Historical Political Events for February 5

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Year Event
1937 Not happy with the lack of Supreme Court approval for some of his measures that tend to stretch the Constitution a bit, President Roosevelt (D) looks for a way to stack the Court by adding 6 more justices.
1976 The U.S. Railroad Revitalization and Reform Bill is signed, providing $6.4 billion to revitalize the nation's railroads. (from The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1988 A federal grand jury in Miami issues an indictment against Panamanian General Manuel Noriega for drug trafficking. Noriega had allowed the Medellin cartel to launder money and build cocaine laboratories in Panama.
1993 The BATF of Waco fame, destroyed the home of Janice Hart, a Portland, Oregon black woman, and terrorized her children for several hours in a case of mistaken identity (they blame it on bad information supplied by a paid informant).
1993 Family and Medical Leave Act - the first major legislation passed by the 103rd Congress. It permits some workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in any 12-month period for the birth or adoption of a child.
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Quote of
the Day
The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
    — John Swinton, the Chief of Staff for the New York Times, 1953
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