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UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 13, 2014.
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The Issue: Year of action? Doubtful.

The Issue: Year of action? Doubtful.

U.S. President Barack Obama may have declared 2014 a year of action in his State of the Union address but lawmakers last week moved quickly after returning from their recess to knock down expectations.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
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Presidents' Day -- Remembering two presidents

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Presidents' Day is set aside to recognize the February birthdays of two of our greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. As we honor them this year, it might be interesting to reflect upon the influence one book -- with its very unique perspective -- had upon the latter, written eight years after his birth.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
Michael Keaton eyes 'Beetlejuice' sequel

Michael Keaton eyes 'Beetlejuice' sequel

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Veteran actor Michael Keaton said he is seriously considering reprising his title role in the 1988 comedy hit "Beetlejuice."

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
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Republican group separates gun raffle from King, Lincoln dinner

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- An Oregon county's wing of the Republican Party apologized for the announcement of a gun raffle to honor Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln.
Oregon county GOP group apologizes for celebrating MLK with gun raffle

Oregon county GOP group apologizes for celebrating MLK with gun raffle

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Multnomah County Republican Party later apologizes for AR-15 rifle raffle.
Evan Bleier

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.
By United Press International
Obama blasts income inequality, lack of opportunity

Obama blasts income inequality, lack of opportunity

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Wednesday hammered what he called income inequality in the United States, touting healthcare reform as a defense against inequality.
Thanksgiving celebrated 150 years after declared national holiday

Thanksgiving celebrated 150 years after declared national holiday

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- About 115 million U.S. households planned to celebrate Thanksgiving, 150 years after it became a national holiday, the U.S. Census Bureau said.
Remembering the 50th anniversary of JFK's funeral

Remembering the 50th anniversary of JFK's funeral

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A million people lined the streets Nov. 25, 1963, and millions more were glued to TVs as the United States paid final respects to President John F. Kennedy.
Poll: U.S. residents say they would have sided with Union in Civil War

Poll: U.S. residents say they would have sided with Union in Civil War

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Just over half of U.S. residents say they would have been on the Union side during the Civil War, a new poll indicates.
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Abraham Lincoln i/ˈeɪbrəhæm ˈlɪŋkən/ (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in 1865. He led the country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis — the American Civil War — preserving the Union while ending slavery and promoting economic and financial modernization. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated. He became a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives, but failed in two attempts at a seat in the United States Senate. He was an affectionate, though often absent, husband and father of four children.

After deftly opposing the expansion of slavery in the United States in his campaign debates and speeches, Lincoln secured the Republican nomination and was elected president in 1860. Following declarations of secession by southern slave states, war began in April 1861, and he concentrated on both the military and political dimensions of the war effort, seeking to reunify the nation. He vigorously exercised unprecedented war powers, including the arrest and detention without trial of thousands of suspected secessionists. He prevented British recognition of the Confederacy by skillfully handling the Trent affair late in 1861. He issued his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoted the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery.

Lincoln closely supervised the war effort, especially the selection of top generals, including the commanding general Ulysses S. Grant. He brought leaders of various factions of his party into his cabinet and pressured them to cooperate. Under his leadership, the Union took control of the border slave states at the start of the war and tried repeatedly to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond. Each time a general failed, Lincoln substituted another until finally Grant succeeded in 1865. An exceptionally astute politician deeply involved with power issues in each state, he reached out to War Democrats and managed his own re-election in the 1864 presidential election.

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