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Plenty claim to be Uncle Sam, but few can prove the lineage

An upstate N.Y. butcher known as Uncle Sam is considered the inspiration for the national symbol.

‘One of the surprising things was that the family had this patriotism running through them.’

After lobbying by New Yorkers, Congress officially anointed Samuel ‘Uncle Sam’ Wilson in 1961.

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Obama’s counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism

American officials touted the recent death of the leader of a Yemeni terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida as a big victory. But does the demise of another senior extremist, the latest in a long line to be taken off the battlefield, make the United States and its allies any safer?

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