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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Henry Clay (1777)


Henry Clay (1777)

Clay, known as the “Great Compromiser,” was an American statesman and orator who served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. His multiple bids for the presidency all failed, but he was nevertheless extremely influential in US politics. He orchestrated the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states, and he attempted to strengthen the nation’s economy through his American System. Though he opposed slavery and favored emancipation, Clay only freed his own slaves upon what? More… Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: SIR JOHN MCEWEN (1900)


Sir John McEwen (1900)

McEwen was an Australian politician and the country’s 18th prime minister. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1934 and served in several ministerial posts between 1937 and 1941. He was prime minister for three weeks following the disappearance and presumed death of Prime Minister Harold Holt in 1967, and he caused a leadership crisis by announcing that he and his party colleagues would refuse to serve in a government led by William McMahon. What was McEwen’s objection to McMahon? More… Discuss

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NEWS: BELGIUM LIKELY TO EXTEND RIGHT TO DIE TO CHILDREN


Belgium Likely to Extend Right to Die to Children

In 2002, Belgium became one of the few countries in the world to legalize euthanasia, and now, 12 years later, it is set to become only the second to extend the right to die to children and the first to do so with no age restrictions. The Belgian bill, passed by the Senate in December and being voted on by the House of Representatives today, would give all terminally ill minors “with a capacity of discernment” who are “conscious at the moment of the request” and “in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased” the right to seek to end their lives. More… Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: SIR ROBERT GORDON MENZIES (1894)


Sir Robert Gordon Menzies (1894)

A successful lawyer, Menzies gave up his practice to pursue a career in politics and eventually became Australia’s longest continuously serving prime minister. He started out in the House of Representatives in 1934 and served as attorney general until 1939, when he became leader of the United Australia party and prime minister. In 1941, his party lost the election, but in 1949 he again became prime minister and this time remained in office until his retirement in 1966, on what national holiday? More… Discuss