent overall say if “fiscal cliff” tax increases and spending cuts occur in 2013, it poses a “major problem” for the U.S.; 54 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of Democrats agree.

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