"The situation in which I now stand for the last time, in the midst of the representatives of the people of the United States, naturally recalls the period when the administration of the present form of government commenced, and I can not omit the occasion to congratulate you and my country on the success of the experiment, nor to repeat my fervent supplications to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe and Sovereign Arbiter of Nations that His providential care may still be extended to the United States, that the virtue and happiness of the people may be preserved, and that the Government which they have instituted for the protection of their liberties may be perpetual."
.. Washington's final annual message to congress - december 7, 1796
I really enjoyed the HBO Series Big Little Lies : fantastic story, writing and acting, and while I do wish it had been set in the original Sydney, the transplanted Monterey location was admittedly a great fit. The series also has an amazing soundtrack, including an eminently re-listenable title track . In fact, one of the best things about the series was being introduced to the music of Michael Kiwanuka. It's a unique mix of Philadelphia soul, heavy on the choir, and with an infusion of disco strings. The title track from the album, Love and Hate, is on heavy rotation in my playlists now.
On 3 December 2004, Ukraine's Supreme Court finally broke the political deadlock. The court decided that due to the scale of the electoral fraud it became impossible to establish the election results. Therefore, it invalidated the official results that would have given Yanukovych the presidency. As a resolution, the court ordered a revote of the run-off to be held on 26 December 2004.  This decision was seen as a victory for the Yushchenko camp while Yanukovych and his supporters favoured a rerun of the entire election rather than just the run-off, as a second-best option if Yanukovych was not awarded the presidency. On 8 December 2004 the parliament amended laws to provide a legal framework for the new round of elections. The parliament also approved the changes to the Constitution , implementing a political reform backed by outgoing President Kuchma as a part of a political compromise between the acting authorities and opposition.