- - Monday, August 13, 2012

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. — House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio is comparing Republican Mitt Romney’s running mate to John F. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who won the White House in 1960.

The Ohio Republican says Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin also is a good-looking, articulate young man. Mr. Boehner said he figures Mr. Ryan will do well boosting interest in the GOP in such places as college campuses.

Mr. Romney introduced Mr. Ryan as his vice presidential pick Saturday. Mr. Boehner called it a “pretty bold” choice.

The House speaker commented Monday while addressing supporters of House candidate Jason Plummer in southwestern Illinois. Mr. Plummer, a Republican, faces Democrat Bill Enyart in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District.

DEFENSE

Panetta: Pakistani military to begin combat operations

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta says the Pakistani military has indicated that it plans to begin combat operations soon in a tribal area near the Afghan border that is a haven for al Qaeda-affiliated Haqqani militants.

Speaking to the Associated Press in his Pentagon office Monday, Mr. Panetta said Pakistan’s military chief gave word of the planned operation in recent conversations with the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen.

Mr. Panetta said he did not know when the Pakistani operation would start, but he said he understands it will be in the “near future,” and that the main target will be the Pakistani Taliban, rather than the Haqqani network.

Haqqani leaders fled to Pakistan’s North Waziristan region from their homeland in eastern Afghanistan following the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

TRADE

Under pressure, China firm stops selling fake U.S. IDs

A Chinese company that a group of U.S. senators has criticized for selling high-quality counterfeit U.S. driver’s licenses has shut down operations, its website says.

The lawmakers last week wrote to Zhang Yesui, China’s ambassador to the U.S., to urge his government to “take immediate action” against companies that sell fake U.S. identification cards, saying the practice is a serious national security threat. They called out one company — ID Chief — as being among the worst violators.

ID Chief via its website had charged $200 for a U.S. driver’s license and a duplicate copy, which the company fully admitted were fake. But the website has been taken down and replaced with a message that it’s “closed for business” and would stop its “novelty ID service.”

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