The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA), Pub.L. 108-458, 118 Stat. 3638, enacted December 17, 2004, is a 236-page Act of Congress, signed by President George W. Bush, that broadly affects United States federal terrorism laws. In juxtaposition with the single-subject rule, the act is composed of several separate titles with varying subject issues.

St. Louis

St. Louis

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St. Louis
—  Independent city  —
City of St. Louis

From top left: Forest Park Jewel BoxMetroLink (St. Louis) atLambert – St. Louis International AirportApotheosis of St. Louisat the St. Louis Art MuseumGateway Arch and the St. Louis skyline, Busch Stadium, and the St. Louis Zoo


Nickname(s): Rome of the West, STL, Gateway to the West,[1] Mound City[2][3]

Location in the State of Missouri

Coordinates: 38°37′38″N 90°11′52″WCoordinates

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38°37′38″N 90°11′52″W

Country United States
State Missouri
County Independent city
Metro Greater St. Louis
Founded 1764
Incorporated 1822
 • Type Mayor–council government
 • Mayor Francis G. Slay (D)
 • Independent city 171.3 km2 (66.2 sq mi)
 • Land 160.4 km2 (61.9 sq mi)
 • Water 11.0 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 142 m (466 ft)
Population (2011)[5]
 • Independent city 318,069
 • Rank 58th
 • Density 1,864/km2 (4,804.7/sq mi)
 • Metro 2,812,896 (18th)
Demonym St. Louisan
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)
Area code(s) 314636

St. Louis /snt ˈlɪs/ (French: Saint-Louis or St-Louis[sɛ̃ lwi] ( listen)) is an independent city[6] on the eastern border ofMissouri, United States, and it is the second-largest city in the state. With a population of 318,069 in July 2011,[5] it was the 58th-largest U.S. city at the 2010 U.S. Census. The Greater St. Louis combined statistical area (CSA) population of 2,882,932 is the 15th-largest in the country and is the largest in Missouri.

The city of St. Louis was founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclède andAuguste Chouteau, and after the Louisiana Purchase, it became a major port on the Mississippi River. Its population expanded after the American Civil War, and it became the fourth-largest city in the United States in the late 19th century. It seceded from St. Louis County in March 1877, allowing it to become an independent city and limiting its political boundaries. In 1904, it hosted the 1904 World’s Fair and the 1904 Olympic Games. The city’s population peaked in 1950, then began a long decline that continues in the 21st century.

The economy of St. Louis relies on service, manufacturing, trade, transportation of goods, and tourism. The region is home to several major corporations: Express ScriptsEnterprise Rent-A-CarGraybar ElectricScottradeSigma-AldrichAnheuser-Busch,Edward Jones InvestmentsEmerson ElectricEnergizer, andMonsanto. St. Louis is home to three professional sports teams: the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful Major League Baseball clubs; the hockey St. Louis Blues, and the football St. Louis Rams. The city is commonly identified with the Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial indowntown St. Louis

Harry S Truman

Harry S Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953). The final running mate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, Truman succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945, when Roosevelt died after months of declining health. Under Truman, a Democrat, the U.S. successfully concluded World War II; in the aftermath of the conflict, tensions with the Soviet Union increased, the start of the Cold War.
Truman was born in Missouri, and spent most of his youth as a farmer. During World War I, Truman served in combat in France as an artillery officer in his National Guard unit. After the war, he joined the Democratic Party political machine of Tom Pendergast in Kansas City, Missouri. He was elected a county official and in 1934 U.S. senator. He gained national prominence as head of the wartime Truman Committee, which exposed waste, fraud and corruption in wartime contracts.
Truman’s presidency was a turning point in foreign affairs, as the nation supported an internationalist foreign policy, in conjunction with European allies. Germany surrendered a few weeks after Truman took office, but the war with Japan was expected to last another year or more. Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan led to a speedy end of the war but remains controversial. Working closely with Congress, Truman assisted in the founding of the United Nations, issued the Truman Doctrine to contain communism, and passed the $12 billion Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe. Wartime alliance with the Soviet Union became peacetime opposition, and the Cold War began. He oversaw the Berlin Airlift in 1948 and the creation of NATO in 1949. When communist North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, he immediately sent in U.S. troops and gained UN approval for the Korean War. After initial success, the UN forces were thrown back by Chinese intervention and the conflict was stalemated through the final years of Truman’s presidency.
Corruption in Truman’s administration, which was linked to certain members in the cabinet and senior White House staff, was a central issue in the 1952 presidential campaign which Adlai Stevenson, Truman’s successor as Democratic nominee, lost to Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower. Popular and scholarly assessments of his presidency were initially negative, but eventually became more positive after his retirement from politics. Truman’s 1948 election upset for his full term as president is routinely invoked by underdog candidates.

The Room of My Life by Anne Sexton

The Room of My Life
by Anne Sexton

in the room of my life
the objects keep changing.
Ashtrays to cry into,
the suffering brother of the wood walls,
the forty-eight keys of the typewriter
each an eyeball that is never shut,
the books, each a contestant in a beauty contest,
the black chair, a dog coffin made of Naugahyde,
the sockets on the wall
waiting like a cave of bees,
the gold rug
a conversation of heels and toes,
the fireplace
a knife waiting for someone to pick it up,
the sofa, exhausted with the exertion of a whore,
the phone
two flowers taking root in its crotch,
the doors
opening and closing like sea clams,
the lights
poking at me,
lighting up both the soil and the laugh.
The windows,
the starving windows
that drive the trees like nails into my heart.
Each day I feed the world out there
although birds explode
right and left.
I feed the world in here too,
offering the desk puppy biscuits.
However, nothing is just what it seems to be.
My objects dream and wear new costumes,
compelled to, it seems, by all the words in my hands
and the sea that bangs in my throat.