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Today is Sunday, Feb. 29, the 60th day of 2004 with 306 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2003 with 10 to follow.
By United Press International

The Bear's Lair: The end of "Consensus"

WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- During the late 1980s and 1990s, there was general agreement on policies that emerging markets should implement in order to achieve economic growth, so much so that a term "Washington Consensus" emerged for it. There is no longer such a consensus, and cit
MARTIN HUTCHINSON, UPI Business and Economics Editor

The Bear's Lair: Tear up that union label!

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The worst performances in the recent Washington snowstorm were by the local school systems and the Metro subway -- both unionized. Both institutions delayed resumption of full service far beyond what was reasonable, and both failed to perform simple civic
MARTIN HUTCHINSON, UPI Business and Economics Editor

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2002 with 10 to follow.
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(Part of UPI's Special Report on Election 2002)
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Gizmorama: Life in the Tech Age

Somewhere in the deep recesses of the trunk of your car, some safety flares might be lurking. Good! Part of your solution is at hand.
WES STEWART, United Press International

Philisophy: Faith, reason and choice

Atheism is a kind of fall-back position. Sometimes it starts with the thought that God's existence cannot be known and concludes it is best to believe He does n

COMMENTARY: How tolerant are the British?

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Since Sept. 11, there has been much chest-thumping among American professional pundits -- and even more so among the countless amateur "bloggers" who have sprun
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Harvard fumbles health study

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Stop the presses. Harvard Law Professor Einer Elhauge in a flawed new research study attempts, through word play and "fuzzy math," to make the case that buying
PETER J. PITTS, A UPI Outside view commentary

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2001 with 10 to follow.
By United Press International
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Judaism (until age 13)

Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, KG, PC, FRS, (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British Prime Minister, parliamentarian, Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Although his father had him baptised to Anglicanism at age 12, he was nonetheless the country's first and thus far only Prime Minister who was born into a Jewish family. He played an instrumental role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party after the Corn Laws schism of 1846.

Although a major figure in the protectionist wing of the Conservative Party after 1844, Disraeli's relations with the other leading figures in the party, particularly Lord Derby, the overall leader, were often strained. Not until the 1860s would Derby and Disraeli be on easy terms, and the latter's succession of the former assured. From 1852 onwards, Disraeli's career would also be marked by his often intense rivalry with William Ewart Gladstone, who eventually rose to become leader of the Liberal Party. In this feud, Disraeli was aided by his warm friendship with Queen Victoria, who came to detest Gladstone during the latter's first premiership in the 1870s. In 1876 Disraeli was raised to the peerage as the Earl of Beaconsfield, capping nearly four decades in the House of Commons.

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