Emancipation Proclamation

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Tax Deadline April 18 Thanks to ... Abraham Lincoln?

DC Emancipation Day pushes filing deadline 3 days

(Newser) - America's taxpayers have an extra three days to procrastinate this year, thanks to a holiday only celebrated in the nation's capital, AP reports. Abraham Lincoln freed the District of Columbia's slaves on April 16, 1862—eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation—and since this year's DC Emancipation Day falls on... More »

Up for Auction: Rare Copy of Emancipation Proclamation

Signed by Abraham Lincoln, formerly owned by RFK

(Newser) - A hand-signed copy of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation owned by Robert F. Kennedy is to be auctioned Dec. 10 at Sotheby's. It is believed to be one of about 24 surviving copies that were signed by President Lincoln himself. The 1863 document that declared all slaves "forever free" was bought... More »

I Got What I Wanted: Health Reform That's Pro-Life

Anti-abortion Dem answers critics of his reform vote

(Newser) - The health-care bill passed this week is plenty pro-life for Bart Stupak, the anti-abortion Democrat whose amendment didn’t make the final cut but who wrangled an executive order out of President Obama that carries “the full force and effect of law” in prohibiting federal funding for abortion. In... More »

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