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'Old Ironsides' sails across Boston Harbor before 3-year-rehab

'Old Ironsides' sails across Boston Harbor before 3-year-rehab

BOSTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) --The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship of war in the U.S. Navy, went for a final sail Friday before a three-year rehab.
Frances Burns
U.S. Air National Guard ID's pilot in fatal Virginia jet crash

U.S. Air National Guard ID's pilot in fatal Virginia jet crash

BOSTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) --The Mass. Air National Guard identified the 104th Fighter Wing pilot who died Wednesday after crash landing in rural Virginia as Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot, Jr.
JC Finley
Search called off after U.S. military confirms pilot died in Virginia crash

Search called off after U.S. military confirms pilot died in Virginia crash

DEERFIELD, Va., Aug. 29 (UPI) --The Air National Guard announced Thursday that the pilot believed to be missing after his F-15 crash landed in rural Virginia on Wednesday died in the accident.
JC Finley
Search expands for pilot of crashed U.S. military jet in rural Virginia

Search expands for pilot of crashed U.S. military jet in rural Virginia

DEERFIELD, Va., Aug. 28 (UPI) --The U.S. Air National Guard said Thursday that the search is expanding for the missing pilot whose F-15C Eagle crash landed in rural Virginia on Wednesday.
JC Finley
Judge: Corcoran Gallery in Wash. can join with National Gallery

Judge: Corcoran Gallery in Wash. can join with National Gallery

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) --A judge approved a merger Monday between the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington and the National Gallery.
Frances Burns
UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

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By United Press International
Peace, prosperity and stability through partnerships: A grand design for a 21st century strategic mindset

Peace, prosperity and stability through partnerships: A grand design for a 21st century strategic mindset

Harlan Ullman: Military force has often been the ultimate arbiter between war and peace, but that past paradigm has surely been challenged in the 21st century.
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Planning begins on defueling of aircraft carrier

Planning begins on defueling of aircraft carrier

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 4 (UPI) --Newport News Shipbuilding is planning its work on defueling the aircraft carrier USS George Washington under a $49.6 million military contract.
Richard Tomkins
Panel asks: Is the House even allowed to sue President Obama?

Panel asks: Is the House even allowed to sue President Obama?

WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) --A House panel got deep into the constitutional weeds Wednesday on the merits of Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama.
Gabrielle Levy
UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 12, 2014
By United Press International
Two arrested after drones nearly collide with NYPD chopper over George Washington Bridge

Two arrested after drones nearly collide with NYPD chopper over George Washington Bridge

NEW YORK, July 8 (UPI) --Two men were arrested and arraigned on felony reckless endangerment charges after they allegedly flew two drones that almost struck an NYPD helicopter.
Evan Bleier
Democrats and Republicans in Washington can't even agree on route to Mars

Democrats and Republicans in Washington can't even agree on route to Mars

WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) --The partisan divide between Democrat and Republican lawmakers has extended from Washington to the surface of Mars.
Matt Bradwell
Scientists discover consciousness on-off switch

Scientists discover consciousness on-off switch

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) --Scientists say they've located the part of the brain that controls consciousness; it's a thin layer deep in the brain called the claustrum.
Brooks Hays
Bridgegate II: Investigators reportedly looking into Christie's funding plans for Pulaski Skyway

Bridgegate II: Investigators reportedly looking into Christie's funding plans for Pulaski Skyway

NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) --New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing what could be Bridgegate II -- an investigation into his plans to fund repairs to the Pulaski Skyway.
Frances Burns
Chris Christie calls for broader 'pro-life agenda' in speech to religious conservatives

Chris Christie calls for broader 'pro-life agenda' in speech to religious conservatives

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) --New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, addressing a conference of religious conservatives Friday, called for a broader "pro-life" agenda.
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NAV98020651 - 6 FEBRUARY 1998 - ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON: Members of the USS George Washington Explosive Ordnance Disposal team lower themselves from an SH-60B ÒSeahawkÓ during a fast rope training exercise. George Washington is currently operating in the Persian Gulf in support of UN sanctions against Iraq. cc/Johnnie Robbins-USN UPI
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George Washington (February 22, 1732  – December 14, 1799) was the dominant military and political leader of the new United States of America from 1775 to 1799. He led the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in 1775–1783, and presided over the writing of the Constitution in 1787. The unanimous choice to serve as the first President of the United States (1789–1797), Washington presided over the creation of a strong, well-financed national government that stayed neutral in the wars raging in Europe, suppressed rebellion and won acceptance among Americans of all types. His leadership style established many forms and rituals of government that have been used ever since, such as using a cabinet system and delivering an inaugural address. Washington is universally regarded as the "Father of his Country".

Washington was born into the provincial gentry of a wealthy, well connected Colonial Virginia family who owned tobacco plantations. After his father and older brother both died young, Washington became personally and professionally attached to the powerful Fairfax family, which promoted his career as a surveyor and soldier. Washington quickly became a senior officer of the colonial forces during the first stages of the French and Indian War. Chosen by the Second Continental Congress in 1775 to be commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolution, he managed to force the British out of Boston in 1776, but was defeated and nearly captured later that year when he lost New York City. After crossing the Delaware River in the dead of winter, he defeated the enemy in two battles, retook New Jersey, and restored momentum to the Patriot cause. Because of his strategy, Revolutionary forces captured two major British armies at Saratoga in 1777 and Yorktown in 1781. Historians give Washington high marks for his selection and supervision of his generals, his encouragement of morale and ability to hold together the army, his coordination with the state governors and state militia units, his relations with Congress, and his attention to supplies, logistics, and training. In battle, however, Washington was repeatedly outmaneuvered by British generals with larger armies. After victory had been finalized in 1783, Washington resigned rather than seize power, proving his opposition to dictatorship and his commitment to the emerging American political ideology of republicanism. He returned to his home, Mount Vernon, and his domestic life there, continuing to manage a variety of enterprises. Washington's final 1799 will specified all his slaves be set free.

Dissatisfied with the weaknesses of Articles of Confederation, Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787. Elected as the first President of the United States in 1789, he attempted to bring rival factions together to unify the nation. He supported Alexander Hamilton's programs to pay off all state and national debt, implement an effective tax system, and create a national bank, despite opposition from Thomas Jefferson. Washington proclaimed the U.S. neutral in the wars raging in Europe after 1793. He avoided war with Great Britain and guaranteed a decade of peace and profitable trade by securing the Jay Treaty in 1795, despite intense opposition from the Jeffersonians. Although never officially joining the Federalist Party, he supported its programs. Washington's "Farewell Address" was an influential primer on republican virtue and a stern warning against partisanship, sectionalism, and involvement in foreign wars.

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