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When a Robot Signs a Bill
By Brian Resnick
Yesterday, the president was in Hawaii but the recently passed fiscal-cliff deal was in Washington. How could the presidential signature be affixed to the bill to make it law? Obama signed it via a robot, the autopen.
Here’s a brief history of the gadget. (Did you know Thomas Jefferson was the first president to use it?)
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If you’ve visited Lancaster, Penn., you probably remember it as a nice mid-sized city right in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country. What you might not know is that 235 years ago today, it became our young country’s third capital city, a position it held only briefly. Very, very briefly. Let’s take a look at how Lancaster became our capital for a single day.
Our president just had a birthday! President Obama turned 51 on August 4th.
It’s time for a history lesson!
The video above, produced by the Works Progress Administration, shows a day in the life of the capital in 1936, a city that the narrator says had “again become a war capital,” fighting ”a battle to put men to work.” It’s a concern not so different from the debates of Washington today.
Today is the anniversary of D-Day. Sixty eight years later, we remember the allied troops that stormed the beach of Normandy. (PHOTOS: AP)
That’s Supreme Commander (and later President) Dwight Eisenhower in the photo above visiting with paratroopers.
A dispute over what area of land almost caused Michigan and Ohio to go to war in the 1830s?
Update, 12:30 p.m.: Many of you are correct: Toledo.