World politics

Friday, January 28

  • George W. Bush seeks 'anonymity'   UPI / 9:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President George W. Bush says he has no plans to stump for votes or campaign funds for Republican candidates.
  • EU envoy: Political uproar threatens Haiti   UPI / 9:14PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The European Union's ambassador to Haiti said reconstruction work there has halted because international aid teams are worried about political violence.
  • Thousands protest on 'Angry Friday'   UPI / 8:05PM
    CAIRO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Protesters set fire to National Democratic Party headquarters in Cairo Friday amid predictions the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would fall.
  • Obama re-election team eyes big donors   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Fundraisers for President Obama are working on repairing relationships with big donors in advance of the 2012 presidential campaign, political insiders say.
  • Romney leads 2012 Michigan GOP poll   UPI / 11:54AM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney, son of former Michigan Gov. George Romney, is the favorite of state Republican voters, a poll indicates.
  • Cameron outlines vision for recovery   UPI / 8:34AM
    DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Jump-starting the European economy will require a shift in direction to address deficits that took time to develop, British Prime Minister David Cameron said.
  • Thursday, January 27

  • Ill. high court OKs Emanuel candidacy   UPI / 7:05PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday reversed an appeals court decision, ruling that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor of Chicago.
  • Rep. Ron Paul mulls Senate bid   UPI / 3:35PM
    DALLAS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Republican Rep. Ron Paul says he is considering a Senate bid, a move analysts say could affect the Texas primary field for those counting on Tea Party support.
  • Wednesday, January 26

  • House votes to end public campaign funding   UPI / 9:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted 239-160 Wednesday to end the decades-long practice of providing public financing for presidential campaigns.
  • Mikati says he is 'consensus' candidate   UPI / 6:05PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Lebanon's prime minister-designate, Najib Mikati, says he will form a government to preserve peaceful coexistence between the nation's Shiite and Sunni Muslims.
  • Karzai inaugurates Parliament   UPI / 5:34PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday inaugurated the new Parliament with a speech claiming "foreign interference" tarnished last year's elections.
  • Romney visits New Jersey's Christie   UPI / 10:44AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a potential Republican presidential hopeful, visited New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie, a GOP rising star, officials said.
  • U.S. offers support in Tunisia elections   UPI / 9:44AM
    TUNIS, Tunisia, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The United States will provide support, if requested, to help Tunisia conduct an election after the ouster of its longtime leader, the State Department said.
  • Obama challenges Congress to work together   UPI / 12:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama called on Republicans and Democrats to unite to revitalize the economy, unleash research and technology and respect education.
  • Tuesday, January 25

  • Fla. investigates GOP House member   UPI / 7:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A member of the Florida delegation to the U.S. House is being investigated for possible financial irregularities, congressional officials confirmed.
  • Study: Women in Congress out-do men   UPI / 7:14PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. congresswomen consistently outperform their male counterparts on several measures of job performance, a study says.
  • Hariri supporters clash with Lebanese army   UPI / 7:05PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Supporters of Lebanon's caretaker prime minister clashed with troops Tuesday during protests of Hezbollah's nomination of a successor to Saad Hariri.
  • Ill. high court orders Emanuel on ballot   UPI / 5:24PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday stayed a lower court order and put Rahm Emanuel's name back on the mayoral ballot for the Feb. 22 election.
  • Lebanon erupts in political protests   UPI / 3:44PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Lebanon's former prime minister Tuesday called the appointment of a Hezbollah-backed replacement a "coup d'etat" as angry protesters took to the streets.
  • Report: Bush WH broke electioneering laws   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Members of former U.S. President George W. Bush's White House improperly conducted political briefings, breaking electioneering laws, a federal report said.
  • Tucson hero to be at State of the Union   UPI / 4:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The intern credited with saving U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' life when she was shot in Tucson will be at the State of the Union address, the White House said.
  • Afghan Parliament opening set   UPI / 12:34AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's Parliament was set to open this week under a deal over a special court's role, the Afghan president's office said.
  • Monday, January 24

  • Thomas: Wife's pay omitted 'inadvertently'   UPI / 9:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Monday acknowledged he made a mistake by failing to disclose his wife's income in financial disclosure forms.
  • Emanuel ordered off Chicago mayoral ballot   UPI / 4:34PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- An Illinois appellate court Monday ruled former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel does not qualify to run for mayor of Chicago.
  • George Allen running for Senate   UPI / 2:44PM
    RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Virginia Republican George Allen announced on the Internet Monday he will seek his old job in the U.S. Senate, the seat held by Democrat James Webb.
  • SEC probes Mass gubernatorial race   UPI / 2:24PM
    BOSTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators are investigating former Massachusetts state Treasurer Timothy Cahill's ties to a Goldman Sachs executive, a source told The Boston Globe.
  • Independents taking second look at Obama   UPI / 11:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama may be back in favor with independent voters who helped elect him, then helped boot House Democrats out of power, polls indicate.
  • Lebanon PM to be picked; U.S. may cut aid   UPI / 3:14AM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Talks on picking a new Lebanese prime minister were to begin Monday amid a report Washington may cut economic ties if a Hezbollah prime minister takes over.
  • Sunday, January 23

  • Silva re-elected president of Portugal   UPI / 8:24PM
    LISBON, Portugal, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva won re-election Sunday to a second five-year term in office, results showed.
  • Central African Republic holds election   UPI / 2:44PM
    BANGUI, Central African Republic, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Voters turned out in large numbers in the Central African Republic Sunday despite long delays and glitches at some polls, local media reported.
  • Saturday, January 22

  • Romney big winner in N.H. straw poll   UPI / 7:05PM
    DERRY, N.H., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was way ahead of the rest of the pack in a presidential straw poll Saturday of New Hampshire Republicans.
  • Friday, January 21

  • Corporate cash flows to Republicans   UPI / 11:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Corporate money has been flowing freely to U.S. Republican leaders, including millions of dollars from healthcare companies, documents show.
  • Poll: Emanuel leads Chicago mayoral field   UPI / 8:44PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is still shy of the majority he would need to win next month's mayoral election in Chicago, a poll indicates.
  • Dingell will seek record 30th House term   UPI / 11:44AM
    DETROIT, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., says he will go for a congressional record and run for a 30th term in 2012.
  • Blair: U.N. resolution on Iraq backed war   AP / 7:34AM
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told an inquiry panel he disregarded legal advice on the legality of the Iraq war without U.N. backing.
  • Thursday, January 20

  • Berlusconi blasts 'Ruby-gate' prosecutors   UPI / 6:54PM
    ROME, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi blasted Milan prosecutors probing his alleged sex payments to a 17-year-old girl and using his office to cover them up.
  • Boehner: 'Still time' for Caroline Kennedy   UPI / 5:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner Thursday joked there's "still time" for Caroline Kennedy to run for Congress and keep Camelot alive.
  • Will Ted Kennedy Jr. replace Lieberman?   UPI / 3:24PM
    BOSTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Friends of Ted Kennedy Jr. said he may run in 2012 for the seat being vacated by Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman.
  • Poll: Palin, Huckabee and Romney top list   UPI / 11:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A Washington Post-ABC News poll says three former governors top a list of potential Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential election.
  • Group says Scalia, Thomas have conflicts   UPI / 2:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. advocacy group trying to overturn the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United opinion says two justices have a conflict of interest in the case.
  • Manmohan Singh makes Cabinet changes   UPI / 1:54AM
    NEW DELHI, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose regime is hobbled by corruption scandals and other issues, reshuffled his Cabinet but left key ministers untouched.
  • Afghan Parliament opening delayed   UPI / 12:14AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai, acting on the recommendation of a special court, ordered a one month postponement of the opening of the new Parliament.
  • Odinga: Gbagbo remains intransigent   UPI / 12:14AM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- There is no sign of a peaceful resolution of the political crisis in Ivory Coast, Kenyan Prime Minister Raile Odinga said Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, January 19

  • Canadian PM 50-50 on election this year   UPI / 6:34PM
    OTTAWA, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says there's a 50-50 chance his minority Conservative government will be forced into an election this year.
  • Lieberman confirms retirement   UPI / 2:24PM
    STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who moved from the Democratic fold to independent, confirmed Wednesday he will not seek a fifth term next year.
  • Tuesday, January 18

  • Afghan Parliament opening in question   UPI / 11:44PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Whether the Afghan Parliament would open as planned this week remained in question as the attorney general said investigators found widespread election fraud.
  • Debate under way on healthcare law repeal   UPI / 8:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Republican leaders in the U.S. House opened debate Tuesday on whether to repeal healthcare reform legislation enacted by Democrats in the previous session.
  • Fake Rahm has a following   UPI / 6:24PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Lots of candidates have Twitter accounts, but the person pretending to be Rahm Emanuel is probably more popular than the real candidate for Chicago mayor.
  • Clinton campaigns for Emanuel   UPI / 3:24PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton headed to Chicago Tuesday to campaign for mayoral candidate and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.
  • Cheney not ready for transplant   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday he'll have to make a decision "at some point" about whether to have a heart transplant.
  • Palin answers critics   UPI / 11:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says it's ridiculous to think the Tucson shooter was inspired by a political map her political action committee put up.
  • Revolving door still operating   UPI / 10:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The departure of officials from the Obama administration is making it difficult for the U.S. president to keep a campaign pledge, political observers say.
  • Blair aide: Attacks on Charles feared   UPI / 1:04AM
    LONDON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Prince Charles's staff feared he might be assaulted during Princess Diana's funeral, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's press secretary says.
  • Monday, January 17

  • Ukraine politician in fund misuse probe   UPI / 9:04PM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A former Ukrainian premier suspected of misusing state funds said Monday she won't leave the country to avoid criminal prosecution, as a former minister did.
  • Conservatives push Pence for prez in 2012   UPI / 8:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Two influential conservatives said Monday they've begun a movement to get Indiana congressman Mike Pence off the fence and into the 2012 presidential race.
  • Tensions rise in Lebanon PM struggle   UPI / 5:05PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Lebanon's opposition party says it will support former Prime Minister Omar Karami as a rival candidate to try and oust caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
  • Tensions rise in Lebanon PM struggle   AP / 3:34PM
    Lebanon's opposition party says it will support former Prime Minister Omar as a rival candidate to try and oust caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
  • U.N. panel delivers secret Hariri charges   UPI / 2:44PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The U.N. special tribunal on Lebanon confirmed it has indicted suspects, who were unnamed, in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
  • Giffords' district full of anger   UPI / 1:14PM
    DOUGLAS, Ariz., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Arizona border district symbolizes the anger seen in the state's politics, political observers said.
  • Protesters fill streets in Tunis   UPI / 12:05PM
    TUNIS, Tunisia, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Tunisia's prime minister named three opposition leaders to the interim unity government Monday as new street protests erupted.
  • Pawlenty: Obama's economic stance 'wrong'   UPI / 11:34AM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty added his voice to the chorus of people calling on congressional Republicans to block an increase in the U.S. debt ceiling.
  • Israeli defense minister quits Labor Party   UPI / 7:24AM
    JERUSALEM, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced Monday he was leaving the Labor Party to set up a new faction called Atzmaut (Independence)
  • Sunday, January 16

  • Christie: Congress can't pull its punches   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he did not expect the Arizona shooting spree to discourage congressional Republicans from opposing President Obama's agenda.
  • Saturday, January 15

  • Rivals gang up on Rahm Emanuel   UPI / 3:24PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- An editorial board session with the four candidates for mayor turned into a debate between Rahm Emanuel and the rest of the field, the Chicago Tribune said.
  • Gingrich cites his mistakes to House GOP   UPI / 2:44PM
    BALTIMORE, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Newt Gingrich is urging the new Republican majority in the U.S. House to learn from his mistakes as speaker in the 1990s, congressional members say.
  • Friday, January 14

  • Priebus replaces Steele at RNC   UPI / 6:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Wisconsin Republican Chairman Reince Priebus Friday ousted Michael Steele as head the Republican National Committee.
  • EU condemns plan to skip presidential vote   UPI / 11:05AM
    BRUSSELS, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The European Union says Kazakhstan's decision to skip the 2012 presidential election contradicts the country's commitment to democracy.
  • Dewhurst likely Senate candidate   UPI / 10:14AM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he might seek the U.S. Senate seat of Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who is not seeking re-election.
  • Nigerian primary gives nod to incumbent   UPI / 8:35AM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Primary elections in Nigeria gave incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan his party's overwhelming support for national voting in April, results showed Friday.
  • Commission concerned about phony parties   UPI / 1:35AM
    NEW DELHI, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Indian elections officials say some political parties are being set up, not for political activities, but to launder money.
  • Labor increases margin in by-election   UPI / 12:35AM
    OLDHAM, England, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The British Labor Party got some welcome news Thursday, winning with a healthy margin in a by-election in a district it barely held in May.
  • MQM returns to coalition fold   UPI / 12:14AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A key member of Pakistan's fragile ruling coalition, which had resigned, returned Friday after the government met its demand to roll back fuel price hikes.
  • Thursday, January 13

  • U.N. panel visits Sudan polling centers   UPI / 4:44PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A U.N. panel charged with monitoring the secession referendum in Sudan visited polling centers for the fifth straight day Thursday, U.N. officials said.
  • Lebanon's Hariri loses government   AP / 11:34AM
    Lebanese President Michel Suleiman has asked Prime Minister Saad Hariri to assume a caretaker role after Hezbollah and its allies dismantled his government.
  • Wednesday, January 12

  • Sudan secession vote hits 60-percent mark   UPI / 6:54PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- South Sudan reached the 60-percent turnout threshold to pass a referendum on secession from the North, the South's ruling party said.
  • Poll: Romney best against Obama in Nevada   UPI / 3:54PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Voters peg Mitt Romney as the Republican who could give Democratic President Barack Obama a run for his money in Nevada in 2012, a survey indicates.
  • Palin says she is victim of 'blood libel'   UPI / 2:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin, in a statement Wednesday, called accusations that political rhetoric inspired the Tucson shooter a "blood libel," setting off more controversy.
  • Braun downplays race in mayoral election   UPI / 12:44PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Carol Moseley Braun says she wants to be the mayor of all Chicago, not just a black mayor.
  • Danish court upholds suit over EU treaty   UPI / 1:04AM
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A group of Danes can sue the prime minister for ratifying the European Union Lisbon Treaty without giving voters a say, the Danish Supreme Court said Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, January 11

  • Russia to spend $3.8B on space program   UPI / 1:44PM
    MOSCOW, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The Russian government will spend $3.8 billion on its national space program in 2011, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
  • Monday, January 10

  • Public servants tired of 'toxic' workplace   UPI / 8:34PM
    OTTAWA, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Some Canadian public servants, saying they're tired of "toxic" workplaces, want better screening of the political appointees who are their bosses.
  • Poll: Romney best against Obama in Nevada   UPI / 5:24PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Voters peg Mitt Romney as the Republican who could give Democratic President Barack Obama a run for his money in Nevada in 2012, a Pew survey indicates.
  • Emanuel backs curb on teacher strikes   UPI / 1:34PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel is backing an Illinois bill to limit public school teachers' strike rights.
  • GOP gives Huckabee high favorable rating   UPI / 12:24PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has the highest favorable rating among possible Republican 2012 presidential candidates, Gallup reported.
  • Grandmother worried she'll lose 3-year-old   UPI / 11:34AM
    MINSK, Belarus, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A woman in Belarus said even in her "worst nightmares" she couldn't conceive of the government taking her 3-year-old grandson away from her.
  • Sunday, January 9

  • Healthcare bill to get second look   UPI / 3:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- As Republicans in the House prepare to vote to repeal of the healthcare bill, Democrats say they will fight to win public opinion to their side on the measure.
  • Saturday, January 8

  • Loughner mused if he was a terrorist   UPI / 9:14PM
    TUCSON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Jared Lee Loughner, who allegedly shot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and killed six others Saturday, posted a video musing if he was a terrorist.
  • Elected Ivorian leader a prisoner in hotel   UPI / 7:54PM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Alassane Ouattara, internationally recognized as the rightful president of the Ivory Coast, rules over a hotel compound of a few acres, observers say.
  • U.S. may back overturning Haiti vote   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The United States may support invalidating Haiti's presidential election if an international review finds it flawed, the U.S. State Department said.
  • Friday, January 7

  • Judge delays NAACP election suit decision   UPI / 7:44PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A Georgia judge has postponed a lawsuit asking the court to disqualify an NAACP election, saying he wasn't sure the case belonged in his courtroom.
  • Moseley Braun late to pay property taxes   UPI / 12:05PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun repeatedly has been late to pay her property taxes, public records show.
  • Thursday, January 6

  • O'Donnell campaign pledges form review   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's campaign pledged to review its books and resubmit financial reports with the Federal Election Commission.
  • More U.N. troops sought for Ivory Coast   UPI / 7:34AM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The leader of U.N. peacekeepers posted in Ivory Coast said he will ask for an additional 1,000 to 2,000 troops as the country's political crisis worsens.
  • Microlenders accused of 'sucking blood'   UPI / 12:24AM
    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Governments in many countries have turned against microlenders, with the prime minister of Bangladesh accusing them of "sucking blood from the poor."
  • Wednesday, January 5

  • More Hispanic voters in states adding seats   UPI / 9:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- States set to gain congressional representatives have larger Hispanic populations than other states, the Pew Hispanic Center said Wednesday.
  • Gov. Brown eyes decentralizing California   UPI / 7:24PM
    SACRAMENTO, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown says he intends to decentralize state government by returning many functions to cities and counties.
  • Poll: 'Tea Party' losing negative vibe   UPI / 6:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. voters say "Tea Party" is a little less negative as a political label, while "liberal" and "progressive" are more so, Rasmussen Reports said Wednesday.
  • Bid to revise new House rules fails   UPI / 5:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The first vote of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday was a procedural vote on whether to table an effort to delay enacting a part of new House rules.
  • Tuesday, January 4

  • Judge: Emanuel belongs on Chicago ballot   UPI / 8:14PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A Cook County judge ruled Tuesday former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel should remain on the ballot in the Feb. 22 election for mayor of Chicago.
  • Monday, January 3

  • Parolee could become Romney's Horton   UPI / 3:54PM
    BOSTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The parole of a jewel thief killed in a shootout that left a police officer dead could be Mitt Romney's albatross in a U.S. presidential run, observers say.
  • Serbian president expects Cabinet shift   UPI / 12:44PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Serbian President Boris Tadic said Monday that Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic's Cabinet may be changed.
  • Sunday, January 2

  • Party pulls out of Pakistan coalition   UPI / 4:34PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Pakistan's MQM party says it is leaving Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani's coalition to join the opposition, depriving Gilani of his majority in Parliament.
  • Envoy to China stirs presidential buzz   UPI / 2:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A new name has emerged in 2012 presidential speculation: Ambassador to China and former Utah Gov. John Huntsman Jr.
  • Saturday, January 1

  • Obama, Biden, make top quote list   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The vice president's use of profanity to describe the passage of healthcare reform was among the Top 10 political quotes of the year, The Hill said.
  • PM: Civil war is under way in Ivory Coast   UPI / 3:54PM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast is already in a state of civil war, Prime Minister Guillaume Soro said Saturday.
  • Rep. Davis departs Chicago mayor race   UPI / 12:44PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- An Illinois congressman says he dropped out of the Chicago mayoral race in order to bolster the campaign of another contender, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.
  • Friday, December 31

  • Texas judge halts nuclear waste plan   UPI / 1:44PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A Texas judge says he is temporarily halting plans to allow a West Texas radioactive waste disposal site to accept waste from an additional three-dozen states.
  • Wednesday, December 29

  • Are deceptive robocalls protected speech?   UPI / 9:14PM
    BALTIMORE, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The lawyer for a Maryland Republican campaign operative says robocalls designed to keep voters home are protected by the First Amendment.
  • Lawyer: Kilpatrick offered settlement   UPI / 8:24PM
    DETROIT, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Michigan officials have offered to settle a campaign financing complaint against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick for $11,000, his lawyer says.
  • Feds investigating O'Donnell's spending   UPI / 6:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Christine O'Donnell is the target of a federal probe into whether she misused funds from her U.S. Senate campaign, a Delaware Republican said Wednesday.
  • Poll: Obama advances, Palin loses ground   UPI / 9:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's tax deal with congressional Republicans hasn't hurt his standing among Democrats, a CNN poll indicates.
  • Report: Pakistan coalition party is back   UPI / 1:14AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- MQM, a key part of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's coalition, agreed Tuesday to return to the federal cabinet, an insider told the Pakistan Observer.
  • Tuesday, December 28

  • Delay sought in producing Palin e-mails   UPI / 5:54PM
    JUNEAU, Alaska, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The Alaska governor's office wants more time to produce e-mails from ex-Gov. Sarah Palin and her staff being sought by news organizations, MSNBC.com reported.
  • RNC head seeks 2nd term, will face rivals   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Michael Steele, seeking a second term as Republican National Committee chairman, said he will debate his rivals in Washington.
  • N.Y. Democrats in office rent dispute   UPI / 3:04PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The New York Democratic Committee is facing eviction from the offices it shared with the now-defunct re-election campaign of Gov. David Paterson, officials say.
  • Obama may run re-election bid from Chicago   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- President Obama apparently will attempt to win re-election in 2012 with a campaign based in Chicago, political aides said.
  • Mubarak's son remains mum on presidency   UPI / 8:54AM
    CAIRO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Egypt's ruling party will choose its presidential candidate at a conference in July, said Gamal Mubarak, the son of President Hosni Mubarak.
  • Monday, December 27

  • Barack Obama 2010 most admired man   UPI / 8:24PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama is the person Americans most admired in 2010, ahead of business, religious and other political leaders, a poll indicates.
  • Brazil mulls extraditing Italian terrorist   UPI / 7:44PM
    BRASILIA, Brazil, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Brazil's outgoing president says he will decide this week whether to grant Italy's request to extradite convicted terrorist Cesare Battisti.
  • Ivory Coast general strike largely a bust   UPI / 7:05PM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A general strike called by supporters of presidential aspirant Alassane Ouattara Monday failed to gain much traction and life went on mostly uninterrupted.
  • Miller won't fight seating of Murkowski   UPI / 1:14PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Joe Miller said Sunday night he would not fight certification of Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's victory though he would continue his lawsuit.
  • Redistricting to hurt Democratic states   UPI / 9:14AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- All 10 U.S. states that will lose House seats lean Democratic while five of the eight gaining seats favor the GOP, a Gallup analysis shows.
  • Judges don't want to supervise elections   UPI / 7:44AM
    CAIRO, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- More than 4,500 Egyptian judges asked to be exempt from supervising the country's presidential elections next year, officials said.
  • Sunday, December 26

  • Japanese pol pressed to quit if indicted   UPI / 3:54PM
    TOKYO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Leading politician Ichiro Ozawa should quit Japan's ruling party if he is indicted, a Cabinet official said Sunday.
  • Gibbs: No big Cabinet changes expected   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama's official spokesman said Sunday he did not expect to see any major changes in the White House Cabinet next year.
  • Friday, December 24

  • Rahm meets residency requirements   UPI / 11:24AM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to President Obama, says he can "turn the page" now that questions of his Illinois residency have been cleared.
  • 'Rent' party candidate eyes presidency   UPI / 4:44AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The man who made headlines as the Rent Is Too Damn High party candidate for New York governor says he is running for president.
  • GOP hopefuls skip Hispanic forum   UPI / 3:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Only one likely Republican U.S. presidential candidate has agreed to attend the opening conference of a conservative Hispanic political forum, Politico says.
  • Thursday, December 23

  • Netanyahu: World blames Palestinians   UPI / 4:14PM
    JERUSALEM, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The world is starting to realize it's the Palestinians, not the Israelis, obstructing Mideast peace, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday.
  • Gilani: Don't bully Pakistani spy chief   UPI / 3:04PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The head of Pakistan's top intelligence agency will not be forced to appear in any U.S. court, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Thursday.
  • Emanuel survives first test to mayoral bid   UPI / 1:14PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The Chicago Board of Elections Thursday accepted a hearing officer's recommendation and voted to keep Rahm Emanuel on the Feb. 22 Chicago mayoral ballot.
  • Wednesday, December 22

  • Court rejects all of Miller's challenges   UPI / 10:24PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The Alaska Supreme Court Wednesday rejected all of GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller's legal claims and found ballots in the Nov. 2 election were counted properly.
  • Senate OKs 9/11 first responders fund   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The Senate, by a voice vote, agreed to provide $4.2 billion for first responders suffering health problems after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York.
  • Senate OKs new nuke arms reduction pact   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate, in its eighth day of sometimes intense debate, ratified the new U.S.-Russian nuclear arms reduction treaty Wednesday on a 71-to-26 vote.
  • Lots of congressmen miss key votes   UPI / 11:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- About a sixth of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives failed to show for key votes in the waning days of the lame-duck session, a review indicated.
  • Tuesday, December 21

  • Senate votes to end START debate   UPI / 6:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted 67 to 28 Tuesday to end debate on the strategic arms treaty with the Russians and proceed to a ratification vote.
  • Monday, December 20

  • Palestinian leaders contradict each other   UPI / 9:54PM
    JERUSALEM, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority's president Monday rebuked the group's prime minister for contradicting him on unilateral statehood recognition, observers said.
  • Senators begin sixth day of START debate   UPI / 9:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate engaged in heated debate on a U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control treaty Monday, with one senator urging colleagues to "stop the politics."
  • Hundreds arrested in election protests   UPI / 4:54PM
    MINSK, Belarus, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Police in Belarus arrested hundreds of demonstrators, including presidential candidates, who protested presidential election results, observers said Monday.
  • U.N. says Ivory Coast mission harassed   UPI / 4:04PM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The U.N. mission in the Ivory Coast accused defeated President Laurent Gbagbo of distorting the mission's position and harassing its staff Monday.
  • Maliki to unveil unity Cabinet   UPI / 4:54AM
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- It's been a long time coming but Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is expected to name a new Cabinet Monday, staking out the way forward for the country.
  • Private briefing ahead of arms treaty vote   UPI / 3:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A private U.S. Senate briefing Monday is to focus on secret intelligence after the Senate's GOP leader promised to vote against a nuclear treaty with Russia.
  • Sunday, December 19

  • Allawi agrees to join Iraq coalition   UPI / 6:54PM
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Opposition leader Ayad Allawi indicated Sunday he will join a unity government his archrival, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, plans to present to Parliament.
  • Fla. rep.-elect probed on dog track funds   UPI / 5:24PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep.-elect David Rivera, R-Fla., is being investigated over alleged secret payments from a dog track, law enforcement sources say.
  • Kennedy to tackle mental health issues   UPI / 4:05PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, leaving Congress after eight terms representing Rhode Island, says he wants to launch "The Next Frontier" in mental health treatment.
  • Senators say Pakistan will dump Taliban   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Two senior U.S. senators said Sunday that Pakistan would start backing away from the Taliban as the political and military situation in Afghanistan stabilizes.
  • Durbin: Time for a vote on START treaty   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The Democratic party whip of the U.S. Senate said Sunday he believed the Obama administration had the votes needed to ratify the START nuclear arms treaty.
  • Saturday, December 18

  • Gbagbo tells peacekeepers to leave   UPI / 10:34PM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, still resisting calls to give up his office, ordered foreign peacekeepers out of the country Saturday.
  • Friday, December 17

  • Britain to allow prisoners voting rights   UPI / 5:14PM
    LONDON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A total ban on voting rights for British prison inmates, in place since 1870, will be lifted and replaced with new regulations, government officials said.
  • Clinton: U.S. aid to Haiti shouldn't stop   UPI / 4:05PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says reconstruction in Haiti must continue despite the country's current political crisis.
  • Emanuel eligibility hearing wraps up   UPI / 10:34AM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A hearing on Rahm Emanuel's eligibility to run for mayor of Chicago ended but it will be next week before he will know if he can stay on the ballot.
  • Wednesday, December 15

  • Emanuel tops Chicago mayoral poll   UPI / 12:34PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Rahm Emanuel is far ahead of his rivals in the Chicago mayor's race, a new Tribune/WGN poll indicates.
  • Poll: D.C. elites down on Palin   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A huge majority of Washington's insiders say Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, isn't qualified to be president, a Politico poll indicates.
  • Tuesday, December 14

  • Emanuel's election board hearing opens   UPI / 8:34PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel answered community activists' questions Tuesday at an election board hearing on whether he meets residency requirements.
  • Miller appeals to Alaska's Supreme Court   UPI / 1:44PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court after a lower court ruled against his challenge of write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
  • Report details political rapes   UPI / 12:05PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Soldiers and police in Zimbabwe took part in politically motivated rapes in three provinces between 2001 and 2008, an investigative report charges.
  • Japanese police seek masked truck driver   UPI / 11:05AM
    MITO, Japan, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Japanese police said they are searching for the driver of a truck that ran down the uncle of a candidate for the Ibaraki Prefectural Assembly on election day.
  • Monday, December 13

  • Steele to run for second term as RNC head   UPI / 9:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told party officials in Washington Monday he will seek a second term.
  • Berlusconi pleads for support in key vote   UPI / 4:06PM
    ROME, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A day before a vote that could bring down his government, Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi appealed Monday for support in the name of stability.
  • Kosovo premier claims election victory   UPI / 2:14PM
    PRISTINA, Kosovo, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has claimed victory, but Sunday's election results have not been certified yet.
  • Emanuel residency may soon be determined   UPI / 12:54PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Paperwork to establish Rahm Emanuel's Illinois residency in his effort to become mayor of Chicago is complicating the process, officials said.
  • Sunday, December 12

  • Bayh won't run for Indiana governor   UPI / 11:54AM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh says he will not run for his old job as governor of Indiana in 2012.
  • First Kosovo national election under way   UPI / 11:14AM
    PRISTINA, Kosovo, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The first national election in Kosovo began Sunday under the scrutiny of more than 32,000 international observers, Serbian media reported.
  • Elizabeth Edwards buried beside son   UPI / 12:05AM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Elizabeth Edwards was laid to rest Saturday in Raleigh, N.C., next to the teenage son she lost 14 years ago.
  • Saturday, December 11

  • Russia plans annual arctic conferences   UPI / 2:14PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Russia supports international cooperation in the arctic and will host annual conferences on its future, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Saturday.
  • Alaska judge declares Murkowski the winner   UPI / 7:54AM
    KETCHIKAN, Alaska, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- An Alaska judge has ruled that U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski won re-election fair and square, dismissing a challenge by the official Republican candidate.
  • Friday, December 10

  • Emanuel skipping Chicago mayoral debates   UPI / 11:14AM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Rahm Emanuel is skipping forums where Chicago mayoral candidates face voters directly, his campaign confirms.
  • Thursday, December 9

  • Haiti announces election recount   UPI / 3:34PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Haiti's electoral council said Thursday it would rapidly recount the preliminary election results that set off violent protests across the country.
  • Fla. GOP fundraiser pleads guilty   UPI / 2:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A South Florida ophthalmologist, lobbyist and Republican fundraiser pleaded guilty Thursday to paying off a Democratic legislator by hiring her friend.
  • Church to picket Elizabeth Edwards funeral   UPI / 12:24PM
    TOPEKA, Kan., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- An independent U.S. church known for preaching a gospel of hate said Thursday it would picket the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards who, it claims, is now in hell.
  • Wednesday, December 8

  • Poll underscores Medvedev's popularity   UPI / 12:34PM
    MOSCOW, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev would easily win re-election if the vote were held today, a survey by a Kremlin-friendly polling agency indicates.
  • Ex-first lady, Preval's pick in runoff   UPI / 10:05AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Violence greeted the announcement Haitian President Rene Preval's choice for successor will be in a runoff with a former first lady, police said.
  • Tuesday, December 7

  • West Africans tell Gbagbo: Time to go   UPI / 8:14PM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- West African heads of state decided Tuesday to recognize challenger Alassane Ouattara as the winner of a run-off presidential election in Ivory Coast.
  • Rand Paul volunteer's assault case delayed   UPI / 4:54PM
    LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The hearing for a former volunteer with Kentucky's U.S. Sen.-elect Rand Paul's campaign on a scuffle with a liberal activist was delayed until January.
  • Elizabeth Edwards' health deteriorates   UPI / 5:54AM
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The health of Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., has worsened as her cancer has spread, her family said Monday.
  • Monday, December 6

  • New Rangel probe on legal fees reported   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Rep. Charles Rangel, censured by the House last week, is now being investigated for using campaign funds for his legal defense, officials say.
  • Sunday, December 5

  • Groups boycott Egypt's election   UPI / 8:34AM
    CAIRO, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- With boycotts called by Egypt's largest opposition parties, President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party was predicted to win run-off parliamentary elections Sunday.
  • Saturday, December 4

  • Ivory Coast presidential rivals sworn in   UPI / 4:44PM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The Ivory Coast's president was sworn in for another term Saturday in defiance of a U.N. determination that his opponent won the runoff election.
  • Donor's family testifies in Edwards probe   UPI / 2:34PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Four relatives of a millionaire John Edwards donor have appeared before a federal grand jury in North Carolina investigating the former Democratic senator.
  • Arrest warrants issued in Bhutto's death   UPI / 12:54PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A Pakistani court has issued arrest warrants against a former police chief in connection with the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
  • Friday, December 3

  • Court backs opposition victory in Guinea   UPI / 9:44AM
    CONAKRY, Guinea, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Guinean opposition leader Alpha Conde has been confirmed as victor of the West African nation's presidential election.
  • Thursday, December 2

  • Results certified in Afghan province   UPI / 10:24PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The Afghan election commission has certified election results in a Pashtun-dominated province, giving victory to members of the Hazara ethnic group.
  • Dispute over Alaska election fast-tracked   UPI / 5:14PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- An Alaska judge has put a legal dispute over U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's re-election on the fast track, scheduling arguments next week.
  • Wednesday, December 1

  • Ensign says he is no longer Justice target   UPI / 8:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., says he has received an "early Christmas present," news the U.S. Justice Department has ended its investigation into his conduct.
  • Ban urges Ivory Coast election resolution   UPI / 7:24PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday called on all parties to refrain from interfering with vote counting in Ivory Coast's presidential election.
  • U.N. tells Haitians to wait for final vote   UPI / 5:54PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The United Nations Wednesday urged Haitians to ignore unofficial results from the country's elections and wait for the official tally to be announced next week.
  • RNC facing 'cash flow challenge'   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The Republican National Committee says some of its service providers will not be paid this week because of a "cash flow challenge."
  • Former Mo. treasurer announces Senate run   UPI / 1:54PM
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- With the 2010 congressional election less than a month in the past, candidates are beginning to line up for 2012, at least in Missouri.
  • Putin: No START means Russian nuke buildup   UPI / 12:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Russia will have to build its nuclear capability if the U.S. Senate doesn't ratify the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.
  • Notary says Chicago campaigns forged name   UPI / 11:54AM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A notary public's signature was forged on more than 400 nominating petitions filed by two Chicago mayoral candidates, she says.
  • Tuesday, November 30

  • Top signature gatherer a homeless criminal   UPI / 11:24AM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Election records indicate a man who helped collect petition signatures for two Chicago mayoral contenders was homeless and has a lengthy criminal record.
  • Monitor: Huge vote fraud absent in Haiti   UPI / 8:24AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- International observers monitoring Haiti's elections said they saw irregularities but not the massive fraud alleged by the country's presidential candidates.
  • Monday, November 29

  • Haiti voters see election as 'fraudulent'   UPI / 3:14PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Haitians "can recognize a fraudulent election when they see one"
  • Court to weigh Ariz. election subsidies   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to review Arizona laws that help publicly funded candidates at the expense of privately funded candidates.
  • Egypt denies election death reports   UPI / 10:14AM
    CAIRO, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A human rights group said at least eight people were killed in Egyptian parliamentary election violence but government offcials denied the allegation.
  • Taiwan official apologizes for shooting   UPI / 9:14AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Taiwanese Interior Minister Jiang Yi-huah says he is sorry about an election eve shooting that killed a bystander and injured the son a former official.
  • Sunday, November 28

  • Egyptian election marred by violence   UPI / 11:34PM
    CAIRO, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Egyptians voted Sunday in parliamentary elections marred by sporadic violence and clouded by allegations of fraud.
  • 12 candidates want Haiti election annulled   UPI / 9:05PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Haiti's presidential election Sunday was so chaotic 12 of the 19 candidates held a news conference to demand it be canceled.
  • Embattled Mass. sheriff's death suicide   UPI / 12:34PM
    WELLS, Maine, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Investigator say a Massachusetts sheriff who was the subject of a budding scandal apparently killed himself in a Maine hotel room this weekend.
  • Election curfew imposed in Ivory Coast   UPI / 2:05AM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- President Laurent Gbagbo has ordered a 10 p.m. curfew in Ivory Coast after polls close in Sunday's runoff presidential election.
  • Saturday, November 27

  • Lame-duck Senate includes 3 new faces   UPI / 2:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Three new U.S. senators say they are getting used to the Capitol as they get ready for the home stretch of the lame-duck session.
  • Emanuel's Chicago cred challenged   UPI / 12:24PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A Chicago lawyer says Rahm Emanuel's tenure as White House chief of staff isn't the type of national service that meets the residency requirement to be mayor.
  • Friday, November 26

  • Putin Medvedev talk presidency   UPI / 7:14PM
    MOSCOW, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he and his former protege, President Dmitry Medvedev, will make a "mutual decision" about the 2012 presidential run.
  • Displaced unsure about voting in Haiti   UPI / 4:34PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Many of the million-plus Haitians now living in tent cities months after the devastating earthquake may be no-shows at the presidential election Sunday.
  • Suu Kyi calls for compromise with junta   UPI / 12:54PM
    YANGON, Myanmar, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the democratic opposition in Myanmar, says she is prepared to compromise with the military junta.
  • Premier sues Mugabe over Zimbabwe posts   UPI / 8:54AM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Zimbabwe's power-sharing deal got a little more fragile Friday with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai suing President Robert Mugabe over appointments.
  • Thursday, November 25

  • 5 arrested in Afghan election bribe probe   UPI / 2:34PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Five Afghans were arrested Thursday for allegedly bribing members of the country's Independent Election Commission, a deputy attorney general said.
  • Iraqi PM told to form new government   UPI / 7:54AM
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was told Thursday to form a new government after eight months of political stalemate, the president's office said.
  • Report slams Egypt ahead of elections   UPI / 7:44AM
    CAIRO, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Arbitrary arrests, wholesale restrictions on public campaigns and widespread intimidation are rife in Egypt ahead of elections, Human Rights Watch charges.
  • Wednesday, November 24

  • Palin calls Bushes 'bluebloods'   UPI / 11:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Potential U.S. presidential candidate Sarah Palin Wednesday called George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara "bluebloods" bent on anointing the 2012 GOP nominee.
  • DeLay guilty of money laundering   UPI / 7:34PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House majority leader Tom DeLay was found guilty of money laundering Wednesday, the third day of jury deliberations in Austin, Texas.
  • Ex-Santorum aide plans Senate run   UPI / 3:24PM
    HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A longtime associate of Rick Santorum wants to take on the man who knocked Santorum out of the U.S. Senate.
  • Sharron Angle: Options open for 2012   UPI / 2:44PM
    FALLON, Nev., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Sharron Angle, the Tea Party favorite who tried to unseat U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada, says she may run for office again in 2012.
  • Burris considering mayoral run   UPI / 1:44PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Outgoing U.S. Sen. Roland Burris is deciding whether he'll make a run to be Chicago's mayor once his stint in Washington ends, supporters say.
  • Ex-House aide escapes fine, heads to jail   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A former House aide will not be fined for stealing campaign funds but must repay $252,000, the Federal Election Commission has decided.
  • Former N.C. gov in felony conviction   UPI / 1:14PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley was convicted of knowingly filing a false campaign report in a deal halting a federal investigation, officials said.
  • White House adviser to 'gear-up' for 2012   UPI / 12:44PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- White House adviser David Axelrod says he's preparing for an early return to Chicago to get "geared up" for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.
  • Afghans release final election results   UPI / 11:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's Independent Election Committee released Wednesday what it termed the final results for September's troubled parliamentary elections.
  • Coalition wins state election in India   UPI / 11:14AM
    NEW DELHI, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Voters in India's poorest state backed the platform of Nitish Kumar Wednesday, returning his coalition to power in a statewide election, election returns show.
  • Tuesday, November 23

  • Filipinos mark massacre anniversary   UPI / 5:05PM
    MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III expressed condolences Tuesday to the families of the victims of the Nov. 23, 2009, Ampatuan massacre.
  • Twenty seek to replace Chicago mayor   UPI / 11:44AM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Chicago election officials said the number of candidates seeking to succeed Mayor Richard M. Daley is the largest in more than 50 years.
  • DeLay jurors seek info on money laundering   UPI / 11:05AM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Jurors in the case of ex-U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in Texas ended their first deliberations questioning money-laundering charges filed against him.
  • Liberal counter to GOP groups begins   UPI / 10:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Efforts by liberals to counter Republican-leaning outside groups are starting to gel as the 2012 presidential election cycle starts to form, observers say.
  • Tensions high ahead of Egypt's elections   UPI / 8:14AM
    CAIRO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The Muslim Brotherhood, the main opposition group in Egypt, has accused the government of rigging the upcoming elections.
  • Monday, November 22

  • Prosecutor plays DeLay tape in closing   UPI / 7:54PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Deliberations in the money-laundering case against Tom DeLay were halted Monday and the jurors sent home by Texas State District Judge Pat Priest.
  • Book recalls FDR-Churchill Christmas '41   UPI / 3:44PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- David McCullough has written a book about British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's 1941 Christmas Eve meeting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Sudan has voter registration issues   UPI / 10:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The Sudan People's Liberation Movement and the National Congress Party blame each other for low voter registration for a January referendum, officials said.
  • Sunday, November 21

  • Web site pulls Palin book excerpts   UPI / 11:24AM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. Web site removed the link to its excerpts from Sarah Palin's new book after a federal judge in New York issued a temporary injunction.
  • Amnesty International lashes out at Egypt   UPI / 7:34AM
    LONDON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Amnesty International is urging Egyptian authorities to prevent security forces from harassing or intimidating candidates in the upcoming elections.
  • Saturday, November 20

  • Moseley Braun enters Chicago mayoral race   UPI / 8:34PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun Saturday announced her candidacy for Chicago mayor, saying, "I just want to serve."
  • Judge: Take write-in case to Alaska court   UPI / 1:34PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Alaska says a state judge should decide if disputed write-in votes cast in a contentious senate race should be counted.
  • Sarah Palin book tour hits primary states   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced the stops for her book tour, many of which are in key presidential primary states including Iowa and Ohio.
  • Friday, November 19

  • Joe Scarborough suspended from MSNBC   UPI / 8:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- MSNBC has suspended TV personality Joe Scarborough for two days without pay for making campaign donations without the U.S. network's permission.
  • N.C.'s Etheridge concedes to Ellmers   UPI / 5:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-N.C., conceded to his Republican challenger Friday, blaming his loss on a bad environment for Democrats and "dirty politics."
  • California overhauls redistricting   UPI / 5:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- California is set to enter a new political era as ordinary citizens take over redistricting duties formerly conducted by politicians, officials say.
  • Emanuel says he is Illinois resident   UPI / 1:24PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's absentee ballot cast in Chicago proves he is considered an Illinois resident, an aide said.
  • Rebels attempt coup in Madagascar   UPI / 12:34PM
    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Madagascar's defense ministry has ordered an evacuation of people living near an army barracks occupied by rebels attempting a coup, officials said Friday.
  • DeLay does not testify as trial nears end   UPI / 12:14PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Testimony in Tom DeLay's money-laundering trial ended in Austin, Texas, without the former House majority leader testifying.
  • Thursday, November 18

  • Guinea in post-election state of emergency   UPI / 9:54PM
    CONAKRY, Guinea, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A human-rights group said Thursday it is calling on Guinea officials to halt extrajudicial executions, arrests and torture in the aftermath of its elections.
  • Paul volunteer not guilty plea in assault   UPI / 9:24PM
    LEXINGTON, Ky., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A former volunteer with campaign of Senator-elect Rand Paul, R-Ky., pleaded not guilty to assault Thursday in an alleged attack on a protester.
  • Will Donald Trump run for president?   UPI / 7:44PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Reality TV star and real estate tycoon Donald Trump said Thursday he is seriously considering running for president and will make his decision by June.
  • Wednesday, November 17

  • Palin: 'I believe' I could beat Obama   UPI / 11:54PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she could beat President Barack Obama in 2012 and is "looking at the lay of the land" for a possible presidential campaign.
  • Murkowski claims victory in Alaska   UPI / 10:44PM
    JUNEAU, Alaska, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, forced to run a write-in campaign after losing the GOP primary to Joe Miller, declared victory Wednesday.
  • Emanuel residency question resurfaces   UPI / 3:34PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Rahm Emanuel was twice purged from Chicago voter rolls, raising yet another aspect of residency questions surrounding his mayoral bid, opponents said.
  • House Dems re-elect Pelosi as leader   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Despite lobbying by some members for a delay, House Democrats voted on caucus leadership positions Wednesday, retaining Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as leader.
  • Berlusconi: 'No' vote would mean elections   UPI / 11:05AM
    ROME, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Italy will have early elections if the government doesn't survive a vote of confidence next month, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Wednesday.
  • Gingrich lays groundwork for possible run   UPI / 9:34AM
    DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he is working on arrangements that would allow him to make a run for president early next year.
  • Tuesday, November 16

  • Failed Broadway Bank's strategy was flawed   UPI / 10:54PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Chicago's failed Broadway Bank was done in by going too far astray and getting in too deep in commercial real estate, a federal report Tuesday concluded.
  • U.N.: Haiti cholera protests are political   UPI / 3:34PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Violent protests that broke out in two cities in northern Haiti amid a cholera outbreak may be politically motivated, a United Nations mission in Haiti said.
  • Report: No serious probe of massacre   UPI / 10:34AM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The Philippine government failed to seriously investigate killings and other abuses committed by the ruling family on Mindanao island, Human Rights Watch said.
  • Murkowski leads Miller in ballot count   UPI / 10:24AM
    JUNEAU, Alaska, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Alaska write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski leads Republican hopeful Joe Miller in her re-election bid, a tally of absentee and write-in ballots indicates.
  • GOP presidential hopefuls still hang back   UPI / 9:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Looking ahead to the 2012 U.S. presidential election, no one has dominated the Republican Party as it determines who will be its standard-bearer in two years.
  • Monday, November 15

  • 3 of 19 Haiti president candidates debate   UPI / 6:05PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A campaign debate among Haiti's presidential hopefuls in Miami drew only three of the 19 candidates vying to lead the poor Caribbean island nation.
  • Cabinet pullout weakens Berlusconi   UPI / 3:14PM
    ROME, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Four ministers quit the Italian Cabinet Monday, putting Silvio Berlusconi's rule in danger and elections closer, politicians said.
  • Sunday, November 14

  • Gamal Mubarak seeks change   UPI / 8:14AM
    CAIRO, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Gamal Mubarak, son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, said he has no personal ambitions to become president but seeks to push for reform.
  • Saturday, November 13

  • French Prime Minister Fillon resigns   AP / 8:34PM
    French Prime Minister Francois Fillon tendered his resignation Saturday, bringing an end to his government, the president's office said.
  • Rahm Emanuel kicks off mayoral campaign   UPI / 2:44PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, formally kicking off his Chicago mayoral campaign, said Saturday he is running because he loves the city.
  • Donors giving to potential GOP candidates   UPI / 2:34PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A handful of big donors are contributing large sums of money to candidates who might become the 2012 Republican nominee for president, observers said.
  • Friday, November 12

  • 'Naked Cowboy' considers White House bid   UPI / 3:06PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- New York's famed Times Square "Naked Cowboy" said he is mulling a 2012 run for U.S. president on a conservative platform.
  • Canada PM: Vote not needed on Afghan move   UPI / 2:44PM
    OTTAWA, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday the extension of Canada's mission in Afghanistan does not require a vote from Parliament.
  • Perata upset by Oakland rank-choice vote   UPI / 10:54AM
    OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Former California State Sen. Don Perata has conceded the election for Oakland mayor to Jean Quan, criticizing the rank-choice voting system.
  • Thursday, November 11

  • Rep. Ortiz won't be sued by cheerleaders   UPI / 5:14PM
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A Texas cheerleaders' group owner says he no longer plans to sue U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz for defamation because it appears Ortiz lost his re-election bid.
  • Tape: DeLay knew in advance of money swap   UPI / 4:54PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Tom DeLay's trial jurors heard the former U.S. House majority leader say in a recording he knew in advance of a money swap that proved to be illegal.
  • Election robocalls said to break U.S. law   UPI / 4:36PM
    BALTIMORE, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Anonymous election night robocalls saying the race was over when polls were still open sought to suppress the black vote, Maryland's attorney general alleged.
  • Wednesday, November 10

  • Bush takes aim at Schroder, who fires back   UPI / 4:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder says former U.S. President George W. Bush "is not telling the truth" in his newly published memoir.
  • Chicago politicians hire wives, relatives   UPI / 12:24PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Chicago-area congressmen paid their wives hundreds of thousands of dollars for work they did during the lawmakers' campaigns, records indicate.
  • Feds probe Wexler campaign mortgage deal   UPI / 11:54AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The FBI is investigating former U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler about his campaign's unusual $150,000 investment in a real estate deal, an online publication reported.
  • Ideology trumps party on healthcare reform   UPI / 12:54AM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Political ideology -- conservative or liberal -- trumps being a Republican or Democrat when it comes to healthcare reform, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Tuesday, November 9

  • Jordanians throng to polling stations   UPI / 10:54AM
    AMMAN, Jordan, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The Jordanian government is closely monitoring the country's national elections for the 16th parliament, officials said.
  • Absentee vote count begins in Alaska   UPI / 9:34AM
    JUNEAU, Alaska, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Absentee ballots in Alaska take the spotlight Tuesday in the still-unresolved race for the U.S. Senate.
  • Monday, November 8

  • Olbermann apologizes to viewers, raps boss   UPI / 9:14PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- TV commentator Keith Olbermann, suspended for contributing to Democratic candidates, apologized to viewers Monday, one day before he is to be back on the air.
  • Iraqis try again to form a coalition   UPI / 5:05PM
    IRBIL, Iraq, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Iraq's political leaders met Monday in another attempt to form a government.
  • Ruling party prevails in Greek elections   UPI / 1:05PM
    ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou squelched speculation about calling early general elections, saying his Panhellenic Socialist Movement maintains control.
  • Investigators: 'Veterans' group phony   UPI / 11:34AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A tax-exempt non-profit called the U.S. Navy Veterans Association is really a front for illegal campaign cash, investigators say.
  • Jordanians prepare to go to polls   UPI / 7:44AM
    AMMAN, Jordan, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Jordanians are to vote in parliamentary elections Tuesday amid voter apathy and a planned Islamic boycott, officials said.
  • Sunday, November 7

  • Obama slams Myanmar election process   UPI / 10:05AM
    NEW DELHI, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama issued a harsh rebuke Sunday about national elections in military-controlled Myanmar he described as "fundamentally flawed."
  • Few voters make effort in Myanmar   UPI / 9:44AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Polling stations in military-controlled Myanmar were mostly idle Sunday in a national election criticized by U.S. and British officials as a sham.
  • Azerbaijanis go to the polls   UPI / 9:34AM
    BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Voters in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan Sunday were expected to support the party led by President Illham Aliyev, officials said.
  • Saturday, November 6

  • Myanmar voters 'speak no evil' in public   UPI / 4:04PM
    MOULMEIN, Myanmar, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- On the eve of the first national election in 20 years, citizens of Myanmar are unwilling to talk politics openly, a British newspaper says.
  • At least four dead in Karachi shootings   UPI / 12:05PM
    KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- At least four people were killed in shootings in Karachi amid heightened security for the burial of a slain political leader, Pakistani officials said.
  • Md. to investigate Election Day robocalls   UPI / 1:34AM
    BALTIMORE, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Maryland's attorney general has promised to investigate Election Day robocalls connected to a GOP candidate, apparently meant to suppress the Democratic vote.
  • Friday, November 5

  • Democrat wins in Conn., no GOP concession   UPI / 11:14PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Democrat Daniel Malloy has evidently won Connecticut's gubernatorial election, vote totals released Friday indicate, but Republican Tom Foley is not conceding.
  • Emanuel hits back on abandonment charge   UPI / 6:24PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Rahm Emanuel hit back Friday against former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun in the race for Chicago mayor, saying she "says nothing" about her plans for the city.
  • MSNBC's Olbermann suspended   UPI / 6:14PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann was suspended Friday when the cable channel discovered he made campaign contributions to three Democrats, station officials said.
  • British court orders new election for M.P.   UPI / 3:44PM
    LONDON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A British court ordered a rerun of one parliamentary race, ruling that former Labor Immigration Minister Phil Woolas made false statements during the campaign.
  • Opponents: Calif. Prop. 19 failed on merit   UPI / 3:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Opponents of California Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization measure defeated by state voters, say flaws in the law led to its defeat.
  • President of Tanzania declared re-elected   UPI / 1:34PM
    DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Tanzania's election officials declared Friday that Jakaya Kikwete was re-elected president of the East African country.
  • Thursday, November 4

  • Democrat Murray wins in Washington state   UPI / 10:05PM
    OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray declared victory and her Republican challenger Dino Rossi conceded the election Thursday in Washington state.
  • Berlusconi: Let the voters decide   UPI / 7:05PM
    ROME, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Silvio Berlusconi, once again in the midst of scandal, said Thursday he will remain prime minister of Italy until 2013 unless voters decide otherwise.
  • Palin trumpets 'rogue' victories   UPI / 5:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin trumpeted victories by candidates she supported in her Thursday Twitter feed and in a new video.
  • Ivory Coast to hold runoff elections   UPI / 4:14PM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast elections, held for the first time in five years, resulted in the need for a runoff vote scheduled later this month, officials said.
  • 10 Democrats still hoping for victory   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Ten U.S. congressional races, all involving incumbent Democrats, remained undecided Thursday, two days after the election.
  • Mass. town rejects topless measure   UPI / 3:05PM
    PITTSFIELD, Mass., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts town rejected a ballot measure calling for the right of women to go topless in public.
  • Conn. governor's race may avoid recount   UPI / 12:54PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Votes cast in the New Haven area may be enough to help Democrat Dannel Malloy avoid a recount in Connecticut's gubernatorial race, returns indicated.
  • Vote count slow in Ill. gov's race   UPI / 9:24AM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Thousands of ballots remain uncounted in the Illinois governor's race with incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn's narrow lead growing Thursday, results showed.
  • Wednesday, November 3

  • Rove unified GOP groups to target Dems   UPI / 6:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Karl Rove helped Republican groups overcome suspicion and fear of one another to unify their ad buys to take down the Democratic House, experts say.
  • Politics 2010: The morning after   UPI / 5:05PM
    Leaders of both major political parties Wednesday surveyed the new landscape after the Republicans' decisive success in the U.S. midterm elections.
  • 'Palin effect' a mixed result   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Midterm elections produced a mixed bag for 47 Tea Party movement and GOP candidates endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, results showed.
  • Iowa returns Grassley for 6th Senate term   UPI / 12:05PM
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Republican Charles Grassley has been returned to the U.S. Senate for a sixth term by Iowa voters, easily defeating his Democratic challenger, returns show.
  • Nikki Haley wins S.C. governor's race   UPI / 12:05PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Republican Nikki Haley was elected South Carolina's first female governor Tuesday, defeating Democrat Vincent Sheheen in a tight race.
  • Democrats lose W.Va. seat after 40 years   UPI / 11:54AM
    WHEELING, W.Va., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Republican David McKinley held a lead of less than 1,400 votes early Wednesday in West Virginia's 1st Congressional District, returns showed.
  • Democrats flex muscles in California   UPI / 11:14AM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Bucking a national trend, Democratic voters in California sent Republican gubernatorial and senate candidates to defeats.
  • Dem. Shumlin leading Vt. governor's race   UPI / 10:24AM
    MONTPELIER, Vt., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democrat Peter Shumlin held a slight lead over Republican Brian Dubie in a close race for Vermont's governorship that might be decided by the Legislature.
  • LePage takes lead in Maine gov's race   UPI / 10:05AM
    AUGUSTA, Maine, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Republican Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler were locked in a tight race for governor of Maine Wednesday, returns indicated.
  • Politics 2010: Congressional houses split   UPI / 8:54AM
    An expected Republican tsunami in the U.S. House of Representatives materialized while the Democrats held on to the U.S. Senate in midterm elections Tuesday.
  • Tea Partier ousts Democrat from N.C. seat   UPI / 4:54AM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Republican Renee Ellmers, a Tea Party candidate, claimed victory in North Carolina's 2nd district Tuesday over seven-term incumbent Rep. Bob Etheridge.
  • Republican Haslam wins Tenn. gov race   UPI / 4:14AM
    NASHVILLE, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam defeated Democratic lawyer Mike McWherter in the Tennessee governor's race Tuesday, solidifying Republican control of the state.
  • Denocrats lose W.Va. seat after 40 years   UPI / 4:14AM
    WHEELING, W.Va., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Republican David McKinley held a lead of less than 1,400 votes early Wednesday in West Virginia's 1st congressional district, returns showed.
  • Tea Party gets foothold in Congress   UPI / 4:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The Tea Party, which didn't exist two years ago, came out of the 2010 midterm elections as an influential force in contemporary American politics.
  • Cuomo N.Y. gov; Schumer, Gillibrand win   UPI / 3:54AM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic state Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo easily defeated Republican rival Carl P. Paladino to win the New York governor's race.
  • Redistricting big prize for legislatures   UPI / 3:54AM
    Republicans' Election Day success extended to legislatures across the United States, the National Conference of State Legislatures says.
  • Blumenthal beats McMahon for U.S. Senate   UPI / 3:34AM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democrat Richard Blumenthal defeated pro-wrestling business magnate Linda McMahon to win the U.S. Senate race in Connecticut, returns indicated.
  • Chafee elected Rhode Island governor   UPI / 3:14AM
    WARWICK, R.I., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee was elected Rhode Island's next governor, narrowly beating John Robitaille Tuesday.
  • 3 Democrats lose House seats in Va.   UPI / 3:14AM
    RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- At least three incumbent Democrats lost House seats in Virginia in Tuesday's midterm election.
  • Republicans retake 4 Pa. districts   UPI / 2:54AM
    HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Republicans made gains Tuesday across Pennsylvania, retaking four congressional districts the party lost in the Democratic waves of 2006 and 2008.
  • Politics 2010: Democrats hold on to Senate   UPI / 2:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democrats held on to their majority in the U.S. Senate, albeit in smaller numbers, as the House flipped to Republicans in Tuesday's election.
  • Beebe wins second term as Arkansas gov.   UPI / 2:44AM
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe easily won a second term Tuesday, but it was all bad news for other Democrats running in the state.
  • Feingold out after 18 years in Senate   UPI / 2:34AM
    MILWAUKEE, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin has lost his seat of 18 years, once thought safe, to his Republican challenger businessman Ron Johnson, results show.
  • Patrick, Frank win re-election in Mass.   UPI / 2:34AM
    BOSTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick defeated Republican challenger Charles Baker to win re-election Tuesday.
  • Politics 2010: Governors' races historic   UPI / 2:24AM
    The first Latina governor and the first Indian-American female governor were among top state officials elected in the U.S. midterm elections Tuesday.
  • Republican Deal wins Georgia governor   UPI / 1:34AM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal defeated former Gov. Roy Barnes for governor of Georgia Tuesday as the Republican Party won big in the state.
  • GOP's Portman wins Ohio's U.S. Senate race   UPI / 1:34AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Rob Portman won the U.S. Senate race in Ohio Tuesday, keeping the seat in the Republican fold, election results showed.
  • Toomey retakes Pa. Senate seat for GOP   UPI / 1:14AM
    HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey appeared Tuesday to have reclaimed the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat now held by Arlen Specter for the Republican Party.
  • Politics 2010: Boehner says Americans won   UPI / 12:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker-apparent John Boehner, R-Ohio, pledged the new House majority would listen to the electorate that elevated them to power.
  • Lynch wins 4th term as N.H. governor   UPI / 12:44AM
    CONCORD, N.H., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch won a historic fourth consecutive term Tuesday, defeating conservative Republican challenger John Stephen.
  • Democrats lose one House seat in Md.   UPI / 12:24AM
    ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Maryland resisted the Republican tide in Tuesday's election, with Gov. Martin O'Malley and U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski winning new terms.
  • Long-held N.D. Dem House seat falls to GOP   UPI / 12:05AM
    FARGO, N.D., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- North Dakota's lone house seat, held by Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy for 18 years, has fallen to the Republican Party, results show.
  • Tuesday, November 2

  • Democrats take Del. Senate, House seats   UPI / 11:54PM
    DOVER, Del., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The Democratic Party Tuesday held on to the U.S. Senate seat in Delaware long occupied by Joe Biden and won the state's single congressional seat as well.
  • Republican Corbett wins Pa. governor race   UPI / 11:54PM
    HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett defeated Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato Tuesday, claiming the governorship for the Republicans.
  • Brownbeck wins in Kansas gov. landslide   UPI / 11:24PM
    TOPEKA, Kan., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Republican Sam Brownback moves from the U.S. Senate to governor of Kansas with an easy election win over Democrat Tom Holland, results showed Tuesday.
  • Republicans pick up House seat in N.J.   UPI / 10:54PM
    TRENTON, N.J., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Republicans picked up a House seat in New Jersey when Democrat John Adler lost to Republican Jon Runyan in the 3rd Congressional District.
  • Democrat Manchin wins Va. Senate seat   UPI / 10:35PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin III appeared to be the winner Tuesday in the race for the West Virginia Senate seat long held by Robert Byrd, returns indicated.
  • Rand Paul winner in Kentucky Senate race   UPI / 10:05PM
    LEXINGTON, Ky., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Rand Paul, a political newcomer and son of libertarian U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, was projected the winner Tuesday in the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky.
  • Cash daughter miffed at Boehner for joke   UPI / 5:14PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The daughter of the late country singer Johnny Cash Tuesday took offense at one of U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner's stump speech lines.
  • Poll: Split on female politician quotas   UPI / 4:14PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A poll released Tuesday indicated U.S. adults are split on a quota system for achieving a specific number of women as candidates for public office.
  • Election robocalls jam N.H. phone lines   UPI / 8:44AM
    CONCORD, N.H., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- New Hampshire Republican and Democratic campaign workers say they regard each other with suspicion after both parties lost pre-election phone service.
  • Monday, November 1

  • Calling opposing party corrupt ineffective   UPI / 11:14PM
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Focusing on corruption in the opposing political party is not necessarily a way to win an election, North Carolina researchers say.
  • DeLay trial opens in Austin   UPI / 9:34PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Lawyers for former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said at his money laundering and conspiracy trial Monday he is being prosecuted for "good politics."
  • Channel twice 'forgot' O'Donnell ad   UPI / 6:34PM
    WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The campaign of Christine O'Donnell, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware, said a public access station "forgot" to run a 24-minute ad.
  • Unions have much at stake in elections   UPI / 4:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Unions, which have spent millions trying to preserve Democratic control of Congress, are dreading a Republican takeover, leaders say.
  • Court rejects challenge to PAC law   UPI / 4:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear a challenge to restrictions on political action committees.
  • Obama has flurry of interviews   UPI / 3:54PM
    CLEVELAND, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama entered the final lap before Tuesday's balloting with a round of interviews.
  • Poll: Obama plays role in 2010 election   UPI / 2:54PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The president is playing a large role in U.S. voter preferences, with 38 percent of voters saying their ballot is a vote against Barack Obama, Gallup said.
  • Poll: Generic ballot tilts more Republican   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- With Election Day upon the United States, Republicans hold a 10-point lead over Democrats in the battle for the control of Congress, a CNN poll indicates.
  • Somali-American picked as prime minister   UPI / 8:14AM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A Somali-American was elected prime minister of Somalia, officials said.
  • Sunday, October 31

  • Boehner appears with Ohio Nazi re-enactor   UPI / 10:54PM
    TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner briefly appeared this weekend with an Ohio candidate who has portrayed Nazi SS soldiers in re-enactments.
  • Brazilians elect first woman president   UPI / 7:14PM
    SAO PAULO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Brazilians Sunday elected Workers Party candidate Dilma Rousseff their first woman president, election results showed.
  • Musharraf drums up support in Florida   UPI / 5:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former military dictator, is bringing his political comeback campaign to the United States.
  • Obama orders high turnout at diner   UPI / 3:44PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama, stopping for breakfast at a Chicago diner Sunday, was upbeat and pushed again for a big Democratic turnout on Tuesday.
  • Steele seeks 'smart leadership' from GOP   UPI / 2:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Republican Chairman Michael Steele said Sunday the party will stand on principle but must use "smart leadership" in the next Congress.
  • GOP admits 'concern' over Alaska race   UPI / 2:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The head of the Republicans' Senate campaign denied Sunday that the party is giving up on Joe Miller in Alaska.
  • Palin expects GOP 'earthquake' at polls   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin is predicting "a political earthquake" in Tuesday's midterm elections.
  • Republican predicts gutting of health law   UPI / 1:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A Republican leader predicted Sunday that if his party captures Congress, it will change the healthcare law so "that you won't recognize it."
  • Ivory Coast holds presidential election   UPI / 1:05PM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Nearly 6 million people were eligible to vote in the Ivory Coast's first presidential election in a decade, officials said.
  • Ukraine local elections begin   UPI / 9:44AM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Some 33,000 polling stations in Ukraine opened Sunday for 12 hours of voting in local elections, with some voters facing 2-foot-long ballots.
  • Saturday, October 30

  • Palin, Nugent capaign for Raese   UPI / 9:24PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Tea Party fireplug Sarah Palin and rocker Ted Nugent Saturday urged West Virginia voters to send Republican John Raese to the Senate on Election Day.
  • Boccieri's wife goes into labor at rally   UPI / 8:54PM
    CANTON, Ohio, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton was upstaged at a campaign rally in Canton, Ohio, Saturday when U.S. Rep. John Boccieri's wife went into labor.
  • Obama heckled in Connecticut   UPI / 7:54PM
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama was heckled by AIDS activists Saturday during an event to rally the Democratic base in Connecticut.
  • Snub to Meek may hurt Florida Democrats   UPI / 2:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The turmoil in Florida's U.S. Senate race could hurt Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, party leaders, observers and pollsters say.
  • Kremlin envoy becomes a Terek Cossack   UPI / 1:24PM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The Kremlin's envoy to the North Caucasus has been granted admission to the Terek Cossacks, officials said.
  • McDonald's owner urges workers to vote GOP   UPI / 9:34AM
    CANTON, Ohio, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- McDonald's USA says the owner of an Ohio restaurant made a serious mistake when he gave employees a Republican handout with their paychecks.
  • Court: Alaska voters can see write-in list   UPI / 9:14AM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- In a victory for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Supreme Court found that voters who want to see a list of certified write-in candidates at the polls can.
  • Friday, October 29

  • Palin reiterates support for Miller   UPI / 11:44AM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Republican Joe Miller, his bid to become Alaska's U.S. senator imploding, called on Sarah Palin, an early supporter, to help juice his campaign.
  • Boxer ahead in California Senate race   UPI / 11:14AM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has an 8-point lead over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in California's U.S. Senate race, a poll shows.
  • Russia boosting national parks, ecotourism   UPI / 10:34AM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Russia will expand and improve its national park system, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday.
  • Dems negative more often than GOP in ads   UPI / 8:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Democrats, faced with the possibility of losing control of the U.S. House Tuesday, have gone negative against their campaign opponents, a study indicates.
  • Meek denies Clinton asked him to bow out   UPI / 12:04AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Florida Democrat Kendrick Meek denied Thursday night former President Bill Clinton tried to get him to quit the U.S. Senate race.
  • Thursday, October 28

  • Pledge of Allegiance an issue again   UPI / 9:05PM
    PITTSBURGH, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag has once again become a campaign issue as the mid-term elections approach.
  • Ex-British P.M.'s wife shops on eBay   UPI / 7:44PM
    LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Cherie Blair, the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, spends a great deal of her time shopping for bargains on eBay, her friends say.
  • Expired software license halts N.M. voting   UPI / 6:24PM
    SANTA FE, N.M., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Early voting in New Mexico was temporarily disrupted when a voter-registration computer system was made inaccessible due to an expired license, officials said.
  • Black Republican poised for House win   UPI / 12:24PM
    CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- If projections hold true, the U.S. Congress could see its first black Republican in seven years, political observers said.
  • Paul backer wants apology from protester   UPI / 12:24PM
    LEXINGTON, Ky., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The former Rand Paul campaign worker accused of stomping the head of a protester outside a candidates debate in Kentucky says the protester owes him an apology.
  • Poll: Obama blocs look to GOP this year   UPI / 11:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Segments of the coalition that swept U.S. President Obama and congressional Democrats into power are committing to Republicans, a New York Times poll indicated.
  • Wednesday, October 27

  • Conn. voters can wear WWE gear   UPI / 10:05PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Connecticut's secretary of state says voters can wear World Wrestling Entertainment gear to the polls even though the WWE's ex-chief executive is a candidate.
  • Stay sought over Alaska write-in list ban   UPI / 7:05PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Alaskan election officials have asked the state Supreme Court to stay a lower court order barring poll workers from proving lists of write-in candidates.
  • Fiorina to hit campaign trail Thursday   UPI / 7:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was released from a California hospital Wednesday after being treated for an infection.
  • Campaign mailers bear Washington 'stench'   UPI / 6:24PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A Republican running against a Democratic California representative sent out a flier with a scratch-and-sniff "stench of Washington."
  • ABC: Dems researching 2012 GOP candidates   UPI / 6:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The Democrats have asked the Pentagon for correspondence between the military and potential Republican presidential candidates, ABC News said Wednesday.
  • Schwarzenegger remains on sidelines   UPI / 4:24PM
    LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused once again to take sides in the race to succeed him, calling Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown "great candidates."
  • Poll: 25 percent of voters to vote early   UPI / 10:44AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- More than a quarter of registered voters across the United States said they already voted or plan to vote before Election Day, Gallup reported Wednesday.
  • Democratic groups boost election spending   UPI / 10:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Democratic interest groups are narrowing the spending gap with their conservative counterparts in the U.S. midterm elections, records indicate.
  • Gorbachev worried about Russian democracy   UPI / 8:05AM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says he's worried about the direction of Russia's democracy under Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
  • Tuesday, October 26

  • Hispanics: Nev. GOP Sen. candidate racist   UPI / 11:24PM
    CARSON CITY, Nev., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Sharron Angle, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Nevada, released a campaign advertisement on illegal immigration that Hispanic groups say is racist.
  • Alaska: Miller admits lies in computer use   UPI / 11:24PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Alaska Republican U.S. Senate nominee Joe Miller admitted in 2008 he lied after it was found he used government resources for politics, documents show.
  • Rand Paul volunteer resigns after stomping   UPI / 10:54PM
    LEXINGTON, Ky., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Rand Paul backer who stomped on a protester outside the Kentucky TV studio where Paul debated Democrat Jack Conway said Tuesday he feared for Paul's safety.
  • Sen. nominee Fiorina to remain in hospital   UPI / 10:34PM
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. Senate nominee Carly Fiorina will remain in a California hospital overnight for observation, her campaign said Tuesday.
  • Arizona voter ID law overturned   UPI / 9:14PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A federal court has overturned an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration but upheld one requiring photo ID at polling places.
  • Campaign calls go out at 1 a.m.   UPI / 6:14PM
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Nevada political action committee apologized for an automated call that went out to about 50,000 homes at 1 a.m.
  • Ore. city may shed Detroit name   UPI / 4:24PM
    DETROIT, Ore., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Proponents of a ballot measure to change the name of Detroit, Ore., say they want to separate the tourist town's image from the Michigan city.
  • Biden appearance kicked out of high school   UPI / 1:05PM
    RADNOR, Pa., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A suburban Philadelphia school district has barred a candidate for Congress from holding a rally with Vice President Joe Biden in the high school gym.
  • Egypt restricts election slogans   UPI / 8:34AM
    CAIRO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The Egyptian government has banned parties in the upcoming Egyptian parliamentary elections from using religious slogans, officials said.
  • Monday, October 25

  • Half of Americans angry with politicians   UPI / 6:54PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Incumbent elected officials may face trouble on Election Day as a substantial majority of Americans say they are angry with politicians, a poll indicates.
  • O'Donnell attributes poll bump to prayer   UPI / 4:24PM
    DOVER, Del., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Christine O'Donnell, Delaware's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, attributed her bump in recent polls to the power of prayer.
  • Governor unintentionally crashes reception   UPI / 2:05PM
    JEROME, Idaho, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Staffers at an Idaho library said Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other Republican candidates were ejected from a room reserved for a wedding reception.
  • Caprio on no Obama endorsement? 'Shove it'   UPI / 2:05PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- President Obama can take his non-endorsement of Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio and "shove it," the Democrat said in a radio interview Monday.
  • Canadians vote in 3 elections in November   UPI / 9:44AM
    TORONTO, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Canadians will vote in three Ontario and Manitoba by-elections Nov. 29 and the prime minister announced his support in one high-profile race, officials said.
  • Analysts: GOP House, Dem Senate likely   UPI / 8:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The question isn't whether the midterm elections will be bad for Democrats controlling the U.S. Congress, but how bad, analysts say.
  • Power faces predict law firm profitability   UPI / 1:54AM
    TORONTO, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Managing partners who have faces that look powerful have better bottom lines, Canadian and U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Sunday, October 24

  • Iraqi parliament ordered to get to work   UPI / 6:44PM
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Supreme Court Sunday ordered the deadlocked parliament to get to work, calling the lawmakers' absence unconstitutional.
  • GOP chairman sees groundswell for party   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Republican Chairman Michael Steele predicted Sunday that "a vibration out here that is unlike anything I've ever seen before" will carry the GOP to victory.
  • Rove calls Democratic attacks hypocritical   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Republican strategist Karl Rove Sunday defended raising funds from undisclosed donors, saying Democrats do the same.
  • Florida rivals debate taxes and economy   UPI / 12:44PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Florida's three Senate candidates differed Sunday on how to lift the Sunshine State out of its dire economic situation.
  • U.S. Senate hopefuls stress independence   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Two candidates in key and very close U.S. Senate races distanced themselves from less popular members of their parties in interviews Sunday.
  • Obama campaigns in Minneapolis   UPI / 12:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama campaigned for Democrat gubernatorial hopeful Mark Dayton Saturday in Minneapolis before attending a private fundraiser.
  • Saturday, October 23

  • Man gets 14 years for plot to kill Obama   UPI / 8:44PM
    JACKSON, Tenn., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A Tennessee man was sent to prison for 14 years Friday for plotting the mass killing of blacks, including Barack Obama when he was a presidential candidate.
  • Couple allegedly milked orphans' trust   UPI / 6:54PM
    PITTSBURGH, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania couple have been charged with using $1.4 million held in trust for two orphaned relatives they adopted to upgrade their own lifestyle.
  • Conn. wrestles with a voter dress code   UPI / 1:14PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Voters wearing a T-shirt at the polls promoting World Wrestling Entertainment might be contested by election officials on Nov. 2, Connecticut officials said.
  • Friday, October 22

  • Dispute over expatriate voters settled   UPI / 11:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Illinois has agreed to extend absentee ballot deadlines for expatriate voters, including those in the military, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday.
  • Rahm Emanuel begins fundraising   UPI / 11:05PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has begun laying the financial groundwork for his run for mayor of Chicago, an aide said.
  • Reid: Angle trying to reshape GOP   UPI / 7:54PM
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says his Republican opponent would be bad for Nevada and for the Republican Party there if she wins.
  • Calif. pot initiative opinions split   UPI / 4:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- California's ballot proposition to legalize marijuana is sparking a major generational and political divide, a poll indicates.
  • 'Swift Boat' financiers big givers in 2010   UPI / 3:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Much of the money pouring into Republican political groups this year comes from a few very rich people with a long history of political giving, records show.
  • Presidential run-off in Guinea delayed   UPI / 3:14PM
    CONAKRY, Guinea, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The run-off presidential vote in Guinea has been put off to an undetermined date, the head of the electoral commission announced Friday.
  • Clinton works to save Democrats this fall   UPI / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Some Democrats express concern about the popularity of former U.S. President Clinton, while others say he connects with voters while stumping for candidates.
  • Myanmar election process panned   UPI / 12:05AM
    UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Myanmar's process for its first national elections in two decades is deeply flawed, an independent United Nations human rights expert said Thursday.
  • Thursday, October 21

  • Obama campaigns for Sen. Murray in Seattle   UPI / 4:14PM
    SEATTLE, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama spoke about women and the economy and defended his healthcare plan as he campaigned Thursday in Seattle with Sen. Patty Murray.
  • Christine O'Donnell says she won debate   UPI / 2:44PM
    WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Christine O'Donnell, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Delaware, says news reports misrepresented her debate with Democrat Chris Coons.
  • Poll results not so good for Democrats   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A majority of voters in battleground races say U.S. President Obama hasn't changed Washington or brought change for the worse, a poll by The Hill indicates.
  • Wednesday, October 20

  • Group: Bahrain cracks down on opposition   UPI / 9:34PM
    MANAMA, Bahrain, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Bahrain's government has cracked down on political opposition in a display of "full-blown authoritarianism as elections approach, a rights group said Wednesday.
  • Pervasive vote fraud found in Afghanistan   UPI / 11:14AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- More than a million ballots in the Afghan parliamentary election have been disqualified for fraud, electoral officials said Wednesday.
  • Poll: GOP landslide in House races likely   UPI / 12:04AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A new poll indicates Republicans have held their momentum heading into the midterm elections despite stepped up campaigning by the Democrats.
  • Tuesday, October 19

  • Poll: Obama still seen as non-divisive   UPI / 7:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Americans see Democratic President Barack Obama as a far less divisive figure than Republican lightning rod Sarah Palin, a poll released Tuesday indicates.
  • Palin: GOP will unite behind Tea Party   UPI / 3:24PM
    RENO, Nev., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin, whose support helped many U.S. Tea Party candidates win Republican primaries this year, expects the "machine" to adopt the movement's beliefs.
  • Analysis: 99 Dem House seats in play   UPI / 10:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- With two weeks left until the U.S. midterm elections, Democrats are circling the wagons to try to blunt their anticipated thumping, political analysts said.
  • Monday, October 18

  • Obama: Science contest winners inspiring   UPI / 4:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- President Obama, hosting the inaugural White House Science Fair, says student-scientists should receive the same presidential recognition as student-athletes.
  • Palin kicks off Tea Party bus tour   UPI / 4:14PM
    RENO, Nev., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Reno, Nev., is the first stop on the Tea Party pre-election bus tour Monday with Sarah Palin stumping for Sharron Angle.
  • Alaska editor detained at Miller gathering   UPI / 2:34PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- An Alaska online newspaper editor was arrested by security guards during a town-hall meeting for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller, witnesses said.
  • Chinese VP given top military position   UPI / 2:24PM
    BEIJING, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping has been named vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, the Communist Party announced Monday.
  • Israel marks 15 years since Rabin killing   UPI / 10:05AM
    TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Israel Monday marked the 15th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin with calls to keep his legacy alive.
  • Iraqi prime minister travels to Iran   UPI / 9:54AM
    TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki traveled to Iran Monday on another trip to regional neighbors, as his rival accused Iran of interfering in Iraq's business.
  • Sunday, October 17

  • New Karachi violence kills 33   UPI / 8:44PM
    KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- At least 33 people have died and 50 injured in violence ahead of special parliamentary elections in Karachi, Pakistan, police said.
  • GOP candidates take the fundraising lead   UPI / 8:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Republican candidates have overtaken Democrats in fundraising with two weeks to go before the United States' midterm elections, finance reports show.
  • Black turnout vital to Democrats' hopes   UPI / 7:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- African-American turnout in the Nov. 2 elections will be crucial to Democratic efforts to hold the U.S. Congress, elected officials and activists say.
  • When did you stop beating your wife?   UPI / 3:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Both parties are taking negative political campaigning to a new low this year, Politico reported.
  • Neo-Nazi running low-key campaign   UPI / 2:54PM
    RIVERSIDE, Calif., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Jeff Hall, running a low-key campaign for the local water board in Riverside, Calif., is the well-known head of a neo-Nazi group, an official says.
  • DeLay witness list packed with lobbyists   UPI / 2:05PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The subpoena list for former U.S. House Speaker Tom DeLay's conspiracy trial in Austin, Texas, is a who's who of former power brokers, observers say.
  • Obama aide attacks outside campaign funds   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Top White House adviser David Axelrod continued his attack on campaign spending by independent groups Sunday.
  • Delaware candidate feels abandoned by GOP   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Christine O'Donnell, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Delaware, says the national party has left her to fend for herself.
  • Candidates elsehwere as Palin hits Calif.   UPI / 12:14AM
    ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The two women on top of the Republican ticket in California were no-shows Saturday at a fundraiser headlined by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
  • Saturday, October 16

  • Obama hits the stump in Massachusetts   UPI / 11:44PM
    BOSTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- President Obama stumped for Democratic candidates at a fundraiser and rally in Boston Saturday, saying "the worst is behind us" economically.
  • Holder warning on Calif. pot prop debated   UPI / 2:54PM
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Proponents of marijuana legalization in California are brushing off Washington's warning that pot smokers won't be immune from federal drug laws.
  • Clinton stumps for Jerry Brown   UPI / 2:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton turned the tables in California by calling political veteran Jerry Brown the choice for the future.
  • Early voting opens in Nevada   UPI / 2:24PM
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Early voting began Saturday in Nevada, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to fend off Republican challenger Sharron Angle.
  • Dems raise nearly $16 million in September   UPI / 9:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised nearly $16 million during September, its largest-ever monthly total, officials said.
  • Friday, October 15

  • Medvedev proposes Sobyanin as Moscow mayor   UPI / 8:54PM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says he's proposing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's chief of staff Sergei Sobyanin as Moscow's new mayor.
  • Obama stumps in Del., meets with Rice   UPI / 8:24PM
    WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama traveled to Delaware Friday to campaign for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Chris Coons.
  • Rep. Gutierrez won't run for Chicago mayor   UPI / 7:34PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Rep. Luis Gutierrez has removed himself from contention in the Chicago mayoral race.
  • Poll finds GOP edge in Congress races   UPI / 6:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Republicans have a significant edge in November in competitive U.S. congressional districts, a poll released Friday indicated.
  • Biden: Where's the money coming from?   UPI / 1:54PM
    DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden, in an interview with ABC News, said he wants the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other special interest groups to name their donors.
  • GOP candidates absent from Palin speech   UPI / 1:44PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Enthusiastic fans cheered Sarah Palin in a California appearance, but no Republican candidates showed up.
  • 'Whitey' on machine ballots will be fixed   UPI / 12:05PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The Chicago elections board says the problem of a name misspelled as "Whitey" on 8,000 voting machines will be corrected.
  • Mugabe wants to end power-sharing deal   UPI / 9:24AM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says he doesn't want a power-sharing deal with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to be extended.
  • Union ad rips Tea Party-backed candidates   UPI / 9:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The largest federal workers union in the United States says it will run an ad attacking Tea Party-backed candidates pledging to cut spending and freeze hiring.
  • Reid, Angle debate in Las Vegas   UPI / 1:04AM
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, met in a debate in Las Vegas that featured an exchange of personal attacks.
  • Thursday, October 14

  • Frank haunted by 2003 remarks on lenders   UPI / 9:54PM
    BROOKLINE, Mass., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Remarks about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., during a 2003 committee hearing have become a campaign issue in 2010.
  • Dems seen as more extremist dominated   UPI / 2:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Voters in battleground U.S. districts see Democrats more dominated by extremists than Republicans, a poll indicates.
  • 'Whitey' instead of Whitney on ballots   UPI / 11:06AM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The last name of Illinois gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is spelled "Whitey" on voting machines in some African-American wards, election officials said.
  • Ill. college savings plan a campaign issue   UPI / 10:44AM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Illinois Democratic Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, running for U.S. Senate, botched the state's college savings plan, Republican challenger Rep. Mark Kirk says.
  • Voter dismay trumping campaign war chests   UPI / 10:35AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The volatile 2010 midterm elections across the United States have battered the axiom that a huge war chest can be enough to fend off challengers, observers say.
  • O'Donnell, Coons spar in Delaware debate   UPI / 1:54AM
    NEWARK, Del., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The "clean-shaven capitalist" Democrat and the one-time dabbler in witchcraft Republican vying for Delaware's Senate seat traded barbs Wednesday in debate.
  • Paladino apology angers rabbi   UPI / 1:14AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A New York rabbi accused Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino of "folding like a cheap camera" when he apologized for remarks he made about gays.
  • Wednesday, October 13

  • Rove says no foreign donors   UPI / 10:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Republican strategist Karl Rove said Wednesday there have been no foreign contributors to his campaign fundraising group American Crossroads.
  • First lady Michelle Obama on the stump   UPI / 4:35PM
    MILWAUKEE, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- First lady Michelle Obama hit the 2010 campaign trail Wednesday, visiting Milwaukee to stump for embattled Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold.
  • Swastikas put on Nazi re-enactor's signs   UPI / 12:24PM
    TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Swastikas were found painted Tuesday on campaign signs around Toledo, Ohio, for Rich Iott, a former Nazi re-enactor.
  • Supporters lament campaign finance status   UPI / 9:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The theory of transparent campaign finance is being doused by the reality of huge amounts of untraceable cash flowing into the midterm election, observers said.
  • Brown, Whitman spar in final debate   UPI / 2:04AM
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- California gubernatorial nominees Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman sparred Tuesday in their last debate while keeping tight grips on their campaign themes.
  • Tuesday, October 12

  • Paladino: Gay remarks poor choice of words   UPI / 10:24PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Republican New York gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino said Tuesday his "poor choice of words" about gays was a mistake and he asked for forgiveness.
  • Obama to meet future entrepreneurs   UPI / 10:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama said Tuesday night it's been a challenge keeping attention focused on the big picture in the face of the unrelenting, 24-hour news cycle.
  • Rove on the defense with money ads   UPI / 9:14PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Former White House adviser Karl Rove says Democratic allegations of shady fundraising and channeling of secret foreign campaign contributions are "bizarre."
  • Angle raises $14M in bid to unseat Reid   UPI / 8:24PM
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Republican Sharron Angle piled up $14 million in contributions in the past three months in her bid to topple U.S. Harry Reid, D-Nev., her campaign said Tuesday.
  • White House rejects foreclosure moratorium   UPI / 5:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The White House says it does not support a nationwide moratorium on home foreclosures because of possible unintended consequences.
  • Poll: Obama would crush Palin in 2012   UPI / 5:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama would defeat former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by 16 points were they to contest the 2012 presidential election, a poll indicated Tuesday.
  • Palin raised $1.2M in quarter   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Tea Party darling Sarah Palin has had her best three months of fundraising since her 2008 run as the Republican vice presidential candidate, filings show.
  • Obama campaigning, fighting attack ads   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will be in campaign mode for the rest of October, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.
  • Fewer women may be in Congress post-Nov. 2   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The number of women in the U.S. Congress could drop after the elections, despite Republicans touting 2010 as the year of the GOP woman, observers said.
  • Settlers call on PM to allow building   UPI / 7:54AM
    JERUSALEM, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Settler leaders called on Israel's prime minister to approve new building tenders in West Bank settlements and not extend a building freeze, officials said.
  • Monday, October 11

  • Nominee: 'Personal issues' off limits   UPI / 8:14PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Joe Miller, the Republican U.S. Senate nominee in Alaska, said Monday he will not answer questions about his personal background before the November election.
  • Constitutions an issue in 4 states   UPI / 7:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Voters in four U.S. states will decide next month whether to hold conventions to revamp their states' constitutions.
  • Meek squelches reports of his dropping out   UPI / 4:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek says there's no truth to speculation that he's dropping out of the U.S. Senate race and backing Gov. Charlie Crist's independent bid.
  • Death reported in Russia's regional voting   UPI / 3:54PM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The voter turnout was up in 77 of Russia's 84 regions and a man was shot to death during a demonstration in one of them, election officials said.
  • Healthcare law needs changes, Manchin says   UPI / 2:24PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, in a tough race to succeed Sen. Robert Byrd, said he supports axing the healthcare reform law if it can't be fixed.
  • Scottish hostage's death investigated   UPI / 12:35PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- British hostage Linda Norgrove may have been killed by a grenade tossed by U.S. forces trying to rescue her in Afghanistan, Britain's prime minister said.
  • Kyrgyz elections point to coalition rule   UPI / 10:05AM
    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- No single party gained a parliamentary majority, meaning a coalition of new and old Kyrgyz government leaders is likely, preliminary election results indicate.
  • Sunday, October 10

  • Paladino labels gays 'dysfunctional'   UPI / 9:24PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino called gays "dysfunctional" during a Sunday campaign stop at a Brooklyn borough synagogue.
  • Palin denounces media in San Diego speech   UPI / 5:44PM
    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin shrugged off the "mockery" of the "lamestream media" in a campaign speech in San Diego.
  • Indians getting more political   UPI / 4:24PM
    PHOENIX, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- American Indians, historically slow to engage in non-Indian policy and politics, are becoming politically engaged, voting in greater numbers, observers say.
  • Rivals for Obama seat debate economics   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Illinois' Senate candidates tangled Sunday over the economic record of the man who held the seat they seek, President Barack Obama.
  • Democrats defend running against leaders   UPI / 3:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The head of the Democrats' campaign to hold the U.S. House Sunday defended members who are running against their own leadership in TV ads.
  • U.S. campaign funding sparks sharp debate   UPI / 3:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama's top political adviser pressed the issue of foreign funding of U.S. political campaigns, despite reports finding no violations of law.
  • Rove bristles at foreign money allegation   UPI / 3:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Republican operative Karl Rove denounced Democratic charges the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was funneling foreign money into U.S. campaigns as a "baseless lie."
  • Regional Russian elections see more voters   UPI / 3:24PM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Russians turned out better than usual in Sunday's regional elections, an official said.
  • Kyrgyzstan holds first parliament vote   UPI / 10:54AM
    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan held its first-ever parliamentary elections Sunday.
  • Spokesman: Candidate Iott no Nazi   UPI / 1:14AM
    TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. House candidate Rich Iott of Ohio took part in Nazi re-enactments but that doesn't make him one, his spokesman said.
  • Saturday, October 9

  • Medvedev gets short list for Moscow mayor   UPI / 9:54PM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was given a short list Saturday of four candidates to succeed Yury Luzhkov as mayor of Moscow, his press secretary said.
  • Mugabe aide counters attack by premier   UPI / 3:54PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A lieutenant of President Robert Mugabe has struck back at Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in a spat over power-sharing in Zimbabwe.
  • Remark about Whitman irks Brown supporters   UPI / 1:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Leaders of women's groups say California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown should apologize for the vulgar word used against opponent Meg Whitman.
  • Justice's wife heads political group   UPI / 12:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Political scholars say they have some concerns about a new conservative fundraising push by the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
  • Tea Party convention held in Virginia   UPI / 12:34PM
    RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- More than 2,300 people signed up to attend the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Convention in Richmond, organizers said.
  • GOP outspending Dems in midterm elections   UPI / 8:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The Republican Party has a clear financial advantage in the midterm elections and is spending money to promote long-shot candidates, The Washington Post said.
  • Friday, October 8

  • Poll: Enthusiasm gap favors Republicans   UPI / 9:34PM
    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The Republican Party has a significant advantage in voter enthusiasm going into the U.S. midterm elections, a poll released Friday indicated.
  • 'Whore' quote riles California campaign   UPI / 1:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown or an associate has been caught on tape calling his opponent a "whore," the campaign confirmed.
  • Leading Nevada Republican backs Reid   UPI / 1:24AM
    RENO, Nev., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Bill Raggio, minority leader of the Nevada state Senate and a leading state Republican, has endorsed Democratic incumbent Harry Reid for the U.S. Senate.
  • Obama: Campaign funding is threat   UPI / 12:05AM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday said campaign funding from "places beyond our shores" is "a threat to our democracy."
  • Thursday, October 7

  • Political aide gets 37 months for bribery   UPI / 10:24PM
    DETROIT, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Detroit political consultant Sam Riddle, sentenced to 37 months in prison for bribery and extortion, vowed to return to politics when he is released.
  • Republicans pulling ad with 'hicky' actors   UPI / 6:34PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The National Republican Senatorial Committee is pulling ads in West Virginia after it was revealed the casting call sought "hicky, blue collar" actors.
  • Goolsbee faces probe for Koch remark   UPI / 3:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A top U.S. administration economic official is being investigated for allegedly snooping into a private company run by politically conservative billionaires.
  • Aide blocks Twitter page after bad words   UPI / 11:34AM
    EVANSTON, Ill., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A top Democratic congressional aide blocked access to his Twitter page after calling foes of the planned Islamic center near New York's Ground Zero "dumbaes."
  • Early voting up 50 percent over 2006   UPI / 9:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Early voting has increased greatly over the last U.S. midterm elections in 2006, state reports show.
  • Investigation of Edwards affair widens   UPI / 8:14AM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors are calling more witnesses in the investigation of John Edwards' use of campaign funds to cover up his affair.
  • Wednesday, October 6

  • Poll: Palin backing no help in Calif.   UPI / 10:24PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- California Republicans overwhelmingly approve of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin yet her endorsement would more likely hurt candidates than help, a poll found.
  • Palin a minus in California, poll finds   UPI / 2:44PM
    RIVERSIDE, Calif., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin's endorsement would do a candidate no favors in California, a poll released Wednesday indicates.
  • Whitman's spending reaches $140 million   UPI / 2:24PM
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Meg Whitman's spending in her run for governor of California hit a record $140 million through the end of September, her reports reveal.
  • Emanuel gets condo near Chicago's downtown   UPI / 10:44AM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel leased a condominium in Chicago, getting a temporary address in the city he may want to lead, his aide said.
  • Obama to attend DNC fundraising dinner   UPI / 7:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- President Obama travels to New Jersey Wednesday to help raise funds for Democrats less than a month before the midterm elections, the White House said.
  • Tuesday, October 5

  • Write-in candidate keeps Fla. busy   UPI / 11:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- While serial write-in candidate Josue Larose is a political unknown, the Florida Division of Elections says he has generated more paperwork than anyone else.
  • IRS complaint filed against Rove group   UPI / 8:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Two U.S. election watchdog groups filed a complaint Tuesday, saying a non-profit group set up by Karl Rove has engaged in blatant political campaigning.
  • Feingold removes Moss 'moon' from ad   UPI / 7:14PM
    OSHKOSH, Wis., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., said Tuesday he would change a campaign ad that uses a clip of wide receiver Randy Moss "mooning" Green Bay Packers fans.
  • O'Donnell doll sports cape, witch's hat   UPI / 3:54PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A doll modeled on Christine O'Donnell shows the Delaware U.S. Senate candidate dressed as a witch, its manufacturer says.
  • Poll: Dems gain on GOP, but is it enough?   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Democrats are gaining on Republicans as the U.S. elections near, but the political landscape remains red-tinged, a Washington Post-ABC News poll indicates.
  • Monday, October 4

  • Blumenthal, McMahon debate in Conn.   UPI / 10:54PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Connecticut's Democratic and Republican U.S. Senate nominees traded accusations on truthfulness and fitness for office during a debate in Hartford Monday.
  • GOP gains could affect foreign policy   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- If Republicans make congressional inroads in the November midterm elections, U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan could be affected, experts say.
  • Russia, Belarus relations get icier   UPI / 6:14PM
    GELENDZHIK, Russia, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- In his video blog, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev criticized Belarusian President Lukashenko for making Russia look like the country's main enemy.
  • Haitian youth to support new candidate   UPI / 6:05PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Supporters of hip hop artist Wyclef Jean's bid for the Haitian presidency say they're backing a new candidate after Jean was ruled ineligible for the ballot.
  • DNC has banner fundraising in September   UPI / 5:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Contributions that tops $16 million helped make September the best fundraising month for the 2010 U.S. election cycle for Democrats, a party official says.
  • Indictment of Japanese power broker near   UPI / 5:05PM
    TOKYO, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Powerful Japanese political figure Ichiro Ozawa should be indicted on campaign finance charges, a special citizens judicial committee said Monday.
  • Gallup: Obama approval at 45 percent   UPI / 4:44PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama's approval rating averaged 45 percent in September, a slight improvement from August, a Gallup poll said.
  • Vatican rips 'deplorable' Berlusconi jokes   UPI / 2:24PM
    ROME, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The Vatican has condemned Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for telling what it said were blasphemous, anti-Semitic and sexist jokes.
  • Women in Congress likely to fall   UPI / 11:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The number of women in the U.S. Congress likely will drop for the first time in three decades after the midterm elections, independent analysts predicted.
  • Miller would pull back government's scope   UPI / 11:54AM
    JUNEAU, Alaska, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Joe Miller, the Tea Party-backed Republican in Alaska's U.S. Senate race, says he would work to drop the federal minimum wage and scale back government's reach.
  • Health industry turns to GOP in 2010   UPI / 10:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. health industry leaders may have backed healthcare reform in 2009, but their money in 2010 backs more Republicans than Democrats, data show.
  • Ex-congressmen urge end to partisanship   UPI / 9:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Former congressional members, in a letter, told current congressional candidates of both parties to stop the sniping and start on solving problems.
  • Anti-Islam Dutch leader tried on hatred   UPI / 9:44AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The trial of Netherlands anti-Islam Party of Freedom leader Geert Wilders, who is charged with discrimination and inciting hatred, began Monday in Amsterdam.
  • Emanuel's residency could be a ballot issue   UPI / 8:14AM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Some Chicago election lawyers say former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel may be kept off the election ballot for mayor because of a residency issue.
  • Rousseff, Serra in Brazil runoff   UPI / 1:05AM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Leftist Dilma Rousseff will face centrist Jose Serra in a runoff since results showed neither received a majority in Brazil's presidential elections Sunday.
  • Sunday, October 3

  • Murkowski write-in drawing Democrat votes   UPI / 5:44PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign is bleeding Democrat Scott McAdams' support, polls in Alaska show.
  • Whitman: Brown put ex-maid at deport risk   UPI / 3:54PM
    FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman tried to turn the tables on opponent Jerry Brown by saying he left her former housekeeper out on a limb.
  • Rand Paul: Debt undermining U.S. economy   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul said Sunday the national debt is a higher priority than the Obama administration's efforts to stimulate the U.S. economy.
  • Voting a must for 200K Brazilian expats   UPI / 12:35PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Polling in national elections in Brazil Sunday extended worldwide to some 200,000 expatriates regardless of their citizenship, consular officials said.
  • National elections begin in Brazil   UPI / 8:34AM
    BRASILIA, Brazil, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Mandatory voting in Brazil's national and regional elections began Sunday for more than 135 million eligible voters in the country and around the world.
  • Polls open in Bosnian national elections   UPI / 8:05AM
    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- More than 5,000 polling stations in Bosnia-Herzegovina opened Sunday in complex national elections to choose five presidents and scores of other officials.
  • Saturday, October 2

  • Whitman can't break out in Calif. race   UPI / 4:44PM
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Political analysts are saying California Republican Meg Whitman may not be getting her money's worth in her record-setting campaign for governor.
  • Three party system? Possible, says Thune   UPI / 4:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. said disaffected U.S. voters could form a splinter group after the midterm elections if Republicans let them down.
  • Latvia votes in tight national election   UPI / 4:44PM
    RIGA, Latvia, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Polls were largely mixed Saturday as Latvians began voting in national elections tinged by ongoing budget cuts and tax increases.
  • Friday, October 1

  • Tea Party hopeful denies misue of funds   UPI / 11:44PM
    BRANDYWINE HUNDRED, Del., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party favorite now a Republican Senate nominee in Delaware, denied Friday she paid personal expenses from campaign funds.
  • Carl Paladino backs off adultery claim   UPI / 3:44PM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for New York governor, says he didn't mean to suggest in a remark to a reporter that his rival is an adulterer.
  • Woman aims for history in Brazil election   UPI / 3:24PM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Brazil's presidential election is unprecedented in having two major female candidates, and one of them is poised to win.
  • Whitman says she would take polygraph test   UPI / 2:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman says she would take a lie detector test to prove she was unaware of hiring an illegal alien as a housekeeper.
  • Emanuel: Goodbye Washington, hello Chicago   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Each calling Friday's events bittersweet, U.S. President Obama and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, said goodbye to each other in the White House.
  • Presidential hopefuls shun Tea Party slate   UPI / 12:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Potential Republican presidential candidates have given little to Tea Party candidates in the midterms, campaign reports show.
  • South Korea PM approved by assembly   UPI / 11:34AM
    SEOUL, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- South Korea's National Assembly approved President Lee Myung-bak's choice of Kim Hwang-sik as prime minister Friday.
  • Thursday, September 30

  • EDITORIAL: Prepare 'Plan B' for Mideast peace talks   AP / 4:34PM
    Sept. 30--It was a great White House photo op: President Obama, flanked by President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, King Abdullah of Jordan, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, kicking off the Mideast peace process with hearty handshakes and reassuring rhetoric about the thaw between Israel and Palestine.
  • Big givers shifting focus on donations   UPI / 4:14PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Wealthy Democrats have cut their political donations, leaving Republicans to outspend them on midterm television advertising, a political adviser said.
  • Poll: Election wins need lobbying money   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- More than two in five U.S. voters say they don't think it's possible to win an election without special interest money, a Rasmussen Reports poll indicates.
  • Emanuel to leave White House for mayor bid   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Rahm Emanuel is expected to leave his post as White House chief of staff Friday to run for mayor of Chicago, people familiar with his plans said Thursday.
  • Fla. Democrat: Palin 'half-baked Alaskan'   UPI / 1:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., calls Sarah Palin a "half-baked Alaskan" in a response to her endorsement of his Republican challenger.
  • Obama to meet with congressional Dems   UPI / 9:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- After spending several days on the road, President Obama was in Washington Thursday for several meetings and Democratic Party events, the White House said.
  • Boxer, Fiorina debate long distance   UPI / 2:04AM
    PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Republican Carly Fiorina and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., held a long distance debate Wednesday, speaking from studios on opposite coasts.
  • Wednesday, September 29

  • Whitman says fired maid lied about status   UPI / 4:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said Wednesday her former housekeeper, who is charging mistreatment, lied about her immigration status.
  • Whitman, Brown hold first debate   UPI / 1:24AM
    DAVIS, Calif., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown sparred on taxes, public employee contracts and immigration Tuesday in the first of three California gubernatorial debates.
  • Tuesday, September 28

  • Report: Super PACs spending millions   UPI / 10:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- More than 30 super political action committees, or "independent expenditure-only committees," have been registered in two months, U.S. election officials say.
  • Poll: Tea Party gains steam in U.S.   UPI / 9:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The Tea Party movement is gaining influence in U.S. politics and becoming a major force within the Republican Party, a poll issued Tuesday indicates.
  • Florida's Grayson in hot water over ad   UPI / 4:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A Florida congressman is being accused of taking his opponent's words out of context for use in a campaign ad.
  • Alaska's Senate dark horse is incumbent   UPI / 11:44AM
    JUNEAU, Alaska, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Lisa Murkowski, the U.S. Senate incumbent sent packing in the Alaskan Republican primary, has emerged as the dark horse as a write-in candidate, observers say.
  • Emanuel close to decision on mayoral run   UPI / 8:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Sources close to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel say Emanuel is nearing a decision to leave Washington and run for mayor of Chicago.
  • Most agree, civility down since election   UPI / 2:14AM
    MEADVILLE, Pa., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Most Americans agree the tone of political discourse has worsened since Barack Obama was elected president, a U.S. survey indicates.
  • Monday, September 27

  • Chechen separatist watched by Interpol   UPI / 7:54PM
    YEKATERINBURG, Russia, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev, arrested by Poland at Russia's request, was freed but remains wanted on terrorist charges in Russia.
  • Obama signs small-business act   UPI / 4:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Small Business Jobs Act in a ceremony in the East Room Monday afternoon.
  • Hugo Chavez didn't get landslide he wanted   UPI / 2:54PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- President Hugo Chavez's supporters failed to win enough seats in the Venezuelan legislature to secure the two-thirds majority he wanted, results Monday showed.
  • 16 file to oppose Lukashenko in Belarus   UPI / 2:05PM
    MINSK, Belarus, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will face 16 opponents in December's election, the electoral commission said Monday.
  • David Miliband calls for Labor unity   UPI / 2:05PM
    MANCHESTER, England, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- After his brother Ed narrowly defeated him to head Britain's Labor Party, David Miliband said he wants party infighting to end.
  • Obama heading to University of Wisconsin   UPI / 11:14AM
    MADISON, Wis., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A visit by President Obama to the University of Wisconsin will be part of an effort to encourage "surge voters" to vote in November, political observers said.
  • Fundraising coming from outside GOP   UPI / 11:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Conservative candidates for the U.S. Congress are receiving financial backing from groups outside the regular Republican Party, an analysis indicates.
  • Sunday, September 26

  • Tea Party leader says no ties to wealthy   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A leader of the U.S. Tea Party said Sunday linking the populist movement to wealthy conservative donors was a smear attempt by the political establishment.
  • Clinton to stump for Barney Frank   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton will attend a re-election rally for Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., the result of an invitation made two years ago, Frank said.
  • Miliband says brother welcome in cabinet   UPI / 12:24PM
    LONDON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The new leader of Britain's Labor Party says he will consider political rivals, including his older brother, for positions in the shadow cabinet.
  • Democrats challenge tax-cut job creation   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The leader of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee expressed skepticism over the idea that extending Bush-era tax cuts would create jobs.
  • Rove organizing GOP attack campaign   UPI / 11:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Republican strategist Karl Rove is amassing millions of dollars to fund a barrage of anti-Democrat attack ads, The New York Times reported Sunday.
  • Venezueleans headed to voting booth   UPI / 8:24AM
    CARACAS, Venezuela, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Venezuelans are voting in a parliamentary election that could produce a gain for the opposition group Table for Democratic Unity, a poll indicates.
  • Saturday, September 25

  • False crime report enrages candidate   UPI / 5:05PM
    COOPER CITY, Fla., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A Florida town's new policy of criminal background checks for candidates has led to a false report.
  • Nigerian author leads new political party   UPI / 3:24PM
    LAGOS, Nigeria, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Renowned Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka has founded a political party, months before the presidential election, the BBC reported.
  • Obama: GOP plan is 'worn out philosophy'   UPI / 6:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday said America needs to "keep pushing" for economic growth and criticized GOP economic proposals as "worn out philosophy."
  • Fraud common in Afghan election   UPI / 1:14AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The Afghan Election Complaints Commission said it has received more than 3,000 charges of fraud in last week's parliamentary vote.
  • Friday, September 24

  • Pelosi: Middle class 'will have a tax cut'   UPI / 9:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday the House may force a vote next week on tax cuts and promised "America's middle class will have a tax cut."
  • Palin Web site: Cross-hairs on Democrats   UPI / 6:44PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sara Palin's political action committee says it created a Web site with a map featuring gun-like cross-hairs targeting incumbent Democrats.
  • Calif. Senate race: Boxer leading Fiorina   UPI / 6:14PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Three-term incumbent Barbara Boxer has widened her lead over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in California's U.S. Senate race, a poll indicates.
  • Crist donors denied class-action lawsuit   UPI / 4:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Florida judge has refused to grant class-action status to a lawsuit by contributors who claim Gov. Charlie Crist cheated them by becoming an independent.
  • First lady: Reach out to military families   UPI / 1:34PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, while promoting healthy habits in her anti-obesity campaign, is undertaking another project: help for military families.
  • Drought could lower Russia's crops by 10%   UPI / 11:14AM
    MOSCOW, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The summer heat wave in Russia may reduce the country's agricultural production by 10 percent, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Friday.
  • Thursday, September 23

  • 3 in Congress try to block Saudi arms deal   UPI / 8:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Three Democratic members of Congress are trying to block a sale of $60 billion in U.S. military aircraft to Saudi Arabia, saying the Saudis are "anti-Israel."
  • Nev. Gov. Gibbons recovering after surgery   UPI / 8:14PM
    RENO, Nev., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons is in pain but is otherwise recuperating a day after surgery for a fractured pelvis, a spokesman for the governor said Thursday.
  • A third of Venezuelan voters uncommitted   UPI / 7:34PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- In Sunday's Venezuelan parliamentary election, about one-third of voters say they either plan to sit it out or don't know who they'll vote for.
  • Senate GOP blocks Disclose Act again   UPI / 6:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Senate Democrats Thursday failed to break the Republican filibuster blocking the latest attempt at U.S. campaign finance reform.
  • Detroit wants stripper lawsuit thrown out   UPI / 5:14PM
    DETROIT, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Detroit filed a motion Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of a stripper who was killed in a hail of bullets in an unsolved drive-by shooting.
  • A Kennedy objects to GOP ad quoting JFK   UPI / 3:34PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy has asked a Senate candidate in Connecticut to pull an online commercial featuring President John F. Kennedy.
  • More in U.S. follow Tea Party news   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- About half of U.S. adults say they are following news about the Tea Party movement, a poll released Thursday indicated.
  • Sweden's election marred by irregularities   UPI / 10:24AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Voting irregularities in Sweden's parliamentary elections could affect closely contested races, officials said.
  • Wednesday, September 22

  • GOP 'Pledge' to focus on taxes, spending   UPI / 7:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Republicans plan to issue a "Pledge to America" focusing on taxes, spending and rolling back healthcare reform, an advance draft of the document indicates.
  • Bill would force ad buyers into the light   UPI / 7:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate will vote again on a campaign spending bill that would require those who pay for ads to identify themselves in the ads, officials said.
  • Report: Emanuel to step down in October   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel likely will resign in October and run for Chicago mayor after the elections, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis said Wednesday.
  • Nevada governor injured in fall from horse   UPI / 8:35AM
    RENO, Nev., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons was recuperating Wednesday after being thrown from a young horse he was helping to break, a spokesman said.
  • China-Japan boat row deepens   AP / 6:34AM
    Sept. 22--Wen Jiabao, the Chinese prime minister, has warned of further action if Japan fails to release a trawler captain whose arrest this month set off the worst diplomatic row between the two Asian powers in years.
  • Tuesday, September 21

  • Poll: American Dream still alive -- barely   UPI / 9:04PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- ABC News and Yahoo! News teamed up on a poll that indicates only half of Americans believe the American Dream is still a reality.
  • Rep. Jackson tied to Blagojevich case   UPI / 8:34PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was willing to raise $6 million for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in return for a Senate seat, a fundraiser says.
  • Wyclef Jean drops out of presidential race   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Musician Wyclef Jean announced Tuesday he is no longer planning to run for president in his native Haiti in this November's election.
  • Ethics group: O'Donnell violated FEC regs   UPI / 4:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A complaint filed against U.S. Senate Republican candidate Christine O'Donnell can't be withdrawn, the Federal Election Commission said.
  • Social Security back on campaign trail   UPI / 9:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Social Security has become a campaign issue for Democrats antsy over how their party has handled the economy and healthcare reform, observers say.
  • Somalia's prime minister steps down   UPI / 9:14AM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Somalia's prime minister resigned Tuesday saying he is "unable to work with the president."
  • Monday, September 20

  • Watchdog urges O'Donnell investigation   UPI / 10:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Christine O'Donnell, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Delaware, broke election laws by misusing campaign funds, a Washington watchdog group alleges.
  • O'Donnell: Homosexuality a disorder   UPI / 7:54PM
    WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Christine O'Donnell, Delaware's Republican U.S. Senate nominee, said in an interview four years ago homosexuality is "an identity disorder."
  • Gallup: Generic congressional poll tied   UPI / 7:24PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Republicans and Democrats are virtually tied in Gallup's weekly poll of U.S. congressional preferences, the pollster reported Monday.
  • Record fundraising year favors Republicans   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Fundraising for the U.S. congressional elections is shattering midterm records, campaign reports show.
  • House Dems distance selves from Pelosi   UPI / 9:35AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- As campaigning for the U.S. midterm elections picks up, more Democratic candidates are distancing themselves from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, observers said.
  • Miners' familes complain of 'politics'   UPI / 9:14AM
    COPIAPO, Chile, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Some families of Chilean miners trapped underground since Aug. 5 say they worry that the country's president may be using the rescue to boost his popularity.
  • Sunday, September 19

  • Hawaii's gubernatorial candidates set   UPI / 10:05PM
    HONOLULU, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The Democratic primary for governor in Hawaii gave former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie the nod to try and wrest the office from Republican control.
  • Powell: Obama needs to focus on employment   UPI / 6:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday President Obama's should have "a singular focus on the economy and unemployment."
  • Rove: O'Donnell faces 'serious questions'   UPI / 6:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- GOP political guru Karl Rove Sunday said Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell has "serious questions" to answer about her background and character.
  • Poll: GOP leads in Georgia races   UPI / 1:44PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A poll indicates Georgia will go Republican in the November elections.
  • Murkowski bristles at Tea Party and allies   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sunday defended her write-in re-election campaign as standing up for Alaska against out-of-state Tea Party activists.
  • Authorities say swastika attack is a hoax   UPI / 10:05AM
    MALMO, Sweden, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A Swedish politician who claimed two men carved a swastika into his forehead probably injured himself, a medical examiner said.
  • West puts brave face on Afghan election   UPI / 9:54AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Western officials in Kabul claimed Afghanistan's weekend parliamentary violence-wracked election was a success, despite just 40 percent voter turnout.
  • O'Donnell: 'I dabbled in witchcraft'   UPI / 2:04AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Christine O'Donnell, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Delaware, once said she had "dabbled in witchcraft," an 11-year-old video tape reveals.
  • Saturday, September 18

  • 14 killed as Afghans vote   UPI / 8:34PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Violence during Afghanistan's parliamentary elections Saturday kept 60 percent of eligible voters away from the polls and left 14 people dead, officials said.
  • Rep. Pence wins Values Voters straw poll   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Mike Pence, a four-term Republican congressman from Indiana, emerged as the audience choice for president Saturday at the Value Voters Summit in Washington.
  • Bloomberg campaigns for center   UPI / 5:44PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to work for candidates of all political stripes who are opposed by the Tea Party movement.
  • Phoenix sheriff says it acted fast on memo   UPI / 5:34PM
    PHOENIX, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- An Arizona county Sheriff's Department says it sought an investigation after learning of an internal memo about the activities of its anti-corruption unit.
  • Gingrich hands red meat to Values Voters   UPI / 4:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke in terms of religious war Saturday in a speech to the Value Voters Summit in Washington.
  • Afghans living in Russia unable to vote   UPI / 4:44PM
    MOSCOW, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Up to 120,000 Afghans living in Russia didn't get to vote in Afghanistan's general elections Saturday, a Russian voting-rights group said.
  • Hawaii Democratic rivals vie for governor   UPI / 10:44AM
    HONOLULU, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- While Hawaiians voters go to the polls Saturday in the last primary of 2010, state Democrats hope for some closure between the top two gubernatorial candidates.
  • Obama: GOP, special interests 'power grab'   UPI / 6:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday accused "special interests" and congressional Republicans of using campaign attack ads in an election season "power grab."
  • Palin brings in crowd for Iowa GOP   UPI / 12:44AM
    DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was a big draw at Iowa's Ronald Reagan Dinner, attracting the event's largest crowd ever, organizers said.
  • Friday, September 17

  • Murkowski announces write-in campaign   UPI / 11:05PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced Friday she plans to try to keep her seat with a write-in campaign against the man who beat her in the Republican primary.
  • More Afghan election workers killed   UPI / 8:54PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Two more election workers have been killed in Afghanistan, bringing the total in advance of this weekend's parliamentary election to 21, officials said.
  • Labor leaders: Ranks not backing Democrats   UPI / 6:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. labor leaders say their members are reluctant to come out and work for the Democratic candidates they support in the upcoming midterm elections.
  • Ready or not, Afghans vote for Parliament   UPI / 5:05PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- An expert on Afghanistan says the country has to go ahead with the parliamentary election even though it will not be prepared to do so for 10 years.
  • Poll: 'Tea Party' evokes strong reaction   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Calling someone a Tea Party candidate has a bigger impact than traditional political labels, a Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday indicated.
  • Churchill estate creates iPhone app   UPI / 1:54PM
    LONDON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The estate of deceased British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said it is bringing the "wit and wisdom" of the leader to Facebook, Twitter and an iPhone app.
  • Tea Party redefines November races   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Republicans eying the White House in 2012 and wanting to follow the Tea Party movement's playbook may want to err on the side of caution, insiders say.
  • Thursday, September 16

  • Former city official faces charges   UPI / 8:34PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- An Indiana federal grand jury charged a former city official with soliciting a bribe and attempted extortion.
  • Castle too bruised to back O'Donnell   UPI / 8:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Mike Castle said Thursday he is too bruised by personal attacks in the Republican Senate primary to endorse GOP nominee Christine O'Donnell.
  • Poll: Direct campaign ads work better   UPI / 5:05PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Voter reaction to two U.S. campaign ads shows the most effective commercials are short, simple and direct, a polling company said Thursday.
  • Senate committee OKs arms reduction pact   UPI / 4:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a critical first vote on the U.S.-Russian strategic arms agreement Thursday.
  • Rahm, Jackson discuss Chicago mayor's race   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. met to discuss the Chicago mayor's race, Jackson said.
  • Obama to meet on Sudan secession vote   UPI / 11:44AM
    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama plans to meet with Sudanese leaders in the hope of ensuring a referendum on splitting the country takes place, officials said.
  • South Korea names new prime minister   UPI / 10:04AM
    SEOUL, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Thursday named Kim Hwang-sik as the country's new prime minister. He must be confirmed by South Korea's National Assembly.
  • Wednesday, September 15

  • Biden: Dems will hold House, Senate   UPI / 10:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday predicted Democrats will hold the House and Senate in November but said Democratic voters need to "get in gear, man."
  • Lamontagne concedes N.H. GOP primary   UPI / 6:34PM
    CONCORD, N.H., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Ovide Lamontagne said Wednesday he was conceding the New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senate primary after losing to Kelly Ayotte.
  • Palin: Time to fight for American people   UPI / 4:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, says Tuesday's elections should send a message to Washington Republicans.
  • Gibbs: Dems will keep control of House   UPI / 3:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- White House spokesman Robert Gibbs repeated his second prediction of congressional leadership, saying he believes Democrats will keep control of the U.S. House.
  • National GOP now says it'll back O'Donnell   UPI / 2:05PM
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee did a 180-degree turn Wednesday, saying it would help Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell in the general election.
  • Despite acrimony, Clinton endorses Brown   UPI / 12:44PM
    SACRAMENTO, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton endorsed California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown after Brown apologized for off-color comments about Clinton.
  • Pelosi confident about keeping her job   UPI / 9:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is "absolutely" convinced Democrats will hold on to their majority when voters go to the polls in November.
  • Duffy wins GOP nod for Wis. House seat   UPI / 12:05AM
    MADISON, Wis., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Former "Real World" TV personality Sean Duffy won the Republican primary Tuesday for the U.S. House seat being vacated by David Obey, results showed.
  • Tuesday, September 14

  • D.C. Mayor Fenty trailing challenger Gray   UPI / 11:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Challenger Vincent Gray took the early lead over Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty in the District of Columbia's Democratic primary Tuesday, results showed.
  • N.H. GOP Senate hopefuls in tight battle   UPI / 11:14PM
    CONCORD, N.H., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Ovide Lamontagne was holding an early lead in the New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senate primary over former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, early returns showed.
  • Barney Frank heads to general election   UPI / 10:44PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Barney Frank made it to the general election Tuesday, trouncing challenger Rachel Brown in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts, results showed.
  • O'Donnell beating Castle in Delaware   UPI / 9:54PM
    DOVER, Del., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell headed to a win over U.S. Rep. Mike Castle Tuesday in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Delaware, returns showed.
  • Rematch shapes up in Md. governor's race   UPI / 9:14PM
    BALTIMORE, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley appears headed for a rematch in November against the man he ousted four years ago, Republican Robert Erlich, early returns show.
  • Mayor candidate tries for scuba record   UPI / 1:44PM
    GROVELAND, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A Florida man running for mayor of his town is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for longest scuba dive by spending seven days underwater.
  • Brown apologizes to Clinton for remark   UPI / 1:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Democrat Jerry Brown says he has apologized to former U.S. President Bill Clinton after mocking him with a Monica Lewinsky comment while on the campaign trail.
  • French newspaper suing Sarkozy   UPI / 10:05AM
    PARIS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The French newspaper Le Monde says it is suing the office of President Nicolas Sarkozy for attempting to track down its sources on a funding scandal.
  • Guinea election official dies in Paris   UPI / 9:54AM
    CONAKRY, Guinea, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The chairman of Guinea's election commission died in a Paris hospital days after his conviction for voter fraud by a suburban Conakry court, French radio said.
  • Kan wins Japanese leadership election   UPI / 8:04AM
    TOKYO, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan was re-elected leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan Tuesday defeating Ichiro Ozawa, his only opponent.
  • Biden labels GOP 'Republican Tea Party'   UPI / 7:54AM
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says the Republican Party's economic policies amount to a "Ponzi scheme masquerading as a vision."
  • Monday, September 13

  • Castle: O'Donnell win = GOP loss in Del.   UPI / 8:54PM
    WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., said Monday if his challenger wins the GOP Senate primary, the party will "automatically" lose the seat to Democrats in November.
  • More Indian-Americans running for Congress   UPI / 11:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A record number of Indian-Americans are running for seats in the United States House of Representatives, USA Today reported Monday.
  • Democrats shun their own party in TV ads   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Endangered congressional Democrats are playing up their independence, not party loyalty, in campaign ads, The New York Times reported.
  • Sunday, September 12

  • Violence erupts ahead of Guinea elections   UPI / 9:34PM
    CONAKRY, Guinea, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Confrontations between backers of Guinea's two main political parties turned violent Sunday, with at least one person dead and dozens injured, officials said.
  • Gillard offers Rudd a Cabinet post   UPI / 3:54PM
    MELBOURNE, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has invited former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to become part of her Cabinet as the country's foreign affairs minister.
  • GOP presidential candidates lying low   UPI / 11:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates seem to be playing a game of chicken, with contenders waiting for someone to move first, observers said.
  • Saturday, September 11

  • Moseley-Braun may run for Chicago mayor   UPI / 5:54PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun says supporters are urging her to run for mayor of Chicago.
  • Gillard offers Rudd a Cabinet post   UPI / 2:34PM
    MELBOURNE, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has invited former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to become part of her Cabinet as the country's foreign affairs minister.
  • Greek PM shoe target in Salonica   UPI / 1:44PM
    SALONICA, Greece, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A doctor protesting Greece's recently announced austerity program threw a shoe at Prime Minister George Papandreou in Salonica, officials said.
  • Kaczynski: Polish president should resign   UPI / 1:05PM
    WARSAW, Poland, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The brother of the Polish president killed in a spring plane crash called on the country's current leadership to resign over the investigation into the tragedy.
  • Why many wrongly say Obama is a Muslim   UPI / 10:05AM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- It's not just ignorance that's fueling the idea that President Barack Obama is Muslim, it is that he is different from many Americans, U.S. researchers say.
  • Friday, September 10

  • Guinea election officials guilty of fraud   UPI / 12:24PM
    CONAKRY, Guinea, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A judge has convicted the chairman of Guinea's independent electoral commission and a colleague of election fraud.
  • Mexico wary of Calif. vote to legalize pot   UPI / 10:24AM
    MEXICO CITY, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The conflict between U.S. and Mexican officials over marijuana is ratcheting up as California prepares to vote on legalizing recreational use of the weed.
  • Thursday, September 9

  • Poll: 54 percent want Blagojevich retried   UPI / 6:44PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Fifty-four percent of Illinois voters favor retrying disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich on the 23 of 24 counts a jury couldn't decide on, a state poll indicated.
  • 9 dead in Somali airport suicide attack   UPI / 2:54PM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Gunmen and suicide bombers tied to al-Qaida killed nine people at Mogadishu's airport Thursday shortly after envoys met the Somali president, officials said.
  • Group: Concern over upcoming election   UPI / 9:34AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Insurgent attacks on candidates and Afghanistan's inability to guarantee safety for voters will damage an upcoming election, a watchdog group says.
  • Obama discusses Koran-burning, economy   UPI / 9:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Florida pastor's Koran burning Saturday could lead to violence against U.S. troops overseas and become a recruiting tool for terrorists, President Obama said.
  • Wednesday, September 8

  • Canada's oldest mayor running again   UPI / 7:54PM
    MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Hazel McCallion is 89 years old, has been mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, for 32 years and says she's not done yet.
  • Court told of political massacre plan   UPI / 10:05AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A servant of a Philippine political clan has testified he was present when a plot was hatched to prevent a rival from becoming a provincial governor.
  • Tuesday, September 7

  • Report: Obama would let top tax cut expire   UPI / 10:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is set to reject any compromise on extending 2001 tax cuts that would apply to the wealthiest taxpayers, White House officials said.
  • GOP, Dems tied in Gallup generic poll   UPI / 8:04PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Republicans and Democrats are tied in Gallup's weekly poll of congressional preferences, one week after Republicans held a 10-point lead in the generic poll.
  • Chicago's Mayor Daley won't run   UPI / 6:44PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Longtime Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley shocked political observers Tuesday by saying he will not seek re-election to a seventh term.
  • Cameron aide to be questioned   UPI / 5:05PM
    LONDON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The former editor of News of the World, now British Prime Minister David Cameron's press secretary, faces police questioning, a top official said Tuesday.
  • Labor to form new Australian government   UPI / 5:14AM
    CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Following 2 1/2 weeks of political deal-making, Labor leader Julia Gillard will remain prime minister of Australia, an official said Tuesday.
  • Monday, September 6

  • Labor unions join to back candidates   UPI / 12:44PM
    DETROIT, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. unions are increasing fundraising and campaign spending for what they say are the most important elections for the labor movement in decades.
  • Poll: GOP pulls further ahead of Democrats   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The Republicans' advantage over Democrats in the battle for control of the U.S. Congress is on the rise, a CNN poll released Monday indicates.
  • Gilad Shalit's father: 'Bring him back'   UPI / 7:54AM
    JERUSALEM, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The parents of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit said they were disappointed after meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to discuss their son's plight.
  • Sunday, September 5

  • Democrats examining candidates' strength   UPI / 11:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Democratic leaders say they are scrutinizing the upcoming November elections to see where their resources will be best spent.
  • Saturday, September 4

  • Talks on Dutch coalition government stall   UPI / 2:05PM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The leader of the Dutch Liberal Party said Saturday the latest attempt to form a coalition government in the Netherlands has failed.
  • Ex-treasurer admits stealing from GOP   UPI / 10:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A former Republican Party financial official and consultant pleaded guilty Friday in Washington to embezzling $850,000 from party committees.
  • Poll: Most would agree to term limits   UPI / 10:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A strong majority of U.S. voters approve of setting term limits for members of Congress, a Fox News poll indicated.
  • Senate panel investigates Blackwater   UPI / 10:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Blackwater Worldwide established a large network of subsidiaries vying for military contracts after receiving a black eye in Iraq, a U.S. Senate committee says.
  • Friday, September 3

  • Palace: Blair memoirs 'cheap and cheerful'   UPI / 11:14PM
    LONDON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II is displeased that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's memoir details private meetings between the two, members of her staff said.
  • Brewer still forecast a winner in Arizona   UPI / 10:14PM
    PHOENIX, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, awkward in a debate this week, still is a likely winner against Democrat Terry Goddard, The New York Times said Friday.
  • Ohio officials get formal complaint on Fox   UPI / 9:34PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The Democratic Governors Association has filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission accusing Fox News Channel of illegal campaign contributions.
  • Colo.: Top GOP candidates split   UPI / 9:04PM
    DENVER, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Colorado's Republican U.S. Senate nominee said Friday he is joining other key Republicans in withdrawing support for the GOP nominee for governor, Dan Maes.
  • 'Fake' Mich. Tea Party tossed off ballot   UPI / 7:44PM
    DETROIT, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The allegedly fake Michigan Tea Party will not appear on the state's November ballot, the Michigan Supreme Court said in a 5-2 ruling Friday.
  • Iran: Peace talk participants 'traitors'   UPI / 7:05PM
    CAIRO, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Egypt says it has canceled a meeting with Iran's foreign minister after he called participants in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks "traitors."
  • ICC investigating Kenyan election riots   UPI / 5:54PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The International Criminal Court has sent officials to Kenya to interview potential witnesses for trials over violence following the 2007 election.
  • Thursday, September 2

  • Democrats slam Fox support of GOP   UPI / 7:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A statement by the Democratic Governors Association says a $1 million contribution to Republicans by the parent company of Fox News "crosses a bright line."
  • Fla. billionaire sues 2 papers for libel   UPI / 6:34PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A Florida billionaire and defeated primary candidate for the U.S. Senate filed a lawsuit accusing two newspapers of trying to destroy his candidacy.
  • Japan's Kan, Ozawa trade barbs in debate   UPI / 5:24PM
    TOKYO, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan accused challenger Ichiro Ozawa of backing money-driven politics Thursday while Ozawa rapped Kan for a bloated bureaucracy.
  • 3 U.S. Senate seats could swing control   UPI / 4:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The ballot fates of U.S. senators in California, Washington and Wisconsin may determine if Senate power swings to Republicans, a political writer says.
  • Report: Waters charges for campaign mail   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., has charged other candidates thousands of dollars to be on mailers and sample ballots, The Washington Times reported Thursday.
  • Wednesday, September 1

  • ACLU backs man wanting to fly flag   UPI / 7:24PM
    LAVEEN, Ariz., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The American Civil Liberties Union says it's backing an Arizona man against a homeowner association rule against flying the Gadsden Flag in front of his house.
  • Tuesday, August 31

  • Murkowski concedes in Alaska Sen. primary   UPI / 10:54PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, conceded Tuesday to Joe Miller, a relative political novice who challenged her in the state's Republican U.S. Senate primary.
  • Palin to headline Iowa GOP dinner   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin is set to headline the annual Republican dinner Sept. 17 in Iowa, site of the first presidential caucuses in 2012, party officials confirm.
  • Ariz. Dems: Republicans running ringers   UPI / 2:54PM
    PHOENIX, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The Arizona Democratic Party has accused Republican rivals of running Green Party ringers in some competitive races in an effort to siphon off votes.
  • Kerry, Issa, top list of richest lawmakers   UPI / 11:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Financial disclosure forms indicate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is Washington's wealthiest lawmaker worth $188.6 million at the end of 2009.
  • Poll has GOP with 10-point lead   UPI / 10:14AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The last Gallup weekly tracking poll before Labor Day has Republicans with an unprecedented 10-point lead on the generic Congressional ballot.
  • Traficant may yet be on Ohio ballot   UPI / 7:54AM
    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Jim Traficant, the ex-Ohio congressman convicted of taking bribes and cheating on his taxes, is close to getting on the November ballot, officials said Monday.
  • Monday, August 30

  • Deceased Ohioan casts vote in election   UPI / 2:14PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A Columbus, Ohio, man "voted" in the 2006 general election even though he died in 2005, elections officials said.
  • Sunday, August 29

  • Democrat says Republicans lean to extremes   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said Sunday the Republican Party was leaning toward extremist politics.
  • Washington funds Palestinian campaign   UPI / 2:44PM
    JERUSALEM, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Washington is funding an ad campaign in Israel featuring billboards of Palestinian officials asking: "We are partners -- what about you?"
  • November vote could cut women in Congress   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Political analysts say the U.S. November elections could result in the first decrease in the number of women in Congress in many years.
  • Saturday, August 28

  • W.Va., La., voters pick Senate candidates   UPI / 11:14PM
    Voters in Louisiana and West Virginia Saturday picked candidates for their U.S. Senate general election races.
  • Beck rally draws big crowd, counter rally   UPI / 8:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A big crowd turned out for conservative radio and TV personalty Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington Saturday while others staged a counter rally.
  • Fort Worth tops in political donations   UPI / 2:44PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Records show that a Texas ZIP code that is home to a bevy of law firms and energy companies is the leading source of political contributions this year.
  • Wisconsin's bid for ballot waiver rejected   UPI / 2:44PM
    MADISON, Wis., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Wisconsin's bid for leeway on sending absentee ballots overseas has been rebuffed by the Pentagon.
  • New Russian space center planned   UPI / 1:05PM
    VOSTOCHNY, Russia, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Construction of a new space center is one of modern Russia's biggest and most ambitious projects, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says.
  • Florida candidate Rubio chides Washington   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Florida voters are fed up with spending by the Obama administration, U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio said in the weekly Republican radio address.
  • Miller tweet angers Murkowski camp   UPI / 12:14AM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- With the race between Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her Republican primary challenger Joe Miller still undecided, a tweet on Miller's Web site set off a testy spat.
  • Friday, August 27

  • Democrats file complaint about foundation   UPI / 8:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Washington Democrats have filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service accusing the right-wing Americans for Prosperity Foundation of tax law violations.
  • 'Dirty' site cited for $11 million libel   UPI / 6:54PM
    LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A salacious Web site that became an issue in a congressional campaign in Arizona faces an $11 million libel judgment in an unrelated dispute in Kentucky.
  • Report: Taliban targeted British P.M.   UPI / 5:04PM
    LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The Taliban planned to shoot down British Prime Minister David Cameron's helicopter during a trip to Afghanistan in June, sources tell The Daily Telegraph.
  • Palin Calif. speaking contract made public   UPI / 3:44PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A contract made public by court order shows former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got $75,000 for speaking at a California university, authorities said.
  • Democrats wavering on tax rise for rich   UPI / 12:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Some Democrats are getting cold feet about raising taxes for the wealthy as the economy deteriorates, observers say.
  • Thursday, August 26

  • Iran said to ban local news of opposition   UPI / 8:54PM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Iranian media are being prohibited from reporting about government opposition leaders under a purported media directive, opposition Web sites said.
  • Election fraud charged in Michigan   UPI / 1:04PM
    DETROIT, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Michigan politics have produced claims of election fraud, calls for grand jury investigations and the resignation of a Democratic Party chairman, observers say.
  • Poll: Republicans more likely to vote   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A Harris poll has good news for Republicans in this year's midterm elections for U.S. Congress: Their supporters are more likely to vote.
  • Boehner: Democrats increasing pay gaps   UPI / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The Obama administration is responsible for exacerbating a pay gap between public and private workers, a Republican leader says.
  • Kim leaves North Korea during Carter visit   UPI / 10:54AM
    SEOUL, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was in China with his youngest son as ex-U.S. President Jimmy Carter was in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said.
  • Sen. Murkowski mum on plans in nail-biter   UPI / 10:34AM
    JUNEAU, Alaska, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, trailing her primary election opponent, said she would wait until all ballots are counted before deciding what to do next.
  • Wednesday, August 25

  • Murkowski: Count absentee ballots   UPI / 6:24PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski trails challenger Joe Miller in Alaska's Republican primary election, but she says it "ain't over" yet.
  • Tea Party, Mich. GOP sues fake Tea Party   UPI / 12:34PM
    DETROIT, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Michigan Tea Party activists and Republican leaders sued to keep candidates from what the plaintiffs call a fake Tea Party off the November ballot.
  • McCain wins, Murkowski trails   UPI / 4:54AM
    Voters in Arizona, Vermont, Alaska, Florida and Oklahoma Tuesday selected who they think should be on the Election Day ballot in November.
  • Tuesday, August 24

  • McCain wins Ariz. GOP primary   UPI / 11:54PM
    PHOENIX, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain held off a Republican primary challenge by conservative firebrand J.D. Hayworth in Arizona Tuesday, returns indicated.
  • Lankford, Thompson look like Okla. winners   UPI / 11:05PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Republicans James Lankford and Charles Thompson appeared headed to victories in congressional primary runoffs in Oklahoma Tuesday, returns showed.
  • Leahy wins handily in Vermont   UPI / 10:34PM
    MONTPELIER, Vt., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy had no difficulty winning the Democratic primary in Vermont Tuesday as he goes after a seventh term, returns indicated.
  • Alvin Greene not welcome at Dem meeting   UPI / 10:34PM
    SENECA, S.C., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene found himself on the outside looking in at a county Democratic Party meeting in South Carolina this past weekend, police said.
  • Meek, Rubio, Crist in U.S. Sen. showdown   UPI / 9:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and Republican ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio were winners in Florida's U.S. Senate primary election Tuesday, returns showed.
  • Jackson greets workers, stumps for march   UPI / 1:54PM
    DETROIT, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson and a union leader said they greeted Detroit-area auto workers Tuesday morning to get support for a march scheduled for Saturday.
  • New crop of political attack ads sprout   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Special interest groups are expected to pour lots of cash into ad blitzes against U.S. congressional candidates as midterm elections draw closer, observers say.
  • Monday, August 23

  • Defiant Blago hints at political comeback   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Sunday he would be "vindicated" in a second trial and hinted at a political comeback.
  • Sunday, August 22

  • RNC down to $5 million for fall races   UPI / 6:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The Republican National Committee enters the final months of the U.S. midterm election campaign with just $5 million in its coffers, filings show.
  • Congressional candiate robbed in Florida   UPI / 2:24AM
    NORTH MIAMI, Fla., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Marleine Bastien, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Florida's 17th District, and her sister were robbed at gunpoint Saturday outside a church, police said.
  • Saturday, August 21

  • Australia left with majority of none   UPI / 8:54PM
    MELBOURNE, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Neither the Labor Party nor the center-right Coalition seized a clear parliamentary majority in Saturday's Australian election.
  • Newt nixes speech at 9/11 mosque protest   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he won't take part in a protest against a proposed mosque near the site of the World Trade Center next month.
  • Obama warns of 'corporate takeover'   UPI / 6:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday warned of a "corporate takeover" of democracy and said Republicans want the public kept "in the dark" on campaign funding.
  • Friday, August 20

  • Biden attacks Tea Party Republicans   UPI / 8:54PM
    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden denounced Republican candidates Friday for offering "draconian ideas basically on steroids."
  • Hague prosecutor will 'smoke out' Mladic   UPI / 7:14PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- War crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic says he will bring former Serbian military leader Ratko Mladic to justice, vowing to "smoke Mladic out of his hole."
  • Labor party awaits Australian election   UPI / 3:44PM
    MELBOURNE, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The fate of Australia's Labor Party in Saturday's national elections may hinge on support in the state of Victoria, analysts say.
  • Critics say slogans are racist   UPI / 1:54PM
    VIENNA, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Political advertising used by the Freedom Party to promote candidates in an upcoming Vienna city election is racist and xenophobic, critics say.
  • Jean not on Haiti's list of candidates   UPI / 11:05AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean, who sparked enthusiasm when he said he would seek the country's presidency, isn't on the list of candidates, officials said.
  • Croc predicts Australian Labor victory   UPI / 10:54AM
    DARWIN, Australia, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Officials at an Australian crocodile park said a 16-foot reptile predicted a victory for Labor leader Julia Gillard in the upcoming election.
  • Wis. gov. candidate top stein-holder   UPI / 10:54AM
    MILWAUKEE, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann won a contest by holding a beer stein with his arm fully extended for nearly 7 minutes.
  • Thursday, August 19

  • Colo. Republicans study Ariz. law   UPI / 8:44PM
    DENVER, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Three Republican Colorado legislators and four candidates went to Phoenix to study Arizona's new immigration law and "fortify our resolve," one lawmaker said.
  • Bill Clinton hits campaign trail hard   UPI / 5:05PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton has a busy schedule this campaign season, stumping for Democrats across the United States.
  • U.S. women getting political clout   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. women are finally getting political "leverage" nine decades after they gained the right to vote, a political scientist says.
  • Wednesday, August 18

  • Obama: Social Security won't be privatized   UPI / 10:05PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama pledged during a backyard discussion in Ohio Wednesday not to privatize Social Security and called for pension and 401(k) reform.
  • Friends, foes comment on Cossiga's death   UPI / 7:14PM
    ROME, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- In death, as in life, former Italian President Francesco Cossiga drew praise from supporters and derision from detractors, observers say.
  • Dems say $1M donation skews media coverage   UPI / 12:04PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Democrats say media conglomerate News Corp. has inserted itself into U.S. politics with its $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association.
  • Lawyer says he has info on Hariri killing   UPI / 11:44AM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A Druze lawyer, identifying himself as a former Israeli military officer, said he has information about the 2005 assassination of Lebanon's prime minister.
  • Meyers concedes to Mead in Wyoming   UPI / 7:35AM
    CHEYENNE, Wyo., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Wyoming state Auditor Rita Meyer conceded to U.S. Attorney Matt Mead Tuesday night after he edged her by just 700 votes in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
  • Murray, Rossi to face off in Washington   UPI / 1:35AM
    SEATTLE, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., finished first and Republican Dino Rossi was second in Washington's Senate primary Tuesday to advance to the November ballot.
  • Tuesday, August 17

  • Abortion groups spar on Palin 'grizzlies'   UPI / 10:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Groups on both sides of the abortion debate are sparring over the so-called Mama Grizzlies that conservative star Sarah Palin claims as her supporters.
  • Plane crowds Air Force One, F-15s scramble   UPI / 10:05PM
    SEATTLE, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Two F-15 jets were deployed into airspace over Seattle Tuesday after a plane violated flight restrictions imposed for a presidential visit, authorities said.
  • Obama praises small biz, community banks   UPI / 9:44PM
    SEATTLE, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama praised small businesses and community banks and took big banks to task at a round table discussion in Seattle Tuesday.
  • Blagojevich convicted of lying   UPI / 7:14PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A federal jury in Chicago Tuesday convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of lying to investigators but was unable to reach agreement on 23 other counts.
  • GOP campaign removes Obama-Hitler photo   UPI / 4:05PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign said it deleted from its Web site a photo of a supporter in a T-shirt that compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler.
  • House GOP game plan targets 40 Dem seats   UPI / 10:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The National Republican Congressional Committee is prepared to invest $22 million in television ads aimed at 40 U.S. House Democrats, party officials said.
  • Washington, Wyoming conduct primaries   UPI / 9:54AM
    Chalk up two "W's" in the Tuesday primaries -- Washington and Wyoming -- where voters select party nominees in several high-profile races.
  • Protester hits Levin in face with pie   UPI / 9:14AM
    BIG RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The campaign trail can be a rough road -- just ask U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who got a pie in the face during a campaign stop in Big Rapids, Mich.
  • Palestinians support armed resistance   UPI / 8:35AM
    JERUSALEM, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Jibril Rajoub, former West Bank security head and Fatah strongman, says he supports armed resistance against Israel as a legitimate route to statehood.
  • Election outcomes affect suicide rates   UPI / 1:44AM
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Suicide rates can increase among people who back losers in elections unless they live in areas where lots of others also backed the loser, U.S. researchers say.
  • Monday, August 16

  • Oklahoma woman: Churchill's granddaughter?   UPI / 8:05PM
    TULSA, Okla., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A Tulsa, Okla., woman may be the granddaughter of Winston Churchill, a records search shows.
  • Saturday, August 14

  • Whitman adds $13M of own money to campaign   UPI / 10:54PM
    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Meg Whitman, the Republican nominee for governor of California, has contributed another $13 million to her campaign, state elections records indicate.
  • 20 million homeless in Pakistan flooding   AP / 3:54PM
    Pakistan flooding has left 20 million people homeless, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said Saturday, as authorities confirmed a cholera case and expect more.
  • 20 million homeless in Pakistan flooding   UPI / 3:34PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Pakistan flooding has left 20 million people homeless, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said Saturday, as authorities confirmed a cholera case and expect more.
  • Friday, August 13

  • S. Korea announces pardons   UPI / 10:14PM
    SEOUL, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Almost 2,500 people, most convicted of election law violations, have been approved for presidential pardon on South Korean Liberation Day, officials said.
  • Sri Lankan general convicted   UPI / 6:44PM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Gen. Sarath Fonseka, former head of the Sri Lankan Army and a candidate for president, was convicted Friday of engaging in politics in uniform.
  • Dem Senate candidate indicted   UPI / 5:05PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Richland County, S.C., Friday indicted Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene on obscenity charges, the county clerk said.
  • Reid, Angle in tight race in Nevada   UPI / 5:05PM
    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, are in a tight race for the Senate in Nevada, a poll released Friday indicated.
  • Myanmar elections set for Nov. 7   UPI / 8:05AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Myanmar's general election will be Nov. 7, the country's Union Election Commission announced Friday.
  • Thursday, August 12

  • N.H. lawmaker resigns in Palin flap   UPI / 7:44PM
    CONCORD, N.H., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A New Hampshire legislator resigned Thursday and apologized for "thoughtless remarks" he made online when he speculated about Sarah Palin's death.
  • Wall Street backs GOP candidates   UPI / 12:24PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. Senate candidates are receiving double the contributions from the financial industry as their Democratic opponents, an analysis indicates.
  • Wednesday, August 11

  • GOP Rep.: Palin 'dividing' Republicans   UPI / 9:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A Republican member of the U.S. House said Wednesday former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is "dividing the Republican Party" by endorsing primary candidates.
  • Blagojevich jury deadlocks on some counts   UPI / 6:05PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The federal jury deciding the fate of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is deadlocked on some counts, the presiding judge said Wednesday.
  • Primaries not doom, gloom for Democrats   UPI / 4:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The Democratic Party got a boost from U.S. voters in four states, while Republicans were left wondering about their party's fate in November, analysts said.
  • Ben Quayle wrote for DirtyScottsdale   UPI / 2:35PM
    PHOENIX, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Ben Quayle, son of former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle and a candidate for Congress, has acknowledged posting on the DirtyScottsdale.com Web site.
  • Votes being counted in Minn., Colo., Conn.   UPI / 12:05AM
    Longtime pro wrestling industry executive Linda McMahon trounced her opposition Tuesday, winning the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Connecticut.
  • Tuesday, August 10

  • Gov. race up in air in Minn. Dem primary   UPI / 11:44PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Margaret Anderson Kelliher held a less than 10,000-vote lead over Mark Dayton Tuesday in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor in Minnesota.
  • McMahon wins GOP nod for Senate in Conn.   UPI / 11:14PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Businesswoman Linda McMahon breezed by former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons Tuesday to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, returns indicated.
  • Deal edges ahead of Handel in Ga. runoff   UPI / 10:35PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Nathan Deal took a narrow lead over Karen Handel Tuesday in the Republican gubernatorial runoff in Georgia, early results showed.
  • Rand Paul a member of 'lewd, crude' group?   UPI / 8:44PM
    LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The campaign of Rand Paul, running for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, has denied he was involved in a fake kidnapping of a female student at Baylor University.
  • Wall Street backs GOP candidates   UPI / 11:35AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. Senate candidates are receiving double the contributions from the financial industry as their Democratic opponents, an analysis indicates.
  • Kagame remains Rwanda's leader   UPI / 8:14AM
    KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Voters in Rwanda appear to have re-elected President Paul Kagame by a wide margin, partial election results released Tuesday indicated.
  • Monday, August 9

  • Congress eyes well blowout preventers   UPI / 7:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. lawmakers eager to avoid another offshore oil spill say they want new, tougher standards for blowout preventers, the last line of defense for wells.
  • Bill Clinton: 'Big Dawg' on campaign trail   UPI / 7:05PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Despite having past scandals, Democratic former President Bill Clinton, in demand on the campaign trail, is more popular than Barack Obama, a poll indicates.
  • Gov. candidates reject 'Michiganian'   UPI / 3:05PM
    LANSING, Mich., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Michigan's gubernatorial nominees from both parties said they will end the reign of the "Michiganian" in the state in favor of the "Michigander."
  • Tea Party has funding woes   UPI / 2:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Money problems could hamper Tea Party candidates starting with the 2010 elections, officials say.
  • Candidate stumps away from Obama's visit   UPI / 11:35AM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The effect of Texas Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bill White's bypassing President Obama's visit to Austin Monday won't be known until November, pundits say.
  • Rwandans go to polls   UPI / 8:54AM
    RWANDA, South Africa, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- About 5 million Rwandans were eligible to vote in Monday's presidential election, officials said.
  • Sunday, August 8

  • Internet makes a mark in Egypt   UPI / 9:14AM
    CAIRO, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Egyptians are turning to Facebook and Twitter to have their say in campaigns launched by the country's presidential candidates.
  • Colorado: Gap shrinks in Dem Senate race   UPI / 7:14AM
    The air between the Democratic candidates vying to represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate has grown a little thinner over the last few weeks.
  • Saturday, August 7

  • U.N. investigates Israel's flotilla raid   UPI / 5:44PM
    JERUSALEM, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The leader of a probe clearing Israel's prime minister in a 1997 assassination will join a U.N. inquiry of Israel's May raid of a flotilla, officials say.
  • Aide: Rand Paul never said he had B.A.   UPI / 3:44AM
    LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A consultant to Rand Paul, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, said the campaign was not aware of reports describing Paul as a college graduate.
  • Friday, August 6

  • Blagojevich jury breaks for weekend   UPI / 7:35PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Jurors in the case of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich broke early Friday, suggesting a verdict would not come before next week, legal analysts said.
  • Calif. politicos avoid Prop. 8 discourse   UPI / 7:35PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Nominees for governor and U.S. Senate in California are saying little publicly about this week's court ruling on same-sex marriage, electoral analysts say.
  • Rangel birthday bash guest list down   UPI / 11:14AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel's ethical woes have tempered his birthday celebration, with high-profile guests sending regrets for not attending the bash, aides said.
  • Kenyan voters support new constitution   UPI / 2:14AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The new Kenyan constitution, which includes a bill of rights, has been adopted with approval from 67 percent of the voters, officials say.
  • Thursday, August 5

  • Obama: America 'moving forward again'   UPI / 11:14PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama told a Democratic Party audience in Chicago Thursday "America is moving" but it will take years to repair damage from the recession.
  • Haslam wins Tenn. GOP primary   UPI / 10:24PM
    NASHVILLE, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Republican voters in Tennessee Thursday chose Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam as their nominee for governor, election returns show.
  • Former defense lobbyist arrested, charged   UPI / 8:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The founder of a lobbying firm has been charged with making illegal campaign contributions and making false statements to a federal agency, U.S. officials said.
  • Obama: 'We don't give up'   UPI / 2:44PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama touted the federal bailout of parts of the U.S. auto industry at a Ford Motor Co. assembly plant in Chicago Thursday.
  • Kenyans usher in new constitution   UPI / 8:14AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Kenyans approved a new constitution leaders said they hope will alleviate problems that undermined good governance, preliminary results indicate.
  • Report: Churchill feared UFO panic   UPI / 1:44AM
    LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A descendent of one of Winston Churchill's wartime aides says the British prime minister ordered the classification of a UFO sighting by a British bomber crew.
  • Wednesday, August 4

  • Rep. Young says U.S. won't charge him   UPI / 10:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Alaska, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said Wednesday he had learned federal authorities will not charge him in their long-running corruption investigation.
  • Kashmir's minister asks for special troops   UPI / 5:14PM
    NEW DELHI, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Thousands of people in predominantly Muslim Kashmir defied curfew, torching police cars in the streets and shouting anti-Indian slogans, observers say.
  • Kenyans vote on new constitution   UPI / 8:54AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Security was tight Wednesday as Kenyans went to the polls to vote on a proposed constitution, observers noted.
  • Vote on new arms treaty postponed   UPI / 8:04AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- More guarantees are needed before the U.S. Senate will be ready to vote on a new strategic arms treaty with Russia, a key Republican lawmaker says.
  • Moran, Johnston win Kansas primaries   UPI / 1:24AM
    TOPEKA, Kan., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran was headed for a win in the GOP primary and Lisa Johnston won the Democratic nomination in Kansas' Senate primary, election returns show.
  • Blunt, Carnahan win Mo. primary races   UPI / 12:34AM
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt won the GOP Senate primary and Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan won the Democratic primary Tuesday, election returns show.
  • Mich., Mo., Kan. cast primary votes   UPI / 12:05AM
    Primary voters in Michigan appeared to be booting a veteran congresswoman Tuesday and primary races also were being decided in Missouri and Kansas.
  • Tuesday, August 3

  • Cheeks Kilpatrick on verge of House loss   UPI / 11:44PM
    DETROIT, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic Michigan primary voters Tuesday appeared to be rejecting U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick's bid for an eighth term.
  • Poll: Action needed on global warming   UPI / 6:05PM
    PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Large majorities in three U.S. states say global warming is a threat and they support government efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions, a poll indicates.
  • Nepal fails to choose new prime minister   UPI / 7:54AM
    KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Nepal's parliament failed to choose a new prime minister Tuesday after neither of the main candidates managed to secure the necessary 301 votes, officials said.
  • Monday, August 2

  • Obama: Republicans have no fresh ideas   UPI / 8:44PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Monday told powerful Democrats in Atlanta Republicans have yet to offer up "a single, solitary, new idea" to help the American people.
  • Thai PM: no elections this year   UPI / 6:54PM
    BANGKOK, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- As Red Shirt protests continue with deadly ramifications, Thailand's prime minister says he won't hold national elections until next year.
  • Malaysian sodomy trial postponed   UPI / 4:04PM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The sodomy trial of a Malaysian politician was delayed after allegations of an affair between a female prosecutor and the politician's accuser, officials said.
  • Shiite coalition ends talks with Maliki   UPI / 11:05AM
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A coalition of Shiite parties broke off negotiations with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, weakening his chances of staying in office, observers said.
  • Saturday, July 31

  • Pakistan spy chief scrubs U.K. trip   UPI / 11:54AM
    LONDON, July 31 (UPI) -- The head of Pakistan's military intelligence canceled his trip to Great Britain over remarks made by the British prime minister, a Pakistani official said.
  • Thursday, July 29

  • House panel charges Rangel with 13 counts   UPI / 5:44PM
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- A House ethics subcommittee charged U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., Thursday with 13 counts of violating House rules and U.S. laws.
  • 'Boehner for Speaker' campaign launched   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- Ohio Congressman John Boehner has launched a "Boehner for Speaker" campaign to raise money for the Republican election effort.
  • Obama to discuss education reform   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday called for more stringent educational standards in touting his Race to the Top education program.
  • Wednesday, July 28

  • Obama, small-business owners meet   UPI / 7:24PM
    WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- President Obama met with small-business owners in New Jersey Wednesday and then called for tax cuts and loans legislation he called "as American as apple pie."
  • Candidate taped pulling up opposing signs   UPI / 6:44PM
    MILTON, Fla., July 28 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they were investigating whether a crime was committed when a political candidate was videotaped pulling up his opponent's signs.
  • Analyst predicts nasty election cycle   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- A political analyst predicts the 2010 U.S. election cycle will set a new record for the volume of negative political ads.
  • Mass. adopts Electoral College bill   UPI / 2:44PM
    BOSTON, July 28 (UPI) -- The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a law aimed at ensuring the winner of the popular vote becomes U.S. president.
  • Tennessee pol clarifies Muslim 'cult'   UPI / 12:34PM
    NASHVILLE, July 28 (UPI) -- A gubernatorial candidate in Tennessee said he was talking about militant Muslims when he dropped the word "cult" in remarks about religious freedom and Islam.
  • Wyclef pondering presidential run   UPI / 11:24AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, July 28 (UPI) -- Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean, who set up the humanitarian Yele Haiti Foundation, is mulling a run for president of the island nation, his family said.
  • Spanish region votes to ban bullfighting   UPI / 9:05AM
    BARCELONA, Spain, July 28 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in the Spanish region of Catalonia decided Wednesday to become the first region to bring down the curtain on the controversial sport of bullfighting.
  • Tuesday, July 27

  • Daughter urges people not to vote for dad   UPI / 7:54PM
    LEXINGTON, Okla., July 27 (UPI) -- A candidate for a judgeship in Oklahoma's primary elections Tuesday got blindsided by his daughter, who took out an ad urging people not to vote for him.
  • DISCLOSE Act vote fails in Senate   UPI / 5:35PM
    WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) -- Democrats failed to bring to the Senate floor Tuesday legislation designed to make sure corporate and union political financing is public.
  • Oklahoma: Lights shine on governor's race   UPI / 12:24PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, July 27 (UPI) -- The governor's race topped the ticket for both Republicans and Democrats in Tuesday's Oklahoma primaries.
  • Monday, July 26

  • Bush name as campaign weapon weakened   UPI / 2:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 26 (UPI) -- Campaigning Democrats hoping to make political capital by blaming George W. Bush for the nation's weak economy may find it harder to do, a new poll says.
  • House Dems push Rangel to resolve issues   UPI / 12:05PM
    WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Democratic leaders are urging Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., to make a deal with the House ethics panel before charges against him are announced this week.
  • Sunday, July 25

  • Colorado man to seek Nigeria presidency   UPI / 7:24PM
    GREELEY, Colo., July 25 (UPI) -- A Colorado man says he's going to run for president of his native Nigeria.
  • Ruling party hangs on to key Thai district   UPI / 11:54AM
    BANGKOK, July 25 (UPI) -- An unofficial tally indicates Panich Vikitsreth of Thailand's ruling Democrat Party has won Bangkok's by-election in his district, the Election Commission said.
  • Saturday, July 24

  • Top 3 U.K. unions back Ed Miliband   UPI / 7:05PM
    LONDON, July 24 (UPI) -- The Unite union's political committee has endorsed Ed Miliband as leader of the U.K. Labor Party.
  • Chavez ups heat on media ahead of vote   UPI / 3:05PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela, July 24 (UPI) -- International observers say President Hugo Chavez is ramping up pressure on the dwindling number of independent media outlets in Venezuela.
  • Friday, July 23

  • Rangel explored settling ethics case   UPI / 11:24PM
    WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., held talks with a House committee on settling an ethics case against him, lawyers involved in the negotiations said.
  • U.S. upgrades PLO diplomatic status   UPI / 6:34PM
    JERUSALEM, July 23 (UPI) -- The United States has upgraded the diplomatic status of the Palestinian Authority in Washington to that of general delegation, authorities say.
  • Thursday, July 22

  • 96-year-old seeks Byrd's Senate seat   UPI / 4:04PM
    WHEELING, W.Va., July 22 (UPI) -- A 96-year-old veteran West Virginian politician has entered the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd, officials said.
  • Candidate's ballot statement pulled   UPI / 3:54PM
    MILWAUKEE, July 22 (UPI) -- A candidate for the Wisconsin state Assembly says she will take the row over language in her ballot statement to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Election stalemate means runoff in Nepal   UPI / 9:04AM
    KATHMANDU, Nepal, July 22 (UPI) -- Nepal must hold a runoff election because no candidate secured enough parliamentary votes to select a prime minister, which observers say is a blow to Maoists.
  • Chamber of Commerce spends against Obama   UPI / 12:54AM
    WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent more than $150 million lobbying against some of President Barack Obama's major initiatives, records show.
  • Wednesday, July 21

  • More troubles for GOP committee   UPI / 9:14PM
    WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- The treasurer of the U.S. Republican National Committee has submitted documents he says show $2 million in debts were hidden from committee members.
  • New GOP group allows anonymous donations   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie have launched a new group that allows U.S. Republicans to give anonymously to discredit Democrats.
  • Law enhances presidential popular vote   UPI / 1:54PM
    BOSTON, July 21 (UPI) -- Massachusetts is set to join other states in trying to make sure that the national presidential popular vote winner also gets an Electoral College majority.
  • Tuesday, July 20

  • Ga. GOP gubernatorial race heads to runoff   UPI / 11:24PM
    ATLANTA, July 20 (UPI) -- Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes won the Democratic primary Tuesday but a runoff will be needed to decide the GOP nominee for governor, election returns indicate.
  • Gov. Manchin to run for Robert Byrd's seat   UPI / 4:14PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., July 20 (UPI) -- West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said Tuesday he plans to run in a special election this year for the late Robert Byrd's Senate seat.
  • WH: GOP immigration view turns off Latinos   UPI / 10:24AM
    WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- The Obama administration said it weighed the effects of suing Arizona over its immigration law, conceding some Republican candidates may benefit in the fall.
  • Anti-U.S. cleric pressures Iraqi P.M.   UPI / 9:34AM
    BAGHDAD, July 20 (UPI) -- An anti-U.S. cleric whose followers hold 12 percent of the Iraqi Parliament's seats is poised to influence formation of a government, political observers say.
  • Anti-U.S. leric pressures Iraqi P.M.   UPI / 12:24AM
    BAGHDAD, July 20 (UPI) -- An anti-U.S. cleric whose followers hold 10 percent of the Iraqi Parliament's seats is poised to influence formation of a government, political observers say.
  • Monday, July 19

  • No reality show for Palin and Johnston   UPI / 10:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 19 (UPI) -- Bristol Palin's publicist says the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her fiance, Levi Johnston, will not star in a reality TV series.
  • Blagojevich brother takes witness stand   UPI / 10:24PM
    CHICAGO, July 19 (UPI) -- Rod Blagojevich's brother testified Monday in the former Illinois governor's corruption trial and described his role in the politician's fundraising operation.
  • Dems pull ahead of GOP in '10 poll   UPI / 7:14PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., July 19 (UPI) -- Democrats gained some favor among independents to pull ahead of Republicans in a poll of U.S. voters during the past week, the Gallup organization said Monday.
  • Sunday, July 18

  • Tea Party expels Williams, affiliate group   UPI / 7:54PM
    WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Tea Party coalition has expelled the Tea Party Express over Mark Williams' satirical letter from "Colored People" to Abraham Lincoln, a spokesman says.
  • Dems, GOP speak out on November prospects   UPI / 5:34PM
    WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Sunday countered suggestions of heavy Democratic losses in November, saying, "We're going to shock the heck out of everybody."
  • Netanyahu, Mubarak to discuss peace talks   AP / 12:35PM
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu headed for Egypt Sunday to talk with President Hosni Mubarak about Palestinians, officials said.
  • FEC fines Biden more than $219,000   UPI / 10:24AM
    WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden's failed presidential campaign owes the U.S. Treasury more than $219,000 for violating campaign finance rules, a report revealed.
  • Saturday, July 17

  • Thai PM.: Elections possible in 2011   UPI / 8:24PM
    BANGKOK, July 17 (UPI) -- Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told a visiting U.S. official he hopes to hold an election in early 2011, a spokesman says.
  • Pakistan PM rukes out early elections   UPI / 10:14AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 17 (UPI) -- Pakistan's prime minister said Saturday a scandal over bogus university degrees in parliament won't force mid-term elections.
  • Friday, July 16

  • Australian P.M. calls election   UPI / 11:14PM
    CANBERRA, Australia, July 16 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, saying she wants a mandate from the voters, called Saturday for a parliamentary election in August.
  • GOP candidate battles plagiarism charges   UPI / 11:05PM
    DENVER, July 16 (UPI) -- A Republican candidate for governor of Colorado, accused of plagiarism in an essay he was paid $300,000 to write, said Friday he will return the money.
  • Calif. Sen. Boxer ahead in campaign funds   UPI / 8:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 16 (UPI) -- Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has a campaign war chest almost 12 times as large as that of her Republican opponent Carly Fiorina, campaign finance reports show.
  • Thursday, July 15

  • Panel orders new investigation of Ozawa   UPI / 11:54PM
    TOKYO, July 15 (UPI) -- A judicial committee ordered prosecutors Thursday to reopen an investigation into Ichiro Ozawa, former secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan.
  • Former Clinton moneyman gets 12 years   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) -- The former finance chair of Hillary Clinton's U.S. presidential campaign received a 12-year sentence Thursday for a $300 million financial fraud.
  • Blagojevich jurors may hear a dozen tapes   UPI / 4:24PM
    CHICAGO, July 15 (UPI) -- The judge hearing former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption case in Chicago rejected most of the tapes the defense seeks to admit into evidence.
  • Senate resumes New START hearings   UPI / 4:04PM
    WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee opened its 12th hearing on the New Strategic Arms Treaty Thursday by welcoming testimony from U.S. nuclear lab directors.
  • CBS, NBC reject anti-Ground Zero mosque ad   UPI / 11:44AM
    NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) -- U.S. TV networks CBS and NBC rejected an ad urging Americans to oppose the building of a mosque two blocks from New York's Ground Zero, the ad's sponsor says.
  • Tea Party says pretenders want ballot spot   UPI / 11:14AM
    LANSING, Mich., July 15 (UPI) -- Tea Party leaders in Michigan say sham Tea Party candidates are being added to the state's ballot to hurt Republican candidates in November.
  • House Dems irked at White House   UPI / 10:34AM
    WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- House Democrats say months of backing risky White House initiatives deserve more support in their re-election bids than they're getting from President Obama.
  • Ethics panel seeks info on 8 lawmakers   UPI / 9:54AM
    WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- An independent ethics panel sent corporate donors and fundraisers dozens of requests for documents in its investigation of fundraising and U.S. House votes.
  • Wednesday, July 14

  • Nominee faces additional plagiarism charge   UPI / 9:50PM
    DENVER, July 14 (UPI) -- A senior Colorado Republican says Scott McInnis's gubernatorial campaign is "dead in the water" after new evidence of plagiarism against the GOP nominee.
  • Tea Party funds, covers Hitler billboard   UPI / 6:14PM
    MASON CITY, Iowa, July 14 (UPI) -- A billboard paid for by the North Iowa Tea Party comparing President Obama to Adolph Hitler and Vladimir Lenin was covered up Wednesday, observers say.
  • Ignatieff tour halted by bus breakdown   UPI / 12:44AM
    OTTAWA, July 14 (UPI) -- Canadian Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff's tour of the country got off to a bit of a rough start Tuesday when his bus broke down.
  • Tuesday, July 13

  • GOP, Dems sort out candidates in Alabama   UPI / 11:05PM
    MONTGOMERY, Ala., July 13 (UPI) -- State Rep. Robert Bentley was headed for victory Tuesday in a runoff to determine the Republican nominee for Alabama governor in the November election.
  • Gibbs walks back election comment   UPI / 9:44PM
    WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who said Sunday Republicans could gain control of the U.S. House in November, said Tuesday he doubts that will happen.
  • Senator bullish on progress of Afghan army   UPI / 7:05PM
    WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Forces Committee said Tuesday progress was being made toward getting more Afghan troops into the front lines.
  • GOP Hispanic candidates go against trend   UPI / 11:44AM
    WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- Hispanic candidates in competitive races across the United States are defying conventional wisdom and running as Republicans, political observers said.
  • Drought hits Russian grain production   UPI / 10:04AM
    MOSCOW, July 13 (UPI) -- The Russian government plans to provide loans and subsidies to farmers in drought-stricken parts of the country, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says.
  • Monday, July 12

  • Mississippi's Barbour for president?   UPI / 8:14PM
    JACKSON, Miss., July 12 (UPI) -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, being touted by some as a presidential prospect, says he's not ready to start thinking about the 2012 race.
  • NAACP mulls Tea Party racism resolution   UPI / 3:34PM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 12 (UPI) -- The NAACP said it will consider a resolution formally condemning the Tea Party for "explicitly racist behavior."
  • Japan's coalition absorbs election losses   UPI / 9:54AM
    TOKYO, July 12 (UPI) -- Japan's ruling coalition lost its majority in weekend legislative elections, unofficial returns indicated.
  • Sunday, July 11

  • Palin PAC raises most yet in 2nd quarter   UPI / 11:05PM
    WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin's political action committee raised $866,000 in the second quarter of 2010, the most since forming in January 2009, a U.S. filing showed Sunday.
  • WH says Dems could lose House majority   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs conceded Sunday Democrats could lose their majority in the House of Representatives in the November elections.
  • Polls say DPJ loses upper house majority   UPI / 10:24AM
    TOKYO, July 11 (UPI) -- Exit polls indicated the Democratic Party of Japan lost its majority in parliament's upper house in elections Sunday.
  • Saturday, July 10

  • Financial scandal hurts Sarkozy   UPI / 11:14PM
    PARIS, July 10 (UPI) -- The investigation into Liliane Bettencourt, the richest woman in France, has become more intense with police raids on her financial managers.
  • 2010 vote will be priciest midterms ever   UPI / 11:44AM
    WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- Despite the high profile of the grassroots Tea Party movement, analysts say the November elections will be the most expensive midterms in U.S. history.
  • Good looking politicians get more media   UPI / 1:44AM
    HAIFA, Israel, July 10 (UPI) -- Good looking people get better dates, make more money and win more political offices but they also get more media coverage, researchers in Israel found.
  • Friday, July 9

  • Crist seeks vote on Fla. drilling ban   UPI / 7:35PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist called for a special state legislative session to debate a constitutional amendment to ban drilling off the state's coasts.
  • Tape: Blago cursed voters as ingrates   UPI / 5:24PM
    CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich cursed bitterly that voters weren't grateful for all he did for the state, a tape played at his corruption trial indicated.
  • Obama campaigns for Reid in Nevada   UPI / 5:24PM
    LAS VEGAS, July 9 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama visited Nevada Friday to boost Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's tough battle in his campaign for a fifth term.
  • Netanyahu meets with Shalit's parents   UPI / 4:05PM
    JERUSALEM, July 9 (UPI) -- The parents of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit spent an hour Friday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife.
  • Dems fight to win back independents   UPI / 9:14AM
    WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- Democrats, facing a tough U.S election as their president drops in popularity, are working to win back the independent voters they had in 2008, analysts said.
  • Obama to discuss economy   UPI / 7:24AM
    LAS VEGAS, July 9 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama will speak about the economy Friday during an appearance at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the White House said.
  • Thursday, July 8

  • Obama stumps for Reid, Carnahan   UPI / 11:44PM
    LAS VEGAS, July 8 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama campaigned Thursday for Democratic candidates in two key U.S. Senate races, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
  • Netanyahu bodyguards' guns missing in NYC   UPI / 9:04PM
    NEW YORK, July 8 (UPI) -- Four high-powered semiautomatic guns are missing from a suitcase belonging to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security team, U.S. officials said.
  • Palin releases 'Mama Grizzlies' video   UPI / 11:44AM
    WASILLA, Alaska, July 8 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee released a Web video Thursday in which Palin speaks of a political awakening of conservative women.
  • Obama to speak on economy   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama travels to Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, where he will tour a zero-emissions commercial truck manufacturer and speak on the economy.
  • Wednesday, July 7

  • Dog enters Texas governor race   UPI / 4:24PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, July 7 (UPI) -- Officials with the Texas gubernatorial campaign of Woodrow the dog said the canine's candidacy is aimed at bringing awareness to animal issues.
  • Justice's wife involved in Tea Party   UPI / 9:54AM
    WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- Donations totaling $550,000 put a group led by the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the thick of Tea Party politics, observers said.
  • Tuesday, July 6

  • Fiorina has breast reconstruction surgery   UPI / 8:44PM
    STANFORD, Calif., July 6 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. Senate nominee Carly Fiorina of California had reconstructive breast surgery Tuesday, an aide said.
  • SEC rule squeezes campaign funding   UPI / 3:54PM
    BOSTON, July 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's rule change on pension funds could affect the run for the top job in Massachusetts and elsewhere, experts said.
  • Jailed consultant wants to visit his mom   UPI / 12:24PM
    DETROIT, July 6 (UPI) -- A Michigan political consultant awaiting sentencing for bribery and extortion wants permission to visit his elderly mother on her deathbed, his attorney says.
  • Kilpatrick affecting mom's political fate   UPI / 10:14AM
    DETROIT, July 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick's re-election bid may be tainted by her son, imprisoned and indicted ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, observers say.
  • Voters may elect independent governors   UPI / 9:44AM
    WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- Voters in the United States could elect a trio of independent governors when they go to the polls in November, political experts say.
  • Monday, July 5

  • Violence hangs over Mexican polls   UPI / 12:05AM
    MEXICO CITY, July 4 (UPI) -- Violence and the threat of it hung heavily over Mexico's elections Sunday, observers said.
  • Sunday, July 4

  • Kaczynski concedes in Poland   UPI / 11:34PM
    WARSAW, Poland, July 4 (UPI) -- Conservative candidate Jaroslaw Kaczynski conceded Poland's presidency to Bronislaw Komorowski in Sunday's hotly contested runoff election.
  • Suicide bombings kill 4, injure 25 in Iraq   UPI / 6:44PM
    RAMADI, Iraq, July 4 (UPI) -- Two terrorist blasts killed at least four people and injured 25 others in Iraq Sunday as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged the formation of a new government.
  • Biden 'optimistic' about Iraqi progress   UPI / 5:24PM
    BAGHDAD, July 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday he was "optimistic" all political sides would have meaningful, relevant roles in Iraq's pending new government.
  • Saturday, July 3

  • Mitt Romney's strategy may shift   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney says he recognizes his Mormon faith, an obstacle for Evangelical Christians in 2008, will always keep some U.S. voters from supporting him.
  • Friday, July 2

  • Calif. court OKs state worker wage cut   UPI / 8:24PM
    SACRAMENTO, July 2 (UPI) -- A California appeals court said Friday Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can order most state workers' pay cut to U.S. minimum wage if the state budget is delayed.
  • Thursday, July 1

  • Elizabeth Edwards selling Chapel Hill home   UPI / 7:14PM
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 1 (UPI) -- Elizabeth Edwards, promoting the paperback release of her book, "Resilience," said leaving her husband, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., is "terrifying."
  • Politicians fundraise hard as quarter ends   UPI / 4:04PM
    WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- Washington lobbyists and politicians had a hectic schedule during the last week in June, with hundreds of fundraisers marking the end of the second quarter.
  • Streep may play Thatcher in film   UPI / 1:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 1 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Meryl Streep is in talks to play former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a 1982-set, fact-based film called "Thatcher."
  • Maoists seek to form gov't in Nepal   UPI / 7:05AM
    KATHMANDU, Nepal, July 1 (UPI) -- Maoists in the Himalayan republic of Nepal made a pitch Thursday to return to power -- a day after the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal,
  • Wednesday, June 30

  • Indiana Supreme Court upholds voter ID law   UPI / 8:05PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, June 30 (UPI) -- Indiana's voter identification law, possibly the most stringent in the country, was upheld Wednesday by the state Supreme Court.
  • Wulff wins German presidency by a hair   UPI / 6:14PM
    BERLIN, June 30 (UPI) -- Christian Wulff, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's choice for president, squeaked by with a victory after three rounds of voting Wednesday.
  • Crist could be witness against GOP leader   UPI / 2:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now an independent candidate for Senate, is listed as a potential witness against the former state Republican chief.
  • Senate votes 99-0 to confirm Petraeus   UPI / 2:34PM
    WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Gen. David Petraeus to head up operations in Afghanistan.
  • First look at Guinea election results soon   UPI / 10:44AM
    CONAKRY, Guinea, June 30 (UPI) -- Initial results from Guinea's first democratic election were expected Wednesday as some candidates leveled allegations of voting irregularities.
  • Tuesday, June 29

  • Boehner: Raise Social Security age   UPI / 7:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, says the United States should raise the Social Security retirement age to 70 and limit benefits based on need.
  • Gubernatorial candidate killed in Mexico   UPI / 11:34AM
    CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico, June 29 (UPI) -- The leading candidate for governor in the violence-torn Mexican state of Tamaulipas was ambushed and killed, officials said.
  • Serbian opposition calls for elections   UPI / 9:54AM
    KRUSEVAC, Serbia, June 29 (UPI) -- The leaders of Serbia's opposition parties say early parliamentary elections are needed to solve the many problems facing their country.
  • New Filipino government not so new   UPI / 8:24AM
    MANILA, Philippines, June 29 (UPI) -- The Philippines' new president promised to fill his cabinet with extraordinary individuals but many of his choices are retreads, political observers say.
  • Monday, June 28

  • W.Va.: No special election until 2012   UPI / 9:24PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., June 28 (UPI) -- West Virginia will not hold a special election until 2012 to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Robert Byrd, a top state official said.
  • Burundi has one-man presidential election   UPI / 11:14AM
    BUJUMBURA, Burundi, June 28 (UPI) -- Burundians headed to election booths Monday to cast ballots for or against ruling party candidate and incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza.
  • Sunday, June 27

  • Shots spark political riot in Chiapas   UPI / 10:54AM
    NACHIG, Mexico, June 27 (UPI) -- Police say the gunmen who opened fire on a political rally in southern Mexico, killing two and causing a riot, were still at large Sunday.
  • Guinea casts ballots in historic election   UPI / 10:34AM
    CONAKRY, Guinea, June 27 (UPI) -- Voters in Guinea headed to polls to elect a president Sunday in the West African nation's first free election since it gained independence from France in 1958.
  • Saturday, June 26

  • Sen. McCain agrees to 2 primary debates   UPI / 6:14PM
    PHOENIX, June 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, facing a tough primary challenge in his bid for a fifth term, has agreed to two debates with his Republican opponents.
  • Strong turnout in Somaliland election   UPI / 4:44PM
    HARGEISA, Somalia, June 26 (UPI) -- Voters in Somaliland are turning out in great numbers despite threats of violence by Islamic militants, observers say.
  • Calif. GOP candidates shun governor's help   UPI / 3:34PM
    SACRAMENTO, June 26 (UPI) -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who came to office as a political outsider, now finds himself on the outs with his own Republican Party, observers say.
  • Friday, June 25

  • Thai court continues detentions   UPI / 2:54PM
    BANGKOK, June 25 (UPI) -- A Bangkok court agreed to extend the detention of 11 leaders and members of the "Red Shirt" movement for 12 days.
  • Burundi opposition wants election boycott   UPI / 1:34PM
    BUJUMBURA, Burundi, June 25 (UPI) -- Opposition parties in Burundi have called for a boycott of the presidential election.
  • Thursday, June 24

  • House OKs campaign finance bill   UPI / 11:34PM
    WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Thursday approved the Disclose Act, which would impose stricter rules on disclosing corporate and labor political campaign donations.
  • Candidates eagerly seek Palin endorsements   UPI / 5:44PM
    NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin continues to be a potent force in U.S. politics even out of office as Republican candidates scramble to secure her endorsement, observers say.
  • Court slams prosecution against Olmert   UPI / 5:44PM
    JERUSALEM, June 24 (UPI) -- A Jerusalem court Thursday slammed the prosecution for alleged witness coaching in a corruption case against former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
  • Probe of massacre witness killing sought   UPI / 5:34PM
    MANILA, Philippines, June 24 (UPI) -- A key witness to the massacre of at least 58 people in the southern Philippines was killed while awaiting government protection, Human Rights Watch said.
  • Wednesday, June 23

  • Rudd ousted in Australia   AP / 10:35PM
    Australia's Labor Party has elected Julia Gillard as its leader, ousting Prime Minister Kevin Rudd weeks before a federal election, officials said.
  • Radio ads stolen, Mich. campaign aide says   UPI / 9:44PM
    DETROIT, June 23 (UPI) -- A campaign spokesman for Michigan gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox says he is certain four commercials posted on an anti-Cox Web site were stolen.
  • 'Chicken shack' campaign quip creates flap   UPI / 9:34PM
    CLEVELAND, June 23 (UPI) -- An aide to the Ohio GOP candidate for governor has apologized for saying in an e-mail Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, grew up in a "chicken shack."
  • Self-funded candidates doing well   UPI / 9:34AM
    WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- Campaign finance reports and election returns indicate self-funded candidates are doing well in congressional and gubernatorial contests.
  • Haley wins in S.C.; Marcy wins in Miss.   UPI / 1:24AM
    Nikki Haley's bid to become the first female governor of South Carolina moved ahead Tuesday with a Republican runoff win over U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett.
  • Tuesday, June 22

  • Poll: Generic ballot evenly split by party   UPI / 12:24PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., June 22 (UPI) -- Registered voters are evenly divided about which party's candidate would get their vote if the U.S. congressional elections were today, a Gallup poll indicated.
  • 17 mostly pro-whaling nations have no vote   UPI / 8:24AM
    AGADIR, Morocco, June 22 (UPI) -- The International Whaling Commission meeting in Morocco has suspended the voting rights of 17 mostly pro-whaling nations, officials said Tuesday.
  • Sunday, June 20

  • Runoff needed for Polish prez race   UPI / 11:05PM
    KRAKOW, Poland, June 20 (UPI) -- Acting Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski failed Sunday to win the majority of votes needed to avoid a runoff.
  • Santos coasts to victory in Colombia   UPI / 9:05PM
    BOGOTA, June 20 (UPI) -- Juan Manuel Santos easily defeated former Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus Sunday to become Colombia's next president.
  • Two car bombs kill 26 in Baghdad   UPI / 9:05AM
    BAGHDAD, June 20 (UPI) -- Two car bombs exploded minutes apart in a crowded section of Baghdad Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding at least 53, the interior ministry said.
  • Utah: After three terms, Sen. Bennett out   UPI / 5:44AM
    An endorsement by soon-to-be-former Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, may help one man who blocked Bennett from renomination at the state GOP convention, observers say.
  • Friday, June 18

  • Reid: Things could be worse in Nevada   UPI / 11:05PM
    WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Friday unemployment in Nevada, now the highest in the country, would be worse without federal spending.
  • S.C. Dems won't challenge Greene's win   UPI / 1:24PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., June 18 (UPI) -- The South Carolina Democratic Party won't challenge the controversial primary results in the state's U.S. senate race, party executives said.
  • Thursday, June 17

  • Tea Party PACs raise little money   UPI / 6:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- A dozen Tea Party political action committees and 24 Tea Party fundraising committees have raised little money, U.S. election and tax records indicate.
  • Guilty plea in Mass. black church arson   UPI / 1:24PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 17 (UPI) -- A 23-year-old white man pleaded guilty to torching a predominantly black church in Massachusetts hours after Barack Obama was elected the U.S. president.
  • Voters want attractive, mature candidates   UPI / 8:14AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., June 17 (UPI) -- It may not be what the U.S. founding fathers had in mind but U.S. and British researchers found voters are heavily influenced by a politician's appearance.
  • Wednesday, June 16

  • Ethics office eyes House fundraisers   UPI / 9:44PM
    WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- Lawmakers given donations by business people at fundraisers within 48 hours of a House vote on a Wall Street reform bill are being investigated, officials say.
  • ABC News wins Murrow Award   UPI / 8:34PM
    NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Radio Television Digital News Association plans to honor ABC News with an Edward R. Murrow Award, the netwrork announced Wednesday.
  • Fla. attorney general trails in gov race   UPI / 1:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is now trailing his rival in the governor's race in both spending and the polls, frustrating his supporters.
  • Candidate 'pranked' by urinal cakes   UPI / 12:34PM
    FORT MYERS, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- A Florida man running for local fire district commissioner said he thinks a firefighters union is behind urinal cakes bearing his image.
  • 'Michigan first' ad made in Illinois   UPI / 11:05AM
    LANSING, Mich., June 16 (UPI) -- A Michigan gubernatorial candidate's TV ad promoting his "hire Michigan workers first" plan was produced by an Illinois firm, a Detroit newspaper says.
  • Tuesday, June 15

  • Adviser allegedly robbed mayor's coffers   UPI / 9:44PM
    NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- A Republican consultant has been charged with stealing $1.1 million from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign last year, court records show.
  • Compromise would exempt NRA from rules   UPI / 8:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- A compromise on U.S. campaign finance reform would allow a few large national groups to avoid disclosing big donors, critics of the proposed legislation said.
  • Mail-in ballots too late to be counted   UPI / 8:34PM
    SACRAMENTO, June 15 (UPI) -- Thousands of mail-in ballots in California's primary election won't be counted because they arrived after the polls closed at 8 p.m., election officials said.
  • Monday, June 14

  • S.C. Dem files primary protest   UPI / 9:24PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., June 14 (UPI) -- The candidate who ran second in South Carolina's Democratic U.S. Senate primary election filed a protest Monday, saying there was "a cloud" over the election.
  • 9 top Dems bring in $50 million for DCCC   UPI / 6:05PM
    WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- Nine top U.S. House Democrats have raised $50 million for a key campaign committee to try to preserve a majority in this election cycle, documents show.
  • Sunday, June 13

  • Senate hopeful hit on military record   UPI / 7:14PM
    CHICAGO, June 13 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk of Illinois is under fire again over his characterization of his Navy service record, observers say.
  • Bill Clinton still showing election muscle   UPI / 7:05PM
    NEW YORK, June 13 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton shows he still has political muscle as he aids Democrats in rough campaign battles, observers say.
  • Slovakian PM to form new government   UPI / 6:34AM
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, June 13 (UPI) -- Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico's Smer Party won the most seats in parliament in Saturday's elections but he may have trouble holding power, results show.
  • Saturday, June 12

  • British PM, Obama discuss BP spill   UPI / 6:44PM
    LONDON, June 12 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the gulf oil spill Saturday, the White House said, but gave few details.
  • Japan PM calls cattle disease 'crisis'   UPI / 3:44PM
    MIYAZAKI, Japan, June 12 (UPI) -- A foot-and-mouth disease outbreak on the island of Kyushu is a "national crisis," Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Saturday during a visit to the area.
  • Ballot anomalies found in S.C. primary   UPI / 12:44AM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., June 11 (UPI) -- Election data analysts have found curious voting patterns in Tuesday's U.S. Senate primary in South Carolina, the campaign manager for a losing candidate said.
  • Friday, June 11

  • Bad 'hair' day for Fiorina?   UPI / 8:34AM
    SACRAMENTO, June 11 (UPI) -- Carly Fiorina, who won the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate in California, spent much of her first day as nominee talking about hair after an on-camera gaffe.
  • Ex-Taiwan president's sentence reduced   UPI / 7:44AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 11 (UPI) -- A Taiwanese high court Friday reduced the life sentences of former President Chen Shui-bian and his wife -- both convicted of corruption -- to 20 years.
  • S.C. GOP calls on Knotts to resign   UPI / 2:24AM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., June 11 (UPI) -- A South Carolina state senator says he "could care less" that Republicans urged him to resign for using a racial slur to describe a GOP candidate for governor.
  • Political party choice steeped in biology   UPI / 1:34AM
    TORONTO, June 11 (UPI) -- Political preferences do not emerge from a simple rational consideration of issues, they are steeped in biology, University of Toronto researchers say.
  • Thursday, June 10

  • Congress to vote on spill funding measure   UPI / 9:04PM
    WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- A team of U.S. scientists says the leaking Gulf oil well has been spewing 25,000 to 30,000 barrels of oil a day, more than previously estimated.
  • Ex-friend paints Blagojevich as corrupt   UPI / 8:54PM
    CHICAGO, June 10 (UPI) -- A former aide to Rod Blagojevich, testifying at the former Illinois governor's corruption trial, said campaign donors were rewarded with political appointments.
  • Elections see anti-Islamic party growth   UPI / 12:04PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 10 (UPI) -- The Dutch anti-Islam Freedom Party gained strength during the country's elections, but observers said whether it would be part of a coalition was unclear.
  • Wednesday, June 9

  • Democrats: Outsourcing is 'our' issue   UPI / 10:05PM
    WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- The flow of American jobs overseas is growing as a campaign issue, and Democrats say they want to capitalize on it and use it against Republicans.
  • Group says Social Security to be 'gutted'   UPI / 10:05PM
    WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- Political activists are accusing President Obama's new deficit-reduction commission of secretly planning to gut Social Security.
  • Dems ask upset S.C. primary victor to go   UPI / 9:44PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., June 9 (UPI) -- South Carolina's Democratic Party has asked the winner of the state's U.S. Senate primary to drop out because of a reported felony charge, party officials said.
  • Ex-Blagojevich aide testifies at trial   UPI / 8:54PM
    CHICAGO, June 9 (UPI) -- Rod Blagojevich's chief of staff from 2003 to 2005 said in court he agreed to testify against his former boss in exchange for a lenient sentence.
  • Brown, Whitman spar on spending   UPI / 8:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 9 (UPI) -- The two major party candidates for governor of California opened the general election campaign Wednesday with sharp words on spending and education.
  • Few Tea Party victories in primaries   UPI / 11:44AM
    U.S. voters may be dissatisfied with incumbent politicians but that anger failed to galvanize wide support for Tea Party candidates in Tuesday's primaries.
  • Elections under way in the Netherlands   UPI / 8:14AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 9 (UPI) -- The economy likely was uppermost in the minds of Dutch voters Wednesday selecting a new government, analysts said.
  • South Carolinians get GOP runoff for gov.   UPI / 1:24AM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., June 9 (UPI) -- Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen will have to wait awhile to find out who his Republican opponent will be in the run for South Carolina's governor.
  • Reid, Angle win Nev. Senate primaries   UPI / 1:24AM
    LAS VEGAS, June 9 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won the Nevada Democratic primary Tuesday and GOP voters chose Sharron Angles to challenge Reid in November, returns showed.
  • It's Berg vs. Pomeroy for N.D. House seat   UPI / 1:05AM
    BISMARCK, N.D., June 9 (UPI) -- Rick Berg easily won North Dakota's Republican congressional primary election Tuesday and will face Democratic incumbent Earl Pomeroy this fall, results showed.
  • 2 experienced pols win Maine gov. primary   UPI / 12:44AM
    AUGUSTA, Maine, June 9 (UPI) -- Two experienced politicians seemed likely to face off in Maine's gubernatorial election after Tuesday's primary, election returns indicated Tuesday.
  • Iowa's Conlin wins bid for senate run   UPI / 12:44AM
    DES MOINES, Iowa, June 9 (UPI) -- Roxanne Conlin easily won the Iowa Democratic primary, giving her the chance to become the first Iowan woman in the U.S. Senate, election returns indicated.
  • Daugaard wins S.D. GOP governor's primary   UPI / 12:34AM
    PIERRE, S.D., June 9 (UPI) -- Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard won South Dakota's Republican primary election for governor Tuesday night, election returns indicated.
  • Lincoln wins Arkansas Dem. Senate runoff   UPI / 12:05AM
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 8 (UPI) -- Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, bucking a national anti-incumbent trend, claimed victory Tuesday in a runoff election she said was "not about special interests."
  • Tuesday, June 8

  • Tea Party having little impact in N.J.   UPI / 11:54PM
    TRENTON, N.J., June 8 (UPI) -- Celebrity and incumbency appeared to be trumping Tea Party enthusiasm Tuesday in New Jersey's Republican congressional primaries, election returns suggested.
  • Establishment GOP candidates win in Va.   UPI / 10:44PM
    RICHMOND, Va., June 8 (UPI) -- The Tea Party and conservatives didn't make serious inroads in Virginia's Republican primary election Tuesday with more-moderate candidates winning.
  • Poll: Voters prefer neophyte to experience   UPI / 6:54PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., June 8 (UPI) -- Registered voters are more likely to say they'd vote for a political newbie than one who previously served in U.S. Congress, a poll released Tuesday indicated.
  • U.N. set to vote on Iran sanctions   UPI / 5:54PM
    UNITED NATIONS, June 8 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on a new round of sanctions against Iraq over its nuclear program, officials say.
  • Court blocks Arizona election subsidies   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday temporarily blocked subsidy payments to Arizona candidates running for state offices with public financing.
  • Primaries: Incumbency versus Tea Party   UPI / 11:14AM
    If the May 18 primaries were considered super for political pundits and analysts, then Tuesday's primaries in 10 states may be the mother lode.
  • Rajapaksa promises solution for Tamils   UPI / 11:05AM
    NEW DELHI, June 8 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, prior to starting an India trip Tuesday, told Tamil leaders at home he'd resolve the problems of the minority people.
  • Final tally shows Aquino won presidency   UPI / 9:54AM
    MANILA, Philippines, June 8 (UPI) -- Liberal Party candidate Benigno Aquino III has won the presidency of the Philippines, the final tally by the National Board of Canvassers indicates.
  • Monday, June 7

  • Fatah may seek Palestinian election delay   UPI / 4:04PM
    GAZA, June 7 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Fatah movement is considering asking for a postponement of local elections next month because of internal rifts within the group, observers say.
  • Anti-Muslim candidate may get gov't job   UPI / 3:24PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 7 (UPI) -- A right-wing anti-Muslim politician in the Netherlands may gain a position in its next government, a leader of the country's biggest political party says.
  • Pentagon policy battle shifts to Senate   UPI / 10:24AM
    WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- The battle over defense issues moves to the U.S. Senate, where observers say they expect a struggle over the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
  • Sunday, June 6

  • Virginia: Republicans set sights on Dems   UPI / 6:44PM
    Virginia Republicans have several Democratic congressmen in their sights in November, but party squabbles could dash their hopes Tuesday, observers suggest.
  • Lincoln expecting win over Halter   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln said Sunday she expects to win her Democratic primary runoff with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter this week despite his outside-Arkansas support.
  • Saturday, June 5

  • Noda named Japan's finance minister   UPI / 1:54PM
    TOKYO, June 5 (UPI) -- Yoshihiko Noda, known as a fiscal conservative, has been chosen as Japan's next finance minister by new Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
  • Steele: Probe job offers to Sen. hopefuls   UPI / 12:04PM
    WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- GOP Chairman Michael Steele called for a U.S. Justice Department investigation of job offers the White House made to try to get Senate candidates to drop out.
  • Friday, June 4

  • S.C. senator sorry for 'raghead' remark   UPI / 4:54PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., June 4 (UPI) -- A Republican state senator in South Carolina says he was joking when he called Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley a "raghead."
  • Iran threatens opposition groups   UPI / 1:54PM
    TEHRAN, June 4 (UPI) -- At a rally in Tehran, Iranian leaders have issued warnings against those in opposition to the government and working against the regime, observers say.
  • Russia's 'cash for clunkers' plan extended   UPI / 12:24PM
    MOSCOW, June 4 (UPI) -- Russia's "cash for clunkers" auto-scrapping program has been extended, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday.
  • Virginia: Conservative and conservativer   UPI / 11:36AM
    RICHMOND, Va., June 4 (UPI) -- Virginia Republicans have several sitting Democratic congressmen in their sights in November, but party squabbles may dash those hopes Tuesday, observers say.
  • Thursday, June 3

  • Kan seen as likely Japanese PM   UPI / 11:34PM
    TOKYO, June 3 (UPI) -- Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan Friday began the process of picking a new party president, who likely would become the country's next prime minister.
  • White House: 'We've been transparent'   UPI / 8:44PM
    WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- The White House said Thursday President Barack Obama "wasn't aware" of an attempt to persuade Andrew Romanoff to drop out of a Colorado U.S. Senate primary.
  • Kirk apologizes for military embellishment   UPI / 8:05PM
    CHICAGO, June 3 (UPI) -- Mark Kirk, the Republican congressman running for U.S. Senate in Illinois, apologized Thursday for misstatements about his military record.
  • Sarkozy asked to be honest about arms deal   UPI / 4:14PM
    PARIS, June 3 (UPI) -- Opposition lawmakers called on French President Nicolas Sarkozy Thursday to be honest about suspicions kickbacks from arms deals funded political activities.
  • Anti-incumbent mood means more candidates   UPI / 2:34PM
    WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- Anti-incumbent fervor this year has inspired more U.S. voters to seek political office, USA Today says.
  • S. Korea party head quitting after losses   UPI / 2:34PM
    SEOUL, June 3 (UPI) -- Chung Mong-joon, chairman of South Korea's ruling Grand National Party, said Thursday he is resigning following the party's defeat in local elections.
  • Obama ratings drop hurts other black pols   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- The drop in U.S. President Barack Obama's approval ratings is hurting many other black U.S. politicians, an analysis by a political editor indicates.
  • Studies: Deaths boost Afghan war support   UPI / 9:54AM
    MONTREAL, June 3 (UPI) -- Canadian war deaths in Afghanistan could increase support for the 9-year-old military operation and support hawkish politicians, two academic studies suggest.
  • Wednesday, June 2

  • Judge's ruling in N.J. helps defendants   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEWARK, N.J., June 2 (UPI) -- A federal judge in New Jersey has ruled candidates for office cannot be charged with influence-peddling.
  • Navy gave Kirk heads-up on mistake   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- A Republican U.S. Senate candidate got a warning from the Navy that reporters were asking about a mistake in his campaign biography, military officials say.
  • Democrats stay away from Obama Pa. speech   UPI / 3:34PM
    PITTSBURGH, June 2 (UPI) -- Few Democratic elected officials joined President Obama for a speech on the economy Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
  • Main opposition calls for new election   UPI / 2:44AM
    TOKYO, June 2 (UPI) -- The main Japanese opposition party was unmoved Wednesday by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's decision to resign, saying new elections should be held.
  • Nunnelee wins GOP nod in Mississippi   UPI / 1:34AM
    JACKSON, Miss., June 2 (UPI) -- State Sen. Alan Nunnelee, a favorite among the Republican establishment, won Mississippi's 1st Congressional District Republican primary Tuesday, results show.
  • Prosecutor wins GOP gov's race in N.M.   UPI / 12:54AM
    ALBUQUERQUE, June 2 (UPI) -- Prosecutor Susana Martinez won the GOP nomination in the New Mexico governor's race, results showed, meaning the state will get its first female governor.
  • Davis defeated in Ala. gov primary   UPI / 12:14AM
    MONTGOMERY, Ala., June 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Arthur Davis failed Tuesday in his bid to become Alabama's first black nominee for governor, results showed.
  • Tuesday, June 1

  • First lady stumps for Reid, healthy living   UPI / 10:54PM
    RENO, Nev., June 1 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama stumped for healthy living and for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during a trip Tuesday to Nevada.
  • Disunited NY Republicans meet   UPI / 4:34PM
    NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) -- New York Republican Chairman Edward F. Cox opened the state convention Tuesday by attacking Democrats for a "culture of corruption."
  • Iraqi court approves election results   UPI / 11:54AM
    BAGHDAD, June 1 (UPI) -- Iraq's Supreme Court Tuesday approved the results of landmark elections and cleared the way to seat the country's new 325-member Parliament, officials said.
  • Monday, May 31

  • Saakashvili's party lead in Georgia voting   UPI / 8:54AM
    TBILISI, Georgia, May 31 (UPI) -- Municipal election exit polls across Georgia indicate President Mikheil Saakashvili's National Movement won a majority of the vote, officials said.
  • Ex-defense head leads in Colombia election   UPI / 8:54AM
    BOGOTA, May 31 (UPI) -- Colombian presidential candidate Juan Manual Santos claimed nearly twice as many votes as his nearest rival but not enough avoid a runoff, officials said.
  • Sunday, May 30

  • Chavez is key issue in Colombian election   UPI / 12:24PM
    BOGOTA, May 30 (UPI) -- Colombians began casting ballots for president Sunday in a tight race to choose outgoing President Alvaro Uribe's successor.
  • Czechs elect center-right candidates   UPI / 11:34AM
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 30 (UPI) -- Social Democrats leader Jiri Paroubek conceded defeat as Czech voters gave a solid majority to small center-right parties.
  • Senate candidate backtracks on award   UPI / 9:44AM
    WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) -- An Illinois candidate seeking President Obama's seat in the U.S. Senate has backed off his claim he received a prestigious military award, observers said.
  • Saturday, May 29

  • Vote on Disclosure Act delayed   UPI / 6:54PM
    WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- A vote on a new U.S. campaign-finance law has been delayed until after the Memorial Day break, giving business groups more time to lobby against it.
  • Cuomo got $79G from suspected fraudster   UPI / 2:54PM
    NEW YORK, May 29 (UPI) -- A New York accountant charged with swindling celebrities in a $30 million fraud donated $79,000 to gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo, investigators say.
  • Friday, May 28

  • Senate passes military spending bill   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate approved $60 billion for Afghanistan and Iraq after rejecting a Republican plan to send the National Guard to the Mexican border.
  • WH asked Sestak to quit Pa. Senate race   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- The White House said it sent Bill Clinton to ask Rep. Joe Sestak to back out of the Pennsylvania Democratic primary in exchange for an unpaid job as an adviser.
  • Czech voters go to polls   UPI / 3:05PM
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 28 (UPI) -- The Czech Republic began a parliamentary election Friday after months of interim government.
  • Reid gains ground on GOP challengers   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., trailing Republican challengers to his re-election most of the year, has made up major ground, a new poll indicates.
  • E-mail: Palin's neighbor approached author   UPI / 11:24AM
    WASILLA, Alaska, May 28 (UPI) -- A neighbor in Wasilla, Alaska, approached author Joe McGinniss about his renting a house next door to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the author's son said.
  • Thursday, May 27

  • Poll shows Crist leading Rubio in Florida   UPI / 5:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist leads state House Speaker Marco Rubio in the race for the state's U.S. Senate seat, a poll released Thursday indicates.
  • Firm mistakenly shuts off Greek PM's phone   UPI / 11:44AM
    ATHENS, Greece, May 27 (UPI) -- A Greek telecommunications firm said a technician error led to Prime Minister George Papandreou's home phone being disconnected for two days.
  • Wednesday, May 26

  • Mexican politician arrested   UPI / 7:14PM
    MEXICO CITY, May 26 (UPI) -- A former Cancun mayor running for higher office has been arrested on money-laundering charges and linked to drug runners, authorities say.
  • Cuomo picks upstate mayor as running mate   UPI / 5:44PM
    NEW YORK, May 26 (UPI) -- Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for governor of New York, announced Wednesday he has picked an upstate mayor as his running mate.
  • Dino Rossi enters Wash. senate race   UPI / 4:44PM
    OLYMPIA, Wash., May 26 (UPI) -- Dino Rossi of Washington, a Republican who lost the closest gubernatorial race in U.S. history in 2004, announced Wednesday he is running for U.S. Senate.
  • Simmons shelves U.S. Senate bid in Conn.   UPI / 11:34AM
    HARTFORD, Conn., May 26 (UPI) -- Former U.S. congressman Rob Simmons, once thought the likely Republican candidate in Connecticut's U.S. Senate race, said he was suspending his campaign.
  • Tuesday, May 25

  • Declare a winner, Philippine lawmaker says   UPI / 10:24AM
    MANILA, Philippines, May 25 (UPI) -- A top Philippine lawmaker is urging his colleagues to officially declare the winner of the country's recent presidential election.
  • GOP Web site wants America to speak out   UPI / 9:34AM
    WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- House Republicans tapped into online media Tuesday, unveiling a Web site to help set the tone of discussion while developing a platform for the fall elections.
  • Obama greets business owners, visits GOP   UPI / 7:54AM
    WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes award-winning, small-business owners from across the United States to the White House Tuesday, officials said.
  • Monday, May 24

  • Sen. candidate Blumenthal apologizes   UPI / 9:05PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., May 24 (UPI) -- Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, has apologized for misstating his military record.
  • Palin sings free-market praises   UPI / 12:34PM
    LAS VEGAS, May 24 (UPI) -- A free-market economy in which business owners control their fates is best for everyone, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said during a speech in Las Vegas.
  • Former beer mogul leaves U.S. Senate race   UPI / 11:14AM
    MADISON, Wis., May 24 (UPI) -- Wisconsin businessman Dick Leinenkugel says he ended a brief bid for the U.S. Senate and is backing another GOP candidate because "it's the right thing to do."
  • Ethiopia's Zenawi predicts win   UPI / 9:34AM
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 24 (UPI) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Monday predicted a win for his party in Sunday's election amid the opposition's allegations of irregularities,
  • Sunday, May 23

  • Paul comments draw new scrutiny   UPI / 5:54PM
    WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- Senate Republican candidate Rand Paul stayed off the air Sunday, but his comments on civil rights law drew fresh scrutiny on U.S. news programs.
  • Sestak: WH offered job if he left race   UPI / 5:05PM
    WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., repeated Sunday the White House had offered him a job if he would withdraw from the primary race against Sen. Arlen Specter.
  • Thailand extends curfew as calm returns   UPI / 9:44AM
    BANGKOK, May 23 (UPI) -- Thailand extended a curfew for at least two more nights Sunday as Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said calm had returned to Bangkok.
  • Saturday, May 22

  • Bennett to Tea Party: Don't become Carter   UPI / 9:44PM
    WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, took aim at the Tea Party's "gloom talk," likening it to that of former President Jimmy Carter.
  • Andrew Cuomo kicks off run for N.Y. gov   UPI / 4:14PM
    NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) -- State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo kicked off his campaign for New York's governor Saturday, vowing to mend the state's ethical and financial problems.
  • Britain: Liberal Democrats gain power   UPI / 7:44AM
    LONDON, May 22 (UPI) -- Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, now deputy prime minister in Britain's coalition government, will be in charge of five cabinet committees, officials say.
  • Friday, May 21

  • 'Don't ask, don't tell' squeezes Skelton   UPI / 8:44PM
    WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., an original sponsor of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays, is in a hard spot over the law's repeal, observers said.
  • Gingrich alters forecast of GOP takeover   UPI / 8:44PM
    WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania's special election to fill Rep. John Murtha's seat led former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to revise his forecast on Republicans retaking the House.
  • Paul snubs 'Meet the Press'   UPI / 7:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican whose civil rights views ignited outrage, backed out of a scheduled appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," the network said.
  • Unions work to protect incumbent Democrats   UPI / 9:44AM
    WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Influential unions say they will help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents trying to keep their seats in the 2010 midterm elections.
  • Thursday, May 20

  • Gibbs close-lipped on Sestak job offer   UPI / 9:14PM
    WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- A string of losses by candidates backed by Barack Obama had the president's press secretary clamming up when pressed by reporters in Washington Thursday.
  • Japan P.M. expects agreement on U.S. base   UPI / 6:44PM
    TOKYO, May 20 (UPI) -- Japan and the United States should have an agreement on a U.S. Marine base on Okinawa by the end of the month, Japan's prime minister told reporters Thursday.
  • Deceased candidate qualifies in primary   UPI / 4:14PM
    GEORGETOWN, Ky., May 20 (UPI) -- Officials in Georgetown, Ky., said a deceased city council candidate received 1,002 votes in the primary election, despite signs explaining her recent death.
  • Tea Party candidate Rand Paul on hot seat   UPI / 2:34PM
    WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- Political Cinderella Rand Paul has been busy discussing some seemingly controversial remarks made after his victory in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary.
  • Wednesday, May 19

  • Primary voters challenge status quo   UPI / 8:34AM
    WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Many Americans are not satisfied with the status quo in Washington, if the outcomes of primary elections Tuesday were any indication.
  • It's Kitzhaber, Dudley for Oregon governor   UPI / 12:34AM
    PORTLAND, Ore., May 19 (UPI) -- Former Gov. John Kitzhaber and former pro basketball player Chris Dudley won their primaries for Oregon governor Tuesday and will go head-to-head in the fall.
  • Lincoln, Halter in Arkansas runoff   UPI / 12:05AM
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 18 (UPI) -- Incumbent Blanche Lincoln and challenger Bill Halter were neck-and-neck in Arkansas' Democratic Senate primary Tuesday night and headed to a June runoff.
  • Tuesday, May 18

  • Tea Party-backed Paul wins in Kentucky   UPI / 9:24PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 18 (UPI) -- Rand Paul, the son of a maverick congressman and a Tea Party favorite son, Tuesday won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.
  • Politics 2010: How anti is anti-incumbent?   UPI / 8:34PM
    WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Rand Paul, a Tea Party movement favorite, Tuesday won the Republican U.S. Senate primary election in Kentucky, election returns indicated.
  • Blumenthal regrets comments on service   UPI / 5:44PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., May 18 (UPI) -- Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said he takes "full responsibility" for misleading statements about his military service in the Vietnam war.
  • Cardinal's remark irks Canadian politician   UPI / 11:14AM
    MONTREAL, May 18 (UPI) -- A Canadian political leader says she is outraged by the Archbishop of Quebec's suggestion that abortion is never justified even in cases of rape.
  • Rep. Souder admits affair, resigns seat   UPI / 11:05AM
    WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., fresh off a primary win two weeks ago, will resign his seat effective Friday, admitting he had an affair with a female staffer.
  • Specter in fight for one more term   UPI / 1:54AM
    HARRISBURG, Pa., May 18 (UPI) -- A late poll showed Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary between U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and his Democratic challenger too close to call.
  • Monday, May 17

  • Dodd calls reform a senatorial litmus test   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said he was enjoying what maybe his last big hurrah in Washington, as the financial reform bill nears a vote.
  • Sunday, May 16

  • Elections look tough for Mexico's PAN   UPI / 5:54PM
    MERIDA, Mexico, May 16 (UPI) -- Mexicans went to the polls Sunday in the southern state of Yucatan in local elections expected to favor the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party.
  • Iraq elections results stand in recount   UPI / 5:14PM
    BAGHDAD, May 16 (UPI) -- Iraq's election results in Baghdad and the surrounding area have been upheld by the country's electoral commission after a partial recount, authorities say.
  • Senators predict tighter offshore rules   UPI / 5:05PM
    WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday he expected Congress to pass legislation raising the cap on oil company liability for oil spills.
  • Specter: Pragmatism will appeal to voters   UPI / 2:34PM
    WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., said Sunday his record would stand up with voters in the upcoming primary despite strong anti-incumbent sentiment.
  • Bennett says Utah vote may not be a trend   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, said not to over-estimate the anti-incumbent sentiment that led to his stunning ouster as the Republican candidate in his state.
  • Saturday, May 15

  • Swedish candidate blames Jews for WW2   UPI / 6:14PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 15 (UPI) -- The chairman of Sweden's Center Party says the party will ditch a candidate whose Web site blames Jews for World War II and the 2001 terror attacks.
  • Palin says feminists sell women short   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged conservative women to be uncompromising on abortion in a speech in Washington.
  • Friday, May 14

  • U.K.'s new PM Cameron visits Scotland   UPI / 7:05PM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 14 (UPI) -- David Cameron made his first visit to Scotland as U.K. prime minister Friday as protesters gathered outside the Scottish Parliament, observers said.
  • Palin endorses Haley for S.C. governor   UPI / 2:14PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., May 14 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin said Friday Nikki Haley would make a fine Republican candidate for governor in South Carolina.
  • Thursday, May 13

  • Cameron-Clegg government vows cooperation   UPI / 8:05AM
    LONDON, May 13 (UPI) -- The top two leaders of Britain's coalition government pledged a stable, durable alliance and promised to take the country in a new direction.
  • Obama travels to New York state   UPI / 7:54AM
    WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama travels to New York state Thursday, with visits to Buffalo and New York planned, the White House said.
  • Thai govt. withdraws election offer   UPI / 7:44AM
    BANGKOK, May 13 (UPI) -- Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's government Thursday withdrew its Nov. 14 election offer after red-shirted protesters refused to end their rally.
  • China: Politics behind N. Korea's claim   UPI / 2:14AM
    BEIJING, May 13 (UPI) -- Experts in China, the major benefactor of North Korea, Thursday played down Pyongyang's claim of having successfully produced a nuclear fusion.
  • Wednesday, May 12

  • Republican candidate in Facebook flap   UPI / 6:34PM
    OAKLAND, Calif., May 12 (UPI) -- Oakland, Calif., Republican congressional candidate Brad Goehring has posted a comment on his Facebook page suggesting liberals be hunted to "thin the herd."
  • Pig received voter registration reminder   UPI / 2:05PM
    UCKFIELD, England, May 12 (UPI) -- A British woman said her pet pig received a letter from officials encouraging it to register to vote in the general election.
  • Britons wake to Cameron-Clegg government   UPI / 11:44AM
    LONDON, May 12 (UPI) -- A handshake between Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg, ushered Britain into a new political era Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, May 11

  • Mollohan out in W.Va.; no upsets in Neb.   UPI / 11:54PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., May 11 (UPI) -- Primary voters in West Virginia ousted a longtime Democratic congressman Tuesday while in Nebraska the GOP governor and three congressmen all won.
  • Runoff needed in Georgia's 9th District   UPI / 11:05PM
    ATLANTA, May 11 (UPI) -- Former state lawmakers Tom Graves and Lee Hawkins Tuesday headed to a June runoff in Georgia's 9th Congressional District special election.
  • Congressman Mollohan loses W.Va. primary   UPI / 10:44PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., May 11 (UPI) -- Voters in West Virginia's Democratic primary Tuesday wrested the 1st Congressional District seat from the Mollohan family for the first time in 42 years.
  • Cameron meets queen, to form government   UPI / 10:24PM
    LONDON, May 11 (UPI) -- Conservative Party leader David Cameron pledged to usher in a new era of government responsibility as British prime minister Tuesday, ending days of disarray.
  • 4 presidential candidates yield to Aquino   UPI / 10:54AM
    MANILA, Philippines, May 11 (UPI) -- Four candidates have conceded to Philippine Sen. Benigno Aquino III, the front-runner in the country's presidential elections, officials said Tuesday.
  • Monday, May 10

  • Voters hand German conservatives defeat   UPI / 12:54PM
    BERLIN, May 10 (UPI) -- A regional election cost German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc control of the upper house, in what analysts called backlash to the Greek crisis.
  • Rep. Kilpatrick seeking 8th term   UPI / 12:24PM
    DETROIT, May 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, the mother of disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, announced Monday she is running for re-election.
  • Philippines' election hit by some violence   UPI / 8:04AM
    MANILA, Philippines, May 10 (UPI) -- Millions of Filipinos, using a new automated system, voted Monday to pick a new president in an election marred by some acts of violence.
  • Sunday, May 9

  • Violence precedes troubled Philippine vote   UPI / 5:44PM
    MANILA, Philippines, May 9 (UPI) -- Violence flared prior to Monday's national election in the Philippines, as officials considered delaying it because of voting system problems, observers said.
  • Sides try to sort out Britain's governance   UPI / 11:44AM
    LONDON, May 9 (UPI) -- Players from last week's British elections met Sunday to try to sort out leadership questions created when no major party captured a majority in Parliament.
  • SEIU elects first woman president   UPI / 9:24AM
    WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- The executive board of the Service Employees International Union has elected Mary Kay Henry as president of the fastest growing union in the United States.
  • Saturday, May 8

  • Liberal Dem has party support in talks   UPI / 9:14PM
    LONDON, May 8 (UPI) -- British Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is backed by his party's senior ranks in trying to reach a power-sharing deal with Conservatives, a negotiator says.
  • BNP big loser in British election   UPI / 12:34PM
    LONDON, May 8 (UPI) -- The right-wing British National Party lost 22 of its 34 council seats in the election, officials say.
  • UKIP cost Conservatives seats   UPI / 12:34PM
    LONDON, May 8 (UPI) -- The small UK Independence Party may have won enough votes in 10 districts to cost the Conservative Party those seats in the British Parliament, officials say.
  • RNC replaces financial officers   UPI / 9:14AM
    WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says he has replaced RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart and Deputy Director Debbie LeHardy.
  • Friday, May 7

  • Queen could figure in U.K. election battle   UPI / 6:44PM
    LONDON, May 7 (UPI) -- Experts say Britain's inconclusive national election could put the choice of its next prime minister in the hands of a woman who never votes: the queen.
  • Voter guides available in native languages   UPI / 6:14PM
    WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- Federal election voter guides are available in the most commonly spoken American Indian languages in the United States, election officials said.
  • Some U.K. voters shut out by throngs   UPI / 1:24PM
    LONDON, May 7 (UPI) -- Thousands of voters across Britain couldn't vote in elections because polling stations were overwhelmed by the turnout, local election officials said Friday.
  • Pelosi fuels nationwide opposition   UPI / 11:54AM
    WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- Republicans across the United States placed a target on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's back, loading her GOP opponents' quivers with cash, politics watchers say.
  • Thursday, May 6

  • Kilpatrick: Sons told me to stop fighting   UPI / 10:24PM
    DETROIT, May 6 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says he wanted to keep fighting the fallout from a political-sex scandal, but his twin boys convinced him to stop.
  • U.K. exit polls indicate Labor losing   UPI / 7:44PM
    LONDON, May 6 (UPI) -- The Labor Party may be heading toward historic losses in Britain, exit polls indicated Thursday, leaving Prime Minister Gordon Brown clinging to power.
  • 'Joe the Plumber' now an elected official   UPI / 7:34PM
    TOLEDO, Ohio, May 6 (UPI) -- Ohio's "Joe the Plumber," who gained significant attention during the 2008 U.S. presidential election, is now an elected official, a vote tally indicates.
  • UKIP leader survives plane crash   UPI / 6:05PM
    LONDON, May 6 (UPI) -- A spokesman for a British eurosceptic political party survived the Election Day crash of a small plane towing a party banner, officials said.
  • Pols line up to succeed Obey   UPI / 3:24PM
    MADISON, Wis., May 6 (UPI) -- There's no shortage of potential pretenders to the political throne that is the U.S. House seat being vacated by Wisconsin's David Obey, observers say.
  • Jonathan sworn in as Nigeria's president   UPI / 8:05AM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, May 6 (UPI) -- Nigeria's acting President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in Thursday as the country's leader following the death of President Umaru Yar'Adua.
  • Wednesday, May 5

  • Obama cites Phoenix 'Los Suns' protest   UPI / 7:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday referenced a move by the owner of the Phoenix Suns NBA team to protest a controversial Arizona immigration law.
  • More blacks run for Congress on GOP ticket   UPI / 2:05PM
    WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- At least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, party officials said.
  • Fisher wins Dem Senate primary in Ohio   UPI / 2:05PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 4 (UPI) -- Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher won the Democratic primary Tuesday for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring George Voinovich and will face Republican Rob Portman.
  • Tea Party fighting racism label   UPI / 8:24AM
    WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- Tea Party activists say they're fighting battles on two fronts: fielding candidates for primary elections and overcoming accusations of racism.
  • 2010 primary season begins in earnest   UPI / 12:14AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 4 (UPI) -- Voters in Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina Tuesday opened the floodgates of primary tilts scheduled for nearly every Tuesday from now into the fall.
  • Tuesday, May 4

  • Burr wins in N.C.; opponent undetermined   UPI / 10:44PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Burr easily won the GOP nomination in North Carolina's primary election Tuesday, but his Democratic opponent was still up in the air.
  • Coats gets GOP Senate nod in Indiana   UPI / 10:34PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, May 4 (UPI) -- Dan Coats, making a bid to return to the U.S. Senate, Tuesday night won the Republican nomination in Indiana's primary elections.
  • Bristol Palin to appear on 'The View'   UPI / 9:34PM
    NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, is confirmed to make her first appearance on "The View," ABC said.
  • Fla. GOP wants money back for Crist art   UPI / 6:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 4 (UPI) -- The Republican Party of Florida made good on its promise to auction an oil painting of Gov. Charlie Crist, now running for the U.S. Senate as an independent.
  • Monday, May 3

  • S.C. Gov. Sanford won't be prosecuted   UPI / 7:54PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., May 3 (UPI) -- South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster Monday declined to pursue criminal charges against Gov. Mark Sanford.
  • Out of prison, Traficant runs for Congress   UPI / 7:05PM
    WARREN, Ohio, May 3 (UPI) -- Ohio's James A. Traficant Jr., who spent time in prison for bribery, cheating on his taxes and racketeering, Monday announced his bid to return to Congress.
  • Harkin calls on Ensign to resign   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, said Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., should resign if accusations of infidelity are true.
  • Iraq recount starts; court action taken   UPI / 12:44PM
    BAGHDAD, May 3 (UPI) -- Leaders of Iraq's ruling coalition went to court Monday seeking a more in-depth review of alleged irregularities in the country's recent elections.
  • Pawnbroker now wants to be Illinois gov   UPI / 11:35AM
    CHICAGO, May 3 (UPI) -- Scott Lee Cohen, who withdrew as a candidate for lieutenant governor after winning the primary, says he will run as an independent for Illinois governor.
  • General strike grips Nepal   UPI / 12:24AM
    KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 3 (UPI) -- Nepal's opposition Maoist party began the second day of a nationwide strike Monday for the resignation of the prime minister, who has refused to step down.
  • Sunday, May 2

  • Rubio slams Crist   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Republican Marco Rubio, who sent Gov. Charlie Crist into independent territory in the U.S. Senate race in Florida, Sunday called him a political weather vane.
  • Greek debt relief deal done   UPI / 10:14AM
    ATHENS, Greece, May 2 (UPI) -- A financial deal to rescue Greece's economy has been reached, Prime Minister George Papandreou said Sunday.
  • Ohio: Parties play take-away, keep-away   UPI / 4:44AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 2 (UPI) -- If Republicans want to capture majorities in Congress, they must run an error-free campaign for the U.S Senate seat in Ohio being vacated by George Voinovich.
  • Saturday, May 1

  • Iraqi officials take up political crisis   UPI / 7:44PM
    BAGHDAD, May 1 (UPI) -- Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi said Saturday officials will meet next week to discuss what they called a deteriorating political situation.
  • Billionaire enters Fla. Senate race   UPI / 4:14PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., May 1 (UPI) -- A Palm Beach businessman who made millions of dollars betting on the collapse of Florida real estate has entered the state's U.S. Senate race.
  • Hoekstra: End bailouts, wasteful spending   UPI / 3:44PM
    WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., said Saturday Republicans are "standing with the American people" by fighting to end bailouts and wasteful spending.
  • Blago fails in bid to subpoena Obama   UPI / 11:05AM
    CHICAGO, May 1 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama will not be subpoenaed in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a federal judge has ruled.
  • Obama calls for campaign-finance reform   UPI / 6:14AM
    WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday called on Congress to enact campaign-finance reform to prevent a "potential corporate takeover of our elections."
  • Friday, April 30

  • Fifth Kenyan MP stripped of seat   UPI / 6:34PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, April 30 (UPI) -- The Kenyan High Court threw out the results of a fifth parliamentary contest from the 2007 election Friday.
  • Palin e-mail hacker convicted   UPI / 4:34PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 30 (UPI) -- A Knoxville, Tenn., jury Friday convicted a University of Tennessee student of hacking into former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's e-mail.
  • Thursday, April 29

  • Cameron wins debate -- poll   UPI / 10:05PM
    LONDON, April 29 (UPI) -- Conservative Party leader David Cameron won the third and final debate of the 2010 U.K. general election campaign, an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll indicates.
  • Crist running as independent for Senate   UPI / 6:44PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 29 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Thursday he is running as an independent for the U.S. Senate, severing his troubled ties with the Republican Party.
  • Eggs fly in Ukrainian Parliament   UPI / 6:24PM
    KIEV, Ukraine, April 29 (UPI) -- Eggs were hurled during a rowdy Ukrainian parliamentary debate during the ratification of a Russian-Ukrainian naval base deal, an official said.
  • Poll: Canadian Tories would lose ground   UPI / 6:05PM
    OTTAWA, April 29 (UPI) -- Neither of Canada's two largest political parties seems likely to gain from an election, a poll released Thursday indicated.
  • Wednesday, April 28

  • Immigration divisive issue this year   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- A vote on U.S. immigration reform this year could cause short-term problems for the Democrats and long-term ones for Republicans, observers say.
  • Jeb Bush keeps hand in politics   UPI / 12:04PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- Republican strategists say they wonder what the political fortunes of a popular former Florida governor would be if his last name weren't Bush.
  • Mercy petitions swamp Obama's desk   UPI / 11:34AM
    WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama hasn't OK'd any pardon or clemency request so far even though he's received more than 2,300, Justice Department records indicate.
  • Enthusiastic voters more likely Republican   UPI / 10:54AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. registered voters who say they're enthusiastic about voting in this year's election strongly favor the Republican party, Gallup research indicates.
  • New cooperation for Russia and Ukraine   UPI / 8:05AM
    KIEV, Ukraine, April 28 (UPI) -- The stage has been set for Russia and Ukraine to forge new long-term partnerships in a number of areas, Ukraine's prime minister said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, April 27

  • House blocks its own pay raise   UPI / 11:05PM
    WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. House voted Tuesday to block a scheduled $1,600 annual pay raise for members of Congress next year, while one member called for a 5 percent pay cut.
  • Obama seeks to reconnect with voters   UPI / 8:14PM
    WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Tuesday returned to Iowa, the state that breathed life into his presidential run, to reconnect with voters, strategists said.
  • Tracking indicates youth vote needs work   UPI / 3:14PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., April 27 (UPI) -- Younger voters are less enthusiastic about voting in the U.S. midterm elections this fall than older voters, a Gallup poll released Tuesday indicated.
  • Sen. Bennett running 3rd among Republicans   UPI / 2:44PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, April 27 (UPI) -- Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, is running behind two challengers among delegates to the state Republican convention, a new survey finds.
  • Belgium may be headed for elections   UPI / 10:34AM
    BRUSSELS, April 27 (UPI) -- National elections may be held just weeks before Belgium is scheduled to take over the European Union's rotating presidency July 1, political observers say.
  • Jury gets Palin e-mail hacking case   UPI / 9:34AM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 27 (UPI) -- A Knoxville, Tenn., jury is deliberating the case of a former University of Tennessee student accused of hacking into political luminary Sarah Palin's e-mail.
  • Authorities claim plot against monarchy   UPI / 8:14AM
    BANGKOK, April 27 (UPI) -- Thailand's anti-government demonstrators took their protest to the provinces even as authorities said they discovered a plot to bring down the monarchy.
  • Monday, April 26

  • Iraqi elections panel disqualifies winner   UPI / 5:34PM
    BAGHDAD, April 26 (UPI) -- An Iraqi elections court tossed a winning candidate in last month's election, charging he once belonged to Saddam Hussein's Baath party, officials said.
  • Late Polish leader's twin running   UPI / 2:44PM
    WARSAW, Poland, April 26 (UPI) -- The twin brother of Lech Kaczynski, the Polish president killed in a plane crash this month, said Monday he is running to replace him.
  • Rights group sees violations in Sudan   UPI / 1:44PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 26 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch charged Monday Sudan's just-completed presidential elections were marred by "political oppression and human rights violations."
  • Obama to get more involved in elections   UPI / 8:05AM
    WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will release a video message to try to reinvigorate the grass-roots effort that helped propel him and Democrats into office.
  • Grenade injures 11 in Bangkok attack   UPI / 7:34AM
    BANGKOK, April 26 (UPI) -- Thailand's anti-government protest gained momemtum Monday with a grenade exploding near a police security area at the Bangkok home of a former prime minister.
  • Hungary's center-right party wins majority   UPI / 12:34AM
    BUDAPEST, Hungary, April 26 (UPI) -- Hungary's voters Sunday handed the center-right opposition Fidesz Party the two-thirds majority needed in Parliament to pass laws and amend the constitution.
  • Sunday, April 25

  • Austrian president cruises to re-election   UPI / 9:34PM
    VIENNA, April 25 (UPI) -- Austrian President Heinz Fischer coasted to election to a second six-year term Sunday, with exit polls showing he captured 78 percent of the vote.
  • Protesters clash in Jerusalem   UPI / 8:44AM
    JERUSALEM, April 25 (UPI) -- Israeli nationalists clashed with Palestinians and police in Jerusalem Sunday as U.S. envoy George Mitchell met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
  • Saturday, April 24

  • GOP: No bailouts for big companies   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said Republicans would "stand firm" against financial reform legislation allowing government bailouts of failing companies.
  • Broadway Bank seized by FDIC   UPI / 2:05AM
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 24 (UPI) -- Broadway Bank, a Chicago community bank founded by the father of Senate hopeful Alexi Giannoulias, was seized by federal regulators Friday.
  • Friday, April 23

  • Bills show Arizona's bend to the right   UPI / 5:35PM
    PHOENIX, April 23 (UPI) -- Arizona lawmakers, fresh from passing a divisive immigration bill, tackled a bill that would require presidential candidates to prove they are U.S.-born.
  • Democrats plan bill on campaign donations   UPI / 5:14PM
    WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats are preparing legislation aimed at limiting political contributions by foreign-owned corporations.
  • Kenya church: Communion only for voters   UPI / 2:04PM
    MIGORI, Kenya, April 23 (UPI) -- An Anglican clergyman in Kenya said members of his congregation who don't have voting cards will no longer be offered holy communion.
  • British PM debate draws large TV audience   UPI / 9:44AM
    LONDON, April 23 (UPI) -- Fewer Britons tuned in to watch the second debate by the three men who want to lead their country than viewed the first, unofficial overnight results show.
  • Belgian PM resigns   UPI / 12:04AM
    BRUSSELS, April 22 (UPI) -- Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterne delivered a letter of resignation Thursday to King Albert II after a Flemish party pulled out of his coalition.
  • Thursday, April 22

  • Memo: Parliament members to milk taxpayers   UPI / 11:54PM
    LONDON, April 22 (UPI) -- Memoranda by British Liberal Democrats allegedly advising party members to use taxpayers' money for election propaganda were apparently leaked, sources said.
  • Thousands protest Arizona immigration bill   UPI / 9:54PM
    PHOENIX, April 22 (UPI) -- Thousands of people protested outside the Arizona Capitol Thursday appealing to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the nation's toughest immigration bill.
  • Kyrgyz referendum and elections set   UPI / 2:54PM
    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, April 22 (UPI) -- Presidential elections will be held in politically roiled Kyrgyzstan Oct. 10, an interim government official in the central Asian nation said Thursday.
  • Fonseka sworn in as MP   UPI / 8:14AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 22 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's former military chief Sarath Fonseka, freed from custody briefly Thursday to be sworn as a lawmaker, called for rule of law in the country.
  • Wednesday, April 21

  • Feds investigate Florida Republican Party   UPI / 10:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- The FBI and IRS have begun an investigation into alleged misuse of American Express cards by Florida Republican Party officials, sources told The Miami Herald.
  • Ex-Sen. Santorum eyeing presidential race   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., says he is considering a run for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 2012.
  • Cameron hit by first thrown egg of 2010   UPI / 2:44PM
    SALTASH, England, April 21 (UPI) -- British Conservative Party leader David Cameron joked after a student threw an egg at him during a campaign stop Wednesday at a school in Cornwall.
  • Palin could testify at e-mail trial   UPI / 12:54PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 21 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin could be the star witness at the trial of a Tennessee legislator's son charged with hacking into her private e-mail.
  • Poland moves presidential election to June   UPI / 11:05AM
    WARSAW, Poland, April 21 (UPI) -- The first round of Poland's presidential elections was advanced Wednesday to June 20 from September, the acting president announced in Warsaw.
  • National parties are big spenders   UPI / 8:24AM
    WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- Vast sums of money and limited accountability characterize the national committees of the two major U.S. political parties, spending data indicate.
  • Tuesday, April 20

  • Hoyer: House won't hear D.C. voting bill   UPI / 4:34PM
    WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- A District of Columbia voting rights bill likely won't come up soon, partly because of opposition to a gun amendment, House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said.
  • GOP urges Crist to drop out of Senate race   UPI / 3:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 20 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, facing a bruising Republican primary to be the GOP U.S. Senate candidate, is being encouraged by party leaders to drop out.
  • Senate Dems raise cash now for 2012   UPI / 12:44PM
    WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- Some U.S. Democratic senators are taking the long view of fundraising, working now to fill coffers for re-elections in 2012, their offices said.
  • Monday, April 19

  • Obama: 'Tough political fight' ahead   UPI / 9:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama told an audience of Democrats in Los Angeles Monday their party faces a "tough political fight" in the November elections.
  • Poll: Romney is 2012 GOP front runner   UPI / 7:14PM
    WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney leads Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee as the early front-runner for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination in 2012, a poll indicates.
  • Recount ordered in Iraq election   UPI / 6:24PM
    BAGHDAD, April 19 (UPI) -- A recount has been ordered in last month's general election in Iraq, raising tensions as U.S. combat troops prepare to withdraw, observers say.
  • Poll: Voter distrust, partisan rancor up   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- Americans are less positive and more critical of government, with a growing number saying they want government's wings clipped, a Pew survey indicates.
  • More doctors catch office-seeking fever   UPI / 1:04PM
    WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- Forty-seven U.S. congressional candidates for this year's elections are trying to put a doctor in the House -- or Senate, a USA Today review indicates.
  • Maliki says 2 al-Qaida leaders die in raid   UPI / 11:54AM
    BAGHDAD, April 19 (UPI) -- The bodies of two Iraqi al-Qaida leaders were found in a ditch after a U.S.-Iraqi military operation, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Monday.
  • Turkish Cyprus elects rightist president   UPI / 9:34AM
    NICOSIA, Cyprus, April 19 (UPI) -- Turkish Cypriots elected a new rightist, pro-independence president, Dervis Eroglu, preliminary data indicated Monday.
  • Leaders: Israel wants peace, security   UPI / 9:34AM
    JERUSALEM, April 19 (UPI) -- Israel seeks peace in the Middle East but also is taking measures to protect itself, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday.
  • Obama schedule: Sudan talks, Boxer events   UPI / 7:24AM
    WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- After starting work huddled with senior advisers Monday, President Barack Obama meets with Gen. Scott Gration, Sudan Special Envoy, the White House said.
  • Saturday, April 17

  • Monitors criticize historic Sudan election   UPI / 2:05PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 17 (UPI) -- Sudan's first multiparty election in 24 years fell short of international standards, observers said, citing reports of intimidation and harassment.
  • Obama shows fundraising power   UPI / 12:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama may be looking at mixed polls, but he still has plenty of savvy when it comes to fundraising, observers say.
  • Friday, April 16

  • Vote counting under way in Sudan   UPI / 6:04PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 16 (UPI) -- Vote counting began Friday in the Sudan amidst charges that the 5-day election had been marred by fraud.
  • DNC to put up $50M for midterms   UPI / 5:34PM
    WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- The Democratic National Committee plans to put up $50 million for House, Senate and gubernatorial races in November, a top party official says.
  • New poll bad news for Sen. Harry Reid   UPI / 4:44PM
    WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., facing a tough fight for a new term, trails his chief rival by 10 points, a poll released Friday indicates..
  • Report: Romney to endorse Rubio in Fla.   UPI / 4:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 16 (UPI) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will endorse Marco Rubio over Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida's Senate Republican primary, CNN reported.
  • Pelosi downplays Tea Party's effect   UPI / 9:05AM
    WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- Democrats are downplaying the effect of the Tea Party movement on U.S. elections in November while Republicans openly court the disgruntled voters.
  • Polls: Clegg tops Cameron, Brown in debate   UPI / 7:34AM
    MANCHESTER, England, April 16 (UPI) -- Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg's debate performance altered the landscape for the British elections, several polls indicated.
  • Bhutto assassination probe highly critical   UPI / 3:14AM
    NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- A United Nations probe into the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto says Pakistani officials "failed profoundly" to protect her.
  • Thursday, April 15

  • Obama: Change 'beginning to take hold'   UPI / 11:44PM
    MIAMI, April 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday told a rally of supporters in Florida "the change you fought for is beginning to take hold."
  • Ban applauds Sudan elections   UPI / 8:04PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 15 (UPI) -- Sudan's national elections concluded Thursday with the ruling National Congress Party expressing confidence of victory.
  • Wednesday, April 14

  • Obama, Dem and GOP leaders discuss reforms   UPI / 2:14PM
    WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama expressed optimism Wednesday that a bipartisan bill to overhaul the U.S. financial system could be reached this congressional session.
  • Tuesday, April 13

  • Poll: Democrats make gains in House battle   UPI / 8:05PM
    WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- A CNN poll indicates Democrats have improved their lot in this year's elections but still have a way to go before their House majority is considered safe.
  • N.Y. candidate sent anti-Obama e-mails   UPI / 6:54PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., April 13 (UPI) -- Carl Paladino, a Buffalo developer running for governor of New York, is under fire for forwarding sexually explicit and anti-Obama e-mail messages to friends.
  • Obama, Dems to meet on court nominee   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama will meet with key U.S. Senate leaders next week to discuss a successor to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the White House said.
  • Information sought on Palin university gig   UPI / 4:44PM
    SACRAMENTO, April 13 (UPI) -- Documents on an appearance by Sarah Palin at California State University Stanislaus were found in a dumpster, students said Tuesday.
  • Cameron pledges 'Big Society' for Britain   UPI / 2:14PM
    LONDON, April 13 (UPI) -- David Cameron, the Conservative prime minister-in-waiting, kicked off his election campaign Tuesday in London with the promise of a "Big Society."
  • Campaign funding disclosure bill in works   UPI / 9:04AM
    WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- The White House and Democratic U.S. congressional leaders are closing in on proposing a bill that would require corporate campaign disclosure, officials said.
  • Monday, April 12

  • Sudan extends election by 3 days   UPI / 11:54PM
    JUBA, Sudan, April 12 (UPI) -- Problems at some polling stations Monday prompted officials to extend Sudan's national elections by two days, officials said.
  • Brown proposes English requirement   UPI / 7:24PM
    LONDON, April 12 (UPI) -- Only English-speaking immigrants could get a public sector job in Britain under a Labor Party plan unveiled Monday by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
  • Canadian Conservatives surge in poll   UPI / 1:04PM
    TORONTO, April 12 (UPI) -- Canada's minority Conservative government logged a popularity spike in a poll published Monday by the Canwest News Service.
  • Sunday, April 11

  • Sudanese cast ballots in historic election   UPI / 11:14PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 11 (UPI) -- Sudanese voters, using a system officials said was intended to avert fraud, cast ballots Sunday in the country's first multiparty elections since 1986.
  • Conservative Fidesz party gains in Hungary   UPI / 9:54PM
    BUDAPEST, Hungary, April 11 (UPI) -- Victor Orban's conservative opposition party defeated the socialist MSZP government in first-round parliamentary elections in Hungary Sunday, officials said.
  • Friday, April 9

  • Alaska gov. pushes to fund science center   UPI / 4:44PM
    JUNEAU, Alaska, April 9 (UPI) -- Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said he'd push to finance a new university science center in Fairbanks now rather than wait for a public vote on a bond measure.
  • Election win may further consolidate power   UPI / 8:04AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 9 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan UPFA party's apparent big win in parliamentary elections will help President Mahinda Rajapaksa further consolidate power, analysts said.
  • Ruling party headed for win   UPI / 2:24AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 9 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling coalition appeared headed for a win Friday in parliamentary elections as vote counting began.
  • Thursday, April 8

  • GOP's updates its contract with America   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- An updated version of the Republican Party's "Contract with America" likely will be unveiled in late summer or fall, a freshman U.S. House GOP member said.
  • Poll: Toomey pulls ahead of Specter   UPI / 3:44PM
    WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- Republican candidate Pat Toomey has pulled ahead of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., in the race for Specter's seat, a Quinnipiac University poll indicated.
  • Southern GOP faithful meet in Big Easy   UPI / 2:04PM
    NEW ORLEANS, April 8 (UPI) -- Republican Party activists and donors from the South met in New Orleans Thursday for four days of strategy sessions on reclaiming Congress.
  • Sri Lankans vote to pick new parliament   UPI / 7:54AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 8 (UPI) -- Sri Lankans voted Thursday to pick a new parliament in the first polling since President Mahinda Rajapaksa's military ended the prolonged Tamil Tiger civil war.
  • Wednesday, April 7

  • Murdoch: Palin a commentator, not reporter   UPI / 10:54PM
    WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- The role of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Fox News Channel is that of commentator, not journalist, Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch said.
  • 'Obamacare' still fueling GOP anger   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- Some prominent Republicans say they are not pulling back from their opposition to the U.S. healthcare reform legislation passed by Congress.
  • Poll: Dems, GOP tied in voter preference   UPI / 11:14AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., April 7 (UPI) -- The two major U.S. political parties are tied at 46 percent in registered voters' congressional voting preferences, poll results released Wednesday indicate.
  • Sectarian violence's return in Iraq feared   UPI / 10:05AM
    BAGHDAD, April 7 (UPI) -- The increased violence in Iraq has caused some Iraqis to voice fear a sectarian war is near.
  • Party expands Sudan election boycott   UPI / 9:44AM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 7 (UPI) -- The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) has announced plans to widen its boycott of national elections April 11-13, a Sudanese diplomat says.
  • U.S. troubled by Karzai statements   UPI / 1:54AM
    WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's public statements against the West could cost him his invitation to visit the United States, the White House indicated.
  • Tuesday, April 6

  • RNC's Young Eagles program on hold   UPI / 11:05AM
    WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- Publicity about a night at a bondage-themed club in Los Angeles led to the Republican National Committee clipping the wings of its Young Eagles program.
  • Report: Dems face two worrisome elections   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- The prospect of losing two U.S. House seats in special elections spurred a Democratic effort to avoid a potential domino effect in November, strategists said.
  • British general elections set for May 6   UPI / 8:44AM
    LONDON, April 6 (UPI) -- Conservative leader David Cameron muted British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's thunder when he rallied for a May 6 election before Brown could announce a date.
  • Monday, April 5

  • Paladino running for N.Y. governorship   UPI / 10:34PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., April 5 (UPI) -- Conservative Carl Paladino announced before a crowd of hundreds in Buffalo Monday night he's running for governor of New York.
  • Protesters storm Thai election offices   UPI / 9:24PM
    BANGKOK, April 5 (UPI) -- Political demonstrators stormed Thailand's Election Commission offices in Bangkok Monday in their ongoing protests against the government, officials said.
  • Sunday, April 4

  • Democrat fundraising outpaces Republican   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, April 4 (UPI) -- U.S. House and Senate Democratic candidates are leading their Republican counterparts in nearly every fundraising category, finance reports indicate.
  • Saturday, April 3

  • Tony Blair wearing on village neighbors?   UPI / 2:14PM
    WOTTON UNDERWOOD, England, April 3 (UPI) -- Tony Blair's staff swears the former British prime minister is a good neighbor despite the grumbling of other folks in the English village of Wotton Underwood.
  • GOP address warns of more economy perils   UPI / 12:05PM
    WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Republicans predicted Saturday that President Obama's healthcare plan and proposed banking reforms would deal a death blow to U.S. businesses.
  • Sudan elections to go forward   UPI / 10:54AM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 3 (UPI) -- Sudan's national elections will take place as scheduled this month, the African country's National Electoral Commission says.
  • Giannoulias' bank loaned $20M to felons   UPI / 10:44AM
    CHICAGO, April 3 (UPI) -- The family bank of Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias loaned about $20 million to two convicted Chicago crime figures, The Chicago Tribune says.
  • Friday, April 2

  • Parties boycott Sudan elections   UPI / 11:14AM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 2 (UPI) -- Several leading opposition parties in Sudan say they have decided to boycott this month's presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections.
  • T-shirts with Biden comment selling out   UPI / 10:44AM
    WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- A grassroots arm of the U.S. Democratic National Committee predicts its "Big (expletive) Deal" T-shirts will sell better than Apple's iPads.
  • Leaders urge calm in Guinea-Bissau   UPI / 8:14AM
    BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, April 2 (UPI) -- An African Union leader urged Guinea-Bissau to maintain democracy after army officers briefly detained the prime minister.
  • Dems map campaign strategy for Obama   UPI / 7:34AM
    WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- Democratic strategists, eyeing the midterm U.S. elections, are plotting how to use the party's top campaigner as judiciously as possible, insiders said.
  • Thursday, April 1

  • Poll: GOP lead Dems in district races   UPI / 3:54PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., April 1 (UPI) -- U.S. registered voters, for the first time this election cycle, said they prefer Republicans over Democrats in their districts, a Gallup poll indicated.
  • Opposition boycotts Sudan election   UPI / 2:24PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 1 (UPI) -- Sudan's main opposition parties withdrew from a presidential election Thursday after a rebel group pulled its presidential challenger, officials said.
  • Sadrists to run vote for Iraqi PM   UPI / 12:44PM
    BAGHDAD, April 1 (UPI) -- Followers of militant Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr said they were arranging a special vote to select Iraq's next prime minister.
  • Tuesday, March 30

  • Tea Party donor sues convention organizer   UPI / 6:14PM
    NASHVILLE, March 30 (UPI) -- A donor to the National Tea Party convention says in a lawsuit the convention organizer reneged on a partnership deal and spread defamatory comments about him.
  • Candidate's racist radio ads must be aired   UPI / 3:05PM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 30 (UPI) -- A radio station in Kansas City, Mo., says it has no choice but to air racist and anti-Semitic ads from a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate from Missouri.
  • Canada rebuffs U.S. on Afghan extension   UPI / 1:54PM
    GATINEAU, Quebec, March 30 (UPI) -- Canada will not extend its combat mission in Afghanistan past 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday.
  • A new push seen for term limits   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- The idea of term limits for the U.S. Congress is making a comeback in the campaign for the 2010 midterm elections, observers said.
  • Myanmar junta blamed for poll boycott   UPI / 8:14AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, March 30 (UPI) -- The United States, blaming Myanmar's military rulers, said it respects the decision of Aung San Suu Kyi's party to boycott the elections to be held this year.
  • AI leader speaks up for Suu Kyi's party   UPI / 7:14AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, March 30 (UPI) -- The decision by the party of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to boycott Myanmar's elections was not unexpected, says a human rights expert.
  • Monday, March 29

  • Strip club tab roils Republican committee   UPI / 11:14PM
    WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- The Republican National Committee said Monday "personnel actions have been taken" in connection with a $2,000 expenditure at a Los Angeles strip club.
  • Baathist candidates face disqualification   UPI / 1:34PM
    BAGHDAD, March 29 (UPI) -- Iraq's election overseers say they will seek the disqualification of candidates who won seats in parliament but have ties to Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime.
  • Sunday, March 28

  • GOP Fla. candidates Crist, Rubio spar   UPI / 6:14PM
    WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio, both vying to be the state's next U.S. senator, clashed over the federal stimulus, illegal immigration and taxes.
  • Italian elections seen as test of PM   UPI / 2:54PM
    ROME, March 28 (UPI) -- Italians are casting ballots in regional elections Sunday widely viewed as a major test of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's popularity among voters.
  • Allawi courts Kurdish, Shiite parties   UPI / 10:24AM
    BAGHDAD, March 28 (UPI) -- Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is courting Kurdish and Shiite parties as he begins forming a government after his alliance's narrow election victory.
  • Saturday, March 27

  • Maliki takes on Iraqi election results   UPI / 4:05PM
    BAGHDAD, March 27 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Accountability and Justice Commission may disqualify 50 more parliamentary candidates for ties to the Baath Party, officials said Saturday.
  • Shwe vows fair elections in Myanmar   UPI / 12:44PM
    NAY PYI TWA, Myanmar, March 27 (UPI) -- Myanmar's military ruler Gen. Than Shwe said during a parade in the capital Saturday his country's upcoming elections will be free and fair.
  • Allawi win in Iraqi election faces tests   UPI / 8:14AM
    BAGHDAD, March 27 (UPI) -- The slight win by the coalition of former prime minister Ayad Allawi means Iraq's political system could remain uncertain for months, officials said.
  • Friday, March 26

  • Imelda Marcos runs for Parliament   UPI / 10:24PM
    MANILA, Philippines, March 26 (UPI) -- Imelda Marcos, widow of longtime Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, has announced another run for elective office at the age of 80.
  • Illinois governor settles on running mate   UPI / 3:05PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 26 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has chosen Sheila Simon, daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, as his running mate in November, sources told the Chicago Tribune.
  • Court refuses to lift 'soft-money' ban   UPI / 2:54PM
    WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court in Washington Friday refused to lift the federal ban on "soft-money" contributions in a case brought by the Republican National Committee.
  • Rove admits to opposing Cheney pick   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove said he opposed the selection of Dick Cheney as a running mate for former President George W. Bush.
  • Iraq's Allawi still seen as Baathist   UPI / 10:44AM
    BAGHDAD, March 26 (UPI) -- Political blocs aligned with Iraq's incumbent prime minister and his closest challenger awaited the final tallies from the country's parliamentary elections.
  • Thursday, March 25

  • Dan Senor says he will not run for Senate   UPI / 5:44PM
    NEW YORK, March 25 (UPI) -- Dan Senor, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, says he has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate from New York.
  • Villepin forms party to challenge Sarkozy   UPI / 2:24PM
    PARIS, March 25 (UPI) -- Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin says he has formed a new political party to challenge rival Nicolas Sarkozy in the next presidential race.
  • Biden talks up healthcare, fall elections   UPI / 7:24AM
    BALTIMORE, March 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, appearing at a fundraiser in Baltimore, addressed healthcare and Democrats' prospects in the fall elections
  • Wednesday, March 24

  • FBI investigating threats on Congress   UPI / 11:54PM
    WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- The FBI said Wednesday it is investigating "threats and incidents directed against Members of Congress" following passage of U.S. healthcare reform legislation.
  • Group: Ethiopia quashing dissent   UPI / 9:05PM
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 24 (UPI) -- The ruling party in Ethiopia is using its control of the government to squash any opposition in advance of the May elections, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, March 23

  • Obama, Netanyahu meet at White House   UPI / 11:24PM
    WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama met Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who earlier thanked members of Congress for supporting Israel.
  • Gallup: U.S. OKs healthcare bill   UPI / 8:24PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., March 23 (UPI) -- Almost half of Americans surveyed after Congress passed healthcare reform legislation said they approved of the bill, a USA Today/Gallup poll indicated.
  • Pa. lawmaker guilty in campaign corruption   UPI / 6:44PM
    PITTSBURGH, March 23 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania state lawmaker and two aides have been found guilty of charges connected with an attempt to fund his election campaigns, court records show.
  • Whitman breaks spending record   UPI / 5:44PM
    SACRAMENTO, March 23 (UPI) -- Republican candidate for California governor Meg Whitman spent a record $27 million on her campaign in the first 11 weeks of 2010, records show.
  • Labor pledges to remember healthcare votes   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- Labor leaders say their unions likely will withhold support from Democratic lawmakers who voted "no" on legislation to reform the U.S. healthcare system.
  • No names on Mass. town's ballots   UPI / 3:44PM
    HAWLEY, Mass., March 23 (UPI) -- Officials in a small Massachusetts town said a deadline passed without a single resident filing to run in the May 3 election.
  • Monday, March 22

  • House, Senate races raise $600M in 2009   UPI / 6:34PM
    WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- U.S. congressional campaigns raised $597.5 million last year, the first year of the 2009-2010 election cycle, the federal election watchdog said Monday.
  • Sunday, March 21

  • Rights abuses threaten Sudan elections   UPI / 2:14PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March 21 (UPI) -- Political repression and other rights abuses threaten chances of a fair general election in the Sudan, a rights advocacy group charges.
  • Iraq election commission rejects recount   UPI / 2:04PM
    BAGHDAD, March 21 (UPI) -- Iraq's electoral commission said Sunday it has rejected calls for a recount of votes from the March 7 parliamentary election.
  • Sarkozy party losses expected in France   UPI / 1:24PM
    PARIS, March 21 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party was expected to suffer heavy losses in the second round of regional elections Sunday, observers said.
  • Saturday, March 20

  • Protesters turn out across Russia   AP / 9:34PM
    Protesters called for the resignation of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in rallies held Saturday in cities from the Pacific to the Baltic.
  • Allawi regains narrow lead in Iraqi voting   UPI / 10:34AM
    BAGHDAD, March 20 (UPI) -- The Iraqiya coalition led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has regained a narrow lead in Iraqi parliamentary election vote counting, officials say.
  • Friday, March 19

  • Obama, Clinton working well together   UPI / 6:34PM
    WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, once bitter rivals for the presidency, have hammered out a good working partnership, observers say.
  • Thursday, March 18

  • Federal subpoenas in Ensign investigation   UPI / 9:44PM
    WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury investigating possible criminal wrongdoing by a U.S. senator has subpoenaed the National Republican Senatorial Committee, officials said.
  • Wednesday, March 17

  • Mich. woman gets personal note from Obama   UPI / 5:35PM
    MONROE, Mich., March 17 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman said she wrote a letter to President Obama about her job loss and lack of health insurance -- and received a personal response.
  • Tuesday, March 16

  • DNC getting cash minus big donors   UPI / 11:24AM
    WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- Only 15 of the top 150 U.S. fundraisers for the 2008 presidential campaign donated the maximum to the Democratic National Committee in 2009, an analysis said.
  • Opposition parties pick up Russian seats   UPI / 9:54AM
    MOSCOW, March 16 (UPI) -- United Russia, the pro-Kremlin party, led in regional elections while opposition parties did post some gains, preliminary election results indicate.
  • Monday, March 15

  • Iraqi leader denies assassination attempt   UPI / 7:34PM
    BAGHDAD, March 15 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appeared on television but did not address rumors he had been assassinated, speaking instead about overall violence in Iraq.
  • Hunter says she, Edwards love one another   UPI / 2:34PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 15 (UPI) -- The ex-mistress of one-time U.S. presidential hopeful John Edwards says they love each other, and she didn't want him to run for president.
  • Sarkozy's party second in elections voting   UPI / 1:24PM
    PARIS, March 15 (UPI) -- French Interior Ministry figures show the political party of President Nicolas Sarkozy trails the Socialist Party in the country's regional elections.
  • Sunday, March 14

  • Clyburn: Dems short of healthcare votes   UPI / 4:05PM
    WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Sunday Democrats still lack the votes to pass healthcare reform but he is confident the measure will win approval.
  • Russians flock to polls for elections   UPI / 12:24PM
    MOSCOW, March 14 (UPI) -- Millions of Russians took part in elections in 76 of Russia's 83 regions Sunday, offering support for the country's various political parties, observers say.
  • Saturday, March 13

  • Maliki leads Baghdad vote count   UPI / 8:05AM
    BAGHDAD, March 13 (UPI) -- Preliminary election results from Iraq show Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's coalition leading in Baghdad and two provinces to the south, officials said.
  • Friday, March 12

  • Newsom running for Calif. lt. governor   UPI / 1:54PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, March 12 (UPI) -- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom confirmed Friday he is officially a candidate for lieutenant governor in California.
  • Thai protesters seek new elections   UPI / 10:34AM
    BANGKOK, March 12 (UPI) -- Thailand is mobilizing 50,000 security forces to deal with protests planned this weekend to pressure the government into calling elections, a spokesman says.
  • Thursday, March 11

  • Canadian PM debuts live on YouTube   UPI / 4:05PM
    OTTAWA, March 11 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper became the first in the country's history Thursday to stream a live feed of a parliamentary speech on YouTube.
  • ACORN agrees to leave Ohio   UPI / 3:14PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 11 (UPI) -- The community organizing group ACORN has agreed to give up its license to do business in Ohio as part of a settlement of a lawsuit by a conservative group.
  • Maliki holds slim lead in Iraq election   UPI / 9:35AM
    BAGHDAD, March 11 (UPI) -- Early results in Iraq's elections indicated Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's coalition likely would win a plurality in a very tight race, officials said.
  • Wednesday, March 10

  • Greek leader seeks U.S. help: Wants to curb speculators   AP / 7:34PM
    Mar. 10--Top political leaders said on Tuesday that they were sympathetic to demands from Greece's prime minister for a crackdown on speculators who have been plaguing European financial markets.
  • Roberts: State of the Union 'pep rally'   UPI / 7:34PM
    WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said the State of the Union has "degenerated into a political pep rally" and suggested justices should not attend the address.
  • Candidate under fire for terror defense   UPI / 6:54PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif., March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell is under fire for inconsistent statements about his defense of a Florida academic with ties to terrorism, analysts say.
  • Rubles-for-clunkers starts in Russia   UPI / 3:14PM
    MOSCOW, March 10 (UPI) -- A Russian cash-for-clunkers program to spur vehicle trade-ins began this week, as part of an overall industry upgrade, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.
  • Payday lenders dodge a bullet in deal   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- Senators in Washington negotiating financial reform have agreed to excuse payday lenders from new regulatory enforcement, sources close to the talks said.
  • Candidate ban threatens Iraqi results   UPI / 9:24AM
    BAGHDAD, March 10 (UPI) -- The disqualification of candidates in Iraq's recent election threatens to disrupt the formation of a new government, a former Iraqi prime minister said.
  • Thai military to be ready during rally   UPI / 8:34AM
    BANGKOK, March 10 (UPI) -- Thai military officials say the tough Internal Security Act will be enough to maintain order during a weekend rally by supporters of a former prime minister.
  • Law seeks to bar Suu Kyi from polls   UPI / 8:05AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, March 10 (UPI) -- Myanmar's military government Wednesday released the second of its five election laws that would bar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the polls.
  • Obama welcomes Preval to Oval Office   UPI / 7:34AM
    WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Haitian President Rene Preval to the Oval Office Wednesday, the second day of Preval's trip to Washington.
  • Putin visits India for more deals   UPI / 12:44AM
    NEW DELHI, March 10 (UPI) -- Deals on defense and nuclear energy are likely to be concluded during Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's trip to India, defense industry sources said.
  • Tuesday, March 9

  • UCS: Obama needs to protect scientists   UPI / 8:14PM
    WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama has not kept a pledge to protect U.S. government scientists from political interference, a scientists' advocacy group said.
  • Poll: Dems edge GOP in congressional races   UPI / 12:44PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., March 9 (UPI) -- Democrats held the edge over Republicans when registered voters were asked which party's congressional candidate they'd support, a new Gallup poll indicated.
  • Iraqi election turnout 62 percent   UPI / 9:14AM
    BAGHDAD, March 9 (UPI) -- About 62 percent of registered voters cast ballots during the recent parliamentary elections, exceeding expectations, Iraq's electoral commission said.
  • Myanmar's junta passes election laws   UPI / 8:14AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, March 9 (UPI) -- Myanmar's military dictatorship says it has approved laws for elections this year that critics say likely will only see junta loyalists as candidates.
  • Monday, March 8

  • Charges fly in Arizona GOP primary   UPI / 7:24PM
    PHOENIX, March 8 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his rival for the GOP nomination are trading charges about funding sources and alleged smear tactics, political analysts say.
  • Candidate calls for probe of Iraq election   UPI / 9:14AM
    BAGHDAD, March 8 (UPI) -- Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, trying to regain his job, called for an investigation of Iraq's election because of confusion at some polling centers.
  • Sunday, March 7

  • Attacks erupt during Iraqi election   UPI / 6:24PM
    BAGHDAD, March 7 (UPI) -- A series of terror attacks hit Baghdad and other cities as Iraqis went to the polls to elect a new parliament, officials said.
  • Romney eyes another run for White House   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Sunday he would decide whether to run again for president after the midterm elections in November.
  • Lines between fundraising, earmarks blurred   UPI / 2:34PM
    WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. congressional ethics report shows a very thin wall between earmarks and campaign contributions, The Washington Post reports.
  • Hamas leader: Netanyahu delays Shalit deal   UPI / 11:54AM
    JERUSALEM, March 7 (UPI) -- The former leader of Hamas' military wing in Gaza says Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is holding up a deal to free kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.
  • Togo opposition challenges election result   UPI / 10:14AM
    LOME, Togo, March 7 (UPI) -- Togo's main opposition party says it rejects election results showing voters returned Faure Gnassingbe to office for a second term as president.
  • Saturday, March 6

  • Togo officials await paper-ballot results   UPI / 7:24PM
    LOME, Togo, March 6 (UPI) -- The incumbent president and an opposition candidate both declared victory in Togo's election as officials awaited paper ballots from polling places.
  • British military officials criticize Brown   UPI / 2:24PM
    LONDON, March 6 (UPI) -- British military chiefs disputed Prime Minister Gordon Brown's claim he gave the armed forces all the money they needed.
  • Democracy in Iraq showcased in election   UPI / 12:05PM
    BAGHDAD, March 6 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani says his country's upcoming elections will reveal the chances democracy has of flourishing in Iraq.
  • Friday, March 5

  • Brown denies underfunding troops in Iraq   AP / 7:34PM
    U.K. Prime Minister Gordon brown has hotly denied allegations he underfunded British forces fighting in Iraq, particularly when it came to troop vehicles.
  • Groups trying to impact healthcare vote   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- Activist and political groups said they are using campaigns to try to impact how U.S. House of Representatives members vote on healthcare reform.
  • Maliki: Elections won't spread violence   UPI / 10:34AM
    BAGHDAD, March 5 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he doesn't think this weekend's parliamentary elections would lead to a return of regional violence.
  • Brown: Decision to enter Iraq was 'right'   UPI / 7:14AM
    LONDON, March 5 (UPI) -- The decision to go to war in Iraq was right and lessons can be learned from Britain's involvement in the conflict, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Friday.
  • Thursday, March 4

  • Togo's presidential election under way   UPI / 2:34PM
    LOME, Togo, March 4 (UPI) -- Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe called on voters to keep the peace Thursday as they vote to select their country's next leader.
  • Early voting begins in Iraq   UPI / 8:34AM
    BAGHDAD, March 4 (UPI) -- Iraqi polls opened for early voting Thursday amid a series of bomb attacks in Baghdad that left 12 people dead and 47 others wounded, an official says.
  • Wednesday, March 3

  • RNC to use fear to raise funds   UPI / 8:54PM
    WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- The Republican National Committee's campaign fundraising plays off fears while pledging to halt a "trending toward socialism," a slide presentation indicated.
  • Iraq candidates lavish voters with gifts   UPI / 12:04AM
    BAGHDAD, March 2 (UPI) -- Election time in Iraq can mean a bonanza of gifts from candidates -- heating oil, rice, frozen chickens, blankets, toys, sports equipment, cash, even pistols.
  • Tuesday, March 2

  • Perry, White win Texas primary votes   UPI / 11:14PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 (UPI) -- Gov. Rick Perry won the Republican gubernatorial primary and former Houston Mayor Bill White won the Democratic vote in Texas Tuesday.
  • Brown wants third term as Calif. governor   UPI / 5:44PM
    SACRAMENTO, March 2 (UPI) -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced Tuesday he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor, pledging to end partisanship in Sacramento.
  • Court weighs Somalia war crimes trial   UPI / 11:34AM
    FAIRFAX CITY, Va., March 2 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court is to decide whether a former Somali prime minister can be tried in a U.S. court as a war criminal for human rights abuses by military forces.
  • Monday, March 1

  • GOP Rep. announces resignation   UPI / 11:04PM
    GAINESVILLE, Ga., March 1 (UPI) -- A Republican member of Congress from Georgia who has been the subject of two congressional investigations said Monday he is resigning.
  • Ford won't run for U.S. Senate in N.Y.   UPI / 9:54PM
    NEW YORK, March 1 (UPI) -- Former Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., said Monday he will not run for the U.S. Senate in his adopted home state of New York.
  • Lt. gov. to challenge Arkansas' Lincoln   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, March 1 (UPI) -- Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter officially announced Monday he will challenge U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, already seen as vulnerable, in the Democratic primary.
  • White House loses on Olympic bets   UPI / 1:44PM
    OTTAWA, March 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama owes Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper a case of Molson's beer after losing a bet on the Olympic men's hockey gold medal game.
  • Joe Kennedy III says being DA fine for now   UPI / 11:14AM
    BOSTON, March 1 (UPI) -- Joseph P. Kennedy III said he won't run for U.S. Congress in 2010, dispelling speculation that the attorney would if Rep. William Delahunt, D-Mass., retires.
  • Sunday, February 28

  • Maliki considering alliance with parties   UPI / 2:24PM
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he is mulling an alliance with other parties to form a majority government after the March 7 legislative elections.
  • Bangkok Bank branch bombed   AP / 9:34AM
    Police in Bangkok Sunday tried to determine if a bank bombing was linked to supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, authorities said.
  • Saturday, February 27

  • Search for Ill. No. 2 nominee moves online   UPI / 1:34PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Democrats in Illinois say they have begun on open casting call on the Internet in search of a new lieutenant governor candidate.
  • Friday, February 26

  • Gov. Paterson ends election bid   UPI / 4:14PM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- New York Gov. David Paterson, saying he was being "realistic," said Friday he would end his campaign for a full term as the state's chief executive.
  • House ethics panel clears seven members   UPI / 3:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. House ethics panel Friday cleared seven representatives, one posthumously, of wrongdoing in their dealings with a defunct lobbying group.
  • NRA: Palin to make meeting keynote speech   UPI / 1:24PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The National Rifle Association said former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will make the keynote speech at the group's annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Thursday, February 25

  • Report: Rubio used GOP card for groceries   UPI / 8:24PM
    MIAMI, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio used a Republican Party credit card for groceries and car repair when he was speaker of the Florida House, records show.
  • Murtha's widow backs former aide for seat   UPI / 5:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The widow of U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., has agreed to serve as honorary co-chair of his former aide's campaign committee.
  • Wednesday, February 24

  • 2012 Obama campaign gears up   UPI / 6:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Inside sources say U.S. President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election team is already gearing up and will be managed by a deputy chief of staff out of Chicago.
  • Poll: GOP needs to be more bipartisan   UPI / 6:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Two-thirds of Americans say Republicans in Congress are not doing enough to cooperate with President Obama, a national poll reveals.
  • Top Palin adviser bows out   UPI / 6:34PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The woman who has been former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's confidante, voice and senior adviser has resigned, officials say.
  • Nigeria's president returns home   UPI / 10:24AM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Ailing Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua has returned to Abuja but he and his advisers remain silent about his three-month absence.
  • Tuesday, February 23

  • Duckworth won't run for lieutenant gov.   UPI / 8:05PM
    CHICAGO, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Assistant U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Tammy Duckworth said Tuesday she will not run for Illinois lieutenant governor.
  • Michael Steele an 'imperial chairman'   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Republican donors have accused Michael Steele, the party's national chairman, of wasteful spending, with one fundraiser describing his habits as "imperial."
  • Sunday, February 14

  • Lebanon marks the death of Rafik Hariri   AP / 8:34AM
    Ceremonies in Beirut Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanon Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, officials said.
  • GOP using filibuster to paralyze Senate   UPI / 7:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Analysts predict U.S. Senate Republicans will continue to filibuster the most routine matters to try and derail Democrats and win seats this fall.
  • Sunnis protest Iraq's candidate ban   UPI / 7:24AM
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A coalition of Sunni Arabs and secularists announced the suspension of campaigning to protest Iraq's ban of candidates with alleged ties to the Baath party.
  • Ivory Coast election delayed again?   UPI / 2:05AM
    YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The timing of elections in the Ivory Coast is uncertain now that President Laurent Gbagbo has dissolved the electoral commission, the BBC reports.
  • Saturday, February 13

  • Tymoshenko: Yanukovych 'not president'   UPI / 6:05PM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Yulia Tymoshenko Saturday refused to concede Ukraine's presidential election to Viktor Yanukovych, calling the polling illegitimate.
  • Sources: Zuckerman eyeing NY Senate seat   UPI / 1:24PM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Real estate tycoon Mortimer B. Zuckerman may be considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., The New York Times reports.
  • Friday, February 12

  • Iraqi campaign opens amid suspicion, anger   UPI / 11:44PM
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Campaigning for upcoming parliamentary elections began Friday in Iraq with suspicion about fraud and anger over candidates kept off the ballot, analysts said.
  • Obama congratulates Yanukovich on win   UPI / 8:44AM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama congratulated Viktor Yanukovich on winning Ukraine's presidential election, officials say.
  • Patrick Kennedy to leave Congress   UPI / 12:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., announced Thursday he will not run for a ninth term in November.
  • Thursday, February 11

  • Poll: Most citizens not pleased with gov't   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The results of a new poll indicate a majority of U.S. citizens are unhappy with the current operations of the federal government.
  • Poll gives Obama edge over GOP foe in '12   UPI / 11:34AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. voters appear almost equally divided between re-electing Barack Obama in the 2012 election or voting for a Republican, a Gallup poll indicates.
  • Dissident's sentence upheld   UPI / 7:14AM
    BEIJING, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A Chinese high court Thursday upheld the 11-year sentence of prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, 53, who had been convicted of subversion.
  • Wednesday, February 10

  • U.N.'s Ban Ki-moon voices concern   UPI / 11:54PM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The U.N. secretary-general has asked Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to respect due process in the case of retired Gen. Sarath Fonseka, now in custody.
  • Rep denies Edwards and Hunter engaged   UPI / 10:05PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has asked his mistress, Rielle Hunter, to marry him, the National Enquirer reported Wednesday.
  • Michelle Obama won't criticize Palin   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama Tuesday refused to criticize one of her husband's biggest critics, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
  • Mich. Rep. Ehlers announces retirement   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers, R-Mich., announced Wednesday he will retire from Congress when his current term expires.
  • Rwandan gov't said intimidating opponents   UPI / 2:34PM
    KIGALI, Rwanda, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Rwanda's upcoming presidential election is sparking threats and attacks on opposition party members, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.
  • Recount sought in Ukrainian election   AP / 9:34AM
    Supporters of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are seeking a recount of the ballots cast in Sunday's presidential runoff election, a lawmaker says.
  • Recount sought in Ukrainian election   UPI / 9:14AM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Supporters of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are seeking a recount of the ballots cast in Sunday's presidential runoff election, a lawmaker says.
  • Gov't says family has access to Fonseka   UPI / 7:24AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan military, which arrested former Gen. Sarath Fonseka this week, said Wednesday his family has unhindered access to him.
  • Protesters demand Fonseka release   UPI / 7:14AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan protesters demanding the military release retired Gen. Sarath Fonseka faced police tear gas and water cannons Wednesday in Colombo, witnesses say.
  • Tuesday, February 9

  • Tymoshenko won't concede Ukraine election   UPI / 12:24PM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Prime Minster Yulia Tymoshenko won't concede the country's presidential election to pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovich, local media reported Tuesday.
  • Quinn: No reimbursement for Cohen   UPI / 9:14AM
    CHICAGO, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- There was no political trading to get the scandal-ridden winner of the Illinois lieutenant governor Democratic primary to quit the race, Gov. Pat Quinn says.
  • Monday, February 8

  • Three Labor MPs cast out of party   UPI / 9:54AM
    LONDON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Three British members of Parliament facing charges over their personal expenses claims have been cast out of the Labor Party, officials said Monday.
  • Senate vote for jobs bill delayed   UPI / 9:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The first U.S. Senate vote on a jobs bill has been pushed back by Democratic Party leaders from Monday to Tuesday, officials say.
  • Wall Street turning against Obama, Dems   UPI / 8:14AM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- One-time Wall Street supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama are turning against him as he pushes for new regulations, The New York Times reported Monday.
  • Yanukovich claims Ukraine presidency   UPI / 8:14AM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Opposition leader Viktor Yanukovich has apparently won Ukraine's presidential election, preliminary results indicated Monday.
  • Costa Rica elects first woman president   UPI / 7:44AM
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Laura Chinchilla has become Costa Rica's first woman president after a festive weekend election, observers said Monday.
  • Sunday, February 7

  • Former sex worker enters N.Y. gov. race   UPI / 9:54PM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Former sex worker Kristin Davis, dubbed the "Manhattan Madam," said she intends to run as a Libertarian in the race for governor of New York.
  • Palin: U.S. 'ready for another revolution'   UPI / 7:14PM
    HOUSTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Saturday told the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville "America is ready for another revolution."
  • Republicans risk overcrowding primaries   UPI / 6:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Republicans run risks in overcrowded U.S. primary elections this year as large numbers of candidates target Democrats perceived as vulnerable, analysts say.
  • Tea Party 'father' Paul faces opposition   UPI / 5:34PM
    DALLAS, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, considered to be the "father of the Tea Parties," is facing GOP primary election opponents with ties to the groups, analysts say.
  • Nigerian governor wins re-election   UPI / 2:24PM
    AWKA, Nigeria, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Charges of vote-buying and inaccurate voter eligibility lists didn't prevent an incumbent Nigerian governor from winning a state election, observers said.
  • Palin: Obama deficit spending 'immoral'   UPI / 12:55PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Deficit spending by the Obama administration is "immoral," former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin says.
  • Mitch Landrieu elected New Orleans mayor   UPI / 1:34AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu was elected New Orleans mayor Saturday, winning a clear majority against five other candidates.
  • Republicans recruit novices for Congress   UPI / 12:04AM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Republican operatives hope political novices running for the U.S. Congress will tap into voter anger and help the party score gains this fall, observers say.
  • Saturday, February 6

  • Ukraine election raises violence specter   UPI / 9:24PM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Final rallies in the bitterly contested election in Ukraine took place Friday amid fears the race would erupt violently onto the streets, authorities said.
  • Records contradict Ill. nominee's claims   UPI / 4:05PM
    CHICAGO, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The public record contradicts many statements made by Democratic Illinois lieutenant governor nominee Scott Lee Cohen, The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday.
  • Tea Party official eyeing 2010 campaigns   UPI / 3:54PM
    NASHVILLE, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A top organizer of the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville says he is forming a committee that will focus on six area 2010 congressional campaigns.
  • Al-Hashimi: Iraqi security upgrade needed   UPI / 3:34PM
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Drastic action is needed to upgrade Iraqi security forces, the country's Sunni Arab vice president says.
  • GOP: Obama budget, deficits 'reckless'   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The Obama administration's budget proposals and deficit spending are "reckless," a Republican Party spokesman said Saturday.
  • Ailing Nigerian leader to hand over power   UPI / 2:34PM
    LAGOS, Nigeria, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Ailing Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua will hand over power to his vice president, the BBC reported Saturday.
  • Poll: Tea Party a blank slate to many   UPI / 12:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A plurality of U.S. residents have no opinion at all of the Tea Party movement, a survey indicates.
  • Friday, February 5

  • Tea Party Nation says it's forming PAC   UPI / 8:24PM
    NASHVILLE, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- An organizer of the Tea Party Nation convention in Tennessee announced Friday he is forming a political action committee to back conservative candidates.
  • U.N.: Iraqi refugees can vote in elections   UPI / 3:54PM
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The United Nations said Friday Iraqi residents seeking refuge outside their country's borders will be able to vote in their homeland's elections.
  • U.N. calls for peace in Ivory Coast   UPI / 1:24PM
    YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The United Nations Friday called on residents of the Ivory Coast to refrain from violence ahead of upcoming elections.
  • Sister: Hunter still loves Edwards   UPI / 12:54AM
    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Roxanne Marshall says her younger sister, Rielle Hunter, still loves former Sen. John Edwards and thinks they will be together some day.
  • Thursday, February 4

  • Lt. gov candidate won't stand aside   UPI / 6:44PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The winner of the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor in Illinois said Thursday he will not step aside as Gov. Pat Quinn has requested.
  • Ill. lt. gov candidate won't quit race   UPI / 6:06PM
    CHICAGO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The winner of the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor in Illinois said Thursday he will not step aside as Gov. Pat Quinn has requested.
  • McCain faces primary challenge from right   UPI / 5:34PM
    PHOENIX, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- For the first time since John McCain was first elected to the U.S. Senate from Arizona in 1986, he faces a serious primary challenge this year, observers say.
  • GOP candidates' PACs working behind scenes   UPI / 4:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Republican political action committees have been working to boost their candidates as presidential contenders, a study of recent financial reports indicates.
  • Sister: Hunter still loves Edwards   UPI / 4:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Roxanne Marshall says her younger sister, Rielle Hunter, still loves former Sen. John Edwards and thinks they will be together some day.
  • Hynes concedes primary race to Quinn   UPI / 11:44AM
    CHICAGO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes Thursday conceded the Democratic nomination for governor to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
  • Wednesday, February 3

  • Holder: I made call on Abdulmutallab   UPI / 7:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he made the decision to prosecute a terror suspect in a civilian court and that intelligence officials agreed.
  • Palin defends Tea Party event appearance   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin Wednesday defended her decision to attend a Nashville Tea Party convention in a newspaper opinions piece.
  • Scott Brown to be sworn in Thursday   UPI / 5:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen.-elect Scott Brown, R-Mass., will be sworn into office Thursday, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told The Hill.
  • Obama congratulates Ill. Gov. Quinn   UPI / 4:34PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday called to congratulate Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn for winning the state Democratic primary, a White House spokesman said.
  • Ban on Iraqi election candidates reversed   UPI / 1:14PM
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in Iraq said Wednesday an appeals court overturned a controversial decision to ban hundreds of candidates from taking part in the country's election.
  • Meg Whitman ahead in money race in Calif.   UPI / 1:14AM
    SACRAMENTO, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The California governor's race is shaping up to be one of the most expensive in the history of U.S. politics, records show.
  • Kirk, Giannoulias win Ill. Senate primary   UPI / 12:14AM
    CHICAGO, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Illinois Treasurer Alex Giannoulias won a hard-fought race Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama.
  • Tuesday, February 2

  • Iran to execute nine more protesters   UPI / 1:14PM
    TEHRAN, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Nine Iranians alleged to have taken part in last year's anti-government riots are to be executed, semi-official media reported Tuesday.
  • Palin uses Sarah PAC to buy 'Going Rogue'   UPI / 8:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin used her political action committee to buy thousands of copies of her book to mail to her donors, campaign records show.
  • Opposition leader faces sodomy charge   UPI / 8:05AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim went on trial Tuesday on sodomy and other charges, his second such trial on similar charges.
  • Monday, February 1

  • Obama holds YouTube Q&A   UPI / 5:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Monday told a YouTube audience he wants to make sure everyone understands what's at stake in the healthcare debate.
  • Expert: Climate change hack sophisticated   UPI / 9:44AM
    LONDON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A foreign intelligence service was likely behind the hacking operation that led to the leaking of British climate change researchers' e-mails, an expert says.
  • Sunday, January 31

  • Dems seek healthcare cooling off period   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Senior Democratic lawmakers have decided to turn down the heat on U.S. healthcare reform efforts in a bid to rescue them, The Los Angeles Times said Sunday.
  • Sensing opening, GOP seeks momentum   UPI / 4:34PM
    HONOLULU, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The Republican Party is struggling over ideology and tactics even as Democrats present it with an important opportunity, The New York Times reported Sunday.
  • Tea Party convention fight reflects spilt   UPI / 4:14PM
    NASHVILLE, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Disagreements about a Tennessee convention of Tea Party backers center on where the movement should go and what it's about, a political analyst says.
  • Brown: Not a Republican rubber stamp   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The newly elected Massachusetts Republican, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, indicated Sunday he won't be a rubber stamp for all GOP policies.
  • Saturday, January 30

  • Appearance a weighty matter for candidates   UPI / 8:54PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Americans consider heavy male political candidates more honest and reliable than thin ones, but thin still wins for female candidates, a study shows.
  • Republicans reject ideological purity test   UPI / 8:44PM
    HONOLULU, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The Republican National Committee, meeting in Hawaii, has rejected a proposed "purity test" requiring candidates to accept eight of 10 conservative principles.
  • Lawmakers gird for NASA cut battle   UPI / 3:34PM
    HOUSTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's moves to drop a NASA program that would return astronauts to the moon will spark a political fight, space program experts predict.
  • Russia, Libya sign $1.8 billion arms deal   UPI / 2:14PM
    MOSCOW, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Russia and Libya have signed a $1.8 billion arms deal, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced Saturday.
  • S. Carolina first lady urges women to run   UPI / 11:35AM
    CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Increasing the number of conservative women in office would be good for government, said Jennie Sanford, South Carolina's soon-to-be-ex-first lady.
  • EU to resume Central America trade talks   UPI / 10:35AM
    BRUSSELS, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The resolution of the Honduras political crisis could mean the quick resumption of Central American trade talks, European Union officials say.
  • Developers give Cuomo campaign cash   UPI / 1:54AM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has received millions of dollars in campaign contributions from developers and other real estate interests, records show.
  • Friday, January 29

  • Edwards' mistress wants sex tape   UPI / 6:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A court has ordered the return of an alleged sex tape to the mother of former U.S. Sen. John Edwards' out-of-wedlock daughter, CBS News reports.
  • Republican candidate pulls explicit video   UPI / 3:35PM
    WHEATON, Ill., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- An Illinois Republican running for a county board spot pulled a video from his Web site that featured an expletive and a racial epithet.
  • Sri Lankan elections beset by fraud claims   UPI / 1:44PM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Supporters of failed Sri Lankan presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka are claiming vote-counting fraud in their country's election.
  • Senate passes sanctions against Iran   UPI / 12:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Sanctions that would restrict Iran's import of refined petroleum products passed the U.S. Senate on a voice vote.
  • Closure of lobbyist law loophole sought   UPI / 11:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Changes to lobbying registration requirements could close a loophole in current lobbying disclosure laws for advocates, a fact sheet says.
  • Obama reconfigures policy agenda   UPI / 9:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Job creation, deficit reduction and financial regulation are issues Democrats will try to resolve first before acting on healthcare, the White House said.
  • Thursday, January 28

  • Candidate was acquitted of killing Iraqis   UPI / 8:24PM
    WILMINGTON, N.C., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Marine officer acquitted of killing two Iraqis announced Thursday he is a candidate for Congress in North Carolina.
  • Young: Found Edwards sex tape   UPI / 8:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Andrew Young, longtime aide to John Edwards, said he was given the job of trying to convince the former U.S. senator's mistress to have an abortion.
  • Alito reaction touches ideological nerve   UPI / 3:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A visible reaction by a U.S. Supreme Court justice during the State of the Union speech prompted conflicting responses from left- and right-wing interests.
  • Sarkozy loses smear trial   UPI / 3:05PM
    PARIS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Former French Prime Minister Dominque de Villepin has been acquitted in a Paris court of plotting to smear President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2004, officials say.
  • Zelaya leaves Honduras as Lobo sworn in   UPI / 10:05AM
    TEGUCIALPA, Honduras, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Deposed former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya went into exile as a new president of Honduras was inaugurated, officials said.
  • Wednesday, January 27

  • Senators seek 'crippling' Iran sanctions   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama should go outside the United Nations to impose "crippling sanctions" on Iran, a group of senators says.
  • Pelosi: Two tracks on healthcare reform   UPI / 6:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says it may be possible to separate healthcare reform into two tracks, with easier-to-pass elements tackled first.
  • Ill. gov keeps interest on campaign loans   UPI / 11:44AM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has made at least $24,000 in interest from a campaign fund he controls from his 1996 U.S. Senate run, documents indicate.
  • Military: No move to arrest Fonseka   UPI / 7:54AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan military says there is no move to arrest retired Gen. Sarath Fonseka, the main rival in President Mahinda Rajapaksa's re-election bid.
  • State TV: Rajapaksa wins re-election   UPI / 7:44AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, credited with guiding the military's victory over the Tamil Tiger rebels, Wednesday was re-elected, state TV reported.
  • Tuesday, January 26

  • 4 charged in alleged phone tamper plot   UPI / 9:44PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A conservative filmmaker and three others were charged Tuesday with a plot to tamper with the office phones of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., authorities said.
  • Incumbent Rajapaksa ahead in Sri Lanka   UPI / 8:35PM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa took a strong lead over retired Gen. Sarath Fonseka in Tuesday's presidential election in Sri Lanka, early results showed.
  • Biden to Dems: 'Keep the faith'   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday urged party leaders to "keep the faith" in the face a devastating Senate election loss last week.
  • Bologna mayor to resign in scandal   UPI / 12:05PM
    BOLOGNA, Italy, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The mayor of Bologna, Italy, says he will resign amid allegations he used taxpayer funds to take his former secretary on romantic trips.
  • Monday, January 25

  • Brown election marks tea party moment   UPI / 1:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate election of Republican Scott Brown marks a big moment for the grassroots conservatives of the tea party movement, backers say.
  • Beau Biden won't run for dad's Senate seat   UPI / 12:34PM
    WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden told supporters Monday he would not seek his father's former Senate seat.
  • Massachusetts win expands field for GOP   UPI / 11:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Republican U.S. Senate victory in Massachusetts last week has expanded the election field for GOP candidates challenging Democrats, the party said.
  • Netanyahu marks Holocaust remembrance   UPI / 9:44AM
    JERUSALEM, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Jewish community must continue to fight anti-Semitism, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday.
  • New Jersey corruption target faces trial   UPI / 8:24AM
    NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The first of dozens of New Jersey officials caught in a corruption probe was facing trial Monday on bribery charges, court observers said.
  • Sunday, January 24

  • Axelrod: Obama won't walk away from reform   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- President Obama will not abandon healthcare reform despite the election of a Republican critic from Massachusetts to the U.S. Senate, a top aide said Sunday.
  • Experts: Bush's image getting rehab   UPI / 3:04PM
    DALLAS, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- If former U.S. President George W. Bush succeeds in rehabilitating his image, it will be because he hasn't been partisan, observers say.
  • McConnell: Obama needs new direction   UPI / 2:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says President Barack Obama needs to "change direction" in his State of the Union speech.
  • Oklahoma group protests CAIR meeting   UPI / 1:44PM
    NORMAN, Okla., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A group of Oklahomans protesting a meeting of the Council on American-Islamic Relations alleges the group has ties to terrorists.
  • Durbin: Won't start over on healthcare   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Congressional Democrats won't start over with healthcare reform in the wake of a political setback, a senior lawmaker said Sunday.
  • Plouffe to Dems: No 'bed-wetting'   UPI / 11:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Democratic Party campaign strategy manager David Plouffe says now is not the time for "bed-wetting" after the party lost a Massachusetts Senate election.
  • HRW: Sudan abuses hamper fair election   UPI / 11:34AM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Alleged abuses by Sudanese security forces are seriously undermining the chances for free and credible elections, Human Rights Watch says.
  • Afghanistan delays parliamentary vote   UPI / 10:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Security concerns and logistical challenges will postpone Afghanistan's parliamentary elections until Sept. 18, the election commission said Sunday.
  • Obama looks ahead to midterm victories   UPI / 7:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is turning to the team that helped get him elected to try and swing midterm election results back to the Democrats' camp, aides say.
  • Saturday, January 23

  • Boehner: Scott win shows Dem rejection   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate shows Americans' rejection of government "overreach," a GOP spokesman said Saturday.
  • U.S.: Iraq working on election controversy   UPI / 8:24AM
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Iraqi leaders are working on resolving a controversy in which 511 electoral candidates have been disqualified, an aide to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says.
  • Obama: Court ruling 'devastating'   UPI / 8:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said the Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance was "devastating" and gave too much political influence to "special interests."
  • States grapple with Supreme Court ruling   UPI / 1:35AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on political spending by corporations and unions raises questions about laws in two dozen states, The New York Times reports.
  • Friday, January 22

  • Biden in Baghdad on election mission   UPI / 9:54PM
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Iraq Friday in an effort to settle a dispute over disqualified parliamentary candidates, officials said.
  • Canadian PM warns of recession return   UPI / 4:05PM
    OTTAWA, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told his Conservative party caucus Friday last year's economic recession could return because of other countries.
  • Republican mailing looks like Census form   UPI / 3:05PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A "2010 Congressional District Census" form mailed in three states may look like an official U.S. Census document but was sent by Republicans, officials say.
  • Gates says Taliban part of Afghan politics   UPI / 10:06AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The Taliban are part of Afghanistan's political scene, but they must shed their violence before reconciliation begins, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.
  • Medvedev wants more political parties   UPI / 9:54AM
    MOSCOW, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says he wants to see more political parties operating at both the national and regional level.
  • Labor minister raises class differences   UPI / 1:44AM
    LONDON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Unequal opportunity in Britain would become worse under a Conservative government, Deputy Prime Minister Harriet Harman said Thursday.
  • Thursday, January 21

  • Obama, Dems vow to act on funding decision   UPI / 7:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court decision easing political campaign spending means a "new stampede of special interest money" in politics, President Barack Obama said.
  • E-mail of Finnish PM possibly breached   UPI / 4:04PM
    HELSINKI, Finland, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The government of Finland said the e-mail account of Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen may have been breached by an information technology worker three years ago.
  • National Enquirer thinks of Pulitzer   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The editor of the National Enquirer says he intends to submit his tabloid's coverage of former U.S. Sen. John Edwards' sex scandal for a Pulitzer Prize.
  • Reactions mixed to campaign finance ruling   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Reactions were mixed Thursday to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that struck down restrictions on corporate and union political campaign donations.
  • Court changes campaign funding landscape   UPI / 1:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday ruled 5-4 to overturn restrictions on corporate and union campaign contributions, changing the landscape of political financing.
  • Zelaya promised safe passage to D.R.   UPI / 12:14AM
    MEXICO CITY, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was assured safe passage to the Dominican Republic as part of a deal intended to end a political crisis, officials said.
  • Wednesday, January 20

  • President urges hold on health care   UPI / 9:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Wednesday urged Democrats not to try to "jam" healthcare reform through Congress before Sen.-elect Scott Brown, R-Mass., takes office.
  • Palin to stump for McCain   UPI / 7:44PM
    PHOENIX, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin will help former running mate John McCain campaign for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate from Arizona, the former Alaska governor said Wednesday.
  • Gallup: Presidents average 5-point drop   UPI / 5:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Newly elected U.S. presidents usually see their approval ratings fall by 5 percentage points in their second years, Gallup analysts say.
  • Oxendine hunting party member hurt   UPI / 12:44PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A member of a hunting party organized by Georgia Republican gubernatorial hopeful John Oxendine was injured by buckshot spray, a spokesman says.
  • Tuesday, January 19

  • Republican Scott Brown wins in Mass.   UPI / 11:44PM
    BOSTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Scott Brown became the first Republican to win a U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts in almost 40 years Tuesday, seizing the seat held by the late Edward Kennedy.
  • Obama congratulates Brown in Mass.   UPI / 10:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Tuesday congratulated Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown on his victory in the state's U.S. Senate election, the White House said.
  • Poll: Don't run for president, Sarah   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A large majority of Americans said they don't want former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to make a run for U.S. president, a CBS News poll released Tuesday indicated.
  • Monday, January 18

  • Pete Domenici Jr. launches N.M. gov bid   UPI / 3:44PM
    ALBUQUERQUE, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Pete Domenici Jr., son of former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., says he will seek the New Mexico governor's job.
  • Merkel willing to back new Iran sanctions   AP / 3:35PM
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Israeli leaders in
  • Coleman turns down Minn. governor run   UPI / 8:44AM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., says he is not going to mount a run for the Minnesota governor's office.
  • Sunday, January 17

  • Obama stumps for Coakley in Massachusetts   UPI / 11:54PM
    BOSTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- President Obama urged Massachusetts voters to elect state Attorney General Martha Coakley to Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat "so we can finish what we started."
  • Poll: Majority want Ozawa resignation   UPI / 11:24PM
    TOKYO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A majority of Japan's eligible voters polled called for the resignation of ruling party Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa over a land-purchase scandal.
  • Pinera elected Chile's president   UPI / 10:44PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Sebastian Pinera won Chile's presidential election Sunday, becoming the first conservative leader since Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship ended two decades ago.
  • Ukraine's incumbent president defeated   UPI / 7:44PM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko lost a re-election bid Sunday in the first presidential race since the 2004 Orange Revolution overturned the government.
  • Poll: Public sours on Obama's performance   UPI / 4:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. public is becoming increasingly polarized and is souring on President Barack Obama's performance, a poll released Sunday indicates.
  • Bush: Don't politicize Haiti disaster   UPI / 2:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President George Bush said Sunday the humanitarian response to the Haiti earthquake should not be politicized.
  • Bush 'chatted' with Clinton as president   UPI / 1:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President George W. Bush says that during his time in the White House he called and "chatted" with his predecessor, Bill Clinton.
  • Wrestler Hogan lauds would-be senator   UPI / 12:34PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan said U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon is a "gracious" woman devoted to helping her community.
  • McConnell: Healthcare key in Mass. vote   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Sunday the closeness of a special Massachusetts election indicates dissatisfaction with healthcare reform.
  • Baldwin places limit on political ambition   UPI / 12:04PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Film and TV actor Alec Baldwin said if he does choose to make a run for a political office, such electoral efforts would have to take place in New York.
  • Saturday, January 16

  • Karzai fails to seat Cabinet, again   UPI / 2:34PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- For the second time, the Afghani Parliament has refused to approve the majority of President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet nominees, officials said Saturday.
  • Japan politics clouded by DPJ aide arrest   UPI / 1:34PM
    TOKYO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Japanese politics have been roiled by the arrest of a Democratic Party of Japan member serving in the House of Representatives, a politician says.
  • Pakistan gov't files review of NRO verdict   UPI / 1:34PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Pakistan's government has filed a review petition against the Supreme Court's move to overturn amnesty granted to politicians, officials said Saturday.
  • Dems see challenges in midterm elections   UPI / 10:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Democratic Party strategists say they are gearing up for some challenging U.S. midterm election races throughout the country later this year.
  • Supreme Court to rule on petition privacy   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court says it will consider a case challenging the confidentiality of ballot initiative petition signers.
  • Friday, January 15

  • Obama to stump for Mass. candidate   UPI / 8:24PM
    BOSTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- President Obama will campaign in Massachusetts for Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate for the Senate seat formerly held by Edward Kennedy, an aide said.
  • Ethics panel needs more time in PMA probe   UPI / 7:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The House Ethics Committee said Friday it needs more time to decide whether to formally investigate ties between two congressmen and a defunct lobbying firm.
  • Arkansas Rep. Snyder to retire   UPI / 7:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., said Friday said he will not seek an eighth term in Congress.
  • Canadians to monitor Ukraine election   UPI / 3:24PM
    OTTAWA, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Canadian election monitors will help oversee voting in the weekend Ukraine presidential election, a federal minister in Ottawa announced Friday.
  • Voters not happy ahead of Ukraine election   UPI / 7:44AM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The three candidates seeking to run Ukraine have failed to engender enthusiasm and trust among the voters, polling results indicate.
  • Thursday, January 14

  • Axelrod rebuts Rove on U.S. deficit   UPI / 10:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A senior White House adviser has rejected suggestions by former Bush aide Karl Rove on the U.S. economy, saying he isn't sure Rove is "all that eager to help."
  • Cantor: GOP has shot at House   UPI / 7:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- GOP leaders say they can win the U.S. House by making the 2010 election to a referendum on Democrats but a top Democrat said he doubts the plan will work.
  • Ad blitz targets Massachusetts voters   UPI / 5:14PM
    BOSTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Massachusetts voters have been deluged with political commercials as Republicans and Democrats seek the Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy.
  • GOP sets strategy of Democrat bashing   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Republican leaders have privately decided that the best way to win back the House is to stage an all-out bashing of Democrats, political insiders say.
  • Dems have hard road in 2010, Gingrich says   UPI / 11:24AM
    CARY, N.C., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Democrats in 2010 will have a harder time retaining their hold on U.S. Congress than they did in 1994, when Republicans swept into power, a GOP leader said.
  • BBC reporter attacked in Sri Lanka   UPI / 1:14AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A BBC reporter was attacked in Sri Lanka while she was covering clashes between rival political groups, the broadcaster reported.
  • For Reid, rough road at home in Nevada   UPI / 1:04AM
    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, has grown increasingly vulnerable to losing his seat to a Republican, political analysts say.
  • Wednesday, January 13

  • High court blocks Prop 8 video streaming   UPI / 9:14PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday blocked remote broadcasts of a federal court trial in San Francisco on California's gay-marriage ban.
  • Lieberman aide disputes 'double-cross'   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Assertions that U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Ind-Conn., blindsided Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on a healthcare compromise aren't true, an adviser says.
  • Report: Campbell to switch Calif. contests   UPI / 3:14PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Former California Republican congressman Tom Campbell is set to drop his state gubernatorial candidacy for a U.S. Senate bid, sources say.
  • Palin admits questions about 9/11 and Iraq   UPI / 12:05PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in her first paid TV appearance, admitted she had questions about the origins of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attackers.
  • Sri Lankan opposition supporter killed   UPI / 11:54AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Gunmen in Sri Lanka fired on a bus carrying supporters of the opposition presidential candidate two weeks ahead of elections, killing a woman, police said.
  • Organizing for America catches heat   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Nearly a year after Barack Obama was inaugurated as U.S. president on a platform of change, his Organizing for America has been criticized as more of the same.
  • Blair press aide defends Iraq role   UPI / 12:14AM
    LONDON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Alastair Campbell, press secretary to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, defended a 2002 dossier Tuesday that said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
  • Tuesday, January 12

  • Pricey Palin tix raise tea party eyebrows   UPI / 11:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Steep ticket prices for Sarah Palin's appearance at an upcoming tea party movement convention in Nashville are causing controversy, Politico reported Tuesday.
  • Bettors distrust Palin's staying power   UPI / 9:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- An Irish bookmaker offering odds on how long former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will last at Fox News says about half of betters believe she will be gone in a year.
  • McConnell won't call for Reid's ouster   UPI / 4:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declined Tuesday to call for Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to step down over racial comments.
  • Ex-Sen. Boschwitz to close family business   UPI / 1:35PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, R-Minn., soon will be a former business owner after the family's home improvement business closes, the family said.
  • Barroso warns on Jeleva questioning   UPI / 11:34AM
    BRUSSELS, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Any allegations voiced about a Bulgarian European Commission nominee during hearings must be backed up by proof, EC President Jose Manuel Barroso says.
  • U.S. blacks, immigrants unite on Census   UPI / 9:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Two groups who haven't had much interaction before -- U.S. blacks and black immigrants -- have formed an alliance on the U.S. Census, advocates say.
  • Sri Lankan journalist freed on bail   UPI / 12:24AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- An award-winning Sri Lankan Tamil journalist, sentenced to 20 years for allegedly inciting violence, has won release on bail, his lawyer said.
  • Monday, January 11

  • Kurds bracing for Iraq's election season   UPI / 5:35PM
    ERBIL, Iraq, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Members of a major Kurdish political party in Iraq complain rivals are launching attacks on its members as the country braces for March parliamentary elections.
  • Black Caucus leader accepts Reid's apology   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman said she accepts U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid's apology for a remark made in 2008 the presidential campaign.
  • Reid says he's done commenting on comments   UPI / 4:34PM
    APEX, Nev., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he's finished making statements on a remark he made about Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
  • Fiorina raising funds for U.S. Senate bid   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Her campaign camp says former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina raised nearly $1.1 million for her U.S. Senate bid.
  • Ukraine elections pit old, new leaders   UPI / 9:24AM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Campaigns leading up to the presidential election in Ukraine next week could lead to a return of pro-Russia Viktor Yanukovych to power, polls indicate.
  • Sunday, January 10

  • Book on '08 race portrays 'other' Palin   UPI / 11:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- As her vice presidential debate with Sen. Joe Biden neared, Sarah Palin became "the other Sarah," says the co-author of a book on the 2008 presidential race.
  • Odds against Emanuel keeping WH job   UPI / 5:14PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Odds are that Rahm Emanuel won't keep the White House chief of staff job over the long haul, U.S. experts say.
  • Feinstein: Reid should not step down   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., should not resign his post over racially charged comments, a top Democrat said Sunday.
  • Steele: Reid should resign Senate post   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., should step down because of racial comments about U.S. President Barack Obama, a Republican leader said Sunday.
  • Croatians to elect new president   UPI / 8:24AM
    ZAGREB, Croatia, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- High unemployment and a stalled economy were key concerns Sunday as Croatians went to the polls in a runoff to elect a new president, authorities said.
  • Karzai tries again to fill cabinet   UPI / 1:44AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced 16 cabinet nominations Saturday to fill positions left vacant when Parliament refused to approve earlier choices.
  • Saturday, January 9

  • Sen. Reid apologizes for Obama remarks   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., apologized Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama's race during the U.S. president's electoral campaign.
  • U.N. pledges support for Haiti elections   UPI / 1:24PM
    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The head of the United Nations mission in Haiti promised logistical support for the country's national elections this year.
  • Thursday, January 7

  • County settles over 'Nobama' student bust   UPI / 11:54PM
    GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A Colorado county has agreed to pay $4,000 to a student arrested for wearing a "Nobama" sticker on his shirt during a visit to his school by Michelle Obama.
  • Washington to appeal felon voting decision   UPI / 8:35PM
    SEATTLE, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Washington state will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that the state's ban on voting by prison inmates is unconstitutional, officials said.
  • Wednesday, January 6

  • U.S. court slams prisoner voting ban   UPI / 6:05PM
    SEATTLE, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- State laws barring imprisoned felons from voting has been challenged by a U.S. appellate court ruling, legal observers say.
  • Shroick named Emily's List president   UPI / 4:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Emily's List founder Ellen Malcolm is stepping down as president and will be succeeded by Stephanie Schriock, the women's political support group's said.
  • Right to challenge McCain on immigration   UPI / 4:24PM
    PHOENIX, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Conservative critics of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., say they will hammer him on his support of immigration reform when he runs for re-election this year.
  • Steele: GOP to 'embrace' Tea Party   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The Republican Party will "embrace" the grassroots conservative activists of the tea party movement, the Republican National Committee chairman says.
  • Sen. Chris Dodd announces retirement   UPI / 1:54PM
    EAST HADDAM, Conn., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., announced his retirement from the U.S. Senate Wednesday after five terms.
  • Gestures matching words enhance message   UPI / 1:34PM
    HAMILTON, N.Y., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- If gestures and speech convey the same information, they are easier to understand than when they convey different information, Dutch and U.S. researchers say.
  • Retirements cloud Dems' hold on Congress   UPI / 9:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A rash of Democrats choosing to exit the political arena has muddied the party's chances of retaining healthy majorities in Congress, political pundits say.
  • Hatoyama says he hopes Fujii will stay on   UPI / 1:24AM
    TOKYO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama says he hopes Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii will reconsider his decision to resign due to health reasons.
  • Tuesday, January 5

  • Dorgan announces he won't run again   UPI / 10:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Three-term U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., announced Tuesday he won't seek another term this year.
  • Iceland to hold vote on bank bailout   UPI / 10:24PM
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Iceland will hold a referendum on repaying Dutch and British depositors in its failed banks, officials said Tuesday.
  • Ampatuan pleads not guilty in massacre   UPI / 7:44PM
    MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Local Philippine politico Andal Ampatuan Jr. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 41 counts of murder in the massacre of a political rival's family and followers.
  • Riady's return to U.S. sparks displeasure   UPI / 8:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Trips to the United States by controversial Indonesian business tycoon James Riady has caused consternation in the State Department, sources say.
  • Karzai orders parliament recess delay   UPI / 1:34AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered parliament, which rejected 17 of his 24 Cabinet nominees, to delay its winter recess so he can present a new nominee list.
  • Monday, January 4

  • S.C.'s Brown says he'll retire from House   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Henry Brown, R-S.C., announced Monday he would not seek re-election in 2010, saying he thought it was the right time to step down.
  • Griffith's staff leaves after party switch   UPI / 1:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The entire staff of U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith resigned after his decision to switch from the Democratic Party to become a Republican, a former staffer said.
  • GOP takes national policies to state races   UPI / 10:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Early indications are Republican candidates at the state level may try to nationalize the 2010 elections, pursuing attacks on the White House, observers note.
  • Darling: Tories can't fund promises   UPI / 9:35AM
    LONDON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The British Conservative Party has made $55 billion in unfunded promises, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said Monday.
  • Myanmar to hold elections this year   UPI / 8:54AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Myanmar's military rulers indicated Monday elections would be held this year in the isolated country but gave no dates or other details.
  • Alcohol fight shapes Iraqi politics   UPI / 8:24AM
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The upcoming Iraqi elections will likely determine whether the country becomes more religiously conservative, with alcohol as the flash point, lawmakers say.
  • Afghan Parliament asserts authority   UPI / 12:44AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The Afghan parliament's rejection of most of Hamid Karzai's Cabinet nominees showed the president's political headaches are far from over, experts say.
  • Sunday, January 3

  • Former rep to make Obama case in Israel   UPI / 4:24PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., says he'll be making the case for the Obama administration in Israel in his new job.
  • Saturday, January 2

  • Afghan Parliament rejects Cabinet picks   UPI / 2:44PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Afghanistan lawmakers Saturday rejected 17 of President Hamid Karzai's 24 Cabinet choices in a clear rebuke to the leader.
  • Pro-Russia party leads in Ukraine polls   UPI / 2:05PM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Pro-Russia Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych is ahead in Ukraine's presidential election campaign, opinion polls indicate.
  • McConnell: U.S. will overcome tough times   UPI / 1:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The United States will overcome difficult days with renewed optimism this year, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., predicted Saturday.
  • Friday, January 1

  • Dems look at 2010 election season changes   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A Democratic Party commission advises shorting the primary elections season and reducing the influence of so-called superdelegates, party officials said.
  • Thursday, December 31

  • Ron Paul's son Rand seeking Ky. seat   UPI / 5:05PM
    FRANKFORT, Ky., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Rand Paul, son of 2008 Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, jumped into the GOP primary race in Kentucky to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning.
  • Wednesday, December 30

  • Nev. governor fires campaign manager   UPI / 8:54PM
    LAS VEGAS, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, who settled his divorce this week, fired his neophyte campaign manager Wednesday for saying the first lady post is "window dressing."
  • Florida GOP chairman faces calls to resign   UPI / 4:04PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer was facing pressure from party donors Wednesday to resign, analysts said.
  • Franken-Coleman race most expensive   UPI / 4:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The drawn-out U.S. Senate race in Minnesota also was a costly one, the Federal Elections Commission reported.
  • Italian 'principality' socked by court   UPI / 2:44PM
    SEBORGA, Italy, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A self-proclaimed Italian "principality" of Seborga has been dealt a blow by a court, observers say.
  • GOP may argue Obama weak on security   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Republican operatives say they see potential political hay in U.S. President Obama's response to the failed Christmas Day attack on an airplane.
  • Tuesday, December 29

  • Congressional candidates took in $1.42B   UPI / 7:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Candidates running for U.S. Congress in 2007-2008 reported more than $1.42 billion in receipts, reports filed with the Federal Election Commission indicated.
  • Rep. Radanovich won't seek re-election   UPI / 7:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. George Radanovich, R-Calif., said he won't seek re-election, state Sen. Jeff Denham, the man Radanovich asked to run as his successor, confirmed.
  • Rove divorce final   UPI / 7:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Republican political operative Karl Rove's divorce from his wife of 24 years, Darby, has been granted, a family spokeswoman says.
  • Nevada governor settles divorce case   UPI / 1:44PM
    RENO, Nev., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons has agreed to a divorce from his wife Dawn, averting a much-anticipated trial, attorneys say.
  • Illinois Senate candidate denies he's gay   UPI / 12:54PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate campaign of Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., responding to an ad by a GOP rival, says the veteran congressman is not gay.
  • Fla. Tea Party backers differ on strategy   UPI / 9:54AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- South Florida political players and analysts say they disagree over how the burgeoning Tea Party movement will affect the Republican party.
  • India, Japan discuss CTBT   UPI / 7:54AM
    NEW DELHI, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Japan and India agreed Tuesday to strengthen security cooperation during a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.
  • Putin: Russia still will develop weapons   UPI / 7:44AM
    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Russia still will develop weapons to counter U.S. missiles even as the two countries work on arms reduction, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
  • Monday, December 28

  • Josipovic leads Croatia president voting   UPI / 9:05AM
    ZAGREG, Croatia, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Center-left Croatian presidential candidate Ivo Josipovic is in the lead position after winning one-third of the vote in weekend elections, analysts say.
  • Canadian armed forces to cut $182 million   UPI / 8:24AM
    OTTAWA, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Canadian armed forces are planning cuts of $182 million to meet a strategy set by the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, military officials say.
  • Ethics watchdogs give Obama high marks   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama scored well in the ethics department although watchdog groups said they'd like to see more done in ethics reform.
  • Americans express dim views of a decade   UPI / 5:04AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Most Americans have a dim view of the first decade of the 21st century, a survey suggests.
  • Sunday, December 27

  • Banker's ties to Congress to be probed   UPI / 8:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Possible ties between a banker accused of stealing billions and U.S. politicians he contributed money to are under investigation, federal officials say.
  • Hoekstra: White House 'downplays' terror   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Obama administration has underestimated the threat posed by homegrown terrorism, a Republican lawmaker said Sunday.
  • Uzbekistan elections enjoy solid turnout   UPI / 1:54PM
    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A Central Election Commission official said turnout for Sunday's general elections in Uzbekistan exceeded 57 percent of the electorate.
  • Japanese prime minister visits India   UPI / 10:24AM
    MUMBAI, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama arrived in Mumbai Sunday for high-level talks on economic and defense security with India, officials said.
  • Saturday, December 26

  • Turks accused of trying to kill deputy PM   UPI / 10:44PM
    ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Eight Turkish soldiers have been arrested in connection with an alleged assassination plot against Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, the army said.
  • Congress to probe attempted air bombing   UPI / 9:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Members of Congress say they plan to investigate a Nigerian's attempt to bring down a U.S. jetliner with an explosive device.
  • Iranians, police clash on religious day   UPI / 8:34PM
    TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Hundreds of riot police on motorcycle and on foot charged outnumbered Iranian protesters chanting anti-government slogans in Tehran Saturday, authorities say.
  • 2 kids die in Kentucky Christmas fire   UPI / 2:44PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Authorities say they have yet to determine the cause of a Christmas Day fire that killed two grandchildren of a prominent Kentucky couple, authorities say.
  • Brit gov't launches fox hunt ban petition   UPI / 1:05PM
    LONDON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The British government is urging citizens to support its fox hunting ban by signing an online petition.
  • Rights activist crosses into North Korea   UPI / 12:54PM
    SEOUL, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A Korean-American human rights activist purposely crossed into North Korea to raise awareness of Pyongyang's purported abuses, his colleagues say.
  • Thursday, December 24

  • Petition led to subversion charge   UPI / 11:34PM
    BEIJING, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The 11-year prison sentence given Friday in a Beijing court to Liu Xiaobo shows China's Communist regime will not tolerate dissidence, critics said.
  • Fiesta Bowl cleared of unethical claims   UPI / 1:14PM
    GLENDALE, Ariz., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Fiesta Bowl said its management members were cleared of any unethical or illegal conduct in an inquiry by former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods.
  • Wednesday, December 23

  • Controversial Romania pick alarms EU   UPI / 1:14PM
    BRUSSELS, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The nomination of a glamorous and controversial minister to lead Romania's regional development efforts has alarmed European officials, observers say.
  • Blago's brother tries to limit tapes heard   UPI / 7:54AM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The brother of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked a federal judge to keep taped phone calls with his wife and son out of court.
  • Tuesday, December 22

  • Body of kidnapped governor found   UPI / 10:14PM
    BOGOTA, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A kidnapped Colombian state governor found dead Tuesday was probably killed soon after the abduction, officials said.
  • Crist loses GOP congressmen's support   UPI / 8:14PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart said Tuesday he and his brother U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart no longer back Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate.
  • Giuliani officially not in Senate race   UPI / 7:54PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday he won't be running for the U.S. Senate from New York state.
  • N.O. pastor pleads not guilty to extortion   UPI / 1:54PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A former New Orleans water board official says he's not guilty of steering millions of dollars to himself and his brother.
  • Health PAC funds flow to key senators   UPI / 12:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The five U.S. senators managing floor debate on the massive healthcare reform bill list health interests among their biggest contributors, records indicate.
  • Monday, December 21

  • Candidate's sprout record bid falls flat   UPI / 4:14PM
    LUTON, England, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A British TV presenter turned political candidate failed in her bid to break the world record for eating Brussels sprouts after finishing only five in a minute.
  • 'Ponzi' lawyer's campaign donations probed   UPI / 1:05PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Law partners of a Florida attorney indicted in a massive Ponzi scheme have come under scrutiny for political donations he allegedly organized, sources say.
  • Blagojevich aide probed House appointment   UPI / 12:44PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Illinois' ousted governor researched if he could keep the White House chief of staff's former U.S. House seat warm for him, The Chicago Sun-Times said Monday.
  • Defeated Detroit candidate seeks probe   UPI / 11:44AM
    DETROIT, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Defeated Detroit mayoral candidate Tom Barrow says election canvassers should resign because of their decisions about his demand for a recount.
  • Tennessee may hold key to House control   UPI / 7:34AM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A battle next year for control of Congress will be fought in a few key races, and some in Tennessee will be among the most important, political analysts say.
  • Sunday, December 20

  • Karzai defends Cabinet selection   UPI / 11:44PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he and his new Cabinet will be held accountable on issues such as corruption, a key demand of his Western supporters.
  • Abortion may test final health bill deal   UPI / 4:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Signs were emerging this weekend that abortion politics could become a key obstacle to a final deal to reform the U.S. health system, analysts say.
  • McMahon: Can relate to downtrodden   UPI / 3:14PM
    GREENWICH, Conn., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Connecticut Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon says she can sympathize with voters downtrodden by the recession because she was once broke.
  • Obama disappoints Texas peace activists   UPI / 3:04PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Some Texas anti-war activists say they're disappointed in U.S. President Barack Obama and are losing patience with him.
  • Ex-official: Bhutto, Zardari targeted   UPI / 2:05PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A one-time Pakistani elections official claims the country's anti-corruption agency tried to target Benazir Bhutto and Asif Zardari in 2005.
  • Serbia to submit EU candidacy application   UPI / 1:04PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Serbia, in a historic move, has decided to submit an application for European Union candidacy, President Boris Tadic says.
  • Three Democrats off hook in ethics probe   UPI / 7:04AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The Office of Congressional Ethics has recommended dropping the investigation of three U.S. House Democrats, the lawmakers' aides report.
  • Saturday, December 19

  • Lebanese PM Hariri visits Damascus   UPI / 3:04PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Damascus Saturday in a landmark move experts say could heal political and personal rifts.
  • Politicians rank low on 'public good' poll   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Most U.S. residents hold a deep-seated distrust of politicians when it comes to promoting the public good, a poll indicates.
  • Obama urges senators to pass reform bill   UPI / 6:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama urged senators Saturday to approve healthcare reform he said would cut families' costs, strengthen Medicare and lower the deficit.
  • Foley to give $2M to his Conn. gov effort   UPI / 1:54AM
    GREENWICH, Conn., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Former Ambassador Thomas Foley said Friday he will use at least $2 million of his own money in his campaign for Connecticut governor.
  • Friday, December 18

  • Madagascar schedules Parliament elections   UPI / 3:44PM
    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Madagascar will hold elections in early 2010 to choose the members of the country's Parliament, the African country's military-backed leader says.
  • Zardari faces new calls to resign   UPI / 12:34AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is under renewed pressure to resign after the Supreme Court struck down an amnesty protection against corruption charges.
  • Big child support demanded from Edwards   UPI / 12:05AM
    NEWARK, N.J., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Court documents indicate Rielle Hunter is seeking hefty support for the child former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., has yet to acknowledge fathering.
  • Thursday, December 17

  • Palin: No disrespect to McCain intended   UPI / 11:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she meant no disrespect by blacking out the name of Sen. John, R-Ariz., from a sun visor she wore on vacation in Hawaii.
  • Ex-con congressman might run again   UPI / 9:44PM
    WARREN, Ohio, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Convicted ex-congressman James A. Traficant Jr. says he may run for Congress again, possibly in Ohio or Pennsylvania.
  • Former NBA player runs for Ore. governor   UPI / 6:35PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Chris Dudley, who spent 16 years in the NBA before becoming a financial adviser, has announced he is a candidate for governor of Oregon.
  • Paraguay president to take paternity test   UPI / 5:34PM
    ASUNCION, Paraguay, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The president of Paraguay, a former Catholic bishop, has agreed to take a paternity test amid an ongoing scandal involving children of supposed lovers.
  • Berlusconi: Felt Italy's love in hospital   UPI / 5:34PM
    MILAN, Italy, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday he felt loved by Italy during four days in a hospital after being struck in the face by an attacker.
  • Constituent prompts campaign fund query   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Aides for U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., say they asked the party's re-election arm for a memo on how a congressman could use campaign funds upon retirement.
  • Arroyo aides accused in martial law   UPI / 11:05AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Six Philippine officials were accused Thursday of illegally encouraging martial law in a province where 57 people were killed in election-related violence.
  • Poll: Palin improves; Obama holds steady   UPI / 10:44AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can't shake her unfavorable ratings despite an enthusiastic response to her memoirs, a Gallup Poll indicates.
  • Report: Galbraith proposed ousting Karzai   UPI / 12:05AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Peter Galbraith, a leading U.N. official in Afghanistan at the time of the presidential election, proposed replacing Hamid Karzai, The New York Times reported.
  • Wednesday, December 16

  • Another Pa. state legislator charged   UPI / 7:14PM
    HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A Democratic state legislator from southwestern Pennsylvania was arraigned Wednesday on charges of using state employees for campaign work.
  • S.C. panel rejects Sanford impeachment   UPI / 5:05PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A South Carolina legislative panel Wednesday rejected an impeachment resolution against Gov. Mark Sanford.
  • Lieberman doesn't rule out GOP run   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ind-Conn., a former Democrat, says he hasn't ruled out running as a Republican in 2012.
  • More legal troubles for ex-Detroit mayor   UPI / 2:14AM
    DETROIT, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick broke state law if he used campaign money to pay defense lawyers, the state attorney general says.
  • Tuesday, December 15

  • Canadian Liberals post assassination photo   UPI / 2:14PM
    OTTAWA, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Canada's federal Liberal party apologized Tuesday for posting an altered photo on the Internet of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper being assassinated.
  • EU Socialists vow to field candidate   UPI / 10:24AM
    BRUSSELS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The Party of the European Socialists says it will field a candidate for president of the European Commission in the 2014 European elections.
  • Poll: Dems regain slim edge in 2010 tilt   UPI / 10:14AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The 2010 midterm elections will be close, but Democrats regained a slight lead over Republicans, Gallup Poll results released Tuesday indicate.
  • Monday, December 14

  • Report: Senate will drop Medicare buy-in   UPI / 10:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate leaders will drop expansion of Medicare from healthcare reform legislation in return for getting a bill passed by Christmas, senators said Monday.
  • Court denies Romania election challenge   UPI / 3:34PM
    BUCHAREST, Romania, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A Romanian court Monday rejected a bid by opposition Social Democrats to void the re-election victory of President Traian Basescu, state media said.
  • Mammogram finding finds way into 2010 vote   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Debate on Capitol Hill over health coverage for mammograms has started shaping the 2010 U.S. election as a battle for the crucial women's vote.
  • Spending bills become 2010 election issue   UPI / 11:35AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Legislation focused on U.S. jobs creation and healthcare reform is costing lots of money and creating political conflict, officials from both parties said.
  • Berlusconi has quiet night after assault   AP / 9:34AM
    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spent a peaceful night in a hospital recuperating from facial injuries from an assault, an official said Monday
  • Chilean election heads to runoff   UPI / 9:34AM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Center-right billionaire Sebastian Pinera won the first round of Chile's presidential election, boosting his bid to upend the left-of-center government.
  • Sunday, December 13

  • Blagojevich seeks Obama interview notes   UPI / 3:24PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Attorneys for indicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich say they want the FBI to turn over notes of interviews with President Barack Obama.
  • Catalonia votes in independence poll   UPI / 2:14PM
    BARCELONA, Spain, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Residents of the Spanish region of Catalonia voted Sunday on an unofficial referendum seeking independence from Madrid, observers said.
  • Bagapsh re-elected president of Abkhazia   UPI / 2:05PM
    SUKHUMI, Georgia, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Incumbent President Sergei Bagapsh has been re-elected by voters in the former Georgian republic of Abkhazia, officials said Sunday.
  • Khamenei: Reformers burnt Khomeini image   UPI / 1:54PM
    TEHRAN, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Iran's supreme leader Sunday blamed reformists and anti-government forces for defiling a picture of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
  • Saturday, December 12

  • Houston elects gay woman mayor   UPI / 11:54PM
    HOUSTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Houston City Controller Annise Parker became the first openly gay person elected mayor of a major U.S. city in Saturday's runoff race.
  • Zelaya backers said killed, arrested   UPI / 3:04PM
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Dozens of supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya have been killed and thousands more arrested, human rights groups allege.
  • GOP: Climate change efforts to cost jobs   UPI / 2:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Efforts backed by U.S President Barack Obama to stop global warming would wipe out millions of American jobs if enacted, a Republican Party spokeswoman says.
  • Abkhazia holds presidential elections   UPI / 2:14PM
    SUKHUM, Georgia, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Voters in Abkhazia took to the polls Saturday for the first time since the republic broke away from Georgia last year, election observers said.
  • Ethnic conflicts abound in southern Sudan   UPI / 1:54PM
    JUBA, Sudan, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Northern Sudanese politicians may be playing a role in the deadly ethnic conflicts plaguing most of southern Sudan this year, some officials say.
  • Blair: Right to take down Saddam   UPI / 1:14PM
    LONDON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- It would have been right to "remove" Saddam Hussein even without evidence he had weapons of mass destruction, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says.
  • Judge's ruling restores ACORN funding   UPI / 12:14PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A federal judge in New York has ordered a law blocking funding for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now to be rolled back.
  • Dominican offers Zelaya-Lobo meeting   UPI / 12:05PM
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez says he has offered to broker a meeting between ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and his successor.
  • Friday, December 11

  • Hawaii Congressman Abercrombie quits   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, an announced candidate for governor of his state, said Friday he is resigning his seat in Congress.
  • Thursday, December 10

  • Spitzer may run for N.Y. comptroller   UPI / 8:14PM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is considering another run for statewide office, this time for comptroller, the New York Post reported Thursday.
  • Tea party movement flexes political muscle   UPI / 11:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The tea party movement is flexing its muscle through political action committees and other measures to shake up politics, movement leaders said.
  • S.C. House panel censures Sanford   UPI / 10:54AM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A House panel voted to censure, not impeach, embattled South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, making it unlikely he would be removed from office.
  • Wednesday, December 9

  • Blagojevich on Constitution: 'F'n golden'   UPI / 4:54PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Indicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a copy of the U.S. Constitution with a near-profanity that has become his catchphrase, witnesses said.
  • Word analysts: China's rise top story   UPI / 4:24PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The rise of China is the top news story of the decade, a study performed by a U.S. language analysis group indicated.
  • Israeli expert dismisses EU Jerusalem call   UPI / 12:05PM
    TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Calls for East Jerusalem to be established as the capital of a new Palestinian state don't carry much weight, an Israeli political scientist says.
  • No timetable set for Serbia EU application   UPI / 12:05PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- No decision has been made on if Serbia will submit its European Union candidacy application before the end of the year, Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic says.
  • Tuesday, December 8

  • Coakley, Brown square off in Mass.   UPI / 9:54PM
    BOSTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley won the Democratic primary Tuesday in the race to fill the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat, results showed.
  • Top U.S. officials back troop surge   UPI / 4:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The top U.S. military and diplomatic officials in Afghanistan spoke before two congressional committees Tuesday, saying they both support the surge in forces.
  • Homeless shelter execs to plead guilty   UPI / 3:05PM
    DETROIT, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Two leaders of a Detroit homeless shelter will plead guilty to charges they diverted taxpayer funds to political causes, The Detroit Free Press said Tuesday.
  • Dannatt: PM didn't understand Afghan war   UPI / 12:54PM
    LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The former British Chief of the General Staff says Prime Minister Gordon Brown didn't understand the Afghanistan War until recently.
  • Iran prosecutor says he may arrest Mousavi   UPI / 12:44PM
    TEHRAN, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Iran's chief prosecutor says he may arrest Mir Hossein Mousavi, whose disputed June presidential election loss is still sparking civil unrest in Iran.
  • Monday, December 7

  • Basescu wins reelection in Romania   UPI / 4:35PM
    BUCHAREST, Romania, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Romanian President Traian Basescu has narrowly won reelection with 50.33 percent of the vote, election officials said Monday.
  • Poll: Tea Party could loom in elections   UPI / 4:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. congressional hopefuls running as Tea Party candidates could fare better than those running as Republicans, a Rasmussen Report released Monday indicates.
  • Polls: Morales retains Bolivian presidency   UPI / 2:24PM
    LA PAZ, Bolivia, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales retained his post and his political party gained legislative power in the country's elections, exit polls indicate.
  • Netanyahu: Israel wants direct Syria talks   UPI / 2:24PM
    JERUSALEM, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Israel is ready and willing to conduct direct negotiations with Syria without preconditions, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said.
  • Moldova lawmakers fail to elect president   UPI / 1:24PM
    CHISINAU, Moldova, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Moldova was still without a president Monday after its Parliament failed for the third time to elect one, observers said.
  • Deal to allow Iraqi national elections   UPI / 12:24PM
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The deputy speaker of the Iraqi Parliament said a deal reached by top Iraqi leaders will allow for the first national elections in Iraq since 2005.
  • Palin signs books in primary caucus state   UPI / 1:05AM
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Hundreds of Iowans turned out Sunday at a Sioux City bookstore where Sara Palin signed copies of her book, "Going Rogue."
  • Sunday, December 6

  • Romanian election too close to call   UPI / 8:04PM
    BUCHAREST, Romania, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Both candidates in Romania's presidential election runoff claimed victory Sunday night but an official tally won't be released before Monday, officials say.
  • 'The Zetas' going legit with business buys   UPI / 6:14PM
    LAREDO, Texas, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The notorious Mexican drug cartel enforcers known as the Zetas are branching out into legitimate businesses, law enforcement officials say.
  • McCain says he's 'proud' of Palin   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says he's "proud" of his former U.S. vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin.
  • McMahon adviser faces Ensign questions   UPI / 4:24PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- An adviser to Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon has been subpoenaed in connection with a probe of Sen. John Ensign, campaign officials say.
  • Mass. Senate candidates differ in styles   UPI / 3:05PM
    BOSTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Four Democrats vying to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., have shown differing styles and personalities, The Boston Globe reported Sunday.
  • At least 4 ex-governors seek comeback   UPI / 2:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Jerry Brown of California is not the only former governor trying to get the old job back, with at least six ex-governors nationwide considering another run.
  • Saturday, December 5

  • Obama to caucus on healthcare with Dems   UPI / 4:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- President Obama plans to attend a Democratic Senate caucus meeting as leaders struggle to win support for the healthcare bill, the White House said Saturday.
  • Protesters urge Brown on climate change   UPI / 3:54PM
    LONDON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A demonstration in London Saturday drew thousands of people urging Prime Minister Gordon Brown to back aid for poor countries at the upcoming summit in Denmark.
  • Fiorina cites breast cancer controversy   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A controversial recommendation on breast cancer testing by a U.S. medical panel shows why healthcare reform is flawed, a Republican Party spokeswoman says.
  • PM Brown blasts climate 'flat-earthers'   UPI / 2:54PM
    LONDON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- World leaders mustn't be deterred by "flat-earth" climate change skeptics, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Saturday.
  • California mayor convicted of voter fraud   UPI / 1:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A three-year investigation has produced voter fraud convictions for two members of a longtime California political family, observers say.
  • U.S. said ready for Pakistan power shift   UPI / 12:14PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A weakening of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's political position has caused little alarm in Washington, diplomatic sources say.
  • Martial law set in Philippines province   UPI / 8:24AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Martial law in the Philippines province of Maguindanao was in force Saturday after last month's massacre of 57 people there, officials said.
  • Friday, December 4

  • Bill banning imported nuke waste stalled   UPI / 7:24PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A bill banning the importation of foreign nuclear waste into America is being blocked by a senator from Utah with ties to the importer, bill supporters say.
  • Poll: Reid's numbers still low in Nevada   UPI / 5:54PM
    LAS VEGAS, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- An early advertising blitz by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has done little to make more Nevada voters like him, a poll released Friday indicated.
  • Palin: Obama should boycott Copenhagen   UPI / 5:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has used her Facebook page to call on President Obama to boycott the upcoming climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Moldova headed for elections   UPI / 12:24PM
    CHISINAU, Moldova, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The leader of Moldova's Communist Party said Friday his party will not support the candidacy of Marian Lupu for head of state on Monday.
  • Settlers vow to escalate freeze protests   UPI / 8:14AM
    JERUSALEM, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- West Bank settlers vowed to escalate protests against the 10-month construction freeze after a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu proved fruitless.
  • Dems on Hill push back on Obama's agendas   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Ambitious domestic and foreign agendas sought by U.S. President Obama are creating tension with Democrats on Capitol Hill, congressional members say.
  • Thursday, December 3

  • Lawyer allegedly contributed Ponzi funds   UPI / 2:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The Florida lawyer arrested on racketeering and fraud charges donated to political campaigns with funds from a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, prosecutors alleged.
  • S.C. court rules Sanford probe docs public   UPI / 11:14AM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- South Carolina's top court ruled the state's ethics panel must release documents on its probe of Gov. Mark Sanford that were turned over to the governor.
  • GAO looks at Bush civil rights enforcement   UPI / 8:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A report on civil rights during the George W. Bush administration indicates the U.S. Justice Department sometimes rejected complaints without taking action.
  • U.S. public wary of Afghan war effort   UPI / 8:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Some Democrats, noting the declining U.S. public support for the Afghan war, are not happy with President Barack Obama's troop surge decision.
  • Rights experts call for probe of massacre   UPI / 7:54AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- U.N. human rights experts are urging the Philippines government to investigate the massacre of 57 people and take measures to prevent a recurrence.
  • Wednesday, December 2

  • Sleiman: Equal power-sharing must be kept   UPI / 5:54PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A proposal to end Lebanon's political sectarianism must preserve diversity and power sharing, President Michel Sleiman says.
  • Taylor: Taiwan, Libya backed campaign   UPI / 4:35PM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, facing a Sierra Leone war crimes tribunal, says Taiwan and Libya contributed to his 1997 presidential campaign.
  • Congress scrutinizes Afghanistan strategy   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Top military and diplomatic officials Wednesday warned a U.S. Senate panel that failure in Afghanistan would mean a Taliban takeover and a renewed civil war.
  • Fla. Ponzi probe focusing on accomplices   UPI / 12:35PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The investigation of a Ponzi scheme allegedly run by a Florida attorney now seems to be centering on possible accomplices, court documents indicate.
  • Zardari fights for political survival   UPI / 8:14AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, having ceded many of his powers under political pressure, may be able to keep his job at least for now, analysts said.
  • Recount likely in Atlanta mayor's race   UPI / 7:44AM
    ATLANTA, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A recount in the Atlanta mayoral race is likely, as Kasim Reed won the runoff by a narrow margin and opponent Mary Norwood refused to concede.
  • Atlanta mayor contest up in air   UPI / 12:05AM
    ATLANTA, D.C., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The race for mayor of Atlanta was too close to call Tuesday night with just several hundred votes separating Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed.
  • Tuesday, December 1

  • Tennessee's Tanner to retire   UPI / 11:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn., has decided not to seek a 12th term in 2010, sources told the National Journal Tuesday.
  • Anti-tax activist faces Oregon tax charges   UPI / 10:14PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- An Oregon anti-tax activist and Republican candidate for governor has been charged with failing to file state tax returns for three years.
  • 'Aunt Jemima' cartoon raises ire   UPI / 2:54PM
    CLEVELAND, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The use of an "Aunt Jemima" image to depict a black Cleveland politician has sparked a racially charged debate in the city, observers say.
  • Senate aide to be tapped to lead NHTSA   UPI / 1:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama was expected to nominate soon a Senate aide as the top U.S. auto regulator, several officials said.
  • 'Purity test' worries some in GOP   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A proposal to impose an ideological "purity test" on Republican Party candidates is splitting the GOP, members say.
  • Atlanta mayor contest leads area runoffs   UPI / 10:44AM
    ATLANTA, D.C., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Atlanta-area voters went to the polls Tuesday to elect new mayors and choose four new members of the Georgia Legislature.
  • Philippines' Arroyo files for Congress run   UPI / 9:44AM
    SAN FERNANDO, Philippines, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo filed to run for the country's Congress Tuesday, making her post-presidential plans official.
  • Gilani: No information on al-Qaida leaders   UPI / 1:05AM
    BERLIN, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Neither America nor Britain has provided any intelligence about the presence of al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said.
  • Monday, November 30

  • Lobo elected president in Honduras   UPI / 5:54PM
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. diplomatic officials said the presidential election in Honduras was important, but was "only a step" in the country's return to democratic order.
  • U.N. joins chorus decrying minaret vote   UPI / 4:04PM
    BERN, Switzerland, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- An independent U.N. expert on religious freedoms Monday said the Swiss vote to ban construction of new minarets discriminates against Muslims.
  • Former Indian chief minister arrested   UPI / 7:54AM
    NEW DELHI, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Authorities in the east Indian state of Jharkhand Monday arrested the state's former chief minister in a billion dollar scam.
  • Obama, Rudd to discuss Afghanistan   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama welcomes Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to Washington Monday for talks on Afghanistan and climate change, the White House said.
  • Pakistan responds to Britain on bin Laden   UPI / 2:54AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Pakistan, reacting to Britain's call that it do more to eliminate al-Qaida leaders, said
  • Sunday, November 29

  • Uruguay elects Jose Mujica president   UPI / 11:04PM
    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Sen. Jose Mujica, a former left-wing guerrilla fighter, won Uruguay's presidential election Sunday with more than 50 percent of the vote, exit polls showed.
  • Atlanta mayoral runoff amid ad blitz   UPI / 6:05PM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The Tuesday runoff election for Atlanta mayor is creating a blitz of newspaper, television and Web ads to bring voters out for two candidates, officials say.
  • Warren disputes Obama's abortion stance   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Pastor Rick Warren, who delivered the invocation at U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration, says he disagrees with him on abortion.
  • Bush silent despite policy disagreements   UPI / 2:05PM
    DALLAS, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President George W. Bush disagrees with plenty that his successor is doing, but refuses to openly criticize him, friends say.
  • Report: Blair warned invasion was illegal   UPI / 1:34PM
    LONDON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A 2002 memo written to then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned him that plans to depose Iraq's Saddam Hussein were illegal, sources say.
  • Equatorial Guinea elections seen as unfair   UPI / 12:14PM
    MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Elections being held Sunday in Equatorial Guinea, home to a government ranked as one of the world's most corrupt, are unfair, critics say.
  • Namibia wraps up 2-day elections   UPI / 12:04PM
    WINDHOEK, Namibia, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Long lines of voters packed polling places in Namibia on the second and final day of the country's national elections, observers said.
  • Iran official slams 'political chicanery'   UPI / 11:44AM
    TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday an International Atomic Energy Agency resolution was the result of "political chicanery."
  • Saturday, November 28

  • Salahis seek top dollar for TV interview   UPI / 11:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The couple who crashed U.S. President Barack Obama's first state dinner are trying to sell their story for hundreds of thousands of dollars, sources said.
  • Canada to resume nuclear sales to India   UPI / 5:04PM
    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Canada has agreed to resume sales of nuclear technology to India for the first time in more than 30 years, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Saturday.
  • Specter, Nelson pressured on healthcare   UPI / 4:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The only two Democratic U.S. senators to sign anti-tax pledges will be publicly reminded of their commitments, a Washington group says.
  • Tea parties bring in big bucks   UPI / 2:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The tea-party movement, drawing in conservative activists across the United States, has also lured fundraisers, some of them for-profit companies.
  • Analysts: Election won't end Honduran rift   UPI / 2:24PM
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Political divisions in Honduras will remain after a presidential election to replace ousted President Manuel Zelaya, analysts say.
  • Namibia presidential election under way   UPI / 1:04PM
    WINDHOEK, Namibia, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Sweltering heat and a legal challenge didn't deterred voter turnout in Namibia's presidential elections, observers said Saturday.
  • Afghan elders enlisted to sway Taliban   UPI / 11:05AM
    JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- New U.S. efforts to persuade rank-and-file Taliban fighters to switch sides have begun in Afghanistan with a meeting of tribal leaders, observers say.
  • Nader urged to mount run against Dodd   UPI / 10:54AM
    WEST HARTFORD, Conn., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Connecticut Green Party members say they're urging Ralph Nader to run against Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., in next year's election.
  • Obama to ask Australia for more troops   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is to ask Kevin Rudd to send more troops to Afghanistan when the Australian prime minister visits Washington, authorities said.
  • Supporters start 'Draft Cheney' bid   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Supporters of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney say they have begun efforts to draft the Republican for a 2012 presidential run.
  • Friday, November 27

  • McCain improves voting record   UPI / 8:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- U. S. Sen. John McCain, criticized for missing votes regularly while campaigning for president, has greatly improved his record in 2009, an analysis shows.
  • Bloomberg campaign spent $102 million   UPI / 7:24PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Michael Bloomberg spent a record $102 million in his successful quest for a third term as mayor of New York, figures showed Friday.
  • Advocates use social networking for issues   UPI / 7:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Advocates on both sides of abortion rights are abandoning traditional methods of contacting supporters in favor of social networking sites, authorities say.
  • Police officers rounded up in Philippines   UPI / 3:44PM
    MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- More than 300 police and paramilitary personnel have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Mindanao massacre, Philippine officials said Friday.
  • Favorite to succeed Kennedy runs own race   UPI / 10:34AM
    BOSTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The only one of the four Democratic candidates to succeed Sen. Edward M. Kennedy not trying to be an ideological image is the big favorite, observers say.
  • Thursday, November 26

  • Namibia politician being sued for comments   UPI / 12:54PM
    WINDHOEK, Namibia, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Hidipo Hamutenya, leader of Namibia's Rally for Democracy and Progress, is being sued for alleging polls in the country were rigged, an RDP spokesman said.
  • Iraqis reach agreement on election law   UPI / 11:14AM
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Iraq's political factions apparently avoided a crisis Thursday with a surprise agreement on parliamentary elections early next year, observers said.
  • Zardari calls critics pranksters   UPI / 1:44AM
    KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, fighting for political survival amid calls for his exit, hit out against critics, calling them "pranksters."
  • Arrests in Philippines' kidnap-slaughter   UPI / 12:34AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Philippines' ruling coalition expelled members of a political clan allegedly linked to the election-related massacre as arrests began Thursday of suspects.
  • Wednesday, November 25

  • 'Going Rogue' selling fast   UPI / 9:44PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life," sold 469,000 copies in its first week in stores, Nielsen BookScan said Wednesday.
  • Mom may have made donations to Japan P.M.   UPI / 8:14PM
    TOKYO, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's mother may have surreptitiously given him millions of yen for his political campaigns, sources say.
  • Obama's use of 'unprecedented' chided   UPI / 6:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The Obama White House's use of the word "unprecedented" may itself be unprecedented, the Washington publication Politico reported Wednesday.
  • Putin's Siberian tiger AWOL, then found   UPI / 5:54PM
    MOSCOW, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A female Siberian tiger given a tracking collar last year by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been found after a three-month absence, officials said.
  • Taliban leader issues anti-U.S. message   UPI / 5:14PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar says in a message delivered on the eve of a Muslim holiday that the United States will be defeated in Afghanistan.
  • McCain: 'Never seen' attacks like on Palin   UPI / 5:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says he's "never seen anything like" the attacks on his former vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin.
  • Runyan to retire at season's end   UPI / 4:44PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- NFL offensive lineman Jon Runyan says he will finish the season with the San Diego Chargers, then run for the U.S. Congress in New Jersey.
  • Iraq can't hold January elections   UPI / 9:54AM
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Parliamentary elections cannot be held in Iraq before the end of January 2010, election officials say.
  • Tuesday, November 24

  • Chargers sign Congress candidate Runyan   UPI / 11:44PM
    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The San Diego Chargers announced Tuesday they had signed former Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jon Runyan to a one-year contract.
  • Arroyo promises justice after massacre   UPI / 10:14PM
    MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo promised Tuesday those behind a political massacre of 46 people would be brought to justice.
  • Candidates discuss Kennedy-bishop tiff   UPI / 4:35PM
    BOSTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Two candidates for a U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts defended Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., in his very public dispute with a Catholic bishop in Providence.
  • Jordan's king dissolves Lower House   UPI / 1:44PM
    AMMAN, Jordan, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a proclamation Tuesday dissolving the country's Lower House of Parliament and ordering early elections, officials said.
  • Lou Dobbs fuels political speculation   UPI / 11:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Former CNN host Lou Dobbs fueled speculation about his political future by saying during a radio talk show he's mulling over a U.S. presidential run.
  • Monday, November 23

  • Iraqi elections face possible delay   UPI / 10:05PM
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A dispute between lawmakers and a vice president of Iraq threatens to derail plans to hold a parliamentary election on schedule in January, officials said.
  • Sanford faces 37 ethics charges   UPI / 4:54PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford faces ethics charges on 37 counts of using his office for personal financial gain, the state ethics commission said Monday.
  • Kansas' Rep. Moore won't seek re-election   UPI / 1:14PM
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., won't seek re-election to Congress next year, Democratic Party sources say.
  • Suit: Fla. atty. cheated big, little guys   UPI / 12:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Documents filed in a lawsuit against a high-flying Florida attorney reveal some of the details of the $1 billion fraud allegations he faces, court watchers say.
  • Romanian election runoff Dec. 6   UPI / 8:54AM
    BUCHAREST, Romania, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Presidential hopefuls in Romania are gearing up for a runoff election after no candidate garnered the required 50 percent to win outright in Sunday's polling.
  • Abbas set to postpone elections   UPI / 8:34AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is preparing to formally delay January's presidential and parliamentary elections, a party official said.
  • Sunday, November 22

  • 50 percent undecided in Mass. senate race   UPI / 12:24PM
    BOSTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Although the Massachusetts attorney general has a big lead, state residents remain unsettled about an upcoming U.S. Senate primary election, a poll indicates.
  • British Conservative Party lead dwindling   UPI / 2:05AM
    LONDON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The British Conservative Party's lead over Labor has dwindled to 6 percentage points, a poll released Sunday said.
  • Saturday, November 21

  • Romanians to vote for president   UPI / 5:24PM
    BUCHAREST, Romania, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Millions of Romanians will go to the polls Sunday in the first round of the country's presidential election amid political turmoil, authorities say.
  • GOP's Ball drops out of N.Y. con. race   UPI / 5:14PM
    PATTERSON, N.Y., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Greg Ball, a Republican state assemblyman, said Saturday he has ended his quest to unseat U.S. Rep. John Hall, D-N.Y.
  • Rioters ransack India TV station   UPI / 2:05PM
    MUMBAI, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A mob angry over criticism of their right-wing leader by a Mumbai television station ransacked the broadcaster's offices, authorities say.
  • UN calls for Iran prisoner release   UPI / 1:44PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A U.N. committee says Iran should release political prisoners arrested during protests over the country's disputed presidential election in June.
  • Canadian Liberals hit new low in poll   UPI / 10:06AM
    TORONTO, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Canada's main opposition party, the Liberals, hit a new low in popularity of 24 percent in a poll published Saturday.
  • Friday, November 20

  • Michigan law firm settles with FEC   UPI / 5:54PM
    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A Michigan law firm will pay the U.S. government $131,000 to settle claims it illegally sent money to John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign, papers show.
  • FEC adopts rules for some campaign travel   UPI / 4:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Federal Election Commission Friday approved revised rules for regulating U.S. campaign travel on non-commercial flights.
  • Burris admonished by Senate ethics panel   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Senate ethics committee Friday admonished Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., for his comments about his appointment to the Senate last December.
  • Palin returns to Indiana GOP heartland   UPI / 8:44AM
    NOBLESVILLE, Ind., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- More than 1,000 people braved rain in Indiana's die-hard Republican Hamilton County to catch up with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a book-signing event.
  • Honduran leader says he'll step down   UPI / 8:05AM
    MEXICO CITY, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Tension remained high Friday as the unusual presidential election drew near in Honduras.
  • Thursday, November 19

  • Barbour: GOP govs leading party back   UPI / 4:54PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi says his fellow governors are "leading the comeback" of the Republican Party.
  • Van Rompuy, Ashton take top EU posts   UPI / 4:54PM
    BRUSSELS, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy was chosen Thursday to be the first president of the European Council.
  • Sources: Giuliani not running for governor   UPI / 4:44PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has decided not to run for governor of New York in 2010, sources informed of the decision said.
  • Abbas: No Mideast peace with me in office   UPI / 3:24PM
    CAIRO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he doubted a Middle East peace accord would be reached before the end of his term.
  • Wednesday, November 18

  • Poll: Obama support dips below 50 percent   UPI / 6:24PM
    HAMDEN, Conn., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's job approval rating has dipped below 50 percent for the first time, a poll released Wednesday indicates.
  • GOP rival blasts Whitman donation   UPI / 3:54PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A conservative opponent of Republican California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman says her past support of environmental causes damages her credibility.
  • Palin party starts early in Grand Rapids   UPI / 12:54PM
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin fans lined up just after dawn in chilly western Michigan Wednesday for the rising Republican star's first book signing event.
  • EU struggling with nomination process   UPI / 12:14PM
    BRUSSELS, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The nomination process for filling the top two European Union posts created by the Lisbon Treaty appears to be in disarray, observers say.
  • Queen unveils Labor's populist agenda   UPI / 12:05PM
    LONDON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth addressed the opening of Parliament Wednesday with promises to aid Britain's poor and reform the financial services industry.
  • Former Mo. legislator gets year in jail   UPI / 1:54AM
    ST. LOUIS, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A former Missouri state senator was sentenced to a year and a day in jail Tuesday for lying to federal investigators looking into a campaign mailing.
  • Tuesday, November 17

  • Levi: Looks at Palin with 'disgust'   UPI / 8:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Levi Johnston, the father of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's grandson, says he looks at the Republican leader "with disgust."
  • Levi: Looks at Palin 'with disgust'   UPI / 6:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Levi Johnston, the father of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's grandson, says he looks at the Republican leader "with disgust."
  • Hug may hurt Fla. gov.'s re-election bid   UPI / 3:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's hug with Democratic President Barack Obama early this year may harm Crist's re-election chances, a GOP strategist says.
  • Somalia deemed most corrupt country   UPI / 9:24AM
    BERLIN, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Somalia is the world's most corrupt country, while New Zealand is the least corrupt, Transparency International's annual Corruption Perception Index has found.
  • Monday, November 16

  • Belgian PM may have setback for EU pres.   UPI / 10:54PM
    BRUSSELS, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Comments by Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy may have set back his campaign to become the first permanent European Union president, officials said.
  • Biden touts stimulus results in Arizona   UPI / 3:24PM
    PHOENIX, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden praised the results of the economic stimulus package in Arizona during a fundraising speech in Phoenix Monday.
  • Israeli FM questions PA political efforts   UPI / 2:14PM
    JERUSALEM, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday the Palestinian Authority acted questionably regarding its efforts involving Israel and Hamas.
  • Crist's Senate bid facing opposition   UPI / 12:14PM
    NEWBERRY, Fla., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's bid for a U.S. Senate seat is being opposed by some of his fellow Republicans because of his bipartisan efforts, experts said.
  • 'Old' Black Panthers denounce 'new' group   UPI / 10:44AM
    PHILADELPHIA, D.C., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The heirs of the original U.S. Black Panther Party say a new group going by the name are "exploiting" the group's name and history.
  • Pro-Cuba embargo PAC money going to Dems   UPI / 10:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Those who support continuing an economic embargo against Cuba have heavily shifted their campaign contributions to Democrats, a U.S. watchdog group says.
  • Kosovo's first independent vote uneventful   UPI / 9:14AM
    PRISTINA, Kosovo, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The first elections in Kosovo since it declared its independence from Serbia in 2008 went off without any real trouble, security officials said Monday.
  • Hamas rejects Palestinian statehood push   UPI / 7:54AM
    GAZA, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Seeking international recognition for a de facto Palestinian state is a waste of time, a Hamas leader said Monday.
  • Sunday, November 15

  • Kosovo holds first elections   UPI / 10:05PM
    PRISTINA, Kosovo, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Turnout was light Sunday in local elections in Kosovo, the first since the country declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008, officials said.
  • PA to push U.N. for unilateral statehood   UPI / 9:14PM
    GAZA, Israel, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Palestinians say they will ask for unilateral statehood in a U.N. Security Council vote but while Israel cautions that would destroy the Mideast peace process.
  • Axelrod: Obama opposes abortion measure   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama remains opposed to prohibiting abortion coverage in plans offered through a new health insurance exchange, an adviser says.
  • Experts: Democrats at risk over abortion   UPI / 2:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Democratic politicians could lose the support of Catholic voters in the United States for wanting abortion to be included in healthcare reform, experts said.
  • Poll: Most Southerners oppose Wilson   UPI / 2:54PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Nearly 65 percent of U.S. Southerners say they oppose an outburst by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., during an address to Congress by President Barack Obama.
  • Clinton 'looks forward' to Palin coffee   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she would "look forward" to having coffee with former Republican U.S. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
  • 'No threat' posed to GOP by populists   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Grassroots conservative opposition to Republican-endorsed candidates doesn't pose any threat to the party, the U.S. Senate minority leader says.
  • White House touts APEC gains   UPI / 12:24PM
    SINGAPORE, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The White House Sunday touted accomplishments achieved by U.S. President Barack Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' meeting in Singapore.
  • Saturday, November 14

  • Palin 'devastated' by daughter's pregnancy   UPI / 3:44PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she and her husband were "devastated" when they learned their daughter Bristol was pregnant, ABC News reported Saturday.
  • Milwaukee mayor eyeing governor's seat   UPI / 2:05PM
    MILWAUKEE, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will announce this weekend he is a candidate for governor of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Saturday.
  • Colombia's Uribe faces re-election setback   UPI / 12:44PM
    BOGOTA, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Millions of referendum signatures in support of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's second re-election bid are invalid, an electoral body says.
  • Whites-only party to vote on minorities   UPI / 9:04AM
    LONDON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The ultra-rightist British National Party will hold a vote on an amendment to its constitution allowing minorities to join its ranks, its leader says.
  • Obama to Congress: Hold off on Hood probe   UPI / 6:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday urged members of Congress not to turn the investigation into the Fort Hood massacre into "political theater."
  • Friday, November 13

  • Hutchison won't resign Senate seat soon   UPI / 7:44PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Kay Bailey Hutchison said Friday she will keep her U.S. Senate seat for now while running for governor of Texas.
  • Rep. Etheridge won't run for Senate   UPI / 7:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-N.C., announced Friday he will not challenge Republican Sen. Richard Burr next year.
  • U.S., Japan commit to fight climate change   UPI / 2:44PM
    TOKYO, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama recommitted to reduce their countries' emissions by 80 percent by 2050, the White House said.
  • India creates third gender for voters   UPI / 1:05PM
    NEW DELHI, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Indian election authorities have granted what they called an independent identity to gays and transsexuals -- a third gender -- on the country's voter lists.
  • Another candidate for EU post   UPI / 12:24PM
    BRUSSELS, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves says he is a candidate for one of the new European Union posts created under the Lisbon Treaty.
  • Palestinian election might be delayed   UPI / 1:04AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A Palestinian elections panel recommended Thursday that the presidential vote set for January be postponed.
  • Thursday, November 12

  • Acorn sues to reverse funding cutoff   UPI / 9:24PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- ACORN, the community group that has become a target of conservative attacks, filed a lawsuit Thursday in New York to get its federal funding restored.
  • Top Pa. Republican charged with corruption   UPI / 6:35PM
    HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A leading Republican in the Pennsylvania legislature and nine others were charged Thursday with spending millions in state funds on campaign research.
  • Wednesday, November 11

  • AG rules taped conversations legal   UPI / 7:34PM
    SACRAMENTO, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A former spokesman for California Attorney General Jerry Brown did not break the law by secretly taping talks with reporters, Brown's office said.
  • Judge strikes religious license plates   UPI / 4:54PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge says South Carolina's Legislature violated the Constitution when it authorized religious-themed car license plates.
  • Brooklynite to run for Idaho Senate seat   UPI / 3:54PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A New York City man, appalled no Democrats could be found to run against Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho six years ago, says he's in this time.
  • Ex-Eagle Runyan may run for Congress   UPI / 3:54PM
    NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Political analysts say former Philadelphia Eagles lineman Jon Runyan is on the short list of Republican candidates for Congress in New Jersey.
  • EU calls Nov. 19 summit for appointments   UPI / 1:14PM
    BRUSSELS, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Appointments to the three new top EU posts created by the Lisbon Treaty could be made at a Nov. 19 summit in Brussels, officials say.
  • Conn. Gov. Rell says she won't run again   UPI / 1:34AM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has announced she will not seek re-election in 2010 to the post she has held since 2004.
  • Tuesday, November 10

  • Palin's book tour to stop in Iowa   UPI / 3:24PM
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Former Republican U.S. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is heading to Iowa on her book tour, its promoters say.
  • Mass. Rep. gave earmarks to wife's groups   UPI / 1:24PM
    BOSTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., has procured federal earmarks for non-profit health centers with connections to his wife, documents show.
  • Candidates self-donating more in races   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Congressional hopefuls poured more than $30 million into their own campaigns in 2009 for either special elections or their 2010 races, an analysis indicates.
  • Japanese Cabinet approves $5B Afghan aid   UPI / 12:24AM
    TOKYO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The Japanese Cabinet Tuesday authorized $5 billion in aid to Afghanistan during the next five years, the government of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said.
  • Monday, November 9

  • Obama, Netanyahu discuss Mideast peace   UPI / 11:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama reaffirmed America's "strong commitment to Israel's security" in a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the White House said.
  • 2012 presidential race shapes up for GOP   UPI / 7:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Republicans thinking about a run at the U.S. presidency in 2012 might find the going tough as the field is filling up with established hopefuls, analysts say.
  • U.S. economy rebounding slowly, Biden says   UPI / 5:24PM
    DETROIT, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden visited Detroit Tuesday to raise funds for two Michigan Democrats in Congress and give a progress report on the nation's economy.
  • Revealing petition-signers' names disputed   UPI / 1:34PM
    SEATTLE, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A legal battle over the release of the names of people who signed a Washington State petition on same-sex marriage could have big ramifications, analysts say.
  • Jury selection in Baltimore mayor trial   UPI / 10:44AM
    BALTIMORE, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Prosecutors and attorneys for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon are ready to begin jury selection for her trial on theft charges, courtroom observers say.
  • Prime minister apologizes to soldier's mom   UPI / 10:24AM
    LONDON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Britain's prime minister called the mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan to apologize for mistakes he made in a letter to her, his office said.
  • Sunday, November 8

  • Report: Ensign leaves Christian town home   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., has moved out of a C Street house, a town home on Capitol Hill shared with other Christian lawmakers, sources say.
  • N.J. election alters same-sex battlefield   UPI / 3:54PM
    ASBURY PARK, N.J., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The stakes for same-sex marriage legalization in New Jersey have been raised with the election of a Republican governor, advocates say.
  • GOP Rep: Reform vote best for district   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The lone Republican U.S. House member who voted in favor of a healthcare reform measure says it was the best decision for his New Orleans district.
  • Expert: Baltimore mayor should testify   UPI / 3:05PM
    BALTIMORE, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon will need to take the stand in her own defense to prevail in her trial on theft charges, an expert says.
  • Saturday, November 7

  • Republican Party courting Latinos   UPI / 5:44PM
    LAS VEGAS, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The Republican Party has to repair fences with Latino voters in America after losing their support in the 2008 presidential election, party officials say.
  • Barbour: Elections showed peoples' concern   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Saturday the recent elections reflected U.S. citizens' concern with the direction the U.S. government is headed.
  • Zelaya pulls out of Honduras unity deal   UPI / 9:54AM
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he has pulled out of a deal struck to end the country's political crisis.
  • Flu may delay Ukraine elections   UPI / 2:35AM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The presidential election in Ukraine might be delayed by the epidemic of H1N1 influenza, a government official said Friday.
  • Friday, November 6

  • Israel concerned over Abbas' resignation   UPI / 10:44AM
    JERUSALEM, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A day after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced his resignation, Israeli officials expressed concern for the peace process, officials said.
  • Delays in Honduras poses risk for Zelaya   UPI / 1:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A U.S.-negotiated pact to return deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to office may become ineffective due to the Honduran Congress' delay, officials said.
  • Swiss to vote on minaret referendum   UPI / 12:54AM
    ZURICH, Switzerland, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A Swiss referendum on whether to ban the building of minarets on mosques is causing some businesses to say they worry about backlash from Muslim countries.
  • Thursday, November 5

  • Palin heads to small cities for book tour   UPI / 8:24PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's book tour is taking her into friendly territory, avoiding New York and San Francisco, while hitting Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Poll: Huckabee GOP front-runner in 2012   UPI / 7:24PM
    MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the Republican front-runner for the 2012 U.S. presidential race, a USA Today/Gallup Poll indicated Thursday.
  • GOP warns of interpreting wins as mandates   UPI / 12:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The Republican Party, flush from winning two governorships, is waging an internal battle over how to reclaim control in the U.S. Congress, party leaders said.
  • Democrats wary after odd-year election   UPI / 8:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The White House may downplay Tuesday's Election Day outcome, but moderate and conservative Democrats in the U.S. Congress say results signal voter uneasiness.
  • Wednesday, November 4

  • Ex-HP CEO Fiorina to run for U.S. Senate   UPI / 7:54PM
    GARDEN GROVE, Calif., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina announced Wednesday she is running for the U.S. Senate in California.
  • Accused Fla. attorney returns from abroad   UPI / 4:04PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida attorney accused of running a fraudulent investment scheme returned to Fort Lauderdale after disappearing abroad, observers said.
  • Michigan city extends protections to GLBT   UPI / 2:24PM
    KALAMAZOO, Mich., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Voters in Kalamazoo, Mich., approved extending anti-discrimination protections to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders.
  • GOP coming back, RNC leader says   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Republican gubernatorial wins signal a GOP on the mend, not predictions of the 2010 midterm U.S. elections, Republican National Chairman Michael Steele said.
  • Menino wins historic 5th term in Boston   UPI / 2:24AM
    BOSTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Thomas Menino Tuesday won a fifth term as mayor of Boston, a feat unmatched by in the city's storied political history.
  • Govt. decides against pushing amnesty bill   UPI / 2:24AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The government of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has decided against pushing a bill to protect lawmakers from corruption cases, officials said.
  • Democrat wins upstate N.Y. race   UPI / 1:54AM
    WATERTOWN, N.Y., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Democrat Bill Owens won a bizarre three-way special election in New York state's heavily Republican 23rd congressional district Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, November 3

  • GOP takes N.J., Va., gov. races   UPI / 11:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie ousted New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine in Tuesday's election, a Republican victory in a typically Democratic state.
  • Dem Corzine ousted in N.J., GOP takes Va.   UPI / 11:14PM
    TRENTON, N.J., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie ousted New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine in Tuesday's election, a Republican victory in a typically Democratic state.
  • Candidate's fake parking tickets backfire   UPI / 2:14PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A New York City Council candidate has drawn the ire of some voters with campaign literature realistically disguised as parking tickets.
  • Fla. attorney accused in financial scheme   UPI / 1:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A well-known Fort Lauderdale, Fla., attorney is accused of misappropriating funds from wealthy clients in a financial scheme, his firm alleges.
  • Monday, November 2

  • Obama puts strings on support to Karzai   UPI / 4:05PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The United States will help the Afghan government to clean up corruption and initiate reforms, but U.S. bounty isn't limitless, President Obama said Monday.
  • Obama's hands-off approach seen working   UPI / 3:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's strategy of keeping his distance as Congress hashes out contentious healthcare reforms is paying off, White House officials say.
  • Canadian gun registry poised for abolition   UPI / 1:34PM
    OTTAWA, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Canadian gun control advocates say they are dismayed that the country's registry for long-gun firearms may soon be abolished.
  • Perles to bring football ethic to politics   UPI / 12:44PM
    DETROIT, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Former Michigan State University football coach George Perles said he will bring a "football atmosphere" to the governor's office if elected in Michigan.
  • South Sudan leader calls for independence   UPI / 8:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The already rocky relationship between Sudan and the semi-autonomous Southern Sudanese government is getting rockier with a call for independence, analysts say.
  • Schools basing desegregation on income   UPI / 8:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Some U.S. school districts are using income levels rather than racial makeup to base their integration efforts on, officials say.
  • Sunday, November 1

  • Boehner: 'Political rebellion' under way   UPI / 10:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A "political rebellion" is going on in America that the Republican Party is hoping to speak for, the U.S. House minority leader says.
  • Jarrett: GOP leadership becoming extreme   UPI / 10:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The leadership of the U.S. Republican Party is "becoming more extreme" and marginalized, a top White House adviser said Sunday.
  • Bombings threaten Iraqi government   UPI / 8:14AM
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Recent bombings in Baghdad that killed 153 people and wounded at least 500 are eroding support for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, authorities said.
  • Karzai rival quits presidential runoff   UPI / 7:04AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's rival Sunday withdrew from the Nov. 7 runoff election, saying the runoff would be as fraudulent as the first round of voting.
  • Ex-N.C. gov's case goes to prosecutor   UPI / 12:14AM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A special prosecutor will take over the case of former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley's alleged violations of state campaign finance laws.
  • Moderate Republican drops out of race   UPI / 12:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava withdrew Saturday from a special congressional election in New York, allowing the party to endorse a conservative.
  • Saturday, October 31

  • Abdullah said likely to boycott election   UPI / 8:04PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Abdullah Abdullah, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's opponent, likely will announce this weekend he will boycott the Nov. 7 runoff election, a source told CNN.
  • Sex offenders face Halloween requirements   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Convicted sex offenders are required by some U.S. cities and states to post "No Candy Here" signs on Halloween, officials say.
  • Friday, October 30

  • Sen. candidate gets pumpkin tax break   UPI / 10:54PM
    MADISON, Wis., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A developer running for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin has been saving thousands of dollars by growing pumpkins on vacant commercial land, tax records show.
  • Corzine, Christie in dead heat in NJ   UPI / 9:14PM
    GALLOWAY, N.J., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and his Republican challenger, Chris Christie, are locked in a race too close to call, a poll released Friday said.
  • Gavin Newsom drops out of Calif. gov race   UPI / 8:44PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom withdrew Friday from next year's race to be California governor before it officially started.
  • York, Pa., poised to elect black mayor   UPI / 5:44PM
    YORK, Pa., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- York, Pa., a city hit by devastating race riots in the 1960s, is about to elect its first black mayor.
  • Brown aide admits taping reporter   UPI / 2:04PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A spokesman for California Attorney General Jerry Brown has acknowledged taping a reporter's telephone conversation without her knowledge.
  • Afghan panel OKs more polling places   UPI / 10:54AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's election commission, despite safety and fraud concerns, says it will open at least 6,300 polling places for a Nov. 7 presidential runoff election.
  • Deal reached on Honduran leadership crisis   UPI / 7:34AM
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Negotiators for ousted Honduran President Manual Zelaya and de facto President Roberto Micheletti reported reaching a deal to form a restoration government.
  • Thursday, October 29

  • Does Palin want fee for Iowa speech?   UPI / 4:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, invited to address a conservative group in Iowa next month, has reportedly made an unusual demand -- a fee.
  • Britain to Iran: Reverse staffer verdict   UPI / 4:24PM
    TEHRAN, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Britain condemned a four-year jail sentence given a British Embassy staff member in Tehran as "wholly unjustified" and urged Iran to repeal it.
  • Wrangling over Blair for EU president   UPI / 12:05PM
    BRUSSELS, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A new entrant has emerged as lobbying for and against ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair as the European Union's first full-time president intensified.
  • Concerns rise about runoff election   UPI / 7:54AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan says he believes the Nov. 7 presidential runoff election will not be as flawed as the Aug. 20 polls.
  • Wednesday, October 28

  • Memphis ex-mayor: Federal probe political   UPI / 11:44PM
    MEMPHIS, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, a candidate for Congress, says he is a target of a federal investigation "grounded solely in politics."
  • Campaign funds used to feed cat   UPI / 7:24PM
    BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A candidate for Boulder, Colo., City Council spent $14.37 on food for his campaign manager -- Sita, the house cat.
  • Documents: Easley sought donor 'loophole'   UPI / 3:05PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley's campaign sought ways to get around donor limits by funneling money through the Democratic Party, documents indicate.
  • Miami forensic accountant eyed for charges   UPI / 2:44PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Well-known Miami forensic accountant Lewis Freeman is being investigated for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from bankrupt companies, sources say.
  • North tells GOP more Afghan troops needed   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Former U.S. National Security Council aide Oliver North has told Republican lawmakers the United States needs to send more troops to Afghanistan, witnesses say.
  • ACORN pleads not guilty in Nevada   UPI / 2:14PM
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- ACORN and its former deputy regional director have entered not guilty pleas to charges of violating Nevada's voter-registration laws.
  • Poll: Voters have doubts about Palin   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A large majority of Americans, including half of Republicans, say former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin isn't qualified to be president, a poll indicates.
  • Out-of-state contributions soar for Wilson   UPI / 8:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Out-of-state donations to Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., who shouted "You lie" during President Obama's healthcare speech, have grown, campaign reports indicate.
  • Tuesday, October 27

  • Mayoral candidate not a threat to Obama   UPI / 5:44PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A perennial Miami Beach, Fla., mayoral candidate drew the attention of the U.S. Secret Service when President Barack Obama was in town for a fundraiser.
  • Franks: U.S. must identify Afghan goal   UPI / 5:14PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks says the United States needs a clear long-term goal for its mission in Afghanistan.
  • Witness: Easley used campaign to fix home   UPI / 4:44PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley received free flights worth nearly $88,000 and directed his campaign to pay for home fix-ups, testimony alleges.
  • Collins' 'Antichrist' gaffe may hurt hopes   UPI / 3:05PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- New York gubernatorial hopeful Chris Collins may have torpedoed his hopes by comparing a Jewish politician to Adolf Hitler and the Antichrist, analysts say.
  • Four Mass. Dems seek Kennedy's base   UPI / 1:44PM
    BOSTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The four Democrats running to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., are each playing to his liberal base, analysts say.
  • Abbas says elections will proceed   UPI / 8:04AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he is pressing ahead with plans for Jan. 24 elections despite opposition from the militant group Hamas.
  • Abdullah wants election chief out   UPI / 12:44AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The challenger to Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the election commission chief should be removed to ensure a fair presidential runoff election next month.
  • Monday, October 26

  • Obama won't rush decision on Afghanistan   UPI / 6:35PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Any decision about sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan will not be rushed, U.S. President Barack Obama pledged at the naval station in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Ohio in better condition now, Biden says   UPI / 5:14PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The United States and Ohio will emerge from the current recession stronger and more fiscally responsible than before, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday.
  • Tunisian President Ben Ali re-elected   UPI / 12:54PM
    TUNIS, Tunisia, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was re-elected to his fifth term in office, final results released Monday indicated.
  • Poll: Canadian Liberals faring poorly   UPI / 12:44PM
    OTTAWA, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Canada's Liberal Party would fare even worse than it did last October if a federal election were held now, a poll indicates.
  • Uruguay prez election heads for run-off   UPI / 9:05AM
    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- None of the candidates in Uruguay's presidential election have captured more than 50 percent of the vote, triggering a run-off, officials in Montevideo say.
  • Aides say Karzai confident of victory   UPI / 2:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a week after accepting a runoff election against rival Abdullah Abdullah, is confident he will win the contest, his aides said.
  • Sunday, October 25

  • Afghan protesters burn Obama effigy   UPI / 8:35PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Afghan protesters burned an effigy of President Barack Obama Sunday in reaction to rumors, denied by U.S. officials, that U.S. troops desecrated the Koran.
  • Hatch: Obama should heed McChrystal   UPI / 5:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama ought to abide by the recommendation of the U.S. commander in Afghanistan on troop levels, a Republican senator says.
  • McConnell rejects poor GOP poll numbers   UPI / 2:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Minority Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says he rejects the findings of a poll indicating few Americans trust congressional Republicans.
  • Ben Ali expected to coast to Tunisia win   UPI / 1:34PM
    TUNIS, Tunisia, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- There is little doubt Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali will be re-elected in Sunday's election, analysts say.
  • Karzai rejects power-sharing   UPI / 12:44AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has no plans to offer a power-sharing government to his rival in the coming second-round election, a spokesman said Saturday.
  • Saturday, October 24

  • Abbas decrees Palestinian elections   UPI / 11:14AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he wants to hold elections in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem Jan. 24.
  • 'Public option' backers gain momentum   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Prospects for a U.S. government-run "public option" health insurance plan have brightened considerably in recent weeks, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
  • Poll: More would vote for BNP after show   UPI / 10:44AM
    LONDON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- More people would consider voting for the ultra-right British National Party after its leader appeared on the BBC, a poll indicates.
  • Bloomberg spends $85M of own cash   UPI / 8:44AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent a record $85 million of his own money on his latest reelection campaign, records show.
  • Obama stumps for Dodd at fundraiser   UPI / 2:34AM
    STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- President Obama headed to Connecticut Friday to raise money for U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd's bid to win a sixth term next year.
  • Friday, October 23

  • Gold medal snowboarder entering politics   UPI / 9:54PM
    KELOWNA, British Columbia, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Canadian gold medal snowboarder Ross Rebagliati said Friday he is running for Parliament as a Liberal.
  • Obama talks up Patrick at fundraiser   UPI / 8:34PM
    BOSTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Barack Obama took time out from his presidential duties Friday and turned to his political ones, speaking at a fundraiser for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
  • Obama: U.S. must lead energy development   UPI / 3:54PM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The United States must win the global competition for developing new energy resources, President Barack Obama said Friday in Massachusetts.
  • EDITORIAL: A Base Okinawans Can Live With   AP / 11:34AM
    Oct. 23--U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa in Tokyo this week. The two sides failed to resolve differences over the relocation of a U.S. military base on Okinawa Island. Under a 2006 bilateral agreement, the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in the urban area of Ginowan (southern part of the Island) would move to the shore area of Camp Schwab, in Nago (northeastern part of the island).
  • British politician says he's not a Nazi   UPI / 11:14AM
    LONDON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The leader of the controversial British National Party says he is not a Nazi and believes Winston Churchill would be a supporter of the BNP if he were alive.
  • Palin endorses conservative in N.Y. race   UPI / 8:14AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Former Republican vice presidential candidate and ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed the conservative third-party candidate in a New York congressional race.
  • Afghan runoff supplies being distributed   UPI / 7:54AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Election officials began distributing millions of ballots, tamper-proof ink and equipment across Afghanistan for the Nov. 7 presidential runoff election.
  • Thursday, October 22

  • Afghan president agrees to runoff election   UPI / 4:24PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai, downplaying fraud accusations in August's election, said he agreed to a runoff for the sake of democracy.
  • Conservatives' tone rattles GOP hopefuls   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The fiery rhetoric of activists and talk show hosts has some top Republicans expressing concern about their party's chances to reverse recent election trends.
  • Those with extreme views think most agree   UPI / 1:44AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- People with extreme views have a false sense that they are in the majority and may be more willing to express themselves, U.S. researchers said.
  • Afghan decision possible before runoff   UPI / 1:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama says it is possible an Afghan strategy may be decided before the Nov. 7 Afghan presidential runoff but it may not be announced.
  • Eide confident about Afghan runoff   UPI / 12:05AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Plans are being developed to ensure Afghanistan's presidential runoff election is held as scheduled, the U.N. special representative to Afghanistan said.
  • Wednesday, October 21

  • Speaker: Debate won't delay Iraq election   UPI / 2:54PM
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Iraq's elections in January won't be affected by lawmakers' inability to write new laws covering it, the speaker of the country's Parliament says.
  • NPR objects to content use in political ad   UPI / 2:14PM
    PORTLAND, Maine, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- National Public Radio has demanded that backers of a referendum to overturn a Maine law allowing same-sex marriages stop using NPR content in a TV ad.
  • Obama election affected men's hormones   UPI / 1:34PM
    DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- On election night, young men who voted for Republican John McCain or Libertarian Robert Barr had a sharp drop in testosterone, U.S. researchers found.
  • Retired Reps. hand out big contributions   UPI / 11:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Two retired U.S. congressmen have made big contributions to others' campaigns despite "cooling off" rules, Politico reported Wednesday.
  • Karzai's acceptance only first step   UPI / 8:34AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's acceptance of a presidential runoff didn't come easily but is still only the first step in a hard process, a U.S. official said.
  • Abdullah says no coalition pressure on him   UPI / 8:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's chief opponent says he is under no pressure to join a coalition to avoid the presidential runoff, which is set for Nov. 7.
  • Russian opposition alleges electoral fraud   UPI / 8:14AM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Russia's Communist Party says the country's elections chief should resign over alleged fraud.
  • Gun owners think Obama will ban gun sales   UPI / 8:14AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Most U.S. gun owners believe that U.S. President Barack Obama will attempt to ban the sale of all guns, a Gallup poll indicated Wednesday.
  • Poll: Dead heat in N.J. gov. race   UPI / 2:24AM
    TRENTON, N.J., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christie are running neck and neck with two weeks to go in the race, a poll found.
  • Tuesday, October 20

  • RNC raises $8.7 million in September   UPI / 6:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The Republican National Committee raised $8.74 million during September, averaging 2,400 new donors per day, the committee said Tuesday.
  • Ban: U.N. wants to ensure credible runoff   UPI / 4:44PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The United Nations will push to ensure that Afghanistan's presidential runoff is as credible as possible, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.
  • Tories to short-list women MP candidates   UPI / 3:34PM
    LONDON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The British Conservative Party will short-list women candidates to replace retiring members of Parliament, Tory leader David Cameron says.
  • Africa governance prize goes unawarded   UPI / 1:05PM
    LONDON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A recognition given out for good governance in Africa has gone unawarded this year, Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership organizers say.
  • Indonesia president Yudhoyono inaugurated   UPI / 12:54PM
    JAKARTA, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was sworn in Tuesday for a second five-year term as president of Indonesia, officials said.
  • Lack of Ibrahim winner a 'wake-up call'   UPI / 12:44PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The failure of any African head of state to win this year's Mo Ibrahim Award should be a wake-up call for the continent, an African Union leader says.
  • Obama, Dems, Wall Street bigwigs fundraise   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama goes to New York for two fundraisers -- one a dinner for about 200 and the other for people willing to make phone calls for healthcare.
  • Report: Abdullah prepared for runoff   UPI / 10:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The man who placed second behind Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the presidential election said he was prepared for a runoff as well as other options.
  • Iraq election law hung up on Kirkuk   UPI / 10:24AM
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Arguments over how to treat the city of Kirkuk are delaying the Iraqi parliament's efforts to pass a new election law, observers say.
  • Monday, October 19

  • Secret Service duties eyed as threats rise   UPI / 5:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Rising death threats against U.S. President Barack Obama are prompting a debate about the Secret Service's resources and duties, officials say.
  • Afghanistan: Karzai vote at 48.3 percent   UPI / 3:54PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- An investigation of electoral fraud has reduced Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's vote total to 48.3 percent, election observers said Monday.
  • African Union backs Guinea arms embargo   UPI / 7:54AM
    CONAKRY, Guinea, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The African Union says it is backing a call for an arms embargo on Guinea as a response to the slayings last month of 157 political protesters.
  • Karzai may not accept election recount   UPI / 12:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's campaign hinted he may not accept results of a recount of votes from the August election.
  • Sunday, October 18

  • Afghan election final results delayed   UPI / 1:44PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The announcement of final results in Afghanistan's presidential election has been delayed, officials said.
  • Kerry: Afghan election affects strategy   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A decision on sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan may depend on the outcome of the country's presidential election, a senior U.S. lawmaker says.
  • Saturday, October 17

  • Karzai waits for election report   UPI / 6:34PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Foreign leaders have reportedly been pressuring Afghan President Hamid Karzai to accept a second-round vote in the presidential election.
  • Judge: CIA misled Kennedy panel   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge says the CIA probably misled the Assassination Records Review Board's 1990s investigation into the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
  • Zimbabwe's Bennett released from jail   UPI / 12:04PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Zimbabwe opposition politician Roy Bennett has been released from jail, his attorney says.
  • Friday, October 16

  • H. Clinton aided by indicted financier   UPI / 4:54PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Financier Raj Rajaratnam, who was indicted in New York Friday, was a major contributor to Hillary Clinton campaigns, records show.
  • Poll: Edwards done, Palin may be starting   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- While former Sen. John Edwards' political career may be over, 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's may just be starting, a Gallup Poll suggests.
  • N.J. gov candidates face gloomy electorate   UPI / 12:14PM
    TRENTON, N.Y., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A disenchanted electorate could be a plus for incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine in New Jersey's Nov. 3 election, a New York Times poll indicates.
  • Afghanistan runoff election predicted   UPI / 2:04AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has garnered about 47 percent of the vote in the country's contested election, which will lead to a runoff, officials said.
  • Thursday, October 15

  • Beau Biden still weighing Senate run   UPI / 8:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Joseph "Beau" Biden III said Thursday he is still considering whether to run for the Delaware seat in the U.S. Senate his father vacated last year.
  • Man accused of 'Joe the Plumber' snooping   UPI / 7:54PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- An ex-Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police contractor was charged with using a police computer network to find personal information about "Joe the Plumber."
  • Wednesday, October 14

  • New poll bad news for Sen. Specter   UPI / 3:05PM
    HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Fewer than one-third of Pennsylvania voters believe U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter should be elected to another term, a poll released Wednesday indicates.
  • House members call for 'Muslim spy' probe   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Four Republican members of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus say a U.S. Muslim group tried to plant "spies" on key legislative committee staffs.
  • Non-Texans to Perry: Please secede   UPI / 11:34AM
    DALLAS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- While the idea of Texas seceding from the United States has sparked a debate in the state, many elsewhere are saying "good riddance," letters indicate.
  • MPs furious at auditor's repayment demands   UPI / 9:44AM
    LONDON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Demand for repayment of dubious expense claims by an independent auditor has ignited fury among British members of Parliament, observers say.
  • Karzai defends election   UPI / 12:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai says "there were instances of fraud" in the August elections but the whole process was free and democratic.
  • Report: Florida Rep. Wexler to resign   UPI / 12:05AM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., plans to resign from Congress to become the head of a Washington foreign-policy think tank, Democratic sources said Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, October 13

  • Iraq election law delays worry U.S., U.N.   UPI / 1:05PM
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. and U.N. officials say they're worried that Iraq has no election law in place despite polls being scheduled for Jan. 16.
  • Liz Cheney launches foreign policy group   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz says she's starting a group to counter what she calls the Obama administration's "radical" foreign policy.
  • Cameron: Tory MPs must pay up on expenses   UPI / 9:14AM
    LONDON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- British Conservative Party leader David Cameron says Tory MPs must pay back dodgy expense claims or they may be barred from running for re-election.
  • Monday, October 12

  • Brown urges MPs to pay expense claims   UPI / 10:54AM
    LONDON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says members of Parliament accused of claiming too many personal expenses should pay up promptly.
  • 'Tea party' backers target GOP candidates   UPI / 9:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Anti-tax "tea party" conservatives are struggling with the Republican Party establishment by backing insurgent candidates, political activists say.
  • 37 writers get Hellman/Hammett grants   UPI / 7:54AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Thirty-seven writers have received Hellman/Hammett awards recognizing their courage in the face of political persecution, a U.S. human rights group says.
  • Sunday, October 11

  • Dems ditch ad slamming GOP on healthcare   UPI / 11:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The Democratic National Committee said it will pull a TV ad using support of some U.S. Republicans to criticize other Republicans on healthcare reform.
  • Former Bush aide helped in oil convictions   UPI / 8:24PM
    HOUSTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A former Bush administration aide helped convict three oil company officials in a stolen fuel case, the San Antonio (Texas) Express-News reported Sunday.
  • Musharraf: Don't 'micromanage' Pakistan   UPI / 7:14PM
    HOUSTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The United States shouldn't try to "micromanage" Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts against Islamic militants, former President Pervez Musharraf says.
  • Afghan troop surge gets GOP support   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama would have the "broad support" of Senate Republicans if he chooses to send more troops to Afghanistan, a GOP leader said Sunday.
  • Russia holding regional elections   UPI / 1:34PM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Regional elections began in Russia Sunday with nearly 30 million votes expected to be cast, RIA Novosti reported.
  • Sri Lanka's ruling party scores big win   UPI / 9:34AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's ruling party scored a landslide win in a key provincial election that could pave the way for an early presidential election, authorities said.
  • Saturday, October 10

  • Republicans use Obama Nobel to raise money   UPI / 7:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Republican National Committee sent out a fundraising letter Saturday saying President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for "awesomeness."
  • Calif. judge questions referendum process   UPI / 3:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Ronald M. George, chief justice of the California Supreme Court, said in written remarks Saturday his state is too reliant upon the referendum process.
  • Friday, October 9

  • N.J. Gov. Corzine ahead in poll   UPI / 8:54PM
    TRENTON, N.J., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Democratic New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine ran ahead of his Republican challenger for the first time in a poll of likely voters released this week.
  • Let the handicapping begin for 2010 races   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The 2010 midterm elections are more than a year away, but political observers already labeled several Senate races as ones in which Democrats are vulnerable.
  • 'You lie' lawmaker gets $2.7 million   UPI / 2:24PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. congressman who yelled "You Lie!" at President Barack Obama has collected $2.7 million in contributions this quarter, his campaign says.
  • Palin absent from hot gubernatorial races   UPI / 10:54AM
    TRENTON, N.J., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Two Republicans locked in competitive gubernatorial races so far haven't taken former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's offer to stump for them, their campaigns said.
  • Opposition to troop buildup grows   UPI / 1:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Two leading U.S. Democratic Party lawmakers, opposed to a troop buildup in Afghanistan, warn such a step could lead to efforts to cut off funds for it.
  • Thursday, October 8

  • Calif. Republicans hold firm on candidates   UPI / 11:24PM
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- California voters haven't changed their minds about Republican candidates for governor since last winter, a poll released Thursday indicates.
  • Democratic official alleges Palin cover-up   UPI / 4:24PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- An Alaska Democratic Party official alleges state officials are "hiding something" by not granting a request for former Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mails.
  • U.N. envoy rebuffs bias in Afghan election   UPI / 4:05PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A top U.N. envoy decried accusations of favoritism in the Afghan presidential election, saying he was committed to ensuring a credible outcome is determined.
  • Political rivals' names go on tombstones   UPI / 12:44PM
    SYLVANIA, Ohio, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- An Ohio man running for local office said he decided to do something "different" with his Halloween decorations by putting his opponents' names on tombstones.
  • Former Miami mayor eyeing U.S. Senate seat   UPI / 12:05PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre said he is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate and is prepared to represent Florida during the current economic crisis.
  • For GOP, is 2010 another 1994?   UPI / 11:06AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Despite a slip in the polls for U.S. President Barack Obama, Republicans will make inroads but not reclaim Congress in the 2010 elections, observers predict.
  • Report: U.N. listed Afghan ballot-stuffing   UPI / 6:54AM
    UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- United Nations data revealed evidence of apparent ballot-box stuffing during Afghanistan's national elections, The Washington Post said Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, October 7

  • Parliament members lose seats in Bulgaria   UPI / 5:05PM
    SOFIA, Bulgaria, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Bulgaria's Constitutional Court says two members of Parliament must vacate their seats because of miscounted votes in their hotly contested elections.
  • Scandal costly to three Polish ministers   UPI / 3:34PM
    WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Wednesday three government ministers caught up in the "Blackjack" lobbying scandal have quit.
  • Unknowns join battle for Kennedy seat   UPI / 1:44PM
    BOSTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Besides the five major candidates vying for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat are four dozen contenders who filed papers to be in Massachusetts special election.
  • Ethnic rivals arming themselves in Kenya   UPI / 9:14AM
    NAKURU, Kenya, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Ethnic rivals in Kenya's Rift Valley province are arming themselves in preparation for more political violence, the BBC reported Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, October 6

  • Senators push for sanctions against Iran   UPI / 9:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. senators called on the Obama administration Tuesday to back tough new economic sanctions against Iran.
  • GOP Rep. Castle to seek Biden's old seat   UPI / 2:24PM
    WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., said Tuesday he will seek the Senate seat once held by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Lawyer says aide inflated freebies' worth   UPI / 10:24AM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- An aide to former U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., inflated the worth of freebies to protect himself, the lawyer for a lobbyist on trial for corruption said.
  • Va. gov's race seen as statement on Obama   UPI / 10:14AM
    RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- What a difference a year makes, Virginia Republicans are saying as their candidate leads the Democratic candidate in polls on the race for governor.
  • Papandreou sworn in as Greek PM   UPI / 8:14AM
    ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- George Papandreou was sworn in Tuesday as Greece's new prime minister after his PASOK party scored big wins in Sunday's elections.
  • Monday, October 5

  • Pledge to scrap emissions law difficult   UPI / 1:24PM
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's vow to suspend the state's global warming initiative may not be easy to implement, advocates say.
  • Healthcare reform ads target Ensign   UPI / 1:24PM
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Advocates for a "public option" healthcare reform measure are targeting Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., in attack ads, political observers say.
  • Igantieff moves to heal Quebec party rift   UPI / 12:14PM
    QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Canadian Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff has reversed course and says he'll name a new party lieutenant for the Liberals' Quebec wing.
  • Tories, small EU states oppose Blair bid   UPI / 9:24AM
    BRUSSELS, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's bid to become the first European Union president has drawn criticism from opponents, observers say.
  • Sunday, October 4

  • Artist Emin may leave Britain over taxes   UPI / 3:24PM
    LONDON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Britart star Tracey Emin says she is considering leaving Britain because of an increased tax rate introduced by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
  • Annan to discuss Kenya reforms   UPI / 2:34PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was set Sunday to meet Kenyan military and political leaders to discuss progress on reforms, officials said.
  • Saturday, October 3

  • Man facing arrest for posing as Marine   UPI / 2:24PM
    DENVER, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- An arrest warrant has been issued for a Colorado man accused of posing as a U.S. Marine while campaigning for political candidates, authorities say.
  • Opposition frets 2010 Myanmar election   UPI / 1:54PM
    YANGON, Myanmar, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A noted Myanmar dissident says next year's public election in his nation won't mean much if it endorses the controversial constitution passed last year.
  • Friday, October 2

  • Palin's husband quits job   UPI / 8:35PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Todd Palin, husband of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has quit his job with BP in Alaska, the oil company says.
  • Police: Teacher faked abduction   UPI / 4:14PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A teacher with political ambitions who apparently fabricated threats against himself and staged an abduction was found in Maryland, Philadelphia police said.
  • Kenya: Will aid election violence probe   UPI / 3:44PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The government of Kenya announced Friday it would cooperate with the United Nations in prosecuting those behind deadly violence after the 2007 election.
  • Strategist warns against Palin campaign   UPI / 2:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A former strategist for U.S. Sen. John McCain says the Arizona Republican's former running mate, Sarah Palin, should not seek the U.S. presidency in 2012.
  • Officials say McCain an active GOP member   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is responding to his presidential election loss by attempting to reshape the Republican Party, officials say.
  • Gaertner confirms Minn. governor campaign   UPI / 12:24PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner said she is running for Minnesota governor, officially confirming her candidacy after months of campaigning.
  • Newcomer raises $1.1M for Senate race   UPI / 12:24PM
    BOSTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A political newcomer says his campaign to win Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Senate nomination has collected $1.1 million in just a week.
  • New entry in Florida Senate race   UPI / 9:14AM
    MIAMI, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre says he will announce plans next week to run for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.
  • Rep. Schmidt wins false statement claim   UPI / 1:14AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Elections officials have ruled David Krikorian made false statements about Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, during his campaign against her in 2008.
  • GOP wanted hero pilot in Congress   UPI / 1:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Republican officials wanted the pilot who safely landed a disabled jetliner in New York's Hudson River to run for Congress in California, The Hill reports.
  • Thursday, October 1

  • S.C. gov asks court to keep probe secret   UPI / 6:34PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford asked the state Supreme Court to keep an ethics report away from state lawmakers, who could remove him from office.
  • McCain boosts Romney's campaign war chest   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is getting support from his former Republican rival for the presidential nomination Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
  • Wednesday, September 30

  • U.N. deputy Afghan chief Galbraith fired   UPI / 6:14PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Peter Galbraith, deputy United Nations special representative for Afghanistan, has been fired, U.N. sources said Wednesday.
  • ACORN supervisor says cash bonuses given   UPI / 3:24PM
    LAS VEGAS, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A Las Vegas organizer for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now says he gave cash bonuses to canvassers who met voter registration goals.
  • Millionaire gets 20 years for slaying   UPI / 2:14PM
    LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A millionaire U.S. real estate developer must serve 20 years in prison for killing a tenant who was holding up a business deal, a British judge ruled.
  • PM Brown stung by tabloid's party switch   UPI / 11:44AM
    LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, fresh from a well-received Labor Party address, was stung by a newspaper's switch of allegiance, analysts say.
  • E-book of Palin's memoir delayed   UPI / 9:05AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- HarperCollins Publishers, struggling with how to fit e-books into its U.S. sales strategies, says it has delayed the electronic release of Sarah Palin's memoir.
  • Dem fundraiser sentenced to 24 years   UPI / 8:14AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- One-time U.S. Democratic Party fundraiser Norman Hsu must serve more than 24 years in prison for illegally funneling cash to candidates, a judge says.
  • Franks amends Obama 'enemy' comments   UPI / 7:54AM
    PHOENIX, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., says he doesn't believe President Barack Obama is "an enemy of humanity," only of "unborn humanity."
  • New govt. announces policy for budget   UPI / 2:24AM
    TOKYO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has told his Cabinet to eliminate all wasteful expenses as it prepares its budget for next fiscal year.
  • Report: Gov. Perry paying volunteers   UPI / 12:34AM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign is paying volunteers to sign up other activists and get voters to the polls, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, September 29

  • Brown nears run for California governor   UPI / 7:44PM
    SACRAMENTO, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown filed papers Tuesday to form a committee to explore a run for governor, an office he last held 26 years ago.
  • France: EU to advance if Irish vote 'no'   UPI / 10:24AM
    BRUSSELS, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- European integration will continue even if Irish voters again reject the Lisbon Treaty, a senior French official says.
  • EU candidate seeks tougher foreign policy   UPI / 10:04AM
    BRUSSELS, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A British politician aiming to take on the new job of European Union foreign minister says the EU should be tougher on Russia and Israel.
  • Monday, September 28

  • Campaign event features rifle drawing   UPI / 7:05PM
    GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A South Carolina candidate for state adjutant general said about 500 people attended a campaign event featuring a drawing for an AK-47 rifle.
  • Harper: 90 percent of stimulus allocated   UPI / 5:44PM
    SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday that 90 percent of the country's economic stimulus spending has been allocated.
  • Mandelson: Labor must fight like underdog   UPI / 3:54PM
    BRIGHTON, England, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- British Business Secretary Peter Mandelson told Labor Party colleagues Monday not to give up hope, asserting that the next election is up for grabs.
  • Myanmar PM calls for end to sanctions   UPI / 1:44PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- International sanctions imposed on Myanmar are unjust and are hurting its development, the country's premier said Monday at the United Nations.
  • Hostage details captors' hatred for her   UPI / 11:05AM
    TORONTO, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt says she is convinced the guerrillas who held her in the Colombian jungle for more than six years clearly hated her.
  • 2010 could be a good year for independents   UPI / 10:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Dissatisfaction with both major U.S. political parties could be a boon for independents running for governor in the United States, strategists say.
  • Liz Cheney emerges as GOP 'rock star'   UPI / 8:44AM
    NASHVILLE, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Liz Cheney, the daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, has become a rising star of the Republican Party, political analysts say.
  • Socialists Lose Absolute Portugal Majority   AP / 8:34AM
    Portuguese politics will likely become more unstable now that Prime Minister Jose Socrates' Socialists lost their absolute parliamentary majority, analysts say.
  • Socialists lose absolute Portugal majority   UPI / 8:14AM
    LISBON, Portugal, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Portuguese politics will likely become more unstable now that Prime Minister Jose Socrates' Socialists lost their absolute parliamentary majority, analysts say.
  • Sunday, September 27

  • Victorious Merkel looks to new coalition   UPI / 4:14PM
    BERLIN, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed victory and a second term Sunday, telling supporters though troubles lay ahead it also was time to "celebrate."
  • Gordon Brown vows not to quit early   UPI / 3:44PM
    BRIGHTON, England, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he has no intention of stepping down as head of the Labor Party and will lead it into a tough election fight.
  • Calif. gov candidate's vote record chided   UPI / 3:05PM
    INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- One of the Republican candidates for governor of California is calling on GOP competitor Meg Whitman to drop out for the good of the party.
  • Saturday, September 26

  • U.N. urges certainty in Afghan elections   UPI / 1:34PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The United Nations is urging Afghanistan to make sure the August elections were clean and honest before the results are confirmed.
  • Merkel's CDU eyes coalition partners   UPI / 1:14PM
    BERLIN, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, seen as likely to get the most votes in Sunday's elections, is eyeing possible coalition partners, analysts said.
  • House eyes 'Cadillac' health plan tax   UPI / 11:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. House of Representatives leaders are discussing a tax on generous health insurance plans to help pay for healthcare system reforms, sources say.
  • ACORN accused of misuse of funds   UPI / 1:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- ACORN transferred several million dollars designated for the poor into political lobbying arms of the group in 2006, a U.S. senator said.
  • Friday, September 25

  • Filat approved as Moldova prime minister   UPI / 2:54PM
    CHISNAU, Moldova, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Liberal Democrat Party head Vlad Filat was approved as the prime minister of Moldova by the Parliament Friday, the U.S. State Department said.
  • Move afoot to expand Canadian Parliament   UPI / 11:54AM
    OTTAWA, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Canada's Conservative government is drafting legislation that would expand the number of parliamentary seats from 308 to about 340, the Globe and Mail reported.
  • Caretakers on rise in U.S. Senate   UPI / 11:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Paul Kirk's swearing-in Friday to temporarily succeed the late Sen. Ted Kennedy makes him the sixth unelected member of the U.S. Senate.
  • Thursday, September 24

  • Florida lawyers group behind racist flier   UPI / 4:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The head of a powerful Florida trial lawyer lobbying group apologized for a flier linked to his group that used race-baiting in a recent state Senate election.
  • Sanford vows to remain S.C. governor   UPI / 11:14AM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Embattled South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford repeated his vow not to resign, and pledged to fight any attempt to impeach him.
  • GOP raises more funds than Dems in August   UPI / 10:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Republican campaign committees in the U.S. Congress brought in more money than their Democratic counterparts in August, federal records indicated.
  • Wednesday, September 23

  • Financier pleads not guilty to fraud   UPI / 6:44PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A New York financier and Democratic party fund-raiser pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal bank fraud charges, prosecutors said.
  • Nader's novel is 'utopian' fantasy   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. activist and presidential candidate Ralph Nader says his novel about a group of super-wealthy liberals saving the country is a work of utopian fantasy.
  • Candidate disqualified for bounced check   UPI / 3:14PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Officials in Miami Beach, Fla., said a mayoral candidate has been disqualified from the race for bouncing his qualifying check.
  • Palin speaks of China's rise in speech   UPI / 2:24PM
    HONG KONG, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin spoke of China's rise and largely avoided U.S. politics in a speech to a Hong Kong investment group, attendees say.
  • Whitman unveils new Calif. gov radio ads   UPI / 12:34PM
    SACRAMENTO, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman says in a new series of campaign ads that rebuilding California starts at the top.
  • U.S. Embassy in S. Africa closed 2nd day   UPI / 11:24AM
    PRETORIA, South Africa, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. facilities in South Africa remained closed Wednesday, the day after U.S. officials said they received information about a potential terrorist threat.
  • Tuesday, September 22

  • Boston Mayor Menino wins 1st round   UPI / 11:05PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Boston Mayor Thomas Menino won more than half the vote in Tuesday's first-round election, leaving him well-positioned to win a fifth term.
  • N.Y. court: Paterson lt. gov. move legal   UPI / 4:44PM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- New York Gov. David Paterson has the power to appoint a lieutenant governor, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday.
  • Palin to speak on economics, governance   UPI / 12:54PM
    HONG KONG, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's keynote speech to a Hong Kong business group will cover governance, economics and current events, event officials say.
  • Sweden says it has no contact with Hamas   UPI / 11:05AM
    JERUSALEM, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Sweden denied allegations made by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that it had violated a European Union ban by contacting Hamas, officials said.
  • White House dabbles in state races   UPI / 8:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A more assertive role in state politics by the White House could undercut President Barack Obama's appeal as being above the partisan fray, observers say.
  • Monday, September 21

  • Obama: People 'turned off by shouting'   UPI / 8:44PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday people get "very riled up" during times of change but Americans are "turned off by the shouting and the yelling."
  • RNC raises $7.8 million in August   UPI / 7:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Republican National Committee raised $7.8 million during August, the committee said Monday in Washington.
  • Zelaya returns to Honduras   UPI / 5:34PM
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Deposed Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya says he returned to the country Monday for the first time since his June 28 arrest and deportation.
  • Ex-French prime minister stands trial   UPI / 9:24AM
    PARIS, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin says he played no role in a political smear campaign against then-Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.
  • Report: Fraud taints 1 in 4 Afghan ballots   UPI / 8:54AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Allegations of fraud are so widespread that nearly one in four votes cast in last month's Afghanistan presidential election are suspect, data indicates.
  • Sunday, September 20

  • Show of force greets Thai protesters   UPI / 10:05PM
    DUSIT, Thailand, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- More than 6,000 police and army personnel confronted an estimated 20,000 protesters in Dusit, Thailand, who say they want the ousted prime minister reinstated.
  • Friends: Edwards may admit fatherhood   UPI / 4:04AM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Friends say former U.S. Sen. John Edwards is considering acknowledging he is the father of a 19-month-old girl born to his alleged mistress.
  • Local officials criticize Perry border plan   UPI / 1:34AM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Local officials in the Rio Grande Valley are not happy with Gov. Rick Perry's plan to deploy Texas Rangers along the Mexican border.
  • Obama reportedly asks Paterson not to run   UPI / 12:34AM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- President Obama has asked New York Gov. David Paterson to drop his candidacy in next year's election, sources tell The New York Times.
  • Saturday, September 19

  • Recession and scandals plague ACORN   UPI / 10:24PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The community activist organization ACORN is shutting offices in many cities, including Chicago, in the midst of the recession and scandals, a spokesman said.
  • Appeals panel targets FEC regulations   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. District Court of Appeals panel says the Federal Election Commission went too far by creating regulations on outside spending in political campaigns.
  • Thailand warns of emergency measures   UPI / 7:54AM
    BANGKOK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A massive rally called to commemorate the ouster of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra could trigger a state of emergency, officials warned.
  • Friday, September 18

  • Sen. Dodd's disapproval rating inches up   UPI / 3:54PM
    HAMDEN, Conn., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Sen. Christopher Dodd's approval rating with voters in Connecticut has inched upward, a Quinnipiac Poll indicates.
  • Canadian minority government survives   UPI / 3:05PM
    OTTAWA, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Canada's minority Conservative government survived its first confidence vote in Ottawa Friday with the help of two of the smallest opposition parties.
  • ACORN dispute fans Florida political fire   UPI / 1:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The ACORN video controversy brought out a sea of angry voices in Florida with Gov. Charlie Crist flooded with queries about ties with the group, officials say.
  • Suu Kyi's house-arrest sentence appealed   UPI / 7:24AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Myanmar announced amnesty for 7,114 prisoners, a move seen by critics as a means of drawing attention from detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Karzai says don't 'delegitimize' results   UPI / 3:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says doubts should not be cast on his country's election, whose uncertified results show he won his bid for a second term.
  • Election limbo concerns U.S.   UPI / 3:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's election crisis could leave that country without a leader for a long time, a prospect raising concern in the United States, a U.S. official said.
  • Thursday, September 17

  • Indiana court overturns voter ID law   UPI / 3:14PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- An Indiana appeals court threw out the state's voter identification law Thursday, finding it violates the state constitution's equal protection clause.
  • Chinese leader to attend U.N. session   UPI / 12:24PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao plans to attend the U.N. general debate next week, making him the first Chinese ruler in 30 years to do so, an official says.
  • Report: Afghans prepare for run-off   UPI / 7:44AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Afghan election officials are readying for an October run-off though uncertified results say President Hamid Karzai won, a source told The Guardian.
  • EU numbers further cloud poll results   UPI / 7:44AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai won last month's polls based on the final uncertified count but the European Union has raised new doubts about the outcome.
  • Wednesday, September 16

  • Afghan election panel says Karzai won   UPI / 5:14PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Final, unofficial results from Afghanistan's presidential election show President Hamid Karzai won enough votes to avoid a runoff, an election panel said.
  • Bill to allow interim Mass. senator gains   UPI / 3:54PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A bill designed to give Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint an interim U.S. senator appears to have enough backing to pass, analysts say.
  • WWE's Linda McMahon runs for Senate   UPI / 3:44PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Linda McMahon, chief executive of the World Wrestling Entertainment empire, says she will join the Republican U.S. Senate primary field in Connecticut.
  • New Euro Parliament prez vows outreach   UPI / 11:54AM
    BRUSSELS, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Jerzy Buzek, the new president of the European Parliament, says he is a big proponent of using online social media to connect with European citizens.
  • Zimbabwe mining event attracts investors   UPI / 9:44AM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Two hundred foreign investors gathered in Zimbabwe Wednesday to discuss opportunities in the country's mining sector, observers said.
  • Medvedev again criticizes Putin's system   UPI / 9:35AM
    MOSCOW, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is showing more independence from his mentor and predecessor, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, analysts say.
  • Health affordability key for young adults   UPI / 8:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Affordability will be a key issue for healthy young adults who would be forced to buy subsidized health insurance under U.S. reform proposals, analysts say.
  • OSCE: Big fine threatens Turkish media   UPI / 7:54AM
    ISTANBUL, Turkey, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Media in Turkey are threatened with a $2.5 billion fine levied against a conglomerate, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says.
  • Hatoyama formally takes over as PM   UPI / 7:44AM
    TOKYO, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Yukio Hatoyama, who led his Democratic Party of Japan to election victory last month, Wednesday was elected prime minister of the new coalition government.
  • Tuesday, September 15

  • Obama: Specter a man of the people   UPI / 6:54PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., isn't in Washington to fight for an ideology but for the people of Pennsylvania, President Obama said Tuesday during a fundraiser.
  • Afghan recount begins before full results   UPI / 3:44PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Members of the Independent Election Committee have begun a recount of ballots cast in Afghanistan's presidential election before the results are official.
  • Pagliuca's entry could shake up Mass. race   UPI / 1:34PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The possible surprise entry of Stephen Pagliuca into the race to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., is clarifying the contest, analysts say.
  • U.S. diplomat ordered out of Afghanistan   UPI / 11:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith, a member of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan, has been ordered out the country by his boss, sources say.
  • Canadian Conservatives well ahead in poll   UPI / 11:05AM
    OTTAWA, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The ruling Canadian Conservative party has a 9 percentage point popularity lead on its nearest rival, the Liberal party, in a poll published Tuesday.
  • Monday, September 14

  • Canada may face fall elections   UPI / 9:54PM
    OTTAWA, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The Canadian Parliament returned to session in Ottawa Monday and Prime Minister Stephen Harper tabled a lightning rod issue, a government spokesman said.
  • Immigrant advocates cite hate group ties   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. immigration advocates say they are dropping their measured responses to conservative activists by publicizing their alleged links to white supremacists.
  • Mugabe ally: EU delegation biased   UPI / 4:14PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Zimbabwe's justice minister says the European Union is biased against President Robert Mugabe and is undermining Zimbabwe's power-sharing agreement.
  • Franken returns to comedy at Harkin event   UPI / 11:24AM
    INDIANOLA, Iowa, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Comedian turned Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota returned to his comedic roots at an annual fundraiser for Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
  • Netanyahu: Settlement freeze not permanent   UPI / 10:34AM
    JERUSALEM, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A freeze on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank won't be permanent, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday.
  • Obama: Congress to pass 'good' health bill   UPI / 9:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama says that after months of controversy he's confident Congress will pass "a good healthcare bill."
  • Norway voters elect lawmakers, church reps   UPI / 9:05AM
    OSLO, Norway, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Norwegians went to the polls Monday to elect representatives to the Norwegian parliament, the Sami assembly and state church counsels.
  • House expected to formally rebuke Wilson   UPI / 7:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's refusal to apologize publicly for heckling the president will likely lead to a formal congressional rebuke, the Speaker's office said.
  • Sunday, September 13

  • Nunn 'seemed fine' before woman's slaying   UPI / 6:54PM
    GLASGOW, Ky., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Friends of former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn said he seemed fine hours before his estranged fiance was shot to death and he was found with his wrists slit.
  • Sebelius: Immigrant fears a 'red herring'   UPI / 4:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Concerns that illegal immigrants will receive healthcare benefits under U.S. reform proposals are a "red herring," an Obama administration official says.
  • Sumo wrestling highlights Pa. election   UPI / 1:34PM
    LANSDALE, Pa., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The mayor of Lansdale, Pa., says he and his opponent in the upcoming mayoral election donned inflatable suits to take part in a public sumo wrestling event.
  • Axelrod: Public option still on table   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A senior White House adviser said Sunday he is "not willing to accept" that a public option can't be included in a healthcare reform package.
  • Rep. Wilson: Won't apologize to House   UPI / 12:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., says he will not apologize to his colleagues for shouting "You lie!" at President Barack Obama in the House chamber last week.
  • Saturday, September 12

  • Brown running for Kennedy's Senate seat   UPI / 11:54PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Republican Massachusetts lawmaker Scott Brown said Saturday he wants to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacancy created by the death of Edward Kennedy.
  • Dean, Rove call for civil political debate   UPI / 2:14PM
    GREENCASTLE, Ind., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Former Bush administration adviser Karl Rove and one-time U.S. Democratic National Committed chairman Howard Dean say more political civility is needed.
  • Markey says he won't run for Kennedy seat   UPI / 4:54AM
    BOSTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey said Friday he will not run for the Senate seat that had been held by the late Edward M. Kennedy.
  • Friday, September 11

  • Democrats want Wilson to apologize   UPI / 4:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Democratic officials say Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., should apologize again for his outburst while U.S. President Barack Obama addressed Congress.
  • Canadian political debates spark scrutiny   UPI / 2:14PM
    OTTAWA, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A Canadian think-tank is calling for regulating Canadian political debates and excluding leaders with low poll numbers, the Globe and Mail reported Friday.
  • Putin says no competition with Medvedev   UPI / 12:14PM
    MOSCOW, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday he and President Dmitry Medvedev would not run against each other in the country's 2012 presidential election.
  • Khamenei offers warning to opponents   UPI / 12:04PM
    TEHRAN, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Friday opposition leaders in Iran will face harsh scrutiny if they fail to follow Islamic Republic rules.
  • Thursday, September 10

  • Lebanese PM-designate steps down   UPI / 8:35PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri stepped down Thursday after a Hezbollah-led parliament minority rejected his proposed Cabinet.
  • Ex-Sudan rebels, opposition party ally   UPI / 6:54PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A former southern Sudanese rebel group has signed an agreement with a northern opposition party to form an electoral alliance, the groups say.
  • Official admits Netanyahu made secret trip   UPI / 6:05PM
    JERUSALEM, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- An Israeli official admitted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a secret trip to Moscow, despite repeated denials by governments on both sides.
  • ECC invalidates some Afghan ballots   UPI / 12:35PM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The Electoral Complaints Commission said Thursday it has invalidated an unspecified number of fraudulent ballots from Afghanistan's presidential election.
  • N. Korea backs positive Hatoyama relations   UPI / 12:05PM
    TOKYO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The North Korean government said Thursday it hopes for positive relations with Japan and the country's Prime Minister-designate Yukio Hatoyama.
  • Experts: GOP looking to governor races   UPI / 10:14AM
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The Republican Party wants to make an electoral statement by winning the upcoming governors races in New Jersey and Virginia, experts say.
  • Poll: Canada's Conservatives lead Liberals   UPI / 10:05AM
    TORONTO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A poll of Canadian voters, for the second time this week, indicates the Conservative party leads opposition Liberals, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
  • Wednesday, September 9

  • Review: Congressmen steer contracts   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Members of a U.S. House Defense Appropriations subcommittee are adept at steering lucrative military contracts to friends, a watchdog group says.
  • As parents moms lean left, dads lean right   UPI / 4:05PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Parenthood seems to heighten the political "gender gap," with women becoming more liberal and men more conservative, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Berlusconi ally, police denounce leaks   UPI / 3:44PM
    BARI, Italy, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A political ally of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says salacious press leaks about the premier's private life are damaging the country.
  • Court could topple campaign finance laws   UPI / 2:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised Wednesday to shake up a century of campaign finance law, easing restrictions on corporate donors, an analysis says.
  • Japan's Democratic Party forms coalition   UPI / 12:34PM
    TOKYO, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Japan's Democratic party has formed a coalition with two smaller allies that will give it control of both the upper and lower houses of the Diet, observers say.
  • Senator: Don't count on me for 60th vote   UPI / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., is telling Senate leadership not to count on him to be the 60th vote needed for passing healthcare reform this year.
  • Aquino's son announces for president   UPI / 10:44AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Philippine Sen. Benigno Aquino III, son of the late Corazon Aquino, Wednesday announced his candidacy for president, the office his mother once held.
  • Results announced despite ECC order   UPI / 10:35AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's election commission declared its latest vote count although the complaints commission had earlier ordered some recounts, says a report.
  • U.S. calls for legitimate voting process   UPI / 7:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The United States stressed the importance of a "legitimate electoral process" in Afghanistan, where preliminary results show President Hamid Karzai winning.
  • Final results may be weeks away   UPI / 1:14AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- It may be weeks before the Afghan election results are certified because mounting vote fraud complaints must be resolved first, officials say.
  • Cleric becomes Iranian opposition leader   UPI / 12:05AM
    TEHRAN, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A former speaker of the Iranian Parliament and ally of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini said he has joined the opposition to "defend the rights of people."
  • Tuesday, September 8

  • Afghan panel orders partial recount   UPI / 6:35PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The Electoral Complaints Commission Tuesday ordered a partial recount of ballots from Afghanistan's presidential elections last month.
  • Rep. Capuano mulls run for Kennedy's seat   UPI / 6:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., began testing the political waters Tuesday for the race to replace the late Edward Kennedy in the U.S. Senate.
  • Blagojevich says 'simple truth' clears him   UPI / 10:44AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he's using different forums to proclaim innocence to claims he tried to sell a U.S. Senate seat.
  • Canadian Conservatives leading in poll   UPI / 10:44AM
    OTTAWA, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The Canadian Conservative party has made popularity gains against the Liberals, who trail by 5 percentage points in a poll published Tuesday.
  • Afghan airstrike roils German politics   UPI / 8:14AM
    BERLIN, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A deadly Afghanistan airstrike ordered by a German commander has roiled Germany's election campaign and sparked calls for an investigation, observers said.
  • Monday, September 7

  • U.S. urges Karzai on vote fraud probe   UPI / 9:54PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. and U.N. officials Monday discussed alleged vote fraud in Afghanistan's presidential election with President Hamid Karzai, U.S. officials said.
  • Harper praises slain Canadian soldiers   UPI / 3:35PM
    OTTAWA, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Two slain Canadian soldiers and five others who were injured Monday in Afghanistan will "not be forgotten," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.
  • Sunday, September 6

  • Candidate killed, campaign suspended   UPI / 11:34PM
    VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Statewide campaigns in Tabasco, Mexico, are suspended after the killing of a legislative candidate, his wife and two children, local authorities said.
  • Canadian Liberals to place Web ads   UPI / 8:34PM
    TORONTO, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Canadian Liberal Party members say they're getting ready to roll out ads on the social networking Web site Facebook.
  • Joe Kennedy would face Chavez questions   UPI / 7:44PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Joseph Kennedy must deflect criticism over oil donations given to his charity by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez if he is to run for U.S. Senate, analysts say.
  • Obama returns to D.C. from Camp David   UPI / 7:24PM
    CAMP DAVID, Md., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Sunday returned to the White House after taking a break at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, the White House said.
  • 'Bailout,' 'climate change' top buzzwords   UPI / 6:44PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Word-watchers say "bailout," "climate change," and "birther" have been the busiest political buzzwords since the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama.
  • Netanyahu to Press Ahead With Settlements   AP / 6:34PM
    A close ally of Israeli leader Binyamin Netanyahu says the prime minister will go ahead with plans to build new West Bank Jewish settlement housing.
  • After spurning polls, GOP embracing them   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Republican activists, after long spurning polls, are heralding poll numbers indicating a decline in support for U.S. President Barack Obama, analysts say.
  • Obama supporters question his leadership   UPI / 2:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's leadership is being tested as his poll numbers dip and his supporters question his commitment to fight for them, analysts say.
  • Saturday, September 5

  • Hatoyama names two to new Cabinet   UPI / 3:05PM
    TOKYO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- OYukio Hatoyama, expected to be Japan's next prime minister, says he has tabbed Democratic Party of Japan figures Naoto Kan and Katsuya Okada for Cabinet posts.
  • Mousavi urges continued Iran resistance   UPI / 2:04PM
    TEHRAN, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Ex-Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, issuing his first communication in weeks, says his supporters should continue their political protests.
  • GOP fielding female, minority candidates   UPI / 11:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The Republican Party has a bumper crop of female, minority and young candidates for offices across the United States, Politico reported Saturday.
  • Euro socialists unable to gain traction   UPI / 9:34AM
    HANOVER, Germany, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- European socialists haven't been able to exploit recession angst even though voters are angry with capitalism's excesses, political analysts say.
  • Blagojevich's brother: 'We are not guilty'   UPI / 4:44AM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother says he is "not a criminal" and has been unfairly targeted by federal prosecutors.
  • Friday, September 4

  • Another Palin ethics complaint tossed   UPI / 5:54PM
    JUNEAU, Alaska, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Another ethics complaint involving former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been dismissed, this one aimed at her former spokesman.
  • Thousands mourn Indian minister   UPI / 10:34AM
    HYDERABAD, India, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Thousands of mourners turned out Friday to say goodbye to the chief minister of India's fourth largest state, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
  • Thursday, September 3

  • Coakley first to declare for Kennedy seat   UPI / 10:44PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley Thursday announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held for 47 years by Edward Kennedy, who died last week.
  • Catholic editor quits over attacks   UPI / 7:54PM
    ROME, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The editor of a Catholic newspaper in Italy resigned Thursday in the wake of attacks by a conservative daily with ties to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
  • Academic nominated to be S.Korea P.M.   UPI / 7:44PM
    SEOUL, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Thursday nominated academic Chung Un-chan to be the country's next prime minister.
  • Tribal leader: Karzai backers stole votes   UPI / 6:05PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A tribal leader in Kandahar Province accused supporters of Afghan President Hamid Karzai of flagrant voter fraud.
  • Iran officials OK first female minister   UPI / 10:54AM
    TEHRAN, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi has been approved as Iran's health minister, the first woman minister in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic, officials say.
  • Greek PM seeks early elections   UPI / 10:44AM
    ATHENS, Greece, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has called for early general elections to give his beleaguered conservative party a fresh mandate, officials say.
  • Wednesday, September 2

  • Johnston: Palin wanted to hide pregnancy   UPI / 6:14PM
    WASILLA, Alaska, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The father of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's grandchild said the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee wanted to keep her daughter's pregnancy a secret.
  • Iran: Envoy sackings not political   UPI / 11:35AM
    TEHRAN, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A report that Iranian ambassadors have been replaced because they sympathize with political dissidents is untrue, Iran's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
  • Locals: Karzai brother took ballot boxes   UPI / 8:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother shut down polling places in a district where the local leaders supported his opponent, the area's governor says.
  • Coakley says she'll run for Kennedy seat   UPI / 12:05AM
    BOSTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says she'll run for the Senate seat vacated by Edward M. Kennedy.
  • Tuesday, September 1

  • Poll: Gov. Corzine trails in N.J.   UPI / 11:54PM
    HAMDEN, Conn., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has been losing ground to challenger Chris Christie as the candidates hammer each other with attack ads, a poll Tuesday indicated.
  • Authors defend 'black mayor' memo   UPI / 7:24PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Two professors at Clark Atlanta University said Tuesday they are the authors of a controversial "black mayor" memo on the current mayoral race.
  • Eliot Spitzer thinking about comeback?   UPI / 6:44PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned amid scandal last year, is thinking about getting back into politics, unnamed sources told the New York Post.
  • Claim against Coleman, group tossed   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The federal election watchdog said information it received on the recount involving ex-Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., didn't support allegations of wrongdoing.
  • Canada likely facing fall election   UPI / 3:06PM
    SUDBURY, Ontario, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Canadian Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said Tuesday he is prepared to vote down the country's minority Conservative government when Parliament reconvenes.
  • Club for Growth to contact Specter donors   UPI / 2:44PM
    PITTSBURGH, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A conservative group says it will notify donors to U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., that they are eligible to receive refunds from the former Republican.
  • Monday, August 31

  • Impact of thesis on McDonnell unclear   UPI / 6:05PM
    RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The possible damage to Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell's campaign from a master's thesis he wrote is unclear, experts say.
  • Kennedy successor special election Jan. 9   UPI / 5:24PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A special election will be held Jan. 19 to elect a successor to late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's office said Monday.
  • Mo. politician pays steep price in scandal   UPI / 4:35PM
    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Missouri Democratic state Rep. Steve Brown, who helped the FBI bring down a former protege, has paid a steep price, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday.
  • Election results worry Merkel's party   UPI / 1:44PM
    BERLIN, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Election results in two German states during the weekend don't bode well for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's political hopes, analysts say.
  • Healthcare reform backers plan rallies   UPI / 11:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Backers of U.S. President Obama's proposals say they're planning more than 2,000 rallies and other events to regain the momentum in the healthcare debate.
  • Women stayed home in Afghan election   UPI / 11:14AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The willingness to vote shown by Afghanistan women five years ago was not as apparent during this year's presidential elections, advocates say.
  • Poll: Britons opposed to Megrahi release   UPI / 10:05AM
    LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi's release has led to more trouble for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a new poll finds.
  • Some Gabon election results expected soon   UPI / 8:05AM
    LIBREVILLE, Gabon, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Officials of Gabon said they were preparing Monday to release initial results of the central African country's presidential election.
  • Hatoyama's grandfather founded LDP   UPI / 1:05AM
    TOKYO, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The man who led the DPJ to a crushing win over the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan's elections is the grandson of the man who founded the LDP.
  • Sunday, August 30

  • DPJ wins 308 seats, landslide victory   UPI / 11:34PM
    TOKYO, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- DPJ President Yukio Hatoyama, who steered his party to a landslide 308-seat win in Japan's elections, was expected to take over as the next prime minister.
  • Fraud complaints trouble Western officials   UPI / 10:54PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Rising complaints about Afghanistan's elections are causing concern among Western officials, who say they may put the legitimacy of the polls into question.
  • Romney said keeping hand in GOP '12 race   UPI / 8:24PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Republican former U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is quietly raising millions of dollars as he prepares for the 2012 campaign, analysts say.
  • Kerry: GOP must step up on healthcare   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says Republicans must step up and negotiate seriously if healthcare reforms are to be accomplished.
  • McCain says CIA torture probe 'a mistake'   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says that although he opposes harsh interrogation tactics, a Justice Department probe of CIA torture allegations is a mistake.
  • Hillary movie case could affect campaigns   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court seems on the verge of bold action concerning corporate free speech in political campaigning, analysts say.
  • Japan sees record number of early voters   UPI / 9:34AM
    TOKYO, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A record number of Japanese voters cast early ballots by the time polling stations opened Sunday for the nation's general election, officials said.
  • Gabon presidential election under way   UPI / 6:54AM
    LIBREVILLE, Gabon, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Voters went to the polls in Gabon Sunday to choose among 18 candidates vying to succeed the late President Omar Bongo, authorities said.
  • Saturday, August 29

  • Afghan tallies have Karzai lead widening   UPI / 4:35PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Vote tallies released Saturday show Afghan President Hamid Karzai has extended his lead in Afghanistan's presidential election.
  • Report: U.S. relations with Karzai worsen   UPI / 9:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Incumbent Hamid Karzai's relationship with U.S. officials has worsened since Afghanistan's presidential election, diplomatic authorities said.
  • Friday, August 28

  • LeMieux to replace Martinez in U.S. Senate   UPI / 1:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Friday U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., will be replaced by former Crist adviser George LeMieux.
  • Japan's ruling party headed for defeat   UPI / 12:24PM
    TOKYO, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Japanese voters are expected Sunday to vote the country's Liberal Democratic Party out of office for the first time in 55 years.
  • Ahmadinejad lashes at election critics   UPI / 10:54AM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Friday for severe punishment for those behind post-election unrest that followed the June 12 balloting.
  • Hakim's body returned for burial in Iraq   UPI / 10:24AM
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The body of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the powerful Shiite Muslim political leader who died in Iran this week, has been returned to Iraq for burial.
  • Thursday, August 27

  • Poll: Britons opposed to Megrahi release   UPI / 11:34PM
    LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, has led to more trouble for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a new poll finds.
  • Obama approval rating falls to 50 percent   UPI / 11:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to its lowest level yet -- 50 percent -- seven months into his term, a Gallup Poll indicated Thursday.
  • La. Rep. Melancon to make U.S. Senate bid   UPI / 9:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La., Thursday announced his bid for a Senate seat in 2010, emphasizing his conservative positions in the right-leaning state.
  • Former top Blagojevich aide pleads guilty   UPI / 8:44PM
    CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- John Harris, who was ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's chief of staff, pleaded guilty to federal charges Wednesday and will testify against his ex-boss.
  • Vermont governor to step down in 2010   UPI / 8:24PM
    MONTPELIER, Vt., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Republican Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas announced Thursday he will not seek re-election, putting the state in the category of competitive races in 2010.
  • BBC: Karzai, Holbrooke had verbal fight   UPI / 8:05PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Both sides are denying the special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan had a heated argument with President Hamid Karzai following the Afghan election, the BBC reports.
  • Franken fundraiser has criminal past   UPI / 2:44PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Al Franken canceled a Minnesota fundraiser scheduled for Thursday after learning the host had spent a year in prison for fraud.
  • U.S. may be asked to revise SOFA agreement   UPI / 7:24AM
    TOKYO, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The United States would be asked to include an environmental clause in the military agreement with Japan if the DPJ comes to power, party members said.
  • Democratic fundraiser is out of jail   UPI / 12:14AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Democratic Party fundraiser was free on bond Wednesday after a court appearance during which prosecutors accused him of fraudulently obtaining a bank loan.
  • Wednesday, August 26

  • Karzai's lead widens but still no majority   UPI / 3:44PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A run-off still appeared possible in Afghanistan's presidential election, though incomplete results showed incumbent Hamid Karzai widening his lead.
  • Farmers dump piglets at political offices   UPI / 9:54AM
    OTTAWA, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Angry Canadian pig farmers left 14 piglets in pens outside the offices of the premier of Ontario and his agriculture minister to protest pork prices.
  • Tuesday, August 25

  • Rangel underreported 2007 assets   UPI / 10:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel initially did not report more than $660,000 in assets and tens of thousands in income for 2007, records show.
  • Karzai leads in early Afghan returns   UPI / 5:14PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai holds a slim lead in the nation's presidential election based on partial returns, election officials announced.
  • Sources: GM reconsiders Opel sale   UPI / 4:54PM
    BERLIN, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. automaker General Motors is having second thoughts about selling German subsidiary Opel to a consortium that includes a Russian bank, sources say.
  • Dem fundraiser arrested in alleged fraud   UPI / 3:14PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A former fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama was charged in New York Tuesday with trying to defraud Citibank.
  • Canadian Liberals fan fall election talk   UPI / 9:24AM
    OTTAWA, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Indications are mounting Canada's main opposition party, the Liberals, is posturing to force a fourth national election in five years in the fall.
  • U.N. envoys calls for calm in Afghanistan   UPI / 8:05AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A U.N. official urged calm and patience in Afghanistan as election officials deal with the various complaints relating to last week's polls.
  • Afghan elections' credibility critical   UPI / 1:54AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The main opponent of Hamid Karzai in the Afghanistan elections accused the president of rigging the elections.
  • Iowa becomes gay marriage battleground   UPI / 12:04AM
    DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- An activist who helped overturn California's law allowing same-sex marriage says he will urge Iowa voters to reverse that state's law allowing such marriages.
  • Monday, August 24

  • More than 1,000 election complaints filed   UPI / 11:44PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- It may be weeks before official results of last week's Afghan elections are known, as elections officials say they must first deal with rising complaints.
  • Karzai win claimed   UPI / 11:34PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's supporters claimed a big re-election Monday win as election officials prepared to declare partial results of last week's polls.
  • Scottish leaders face no-confidence vote   UPI / 8:44AM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Scottish government leaders face a backlash over the decision to release the Pan Am Flight 103 bomber and lawmakers are calling for a vote of no-confidence.
  • Sunday, August 23

  • Survey: DPJ poised for big win   UPI / 11:54PM
    TOKYO, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The opposition Democratic Party of Japan could win more than 300 seats for a majority in the lower house of parliament, a Kyodo News survey indicated.
  • Mullen: Afghan situation 'deteriorating'   UPI / 10:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. military position in Afghanistan is "deteriorating" and Taliban insurgents have improved their tactics, America's top military officer said Sunday.
  • Conn. libertarian may run for U.S. Senate   UPI / 6:44PM
    WESTPORT, Conn., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A Connecticut stockbroker known for his libertarian views and his pessimistic forecasts about the United States is considering a run for the U.S. Senate.
  • Candidate's message jams emergency line   UPI / 6:24PM
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- An automated message by a Flagler County, Fla. candidate for state senate jammed an emergency operations center phone line, a county official said.
  • Woman's caning reflects move to Shariah   UPI / 2:54PM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The court-ordered caning of a Malaysian Muslim woman for drinking alcohol is part of a move toward stricter enforcement of Shariah law, analysts say.
  • Complaints filed in Afghanistan election   UPI / 10:14AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Nearly 225 complaints have been filed with an independent commission examining Afghanistan's presidential election, officials said Sunday.
  • Saturday, August 22

  • Afghan election fraud, violence alleged   UPI / 5:24PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The Afghanistan presidential election was marred by fraud and intimidation, including two women whose fingers were cut off, a watchdog group says.
  • GOP: Obama 'fast and loose' with facts   UPI / 2:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is playing "fast and loose" with the facts in the healthcare reform debate, a Republican Party leader said Saturday.
  • Florida GOP seeks elusive youth vote   UPI / 12:14AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Florida Republicans enlisted a former beauty queen and a former Olympian to come to a conference aimed at recruiting young people to the GOP.
  • Nevada voters want new blood for governor   UPI / 12:04AM
    CARSON CITY, Nev., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Candidates for governor of Nevada aren't favored by the people who plan to vote in next June's gubernatorial primary, a statewide poll indicates.
  • Friday, August 21

  • Both Afghan candidates say they're winning   UPI / 11:54PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Both candidates contending to be Afghanistan's president declared themselves ahead in the vote count, campaign staffers said.
  • Karzai, Abdullah both declare victory   UPI / 5:34PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The two top contenders to be Afghanistan's next president each declared victory Friday as votes were being tallied from the previous day's election.
  • Senators seeking funds for C-17 aircraft   UPI / 4:05PM
    LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A group of U.S. senators say Senate appropriators should approve funding for a dozen C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft to avoid job cuts by Boeing Inc.
  • Model campaigns for fair vote in Gabon   UPI / 3:44PM
    PARIS, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Gloria Mika, the current model for L'Oreal cosmetics, is taking a break to campaign for fair elections in her home country, Gabon.
  • Thursday, August 20

  • Biden casts 2010 elections as do-or-die   UPI / 10:44PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Thursday said the 2010 elections will be critical to President Barack Obama's ability to govern on major issues.
  • RNC raises $6 million in July   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The Republican National Committee raised more than $6 million in July, RNC chairman Michael Steele said Thursday in Washington.
  • Reports of violence stain Afghan elections   UPI / 3:35PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Afghan officials said election-day violence led to the deaths of 26 people nationwide, but still called Thursday's vote a success.
  • High voter turnout to marginalize Taliban   UPI / 7:34AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- As Afghans voted Thursday in their presidential poll, experts said a big voter turnout in the violence-ravaged nation could turn the tide against the Taliban.
  • Police say election day attacks averted   UPI / 7:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Afghan police Thursday arrested two militants who had been planning bomb attacks in the northeast as people voted in the presidential poll, authorities said.
  • Wednesday, August 19

  • Biden stumps in Florida   UPI / 7:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden stumped in Florida for two congressional members, telling audiences the economic stimulus the two voted for helped Florida teachers
  • Dems, GOP take in $214M in 6 months   UPI / 6:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The two major political parties raised a combined $214.6 million and spent $164.9 million in the first six months of 2009, the U.S. elections watchdog said.
  • Afghanistan prepares for election   UPI / 8:14AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The Afghanistan government is facing a moment of truth for its fledgling democracy as its second-ever presidential election approaches, observers say.
  • Tuesday, August 18

  • Afghanistan: Don't cover election violence   UPI / 11:34PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The Afghan government says it has told news organizations not to report on Election Day violence because doing so would discourage people from voting.
  • Fiorina moves toward possible Senate run   UPI / 7:24PM
    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett Packard, said Tuesday she has moved toward a possible run for Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat in California.
  • Ex-ACORN employee pleads guilty   UPI / 7:05PM
    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A former ACORN official has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against former community organizing colleagues in a Nevada voter registration fraud case.
  • Jenny Sanford: Husband has 'issues'   UPI / 2:34PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has "issues" he needs to work on to save his marriage, his estranged wife told Vogue magazine.
  • HRW: Rights an issue in Afghan election   UPI / 8:04AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- In the run-up to Afghanistan's presidential election Thursday, Afghans still express concern about significant human rights issues, Human Rights Watch says.
  • Monday, August 17

  • Wisconsin's Gov. Doyle won't seek 3rd term   UPI / 6:05PM
    MADISON, Wis., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle announced Monday he will not seek a third term in 2010.
  • Sunday, August 16

  • Third of mass trials under way in Iran   UPI / 8:54AM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The third round of mass trials began Sunday in Tehran for protesters arrested in the wake of Iran's disputed June 12 presidential election, authorities said.
  • Mousavi announces new political party   UPI / 2:05AM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Mir Hossein Mousavi, the defeated presidential candidate who has become the focus of the Iranian opposition, announced his new political party Saturday.
  • Saturday, August 15

  • Doyle won't seek 3rd term in Wisconsin   UPI / 7:34PM
    MADISON, Wis., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, will not seek a third term in 2010, Politico reported Saturday.
  • Pawlenty blasts Obama healthcare reforms   UPI / 2:14PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Republicans are making a comeback because of the unpopularity of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform plan, a GOP leader says.
  • Hatch: Health plans mean gov't takeover   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. healthcare reforms supported by President Barack Obama amount to an expensive government takeover, a senior Republican said Saturday.
  • Senator: U.S. Myanmar prisoner freed   UPI / 11:34AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- American John Yettaw, sentenced to seven years of hard labor in Myanmar, has been released to U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D Va., officials said Saturday.
  • Poll: Karzai could end up in runoff   UPI / 12:54AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai may end up in a runoff in the upcoming election in spite of a big lead over his closest rival, a poll released Friday suggests.
  • Specter: 'I put my neck on the line'   UPI / 12:05AM
    PITTSBURGH, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter told a liberal convention Friday that he has been defending President Obama's healthcare plan more than any other Democrat.
  • Friday, August 14

  • Illinois Gov. Quinn to seek term in 2010   UPI / 4:44PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday during an appearance at the Illinois State Fair that he intends to seek election to a full term in 2010.
  • Palin praises change in health bill   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday it appears "the voice of the people" is finally being heard by U.S. lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
  • Sources: Edwards to say he fathered child   UPI / 12:54PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., will admit he fathered the daughter of his admitted former mistress, unidentified sources tell a Raleigh TV station.
  • U.S. senator in Myanmar for meetings   UPI / 10:54AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., arrived in Myanmar Friday to meet with military junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe during the weekend, officials said.
  • Karroubi claims inmates tortured to death   UPI / 8:24AM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Some Iranian protesters held after June's presidential election were tortured to death in prison, one of Iran's defeated presidential candidates said.
  • Myanmar democracy group offers alternative   UPI / 12:54AM
    JAKARTA, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The Myanmar government-in-exile says if the ruling military junta does not accept its proposals, reformers will not participate in next year's elections.
  • Thursday, August 13

  • U.N. responds to Suu Kyi's sentencing   UPI / 11:34PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council expressed "serious concern" over Myanmar military court's ruling extending the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Ceasefire deals will protect voting   UPI / 11:24PM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Voters in explosive southern Afghanistan will be protected during the presidential elections as a result of a series of ceasefire deals, NATO said Thursday.
  • Poll: Brown leads field in California   UPI / 8:54PM
    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown has a narrowing lead over San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the governor's race, a poll released Thursday said.
  • Promises notwithstanding, pork spending up   UPI / 8:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Pork-barrel spending climbed this year even after U.S. politicians had promised to reduce congressional earmarks, an analysis released Thursday shows.
  • Gates: More Afghans can vote safely   UPI / 6:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- More Afghans will be able to vote safely in the Aug. 20 presidential elections because of security improvements, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says.
  • Jackson urges fair Ivory Coast election   UPI / 3:05PM
    YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson says a positive election outcome in Ivory Coast could help bring an end to U.N. sanctions against the West African nation.
  • Wednesday, August 12

  • Angry town hall confrontations continue   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Lawmakers fielded heated and repeated questions on healthcare reform from town hall attendees in Iowa, Maryland and elsewhere Wednesday, observers said.
  • Faded militia movement making comeback   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Right-wing U.S. militias, tax protesters and "sovereign citizens" are making a comeback after fading in the late 1990s, a watchdog group says.
  • Santorum to tour Iowa, meet GOP leaders   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., says he will visit Iowa this fall, sparking speculation of a 2012 Republican presidential run.
  • Locals say Afghan election being rigged   UPI / 10:05AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is systematically rigging the Aug. 20 presidential election in his southern home base, witnesses claim.
  • Tuesday, August 11

  • Palestinian Fatah votes in new blood   UPI / 6:24PM
    JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Fatah party has chosen younger leaders in the party's first internal election in 20 years, officials said.
  • Ukrainian-Russian relations deteriorate   UPI / 11:54AM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A supporter of Ukraine's president Tuesday condemned Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for trying to influence Ukraine's presidential election.
  • GOP 'rebranding' campaign a letdown so far   UPI / 10:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A much-publicized U.S. Republican Party "rebranding" effort begun this spring has been a letdown so far, political analysts say.
  • Monday, August 10

  • Honduras says it will admit OAS delegation   UPI / 9:14AM
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Honduras said it would allow an Organization of American States delegation to visit Tegucigalpa only if the leader is an observer, not a participant in talks.
  • Sunday, August 9

  • Edwards investigation may be nearing end   UPI / 11:05PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The appearance of his ex-mistress at a Raleigh grand jury suggests a probe of former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., be ending, Washington sources said Sunday.
  • Durbin: Town hall disruptions orchestrated   UPI / 7:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Disruptions at town hall meetings called by U.S. lawmakers to discuss healthcare reform are being orchestrated, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat says.
  • UN cites Afghan election security concerns   UPI / 7:34PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The United Nations says security concerns have hampered the run-up to this month's national elections in Afghanistan.
  • Saturday, August 8

  • New political party formed in Japan   UPI / 11:44PM
    TOKYO, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A former Japanese cabinet minister announced a new political party Saturday and said it would have 13 candidates in the Aug. 30 election.
  • Va. gov. candidate delivers GOP address   UPI / 5:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert McDonnell says healthcare reform should be accomplished by "free-market incentives."
  • Franken still unsettled in Washington   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says the fledgling congressman has yet to adjust to the trials associated with his new Washington post.
  • Crist in unique position as Martinez quits   UPI / 2:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., says he's quitting Congress as soon as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist can appoint someone to replace him.
  • Hard-liners demand Ahmadinejad fealty   UPI / 9:44AM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Iranian conservatives say President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must obey the country's supreme leader by consulting with them before appointing his Cabinet members.
  • Friday, August 7

  • Nazi slurs in healthcare debate condemned   UPI / 10:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Jewish groups have condemned Nazi comparisons being used by opponents of healthcare reform.
  • Thursday, August 6

  • Obama stumps for Deeds in Virginia   UPI / 11:05PM
    MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama traveled to Virginia Thursday to urge voters to support state Sen. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor.
  • Edwards' girlfriend at grand jury hearing   UPI / 4:35PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards' former girlfriend, Rielle Hunter, was in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday to testify before a grand jury, observers said.
  • Wednesday, August 5

  • Health reform ads could top $52 million   UPI / 11:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A tally by a media analysis group predicts the advertising battle over health-care reform will include record spending of more than $52 million.
  • Sestak launches challenge to Specter   UPI / 12:24AM
    HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., officially launched his challenge Tuesday to Sen. Arlen Specter in next year's Democratic primary.
  • Tuesday, August 4

  • Bing wins big in Detroit primary election   UPI / 11:54PM
    DETROIT, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Detroit Mayor Dave Bing overwhelmed the mayoral field in Tuesday's primary election, pulling in 74 percent of the vote, election returns showed.
  • E-mails show Ensign aides knew of affair   UPI / 10:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- E-mails obtained by The Las Vegas Sun show Sen. John Ensign's top aides at the National Republican Senatorial Committee knew last summer about his affair.
  • Yanukovych, Tymoshenko top popularity list   UPI / 1:05PM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's pro-Russian former prime minister, tops the popularity list of Ukrainian presidential candidates, a survey indicated.
  • Lou Holtz said to be mulling Congress run   UPI / 11:05AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Former college football coach and ESPN television analyst Lou Holtz is exploring a run for the U.S. Congress in Florida, Republican Party sources say.
  • Afghan election faces legitimacy question   UPI / 10:14AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The winner of the Aug. 20 Afghanistan presidential election will have a reduced mandate because of doubts about the legitimacy of the poll, analysts say.
  • Obama continues tough immigration stance   UPI / 8:04AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Advocacy and Hispanic groups say they are disappointed with U.S. President Barack Obama's continued aggressive enforcement of immigration rules.
  • Monday, August 3

  • Street protests resume in Tehran   UPI / 11:05PM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The formal approval of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election Monday sent 2,000 protesters to the streets of Tehran within hours, witnesses reported.
  • Official wants Fatah and Iran to unite   UPI / 12:34PM
    J, Israel, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Ahead of the Fatah general assembly, a top Fatah official called for alignment with Iran and another said Fatah will never recognize Israel's right to exist.
  • Harman: Men shouldn't run government alone   UPI / 10:44AM
    LONDON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- British Labor Party deputy leader Harriet Harman says men cannot be trusted to run the government on their own, suggesting it would never happen again.
  • Mass. most Democratic, Utah, Wyo. most GOP   UPI / 10:34AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Massachusetts is the most Democratic state in the nation, along with the District of Columbia, while Utah and Wyoming are the most Republican, a poll indicates.
  • Dem candidates tie opponents to Bush   UPI / 8:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic political candidates are still linking their Republican opponents to former U.S. President George W. Bush, analysts say.
  • Sunday, August 2

  • Canada won't block man's extradition   UPI / 7:34PM
    TORONTO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A Canadian appellate court Sunday rejected an appeal by a German-Canadian businessman to quash his extradition on tax evasion charges, his attorney said.
  • Police recommend Lieberman indictment   UPI / 6:54PM
    JERUSALEM, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Israeli police have recommended that prosecutors indict Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on bribery, fraud and other charges, sources said.
  • Saturday, August 1

  • Protester trial decried by Iranian party   UPI / 4:05PM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The largest political reform party in Iran, Mosharekat, says the ongoing trial of nearly 100 protesters is based on questionable confessions and charges.
  • Brown, Whitman lead in Calif. fundraising   UPI / 3:44PM
    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Democratic state Attorney General Jerry Brown and Republican businesswoman Meg Whitman are the winners so far in California's gubernatorial cash-raising race.
  • U.S. vows Afghan civilian death reduction   UPI / 9:44AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Reducing civilian casualties in Afghanistan will be a top priority, the new commander of U.S. and NATO-led troops in the country says.
  • Alaskans split down middle on Palin   UPI / 8:04AM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A poll taken after Sarah Palin left office shows Alaskans almost evenly split on their former governor.
  • Friday, July 31

  • Gingrich group raised $8M in 6 months   UPI / 10:34PM
    WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich reported Friday that his political group, American Solutions Winning for the Future, raised $8 million in six months.
  • Moldova looking at non-Communist rule   UPI / 9:34PM
    CHISINAU, Moldova, July 31 (UPI) -- The four opposition parties that won a slender parliamentary margin over the Communist Party in Moldova must now try to put together a coalition government.
  • Franken rakes Pickens on Swift Boat ads   UPI / 7:54PM
    WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., confronted T. Boone Pickens over the oil billionaire's financing of Swift Boat ads in the 2004 campaign, witnesses said.
  • Giuliani hints at run for N.Y. governor   UPI / 3:44PM
    NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says if state Republican leaders do not help improve the state of New York, he may run for governor.
  • Liberals see red over Blue Dog donations   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. representative leading conservative Democrats' challenge to healthcare reform was feted at several health industry gatherings, records indicate.
  • Thursday, July 30

  • Second mayor resigns in wake of arrests   UPI / 10:04PM
    HOBOKEN, N.J., July 30 (UPI) -- A second New Jersey mayor has announced his resignation after more than a dozen political figures were caught up in a huge corruption scandal.
  • Rove role in firings greater than thought   UPI / 9:04PM
    WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- Bush White House political adviser Karl Rove played a much bigger role than previously thought in the dismissal of U.S. attorneys, e-mails revealed.
  • Election saber-rattling seen in Canada   UPI / 3:54PM
    OTTAWA, July 30 (UPI) -- Indications mounted in Ottawa this week Canada's main opposition party was planning to force a fall election as the recession eased, an analysis says.
  • T-shirt motto insults Croatian PM   UPI / 3:24PM
    ZAGREB, Croatia, July 30 (UPI) -- Sporting a T-shirt with a profane motto Thursday cost a TV cameraman his job because Croatia's prime minister considered it indecent and insulting.
  • Poll: 2010 elections could be tight   UPI / 11:05AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., July 30 (UPI) -- While more U.S. voters said they'd vote for Democratic congressional candidates over Republicans, the 2010 elections could be close, a Gallup Poll indicated.
  • Ruling communists lose Moldova elections   UPI / 10:14AM
    CHISINAU, Moldova, July 30 (UPI) -- Moldova's ruling pro-Moscow communists lost their parliamentary majority to the country's four opposition pro-Western parties, election results showed.
  • Wednesday, July 29

  • John Doe -- no kidding   UPI / 8:44PM
    NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- Eight people named "John Doe" are on voter registration rolls in the state of New York, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
  • Hutchison prepared to resign this year   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said for the first time Wednesday she was prepared to resign her seat this fall to focus on campaigning for governor.
  • Jerry Brown raised $9.65M for pet causes   UPI / 3:44PM
    SACRAMENTO, July 29 (UPI) -- California regulators say Jerry Brown, the Democratic attorney general and former governor, has raised almost $10 million for charities from special interest groups.
  • Waterston spending the day on Capitol Hill   UPI / 11:14AM
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- Actor Sam Waterston headed to Washington Wednesday to meet with lawmakers regarding campaign finance reform.
  • Survey: Apathy kept EU vote totals low   UPI / 10:54AM
    BRUSSELS, July 29 (UPI) -- Lack of interest and trust were the main reasons for low voter turnout in the June elections of the European Parliament, a survey indicated.
  • Iranian reformist Hajjarian to be released   UPI / 10:24AM
    TEHRAN, July 29 (UPI) -- Iranian reformist activist Saeed Hajjarian will be released from prison soon, judicial authorities say.
  • Kashmir leader quits, then stays on   UPI / 12:54AM
    NEW DELHI, July 29 (UPI) -- The chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir quit after an opposition accusation of inv