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The 25 Most Viewed Documents Since 2008
#1 John F. Kennedy
Inaugural Address
#2 Republican Party Platforms
Republican Party Platform of 1956
#3 Democratic Party Platforms
2008 Democratic Party Platform
#4 Republican Party Platforms
2008 Republican Party Platform
#5 John F. Kennedy
Executive Order 10990 - Reestablishing the Federal Safety Council
#6 Democratic Party Platforms
2012 Democratic Party Platform
#7 Republican Party Platforms
2012 Republican Party Platform
#8 George W. Bush
Address to the Nation on the Terrorist Attacks
#9 Ronald Reagan
Inaugural Address
#10 John F. Kennedy
Executive Order 11110 - Amendment of Executive Order No. 10289 as Amended, Relating to the Performance of Certain Functions Affecting the Department of the Treasury
#11 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fireside Chat on Banking
#12 Barack Obama
Inaugural Address
#13 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Letter on the Resolution of Federation of Federal Employees Against Strikes in Federal Service
#14 John F. Kennedy
Remarks at a Dinner Honoring Nobel Prize Winners of the Western Hemisphere
#15 Franklin D. Roosevelt
1944 State of the Union Message to Congress
#16 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Inaugural Address
#17 Barack Obama
Executive Order 13603 - National Defense Resources Preparedness
#18 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Executive Order 6102 - Requiring Gold Coin, Gold Bullion and Gold Certificates to Be Delivered to the Government
#19 Republican Party Platforms
Republican Party Platform of 1860
#20 George Bush
Executive Order 12803 - Infrastructure Privatization
#21 Abraham Lincoln
Inaugural Address
#22 George Washington
First Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union
#23 William J. Clinton
Inaugural Address
#24 Democratic Party Platforms
Democratic Party Platform of 1960
#25 John F. Kennedy
Address of Senator John F. Kennedy Accepting the Democratic Party Nomination for the Presidency of the United States - Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles


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2016 Newspaper Endorsements (Largest 100 Papers by Circulation)
Scorecard Hillary Clinton Donald Trump Gary Johnson
Hillary Clinton (D) Donald Trump (R) Gary Johnson (L)
Total Endorsements 9 0 1
Total Circulation 4,455,761 0 99,373
Papers that endorsed Obama in 2012 4 0 0
Papers that endorsed Romney in 2012 5 0 1
Papers that did not endorse in 2012 0 0 0
See all 100 Endorsements
Editorial Endorsements by the New York Times: 1896 - 2016
Data compiled by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley.
Top 100 Newspapers determined by circulation data available from BurrellesLuce at
http://www.burrellesluce.com/resources/top_media_outlets
Twenty-three Years Ago, Bill Clinton Predicted a "First Man" in the White House
An American Presidency Project Compilation
SANTA BARBARA (Aug. 1, 2016) — Presidents starting at least with Harry Truman, have met with "Girls Nation" delegates at the White House. Often the President's remarks turned to the future careers of the young women in the group. John Kennedy surmised that, "it may not be possible for you to be President." But, he added, "I am sure we are talking to a future First Lady."

Truman, Carter. and Clinton all spoke encouragingly of the possibility for the girls of becoming president. Truman warned in 1949 that in the future, "you might have this terrible job that I have."

Carter observed that the Constitution did not guarantee equality to women, and advocated passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. He added that "I don't have any doubt that before too long we will have our first woman President."

Bill Clinton recalled Kennedy's statement....read full article
Nominating Convention Resources
Some "Firsts" and Interesting Facts at Presidential Nominating Conventions
Ballots Required to Nominate Candidates at National Conventions
List of Cities That Have Hosted National Conventions
Political Party Platforms
Nomination Acceptance Speeches
Days Before or After the First Day of Convention Vice-Presidential Nominees Were Selected
The Post-Convention Bounce in Voters' Preference
Harry S. Truman Today in History
68  years  ago
Harry S. Truman
Address in Oklahoma City
September 28, 1948
I AM happy to be in Oklahoma City today. I have been traveling around this great country and making many stops to discuss with the people the issues in this campaign.

Here in Oklahoma City, in the heart of the Nation, I consider it appropriate to discuss a subject of great importance to all Americans--the relationship of communism to our national security.

I should like the American people to consider the damage that is being done to our national security by irresponsible persons who place their own political interests above the security of the Nation.

I regret to say that there are some people in the Republican Party who are trying to create the false impression that communism is a powerful force in American life. These Republicans know that this is not true.

The time has come when we should take a frank and earnest look at the record about communism and our national security.

First, let me remind you of a few basic facts which are often overlooked.

Our country is st ...read full document

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• Veto Messages 1158   • Addresses to the United Nations 47
• Radio & TV Correspondents Dinners 40   • Addresses to Foreign Legislatures 74
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