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National Rifle Association annual meeting gets underway after year of political victories

National Rifle Association annual meeting gets underway after year of political victories

INDIANAPOLIS, April 24 (UPI) -- The National Rifle Association began its annual convention Thursday in Indianapolis after a year that saw many states relax gun laws.
Frances Burns

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.
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Are Internet trolls the price we pay for free speech?

Recent attempts to deal with one of the darker sides of the Internet -- so-called Internet "trolls" who hide behind electronic anonymity to post often vile, abusive and inflammatory comments to websites -- raise a troubling question: Will an understandable desire for civil discourse threaten a very American right of free speech?
JIM ALGAR, United Press International
Most U.S. Founding Fathers were age 40 and younger

Most U.S. Founding Fathers were age 40 and younger

CHICAGO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Portraits of the U.S. founding fathers often portray them with white powdered wigs and many think they were older than the young men they were, an expert says.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
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N.Y. group promoting humanist holidays

ALBANY, N.Y., April 26 (UPI) -- A New York institute is promoting the growth of humanist holidays as alternatives to religious holidays, an institute official says

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008.
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Town marks milestone with imaginary battle

BORDENTOWN, N.J., June 11 (UPI) -- An old New Jersey town celebrated its 325th anniversary by enacting some imaginary history -- the first and second battles of Bordentown. About 800 Revolutionary War re-enactors, using historically accurate uniforms, equipment and tactics, did the First B

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Thomas "Tom" Paine (February 9, 1737 ] – June 8, 1809) was an author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He has been called "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination."

Born in Thetford, in the English county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet Common Sense (1776), advocating colonial America's independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and The American Crisis (1776–1783), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. His writing of "Common Sense" was so influential in spurring on the Revolutionary War that John Adams reportedly said, "Without the pen of the author of 'Common Sense,' the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”

In 1789 Paine visited France, and lived there for much of the following decade. He was deeply involved in the early stages of the French Revolution. He wrote the Rights of Man (1791), in part a defence of the French Revolution against its critics, in particular the British statesman Edmund Burke. Despite not speaking French, he was elected to the French National Convention in 1792. The Girondists regarded him as an ally, so, the Montagnards, especially Robespierre, regarded him as an enemy. In December of 1793, he was arrested and imprisoned in Paris, then released in 1794. He became notorious because of The Age of Reason (1793–94), his book advocating deism, promoting reason and freethinking, and arguing against institutionalized religion and Christian doctrines. He also wrote the pamphlet Agrarian Justice (1795), discussing the origins of property, and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income.

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