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  • Helen Thomas dead at 92

    07/20/2013 10:03:07 AM PDT · by jonascord · 79 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/20/13 10:20 AM EDT | PATRICK GAVIN
    Helen Thomas, a longtime White House journalist whose career covering ten presidents once earned the nickname the Dean of the White House Press Corps, died Saturday at 92, the Associated Press confirmed.
  • Helen Thomas, trailblazing reporter, dead at 92

    07/20/2013 6:53:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 228 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/20/2013
    Helen Thomas, whose career covering the White House dated back to the Kennedy administration, died on Saturday at the age of 92, the Gridiron Club announced in an email to members on Saturday. Thomas was the the first woman to join the White House Correspondents' Association, and the first woman to serve as its president. She was also the first female member of the Gridiron Club, Washington's historic press group. Present at the press briefings of ten consecutive presidential administrations, Thomas's career in journalism ended in 2010 after controversial remarks she made about Israeli Jews were caught on camera. "Former...
  • Dutch official: Save H20, pee in shower

    01/09/2013 11:27:10 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 91 replies
    upi.com ^ | Jan. 9, 2013 | AA EN HUNZE
    A local government official in the Netherlands is recommending people save money and resources by peeing in the shower. Bert Wassink, a council member in the Drenthe municipality of Aa en Hunze, said residents can reduce water consumption by combining shower time with toilet time, DutchNews.nl reported Wednesday. Wassink made his comments as part of the council's 2013 sustainability initiative, which has saving water as one of its focal points. The official said peeing in the shower "saves lots of clean water and is good for the environment." "If you combine showers and peeing, you save a lot of water...
  • UPI Poll: Romney has 3-point lead

    10/16/2012 10:50:10 AM PDT · by The G Man · 13 replies
    Forty-nine percent of likely voters said they would vote for Romney and 46 percent said they favored Obama, results of the UPI-CVoter poll indicated. For the first time since UPI/C-Voter began polling for the 2012 election cycle, Obama's approval and disapproval rating were the same: 48 percent. Until this latest poll, approval ratings by registered voters were higher than his disapproval ratings for Obama's performance as president. Registered voters also took Obama to task when asked to rank his performance on a scale of zero to 10, with zero being the worst and 10 the best. Voters judged Obama at...
  • Palin's second book selling more slowly (Only #2 on the NYT Bestseller List)

    12/10/2010 9:05:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    United Press International ^ | December 10, 2010
    Sarah Palin's new book, "America by Heart," has logged unimpressive sales numbers, publishing sources say. Even so, the memoir, which went on sale in November, holds second place on the New York Times bestseller list, The Washington Post reported. Palin's first book, "Going Rogue," was released one year ago and became the second-fastest selling political book in history. It went into a second printing three days after its release and went on to sell 2.2 million hardcover copies. "America by Heart" (subtitled "Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag") had an initial press run of 1 million copies, suggesting its publisher,...
  • Unification Church will put Washington Times up for sale

    05/01/2010 1:50:14 PM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 41 replies · 1,233+ views
    Washington Times executives are negotiating to sell the newspaper, after the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's family cut off most of the annual subsidy of about $35 million that has kept the Unification Church-backed paper afloat, company officials said. Nicholas Chiaia, a member of the paper's two-man board of directors and president of the church-supported United Press International wire service, confirmed that the paper is actively on the market: "We recently entered into discussions with a number of parties interested in either purchasing or partnering with the Washington Times," he said in a statement to The Washington Post. Current and former...
  • Iran builds navy to hold vital strait

    12/03/2009 4:16:33 PM PST · by Flavius · 9 replies · 628+ views
    upi ^ | 12/3/09 | upi
    As tensions with Iran rise again, the Islamic Republic is reported to be expanding its naval power in the oil-rich Gulf and the Arabian Sea to be able to command the chokepoint Strait of Hormuz, the only way in or out of the Gulf.

    05/17/2003 6:17:30 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 127 replies · 6,376+ views
    GlobeIntel and GordonThomas.ie ^ | 5/15/2003 | Gordon Thomas
    MOSSAD'S KILLING MACHINE COMES TO BRITAIN A killing war between Israel's Mossad and Islamic fanatics came closer this weekend in Britain. The Israeli intelligence agency has sent four members of its kidon assassination squad to this country, to join fifteen other handpicked katsas, its relentless field agents. Their brief is to "disable" any of the "close to 50" British Muslims that the extremist Islamic group, Al-Muhajiroun, last week boasted were ready to carry out suicide missions similar to the one in Tel Aviv. Al-Muhajiroun spokesman, Asif Butt, said the 50 were "primed and ready to go". The threat was sufficient...
  • U.K. actress Lucy Gordon found hanged

    05/21/2009 5:46:40 PM PDT · by Flavius · 53 replies · 4,822+ views
    upi ^ | 5/21/09 | upi
    British actress and model Lucy Gordon has been found dead of an apparent suicide in her Paris apartment, police sources in the French capital said. She was 28.
  • Peres threatens action against Iran

    04/12/2009 9:30:33 AM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 391+ views
    upi ^ | 4/12/09 | upi
    Israeli President Shimon Peres Sunday threatened to strike Iran if the Islamic republic fails to halt its nuclear program. Peres, in an interview with Kol Hai Radio, urged Iranian President Mahmoud Admadinejad to enter into talks proposed by U.S. President Barack Obama. If Admadinejad ultimately fails to soften his nuclear stance, "we'll strike him," Peres said Sunday.
  • Report: Airstrike exposes Iran arms chain

    03/26/2009 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 625+ views
    upi ^ | 3/25/09 | upi
    PORT SUDAN, Sudan, March 26 (UPI) -- An Israeli airstrike on a weapons-laden convoy in Sudan affirms arguments Iran is secretly supplying arms for Hamas fighters in Gaza, analysts said. The January airstrike in the desert northwest of Port Sudan, which Israel refuses to comment on, reportedly killed 39 people riding in 17 trucks.
  • Scientists consider geo-engineering

    03/15/2009 7:06:49 PM PDT · by Flavius · 17 replies · 523+ views
    upi ^ | 3/15/09 | upi
    British scientists say they are looking for ways to reduce global temperatures and curb greenhouse emissions through geo-engineering. Researchers are looking into the feasibility of using artificial trees to absorb carbon dioxide or reflect sunlight away from Earth, the Times of London reported Sunday. The Royal Society, Britain's national academy of science, is preparing a report on the subject, the newspaper said.
  • UPI 'Conveniently' Neglects Party Label Mention of Indicted Puerto Rico Governor

    12/30/2008 8:00:57 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies · 393+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 30, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Once again we have a politician who is indicted on corruption charges and once again we have a news organization who "conveniently" neglects to mention his party label. You will look in vain for the party name of Puerto Rico Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila in this United Press International report: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Dec 29, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Puerto Rico's governor, indicted on corruption charges, posted a video on the popular social networking site Facebook admitting to making mistakes.
  • Violent illegal immigrants released

    11/16/2008 5:02:11 PM PST · by Flavius · 18 replies · 685+ views
    UPI ^ | 11/16/08 | UPI
    Immigration officials have allowed violent criminals to leave the Houston jail despite being told they were illegal immigrants, an investigation found. The Houston Chronicle reported Sunday that records shows Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials didn't file the necessary paperwork to detain about 75 percent of the more than 3,500 inmates who told jailers during the booking process that they were in the U.S. illegally.
  • Washington mulls sending envoys to Iran

    06/24/2008 6:52:52 PM PDT · by Flavius · 11 replies · 54+ views
    upi ^ | 6/24/08 | upi
    The U.S. government is considering sending envoys to Iran for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution to boost contact between the two nations. The U.S. State Department was considering opening a so-called interests section in Tehran to handle such issues as visa processing and other consular services, Financial Times reported Tuesday.
  • Polls: Liberals, Bloc Slip (Good News For Conservatives In Quebec Alert)

    03/30/2008 10:57:30 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 1 replies · 326+ views
    UPI.com ^ | 3/30/2008 | UPI
    MONTREAL, March 30 (UPI) -- A poll in Quebec is bad news for both the nationalist Bloc Quebecois and the Liberal Party. The Conservative Party, now the governing group in Canada, has gained at the expense of the other two, CTV reported. Support for the Bloc has dropped to 30 percent, the CROP poll found, while the Conservatives are now at 29 percent. Liberals are down to 20 percent, and the New Democratic Party is at 15 percent. Among Francophones, about 85 percent of the population of Quebec, support for the Bloc is at 35 percent, for the Conservatives at...
  • Russian general calls Americans 'evil'

    11/14/2007 3:49:13 AM PST · by Flavius · 28 replies · 39+ views
    upi ^ | 11/14/07 | upi
    MOSCOW, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Russia's top military commander said Tuesday his country has no obligation to defend other countries against "the evil Americans." "Today, there is no need to be afraid of the Russian armed forces," said Russian army Gen. Yury Baluyevsky. "However, I do not believe that the Russian military is obliged to defend the world from the evil Americans."
  • Outside View: Are we safer yet?

    10/06/2007 7:03:58 AM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 18 replies · 287+ views
    UPI Outside View Commentator ^ | Published: Oct. 5, 2007 at 4:01 PM | By CHARLES V. PENA
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- More than six years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, America is a country with more physical security to defend against terrorism. Much of that has been focused on preventing hijackings so that airplanes cannot be used as missiles as they were on Sept. 11. Most recently, Department of Homeland Security officials announced that remote-control toys may be subject to additional security screening because the government is aware that remote control toys can be used to initiate devices used in terrorist attacks. Buildings have also been...
  • U.S. to help China reduce greenhouse gases

    08/01/2007 6:01:31 PM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 209+ views
    upi ^ | 7/10/07 | upi
    CHICAGO, July 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in China and elsewhere around the world. The EPA, along with the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday to collaborate on international sustainable development projects. The initial focus will be on China, where the EPA and the council will collaborate with the China Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Chinese State Environmental Protection Agency in three areas:
  • Joint Chiefs nominee wary of Iran

    07/31/2007 6:45:29 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 255+ views
    upi ^ | 7/31/07 | upi
    WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman-nominee Adm. Michael Mullen told his confirmation hearing in Washington Tuesday he is increasingly perturbed about Iran. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mullen, who would replace Marine Gen. Peter Pace, warned strife in the Arab and Islamic worlds "bear directly on the safety of the United States." "I'm especially concerned about the increasingly hostile role played by Iran," Mullen said. "I support diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's destabilizing behavior and hope their leaders will choose to act responsibly, but I find their support for terrorism and their nuclear ambitions...
  • UPI Staff Cuts Include White House Correspondent

    07/11/2007 5:01:29 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 8 replies · 540+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | 7/11/07 | Joe Strupp
    NEW YORK United Press International is cutting 11 positions from its Washington, D.C., bureau, including its lone White House correspondent, Richard Tomkins. The move marks the first time in its history that UPI will have no one on that beat. "I have been expecting it for some time," said Tomkins, a seven-year UPI veteran who has covered the White House since 2003. "The company is not doing well. For the first time in UPI history, there is no White House correspondent." Tomkins, 61, also served as UPI's lead reporter during the 2003 Iraq invasion. He said he will leave his...
  • Iraqis to U.S. Congress: Back off oil law

    06/09/2007 8:36:08 PM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 797+ views
    upi ^ | 6/8/07 | upi
    WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- Iraqi union leaders met with a U.S. congressman they say is their biggest friend in Washington, urging a united front against Iraq's draft oil law. "We believe this is a new invasion of our economy and especially to take over our oil fields," Umara told Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, in a private meeting Thursday in the congressman's inner office, which UPI was allowed to attend. Kucinich is a presidential candidate and Congress' most vocal war opponent.
  • UPI Poll: Attack On US 'Likely'

    04/26/2007 7:27:24 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 443+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-26-2007
    UPI Poll: Attack on U.S. 'likely' WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- Some 80 percent of UPI-Zogby International poll participants said a deadly terrorist attack on the United States is "likely" within five years. Some 79.2 percent of those asked said it was either "very likely" (42.5 percent) or "somewhat likely" (36.7 percent) there would be a terrorist attack in the next five years that will claim U.S. lives within the country's borders. Some 10.5 percent of participants said such an event is "somewhat unlikely" and 3.1 percent found such a scenario "very unlikely." The opinions are only slightly better in...
  • UPI's Pamela Hess--lets her slip show

    03/09/2007 6:23:31 AM PST · by rodguy911 · 15 replies · 2,672+ views
    C-Span ^ | 3/9/07 | Rodguy911
    C-Span's Brian Lamb had UPI war correspondent Pamela Hess on as his Friday "close the show guest". The interview lasted some time, she took calls and I got to see about half of it.
  • UPI Poll: Character counts in election

    11/02/2006 10:56:37 AM PST · by Waryone · 8 replies · 347+ views
    United Press International ^ | November 2, 2006 | UPI
    UPI Poll: Character counts in election WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The "values, morals and character" of a candidate top the pre-election selection process of participants in a UPI-Zogby International poll. The 8,086 likely U.S. voters who participated in a Zogby interactive poll were asked to select two areas of consideration as they prepare for Tuesday's election in the United States. The option "their values, morals and character" topped the results with 42.6 percent of those asked giving that response. That choice was first among Republican respondents -- 63.2 percent choose it -- and self-described independents, 39.2 percent of whom...
  • Networking: Syndicated online content

    06/20/2006 8:25:19 AM PDT · by 2Jim_Brown · 1 replies · 175+ views
    UPI ^ | June 19, 2006 | UPI
    CHICAGO, June 19 (UPI) -- The cost of online content continues to climb, but Internet retailers are not paying the full price for producing it, sources are telling United Press International's Networking column. Rather, they are getting it wholesale, acquiring "syndicated" Web content, produced by product manufacturers, like Estee Lauder, Sony, Palm and others, and customizing and integrating it on to their own sites, with just one line of HTML code. The content includes not only product descriptions -- as in a catalog -- but also interactive demos, buying guides and educational content. By Gene Koprowski http://www.upi.com/Hi-Tech/view.php?StoryID=20060619-084736-7451r
  • Sex traffic thrives in lawless Iraq

    04/24/2006 11:51:53 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 49 replies · 1,683+ views
    UPI ^ | 4/24/6
    Sex trafficking, almost non-existent under Saddam Hussein, reportedly has resurfaced in Iraq, where an estimated 2,000 women have gone missing since 2003. The collapse of law and order and the absence of a stable government have allowed criminal gangs, alongside terrorists, to run amok, Time magazine reports. Meanwhile, some aid workers say, bureaucrats in the ministries have either paralyzed with red tape or frozen the assets of charities that might have provided refuge for the girls. The U.S. State Department's June 2005 trafficking report says the extent of the problem in Iraq is "difficult to appropriately gauge" but cites an...
  • Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy Had Racial Covenants

    01/12/2006 6:13:29 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies · 2,320+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006
    Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy Had Racial Covenants It's particularly ironic that Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee would try to smear Samuel Alito as racist for his 1980s membership in a Princeton organization that was against affirmative action - especially given the backgrounds of Alito's leading critics on the Committee. In fact, Senators Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden have some significant exposure of their own on the racial sensitivity front, given the fact that both their families owned homes that were restricted by "racial covenants" from being sold to blacks, Jews or other minorities. The startling news emerged in 1986,...
  • 'Book of Daniel' has ad shortfall

    01/11/2006 11:25:32 PM PST · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 18 replies · 886+ views
    UPI ^ | Jan. 11, 2006 | Marci Persky
    (UPI) NBC's controversial new series, "The Book of Daniel," had just 23 commercials spanning 12.5 minutes during its two-hour premiere, it was reported Wednesday. The number adds up to about half the usual commercial load for two hours in primetime, MediaWeek reported. Conservative and religious groups mounted a vigorous attack against the series starring Aidan Quinn as a priest addicted to prescription drugs -- and struggling with an alcoholic wife, gay son and brother -- who embezzles funds from the church. Quinn's character is seen having conversations with a modern "Jesus" figure, who only he can see. Five NBC affiliates...
  • '05 Proving To Be Worst Newspaper Year Since Recession

    10/31/2005 7:00:41 PM PST · by HangnJudge · 75 replies · 2,149+ views
    Media Daily News ^ | 10-31-05 | Ross Fadner
    IT'S OFFICIAL: 2005 WILL BE the newspaper industry's worst year since the last ad industry recession. And things aren't looking much better for next year either, according to a top Wall Street firm's report on newspaper publishing. "Sadly, 2005 is shaping up as the industry's worst year from a revenue growth perspective since the recession impacted 2001-2002 period," says the report from Goldman Sachs, adding a warning that meaningful growth in 2006 is "very unlikely."
  • The AP: Never Have So Few Kept So Many in the Dark for So Long

    09/17/2005 12:15:26 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 73 replies · 4,168+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 17 September 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    With the all-but-corporate death of the UPI, the AP is the main American source for news in the United States. Associated Press articles are mindlessly quoted by newspapers across the nation. Many local radio and TV stations rip and read either directly from the AP, or indirectly from local newspapers which use the AP. Therefore, its reprehensible that the AP, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit, has not found out that there WAS an Evacuation Plan for New Orleans and southern Louisiana which was not followed. The Plan is on the Internet and available to anyone who can push a...
  • Say It Isnt So, Dickie Boy

    06/17/2005 5:24:13 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 78 replies · 3,115+ views
    23 June, 2005
    Lets talk about the stupidity of Senators. Senator Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) is our Poster Child. First, there is no known lower limit on the stupidity of an individual Senator. For gross public dumb, its hard to beat a one-term Iowa Senator who went to a local massage parlor to have his ashes hauled. He was dumb enough to pay with a credit card. And dumb to have a staffer who was living in sin with an Iowa reporter. As a result, the credit card slip was published in a paper, and the gentlemans career ended at six years. This...
  • WSJ Book Review: In the Corridors of Power (Reporting From Washington, by Donald A. Ritchie)

    04/12/2005 5:49:39 AM PDT · by OESY · 1 replies · 437+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 12, 2005 | JONATHAN KARL
    My favorite nugget in Donald A. Ritchie's history of the Washington press corps concerns... Walter Duranty, the New York Times Moscow correspondent. According to Mr. Ritchie, whenever Duranty was in Washington, he would set up shop at TASS, the official news service of the Soviet Union. Mr. Ritchie writes: "Sympathetic to the Soviet regime, Duranty felt more comfortable writing at the TASS office than at the Times's bureau, under the frosty gaze of bureau chief Arthur Krock." ...Duranty had won a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for a series of articles remarkable for their uncritical praise of Joseph Stalin as the...
  • UPI's The Peter Principles: Bitter fruit

    02/22/2005 5:41:29 PM PST · by PDR · 11 replies · 572+ views
    United Press International ^ | 2/22/2005 | Peter Roff
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Being an otherwise slow news day, the revelation that a pre-presidential George W. Bush had been caught on tape got a lot of attention. Bush, then the governor of Texas, was surreptitiously recorded talking about life, faith and his strategy for a possible 2000 presidential campaign. In the excerpts cited by The New York Times, Bush also talks about drugs, saying, "I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried." This statement has been taken as confirmation Bush once used illegal drugs, something the...
  • Byrd name may hit end of the road in W.Va.

    02/22/2005 5:35:00 PM PST · by PDR · 28 replies · 1,064+ views
    United Press International ^ | Feb. 19, 2005 | UPI
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Four members of the West Virginia Legislature have proposed a moratorium on the naming of highways and other things for Democrat U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd. A bill currently before West Virginia House would prohibit the naming of any government-owned facility for a living elected official, the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail reported. "This is not to attack a political party; it's not retribution," GOP Del. Linda Sumner, one of the four co-sponsors said. "I think it's a good bill, especially at this time when we're talking about ethics." First elected 1952, Byrd has brought billions...
  • Virginia Lt. Gov. Kaine: Tax hikes on the table

    02/22/2005 5:33:13 PM PST · by PDR · 17 replies · 430+ views
    United Press International ^ | Feb. 22, 2005 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Virginia Democrat Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine said the need to find a long-term solution to the state's transportation problems means tax increases are on the table. It will be "very, very hard," Kaine said in an interview published Tuesday in the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, to address highway and mass-transit needs without considering additional taxes. Transportation will be "the big thing to tackle" over the next four years, the Democrats' likely 2005 gubernatorial nominee said. Legislators in both parties say the need for new highway projects in rapidly growing parts of the state has strained Virginia's...
  • Search engine is cash engine for Democrats

    02/14/2005 1:05:43 PM PST · by PDR · 167 replies · 3,502+ views
    UPI ^ | February 14, 2005 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Employees of U.S.-based search engine Google gave $207,650 to federal candidates for the 2004 elections -- virtually all of it to Democrats. A USA Today analysis published Monday indicated 98 percent of the money went to Democrats, the most-lopsided giving of any of the top tech company donors. Microsoft was the biggest tech donor, with its political action committee contributing $3.1 million last year, 60 percent to Democrats. Overall, 53 percent of high-tech industry contributions went to Democrats, said the liberal Center for Responsive Politics, a group that tracks campaign spending and contributions. Republicans must...
  • D'Iberville, Miss., mayor switches to GOP

    02/14/2005 1:04:14 PM PST · by PDR · 46 replies · 992+ views
    UPI ^ | February 14, 2005 | UPI
    JACKSON, Miss., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Mayor Rusty Quave of D'Iberville, Miss., switched his party affiliation Monday to Republican. With Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour at his side, Quave said he was honored to have found a proper home for his views. "I have served the citizens of D'Iberville as mayor for the past 12 years with a conservative attitude and strong emphasis on economic development and quality of life," Quave said. Quave's decision comes just days after members of the Democratic National Committee elected former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean to be the party's national chairman. The number of Mississippi's Republican...
  • UPI's White House Watch -- Bush winning over Latinos as Democrats bluster impotently

    02/05/2005 4:15:00 PM PST · by PDR · 16 replies · 974+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/4/2005 | Peter Roff
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- By a vote of 60 to 36 the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to give President George W. Bush a major victory in his campaign to win the nation's Latino population over to the GOP. What makes that even more significant is the White House didn't have to fight very hard to win. Shortly after John Ashcroft announced he would be leaving, the president named longtime aide Alberto Gonzales to replace Ashcroft, the first Latino to be named attorney general. It is trite and clichd to talk about how Gonzales represents a classic American success story....
  • McCain pushes more restrictions on speech

    02/05/2005 4:10:52 PM PST · by PDR · 17 replies · 589+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/03/2005 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is proposing new limits on campaign contributions to restrict the activities of so-called 527 groups. The 527s raised and spent more than $400 million in the 2004 U.S. elections. The proposed limits, including a $25,000 cap on donations, add on to those championed by McCain and Wisconsin Democrat Sen. Russ Feingold in their 2002 campaign financing law. That law did not, however, restrict the 527s from collecting large sums of money from individual contributors. The backers of the new restrictions said they were determined to stop such spending before the...
  • Rhode Island preserving Potato Head plates

    02/05/2005 4:08:43 PM PST · by PDR · 1 replies · 307+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/03/2005 | UPI
    PAWTUCKET, R.I., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Mr. Potato Head seems poised to become a permanent part of Rhode Island's license plate lore, the Pawtucket (R.I.) Times said Thursday. The toy tuber with the changeable face, born at Pawtucket's Hasbro Inc., made what was supposed to be a cameo appearance on Rhode Island license plates two years ago as a fundraiser for the Rhode Island Food Bank. For each of the 1,364 plates sold, the food bank received $20 of the $40 charged, for a total of $29,280. The law authorizing the production of the Potato Head plates mandated they cease...
  • Republicans ask stations to pull Moveon ad

    02/05/2005 4:05:57 PM PST · by PDR · 4 replies · 368+ views
    United Press International ^ | February 4, 2005 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The Republican National Committee asked U.S. broadcasters Friday not to air an ad it said falsly attacks the president's Social Security reform plan. The ad, paid for by the liberal MoveOn.org, which opposes any change to the current system, refers to "George Bush's planned Social Security benefit cuts of up to 46 percent to pay for private accounts." That statement, RNC Deputy Counsel Michael Bayes said in a letter to station managers, is wrong. "President Bush has repeatedly emphasized that his proposal does not include any cut in current benefits," Bayes said. MoveOn.org and groups...
  • Political fur flies over Marine One deal

    02/01/2005 7:52:16 AM PST · by PDR · 27 replies · 1,075+ views
    United Press International ^ | January 31, 2005 | Peter Roff
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- On Capitol Hill, reaction to the announcement that a Lockheed Martin-led international consortium had won the contract for the design and construction of the next generation of U.S. presidential helicopters was mixed. Some folks cared; others didn't. Welcome to life in 21st-century Washington, where diplomatic concerns, the demands of the global marketplace and plain, old-fashioned political pressure and pork barrel regularly collide. "The $6.1 billion contract -- $3.6 billion for the fleet of 23 helicopters and the rest for research and development -- is far from the Pentagon's largest," the New York Times reported Monday,...
  • Brownback looks at '08 GOP nomination

    01/31/2005 2:15:40 PM PST · by PDR · 10 replies · 405+ views
    United Press International ^ | January 31, 2005 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, who has a strong following among U.S. social conservatives, is mulling a run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. Since joining the Senate in 1996, Brownback has devoted much of his time and attention to conservative social issues, like the enslavement of Christians in Africa, while leaving it to others to lead on economic matters. One of several conservative Republican senators considering a 2008 presidential run, none -- including Virginia's George Allen and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. -- has carried the flag for cultural conservatives as unapologetically as Brownback...
  • NAACP refuses to comply with the IRS

    01/31/2005 2:05:11 PM PST · by PDR · 57 replies · 2,110+ views
    United Press International ^ | January 31, 2005 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The NAACP is refusing to give the U.S. Internal Revenue Service documents the agency requested in an investigation into alleged improper political activity. The group, the nation's largest civil rights organization, told the IRS it believes the investigation is politically motivated and, in a letter Friday, cited what it claims is evidence the investigation resulted from pre-election political pressure. The IRS notified the NAACP of the investigation Oct. 8, USA Today reported Monday. The group's federal tax-exempt status came under review after NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond, a former Georgia Democratic state legislator, attacked President...
  • House Democrats to draw up faith agenda

    01/31/2005 2:03:07 PM PST · by PDR · 80 replies · 1,351+ views
    United Press International ^ | JANUARY 31, 2005 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wants her party to develop a faith agenda for 2006 to try to reconnect with religious-minded American voters. Pelosi has tapped U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., to lead the effort to recapture faith-based voters who, exit polls indicate, constituted a substantial bloc of votes in the 2004 U.S. elections. Clyburn said he would convene a working group to review party policies and ideas and look at new ways to frame those issues in faith-based terms, Roll Call reported Monday. "Our problem is not our programs," Clyburn added. "It's been...
  • French Government Raises Terror Alert

    01/28/2005 4:53:54 PM PST · by pke · 9 replies · 511+ views
    01/28/05 | Anonymous
    AP and UPI reported that the French Government announced today that it had raised its terror alert level from "RUN" to "HIDE". The only two higher levels in France are "SURRENDER" and "COLLABORATE". The alert was precipitated by the recent fire which destroyed France's only white flag factory, effectively disabling their military.
  • UPI's White House Watch -- White House unprepared for Social Security debate

    01/28/2005 3:34:04 PM PST · by PDR · 6 replies · 338+ views
    United Press International ^ | January 25, 2005 | Peter Roff, UPI Senior Political Analyst
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Though they disagree on when, the experts are in accord that Social Security eventually goes bust. It was originally sold as a retirement insurance program; in reality, it is a direct wealth transfer, with taxes levied on the current generation of working Americans used to fund the checks sent to retirees. Whatever remains subsidizes the operations of the U.S. government in exchange for a series of IOUs. Until George W. Bush, any serious discussion of reform centered on one of two ideas: a) cutting benefits in any one of a number of ways including an...
  • UPI's That's Politics!

    01/27/2005 3:36:58 PM PST · by PDR · 247+ views
    United Press International ^ | January 25, 2005 | Peter Roff
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- It's a Georgia peach of an idea.Politicos in Washington and Atlanta have the cell towers humming over the news that GOP wunderkind Ralph Reed may make a 2006 run for statewide office in Georgia. Reed, who burst on the national scene in the mid-1980s as executive director of the College Republican National Committee, is considered the political brain behind Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition and the march to power of the Georgia GOP, which rolled over the state's Democrat establishment like Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. Friends say his run for lieutenant governor of Georgia in the...
  • Planned Parenthood chief Gloria Feldt quits

    01/27/2005 3:32:11 PM PST · by PDR · 40 replies · 1,021+ views
    United Press International ^ | January 25, 2005 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Gloria Feldt, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, resigned her post unexpectedly Thursday. A statement issued by the organization gave no indication of her future plans or the reason for her sudden departure after eight years as PPFA's president. "We honor Gloria Feldt's contributions to Planned Parenthood and to the global movement for reproductive justice," PPFA Chairman La Don Love said. "Her leadership has resulted in significant achievements for the organization and for women and families worldwide." Karen Pearl, currently the chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, N.Y., will,...