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  • Louisiana Senate Race a Dead Heat, Landrieu Languishing

    09/17/2014 8:34:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/17/14 | Guy Benson
    A new poll of likely voters conducted for Townhall by Gravis Marketing reveals that Louisiana's US Senate race is statistically deadlocked, with support for incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu mired in the low-to-mid 40's. In a three-way contest among the top contenders, Landrieu attracts 43 percent support, with Republicans Rep. Bill Cassidy and Col. Rob Manness combining for 44 percent: In the likely runoff match-up (see below) between Landrieu and Cassidy, the candidates are separated by two-tenths of a percentage point. Neck and neck: Within the still-sizable cohort (10 percent) of undecided voters, nearly two-thirds identify as political "independents" who...
  • Louisiana Senate: Cassidy (R) 44%, Landrieu (D) 41%

    09/05/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 34 replies
    Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy has edged ahead of incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu in Louisiana’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Louisiana Voters finds Cassidy with 44% of the vote and Landrieu with 41%. Nine percent (9%) like some other candidate in the race, while six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 800 Likely Voters in Louisiana was conducted on...
  • Can vulnerable Dems' surrogates solve a problem like Obama? (The Mooch appears)

    05/11/2014 3:45:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/11/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Vulnerable Democrats are reaching out to first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden and other surrogates this fall instead of President Obama, whose low approval ratings make him a cancer for many campaigns. The party may face flagging enthusiasm from the base, but the president, the figure typically best able to counteract that, has lost most of his luster and may do more harm than good this fall. Strategist and former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Doug Thornell admitted that the president won’t be much good in red states where Democrats are up for re-election, like North Carolina and Louisiana....
  • A Look Back At How The President Was Able To Sign ObamaCare Into Law Four Years Ago

    03/26/2014 12:26:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 26, 2014 | by Louis Goodman and Tim Norbeck
    We have encountered many physicians and friends who don’t recall or recognize just how many interesting coincidences had to fall into place for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to pass both houses of Congress and gain President Obama’s signature (March 23, 2010). This post serves as an informational overview – a reminder – as to how it all happened and is not meant in any way to be a judgment on the process – however convoluted – or on the final product.
  • Tea party group to take on (exempt) Sen. Landrieu

    01/02/2014 5:22:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    WWL ^ | 1/02/13
    A national tea party-allied group is setting up a local chapter in Louisiana. Americans for Prosperity announced the creation of a Louisiana-specific effort Thursday, with the launch of a TV ad criticizing Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu for her support of the federal health care law.
  • Tallying the winners and losers of the War of 1812

    12/12/2012 4:08:05 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 38 replies
    National Post ^ | December 12, 2012 | James Careless
    The human cost of the War of 1812 was dramatic. Some 35,000 people were killed, wounded or missing at the end of the war. York (now Toronto), Niagara (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) and Washington, D.C. were torched. Elsewhere, homes and properties were looted and damaged and family lives were thrown into chaos. The borders between British North America and the United States might not have changed when the fighting stopped — the old lines were reconfirmed in the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war on December 24, 1814. But once the treaty was signed, there wasn’t simply a return to the...
  • Friends of Obama Allowed to Opt Out

    06/04/2012 6:56:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2012 | Lurita Doan
    Emigrant Bank was recently identified to receive a waiver that would allow the bank to opt out of rigorous Dodd-Frank requirements. These of course are the same new rules and regulations that Barack deems essential to the nation. Yet when the bank’s owner, Howard Milstein, who is a close friend and was a bundler for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, protested that the new rules would seriously crimp operations of his bank, the Obama Administration worked with members of congress to grant him a waiver from the new rules. Other financial institutions and banks have consistently and vehemently argued that...
  • The New Louisiana Purchase: 'Obamacare's' $4.3 Billion Boondoggle (Landrieu bribe only $200 mil)

    03/10/2012 12:32:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/06/12 | Avik S. A. Roy
    The New Louisiana Purchase: 'Obamacare's' $4.3 Billion BoondoggleBy Avik S. A. Roy, The Atlantic | National Journal – Tue, Mar 6, 2012 Do you remember the Louisiana Purchase? I don't mean Thomas Jefferson's acquisition of land from Napoleon, but rather Democrats' acquisition of support from Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Landrieu, critics believe, pledged her vote in exchange for gaining $200 million additional federal funds for Louisiana's Medicaid program. Except that, due to a drafting error, the law ended up giving Louisiana $4.3 billion in extra Medicaid funds -- more than twenty times...
  • Health care reform that works right now [Sen. Mary "Louisiana Purchase" Landrieu]

    04/09/2010 6:08:21 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies · 548+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | April 9, 2010 | Sen. Mary Landrieu
    After 100 years of determined effort without result, Congress has finally delivered meaningful health care coverage to all Americans. The health care bill that passed the U.S. Senate with 60 votes on Christmas Eve was approved by a majority of the House of Representatives and signed into law last month by President Obama. For months, people throughout Louisiana have heard hysterical cries from some quarters that the bill is unconstitutional and that it should be repealed. These naysayers are using these scare tactics to distract attention from the many important provisions in the bill. Children will be covered, even when...
  • Reform Repeal Is Just Child's Play

    03/25/2010 5:55:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 698+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Repeal: Some say trying to repeal ObamaCare is a futile dream once people get used to its benefits, such as covering kids with pre-existing conditions. Once before, government was slapped down. It can be done. Entitlements can be addictive, and it's certainly the purpose of this administration to make as many Americans as possible as dependent on government as possible. That's partly why a health care bill put student loans under the Department of Education. The government needed the revenues, but it also needed the power over yet another class of citizens. Unlike Medicare and Social Security, this nationalization of...
  • Is President Obama At War With America?

    03/21/2010 5:46:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies · 1,241+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2010 | Austin Hill
    If a frontal assault on the foundational principals and values of American life can qualify as being “at war” - then yes, Barack Obama is in combat with our country. And while the belligerence of both his administration and his party’s congressional leadership have seemingly created a sense of alarm across the U.S., their apparent disregard for their own self-inflicted political damage is all the more staggering. Taking aim at America’s foundations has impacted us both here at home, and abroad. European allies France and England have both made note of our President’s “short shrift” treatment over the past fourteen...
  • Buying Votes With Water

    03/18/2010 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies · 1,413+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 18, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform. One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California's water supply a tad too coincidental. On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing...
  • CROCODILE TEARS:Mary Landrieu's Emotional Defense of "Louisiana Purchase"

    02/05/2010 7:40:58 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 27 replies · 768+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 2/5/2010 | The Lid
    Poor Mary Landrieu, yesterday she emotionally critics of " Louisiana Purchase" a $3-400 Million costly Medicaid provision she got for her home state in exchange for her vote for cloture to allow the health-care bill to reach the senate floor. In a 30-minute Senate floor speech, Landrieu described how a faulty Medicaid formula for her state, related to a surge in federal aid following Hurricane Katrina, had created a Medicaid funding gap of up to $600 million. She provided letters and other documents to show support from Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and GOP members of the Louisiana congressional delegation, including...
  • Sen. Landrieu defends ‘Louisiana Purchase,' says Jindal asked for it

    02/04/2010 2:16:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,243+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/4/10 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) defended her role in the $300 million “Louisiana Purchase” Thursday, saying she attached it to the healthcare bill at Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R-La.) request and that it was not a condition of her support for the bill. Landrieu used a floor speech, press conference and private e-mails from Jindal to fire back against critics of the $300 million-plus in Medicaid funds that became known as the “Louisiana Purchase.” “Nothing about this effort was secret — it was public from the very first meeting that happened at the governor’s mansion in January,” Landrieu said. “It was a...
  • [Louisiana Senator] Landrieu defends [state] Medicaid funds [i.e., "the Louisiana Purchase"]

    02/04/2010 1:37:50 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 17 replies · 568+ views
    2TheAdvocate.com ^ | February 4, 2010 | Gerard Shields
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu took to the Senate floor Thursday delivering a blistering defense of her securing $300 million for Louisiana Medicaid in the health care bill and criticized Gov. Bobby Jindal for not supporting her in the move. Before taking a shot at Jindal, Landrieu noted that the governor made one statement defending her to CNN. "It takes more than intelligence to be a public official, it takes more than a fancy resume, it takes guts," Landrieu said. "Some people have more of those than others." Landrieu said she felt it necessary to speak out on the matter...
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu Accused of Swapping Influence for Campaign Cash

    01/08/2008 7:04:14 PM PST · by Islander7 · 47 replies · 250+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan 8, 2008 | Not Stated
    WASHINGTON — A Washington watchdog has filed a complaint against Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, suggesting she may have traded her influence on a specific earmark for $30,000 in campaign contributions. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Tuesday demanded the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. district courts in Louisiana and Texas investigate whether Landrieu, who is in her second term, broke federal law back in 2001 by including a $2 million earmark in the District of Columbia appropriations bill for a company whose lobbyists had thrown her a fundraiser just days earlier. That event, held four days...
  • Krauthammer on Landrieu $100 Million Buyoff: 'It's a New Kind of Business as Usual'

    11/20/2009 10:24:31 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 21 replies · 1,173+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | Nov. 21, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Remember earlier this year when the new era of hope and change was ushered into Washington, D.C. and President Barack Obama made the statement on day one his policies would "represent a clean break from business as usual"? Not so fast says Charles Krauthammer, columnist for The Washington Post and Fox News regular. Krauthammer on the Nov. 20 broadcast of Fox News "Special Report with Bret Baier" explained that a certain provision put into to the Senate version of health care legislation to favor undecided Democratic senators, specifically Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., represents a different brand of politics from what...
  • More Interesting Friends For Landrieu (Jihadis pal with Senator)

    12/02/2009 8:10:23 AM PST · by LSUfan · 28 replies · 1,330+ views
    The Hayride ^ | 2 Dec 09 | Macoidh
    Fresh off her national “Louisiana Purchase” outrage, Sen. Mary Landrieu has a full dance card back in New Orleans over the next few days. Her companions for the Crescent City one-night stands on the calendar are, shall we say, interesting. On Saturday, Landrieu is set to give the welcome speech at a rather out-of-the-mainstream event – this time, she’ll be addressing the New Orleans premiere of Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. So as we can see, Landrieu is largely supporting a propaganda film in making her appearance and speech at Saturday’s premiere. And her neighbors at the...
  • Dems Double Down

    01/20/2010 4:11:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 995+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 20, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Care: Will the administration seize the moment of Scott Brown's victory to work out real solutions, or will it follow Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid over the cliff? Or is it just about government control? Before Sen.-elect Brown became the Scott heard 'round the world, House Speaker Pelosi was asked what his victory in the bluest of blue states would mean. "Certainly the dynamic will change depending on what happens in Massachusetts," she replied in a bit of an understatement. The dynamic has changed, yet the Democrats, as the country song goes, apparently don't know when to hold them...
  • Haitian ambassador: Our alleged “pact with the devil” helped your country a lot

    01/14/2010 7:57:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 1,413+ views
    Hotair ^ | 01/14/2010 | Allahpundit
    Via Breitbart, the Robertson story’s almost out of gas but a rejoinder this clever deserves wider airing. Most were content to hammer Reverend Pat yesterday for blaming the victims, but this guy’s after bigger game. If you’re trying to divine divine will by tracing a cause-and-effect line between certain historical data points, how do you know which data points to select? Does Haiti get no credit in the heavenly ledger for overthrowing a slaveholder regime and thereby bringing about the conditions for the U.S. to purchase the Louisiana territory? If not, if that’s spoiled by their, ahem, “pact with the...
  • Haiti: Disaster beyond magnitude (America's Fault)

    01/14/2010 4:26:38 PM PST · by americanophile · 24 replies · 1,352+ views
    The Guardian ^ | July 15, 2010 | The Guardian
    It is all too easy, seeing the appalling scenes from Port-au-Prince yesterday, to forget America's historic debt to Haiti, scene of the first successful slave revolt, which defined the destiny of Africans in the New World. The establishment of the first black independent state had tangible consequences. It denied Napoleon his foothold in the Caribbean and led him to sell New Orleans and the Louisiana territories to Jefferson. But, for as long as anyone can remember, Haiti has been treated as a basket case where corruption, gang violence and natural disaster combine to drag the country backwards. Now an earthquake...
  • SC attorney general, counterparts, scrutinize dealmaking on US Senate health care legislation

    12/22/2009 6:29:12 PM PST · by freespirited · 14 replies · 897+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/22/09 | Jim Davenport
    The top prosecutors in seven states are probing the constitutionality of a political deal that cut a funding break for Nebraska in order to pass a federal health care reform bill, South Carolina's attorney general said Tuesday. Attorney General Henry McMaster said he and his counterparts in Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, North Dakota, Texas and Washington state — all Republicans — are jointly taking a look at the deal they've dubbed the "Nebraska compromise." "The Nebraska compromise, which permanently exempts Nebraska from paying Medicaid costs that Texas and all other 49 states must pay, may violate the United States Constitution —...
  • Senator Landrieu Closes Office: Constituents Turned Away at the Door,Only Busy Signals

    12/22/2009 1:49:50 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 42 replies · 2,268+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 22, 2009 CONTACT: J.P. Duffy, (866) FRC-NEWS Senator Landrieu Closes Office: Constituents Turned Away at the Door, Callers Reach Only Busy Signals December 22, 2009 FRC's Tony Perkins Calls Closure the "Height of Arrogance" Baton Rouge, LA - This afternoon, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins attempted to deliver a letter to Senator Mary Landrieu's Baton Rouge office only to be told by a federal marshal that her offices were "closed for the holidays." Over 150 concerned citizens joined Perkins at a rally in front of Senator Landrieu's office to urge the Senator to oppose the...
  • The list of payoffs that got Reid his cloture vote

    12/22/2009 10:14:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 724+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 12:15 pm on December 22, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Recall the moments in 2008 when Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama campaigned on the platform of — must … control … gag … reflex — “Honest Leadership, Open Government”?  This picture should jog your memories, and your own gag reflexes, especially that sanctimonious pose by Reid.  The trio have managed to make themselves either satirists of the highest order or influence peddlers of the lowest while struggling to pass the second item on their legislative agenda.  /1209/30877.html">Politico’s Josh Gerstein reviews the ObamaCare compromise bill that Reid struggled to get past a wee-hours cloture vote in the...
  • Louisiana Purchase And Omaha Stakes (Nelson Sells Out)

    12/21/2009 6:24:17 PM PST · by raptor22 · 32 replies · 1,754+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 21, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Politics: Sen. Mary Landrieu was the new "Louisiana Purchase." Sen. Ben Nelson got the federal government to pick up his state's future Medicaid tab. Maybe we should just put Senate votes up on eBay. Nelson, the 60th vote in the middle-of-the-night Senate party line vote on health care reform, will go down in American political history as the inventor of the permanent earmark. His seemingly principled stand against including federal funding for abortion evaporated like the morning dew as he decided to take what was behind door No. 1. The deal for Nelson includes special Medicaid funding for Nebraska, along...
  • Mary Landrieu on the Louisiana Purchase: "A Very Worthy Request" (Video)

    12/20/2009 11:55:46 AM PST · by Talkradio03 · 14 replies · 575+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 12/20 | hap
    Bob Schieffer asks Mary Landreiu on Face the Nation about the Louisana Purchase for her vote on health care, she defends it, then takes a shot at Republicans...Another Dem that we were told is a "moderate"....(Video)
  • The Chicago Way (W.H. Threatens Nelson with AFB Closure)

    12/16/2009 4:29:19 PM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies · 2,025+ views
    Investor's Business daily ^ | December 16, 2009 | IBD Editorial Staff
    Politics: If the Democrats' stitched-together Frankenstein monster of health care reform gets the 60 votes to get through the Senate, it will have been done through an assortment of bribes and brass knuckles. (snip) Sen. Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat, has also been critical of the buy-in and public option, but he has an additional issue about whatever comes out of the Senate not involving public funding of abortion in any way. Michael Goldfarb on the Weekly Standard blog quotes a Senate aide as saying the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base on the...
  • Time to turn on the lights and scatter the cockroaches.

    11/22/2009 7:06:58 AM PST · by timesthattrymenssouls · 12 replies · 1,050+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 11/22/2009 | Nancy Tengler
    Well they did it. Not out in the open, of course. Under cover of a Saturday night "procedural vote." After the $100 million according to the press, $300 million according to her ("I am not going to be defensive. And it's not a $100 million fix. It is a $300 million fix,") Louisiana Purchase of Senator Mary Landrieu. Hundreds of millions of OUR dollars used to pay off the wavering Louisiana Senator in order to secure her vote. I don't have words for this. None that won't get me in trouble. I worked with a guy who once said to...
  • Video: Landrieu Blames ABC Report of $100 Million Buyoff on 'Partisan Republican Bloggers'

    11/21/2009 11:31:39 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 80 replies · 3,536+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | November 21, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    What's $100 million of taxpayer money between a few U.S. Senators? After reports surfaced, originally from ABC News, and subsequently commented upon by prominent lefties, like U.S. News and World Report's Bonnie Erbe as my colleague Noel Sheppard pointed out, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., took the Senate floor on Nov. 21 to announce she would vote in favor to proceed forward with the Senate Democratic leadership's health bill. But she also took time to respond to allegations that $100 million earmarked for the Louisiana was added to that legislation to sway her vote by referring to the likes of ABC...
  • U.S. Mint to Unveil New Nickel Designs

    09/16/2004 7:25:57 AM PDT · by evets · 79 replies · 1,541+ views
    yahooooooooo ^ | 09-16-04 | JEANNINE AVERSA,
    WASHINGTON - There's change in store for Thomas Jefferson — on the nickel that is. He's getting his first makeover since his likeness was put on the coin in 1938. The makers of the nation's coins, the U.S. Mint, was unveiling Thursday designs for two new nickels. It's the latest in a series of design changes for the coins to honor two important events in U.S. history: the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The revamped nickels will be issued in 2005. A new likeness of Jefferson, the third president, will be on the front of the two...
  • John Kerry Wants to Give Louisiana Purchase Back to France (Humor)

    05/07/2004 2:37:46 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 3 replies · 210+ views
    Broken Newz ^ | 5/7/04 | William Grim
    Washington, DC - Senator John Kerry, Democrat candidate for President, said yesterday during an address to the American Chamber of Commerce, that if elected he intends to give back the Louisiana Purchase to France. “America owes everything to France,” said Senator Kerry. “No other country has treated us so poorly over the years. If it weren’t for France, what would self-loathing liberals like myself do?” Legal experts say that Kerry’s proposal is based on a dubious understanding of the law and could result in years of litigation. The same legal experts say that the years of litigation stand to make...
  • U.S. Mint Rolls Out New Nickels

    03/02/2004 7:53:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies · 1,025+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 3/02/04 | JEANNINE AVERSA
    U.S. Mint Rolls Out New Nickels By JEANNINE AVERSA ASSOCIATED PRESS Today: March 02, 2004 at 15:35:41 PST WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of shiny nickels sporting their first new look in 66 years are being shipped to the Federal Reserve, the supplier of the nation's cash, officials of the U.S Mint said Tuesday The new nickels - which honor the 1803 Louisiana Purchase on the back but retain Thomas Jefferson on the front - should start showing up in cash registers in several weeks, Mint officials said. A total of 180 million new nickels have been sent to the Federal...
  • Iraq Sours Louisiana Purchase Celebration (Frog spokesman professes deep and abiding friendship)

    12/21/2003 7:08:39 PM PST · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 209+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | December 22, 2003 | Oliver Poole
    The Stars and Stripes was raised while the Tricolore was lowered as the fife and drum band played Hail Colombia, the American national anthem in 1803. Standing before a crowd of a few hundred, Gale Norton, the American interior secretary, and Jean-Louis Debre, the president of the French National Assembly, stood and mouthed words of amity. The two countries' longstanding friendship "may not be put aside by differences of opinion that have occurred from time to time", M Debre said. No one believed a word of it. Two centuries ago this weekend France handed over Louisiana, along with a vast...
  • Thomas Jefferson Found Guilty in Mock Trial!

    12/20/2003 11:26:07 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 36 replies · 376+ views
    Associated Press/Yahoo ^ | 12/21/03 | CAIN BURDEAU
    Jefferson Found Guilty in Mock Trial Sat Dec 20, 5:34 AM ET Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo! By CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (news - web sites) nodded, agreeing with his fellow jurists that Thomas Jefferson was indeed guilty of prolonging slavery, deporting American Indians and discriminating against the French in Louisiana. Scalia joined federal and state judges to hear the testimony of Jefferson and French ruler Napoleon Bonaparte in a mock trial to review lingering legal and historic questions about the Louisiana Purchase. New Orleans caps a yearlong...
  • Lafitte graceful, charming, but still considered a pirate

    12/13/2003 11:26:10 PM PST · by Holly_P · 11 replies · 197+ views
    Shreveport Times ^ | 12/14/03 | Editorial
    Contemporaries described the smuggler Jean Lafitte as "graceful and elegant in manners ... accomplished in conversation." Women found him charming. Some of the leading figures of New Orleans openly associated with him. But to young Louisiana Gov. W.C.C. Claiborne, there was just one word for Lafitte: "pirate." Even so, as historian Bennett H. Wall records, "It was not the privateering and occasional piracy ... that particularly annoyed Claiborne and the government of the United States. ... Rather, it was the fact that Lafitte and his men openly flaunted customs laws by selling their booty at much lower prices than legitimate...
  • U.S. to get two new nickels

    11/06/2003 1:03:33 PM PST · by freedom44 · 13 replies · 235+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 11/06/03 | Gordon T. Anderson
    <p>YORK (CNN/Money) - In April of this year, the U.S. Mint announced that it would redesign the five-cent coin, with a new nickel to be released in 2004. Today, the Mint unveiled designs for not one new nickel, but two.</p>
  • Bush, Chirac visit in New Orleans appears off

    10/28/2003 11:43:56 AM PST · by mikenola · 15 replies · 179+ views
    Times-Picayune ^ | 10-28-2003
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Prospects for a December meeting between President Bush and French President Jacques Chirac to mark the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase in New Orleans appeared all but dead Monday as officials from both countries conceded a lack of movement.</p>
  • The deal that doubled America

    09/02/2003 1:40:00 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 8 replies · 176+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 2, 2003
    Two hundred years ago this summer and autumn, members of a deeply conflicted Congress were away from sweltering Washington, talking with their constituents back home about an urgent question: Should the still-fledgling United States purchase from Napoleon Bonaparte something called Louisiana, a vast, mysterious and somewhat menacing French colony to the uncharted west? Deciding whether to instantly double the size of the U.S. wasn't the no-brainer that our hindsight customarily envisions. Americans weren't a unanimously expansionist people, blithely eager to see their country grow.
  • Mein Gott! America is the new Germany

    06/20/2003 4:27:04 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 223 replies · 5,612+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 06/21/03 | Matthew Parris
    Germans are America’s big ethnic secret. No people and no culture has contributed more to what the United States is and is becoming. In the nation’s ethnic tangle, no root runs deeper than German America. As a scattered community only fitfully conscious of its own existence, none has more successfully pursued wealth, power and intellectual influence. And as a philosophical force in US politics — a whole political mindset — none has greater potency. Germany as a European state may have lost her way, the German language may struggle to keep its world grip, but the German spirit is alive...
  • Anti-French feelings run high in most Gallic US city

    05/01/2003 5:47:59 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 32 replies · 317+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 2, 2003 | Marcus Warren
    The big chill freezing relations between the US and France has reached America's most Gallic city, New Orleans, otherwise known as the Big Easy. A statue of Joan of Arc gazes at the Mississippi and the French Quarter is still festooned with tricolours and fleur de lys flags but the malaise afflicting the two nations has even spread to the bicentennial celebration of their common past. A lavish exhibition marking one of the most important events in their joint history, the Louisiana Purchase, is drawing large crowds but its organisers at one stage feared that bad feeling over Iraq would...
  • Nickel Makeover to Commemorate 2 Events

    04/24/2003 7:54:44 PM PDT · by mikenola · 18 replies · 766+ views
    Posted on Thu, Apr. 24, 2003 Nickel Makeover to Commemorate 2 Events REBECCA CARROLL Associated Press WASHINGTON -The nickel is getting a makeover. The back side of the new 5-cent coin will commemorate the bicentennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark expedition. The U.S. Mint hopes to issue the nickels late this year or in early 2004. In 2006, nickels will return to a depiction of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Virginia home, although the image will not necessarily replicate the version on today's coin. Lawmakers from Virginia pushed for and received assurance that the coin design...