1862 – American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.
1983 – The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.
COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT!
“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul”
G. K. Chesterton
President George W. Bush and his top advisers conducted an urgent round of telephone diplomacy Tuesday to help end the deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas, but insisted that if any new cease-fire is to work, it must be honored by the Islamic militant group.
President-elect Barack Obama says he supports the decision by Senate Democrats to deny his vacated Senate seat to an appointee of embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. On Tuesday, Blagojevich appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris. He would be the nation’s only black senator.
Democratic leaders in the Senate are rejecting the appointment, arguing that because of accusations that Blagojevich tried to sell the seat to the highest bidder, any appointment by him would be tainted.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has named a successor to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat, but Democratic leaders who control the Senate say they will refuse to seat Blagojevich’s pick, former state Attorney General Roland Burris.
Here are some questions and answers about the power of the Senate to seat Obama’s successor.
Q: What is the Senate’s authority to seat or not seat an appointee like Burris?
Neither my wife nor I are feeling good about the Middle East this morning. Some background first: Elly is Jewish by descent and I am from an Episcopalian household. Although neither of us are believers in a God or practitioners of a religion, it doesn’t remove a cultural background from our family.
Our son Bud, who is now in his mid twenties and in the process of applying to grad schools, is, by default, half Jewish by cultural descent.
The end drew closer on Tuesday in Minnesota’s drawn-out U.S. Senate race, with Democrat Al Franken holding a slim 50-vote lead over incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, officials said.
Franken was leading Coleman 1,211,951 to 1,211,901 — with at least 1,346 absentee ballots still to be counted by early next week.
"We’re darn close," said Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a Democrat and member of the five-member board trying to determine the winner of the November 4 contest.