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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Grand Theft

(Fox News) - A 29-year veteran employee with New York State's Department of Education has been arrested for allegedly stealing hundreds of historic documents from state archives and selling many of them on eBay.

Police say Daniel Lorello stole some very famous items — such as a letter written in 1823 by vice president John Calhoun — and copies of the "Davy Crockett Almanacs." Lorello apparently did not take such other treasures as the state's original first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation or a complete set of autographs from the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Lorello has pleaded not guilty to charges of grand larceny, possession of stolen property and fraud. But the attorney general's office has released a written confession made earlier. Authorities say Lorello did it — to pay off his daughter's $10,000 credit card debt.


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