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    Anecdotal Observations On History & Politics


    Video: Greatest Political Naps

    Congressman George Holding of North Carolina was caight by cameras taking a nap while presiding over the House - which inspired this motage of politicians sleeping. Cut for Hardball on 10/4/13:


    Ted Cruz Pseudo-Filibuster, Abridged Version

    Senator Ted Cruz's whole 21-hour "filibuster"of September 24-25th, 2013 in less than a minute:


    Obama's Nicorette Habit

    President Obama inadvertently revealed in a private conversation at the UN that he has, in fact, quit smoking. But does he still chew nicorette? He did as of August 2011, when the White House released this photograph, showing a piece of unopened nicorette in the oval office. Can you find it? See the video to zoom in:


    Calvin Coolidge's Pet Raccoon, Rebecca

    Yes, the Coolidges had a pet raccoon living with them in the White House.  Rebecca, as she was named, was delivered as a gift to the first family in 1927 and was intended to be served as Thanksgiving dinner. But the Coolidge's "pardoned" the animal and Rebecca became a hit with the White House press corps, who reported on her regularly. Rebecca even hosted the White House Egg roll with first lady Grace Coolidge...

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