Iraqi al-Qaida affiliate claims bombings

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BAGHDAD, March 20 (UPI) -- An al-Qaida affiliate in Iraq Wednesday claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks the day before that killed about 60 people in and around Baghdad.
Jeb Bush: Stone's 'W' movie is 'hooey'

Jeb Bush: Stone's 'W' movie is 'hooey'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said "W," Oliver Stone's new bio-picture about Bush's brother President George W., is "hooey."

Retired general blasts Bush on Iraq

WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- A former top Army commander is blasting President Bush's handling of Iraq in new ads on U.S. television.

Iran said to be holding al-Qaida members

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The Bush administration believes that Iran is holding top-level al-Qaida members in violation of U.N. resolutions, a report says.

Gen. Casey extends role in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Gen. George W. Casey Jr. is extending his assignment as the top allied commander in Iraq by at least six months at the request of the White House.

Privacy group opposes Pentagon database

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A database maintained by the U.S. military on high school and college students for possible recruitment is under attack from privacy advocates.

Possible spring pullout from Iraq seen

BAGHDAD, July 28 (UPI) -- Substantial U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq could begin as early as next spring, the top U.S. military leader in that country says.

Pentagon sees big savings in base closures

WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- The Pentagon said Friday that recommended military base closings or realignments represent an estimated net savings of nearly $50 billion over 20 years.

Judge warns Rumsfeld in anthrax case

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A judge in Washington has warned Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld he could face contempt for ignoring a ruling on Pentagon anthrax vaccinations.

Pentagon's new espionage arm in operation

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The Pentagon has created a new espionage arm that gives U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld broad authority over clandestine operations abroad.

Analysis: JFK, Bush space plans similar

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- A comparison of the space exploration proposals of George W. Bush and John F. Kennedy reveals surprising similarities as well as to-be-expected differences across the generations.
FRANK SIETZEN, United Press International

U.S. Air Force to close Korea firing range

SEOUL, April 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force will agree to shut down a firing range in South Korea which nearby residents say has affected their health and damaged their homes.

Pentagon-Boeing deal defied Rumsfeld

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Internal Pentagon e-mail indicates a proposed $20 billion contract with the Boeing was approved over concerns by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

U.S. to probe officer's religious comments

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The Pentagon will investigate statements by a top Army officer who said the war against terrorism is religious, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

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A California judge is the first to lose his job for persistent rudeness, included telling a public defender to "lose his accent."
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International
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Donald H. Rumsfeld
WAP2002020594 - WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, (UPI)-- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld testifes before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the budget on Capitol Hill on Feb. 5, 2002. rw/Ricardo Watson UPI

Donald Henry Rumsfeld (born July 9, 1932) is a United States businessman, politician, the 13th Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford from 1975 to 1977, and the 21st Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006. He is both the youngest (43 years old) and the oldest (74 years old) person to have held the position, as well as the only person to have held the position for two non-consecutive terms, and the second longest serving, behind Robert McNamara. Rumsfeld was White House Chief of Staff during part of the Ford Administration, and also served in various positions in the Nixon Administration. Rumsfeld served four terms in the United States House of Representatives, and served as United States Ambassador to NATO. Rumsfeld was an aviator in the United States Navy between 1954 and 1957 before transferring to the Reserve. In public life, he has also served as an official in numerous federal commissions and councils.

Donald Rumsfeld was born on July 9, 1932, in Evanston, Illinois, to George Donald Rumsfeld (Illinois, October 10, 1904 – September 1974) and Jeannette Huster (Illinois, May 27, 1903 – May 3, 1988). His great-grandfather Johann Heinrich Rumsfeld emigrated from Weyhe near Bremen in Northern Germany in 1876. Growing up in Winnetka, Illinois, Rumsfeld became an Eagle Scout in 1949 and is the recipient of both the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and its Silver Buffalo Award in 2006. He was a camp counselor at the Northeast Illinois Council's Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan in the late 1940s and a ranger at Philmont Scout Ranch in 1949. Rumsfeld went on to buy a vacation house 30 miles (48 km) west of Philmont at Taos, New Mexico.

Rumsfeld went to Baker Demonstration School for middle school and attended and graduated from New Trier High School. He attended Princeton University on academic and NROTC scholarships (A.B., 1954). In extracurricular activities he was an accomplished amateur wrestler and a member of the Lightweight Football team playing defensive back, and at Princeton he became Captain of both the varsity wrestling team and the Lightweight Football team. While at Princeton he roomed with another future Secretary of Defense: Frank Carlucci.

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