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Social issues facts:

March 17, 1999:
A panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS.

October 14, 2004:
The Treasury Department announced that the federal deficit had surged to a record $413 billion in fiscal 2004.

August 29, 2005:
Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La; the resulting floods devastated the city of New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died.

July 19, 2006:
President Bush issued his first presidential veto, rejecting a bill that could have multiplied federal money for embryonic stem-cell research.

September 20, 2008:
The Bush administration asked Congress for the power to buy $700 billion in toxic assets clogging the financial system and threatening the economy as negotiations began on the largest bailout since the Great Depression. ...September 28, 2008: President George W. Bush urged Congress to pass a $700 billion rescue plan for beleaguered financial companies, saying in a written statement, "Without this rescue plan, the costs to the American economy could be disastrous."

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