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vincenzoesq Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 05:51 PM
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President Obama's accomplishments so far

Someone sent this to me today. Too good not to share:

"Robert P. Watson, Ph.D. Coordinator of American Studies
Lynn University "
Email: rwatson@lynn.edu



I am always being asked to grade Obama's presidency. In place of offering him a grade, I put together a list of his accomplishments thus far. I think you would agree that it is very impressive. His first six months have been even more active than FDRs or LBJs the two standards for such assessments. Yet, there is little media attention given to much of what he has done. Of late, the media is focusing almost exclusively on Obama's critics, without holding them responsible for the uncivil, unconstructive tone of their disagreements or without holding the previous administration responsible for getting us in such a deep hole. The misinformation and venom that now passes for political reporting and civic debate is beyond description.

As such, there is a need to set the record straight. What most impresses me is the fact that Obama has accomplished so much not from a heavy-handed or top-down approach but from a style that has institutionalized efforts to reach across the aisle, encourage vigorous debate, and utilize town halls and panels of experts in the policy-making process. Beyond the accomplishments, the process is good for democracy and our democratic processes have been battered and bruised in recent years.

Let me know if I missed anything in the list (surely I did).



1.. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending
2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices
3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women
4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB
6. Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information
7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier's family
8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act
9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible
10. Limits on lobbyist's access to the White House
11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration
12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date
13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan
14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research
15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research
16. New federal funding for science and research labs
17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards
18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect
19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
20. New funds for school construction
21. The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out
22. US Auto industry rescue plan
23. Housing rescue plan
24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan
25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying
26. US financial and banking rescue plan
27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed
28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards
29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops
30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010
31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols
32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions
34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office
35. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job
36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast
37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles
38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales
39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government
40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
41. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program
42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba , allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones
43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
44. Expanding vaccination programs
45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters
46. Closed offshore tax safe havens
47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals
48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back
49.. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices
50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources
51. Lower drug costs for seniors
52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings
53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel
54. Improved housing for military personnel
55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses
56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
57. Increasing student loans
58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program
59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy
60. Established a new cyber security office
61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.
62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness
64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient
65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced
66. Improving benefits for veterans
67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration
68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud
69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco
70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules
71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports
72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons
73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive
74. Making more loans available to small businesses
75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare
76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court
77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans
78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000
79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel
80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan
81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan
82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans
83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production
84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters
85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket
86. Held first Seder in White House
87. Attempting to reform the nation's healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured
88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform
89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform
90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform.......

Oh, and he built a swing set for the girls outside the Oval Office






I think this last accomplishment shows what kind of man we have for a president. I hope you have a great day.



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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 05:56 PM
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1. K & R for accomplishments that NEVER would be done by a republican!
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 06:16 PM
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2. Unrec for accomplishments that would be done by just about ANY Democrat
AND for posting the same goddamn list for the brazillionth time.
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vincenzoesq Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 06:20 PM
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3. accomplishments
So sorry. I hadn't seen it here before.
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 07:29 PM
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7. Don't worry about the debbie downers.
They didn't get their small young horses.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 10:12 PM
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8. And I see you still have a tight grip on your
handheld brightly-colored ball of fluff or ribbons.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 06:27 PM
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4. bullshit
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 07:15 PM
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6. I agree. There is not much on this list that is memorable.
The list in and of itself is rather amateurish..."Obama announced his intention". Intentions and announcements = No big deal.

I agree these things could have been accomplished by any Democratic president who has the kind of Democratic majorities Obama enjoys in the House and in Senate. We gave Obama those majorities he did not create them, but is looks like he may destroy them by his so called "bipartisanship" and his "corporate centrist" positions.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 10:14 PM
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9. Well, there is the part where he fought to keep Bush's illegal wiretaps in operation
Wait... that's not on the list? Go figure. :shrug:
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 08:08 AM
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14. if a positive post about obama pisses you off that much, well, that's your problem.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 08:15 AM
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16. If you think this list of pathetic non-accomplishments is positive, that's YOUR problem.
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 08:31 AM
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18. you sound like you need a tissue, perhaps a nap.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 09:25 AM
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vincenzoesq Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 04:30 PM
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32. Anger issues?

Try thinking with your prefrontal cortex instead of your amygdala.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 05:08 PM
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33. Or, you could just try reading the list you posted.
Not every chain letter your grandma sends you is appropriate for DU.
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vincenzoesq Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 05:54 PM
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34. And you are
the DU police? My Grandma died in 1986, thanks for asking.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 06:03 PM
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35. Actually, I AM the DU police. Don't make me taze you.
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vincenzoesq Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 06:30 PM
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37. Didn't your Mama teach you
that it's bad manners to threaten people?
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 06:36 PM
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5. One of these is a tad off.
#86: Seder has been held in the White House since the 90's. It could be better described as "Held first Presidential Seder in White House", as prior Seders were held by the staff, and not officially hosted by the POTUS.

K&R anyways.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 10:39 PM
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10. Kick and Rec to add the nuclear summit now being held in DC
:thumbsup:

Hekate

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craigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 02:33 AM
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11. announcing intentions are not accomplishments. Obama could've and should've done more.
He should've done bank reform last year and immigration reform too. He also could've given us a public option on healthcare. All we've really gotten is a bunch of half measures. What ever happened to card check?
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 03:36 AM
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12. Not this bullshit WISH list again of NON-accomplishments...
Note to idiots who keep posting this crap:

PLANNING and WISHING or INTENDING to do something is NOT and accomplishment!

This list could be whittled down to a COUPLE "accomplishments" at most and they are pretty good in their own right without all the other BULLSHIT.
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CTLawGuy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 06:04 AM
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13. well I guess we can knock numbers 89 and 90 (of 90 accomplishments) off then
you got us :eyes:
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 08:09 AM
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15. .
:cry:
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vincenzoesq Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 03:10 PM
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27. Idiots?
I must be mistaken, I thought I had left the bullies on the schoolyard. Silly of me to think adults could
converse without resorting to name calling. Have a glass of prune juice!
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 03:58 PM
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31. Yes, how dare we acknowledge the President has real accomplishments
in the year and a half he's been in office. That would hurt the FDL/HuffPo meme that he's a "do-nothing glomb"!
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impik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 01:58 AM
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41. You're an idiot. How's that?
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Clintonista2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 08:17 AM
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17. I don't think "announced his intention to..." counts as an accomplishment
Just sayin...
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 08:37 AM
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19. 'Announcements' are not accomplishments
This list made possible only by a DEMOCRAT.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 10:09 AM
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21. The 8 year list will be much miuch longer...they will add his face to
Mt Rushmore
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 12:59 PM
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25. "they" being bankers and insurance executives...
:eyes:
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impik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 02:00 AM
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42. Did you reach this baseless teabag-talking-point by yourself or do you read it from the FDL memo?
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 10:10 AM
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22. Isn't it way past time this lame-ass list was taken out behind the barn and shot?
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 10:30 AM
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24. why, does it get too much in the way of lying about who he is and what he's done?
:shrug:
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 01:06 PM
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26. You don't seem to have a problem with it.
How's that tissue supply?
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 03:20 PM
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28. Howdy, jgraz! Nice of you to drop by! You know, it seems like along time ago, but
I remember dionysus was the very very first person I ever put on my Ignore list (which has since grown into the hundreds). I've also noticed that there seems to be a direct correlation between people who use the little animated Shrugging Man thing in their posts and people who end up on my Ignore list. How 'bout that.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 03:21 PM
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29. Oops... I use the shrugging dude all the time
:shrug: <- See?
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 03:49 PM
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30. Well, if YOU use it, that's different.
Edited on Tue Apr-13-10 03:49 PM by salguine
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 10:28 AM
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23. Dems should put this out on fliers to every household and give it to CNN
but CNN would probably burn it
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 06:15 PM
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36. Ensured that accountability and the rule of law would no longer be representative of America
despite having taught classes in Constitutional law.

Missed that one, eh Prof?
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cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 09:26 PM
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38. 90 "accomplishments" credited to President Obama, and NOT ONE mention of Congress. Not one.
However, if I ask where's the repeal of DADT on that list? I get "but but but, that's a law and repealing it is Congress' job!

Too funny.
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AmericaIsGreat Donating Member (611 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 10:58 PM
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39. Doing a lot for NASA and creating 4500-5500 jobs
Obama plan

Plus, billions for NASA's Earth Science Division (60 percent bigger budget) to study climate change, among many other things.
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TomCADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 12:48 AM
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40. Where's the nuclear treaty with Russia?
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