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When a Robot Signs a BillBy Brian Resnick
Yesterday, the president was in Hawaii but the recently passed fiscal-cliff deal was in Washington. How could the presidential signature be affixed to the bill to make it law? Obama signed it via a robot, the autopen.Here’s a brief history of the gadget. (Did you know Thomas Jefferson was the first president to use it?)

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When a Robot Signs a Bill

By Brian Resnick

Yesterday, the president was in Hawaii but the recently passed fiscal-cliff deal was in Washington. How could the presidential signature be affixed to the bill to make it law? Obama signed it via a robot, the autopen.

Here’s a brief history of the gadget. (Did you know Thomas Jefferson was the first president to use it?)

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