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Debate influence may be overrated

Debate influence may be overrated

LEWISBURG, Pa., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. history and research suggest presidential debates don't influence voters unless one candidate clearly outperforms the other, a debate expert says.

Birch Bayh campaigns for Obama

KNOXVILLE, Ind., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., says he's campaigning vigorously for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, despite being 80 years old.

The world's election

PARIS, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- More than any previous American election, this year's extraordinary presidential contest has caught the world's imagination.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Ex-U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen dead at 85

HOUSTON, May 23 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr., died at his Houston home Tuesday at the age of 85.

Bottom Line: Kerrybush, Peoplesoftoracle

PHILADELPHIA, D.C., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- No point in beating around the political bush. In the first presidential debate, John Kerry significantly improved his position. U.S. equity prices should take
GREGORY FOSSEDAL, UPI Columnist

Kennedy's underwear nets thousands

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., July 19 (UPI) -- President Kennedy's boxer shorts netted $5,000 during an auction Saturday of the former first couple's belongings.

Kennedy dainties go on the block

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) -- An intimate collection of personal items once owned by John F. Kennedy and the first lady will be auctioned off Saturday.

The Peter Principles: The Byrd standard

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- All public gaffes by politicians are not created equal. Just compare the experience of Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., to that of Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va.
PETER ROFF, United Press International

Think tanks wrap-up

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. This is the first of two wrap-ups for March 10.

Review: The New Democratic Majority

The hottest book of the last political season was "The Emerging Democratic Majority" by John Judis and Ruy Teixeira. Using political, economic and especially de
PATRICK REDDY

Book Review: America's first dynasty

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- America was founded as a meritocracy, not a monarchy. It has, nevertheless, produced and continues to produce a remarkable number of political dynasties.
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst

Group calls for less wasteful fishing

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Oceana, a new international group dedicated to protecting the world's oceans from destructive fishing and pollution, launched a campaign Thursday in Washington to reduce "bycatch" -- the 25 percent of all fish catch thrown overboard.

New book punctures JFK's hale image

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The glamour and good looks of the Camelot days hid from the public the fact that President Kennedy suffered incredibly from constant pain and often limped throu
HIL ANDERSON
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John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

After Kennedy's military service as commander of the Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 during World War II in the South Pacific, his aspirations turned political. With the encouragement and grooming of his father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Kennedy represented Massachusetts's 11th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat, and in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1960. Kennedy defeated then Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. presidential election, one of the closest in American history. To date, he is the only Catholic president. He was the second-youngest President (after Theodore Roosevelt), and the youngest elected to the office, at the age of 43. Kennedy is also the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize. Events during his administration include the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, the African American Civil Rights Movement and early events of the Vietnam War.

Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the crime but was murdered two days later by Jack Ruby before he could be put on trial. The Warren Commission and the 1979 House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded that Oswald was the assassin, with the HSCA allowing for the probability of conspiracy. The event proved to be an important moment in U.S. history because of its impact on the nation and the ensuing political repercussions. Today, Kennedy continues to rank highly in public opinion ratings of former U.S. presidents.

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