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Sylvia Wallace: A Woman Ahead of her Time

Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:31 PM
February 18, 2017, is the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Sylvia Wallace, my mother, a woman who was ahead of her time.
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The Myth of Widespread Voter Fraud

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United States Ambassador to Guatemala: Who Is Luis Arreaga?

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CEO of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak): Who Is Richard H. Anderson?

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