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Fix trans-Atlantic rift, group declares

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of 18 former cabinet-level officials from the departments of Defense, State and Treasury, along with officials from the the National Security Council and Congress, released a joint declaration calling for exploration of ways to strength

Think tanks wrap-up

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. T

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2003 with 352 to follow.
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Assignment America: Not coming to dinner?

NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- There's been a lot of musing in the press lately about the explosion in black-white marriages. Maybe "explosion" is a little much.
JOHN BLOOM, UPI Reporter at Large

U.S. and U.K. fault Germany at think tanks

BERLIN, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Germany should abandon its complacency and pick up its guns in the face of threats from Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, senior U.S. and British officials said at two recent German think tank events in Berlin.
SARAH MEANS LOHMANN, For United Press International

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White House job changes?

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- Washington was swirling Friday with speculation about major job changes at the White House, from Chief of Staff Andrew Card leaving to whether Office of Managem
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Cohen: 'dirty bomb' might come from Russia

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- Terrorists intent on harming the United States are most likely to get the ingredients for weapons of mass destruction from Russia, former Defense Secretary Will
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Cohen: 'dirty bomb' might come from Russia

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- Terrorists are most likely to get weapons of mass destruction from Russia, where safeguards to protect piles of nuclear material are in serious disarray, former

Report: FBI security deficient

WASHINGTON, April 4 (UPI) -- An independent commission has found "significant deficiencies" in FBI internal security, according to the commission's report released Thursday.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

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The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2002 with 352 to follow.
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Cohen wishes he could have done more

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Former Defense Secretary William Cohen regrets that he couldn't have done more to stop Osama bin Laden, but he said Wednesday his defense department did what it could, and took decisive steps against him.

Cohen wishes he could have done more

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Former Defense Secretary William Cohen regrets he couldn't have done more to stop Osama bin Laden, but he says the Defense Department did take some decisive ste
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William Sebastian Cohen (born August 28, 1940) is an author and American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. A Republican, Cohen served as Secretary of Defense (1997–2001) under Democratic President Bill Clinton.

Cohen was born in Bangor, Maine. His mother, Clara (née Hartley), was of Protestant Irish ancestry, while his father, Reuben Cohen, was a Russian Jewish immigrant; the two owned the Bangor Rye Bread Co. Cohen attended Hebrew school as a child. When he was told that he would have to undergo a conversion ceremony, however, he decided not to follow through with the Bar Mitzvah. Instead, he followed his mother's example in refusing to convert to Judaism and became a Christian, specifically within the Unitarian Universalist tradition.

After graduating from Bangor High School in 1958, Cohen attended Bowdoin College, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin in 1962.

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