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The United States of America
is a federal republic
of 50 states
, a capital district
, and a few other territories. It resides mostly in central North America
. The U.S. has three land borders, two with Canada
and one with Mexico
, and is otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean
, the Bering Sea
, the Arctic Ocean
and the Atlantic Ocean
. Of the 50 states, only Alaska
are not contiguous with any other state. The U.S. also has a collection of districts, territories, and possessions
around the world. Each state has a high level of local autonomy according to the system of federalism. The United States traces its national origin to the declaration
by 13 British
colonies in 1776
that they were free and independent states. They were recognized as such by the Treaty of Paris
in 1783. Since then, the nation has grown to become a global superpower
and exerts a high level of economic, political, military, and cultural influence.
The Report of 1800
was a resolution drafted by James Madison (pictured)
, arguing for the sovereignty
of the individual states
under the United States Constitution
and against the Alien and Sedition Acts
. The Virginia General Assembly
adopted the Report in January 1800. The document primarily subtly amends arguments from the 1798 Virginia Resolutions
, and the main reason for producing the Report was to answer criticisms that had been leveled at the Resolutions. The arguments made in the Resolutions and the Report were later used frequently during the nullification crisis
of 1832, when South Carolina
declared federal tariffs
to be unconstitutional and void within the state. Madison, however, rejected the concept of nullification and the notion that his arguments supported such a practice. Whether Madison's theory of republicanism
really supported the nullification movement, and more broadly whether the ideas he expressed between 1798 and 1800 are consistent with his work before and after this period, are the main questions surrounding the Report in the modern literature.
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Selected society biography
George Herbert Walker Bush
(born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States
(1989–1993). He also served as the 43rd Vice President
(1981–1989), a congressman
, an ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence
Bush was born in Massachusetts to Senator and New York Banker Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, at the age of 18, Bush postponed going to college and became the youngest aviator in the US Navy at the time. He served until the end of the war, then attended Yale University. Graduating in 1948, he moved his family to West Texas and entered the oil business, becoming a millionaire by the age of 40.
Bush is the father of George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, and Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida. He is the last president to have been a World War II veteran. Until the election of his son George W. Bush to the presidency in 2000, Bush was commonly referred to simply as "George Bush"; since that time, the form "George H.W. Bush", "Bush 41", "Bush the Elder" or "George Bush, senior." has come into common use as a way to distinguish the father from the son.
Anniversaries for February 21
is an industrial city on the shore of Lake Erie
in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
. Named for the lake and the Native American tribe
that resided along its southern shore, Erie is the state's fourth-largest city with a population of 104,000. Erie's Metropolitan Area consists of 281,000 residents. The city is the seat of government for Erie County
Erie is in proximity to Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Once teeming with heavy industry, Erie's heavy manufacturing sector now consists mainly of plastics and locomotive building. Known for its lake-effect snow, Erie is in the heart of the Rust Belt and has begun to focus on tourism as a driving force in its economy. More than four million people each year visit Presque Isle State Park, for water recreation, and a new casino named for the state park is growing in popularity.
Erie is known as the Flagship City because of the presence of Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship USS Niagara.
Selected culture biography
Edgar Allan Poe
(January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet
, short-story writer
and literary critic
, and is considered part of the American Romantic Movement
. Best known for his tales of mystery
and the macabre
, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction
genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction
. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.
Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today.
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- February 18: Fourth U.S. state governor orders net neutrality in government contracts
- February 16: United States: Berkeley, California declares itself a sanctuary city for recreational cannabis
- February 15: United States: Jet loses engine cover over Pacific en route to Honolulu from San Francisco
- February 9: Poet, lyricist, and digital activist John Perry Barlow dies, aged 70
- February 7: SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasts Elon Musk's personal Tesla into solar orbit
- February 7: United States: Two killed, more than a hundred injured in Amtrak train collision in South Carolina
- February 4: United States: Four injured in Los Angeles school shooting
- January 29: USA Gymnastics board resigning after sex abuse
- January 27: United States: Dr. Larry Nassar sentenced in sexual abuse case
- January 26: United States: Two dead in Kentucky high school shooting
- January 19: Zimbabwean politician Bennett and four others die in New Mexico helicopter crash
- January 17: United States: One person dead after boat to offshore casino burns off Florida coast
- January 16: Airborne sedan smashes into dental office in Santa Ana, California, US
- January 16: United States: State of Hawaii criticized by head of Federal Communications Commission over incoming missile alert mistake
- January 11: United States: At least fifteen dead in Southern California after rain causes mudslides and floods
- December 31: United States: New York City mayoral swear-in to pair potential 2020 presidential prospects
- December 13: Apple, Inc. confirms acquisition of Shazam
- November 27: Time magazine refutes US President Donald Trump's Twitter claim he was nominated Time 'Person of the Year'
- November 22: Charles Manson, serving nine life sentences for 1969 murders, dies aged 83
- November 17: Gunman kills at least four in shooting in Rancho Tehama, California
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