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Obama Aide: Reason, Not Ideology Wanted

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) — President Obama’s top political adviser said Sunday he hoped Republicans learn over the congressional break voters want compromise to restore the economy. David Axelrod, Obama’s chief re-election strategist, told CNN’s “State of the Union” he was disheartened by talk from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, that Republicans, who control the […]

Perry’s Extremism Makes Him ‘unelectable’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s extreme positions make him “unelectable” to the White House, GOP presidential rival Jon Huntsman Jr. said Sunday. “I think when you find yourself at an extreme end of the Republican Party, you make yourself unelectable,” the former Utah governor told ABC’s “This Week.” Perry’s comments […]

‘Help’ Cleans Up At U.S Box Office

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 (UPI) — “The Help,” with Emma Stone and an ensemble cast, took the No. 1 spot at the U.S. box office during the weekend with more than $20.47 million in receipts. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” with James Franco among others, was second with $16.3 million. All studio estimates […]

Obamas Back On The Vacation Trail

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass., Aug. 21 (UPI) — President Obama and the first family enjoyed their holiday on Martha’s Vineyard with some beach time Sunday, the White House media corps reported. The daily pool report said the Obama motorcade of some two dozen vehicles traveled to the island’s South Beach area for a few hours on […]

Biden Displays Hoops Prowess In China

CHENGDU, China, Aug. 21 (UPI) — Vice President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart took in some basketball Sunday during a visit to a school outside Chengdu, the White House said. The school, which was rebuilt after a 2008 earthquake, includes a basketball court donated by the National Basketball Association, and Biden and Vice President […]

N. Korean Leader Tours Russian Power Plant

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Aug. 21 (UPI) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il toured a Russian hydro-electric power plant in eastern Russia Sunday in a run-up to a request for aid, the Korea Times reported. Kim’s communist government is under intense international pressure to abandon its nuclear agenda of using power generation as a means of […]

Seven Dead In Karachi Violence

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug. 21 (UPI) — The deaths of seven people, two of them children, have brought the number of dead by violence in Karachi to 87 in four days, Pakistani officials said. The bodies of two young men were found stuffed in bags in MPR Colony in the town of Orangi, a Karachi suburb, […]

Strauss-Kahn Case Likely Dead, Lawyer Says

NEW YORK, Aug. 21 (UPI) — The lawyer representing the alleged victim in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case in New York says prosecutors want the case dropped. Kenneth P. Thompson, representing the alleged victim, Nafissatou Diallo, said he received a letter from prosecutors calling for a meeting with him and his client Monday in […]

U.N. Rights Team Arrives In Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 21 (UPI) — U.N. human rights observers were deploying Sunday in Syria to report on how the military was responding to anti-government protests. The government of President Bashar Assad is facing mounting international pressure after five months of unrest during which independent rights groups say at least 2,000 protesters have been killed, […]

Ralph Albertazzie, Nixon’s Pilot, Dies

FALLING WATERS, W.Va., Aug. 21 (UPI) — Ralph Albertazzie, who piloted Air Force One when former President Richard Nixon resigned from office, has died at his home in West Virginia, officials said. Albertazzie died at his home in Falling Waters at age 88, said Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg, W. Va., which confirmed his death. […]

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