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    Congress and Civil War Peace Terms

    Gregory Downs talked about the role of Congress following the end of the Civil War. Professor downs said that when Congress met in December of 1865, occupation of the South, resignation of wartime powers, and transition to peace gave rise to tensions between Republican and Democratic members of both houses. 

    “The Problem of Peace: Congress Debates the Ends and Endpoints of the Civil Wart” was part of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society 2014 Spring Conference “A Just and Lasting Peace: Ending the Civil War", held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. It was the eleventh symposium in the series, "The National Capitol in a Nation Divided: Congress and the District of Columbia Confront Sectionalism and Slavery.”

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    Nebraska State of the State Address

    Governor Dave Heineman (R) gave the annual state of the state address from the State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska. His major topic was a call to lower taxes and increase tax-home pay for middle class families. He also spoke about changes to rules concerning prison incarceration and his opposition to expanding the Medicaid program.

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