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...A swashbuckling, nagging, vulgar scold, indifferent to the amenities... Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A Bank in Human Form. Money, Coins & Minting
A Doubtful Election Voters, Voting & Elections
A dozen men in good suits and women in silk dresses will circulate smoothly among the reporters, spouting confident opinions. They won't be just press agents trying to impart a favorable spin to a routine release. They'll be the Spin Doctors, senior advisers to the candidates Public Relations & Image
A millionaire can buy a Senate seat just as he would buy an opera box or a yacht or any other luxury in which he can afford to indulge himself. In some instances the sale takes the form of open bribery of the legislators; more often the Senate seat was simply the satisfaction of a ‘claim’ acknowledged by the leaders of the party and created by large contributions to the party treasury. Corruption
Americans have a right to know what is being done in their name…. These cables tell the unvarnished story of how the government makes its biggest decisions. Secrecy & Transparency ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Another Armenian Holocaust Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Any city gets what it admires, will pay for, and, ultimately, deserves. Miscellaneous
Capt. Gordon is as responsible for the death of those on the Erie. As if he had taken the life of each by his own hand. For once, when no doubt exists as to guilt, a terrible example should be made. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Drawing forceful distinctions and being civil are not mutually exclusive. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Europeans have learned of the immense extent of our country and its limitless resources … They have also begun, or soon will begin, to learn of the Homestead law and provisions for securing to every man not only life, liberty and the freedom to pursue happiness but also the means of gaining an independent livelihood. Immigration & Emigration
Few women have gone into the White House so well equipped to meet the exactions. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Hundreds of policemen and detectives, swinging nightsticks, blackjacks, and bare fists, rushed into the crowd, hitting out at all with whom they came into contract, chasing many across the street and into adjacent thoroughfares and pushing hundreds off their feet. From all parts of the scene of battle came the screams of women and cries of men with bloody heads and faces. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
If this is the first attempt at the primary system, we sincerely hope it’s the last. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is now clear that giving to a candidate’s PAC is equivalent to giving to his campaign; the leaders of the PAC are, for all practical purposes, are the campaign’s bag men. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It seems to us that the rowdy class of New York has always been dealt with too tenderly. Their promiscuous stabbing affrays have come to be regarded too much in the light of a venial offense, attributable simply to a little harmless exuberance of the spirits, or, it might be, an extra glass of liquor. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
It was not a business with which the Federal Government had properly anything to do; but it was very properly taken up by the Freedman’s Bureau. Families, Children & Parenting ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Just do something. Foreign Aid ;Poverty
Lincoln owes a higher duty to the country…than to fritter away the priceless opportunities of the Presidency in listening to the appeals of competing office—hunters.
Mr. Gingrich's injunction represents the worst of American political discourse, which reached a low during the dispiriting presidential campaign of 1988. Then, more than ever before, negative argument displaced reasoned discussion about how a nation might best be governed. The sound bite reigned. Attack commercials flourished. The signs this year aren't any better. Evidence that negative campaigning can come back to sink the sender has had little impact. The races for governor in California and Texas have already seen the same slash and burn. No doubt the proceedings will grow more rabid still as November nears. Negative discourse serves democracy poorly. The temptation to avoid serious debate is already great. It increases as the stakes soar and slander becomes a rewarding, easy option. The issues of the day go untended. The whole affair takes on the character of the gladiator's art. The GOPAC glossary [{35756}] may herald a descent into even lower levels of discourse. It comes blessed by a politician of some influence—the Republican whip in the House—and it is intended for candidates on the state level, many of them presumably running for the first time. Even though Mr. Gingrich himself may not have seen the list before it was mailed, this is a disturbing document. The nakedness of the GOPAC offering also makes it useful. There must be limits to the negative politics that voters will bear; the bald appeal to invective will certainly probe those limits. For now, it should be said that some adjectives in the glossary aptly describe the glossary itself: shallow, sensationalist, and, yes, shame(ful). Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Nearly 90 percent of high school graduates say they’re not interested in a career or a college major involving science, technology, engineering or math… Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
No foreign ruler or man of eminence could have aroused more universal attention, received a warmer welcome or achieved greater popularity among every class of society Public Opinion & Polling
No man ever exercised less influence in the Senate or the House of Representatives than he, but no man ever exercised more power as a political leader. Power
No Riders Killed in First 5 Months of New York City Bike-Share Program Transportation
One of the most remarkable occurrences of the army has this moment taken place. Park Spring, the telegraph operator, situated in Prof. Lowe’s balloon, at an elevation of one thousand feet….is freely and rapidly communicating with the Department at Washington. This is certainly an ingenious and valuable method of giving instantaneous information. War & Peace
Only 18 percent of American adults can calculate how much a carpet will cost if they know the size of the room and the per-yard price of the carpet. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Political fealty trumps merit in the administration’s dealing with contractors. Corruption
The churches of the Presbyterians, Baptists, and Methodists were not open. They do not accept Christmas as a holy day, but the Episcopal, Catholic and German churches were all open and decked with evergreens. Religion & God ;Holidays
The Cold War is Over War & Peace
The Electoral College is an antidemocratic relic. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The ground was strewn with the dead, the dying, and the wounded—here lay one man with his leg shot off, there another with a wound in his head, another with an arm shot off, and hundreds wounded in nearly all the various parts of the body. Media, Journalism & The Press
The official Turkish documents … prove beyond question that Talaat Pasha and other officials have ordered the wholesale extermination of the Armenians. Justice & Injustice
The spree of big money campaigning—and the corruption that goes with it—seems guaranteed to worsen …. Campaign money handlers will keep pushing the limits wherever and however they can—and the integrity of our electoral system will pay the price. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The supreme majesty of the law and the power of this republican Government was illustrated anew to-day by the fresh scenes and proceedings in the great trial of impeachment. The business-like, almost matter-of-fact manner in which the Congress of the United States proceeds with this grave work is the most striking illustration of the innate love and reverence for law and order that characterize the American people. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The truck farmers, whose produce-laden wagons could formerly be seen at any time in great numbers stopping at the various road houses, now hurry over this portion of their cityward journey, or take other routes to avoid ‘them dern bicycle fellers.’. . . Bicycle riders, the road house keepers have found, are a better class to cater to than the vegetable raisers who drive to the city with their produce. Not only are their numbers greater, but they spend money more freely. . . . Hence they have altered the character of their hotels entirely. The names once so common of ‘Farmer’s Home,’ ‘Marketman’s Hotel,’ etc., have been supplanted by ‘Bicyclers’ Retreat,’ ‘Wheelman’s Rest,’ and similar names. Every hotel keeper has supplied himself with a foot pump and repair kit for the use of the wheelmen. Transportation
The United States has never had a neat, painless way to add newcomers. But our most shameful moments have involved the exclusion of groups, often those that do our hardest labor: Indians, African-Americans, Chinese, Irish, Italians, Catholics, Jews, Poles, Japanese-Americans, Hispanics. America has stood proudest when it dared to stretch the definition of who “we” are. Immigration & Emigration
This is a political season where politicians will do almost anything to prey on the public’s fear of job loses. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Tony Snow, the White House spokesman and resident fantasist … Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When Americans really agree that corruption is treason, the traitors will be punished, not legally alone, but as [Benedict] Arnold was, by the insufferable and blasting scorn of his fellow men. Corruption
Nearly 90 percent of high school graduates say they’re not interested in a career or a college major involving science, technology, engineering or math… Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology

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