Analysis: How Democrat hopes were dashed

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- (UPI presents a series on the changed face of U.S. politics after the Republican victories in the congressional midterm elections.) Second of five parts.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Sr. group poll reveals voter trends

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush's high job approval rating may have been the single most significant factor in the Republican's November 2002 national landslide, accor
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst

Analysis: Bush Broadsword Beat Dems

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- In a pre-election analysis, we at UPI compared President George W. Bush's strategy in contesting the midterm congressional races as welding a blunt but mighty b
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

UPI's Capital Comment for Nov. 1, 2002

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- Daily news notes, political rumors, and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press
By United Press International

Dems Can't Count on Demographics

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Are the Republicans going to be swept away in an inevitable national reaction and huge long-term pendulum swing? Many prominent analysts believe that is inevita
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Analysis:Black Primaries: Israel 2 Arabs 0

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The sound defeats of two five-term House incumbents -- 60-year old Congressman Earl Hilliard (D-Ala.) by a 34-year-old challenger, Artur Davis, in an Alabama De
JAMES CHAPIN, UPI Political Analyst

View: Freedom is answer, what's question?

INDIANAPOLIS, July 22 (UPI) -- Young American men and women are fighting and serving in all corners of the globe to preserve our most precious freedom -- the right to vote.

Chirac is mightier than Le Pen

SEWARD, Alaska, May 10 (UPI) -- It might have come to your attention that there has been an election for President of France. It was between conservative incumbent Jacque Chiraq and extreme right wing challenger Jean-Marie Le Pen and it was big news in Europe. How big? The European medi
RICH GALEN, A UPI Outside View commentary

Commentary:Truman, Ike, and Bush

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- Harry Truman predicted of his successor, Dwight Eisenhower, that: "He'll sit there all day saying do this, do that, and nothing will happen. Poor Ike -- it won'
JAMES B. CHAPIN, National Political Analyst

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2001 with 22 to follow.
By United Press International

Cathy's World: Chris Matthews

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- CNBC star Chris Matthews dropped by Beverly Hills last week to speak to the Wednesday Morning Club, a group of Hollywood conservatives that meet every month or

Faceoff: Hidden trend lines

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Were the November 2001 elections indicative of any national trends -- or are all politics local, in the phrase coined by legendary House Speaker Tip O'Neill? Un
PETER ROFF and JAMES CHAPIN, UPI National Political Analysts
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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)

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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