Can America be a serious country?

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Poll: More than half of U.S. public would like to hear less from Sarah Palin

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NEW YORK, July 9 (UPI) --Sarah Palin has what could be called the highest shut up number among six U.S. public figures, a poll released Wednesday said.
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Snowden: Orwell's '1984' 'nothing' compared to NSA spying

LONDON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- George Orwell's fictional Big Brother monitoring everyone's lives is "nothing" compared to surveillance today, U.S. secrets leaker Edward Snowden says on TV.

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Mandela avoided bloodshed by not seeking revenge

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson said former South African President Nelson Mandela beat apartheid by choosing reconciliation over revenge.

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OCALA, Fla., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Over the last few weeks, a horrid phenomenon known as "the knockout game" has spread across the United States like wildfire.
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Jackson gets 'Dear Candidate' letter from FCC

Jackson gets 'Dear Candidate' letter from FCC

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Jesse Jackson Jr. may be serving a 2 1/2 year prison term for corruption but the disgraced former congressman is still caught up in the federal bureaucracy.

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Jackson now in custody after early prison surrender thwarted

BUTNER, N.C., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Jesse Jackson Jr. has been allowed to enter federal prison three days earlier than his scheduled surrender, federal corrections official said Tuesday.

Colombian rebels release Sutay

BOGOTA, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Colombian rebels have released U.S. citizen Kevin Scott Sutay, who had been held since June 20, the International Committee of the Red Cross announced Sunday.

Jesse Jackson Jr. to sell Washington home to pay forfeiture

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., convicted of using campaign funds for luxury goods, will sell his Washington home to help pay a $750,000 forfeiture.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. may have bought guitar with fake signature

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CHICAGO, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The auction of property seized from Jesse Jackson Jr. has been canceled by U.S. marshals because an Eddie Van Halen signature on a guitar may be fake.

Some Jesse Jackson Jr. possessions up for sale in online auction

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Signed Michael Jackson posters and Bruce Lee photos owned by former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. are drawing bids for hundreds of dollars in an online auction.

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Picket University of Alabama sororities

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson said people should picket sororities at the University of Alabama, which have been accused of barring black students from pledging.
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Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson listens to speakers during the NAACP's centennial convention held on July 15, 2009 in New York City. The NAACP has been holding a week-long gathering which features numerous speakers and workshops. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. (born October 8, 1941) is an African-American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as shadow senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He was the founder of both entities that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. is his eldest son. In an AP-AOL "Black Voices" poll in February 2006, Jackson was voted "the most important black leader".

Jackson was born Jesse Louis Burns in Greenville, South Carolina, to Helen Burns Straggs, a 16-year-old single mother. His biological father, Noah Louis Robinson, a former professional boxer and a prominent figure in the community, was married to another woman when Jesse was born. He was not involved in his son's life, and died January 28, 1997 in Greenville, S.C. In 1943, two years after Jesse's birth, his mother married Charles Henry Jackson, who would adopt Jesse 14 years later. Jesse went on to take the surname of his stepfather.

Jackson attended Sterling High School, a segregated high school in Greenville, where he was a student-athlete. Upon graduating in 1959, he rejected a contract from a professional baseball team so that he could attend the racially integrated University of Illinois on a football scholarship. One year later, Jackson transferred to North Carolina A&T located in Greensboro, North Carolina. There are differing accounts for the reasons behind this transfer. Jackson claims that the change was based on the school's racial biases which included his being unable to play as a quarterback despite being a star quarterback at his high school. ESPN.com suggests that claims of racial discrimination on the football team may be exaggerated because Illinois's starting quarterback that year was an African American, although it does not mention factors besides the quarterback's race which may have contributed to this perception (such as team dynamics or interpersonal interactions with other players on the team). Jackson also mentions being demoted by his speech professor as an alternate in a public-speaking competition team despite the support of his teammates who elected him a place on the team for his superior abilities. Jackson left Illinois at the end of his second semester after being placed on academic probation.

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