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The second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump ended up the same as the first -- with an acquittal -- although this time seven Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic caucus instead of just one. Viewed as a geometric progression, it suggests Trump wouldn't survive a third impeachment. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

Speaking of which: Today is a federal holiday, Presidents Day. Once upon a time, this nation celebrated George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22. Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) was added to the mix in the 19th and 20th century, primarily as a state holiday, although not in the Deep South. Making things more generic was a function of The Uniform Holiday Act of 1968, which stipulated that a number of federal holidays would always be marked -- with a day off -- on Mondays. It was passed with Republican and Democratic Party support, backed by organized labor as well as business groups.

The few naysayers were historic purists, and there has never been a critical mass of those. President Lyndon Baines Johnson had a message for them anyway: "Come on, y'all -- think how happy this will make school kids!" I paraphrase, perhaps too liberally. Here is what LBJ actually said upon signing the bill:

"This will mean a great deal to our families and our children. It will enable families who live some distance apart to spend more time together. Americans will be able to travel farther and see more of this beautiful land of ours. They will be able to participate in a wider range of recreational and cultural activities."

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington bureau chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon.

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