New Clinton ad questions Obama lock

New Clinton ad questions Obama lock

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is airing ads in Kentucky and Oregon, with one ad challenging the notion that she is all but out of the race.

Obama and Clinton trade barbs on economy

SOUTH BEND, Ind., May 5 (UPI) -- Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., traded economic barbs on the campaign trail before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries.

TV political hosts pivotal in election

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- The hosts of the top U.S. political TV shows are having a major impact in the ongoing primaries and some allegedly misuse that influence, experts say.

Pennsylvania primary gains importance

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 5 (UPI) -- The Pennsylvania presidential primary is now the focus for Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, observers say.

Clinton on 'Saturday Night Live'

NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance on "Saturday Night Live."

Obama, Clinton to debate in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Campaign officials for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said he has accepted an invitation from NBC News to debate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland.
Clinton challenges Obama to four debates

Clinton challenges Obama to four debates

HOUSTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., challenged rival Democratic candidate Barack Obama to four one-on-one debates ahead of the primaries in Texas and Ohio.
Social issues top Democratic platforms

Social issues top Democratic platforms

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Gender and race emerged as top-tier issues in the Democratic presidential race as the field tightened following the contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Carville to be guest on new Imus show

NEW YORK, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Democratic strategist James Carville says he will be a guest on the first airing of Don Imus' new radio show, USA Today reported Thursday.

Obama hasn't spoken with indicted backer

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said Sunday he has not spoken with Antoin Rezko since the developer and campaign backer was indicted on federal fraud charges.

Democrats spar in Philadelphia debate

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential candidates discussed Iran, illegal immigrants and other issues in Philadelphia putting Sen. Hilary Clinton, D-N.Y., on the defensive.

Hillary: No more votes for Iraq funding

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Sunday in the future she will vote against funding for the Iraq war.

Powell: U.S. should talk with Syria, Iran

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell recommends the United States engage in talks with Syria, Iran and other Middle East nations.

Zinni: Bush administration got Iraq wrong

WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- Retired U.S. Gen. Anthony Zinni said Sunday that President Bush and his advisers were determined to do something "dramatic" in Iraq after Sept. 11, 2001.

Leahy: Gonzales 'has not been truthful'

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., says Attorney General Alberto Gonzales "has not been truthful" about the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.
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Tim Russert
Tim Russert speaks with Stephen Colbert about Colbert's new book "I Am America (And So Can You!)" at George Washington University in Washington on October 19, 2007. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)

Timothy John Russert (May 7, 1950–June 13, 2008) was an American television journalist and lawyer who appeared for more than 16 years as the longest-serving moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. He was a senior vice president at NBC News, Washington bureau chief and also hosted the eponymous CNBC/MSNBC weekend interview program Tim Russert. He was a frequent correspondent and guest on NBC's The Today Show and Hardball. Russert covered several presidential elections, and he presented the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey on the NBC Nightly News during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Time magazine included Russert in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008. Russert was posthumously revealed as a 30-year source for syndicated columnist Robert Novak.

Russert was born in Buffalo, New York to Irish American Catholic parents Elizabeth (Betty), a homemaker, and Timothy Joseph "Big Russ" Russert, a sanitation worker and newspaper truck driver, who were married for 30 years and separated in 1976. He was the second of four children; his sisters are Betty Ann (B.A.), Kathleen (Kathy) and Patricia (Trish). He received a Jesuit education from Canisius High School in Buffalo.

He received his B.A. in 1972 from John Carroll University and a Juris Doctor with honors from the Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1976. Russert commented on Meet the Press that he went to Woodstock, "in a Buffalo Bills jersey with a case of beer." While in law school, an official from his alma mater, John Carroll University, called Russert to ask if he could book some concerts for the school as he had done while a student. He agreed, but said he would need to be paid because he was running out of money to pay for law school. One concert that Russert booked was headlined by a then-unknown singer, Bruce Springsteen, who charged $2,500 for the concert appearance. Russert told this story to Jay Leno when he was a guest on the The Tonight Show on NBC on June 6, 2006. John Carroll University has since named its Department of Communications and Theatre Arts in Russert's honor.

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