Polk as President
James K. Polk was perhaps the most boring person ever elected president,
but he added huge amounts of territory to the U.S. in one term
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When, in 1846 the pro-Whig New York Tribune warned its readers that President Polk was "precipitating you into a fathomless abyss of crime and calamity," it was referring to
(A) his request to Congress for $10 million to fight a war with Mexico after clashes between American and Mexican troops along the Mexico-Texas border
(B) the admission of California to the Union
(C) the Wilmot Proviso
(D) the annexation of Texas
(E) the impending war with Great Britain over Oregon
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