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Para drop on Boston false alarm

BOSTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Police Monday investigated reports that parachutists landed near the Democratic convention site in Boston, The Boston Channel.com reported.

Bottom Line: Democracy agonistes

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- "This is worse than 9-11," one of the country's foremost money-managers groaned after last week's events in Spain. "What I mean is, the political reaction." Aro
GREGORY FOSSEDAL, Investment Columnist

Analysis: Budgeting without the brakes

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush's State of the Union address Tuesday contained one notable omission. It failed to propose any credible plan whereby the federal budget
MARTIN HUTCHINSON

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2003 with 22 to follow.
By United Press International

Analysis: Dems' leadership deficit

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Remarkably, 37 years after Ronald Reagan first swept home in triumph to Sacramento, the Democrats appear to have complacently assumed that an amiable action movie star could by definition have no intelligence, or political skill and therefore did not have
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Analysis: Why the Democrats need Dean

This is the fourth article in a four-part series looking at the candidacy of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for president for the 2004 election. Today: Why the Democrats need Dean.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Mr. Wilson's war

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- -- The book at a glance: Charlie Wilson's War -- The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History by George Crile. Atlantic Monthly Press, $26.00, 560 pages.
HORACE COOPER, A UPI Outside view commentary

Support returning reservists

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- In a March 31 fundraising e-mail, the Democratic National Committee made a pitch for contributions that exploited the potential plight of returning veterans of
SAMUEL F. WRIGHT, A UPI Outside View commentary

Hispanidad: Statehouses gain Hispanics

Hispanidad is a weekly column about the culture of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States, written by Greg Tejeda, a third-generation Mexican-American. Suggestions for topics can be made to gtejeda@upi.com
GREGORY TEJEDA, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2002 with 22 to follow.
By United Press International

In Sports from United Pres Interbnational

A roundup of top sports stories

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories.

Gagne, Walker share O'Neill Award

TORONTO, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Eric Gagne, who emerged in 2002 with the greatest single season for a closer in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers and had never been a closer, has been nam

Analysis: Left Turn for Dems?

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Ever since Vietnam, more than three and a half decades ago, the Democrats have been the party of shooting themselves in the foot. The only two times they have regained the presidency in all those years has been when they flew the flag of "Me-too-ism." But
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
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Tip O'Neill
CNN Founder Ted Turner is all smiles after the Golden Ace award was presented to Cable News network by a humble looking former Speaker of the House "Tip" O'Neill for its comprehensive coverage of the events leading to and following last summer's bloody protest in Beijing during the televised presentation of the 11th Annual Academy of Cable Excellence Awards on January 14, 1990 in Los Angeles. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen/Files)
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Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. (December 9, 1912 – January 5, 1994) was an American politician. O'Neill was an outspoken liberal Democrat and influential member of the U.S. Congress, serving in the House of Representatives for 34 years and representing two congressional districts in Massachusetts. He was the Speaker of the House from 1977 until his retirement in 1987, making him the second longest-serving Speaker in U.S. history after Sam Rayburn, and the longest consecutive serving Speaker.

O'Neill was born to Thomas Phillip O'Neill, Sr., and Rose Ann (Tolan) O'Neill near Barry's Corner in the Irish middle-class area of North Cambridge, Massachusetts, known at the time as "Old Dublin." The third of three children, his mother died when he was 9 months old, and he was largely raised by a French-Canadian housekeeper until his father remarried when he was 8. O'Neill senior had started out as a bricklayer, later winning a seat on the Cambridge City Council and an appointment as Superintendent of Sewers. During his childhood, O'Neill received the nickname "Tip" after the baseball player James "Tip" O'Neill. He was educated in Roman Catholic schools, graduating from St. John's High School in 1931, where he was captain of the basketball team. From there he went to Boston College, from which he graduated in 1936. He lived on Orchard St. In Cambridge.

O'Neill first became active in politics at 15, campaigning for Al Smith in his 1928 presidential campaign against Republican Herbert Hoover. Four years later, he helped the campaign for Franklin D. Roosevelt. As a senior at Boston College, O'Neill ran for a seat on the Cambridge City Council and lost; his first and only electoral defeat. This campaign taught him the lesson that became his best known quote: "All politics is local".

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