American History

U.S. Presidential State of the Union Bloopers (Compiled by ABC News)

February 11, 2013

Videos (and two stories) of “bloopers” during the State of the Union Address.

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Transcript Reveals Federal Reserve Officials Underestimated the Housing Crisis Just Days Before It Began

January 18, 2013

“That was on a Tuesday. By Thursday, the European Central Bank was offering emergency loans to continental banks, [and] the Fed was following suit.”

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Since 1996, the National Rifle Association (NRA) Has Successfully the CDC’s Gun Violence Funding

January 18, 2013

“The NRA was infuriated with a 1993 study sponsored by the CDC that concluded having a gun at home offered little protection, but it increased almost three-fold the risk of one family member shooting another.”

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Mob Underboss Anthony Zarelli Claims that Jimmy Hoffa is Buried in Detroit

January 14, 2013

“A man convicted of crimes as a reputed Mafia captain is claiming missing Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa was buried in suburban Detroit.”

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Project Seal: United States Tested Thousands of “Tsunami Bombs” Off the Coast of New Zealand During World War II

January 2, 2013

“The tests were carried out in waters around New Caledonia and Auckland during the Second World War and showed that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 large offshore blasts could potentially create a 33-foot tsunami capable of inundating a small city.”

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On This Day in 1933, Utah Became the Final State to Ratify the 21st Amendment, Ending Prohibition

December 5, 2012

“Mississippi, the last dry state in the Union, ended Prohibition in 1966.”

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Flashback: In May 2006, Romney stated “We’d be a lot better off in this country if we had European gas prices

September 30, 2012

“When Mr. Romney ran for governor in 2002, he fashioned himself “in the tradition of New England Yankee Republicans,” Mr. Clarke said — a tradition in which “the environment is a nonpartisan issue.””

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Analysis: Presidential Debates rarely have much of an effect on the Election

September 30, 2012

“A 2008 Gallup study found that between 1960 and 2004, there were only two years where debates made a difference in actual votes.”

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65-year Study: Tax Cuts don’t lead to Economic Growth

September 19, 2012

“Analysis of six decades of data found that top tax rates “have had little association with saving, investment, or productivity growth.” However, the study found that reductions of capital gains taxes and top marginal rate taxes have led to greater income inequality.”

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Drudge Report refers to Romney’s private degradation of Americans as “Romney Gets Real”

September 17, 2012

By identifying Obama supporters as the “47%” who “pay no income tax”, Romney has re-affirmed the belief that, if President, his job would be to disregard the needs of lower- and middle-class Americans.

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New York Times/CBS News Poll: Former President Bill Clinton is more popular than ever

September 14, 2012

“His ratings are higher than they were during any year of his two-term presidency that was marred by the impeachment scandal.”

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Fleeting Fox News Narrative: Megyn Kelly criticizes President Obama for not intervening in Chicago’s Teachers Union Strike

September 11, 2012

What Fox News doesn’t want you to think about is the semantics: Federal Air Traffic Controllers are, not surprisingly, under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, whereas the Chicago Teachers’ Union is under the jurisdiction of state and local governments.

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Documents: Former President Franklin Roosevelt helped cover-up the Soviet Union’s responsibility for the 1940 Katyn Massacre of Polish soldiers

September 11, 2012

“Among the new evidence is a report sent to President Roosevelt by the then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill – who did not challenge Stalin’s claim either – which also pointed to Soviet guilt.”

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New York Times Op-Ed alleges that former President Bush received more briefings on al-Qaeda leading up to 9/11 than previously reported

September 11, 2012

“Eichenwald, author of a new book, “500 Days: Secrets and Lies In the Terror Wars,” writes that neoconservatives in the Bush administration dismissed the warnings because “bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat.””

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11 years later, Manhattan lights-up in memory of 9/11 victims

September 10, 2012

“As the world prepares to mark the anniversary of the the 9/11 attacks, the New York skyline has been lit up with twin lights, filling the hole left by the World Trade Center. The bright beams shooting up into the sky are turned on every September 11, and today’s 11th anniversary is no different.”

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