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December 10, 1845
James K. Polk

To the Senate of the United States:

I transmit herewith a report of the Secretary of War, in answer to a resolution of the Senate of the 4th instant, calling for information "with respect to the practicability and utility of a fort or forts on Ship Island, on the coast of Mississippi, with a view to the protection of said coast."


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Eisenhower ceremonial meeting with Thanksgiving Turkey

Three questions for any Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation:

  1. Does it refer to God or a Supreme Being?  2. Does it recount Thanksgiving history? Include American Indians?  3. What reasons are given for giving thanks?
Biden giving orders.

A close look at the data suggest that President Biden's use of executive discretion is not especially aggressive.