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Politicians partake in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Politicians partake in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) --Members of Congress and politicians around the country joined in the viral video trend by dumping buckets of ice over their head to raise awareness of ALS.
Aileen Graef
House votes to form Select Committee on Benghazi

House votes to form Select Committee on Benghazi

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) --The House voted Thursday evening to establish a Select Committee that will investigate the terrorist attack that left four Americans dead in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
Gabrielle Levy
House votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt

House votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) --After months of partisan wrangling, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.
Gabrielle Levy

Many congressional members forgo or donate salaries during shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A growing number of members of the U.S. Congress said they would give up their pay or donate it to charity during the government shutdown that began Tuesday.
Tornado-themed 'Mike & Molly' episode to air Thursday

Tornado-themed 'Mike & Molly' episode to air Thursday

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) -- The Season 3 finale of the U.S. sitcom "Mike & Molly," which was postponed after last week's tornado, has been rescheduled for Thursday, CBS said.
Congress plays musical chairs but leadership stays the same

Congress plays musical chairs but leadership stays the same

The political divide of the U.S. Congress remained the same after Election Day 2012, with Republicans controlling the House of Representatives and Democrats holding onto the Senate.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Florida to investigate voting problems

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The Florida secretary of state has announced an investigation into voting problems in five counties in this year's presidential race.

Murphy declares win over West in Florida

FORT PIERCE, Fla., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Democrat Patrick Murphy's camp declared victory Sunday over Republican Allen West in Florida's 18th Congressional District, based on unofficial results.
Allen West motion on ballots denied

Allen West motion on ballots denied

FORT PIERCE, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A Florida judge Friday denied U.S. Rep. Allen West's motion to impound ballots and voting machines for a possible recount in West's congressional district race.
Mitt Romney concedes Florida to Obama

Mitt Romney concedes Florida to Obama

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign Thursday conceded Florida's 29 electoral votes to President Barack Obama.

No power changes in Senate, House

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The parties that were in power in the U.S. Congress before Tuesday's elections remain the parties in power, but with a few new faces.
Republicans projected to retain control of U.S. House

Republicans projected to retain control of U.S. House

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives will remain dominated by Republicans, results of Tuesday's congressional elections showed.
Obama leads in Florida, wins second term

Obama leads in Florida, wins second term

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney by about 50,000 votes in Florida Tuesday but was nonetheless projected to win a second term.
'Don't ask' repeal introduced in House

'Don't ask' repeal introduced in House

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., introduced a bill to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly.

Judge: Supermax inmates must have hearings

CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) -- Inmates transferred to the only supermax prison in Illinois must be given hearings where they can challenge the move, a federal judge has ruled.
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Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) speaks at the Democratic National Convention at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on August 27, 2008. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)
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Patrick Murphy (1834–1862) was an Irish giant, born in County Down, who exhibited himself as a means of income. He originally worked on the docks in Liverpool, England and later became a waiter at a hotel. Because he was a man of extraordinary height, Murphy attracted crowds everywhere he went. He eventually decided that he could make an honest living being tall.

In May 1857 the Emperor and Empress of Austria invited the towering native of Ireland to visit their kingdom. While he was on tour throughout Europe, he died of smallpox in Marseilles at the age of twenty-eight. He had always billed himself as being 8'10" and in some circles as much as 9'3", though his true height was 7'3".

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