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Liberty, a 45-pound turkey, is seen at the White House before being pardoned in 2011. The bird died two years later due to heart failure.
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November 25, 2015 Presidents have been pardoning turkeys for decades. But why? They used to eat them, actually. The history of the tradition is an odd and sad tale with lots of myths.
August 17, 2011 Obama is preparing the ground to run a do-nothing Congress. He will propose, congressional Republicans will dispose, as in discard, and he will be able to accuse them of thwarting policies that could change the lives of millions of Americans for the better.
September 21, 2010 Grudges and slights have always been held in American political history. But Jimmy Carter's grudge against Ted Kennedy for fighting him on health care continues to this day, 30 years later.
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