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Detainees face uncertainty as U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A small number of U.S. detainees in Afghanistan are in legal limbo as Washington works toward ending its military presence by the end of 2014, officials say.
Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday's Senate vote to raise the federal debt limit will promote growth and help "provide certainty and stability."

Partisan fight brewing over restoration of veterans' pension cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Senate Republicans, unhappy with Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan, are putting together their own proposal for repealing $6 billion in U.S. veterans' pension cuts.
The Obama administration defends foreign policy in Syria

The Obama administration defends foreign policy in Syria

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The Obama administration defended its foreign policy in Syria after claims by Republicans that Secretary of State John Kerry admitted the policy was failing.
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Levin says Iraqi leadership missing from al-Qaida debate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and not the White House, should be criticized for the resurgence of al-Qaida.
Afghanistan to release 72 detainees, despite U.S. concerns

Afghanistan to release 72 detainees, despite U.S. concerns

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Seventy-two prisoners to be freed by the Afghan government are "dangerous criminals" with evidence linking them to terror-related crimes, a U.S. official says.

U.S. weighs military aid to Iraq

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. senators said Wednesday they're worried about the Iraqi prime minister's leadership style but agreed Iraq needs help with its fight against al-Qaida.
Plane carrying Sen. Lindsey Graham makes emergency landing in S.C.

Plane carrying Sen. Lindsey Graham makes emergency landing in S.C.

GREENVILLE, S.C., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Monday a plane he was on made a return-flight emergency landing in Greenville after passengers heard strange noises.
U.S. senators urge Afghan president to halt planned prisoner release

U.S. senators urge Afghan president to halt planned prisoner release

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Visiting U.S. senators urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to stop the planned release of 88 Afghan prisoners suspected of killing coalition forces and Afghans.

Visiting U.S. senators urge Afghan president to sign security deal

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The United States is pressing Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign the bilateral security deal at the earliest even as the original deadline for it has passed.
Senate votes to end debate on bipartisan budget deal

Senate votes to end debate on bipartisan budget deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted 67-33 Tuesday to end debate on a bipartisan budget deal, clearing the way for an up-or-down vote.
Rep. Steve Stockman to challenge John Cornyn in GOP Senate primary

Rep. Steve Stockman to challenge John Cornyn in GOP Senate primary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- John Cornyn of Texas has become the eighth sitting Republican U.S. senator to face a potentially serious primary challenge.
Washington says more Iranian sanctions bad idea

Washington says more Iranian sanctions bad idea

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said imposing new sanctions on Iran while negotiations are ongoing would be counterproductive.

Jeh Johnson clears Homeland Security Committee, moves to full Senate

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The nomination of Jeh Johnson as Homeland Security secretary was endorsed Wednesday by the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
Congressional Democrats offer bill to protect abortion rights

Congressional Democrats offer bill to protect abortion rights

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday mounted an effort to thwart states' attempts to clamp down on abortion rights.
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Lindsey Olin Graham (born July 9, 1955) is the senior U.S. Senator from South Carolina and a member of the Republican Party. Previously he served as the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district.

Graham was born in Central, South Carolina, where his parents, Millie and Florence James Graham, ran a liquor store, the Sanitary Cafe. After graduating from D. W. Daniel High School, Graham became the first member of his family to attend college and joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. When he was 21 his mother died, and his father died 15 months later. Because his sister was left orphaned, the service allowed Graham to attend University of South Carolina in Columbia so he could be near home and care for his sister, whom he adopted. During his studies, he became a member of the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi.

Graham graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Psychology in 1977 and from the University of South Carolina School of Law with a J.D. in 1981. Upon graduating, Graham was sent to Europe as a military prosecutor, and eventually entered private practice as a lawyer.

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