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Vicki Kennedy: The Woman Who Saved Ted (Time Magazine)
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Reggies a judge and a Democratic National Committee member were friends with the Submitted at 8/27/2009 11:02:47 AM Kennedys going back to the 1956 Their families were longtime convention, when they supported friends, and she had once interned Jack for Vice President; in 1980, in the mailroom of his Senate Vicki's mother Doris was the only office. Still, Ted Kennedy and c o n v e n t i o n d e l e g a t e f r o m V i c k i R e g g i e w e r e a m o s t Louisiana to vote for Ted for unlikely match. When their paths President. Vicki had interned in crossed in June 1991, he was a Kennedy's office in 1976, the hard-partying politician whose summer she graduated with indiscretions and appetites had honors from Sophie Newcomb become a national joke. She was a College in New Orleans. She and whip-smart single mom, more Ted had seen each other at social than 20 years his junior, who had occasions with her parents over little time for a social life as she the years. When they started balanced the needs of her two dating, he had been divorced for small children with the demands nearly a decade from his first of a high-powered legal career. wife, Joan, and she was the But when Ted attended a 40th divorced mother of a 5-year-old anniversary dinner she threw for girl and an 8-year-old boy.(Read her parents, they talked for hours "Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009: The in the kitchen. He was smitten. Brother Who Mattered Most.") Related Audio By Labor Day, Kennedy, then TIME's political team discusses 59, was showing up at her house how Ted Kennedy’s death will every night for dinner. As Vicki affect the health care debate, later recounted to Kennedy who’s likely to replace Kennedy – biographer Adam Clymer, "He and how that process could play called me and said, 'You've got out. these kids. I know you won't go Download| Subscribe out more than a couple of times a Vicki was born in 1954 in week. I really want to see more of Louisiana. Her parents, the you. So I am going to come to dinner at your house.' " Often, those dinners were interrupted by the needs of her children; she once tried to apologize, but he wouldn't hear it. "No, you don't understand," he told her. "A child calling 'Mother' is the most beautiful sound in the world." He proposed during a performance of La Bohème in January 1992, but they managed to keep their engagement a secret until Vicki's daughter spilled the news two months later to a kindergarten classmate, whose parent happened to be a Washington Post reporter. They were married in front of his living-room fireplace on July 3; his gift to her was a painting of daffodils. At first, the surprise in Washington's power circles was such that some people whispered that the relationship was nothing more than a marriage of political expedience. His Massachusetts approval ratings were dipping below 50%, and he badly needed a fresh story line to lay on top of the embarrassment that came with his testifying in the 1991 Palm Beach rape trial of his nephew William Kennedy Smith and the subsequent indignity of having to sit mute through the sexualharassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. In his 1994 re-election campaign, Kennedy faced a surprisingly strong challenge from a squeaky-clean businessman named Mitt Romney; Vicki turned out to be Ted's biggest asset.(Read "Joe Klein: How Ted Kennedy Found Himself.") But as years went by, those who were close to him began to realize that Ted's relationship with Vicki had finally put his tumultuous private life on track. For the first time, Ted Kennedy was part of a family that seemed ... normal. He showed up at soccer games and went trick-or-treating. I interviewed him one evening in 1994 at their home in McLean, Va.; several times during the session, Vicki popped in to assure me that the wailing down the hall was nothing more serious than the protests of a little boy who didn't want a loose tooth pulled. Vicki kept Ted focused and grounded, sometimes to the point that her influence caused tension with the larger Kennedy clan. And when he became ill, she was his protector, overseeing his treatment and deciding when and where he could make his rare public appearances. It was widely reported that Ted wanted to see Vicki replace him in the Senate, though family sources insist that she is not interested in the job.(See pictures of the Lion of the Senate, Ted Kennedy.) Ted Kennedy was redeemed in his third act, and that redemption couldn't have happened without Vicki. "I had not ever really intended to get married again," the Senator once told the New York Times. "The people who had been closest to me over the course of my life had disappeared, with that enormous amount of emotion and feeling and love, I thought I probably wouldn't want to go through that kind of experience again." Giving his heart one more chance was probably the best decision Ted Kennedy ever made. See pictures of a Kennedy family album. See a video of Kennedy's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

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Biden's tearful farewell to Ted Kennedy (transcript)
By Johanna Neuman (Top of the Ticket)
Submitted at 8/26/2009 9:48:56 AM

As the Ticket reported earlier, Vice President Biden was especially tearful today in offering his thoughts on the life and legacy of Sen. Edward Kennedy. Here's a full transcript of his remarks at the Energy Department, as provided by the White House. -- Johanna Neuman Photo: Getty Images Office of the Vice President ___________________________ ___________________________ _____ For Immediate Release August 23, 2009 REMARKS BY THE VICE PRESIDENT ON THE PASSING OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY The Department of Energy Washington, DC THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, Mr. Secretary, thank you and your staff for the privilege of being with you today on what, as I prepared last night, was to be a joyous occasion, announcing another step in the direction of energy independence. And you said the President made a wise choice. The wisest choice the President made was asking you to be -- I mean that sincerely -- to be the Secretary to the Department of Energy. You've assembled a firstrate staff, and you've taken on a role that is going to be a -- is going to, in large part, determine the success of these next threeand-a-half years, whether or not we make a genuine dent, genuine progress in moving toward an energy policy that can help

America lead the world in the 21st century as it did in the 20th century. Some suggest we're trying to do too much. But my response is, is there any possibility of America leading the world in the 21st century without a radically altered energy policy? It is not possible. And that charge has been given to one of the most remarkable men to serve in a President's Cabinet, a Nobel laureate who is as articulate as he is obviously bright, and a man who has assembled a staff that can corral the bureaucracy -and we're all -- deal with bureaucracy, we're all part of it -in a way that I haven't seen in awhile. And I had planned on speaking

to the Clean Cities Program as one of the several initiatives we have to begin to reshape our energy policy. But as if Teddy were here, as we would say in the Senate, if you'd excuse a point of personal privilege, I quite frankly think it's -- would be inappropriate for me to dwell too much on the initiative that we're announcing today and not speak to my friend. My wife Jill, and my sons Beau and Hunter, and my daughter Ashley -- and I don't say that lightly, because they all knew Teddy, he did something personal and special for each one of them in their lives -- truly, truly are distressed by his passing. And our hearts go out to Teddy Jr., and

country could do. He and I were talking after his diagnosis. And I said, I think you're the only other person I've met, who like me, is more optimistic, more enthusiastic, more idealistic, sees greater possibilities after 36 years than when we were elected. He was 30 years-old when he was elected; I was 29 years-old. And you'd think that would be the peak of our idealism. But I genuinely feel more optimistic about the prospect for my country today than I did -- I have been any time in my life. And it was infectious when you were with him. You could see it, those of you who knew him and those of you who didn't know him. You could just see it in the nature of his debate, in the nature of his embrace, in the nature of how he every single day attacked these problems. And, you know, he was never defeatist. He never was petty -- never was petty. He was never small. And in the Patrick and Kara, and Vicki, with process of his doing, he made whom I spoke this morning, and everybody he worked with bigger -- both his adversaries as well as the whole Kennedy family. Teddy spent a lifetime working his allies. Don't you find it remarkable for a fair and more just America. And for 36 years, I had the that one of the most partisan, privilege of going to work every liberal men in the last century day and literally, not figuratively serving in the Senate had so many sitting next to him, and being of his -- so many of his foes witness to history. Every single embracing him, because they day the Senate was in session, I know he made them bigger, he sat with him on the Senate floor in made them more graceful by the the same aisle. I sat with him on way in which he conducted the Judiciary Committee next -- himself. You know, he changed the physically next to him. And I sat with him in the caucuses. And it circumstances of tens of millions was in that process, every day I of Americans -- in the literal was with him -- and this is going sense, literally -- literally changed to sound strange -- but he restored the circumstances. He changed my sense of idealism and my faith in the possibilities of what this BIDEN'S page 13

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Recalling heart-to-hearts and laughs with Ted Kennedy (CNN)
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stories we'll tell in the next days that just were what made being around him so special." Watch Submitted at 8/27/2009 11:22:01 AM leaders and others on Kennedy (CNN)-- Sen. Edward "Ted" and his legacy » Kennedy left a mark not only on Douglas Brinkley, presidential history but also on the lives of the historian those he encountered during his "Bill Clinton was saying, 'I'm a nearly 50 years in public service. new Democrat,' and others were Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy kind of abandoning the New Deal "brought a joy to politics," says and the Great Society and the CNN contributor David Gergen. New Frontier. But not Ted Those who knew him are Kennedy. And at that point, he grieving the loss of the "Lion of became a folk hero on the left, the Senate," celebrating the and he widened what was the accomplishments of his life and Robert Kennedy coalition of '68, recounting memories of the late and to the point today, he is senator. literally beloved by the Here are some of those stories, disenfranchised of America." in the words of those who met Nancy Reagan, former first lady him: "Most people didn't realize the David Gergen, CNN contributor friendship, or didn't accept or and former aide to past presidents didn't know about the friendship. "I think he's going to rank in the ... Ronnie so identified with the top ranks of the 20th-century Republican Party and Teddy lawmakers. [He was] one of the obviously with the Democrat most effective legislators of the Party. But that doesn't make any last 50 years. ... He left an difference ... shouldn't make any enormous imprint upon our difference." politics. ... Doug Ulman, president and "He was a happy warrior. He CEO of the Lance Armstrong brought a joy to politics. He just Foundation, a nonprofit cancer loved it." organization Sen. John Kerry, DOn Kennedy's influence on the Massachusetts foundation: "The greatest thing was the way "He's had a great influence on he just loved serving and the us. I mean, he spent his career passion with which he devoted fighting on behalf of people who himself to public service even as w e r e s i c k a n d o v e r c o m i n g he was able to devote himself so challenges. And I'll never forget entirely to his family. ... the first time we visited with him "I listened to a number of the in Washington, D.C., and were in grandchildren talk about how his office. every one of them got a call on "And before we started the their birthdays. Every one of meeting, he took us over to this them. I mean that's a lot of phone wall in his office where there calls, folks. And Ted was always were just so many family photos there. He was funny beyond and so much history, and he words in terms of campaigning pointed to a photo of Teddy Jr. and being out there. There are skiing down a mountain. Enders, and all of us around the office were kind of giggling, wondering what was going to happen. "Immediately, Enders says to Kennedy, 'I'm sorry about that article; my wife got misquoted.' Kennedy was gracious about it, in a laconic sort of way. So Kennedy starts going on about the shah and the oil prices and saying we have to get a point across to this guy, we really need someone really rough to go after him. And then, Kennedy turns to Enders and says, 'We could send you." And then there's a pause, and Kennedy says, 'Or maybe we should send your wife.' " On Kennedy's political instincts: "At one point, Mark Schneider "Teddy, of course, is a survivor faith was evident and their and I went down to Cuba and of osteosarcoma, and he started articulation of it very impressive. spent four hours talking with crying telling the story of his son's Our discussion was not partisan at [Fidel] Castro. This was about the battle with cancer and the impact all -- it was not about how to win time that it looked like there that had on his family. And it was religion back for the Democrats. might be a thaw there. So we really moving. I'll never forget Rather, we focused on the great came home, and we were trying to that moment." moral issues facing the nation and convince Kennedy to go to Cuba, Jim Wallis, president of how we as people of faith needed and he said, 'I just don't feel right about it.' He had political instincts Sojourners, a progressive faith to respond to them." organization Robert Hunter, former policy that something was going to "In the aftermath of the 2004 adviser to Kennedy, who also happen, that something wasn't p r e s i d e n t i a l e l e c t i o n s , t h e worked with former Presidents right. And he was right, and we were wrong, because two weeks Democrats were roundly accused Clinton and Carter later, Castro invaded Angola." of losing the 'moral values voters' On Kennedy's wit: On Kennedy's desire to make in America and of being the party "[Kennedy] had a meeting with of 'secularists' who were hostile to the undersecretary of state for decisions using the right instincts: "I remember once we were faith and religion. The very first economic affairs, and we had just working on trying to get Democrat to call me and ask to been out to the Middle East and talk about that accusation and Iran, where Kennedy was trying conventional arms control in the how to change the moral debate in to get the shah to do some things Persian Gulf. And a political guy America was Ted Kennedy. about oil prices and keep the came in and says we have a firm "He invited me to his home, prices down. So he had [State in Massachusetts that isn't going where he and his wife, Vicki, D e p a r t m e n t r e p r e s e n t a t i v e to like this -- not selling this many engaged me in a long and very Thomas Enders] come in, and arms. And Kennedy scowled and thoughtful conversation, into the there was an article that day on thought for a second and gave me night, about the relationship Enders' wife, and she made a this concentrated look. It was a between faith, morality and comment about Ted Kennedy look we knew, and it wasn't a politics. Their own deep Catholic being a playboy. So, in comes RECALLING page 10

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The next Ted Kennedy? There isn't one (Politico via Yahoo! News)
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Submitted at 8/27/2009 10:28:00 AM

There is no shortage of politicians hoping to take Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, but there’s no real candidate to fill Kennedy’s role as leader of the Senate liberals. A handful of well-known and ambitious progressives in the upper chamber are eager to carry on Kennedy’s legacy— including his fellow Massachusetts native John Kerry, his best friend Chris Dodd of Connecticut, plus Tom Harkin of Iowa, Dick Durbin of lllinois and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. But none possesses the alchemical mixture of celebrity, seniority, personal charm, legislative savvy and ideological zeal that made Kennedy the most effective liberal in a generation — and one of the most accomplished legislative yeomen in Congressional history. “There will never be anyone like him again — he truly is irreplaceable,’ said former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who worked elbow-to-elbow with Kennedy on family leave and minimum wage bills in the early 1990s. “There is no personality that as soon as you see them you say, ‘There’s the leader of the progressives’ — Kennedy was it,” says Bill Cunningham, a former top aide to the late New York Sen.

Pat Moynihan, a longtime Kennedy friend who worked closely with him on health care reform. Kennedy’s absence during the health care debate has been a serious blow to progressives deprived of his forceful advocacy for the “public option” passed by his committee. “This was someone who someone who carried the celebrity power, had the ability to get their message heard and had the legislative skills,” said Stephen Hess, senior fellow emeritus at the Brookings Institution. “It took Ted Kennedy a hell of a long time to become Ted Kennedy, so I don’t think anyone’s going to become Ted Kennedy tomorrow,” he added. The only senator with comparable star power exited the stage months ago. Hillary Clinton’s aides hoped to groom her for a Kennedy-like leadership role when she returned from her presidential defeat in mid-2008, citing her health care fight alongside Kennedy in the early '90s. Like Kennedy, Clinton had the celebrity and a solid reputation as a legislative workhorse and had created good alliances across the aisle. But unlike Kennedy, whose ideology was firmly fixed in his early 30s, Clinton alienated many progressives by first supporting then opposing the Iraq war — and by adopting expediently centrist positions on issues like supporting

a bill targeting flag burning. Shortly before Clinton’s appointment as secretary of State, some advisers sought to nudge her toward the Kennedy wing of the party, even suggesting she come out in support of gay marriage. But she enjoyed little of the affection Kennedy received, and many of her colleagues remained leery of the former first lady. “The bottom line is, she was just too young,” said a senior Democratic aide, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The thing about Teddy was that, after 1980, you knew his presidential dreams were dead and that he had no agenda than just passing the bills. With Hillary, you could never be sure she wasn’t preparing for another campaign, so no one could ever really trust her.” The trust element is key: Kennedy was so trusted by liberals, his say-so alone often won the backing of Senate progressives on Bush-sponsored legislation like No Child Left Behind and the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Those who worked intensely with Kennedy said it was a fun, if disorientating, experience. “There was always 1,000 moving parts with him — he was the ultimate multitasker,” recalls Reich, now a professor at UCBerkeley and liberal NPR commentator. “The first 10 times I met with him, I was confused, I didn’t know what he was talking

about … He always left out the first and last words of his sentences, I felt like I was drowning. But once you understood his language, you were fine and the humor always came through — that flash in his blue eyes when he hit on some particular legislative tactic.” Kerry, who first forged a relationship with Kennedy as a 1970s anti-Vietnam War veteran, is likely to assume a larger role in Kennedy’s absence. According to several top Democratic aides, Kerry is well-respected and has mellowed since his return to the chamber in 2004 — although he lacks some of Kennedy’s magnetism and patience, the staffers said. First-term Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse(D-R.I.) lacks Kerry’s name recognition but impressed many in his party’s left wing with his defense of liberal legal principles on the Judiciary Committee. In the absence of Kennedy, liberals will likely opt for a-lacarte leadership on issues: Ohio’s Sherrod Brown on working-class economic issues, Harkin on labor, Durbin on social justice, Feingold on war and Dodd carrying Kennedy’s health care reform torch. At the moment, none of them possesses Kennedy’s personal touch. Kennedy, one Democratic aide said, was the “coolest kid in the Senate — the prep school senior

who would invite you to lunch instead of stuffing you in the locker.” Many of the 2006 freshmen members awed by Kennedy were surprised to earn invites to his Capitol hideaway during late-night votes, as the Massachusetts Democrat asked them questions about their families and political views. For older senators, including Orrin Hatch(R-Utah) and Dodd, Kennedy was almost like a brother, keeping tabs on them during times of personal triumph and crisis. When Dodd underwent prostate surgery two weeks ago, the first call he received was from the gravely ill Kennedy, who welcomed him to cancer surgery club and joked about the annoyance of catheters. "I lost my sister about a month ago,” Dodd told reporters in Connecticut on Wednesday. “And I feel this pain almost as much.” Read More Stories from POLITICO Kennedy legacy shapes Obama path Obama's taking another vacation 'Problem by problem,' Kennedy transformed himself Where are the dealmakers? Pols eye once-in-a-generation opening

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Ted Kennedy's Legacy: His Darkest Moments (Time.com via Yahoo! News)
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Kennedy was taking to a campaign event crashed into an apple orchard in western Submitted at 8/27/2009 10:40:00 AM Massachusetts. The pilot died, as By rite and out of respect, we did Ed Moss, a Kennedy aide. The honor those recently passed with Senator, then just 32 years old, praise for their accomplishments. faced months of recuperation For Senator Ted Kennedy, who from a serious back injury. died on Aug. 25 at age 77, there is Other personal tragedies no shortage in that regard. He followed, as family members boasts the most productive Senate struggled with drug abuse, disease career in memory, a public life and premature death. His first that shaped five decades of w i f e , J o a n , s u f f e r e d t h r e e national politics and a loving miscarriages, and after their family, who will now draw separation, she was repeatedly together to mourn their loving treated for alcoholism. Two of his patriarch. children have battled cancer, with But for Kennedy, even more his oldest, Ted Jr., losing a leg to than for most great men, these the disease at age 12.(See pictures accomplishments are difficult to of a Kennedy family album.) separate from the turmoil and A lifetime of hard, and often t r a g e d y t h a t h e e n d u r e d selfish, living also took its toll on throughout his life, including Kennedy. In 1951, as a freshman t r i a l s b o t h p e r s o n a l a n d at Harvard who was more professional that arose both by interested in football than his fate and his own doing. There is studies, Kennedy arranged for a perhaps no other politician in friend to take his spring Spanish A m e r i c a n h i s t o r y w h o h a s exam. He was caught cheating achieved so much despite such and was subsequently expelled public controversy and personal from the school for two years, loss.(Read TIME's tribute to Ted during which time he served as a Kennedy.) military police officer in Paris, at Kennedy was only 12 years old the arrangement of his father. when his oldest brother, Joseph Years later, while he was a law Jr., died during a World War II student at the University of bombing mission. By the age of Virginia, Kennedy was arrested 36, Teddy, as his family called for reckless driving, after a chase him, had lost three more siblings, with police. including his two remaining See TIME's complete Ted brothers, Jack and Bobby, who Kennedy coverage. were killed at the hands of Download the new TIME assassins. In 1964, a plane that BlackBerry app at app.time.com. "There may be something in the very nature of public achievement that brings with it this risk-taking behavior," observes Edward Klein, who has written five books on the Kennedy family. "People who cheat on exams - probably there is something in them that wants to get caught." His marriage in 1958 to Joan Bennett was strained by Kennedy's alleged infidelities, a habit he reportedly shared with his father Joe and his brothers Bobby and Jack, who also, historians say, probably strayed from their marital vows. In 1969, after leaving a party with a young single woman under ambiguous circumstances, Ted Kennedy steered an Oldsmobile into the waters off Massachusetts' Chappaquiddick Island. Kennedy escaped the sinking car, but the woman, Mary Jo Kopechne, died. Kennedy waited about 10 hours before reporting the accident to police, and later pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.(See a video of Kennedy at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.) After his divorce from Joan, Kennedy's hard-partying lifestyle became a growing issue. A 1979 article in TIME noted that Kennedy's "private peccadilloes" had sparked a major editorial debate in Washington news organizations about the public relevance of private behavior in advance of the 1980 elections. In 1990, Gentlemen's Quarterly published an exposÉ on the subject of Kennedy's drinking and womanizing with 20-something girls. The story recounted a number of embarrassing incidents, including one in which Kennedy was allegedly discovered by a restaurant waitress having sex with a female lobbyist on the floor of a private dining room. The check showed they had ordered two bottles of Chardonnay for lunch. A few years later, Kennedy became involved in yet another embarrassment when, following a party he attended at a Kennedy family house in Palm Beach, Fla., his nephew William Kennedy Smith was accused of raping a young woman. Though Kennedy, then 59, was never implicated in the crime, and Smith was eventually acquitted, Kennedy did testify at the trial about the drunken evening in which a group of men had traveled into town to pick up two younger women at a bar.(Read "Kennedy Memoir Set for September Release.") In part because of his reputation with women, Kennedy took a surprisingly passive role in the 1991 confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas, who was accused of sexual harassment. This upset many of Kennedy's liberal supporters who remembered his leadership in defeating the nomination of Robert Bork a few years earlier. In a 1991 speech at Harvard, after the hearings, Kennedy acknowledged his misbehavior and apologized. "I recognize my own shortcomings - the faults in the conduct of my private life. I realize that I alone am responsible for them, and I am the one who must confront them," he said. Shortly afterward, he did reform his ways, marrying Vicki Reggie in 1992. Perhaps the most striking thing about this pattern is that Kennedy was able to overcome it. His legacy is not one of a scamp or a drunkard, but rather one of a statesman who defeated his personal demons to earn the respect of his peers and much of his nation. See Ted Kennedy's memorable quotes. See Ted Kennedy's top 10 legislative battles. View this article on Time.com Related articles on Time.com: • Ted Kennedy's Legacy: His Darkest Moments • A Family Gathers to Say Farewell to Ted Kennedy • Ted Kennedy Memoir 'True Compass' Set for September • The Death of Ted Kennedy: The Brother Who Mattered Most • Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009 Swampland.com

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Ted Kennedy, 'Lion of the Senate,' helped shape American politics (CNN)
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Submitted at 8/27/2009 7:10:44 AM

Edward "Ted" Kennedy of Massachusetts served in the U.S. Senate for 47 years. WASHINGTON (CNN)-- After a losing presidential campaign, it became clear to Edward "Ted" Kennedy that his true calling was to help shape the country's political future from the U.S. Senate. The turning point came in 1980 when Kennedy unsuccessfully challenged President Carter in the Democratic primaries. But Kennedy's loss was not necessarily such a bad thing, a top political historian notes. "I think partly it related to that time when he, after 1980, he realized that he was not going to be president of the United States ... and that being a United States senator was a pretty important and powerful job in which he could do good," said Stephen Hess, author of "America's Political Dynasties." Kennedy, 77, had represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate since his 1962 election when he was chosen to finish the unexpired Senate term of his brother, John F. Kennedy, who was elected president in 1960. The Massachusetts governor appointed Democrat Benjamin A. Smith to the seat following John Kennedy's presidential win. Political observers have said that Smith was a mere seat warmer until Ted Kennedy turned 30 -- the required age to become a U.S. senator. Watch how the

youngest Kennedy brother carried on the family torch » "It's quite remarkable for a person who got there in 1962 at age 30 with no greater qualification for the office than his brother was president of the United States and the voters of Massachusetts respected that name," Hess said. And after nearly 50 years, Hess said Kennedy -- the patriarch of the first family of U.S. Democratic politics -- has truly "made a substantial mark." Learn more about Kennedy's funeral arrangements » Deemed by many as the "Lion of the Senate," Kennedy was considered one of the most effective legislators of the past few decades, especially in his ability to cross party lines to get legislation passed. In 2001, Kennedy helped President Bush craft and pass education legislation with the No Child Left Behind Act. While facing some criticism from his party, Kennedy pushed ahead on an issue close to his heart. "Kennedy realized how much more you could do when you engaged the opposition party and wanted to make the compromises or the agreements that could keep the peace on legislation," Hess said. Kennedy, Hess added, was good at coalition building because he was an engaging person who "owned the Senate." Ted Sorensen, a speechwriter for President Kennedy, said that Ted Kennedy's legacy in the Senate"is comparable and consistent with the legacy of his

entire family for generations." That legacy, in addition to popularity among fellow senators, might be the reason why he had major roles in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act, the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act and the KennedyHatch law of 1997. In 1994, Kennedy was instrumental in helping the Clinton administration with its plan to overhaul health care. The legislation, maligned by Republicans and conservatives, later failed. Fifteen years later, he continued his fight for comprehensive health care alongside the nation's first black president, Barack Obama. Kennedy, an early supporter of Obama's presidential campaign, seemingly handed the torch down

that while he "sparred a lot" with Kennedy, he knew "firsthand what a formidable fighter he is, and I know that he will do all he can to battle this disease." Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, called Kennedy "a legendary lawmaker, and I have the highest respect for him. ... When we have worked together, he has been a skillful, fair and generous partner." iReport.com: Share tributes to Kennedy McCain and Kennedy often worked together on legislation throughout the years -- most notably on overhauling the nation's immigration laws. Many observers said they believe legislation on the issue progressed as far as it did because Kennedy's to Obama before the "Super name was on it. But it has not always been an Tuesday" Democratic primaries by likening the senator from easy political road for Kennedy. After a July 18, 1969, party for Illinois to his brother, the late those who had worked on his late president. But the man who spent much of brother Robert's presidential his career helping others to get campaign, Kennedy drove his car better health care, civil rights and off a bridge on Chappaquiddick education, now faced his own Island, Massachusetts. Although personal medical struggle -- the h e m a n a g e d t o e s c a p e , h i s Kennedy patriarch had brain passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned. cancer. Kennedy did not report the As that news broke in 2008, his colleagues on both sides of the incident immediately and later aisle not only prayed for his pleaded guilty to leaving the r e c o v e r y b u t a l s o h o n o r e d scene of an accident. The incident not only created a Kennedy's legacy. firestorm of controversy about the Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, released a statement saying, "Ted clout of the Kennedy family but Kennedy has spent his life caring also raised questions about the for those in need. Now it's time senator's honesty and judgment. for those who love Ted and his The accident is something that family to care for them and join in opponents would use in future campaigns. prayer to give them strength." Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said TED page 8

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Commentary: Kennedy opened door for Obama
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Editor's note: Thomas Maier is the author of " The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings," (Basic Books), which was the basis of a Warner Bros. video documentary released in November. He is a reporter for Newsday. Thomas Maier says Ted Kennedy's immigrant heritage helped drive his advocacy of a more open America. (CNN)-- With a sign from Dunganstown, Ireland, hanging in his U.S. Capitol office, a reminder of the famine-ravished farm where his ancestors began, Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy always seemed to understand that the Kennedys were perhaps America's greatest immigrant story -overcoming religious, ethnic and cultural barriers to reach once unimaginable heights. "My brother Jack wrote 'A Nation of Immigrants' in 1958, and his words ring true as clearly today as they did half a century ago," said Ted early last year, a few months before he was struck with a malignant brain tumor that claimed his life Tuesday. "I'm constantly reminded of my immigrant heritage." Indeed, the Kennedys' vision of "A Nation of Immigrants" -which Ted championed throughout his public career -dramatically transformed today's America, opening the door for millions of new citizens and paving the way for Barack Obama's presidency. It is the Kennedys' most lasting legacy. John F. Kennedy's idealistic belief in America's dream of

opportunity for all was clearly stated in "A Nation of Immigrants," which reflected so much of his family's story as Irish Catholic immigrants. The essence of this little known, little-studied book became the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, which ended the discriminatory preference given to white Europeans and opened the door to millions from Latin America, Asia, Africa and around the world. First proposed by President Kennedy in July 1963, a few months before his assassination, the bill was passed in his memory, pushed by his two brothers in the U.S. Senate and signed by President Lyndon Johnson beneath the Statue of Liberty. Ted was particularly proud of its passage and referred to it often in public. No law in our lifetime has done more to change the demographics of modern America. Many historians routinely ignore, or give only a passing nod, to the underlying forces of ethnicity and religion that so often influenced the Kennedy family's actions and outlook. Often their years in power were lionized as "Camelot" by the press. But as Ted Kennedy realized, a comparison to British royalty hardly seemed proper for the great -grandson of an Irish migrant worker who fled from a Dunganstown, County Wexford, farm during the Great Famine. That Dunganstown sign in Ted's office was a reminder of the Kennedys' sense of their own immigrant heritage, their epic encounters with religious bigotry,

sometimes criticized within the black community for not seeming "black enough" in 2008. And yet when the media made it seem Obama had been attacked for his minority status, AfricanAmericans rallied to his support, just as Catholics did in 1960 for Kennedy. Ted Kennedy's dramatic embrace of Obama's candidacy carried a powerful symbolism, one of the last significant acts of his distinguished career before he fell ill. From the broadest vantage, the Kennedy story reminds us of the glories and the limits of America's melting pot and those histories that paint people from minority groups in familiar "just like us" and how the complex dynamics of Kennedy of the barriers his tones. We gain a better grasp of their family life reflected the Irish brother faced in 1960, becoming the Kennedys' appeal beyond Irish Catholic experience in America. the first U.S. president from a Catholics -- to countless other From his grandfather, former minority background. Most immigrant and minority groups Boston Mayor John F. "Honey notably, Obama, the U.S. senator who share a dream of ascendancy Fitz" Fitzgerald, young Ted heard from Illinois, possessed a style in America. In this context, our of the great wave of Irish a n d d i g n i t y p a r t i c u l a r l y immigrants to America that reminiscent of the Kennedy era. understanding of the Kennedys included their family. And in the At a key moment in the primary becomes richer, more complex 1990s, the efforts of Ted and his campaign, Ted Kennedy publicly a n d o f g r e a t e r h i s t o r i c a l sister, U.S. Ambassador Jean supported Obama who, in turn, s i g n i f i c a n c e t o w h a t J o h n Kennedy Smith, to bring peace to said the Kennedy family always Kennedy called a nation of their ancestral homeland seemed stood for "what is best about immigrants. It recalls how far to reflect their deeper sense of America." Obama's campaign we've progressed as a country being Irish, of being Catholic and faced many tests similar to those since the 1960 election, and yet of being members of a family that John Kennedy endured in how many barriers still remain coming from an often oppressed 1960 as the first and only Roman today. No one understood that immigrant minority. Ted went Catholic elected to the presidency. better than Ted Kennedy. The opinions expressed in this back to Ireland many times, As a minority, born to black and commentary are solely those of including to the old Kennedy white parents, Obama had to homestead in Dunganstown. overcome code words and subtle Thomas Maier. All About Edward M. Kennedy• The culmination of this biases historically applied to Barack Obama• Immigration Kennedy's immigrant legacy was African-Americans. Like Catholic most apparent by the 2008 hard-liners who complained that presidential campaign, which K e n n e d y w a s n ' t " C a t h o l i c offered many reminders for Ted enough" in 1960, Obama was

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Merit pay: How would success be determined?
(The Seattle Times: Opinion)
Submitted at 8/26/2009 4:01:04 PM

With merit pay, no way to determine who merits the money Editor, The Times: I see you've jumped onto the ever popular merit-pay bandwagon ["Merit pay for teachers would end fight on pay," Opinion, editorial, Aug. 24]. It sounds so good on paper. But you argue it would take the steam out of salary negotiations? How? By paying a few teachers a little better but the majority less? The idea of rewarding the best teachers is appealing. But no one, and I mean no one, has figured out an objective way to quantify best teaching. Many merit-pay plans have emerged. They are all deeply flawed. Principals get into most classrooms once or twice a year. Evaluations by students and parents can be manipulated and are not objective in any way. Some of the most effective teachers are not the most popular. After all, they push students hard and don't always hand out the grades students and parents want. Every kid and every classroom is different. There are huge problems with performance testing. Any educator can tell you what they are. Every fall, like clockwork, your editors turn the guns on those greedy teachers who dare to

disrupt the beginning of school with their unreasonable demands. It's an easy story to sell. Fact is, it's a lot easier to blame teachers and spout simpleminded solutions than to dig a little deeper into the problems facing education in this state and report them. -- Dan Reeder, Seattle Education a collaborative effort that's too hard to put price tag on The difficulty with merit pay is that it doesn't recognize the collaborative effort in building a student's skills. I am a resource teacher, and I traditionally work with students who receive special-education services. However, due to the increasing demands of No Child Left Behind and Annual Yearly Progress, any student who struggles in school -- be it due to English-language acquisition, poverty or illness -- will likely receive reading, math and/or writing instruction from a resource teacher. I had a student who could not read English in January; in June, he was reading nearly 100 words per minute, yet was considered to have not met the standard as his score was below grade level. Another student more than doubled her reading rate; again, since her June score was slightly below grade level, she did not meet the set standard. If merit pay were in place, who would get the salary increase?

The student's classroom teacher, who sees the child only for social studies and science? The resource specialist, who teaches the child reading two hours a day? The instructional assistant who works with the student in the beforeschool reading lab? The AmeriCorps volunteer the student receives math tutoring from? How about merit pay for the parent who makes the effort to get the child to school fed, clothed appropriately, on time and prepared to learn? The trouble with merit pay is it assumes only one person is responsible for a student's achievement, and it fails to recognize the collaborative efforts necessary for a student's success. -- Martha de Carbonel Patterson, Silverdale With multiple evaluations, merit pay will work Effective teachers should be rewarded for the work they do to help improve students' performance. Pay increases should be awarded based on a variety of different components, not just test scores. Take, for example, the Denver Public Schools' ProComp system. Teachers earn bonuses based on four components: market incentives like teaching in challenging schools or hard-to-fill positions; student growth including, but not limited to, test scores; knowledge and skills like

advanced degrees, national certification and professional development; and professional evaluations like satisfactory ratings from administrators. The Kent School District recently sent a letter to community members stating that the Kent teacher's union had rejected its proposed pay increases. What the district failed to mention is that those pay increases would be tied directly to teachers' yearly performance evaluations and their students' WASL scores. Though I support a form of merit pay, as a special-education teacher in a Title I school, I cannot support a pay increase that is based on whether or not my students pass the state test. There are far too many factors out of my control that impact my students' test-taking abilities. Did my students eat breakfast? Did they have a safe place to sleep the night before? Will there be food on the table for dinner? Before teacher unions can agree to merit pay or a pay increase proposal in the case of Kent School District, fair and reasonable systems need to be developed that do not penalize teachers for factors out of their control. -- Allison Wegg, Seattle

Remembering Ted Kennedy's greatest speech: the eulogy for brother Robert
By Steve Padilla (Top of the Ticket)
Submitted at 8/26/2009 9:46:11 AM

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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was long known as an eloquent speaker, and his death reminds us that what was arguably his greatest oration was a eulogy — the tribute he delivered following the assassination of his brother Robert F. Kennedy. The eulogy, delivered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on June 8, 1968, is considered a masterpiece of rhetoric, and it often shows up on lists ranking the greatest American speeches. It has appeared in anthologies. It has been taught in schools. At times, with its graceful rhythms, the eulogy feels more like poetry than prose: “He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He was always by our side.” Kennedy reads from works by his brother, including an entire speech Robert Kennedy delivered to young people in South Africa in 1966. Kennedy, who was 36 at the time, also quotes what Robert Kennedy once wrote about their own father. The words seem appropriate now: “Beneath it all, he has tried to engender a social conscience. There were wrongs which needed attention. There were people who were poor...

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Commentary: Honor Kennedy with unity
(CNN.com - Politics)
Submitted at 8/27/2009 6:38:15 AM

Editor's note: The Rev. Jim Wallis, a theologian, speaker, preacher and commentator on religion and public life, is the author of best-selling books including, "The Great Awakening, Reviving Faith and Politics In a Post-Religious Right America." He is president of Sojourners, which says its mission is "to articulate the biblical call to social justice," and he is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine. The Rev. Jim Wallis says Ted Kennedy's example could pave the way for bipartisanship on health care. (CNN)-- In the aftermath of the 2004 presidential election, the Democrats were roundly accused of losing the "moral values voters" in America, and of being the party of secularists who were hostile to faith and religion. The first Democrat to call me and ask to talk about that accusation and how to change the moral debate in America was Ted Kennedy. He invited me to his home, where he and his wife, Vicki, engaged me in a long and very thoughtful conversation into the night about the relationship between faith, morality and politics. Their deep Catholic faith was evident and their articulation of it very impressive, especially the

impact of Catholic social teaching on both of them. Our discussion was not partisan at all, i.e., not about how to "win religion back" for the Democrats. Rather, we focused on the great moral issues facing the nation, and how we as people of faith needed to respond to them. On the occasion of his death, I pray that God may now move us as a nation to address the greatest cause of Sen. Kennedy's life -- the need for a comprehensive reform of the health care system in America -- as a deeply moral issue and one that calls forth the very best that is within us. May we honor the life and death of Sen. Edward Kennedy by laying aside the rancor, lies, fear and even hate that has come to dominate the health care debate in America this summer, and regain our moral compass by recovering the moral core of this debate: that too many Americans are hurting and suffering in a broken and highly inequitable health care system, and that it is our moral obligation to repair and reform it - now. While he might not be with us as we continue on this road to reform, his life and legacy can still help show the way forward. On October 3, 1983, Ted Kennedy surprised many in Washington by accepting the invitation of Dr. Jerry Falwell to come and speak at what is now

in recent American political history. Much of the commentary on the death of Ted Kennedy has focused on how powerfully he could reach across the aisle of American politics, win the respect, trust, friendship and even love of his political adversaries. Today, some of the most sorrowful of Kennedy's colleagues in Washington are Republicans. Ted Kennedy showed you can have passionate and clear political commitments (nobody had stronger ones than he did) and, yet, still reach out to others with very different political views on the basis of shared moral values, love of country, and commitment Liberty University. Noting the He challenged his audience and to the common good. We desperately need to heed his seeming contradiction, he said, his political party by saying, "I voice now: "I hope for an "They seem to think that it's easier hope that tonight and in the for a camel to pass through the months and years ahead, we will A m e r i c a w h e r e w e c a n a l l eye of the needle than for a always respect the right of others contend freely and vigorously, but Kennedy to come to the campus to differ, that we will never lose where we will treasure and guard of Liberty Baptist College." sight of our own fallibility, that those standards of civility which The divisive issue at the time we will view ourselves with a alone make this nation safe for was a nuclear freeze in the midst sense of perspective and a sense both democracy and diversity." His hope should be our goal of the Cold War. He condemned of humor." those who called Falwell a America is a different place in today. The opinions expressed in this "warmonger" and criticized a 2009 than it was in 1983, but Sen. Harvard University audience that Kennedy's call for a better debate commentary are solely those of had booed and hissed at Falwell is needed as much now as it was the Rev. Jim Wallis. All About Edward M. Kennedy• during a speech. He warned then. And his comments at against all those who would Liberty University have an Health Care Policy• Politics distract from such an important obvious application to the current debate by raising "phantom health care debate which has issues" and "false charges." become one of the most rancorous

Ted Kennedy and Michael Jackson
By Dan Evans (ted kennedy WordPress.com Search)
Submitted at 8/27/2009 12:10:02 PM

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Ted Kennedy died Thursday at the age of 77. Michael Jackson died June 25 at the age of 50. Kennedy is scheduled to be buried tomorrow. Jackson is scheduled to be buried Sept. 4.

I understand the two men were

very different, and the needs of the respective families are different, but the time-lapse difference is just odd. Why did will it take more than two months to put Jackson in his final resting

place, while Kennedy will be interred in a little more than 48 hours?

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Curious coverage for illegal immigrants
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Submitted at 8/27/2009 9:20:11 AM

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pleased look. And he said to me, 'Is this the right policy?' And I told him yes, so he said, 'Then we'll do it.' " Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana "I'll never forget one of my earliest experiences in the Senate -- the first impeachment trial of a president in over 100 years. There were no rules. It was intensely partisan and political. Who was respected enough to broker a way forward? "It was Ted Kennedy who hammered out the agreement of how the Senate should proceed. He had strong convictions, but he also was intensely pragmatic. Those qualities made him the type of person that leaders of both parties respected and wanted to work with." CNN's Mallory Simon contributed to this report. All About Edward M. Kennedy• Massachusetts• Ronald Reagan

(CNN)-- Immigrants living illegally in the United States could be mandated to have health insurance under the proposed health care reform bill but would be ineligible to receive subsidies to afford such coverage, a report from the Congressional Research Service says. Rep. Xavier Becerra, DCalifornia, rejected a citizenship verification system, calling rules it called for "unworkable." The report, prepared by the nonpartisan policy research arm of Congress, provides a close reading of the treatment of noncitizens in the House bill on health care reform, HR 3200. While the report found that federal subsidies to obtain health coverage would be restricted to U.S. citizens and legal residents, it also noted that the bill does not specify a citizenship verification system, something that critics say creates a loophole for undocumented immigrants to receive subsidies anyway. The report, released Tuesday, "undermines the claims of the president and others that illegal immigrants would not be covered under the House version of the bill," Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, told CNN. The bill specifically bars illegal immigrants from receiving payments, but opponents of the reform say that without verification, the system is open to abuse. Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nevada,

last month proposed an amendment in the House Ways and Means Committee to add a verification process. Democrats on that committee, including Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, voted it down because the rules it called for would be "unworkable," the Democrat said. "I think the report substantiates the exact opposite of what these critics say," Becerra told CNN. Because they don't qualify for federal money, undocumented immigrants who want health insurance would pay full freight for coverage, he said. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, in 2007, 33.2 percent of all immigrants, legal and undocumented, did not have health insurance, compared with 12.7 percent of native-born Americans. But with passage of the health care bill far from certain in its

current form, it is too early to know how undocumented immigrants could be affected by the bill, Tamar Jacoby, president of ImmigrationWorks USA, told CNN. "I'm pretty skeptical that illegal immigrants will come out of this legislative battle" with any new benefits, she said. The scrutiny of this part of the bill "points to the need to fix the [immigration] system," Jacoby said. Estimates put the number of immigrants living illegally in the United States at 10 million to 12 million, many of whom already receive treatment in emergency rooms. The proposed reform requires that individuals carry health insurance, and the language in the current bill may obligate undocumented immigrants to get health insurance, too, the

Congressional Research Service report concluded. It boils down to terminology. Those living in the country illegally are classified as such under immigration law, but the bill uses tax law terms that identify foreigners as either resident or nonresident aliens. Nonresident aliens would be exempt from the required coverage, but undocumented immigrants who live in the United States for a certain amount of time during the year would be classified as residents. "Thus, it would appear that unauthorized aliens who meet the substantial presence test would be required under HR 3200 to have health insurance," the report says. It was less clear, however, how the mandate would be enforced for people, immigrants or not, who do not file federal income taxes. Another part of the bill would create a health insurance exchange, where consumers could choose among insurance plans or a government-run plan. That section of the bill does not set restrictions on participants' immigration status, the report says. But when it comes to qualifying for government subsidies for coverage for people who aren't already covered by employers or federal programs, eligibility would be based on immigration status, the report says, barring illegal immigrants from aid. All About Immigration Policy• Health Care Policy• Health Insurance

Ted Kennedy: a man of contributions and imperfections
(The Seattle Times: Opinion)
Submitted at 8/27/2009 12:20:03 PM

They called him "The Liberal Lion." Ted Kennedy deserved that title, though with some asterisks added. There's no reconciling Kennedy worshippers with the Kennedy haters. But those who can deal with shades of gray will pay tribute to the legendary Massachusetts senator who TED page 12

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The U.S. Senate now in the driver's seat on climate-change legislation
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Submitted at 8/27/2009 10:23:03 AM

Senator Ted Kennedy...overcame his demons!
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Submitted at 8/27/2009 12:43:41 PM

THE fate of national climatechange legislation — and, by extension, the fate of our planet — now rests in the hands of the U.S. Senate, and Sen. Maria Cantwell is in position to have a key role. We recommend a course of action that rises to this challenge. After decades of denial and inaction on global warming, Congress is taking action to curtail the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) we're pumping into the atmosphere by burning coal, oil and natural gas. Scientists concur that a steadily rising level of CO2 is responsible for trapping heat, leading to a rise in temperatures worldwide. Should we fail to stop global warming, far-reaching environmental changes will ensue — rising sea levels, shoreline erosion, extinction of species, including important marine fisheries, severe storms, tropical diseases, droughts and famine. The U.S. House passed the American Clean Energy and

Security Act (ACES) on June 26th. Central to this legislation is an approach to CO2 reduction called cap-and-trade. It establishes a limit on the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere — the cap. It also allocates permits for polluters to release CO2. Those who don't use all their permits can sell them to those who need more — the trade. While this is a significant political achievement, major flaws in the ACES bill should give Sen. Cantwell and her colleagues pause to reconsider. For starters, the ACES bill would reduce CO2 emissions by only 17 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2020. Too little, too late, many scientists say. Leading climatologist Dr. James Hansen warns that we'll soon reach a tipping point on climate change where it may be impossible to reverse the process. The other great flaw in this bill is the creation of a trillion-dollar market in carbon futures and derivatives. Sen. Cantwell has publicly expressed serious reservations about this aspect of cap-and-trade, and with good

reason. There are parallels with the Enron energy trading and price manipulation that deeply affected our region several years ago. A carbon market opens the door to the kind of speculative investments that contributed to our current economic crisis. In short, if the recent housing bubble was an economic disaster, its sequel — the "carbon bubble" — could be worse. There is a simpler, more effective approach, one that Sen. Cantwell is in a position to champion. At Citizens Climate Lobby, we call it the carbon tax and dividend. A fee is levied on carbon at the source, and revenue from those fees is returned to consumers through a decrease in payroll or income taxes, thus offsetting higher energy costs. A steadily increasing tax on carbon makes cleaner sources of energy competitive with fossil fuels. An analysis from the Carbon Tax Center estimates such a tax will reduce CO2 emissions at least 28 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2020. From an economic standpoint, we would all benefit from the

stimulus generated by putting carbon-tax revenue into the pockets of hardworking Americans. In the effort to pass cap-andtrade, the carbon tax and dividend approach received little attention in the House, even though proposals from both Republicans and Democrats were introduced. To get a fair hearing in the Senate, someone must introduce a Senate version of carbon tax and dividend. Sen. Cantwell is in a prime position to do this as she chairs the Subcommittee on Energy of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also sits on the Finance Committee. As the world faces a major peril from global warming, the U.S. Senate must enact stronger and more effective legislation to bring about near-term reductions in CO2 emissions. Sen. Cantwell is uniquely poised to lead this effort. Gary Lagerloef is a Seattle-area oceanographer and volunteer with Citizens Climate Lobby. Marshall Saunders is president of Citizens Climate Lobby.

Ted Kennedy and the decay of American liberalism
By ajfloyd (ted kennedy WordPress.com Search)
Submitted at 8/27/2009 12:20:13 PM

Ted Kennedy and the decay of American liberalism August 27, 2009 by ajfloyd The death of Massachusetts Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy on Tuesday marks the end of the Kennedy family’s role as a major

force in American politics. Ted Kennedy, who succumbed to brain cancer at age 77, served 47 years in the Senate. He was the last significant political representative of a family that loomed large in American political consciousness for more than half a century. Ted Kennedy died some 46 years after the horrific events in

Dallas that ended the administration and the life of his brother, John F. Kennedy, and 41 years after the assassination of his remaining brother, Robert F. Kennedy. (Joe Jr., the eldest brother, was a navy pilot in World War II. He was killed when his plane exploded in August of 1944).

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Tuesday night, Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy passed away after a long battle with cancer. In spite of your political views, and his acknowledged faults, we must recognize that our nation has lost a great man. He overcame his private and public demons. He was committed to helping the less fortunate in our society. He was a master of bridging the aisle and gaining the cooperation of people who opposed his position. Even his political adversaries found Senator Kennedy friendly, and sincere. Senator Kennedy authored over 2,500 pieces of legislation. Hundreds of them became law. Many of the most important social and civil rights bills from the past forty years have his name attached. Powerful men and women throughout the US Government recognize Ted Kennedy’s determination, diligence, and persistence when he wanted to get something done. He will be missed. Our prayers are with the Kennedy family as they mourn the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy and his sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

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championed landmark legislation through bipartisan cooperation — but whose sense of family privilege didn't always serve the interests of democracy. No one can deny Kennedy's contributions. He pushed through the Civil Rights Act, Freedom of Information Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Through his odd-couple relationship with Utah conservative Sen. Orrin Hatch, Kennedy helped win major AIDS legislation. And we hope that his four-decade crusade to extend health coverage to all Americans will end in victory this year. Less commendable was the senator's penchant for capitalizing on Kennedy nostalgia to further family interests. Ted's three brothers died young and under tragic circumstances. Joe fell heroically in World War II. Two brothers, President John F. Kennedy and New York Sen. Bobby Kennedy, were assassinated. Kennedy used the powerful brew of public emotion to fuel unwarranted political ambition. Ted did not create the Kennedy Dynasty: While he was in diapers, his father Joe was already long on the project. True democrats (with a small "d") frown on the notion of ruling families, but Ted tirelessly worked the "Kennedy mystique" to advance himself and kin. After Bobby died, Ted made this claim to the presidency: "Like my brothers before me, I pick up a fallen standard." That would have been a fine speech for a Shakespearean prince assuming his father's throne. But it should have troubled a country born out of opposition to hereditary rule more than it did. Then Chappaquiddick happened, and the closest he would ever come to the presidency was a 1980 protest challenge against incumbent Jimmy Carter. Questions still swirl around Kennedy's conduct that night, when he drove a car off a bridge and a female passenger drowned. That and his expulsion from Harvard for cheating on a test would have ended most political careers, but Kennedy had the family name to propel him into a 47-year tenure in the Senate. Kennedy subsequently "placed" his son Patrick into a House seat from Rhode Island. Patrick is a very appealing person, but his serial problems with drugs and alcohol — crises that continue — should have disqualified him for this kind of responsibility. Earlier this year, Kennedy tried to slip his niece Caroline Kennedy into the New York Senate seat left vacant when Hillary Clinton became secretary of state. Several hardworking New York Democrats were already vying for that office. Caroline had never run for anything and proved herself temperamentally unsuited for the rough-and-tumble. Still, it was startling to see an airhead faction of the Democratic elite so eager to throw their longtime public servants overboard for Kennedy sparkle. In the year since Ted's dire diagnosis, Massachusetts Democrats have been pondering which Kennedy will take his Senate seat, as though the voters have little to do with it. "According to local conventional wisdom," writes Joan Vennochi in The Boston Globe, Bobby's son Joe "has the right of first refusal." (Tom Paine must be turning in his grave.) America was founded on ideas, not royal families. That's why recent talk of lawmakers' voting for health-care reform as "a tribute to Ted Kennedy" is so off base. Congress should pass it because the legislation would be good for the country. And if in doing so, they wish to praise Kennedy's fine ideas and hard work in creating the reforms, that would be entirely appropriate. May the good that Ted Kennedy has done live after him. Providence Journal columnist Froma Harrop's column appears regularly on editorial pages of The Times. Her e-mail address is fharrop@projo.com

Kennedy's body headed for Boston
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Submitted at 8/27/2009 10:29:00 AM

By Matthew Lysiak and Beverly Ford In Boston and Larry Mcshane In New York DAILY NEWS WRITERS Thursday, August 27th 2009, 1:29 PM Milne/AP The family and friends of the

School Board primary: Has Mary Bass lost the public's trust?
(The Seattle Times: Opinion)
Submitted at 8/26/2009 4:01:08 PM

standardize out of existence. Even if the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle has given up Bass an advocate for students, on Bass, many black folks in true public education Seattle and elsewhere gave up on The Seattle Times' editorial, the Urban League back before "Voters vet leaders for Seattle Bass was even born. E. Franklin schools," [Opinion, Aug. 20] was Frazier had their leadership style yet another shot in the crusade of pegged more than half a century your editorial writers to privatize ago. public education. So Kay Smith-Blum can raise Mary Bass is doing what she funds? Big deal. It's a criminal was asked to do, such as advocate absurdity that public schools even for students and families many have to fundraise in an era when people in our corporate never- the so-called private sector is busy never land want to test and selling us on the conviction that

the public purse should be used to bail out banking thieves and military speculators. And it is definitely a mark of the crisis in education, public or private, that such a shameless con game continues to drive the discussion connected to education reform or anything else in society. -- Michael Hureaux, Seattle Editorial does not speak for community that knows Bass best Your assessment of Seattle School Board member Mary Bass was flawed, not based on fact and certainly does not speak for us in

District 5. Even if the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle wrote Bass off, that is not sufficient evidence for you to give such a negative report. What does The Seattle Times know about her? Mary Bass has an impeccable record in the community she serves, and her accessibility to those she serves is a plus in any language. Everyone in every venue would appreciate the kind of hands-on availability she offers to hear the concerns and issues of the people.

We are more than faceless voices to her. Your attempt to malign such a capable person is overshadowed by the good she does on a daily basis. Her impact and accomplishments can be viewed on her Web site, www.marybass.com. Bass will retain her seat on the School Board because the district needs her wisdom and commitment. -- Naomi Donovan, Seattle

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also another aspect of it as I observed about him -- he changed not only the physical circumstance, he changed how they looked at themselves and how they looked at one another. That's a remarkable, remarkable contribution for any man or woman to make. And for the hundreds, if not thousands, of us who got to know him personally, he actually -- how can I say it -he altered our lives as well. Through the grace of God and accident of history I was privileged to be one of those people and every important event in my adult life -- as I look back this morning and talking to Vicki -- every single one, he was there. He was there to encourage, to counsel, to be empathetic, to lift up. In 1972 I was a 29 year old kid with three weeks left to go in a campaign, him showing up at the Delaware Armory in the middle of what we called Little Italy -- who had never voted nationally by a Democrat -- I won by 3,100 votes and got 85 percent of the vote in that district, or something to that effect. I literally would not be standing here were it not for Teddy Kennedy -- not figuratively, this is not hyperbole -- literally. He was there -- he stood with me when my wife and daughter were killed in an accident. He was on the phone with me literally every day in the hospital, my two children were attempting, and, God willing, thankfully survived very serious injuries. I'd turn around and there would be some specialist from Massachusetts, a doc I never even asked for, literally sitting in the room with me. You know, it's not just me that he affected like that -- it's hundreds upon hundreds of people. I was talking to Vicki this morning and she said -- she said, "He was ready to go, Joe, but we were not ready to let him go." He's left a great void in our public life and a hole in the hearts of millions of Americans and hundreds of us who were affected by his personal touch throughout our lives. People like me, who came to rely on him. He was kind of like an anchor. And unlike many important people in my 38 years I've had the privilege of knowing, the unique thing about Teddy was it was never about him. It was always about you. It was never about him. It was people I admire, great women and men, at the end of the day gets down to being about them. With Teddy it was never about him. Well, today we lost a truly remarkable man. To paraphrase Shakespeare: I don't think we shall ever see his like again. I think the legacy he left is not just in the landmark legislation he passed, but in how he helped people look at themselves and look at one another. I apologize for us not being able to go into more detail about the energy bill, but I just think for me, at least, it was inappropriate today. And I'm sure there will be much more that will be said about my friend and your friend, but -he changed the political landscape for almost half a century. I just hope -- we say blithely, you know, we'll remember what we did. I just hope we'll remember how he treated other people and how he made other people look at themselves and look at one another. That will be the truly fundamental, unifying legacy of Teddy Kennedy's life if that happens -- and it will for a while, at least in the Senate. Mr. Secretary, you and your staff are doing an incredible job. I look forward to coming back at a happier moment when you are announcing even more consequential progress toward putting us back in a position where once again can control our own economic destiny. Thank you all very, very much. (Applause.)

Guns at town halls: Are protesters acting within their rights?
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Submitted at 8/26/2009 4:01:11 PM

yours are the reason these protesters are carrying firearms. While I don't necessarily agree Civilized debates come without with protesters carrying firearms guns at demonstrations, I understand David Sirota echoes ["First why they are doing it, and I Amendment trumps Second support their right to do so. It was A m e n d m e n t , " O p i n i o n , journalists like you who fired the syndicated columnist, Aug. 23] first shot by attacking our rights. my personal alarm concerning the It was politicians like Janet g u n s a p p e a r i n g a t p u b l i c Napolitano, who as the head of meetings. the Department of Homeland His Thomas Jefferson quote Security disseminated an official about watering the tree of liberty report labeling supporters of the with the blood of tyrants -- that Second Amendment as "potential makes my blood run cold. right-wing extremists/domestic This madness has got to stop. terrorists." There are means for civilized How many attacks do you think people to solve problems, and a person will tolerate before he or guns are not among them. she starts fighting back? These -- Mary S. Mitchell, Seattle people are making a statement Firearms demonstrators well that they are not going to take it within their rights any more. Instead of continuing David Sirota, thank you for your mindless attacks on our telling the truth. rights, why don't you just start And the truth is you and your realizing there are people out elitist colleagues hide behind your there that do not have the same First Amendment rights to attack opinion as you, and their rights our Second Amendment rights. matter just as much as your rights. Just remember, as Thomas I was both surprised and Jefferson said, "The strongest extremely pleased to see President reason for the people to retain the Obama say these people are right to keep and bear arms is, as within their rights. He recognizes a last resort, to protect themselves and understands why these people against tyranny in government." are making their statement in such Law-abiding gun owners are fed a bold manner. up with elitists like you who think Obama is displaying a level they are above all others and use head by not escalating this further. their positions to spread fear and You, on the other hand, are trying disinformation to attack our to incite a riot. Second Amendment rights. In -- Neil Foster, Renton fact, the publishing of arrogant and ignorant statements such as

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late Sen. Edward Kennedy watch as his casket is moved to a hearse at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., Thursday. Milne/AP An honor guard carries Kennedy's casket to a hearse for its journey to Boston. Remembering Ted How will you remember the late Sen. Edward Kennedy? The body of Sen. Edward Kennedy departed his family's Hyannis Port compound for the final time Thursday, headed for Boston along a sorrowful route that traced his remarkable life and times. The late liberal icon's family assembled in their oceanside home for a private Mass before the motorcade departed for Boston and a two-day public wake inside the JFK Presidential Library. Kennedy's son Patrick, a Rhode Island congressman, greeted a large group of relatives gathered for yet another family funeral before the eyes of a nation. Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, and Maria Shriver, daughter of his late sister Eunice, were among those in attendance. Kennedy's flag-draped, dark wood casket was escorted from the front of the house by a ninemember honor guard on a cool August afternoon. Kennedy, universally known as Teddy, died Tuesday at age 77 after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. His large Irish-Catholic family stood silently, filling the driveway and front porch, when the casket came out at 1:49 p.m. A flag at the compound flew at half-mast, and neighbors watched silently from behind a white picket fence. The black hearse carrying the senator's coffin led the cortege of black limousines and SUVs filled with family members. Two dozen motorcycle police accompanied the group on their mournful trip. The motorcade will make the 70 -mile trek from Cape Cod, where Kennedy spent his final days, to Boston, the city of his birth. Kennedy's casketwill sit inside the library's Stephen E. Smith Center- named for his late brother -in-law, the husband of his last surviving sibling Jean. A makeshift memorial of flowers was growing ever larger outside the museum's front door. Inside the lobby, photos of Kennedy and his brothers stood on a table covered with a white cloth and decorated with white flowers. Kennedy's constituents and other fans of the 47-year Senate veteran arrived at the library early Thursday to sign a guestbook set up in the lobby. "His death is a huge loss for the country," said Acey Meel of Dorchester, Mass., who brought her 6-month-old daughter Maggie. Meel is a married lesbian, and she hailed Kennedy for his efforts on behalf of gay rights. "As a gay woman raising a daughter with a wife, I just felt appreciative," she said, noting Kennedy's commitment "years before it was popular." Once in Boston, the motorcade will drive past several touchstones from the Massachusetts native's past: St. Stephen's Church, where his mother Rose was baptized; 122 Bowdoin St., where his brother John lived while running for Congress in 1946; the JKF Federal Building, where the senator kept his office for years. The final destination was the library, one of Kennedy's pet projects. Public viewing was set to start inside the library at 6 p.m., and run for five hours. He will lie in repose again Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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into an apple orchard in western Massachusetts. The pilot died, as did Ed Submitted at 8/27/2009 1:30:00 PM Moss, a Kennedy aide. The By rite and out of respect, we Senator, then just 32 years old, honor those recently passed with faced months praise for their accomplishments. of recuperation from a serious For Senator Ted Kennedy, who back injury. died on Aug. 25 at age 77, there is Other personal tragedies no shortage in that regard. He followed, as family members boasts the most productive Senate struggled with career in memory, a public life drug abuse, disease and that shaped five decades of premature death. His first wife, national politics and a loving Joan, suffered three miscarriages, family, who will now draw and after their separation, she was together to mourn their loving repeatedly treated for alcoholism. patriarch. Two of his children have battled But for Kennedy, even more cancer, with his oldest, Ted Jr., than for most great men, these losing a leg to the disease at age accomplishments are difficult to 12.(See pictures of a Kennedy separate from the turmoil and family album.) tragedy that he endured A lifetime of hard, and often throughout his life, including selfish, living also took its toll on t r i a l s b o t h p e r s o n a l a n d Kennedy. In 1951, as a freshman professional that arose both by a t H a r v a r d w h o w a s m o r e fate and his own doing. There is i n t e r e s t e d i n f o o t b a l l perhaps no other politician in than his studies, Kennedy A m e r i c a n h i s t o r y w h o h a s arranged for a friend to take his achieved so much despite such spring public controversy and personal Spanish exam. He was caught loss.(Read TIME's tribute to Ted cheating and was subsequently Kennedy.) expelled from the school for Kennedy was only 12 years old two years, during which time he when his oldest brother, Joseph served as a military police officer Jr., in died during a World War II Paris, at the arrangement of his bombing mission. By the age of father. Years later, while he was a 36, Teddy, as law student at his family called him, had lost the University of Virginia, three more siblings, including his Kennedy was arrested for reckless two driving, remaining brothers, Jack and after a chase with police. Bobby, who were killed at the See TIME's complete Ted hands of assassins. Kennedy coverage. In 1964, a plane that Kennedy Download the new TIME was taking to a campaign event BlackBerry app at app.time.com. crashed

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WASHINGTON (CNN)-- He had a name that rang down through generations. Ted Kennedy, far right, with brothers Bobby, center, and Jack in 1948. It was a gilded name in politics, but Ted Kennedy's life was an almost impossible kaleidoscope of outstanding public service, astonishing personal failures and the heavy burden of the unfulfilled legacies and promise of three older brothers: Joseph, Jack and Bobby. "It reminds me, there's a great quote by Ernest Hemingway, who said, 'Everyone is broken by life, but afterwards, some are stronger in the broken places,' " presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said. Ted, the youngest of the Kennedys, became the patriarch of the family at 36 when Bobby-whose 1968 presidential campaign championed the sick, the poor and the elderly -- was assassinated. "Those of us who loved him, and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world," Kennedy said in the eulogy at his brother's funeral.

minimum wage increases, health care, education, immigration reform, and help for the poor, the elderly and the sick. "There are millions of people who counted on this guy every day to stand up for them. And for decades to come, history will talk about his legislative accomplishments and the difference he made in public policy," said Sen. Chris Dodd, DConnecticut. Even before Kennedy's death, colleagues on the right and left mourned his absence in the health care debate. Now they feel it acutely. "Of all the times to lose Ted Kennedy, this is the toughest time, because we're just in too many camps, it's hard to reach In the four decades since that Carter. day, the Kennedy legacy was Ted "For all those whose cares have a c r o s s t h e a i s l e , a n d S e n . Kennedy's to fulfill, and his to been our concern, the work goes Kennedy made it easy to reach write. Watch more about Kennedy on. The cause endures. The hope across the aisle," said Republican and the end of Camelot » still lives, and the dream shall Sen. Lindsey Graham of South It's an imperfect story of an never die," he said in his keynote Carolina. Eventually, someone will fill the often reckless young man who address at the 1980 Democratic Senate seat of Edward Moore lived hard and as a U.S. senator National Convention. drove a car off a bridge after a So Kennedy returned to the Kennedy, but there's pretty much party, killing a young campaign Senate, and over the next 30 years universal agreement that nobody aide. he grew older, wiser and greatly - family or friend -- can take his place. A man has passed, taking He would never be president. admired. The dream of Camelot -- as Jackie In the Senate was redemption. with him a time and an era. The Kennedy legacy is written. Kennedy once described her In the Senate, the dream came All About Edward M. Kennedy• husband's brief presidency -- was alive. In the Senate early in the over the night Kennedy conceded morning, late at night, Ted John F. Kennedy, Jr.• Robert F. the primaries to President Jimmy Kennedy fought and cut deals for Kennedy

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Obama, called the last Kennedy brother, to eulogize Ted at Saturday funeral
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Jaycee Lee Dugard 'found alive 18 years after being kidnapped from Lake Tahoe'
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MSNBC's Chris Matthews is taking a hammering from the right for suggesting that President Obama is now the last Kennedy brother. He said on NBC's "Today" show, " Ted Kennedy, last year, basically designated him the new brother and I don’t mean that in an ethnic sense or a black sense. I mean a brother of the Kennedy tradition." Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh quipped that the mainstream news media would have his head if he used the word "brother" when referring to Obama. Last year Kennedy -- joined in the photo above by his son, Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy, and his niece, presidential daughter Caroline Kennedy-- passed the mantle of Camelot to Obama by endorsing his candidacy. Now, the Kennedy family has asked Obama to give the eulogy at the senator's funeral Saturday, according to White House aides, an opportunity for the president to cement both his legacy and theirs. Consider the history. President Kennedy, felled by an assassin’s bullet at age 46, was remembered at the Democratic convention the following year by one of his brothers. Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy quoted Shakespeare in "Romeo and Juliet":"When he shall die take him and cut him out into stars and he shall make the face of heaven so fine that

all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun." The line softened Bobby, until then seen as a tough power player. When Bobby Kennedy, by then senator from New York and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, was cut down by an assassin at age 42, his brother, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, offered the eulogy: My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to

Published: 7:06PM BST 27 Aug 2009 "We're 99 percent sure it's her," said Lt Les Lovell of the El Dorado Sheriff's Department. He said DNA tests were being conducted. "Her family has been contacted and they are in the process of arranging" a meeting, said Mr Lovell, who was a detective assigned to help investigate the kidnapping in 1991. "We are very confident at this point in time that it is her." Witnesses reported that a vehicle with two people drove up to Jaycee and abducted her while her stepfather, Carl Probyn, was watching on June 10, 1991, the sheriff's department said in a news release on Thursday. "I had personally given up heal it, on Sen. Kennedy’s life hope," Mr Probyn told saw war and tried to stop it. . . . Already he has lionized ABCNews.com. "I had just hoped As he said many times, in many Kennedy as “a great for a recovery" and to find the parts of this leader, who picked up the torch kidnappers. nation, to those he touched and of his fallen brothers and became Instead, he said, "I've actually who sought to touch him: "Some the greatest won the lotto." men see United States senator of our Mr Lovell said two people are things as they are and say why. I time.” in custody in connection with the dream things that never were and Aides say Obama is working on case. say why the speech personally during his The sheriff's department not." family vacation in Martha's scheduled a news conference to The line gave Ted Kennedy Vineyard. If history is any guide, discuss the case later Thursday. more stature. Saturday the president could Now, with Kennedy’s death of influence his own legacy. brain cancer at age -- Johanna Neuman 77, the last brother of the storied Photo credit: Getty Images political family has left the stage. Click here for Twitter alerts. Or What will Obama, at age 48, do follow us@latimestot with the opening? NBC's "TODAY" show: Chris Matthews

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Farewells to Kennedy begin today
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BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- All four living former presidents are expected to join President Obama at Saturday's funeral Mass for Sen. Ted Kennedy, family and law enforcement sources indicated Thursday. Sen. Ted Kennedy's funeral will be held Saturday in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Mission Church. Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton will join Obama at the service in Boston before Kennedy's burial in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington. Obama, who called Kennedy an "extraordinary leader," will deliver a eulogy at the funeral, according to several sources. Kennedy's body will lie in repose Thursday and Friday in the Smith Center at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Massachusetts. Public visiting hours will be held each day. A private family Mass will be celebrated at the senator's home in Hyannis Port at noon Thursday, before the body is moved to the library in an hourlong farewell procession that will wind through the heart of Boston. Kennedy died Tuesday night at his home in Hyannis Port, on Cape Cod, 15 months after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He was 77. A memorial service will be held Friday evening at the Smith Center. Sens. John Kerry and John McCain are expected to be

Ted Kennedy: Barack Obama's health plans could be renamed 'Kennedycare'
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leaves 47 million people without insurance, have so far been dubbed "Obamacare". But as Submitted at 8/27/2009 10:22:47 AM President Barack Obama has By Alex Spillius in Washington struggled to make his case, it has Published: 6:22PM BST 27 Aug become an increasingly pejorative 2009 term. Democratic leaders have begun After Sen Kennedy's death, d i s c u s s i n g a t t a c h i n g S e n Democratic leaders in the Senate K e n n e d y ' s n a m e t o t h e i r are anxious about securing the embattled plans, not just in tribute necessary votes in the 100-seat to his long commitment to the chamber. cause but for the extra support It emerged that within hours of they hope it might bring them. hearing the news of the senator's Sen Robert Byrd of West death, Sen Harry Reid, the Virginia, the only person who Democratic majority leader, served with Sen Kennedy for all c a l l e d D e v a l P a t r i c k , t h e among the speakers. Watch how was then given to the family by his 47 years in the Senate, told Governor of Massachusetts, to Kennedy's death is 'the end of staff members. Watch a profile of ABC News: "In his honour let us urge a change in the state law to Camelot' » Kennedy's wives » stop the shouting and name allow a temporary senator to be Another service, closed to the The proposed grave site is 95 calling and have a civilised debate appointed. public, will be held at 10:30 a.m. feet south of the grave of Sen. on health care reform which I Under the existing rules, a Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Robert Kennedy, the official said. hope, when legislation has been replacement would not be chosen Help Basilica in Boston's Mission Robert Kennedy's grave is, in signed into law, will bear his until a by-election in January. Hill section. The church is known turn, just steps away from the name for his commitment to Just last week Sen Kennedy had as Mission Church and is a short grave of their brother President insuring the health of every urged state leaders to make the distance from the Kennedy John F. Kennedy. American." change, in order to avoid a library. Learn more about Tropical weather could affect Joe Biden, a Senate colleague vacancy when the crucial vote on Kennedy's funeral arrangements » Saturday's ceremonies. for nearly 40 years until he health reform is held. Burial is to take place at 5 p.m. Tropical Storm Danny, now east became Vice President, said: His plea initially won a cool Saturday at Arlington National of the Bahamas, is forecast to "God willing, maybe his loss and reception in Massachusetts, but Cemetery, the senator's office become a Category 1 hurricane by all about him will be the catalyst his death seems to have caused a said. Saturday, a National Hurricane to make people come around and change in opinion. Kennedy is eligible for burial at Center map shows. The storm is begin to compromise to get Mr Patrick said: "I'd like the A r l i n g t o n b e c a u s e o f h i s expected to brush the East Coast something really important done." legislature to take up the bill congressional service and his a n d b e n e a r C a p e C o d b y Plans to overhaul the US health quickly and get it to my desk and service in the Army from 1951 to S a t u r d a y e v e n i n g . care system, which costs more I will sign it." 1953. CNN's John King, Alec Miran than twice the NHS per capita but Army officials and members of and Barbara Starr contributed to Kennedy's staff met at Arlington this report. National Cemetery a few weeks All About Hyannis Port• ago to discuss a plan for the Edward M. Kennedy• Arlington b u r i a l , a s e n i o r D e f e n s e National Cemetery• Robert F. Department official said. The plan Kennedy

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Gov. Corzine: Libya’s Kadafi ‘not welcome in New Jersey’
By Johanna Neuman (Top of the Ticket)
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The Libyan government has owned an embassy (read: 25-room mansion) in Englewood, N.J., since 1982. And Col. Moammar Kadafi, the country’s sometime-pariah president, was planning to stay there – and pitch one of his famous tents on the lawn – during his visit to New York next month for the United Nations General Assembly. In preparing, construction workers were even renovating the place. But the hero’s welcome that Kadafi gave last week to Pan Am 103 terrorist Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi– the only man convicted of killing 270 people by blowing up an airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 – has infuriated the good people of New Jersey. "People are infuriated that a financier of terrorism, who in recent days gave a hero's welcome to a convicted terrorist, would be welcomed to our shores, let alone reside in our city," said Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, the grandson of a Holocaust survivor. " My

Jaycee Lee Dugard found: Kidnap victim safe at police station 18 years after abduction
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citizens are furious, I am furious." "I want him barred from New Jersey," agreed Democratic Rep. John Adler. “Let him land at the U.N. by helicopter, do his business and get out of the country." Ditto Gov. Jon Corzine, up for reelection this year, who declared: "Kadafi is not welcome in New Jersey." The decision by the Scottish government to free the terminally-ill 57-year-old on compassionate grounds infuriated families of

the Lockerbie victims, many of them from New Jersey. And it has sent the State Department searching the law books to see if the government can preclude the Libyan leader from pitching his tent in New Jersey. "We can impose restrictions on the use of diplomatic residences," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the other day. "That's a very broad provision, and we're expecting that we'll be able to come to some sort of

agreement where all of these sensitivities are respected." Why a tent? Kadafi, who has camped out in such beautiful settings as the Elysee Palace in Paris, says the unusual sleeping arrangements help him stay true to his Bedouin roots. -- Johanna Neuman Photo Credit: Mel Evans/Associated Press Click here for Twitter alerts. Or follow us@latimestot

BY Nancy Dillon DAILY NEWS WEST COAST BUREAU CHIEF Updated Thursday, August 27th 2009, 2:46 PM Komenich/Time Life Pictures/Getty Carl and Terry Probyn, the parents of 11-yr-old kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard (below), console each other on spot where their daughter was abducted. LOS ANGELES - A California girl snatched by kidnappers almost two decades ago miraculously has been found alive, cops said today. Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was 11 years old when she was abducted from in front of her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991, was safe at a police station in suburban San Francisco Wednesday and identified herself. The woman believed to be Dugard is now 29. ABC News reported that Philllip and Nancy Garrido, of Concord, Calif., have been charged with kidnapping to JAYCEE page 19

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Obama: Ted Kennedy opened Oval Office door to people like me
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The final journey of Senator Kennedy
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President Obama, awakened by aides at 2 a.m. today with news that Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy had died, looked haunted and grief-stricken today as he tried to frame the legacy of the man they called the "Lion of the Senate." “Even though we have known this day was coming for some time now,” he said, “we awaited it with no small amount of dread.” Unlike his brothers, both felled by assassins' bullets, Obama said, Ted Kennedy's 18-month struggle against brain cancer "has given us the opportunity we were denied when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us: the blessing of time to say thank you -

- and goodbye." Calling him a “singular figure in American history,” Obama said Kennedy had done “extraordinary good,” becoming a guardian for his family and the “defender of a dream” for America. Obama appeared without a tie or

coat on the grass outside his rented compound on Martha's Vineyard, where he is vacationing with First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters. He stood at a makeshift podium. Without his usual teleprompters, Obama read from a paper that was flapping in the breeze.

There he grappled with the question of how much he and other once-marginalized Americans -- blacks and Latinos, women and the disabled -- owed to this youngest brother of the famous Kennedy clan. His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives -- in seniors who know new dignity, in families that know new opportunity, in children who know education's promise, and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just -including myself. You can read the transcript of the president’s remarks below, as provided by the White House. -- Johanna Neuman Photo Credit: Associated Press

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commit rape. They are behind bars on $1 million bail, court records said. Lt. Les Lovell of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department insisted no one had been charged in the case yet. "Since the date of occurrence the investigation has been ongoing and today's events could bring it to resolution," Lt. Bryan Golmitz of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department said. Elated mom Terry Probyn was en route from her Southern California home to meet with her daughter after speaking with her briefly on the phone. "Jaycee remembers everything," Carl Probyn, her stepfather, told CNN. "They talked back and forth and she had the right answers to all my wife's questions." "I would say it's a 99 percent chance it's her. I'm feeling great!" he said. "It's like winning the lotto." Authorities are withholding further details until a press conference set for 3 p.m. today. Dugard was snatched from in front of her home near the Nevada state line on June 10, 1991. A vehicle with two people inside drove up to Jaycee Dugard as she waited for at a school bus stop. They bundled her into the vehicle and drove off as her horrified stepfather watched. The kidnapping terrified the small community and led to a massive manhunt.

3:32 p.m. -- Norwell -People parked and dropped flowers onto the pavement as the motorcade passed on Route 3 near Exit 13. One held a sign that said, "I thank you for what you did for all of us." A young woman stood on a metal barrier and furiously waved an American flag in each hand, straining her arms to lift them as high as she could. 3:24 p.m. -- Duxbury -Mourners from all walks of life lined the motorcade route. Teenagers in sunglasses. Fraillooking elderly women. Businessmen wearing ties. Men in New England Patriots T-shirts. A woman in a bikini top holding up a video camera. Near the Route 3A overpass, a sign read: "Godspeed, Ted." 3:15 p.m. -- Plymouth -Children sat on Jersey barriers along Route 3. Thick crowds lined every overpass. Hundreds more people gathered at the rest stop at Exit 5. At one point, traffic came to a halt on the opposite side of Route (TIME.com: Top Nation and 3. Southbound cars pulled off the US stories) road at awkward angles. Some Submitted at 8/27/2009 1:30:00 PM passengers in stopped cars stood up and watched the procession Natural death did not come through sunroofs. naturally to the Kennedy family. The motorcade raced into Two siblings Kingston and approached Exit 10. brought down in flight; two 3 p.m. -- Bourne -others slain. But now two more A bagpiper played a sorrowful siblings have dirge at the foot of the Sagamore modeled the death that most Bridge as the motorcade left Cape

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Americans say they want and fear they'll miss; both Edward Kennedy and his sister Eunice died within weeks of each other, at home, at peace, surrounded by family, after a race well run. For an eternally public clan that could not rise or fall or sin or stray without every move recorded, even death was a chance to shape the debate one more time.(See pictures from Ted Kennedy's life and career.) Kennedy both fought death and welcomed it, consulted the experts, treated his brain tumor aggressively, but also made his plans and found some peace. President Obama hand delivered a letter from him to Pope Benedict XVI and asked that the Pontiff pray for him. Kennedy finished his memoirs. He soaked up honors and awards. He gathered the family and led the prayers two weeks ago when Eunice died. "It's been a chance for us to bond and be together and share a special time together," said his son Patrick of the final days. "That's a big gift. [It] let us have the chance to tell him how much we love him." Kennedy's wife Vicki, his children and step-children were all with him at the end. "He was ready to go," she told Vice President Joe Biden, who called her Wednesday morning. "But we weren't ready to let him go."(See Kennedy's top 10 legislative battles.) Which makes a certain sense. Kennedy lived his adult life in death's parlor, with no reason to imagine he would live long enough for his hair to go grey, much less white. He barely survived his own plane crash in 1964; he campaigned in 1980 in a bullet proof vest. He carried the guilt of a young life lost, after Mary Jo Kopechne died in the accident he walked away from. He was a close personal acquaintance of grief, and so was present during its visits to other people. Biden recalled Kennedy's ministry after his first wife and daughter died in a car wreck and his sons were critically injured. "He was on the phone with me literally every day in the hospital," Biden said. "I'd turn around and there would be some specialist from Massachusetts, a doc I never even asked for, literally sitting in the room with me." Kennedy spent a lot of time at Walter Reed hospital, with wounded soldiers. He gave a dying Senate reporter a watercolor he'd painted for her nursing home wall. He called every family of the 78 Massachusetts residents who died on September 11, to say "I'm sorry, and I'm here if you need me." He opened his Boston home to colleagues who had to come to town for cancer treatment. "An hour after my sister passed away, he was on the phone," said Senator Chris Dodd. "The moment you needed to hear from someone who could share feelings that are hard to express, Ted Kennedy would be [there]."(See video of Kennedy from the 2008 Democratic National Convention.) For most of us, there are no easy conversations about death and dying, the topic we avoid like the shady stranger in the dark alley. Two out of three people die in hospitals or nursing homes, often alone, too often afraid. When researchers interviewed family members of the recently deceased, half of them said their loved one did not get the support he or she needed at the end. Yet it was the idea that doctors should be encouraged to talk to patients and their families about their wishes that set off a firestorm this summer, one of the most disturbed and distorted debates in many years. The effort to talk about how we die was met with a fury of malice and mischief, the invention of government "death panels," the invocation of ghouls at your bedside judging whether you deserve the care you need. Because Kennedy was the Senate's leading champion of health care reform, even his illness became a debating point. Allies called on lawmakers to honor his legacy, pass real reform; adversaries cited his case as a cautionary tale about too much change. "In countries that have governmentrun health care," warned Iowa's Republican Senator Charles Grassley, "I've been told that the brain tumor that Sen. Kennedy has because he's 77 years old would not be treated the way it's treated in the United States." This would be like saying, he went on, that "when somebody gets to be 85 their life is worth less than when you're 35, and you pull the tubes on them." Never mind that no one has actually proposed any such plan for the U.S. President Obama has talked about whether it made sense for his dying grandmother to receive a hip replacement. Kennedy himself observed that he never needed to worry about his coverage "I have enjoyed the best medical care money (and a good insurance policy) can buy," he wrote in Newsweek and called for the day when all Americans could expect the same. But as a matter of public policy, as opposed to private choice, was the cost and ordeal of Kennedy's treatment worth the extra month of life he won beyond the 14-month average survival time for patients with his diagnosis? And who do we want making that judgment? That is the hard question: but Kennedy's death also raised the simpler one, about how we plan and what we do to improve the odds of a gentle death. He had his family, his doctors, his priest available to discuss his wishes. He did not need to worry that his treatment was being distorted by doctors afraid of being sued. He fought, but he knew when the fight was over, and those who were with him saw hope, not fear. "The truth is, he had expressed to his family that he did want to go," said Father Patrick Tarrant of Our Lady of Victory Church, who was at Kennedy's bedside. "He did want to go to heaven. There was a certain amount peace a lot of peace, actually in the family get-together last night." When his sister Eunice died, Kennedy said that "I know that our parents and brothers and sisters who have gone before are filled with joy to have her by their side again. " Now his family could say the same of him. Download the new TIME BlackBerry app at app.time.com. See TIME's complete Ted Kennedy coverage. See the most memorable quotes by Senator Kennedy.

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Anticipation builds as Kennedy procession rolls towards Boston
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Stew Milne/AP Joseph P. Kennedy II patted the back of the hearse containing his uncle's body before the motorcade left Hyannis Port. By Donovan Slack, Stephanie Ebbert, Noah Bierman, and Maria Sacchetti, Globe Staff Crowds are gathering in Boston today along the route of a motorcade that is carrying the casket of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy from the Kennedy family's Cape Cod compound to the city, where the procession will make a winding journey through the city's streets before ending up at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The motorcade's route through the city is expected to pass a number of places that were touchstones in Kennedy's life -and give Massachusetts residents loyal to Kennedy a chance to wave goodbye to the legendary liberal lawmaker who represented the state for nearly 50 years. I loved him so much. Kennedy was so good to us, the immigrants, said Teresa Antonelli, 82, an Italian immigrant who staked out a spot in front of St. Stephen's Church in the North End, hoping to see the hearse pass by. Were his family, she said as her voice broke. We loved him so much, and well miss him so much. The motorcade left the Kennedys' Hyannis Port house shortly after 2 p.m. for the trip to the museum, where Kennedy will

lie in repose this evening and Friday before his funeral and burial Saturday. Kennedy, 77, died Tuesday night after a 15-month-long battle with brain cancer. He is being remembered as the scion of a storied family who, while flawed, was a tireless champion of liberal

causes. In the North End, where the motorcade is expected to pass St. Stephen's, where Kennedy's mother, Rose, was baptized and her funeral was held, people began staking out spaces this afternoon, some sitting on benches, or on the curb, and

others bringing their own chairs. Mothers stopped their strollers and people poked their heads out of red-brick tenement windows. Patricia Vecera, 56, from Austin, Texas, a retired woman who was in town to visit a friend, brought a dining room chair to sit on.

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Cod. Hundreds of mourners gathered, clutching flags and holding signs. "My hero, Uncle Teddy." "Forever ours, Senator Kennedy." At the pinnacle of the bridge, a man in a T-shirt stood with two young girls, one tucked under each arm, with each holding her hand over her heart. On Route 3 on the other side of the bridge, a family sat watching and waiting in the back of a black pick up truck. 2:46 p.m. -- Sandwich -On Route 6 near Exit 4, a handwritten sign read: "Fair winds and calm seas." At Exit 3, a small girl standing with her parents held a small sign that said, "We Love You." 2:37 p.m. -- West Barnstable -People stood three-deep in the median of Route 149, applauding and shouting thank you as the procession of cars looped around the on-ramp to Route 6. Two signs hoisted in the crowd read, "Thank you Teddy," and "Goodbye Ted, God Bless." On the highway, crowds lined up behind metal barriers, waving and cheering at the Oak Street overpass. Dozens of people looked down from the cement bridge, where a half-dozen American flags waved gently. Traffic stood still on the opposite side of the highway. On the overpass near Exit 5, a sign read: "The dream will never die." 2:28 p.m. -- Hyannis -The procession drove on Route 132, heading towards Route 6. Cars parked alongside the road and families gathered, some with lawn chairs. Along Route 132, members of the Hyannis Fire Department stood at attention in the grassy median strip, saluting the motorcade as it passed under a huge American flag hoisted high on a crane. 2:20 p.m. -- Hyannis Port At the intersection of Erin Lane and Scudder Avenue, a man stood beside his pickup truck, holding his baseball cap over his heart. Others along the road snapped photographs, some took video, others waved, and broke into applause. Two children watched from front row seats atop an old station wagon. 2:13 p.m. -- Hyannis Port -Hundreds of people in shorts and T-shirts lined Scudder Avenue, the road leading away from the compound as the motorcade passed. Toddlers waved tiny American flags. Mothers held children in their arms. Several onlookers hoisted signs. "Thank you Senator Kennedy" "We Love You Teddy." And simply, "Thank You." Two women stood watching with tears streaming down their cheeks, holding their hands over their hearts. Two men hoisted a large American flag aloft. 2:04 -- Hyannis Port -The hearse began to roll slowly down the driveway toward Boston. Several other vehicles followed in the motorcade, including a green and white Peter Pan bus. 1:52 p.m. -- Hyannis Port -The two members of the honor guard stopped onto the driveway. The serviceman at the foot of the casket offered a stiff salute. More members of the honor guard filled in along the side of the coffin and lifted it. They carried it a short distance down the driveway to the back door of the waiting hearse. They paused and then placed the casket slowly, inches at a time, into the hearse. Kara Kennedy, briefly wiped away tears, but most family members were stoic, with their hands clasped in front of them. The senator's two granddaughters briefly embraced before the family dispersed into waiting limousines. 1:47 p.m. -- Hyannis Port -Senator Kennedy left his beloved Cape Cod home for the last time. Two members of the honor guard rolled the casket, draped in an American flag, out the front door of the storied Hyannis Port compound. The two members of the honor guard -- one at the head, one at the foot -- guided the casket off of the white front porch. Family members dressed in black filed out behind it and stood waiting and watching in the circular driveway. Vicki Kennedy stood at the head of the gathered family, Jean Kennedy beside her, the Senator's four young grandchildren immediately behind them. On the driveway, the full honor guard lifted the casket stepped slowly in formation down the driveway. 1:45 p.m. -- Hyannis Port -Members of the Kennedy family stood on the porch and prepared to leave in the motorcade to Boston. The group included Doug Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy; Kara Kennedy; and Joe Kennedy and his wife, Beth. Anthony Shriver checked in with his father, Sargent Shriver, who sat in a waiting car. 1:37 p.m. -- Hyannis Port -The senator's stepson, Curran Raclin, sat on the back porch of the family home with William Kennedy Smith, who spoke on a cellphone. Max Kennedy bounded energetically back onto the driveway, where he waved at waiting press and aides. 1:13 p.m. -- Hyannis Port -The young Ted Kennedy III emerged from the house and tossed his long blond hair out of his eyes. He walked to the driveway, where waiting cars assembled. 1:09 p.m. -- Hyannis Port -The family members gathered on the porch included Anthony Shriver, who was talking to the senator's son, US Representative Patrick Kennedy. The senator's grandson, Max, sat barefoot on the porch railing. Max's mother is Kara Kennedy, the senator's daughter. 12:50 p.m. -- Hyannis Port -Clapping could be heard inside the main house at the Kennedy compound. Four members of the honor guard processed around the side of the home and into the residence. Shortly afterward, family began to emerge onto the porch where they gathered, some holding hands, others talking and laughing. 12:49 p.m. -- Hyannis Port The Mass is being held in the sun room inside the family home at the Kennedy compound. The room overlooks Nantucket Sound and is where the Kennedys have traditionally celebrated Mass. The officiant is the Rev. Donald McMillan from Boston College. The nine-member armed forces honor guard includes representatives from all the branches of the military. 12:38 p.m. -- Hyannis Port The Mass is underway inside the Kennedy compound. A woman in a black dress was visible through the front window, a child in her arms with the child's arms around her neck. A flag flew at half-staff in the center of the circular driveway on the compound surrounded by clusters of fading brown hydrangeas. A handful of neighbors are watching quietly behind a white picket fence. Uniformed members of an honor guard gathered at the side of the white-shingled, greenshuttered house, then moved to the front porch. From the porch, a seagull flew around and landed on the driveway, and a calico cat crept around the home. Crickets chirped in the silence. 11:58 a.m. -- Hyannis Port About two dozen motorcycle police from Barnstable, Brockton, and the Massachusetts State Police lined up outside the Kennedy compound. A half dozen empty black limousines and several black Cadillac Escalade sport utility vehicles rolled into the compound, preparing to pick up family members for the procession to Boston. Inside the home, family members gathered for a private Mass as the senator lay in repose. Dozens of members of the media tested microphones and watched closely of any sign of activity. Children in bathing suits with towels around their necks watched from the porches of neighboring houses. --By Jenna Russell, Globe Staff

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Ted and Harvard, 1962
By Hendrik Hertzberg (Hendrik Hertzberg)
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In 1962, any suggestion that Edward Moore Kennedy might someday be rightly eulogized as a great senator—one of the greatest ever, the lion of the Senate, a wise and skilled legislator, an unbending paladin of American liberalism at its practical best, a fitting occupant of the seat of Daniel Webster and Charles Sumner—would have been greeted with a coffee-spraying horse laugh, especially in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The youngest and reputedly stupidest of Joseph P. Kennedy’s nine children had finally graduated from Harvard in 1956, two years after the rest of his entering class. (He had to take a leave after getting caught having a friend take an exam for him.) Now, just six years out of college, he was running for senator—for his brother’s vacated seat, which the family had arranged to be kept warm by a temporary appointee, an old Harvard roommate of J.F.K.’s. There’s a legend that Harvard and the Kennedys were in love with each other, but at Teddy’s alma mater the reactions to his presumption ranged from outrage and contempt to disrepect and exasperation. The HarvardRadcliffe Young Democratic Club endorsed his opponent in the primary and, after he won, refused to endorse him in the general. Those few students who favored his candidacy did so mainly for self-consciously “hardnosed” reasons: he was J.F.K.’s brother, he would be a reliable supporter

of the Administration, he would be a sure winner in November. Ted’s faculty supporters, a relative handful, had various motives, but one of them, surely, a prudent desire to avoid irritating the President and Harvard colleagues in the White House, such as Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (lately professor of history), and McGeorge Bundy (lately dean of the faculty of arts and sciences). Some Harvard types opposed Teddy because he wasn’t leftwing enough to suit them, but more, including a lot of big J.F.K. fans, turned up their noses at the kid brother simply because he had no experience (unless you count a short spell as one of several assistant district attorneys in Suffolk County), no ideas (unless “He Can Do More For Massachusetts” counts as an idea), and no qualifications, apart from being a member of a famous and powerful political family. It was more than a little silly that the dynastic angle was held so strongly against him, given that everyone else in the race was a dynast, too. I was a sophomore at the time and a denizen of the Crimson, the undergraduate daily. My main contribution to our campaign coverage was a dull, rather credulous piece about the undergraduate days of Teddy’s Republican opponent, the somewhat dreamy, somewhat liberal George Cabot Lodge II, class of ’50. (The third-party “peace” candidate, H. Stuart Hughes, was not a Harvard grad. His only connection to Harvard was that he was a tenured professor of European history.) I wasn’t quite as hostile to Teddy as

most of my fellow “Crimeds,” but I had no great objections to our editorial endorsing Hughes. This was years before Vietnam revolutionized student politics; the Crimson’ s editorialists modelled themselves on the Economist, not the East Village Other. The preferred tone was lofty, languid, and condescending. A few excerpts: The weary, shopworn mechanisms of Massachusetts politics have finally broken down this year. Out of the process of nominating and selecting candidates for the U.S. Senate have come Edward M. Kennedy and George Cabot Lodge, two men of no particular qualification for any political position. *** Kennedy, who will almost certainly win this election, is a political curiosity by any standards… His immaturity, inexperience, disinclination to debate with his opponents or to run on any platform save his brother’s are by now obvious facts. *** Kennedy is no doubt preposterous, and a symptom of political sickness, but the real sickness is in the system that produced both candidates, and has insisted that the voters choose between them. *** Hughes, certainly, is not the best possible Independent candidate. The CRIMSON agrees with little of his platform. He has not put forward his ideas with extraordinary intelligence or clarity, and although he has never equalled his opponents banality, he has failed to raise the level of

the campaign as he hoped to. Yet for all that, he speaks for a section of American political life that needs enlarging. Nothing so substantial as this can be said of Kennedy or Lodge. Voting for, and hence electing, either of them will make not the smallest difference to the country. A large vote for Hughes might. To vote for Hughes is to protest a decrepit, uncaring political system in Massachusetts and to encourage the Kennedy Administration to enact more liberal legislation. In a Senate race of such breathtaking mediocrity, it seems the only reasonable vote. The only person on the Crimson who was really enthusiastic about Teddy Kennedy was our star shutterbug, Donal Holway, and he was on the Kennedy organization’s payroll—he had a term-time job as the official campaign photographer. Late one night, a little before the election, a bunch of us were sitting around the newsroom in the Crimson building talking, as was our wont. When the conversation turned to politics, the two or three Radcliffe girls (as the female counterparts of Harvard boys were then called) present were especially dismissive of Teddy. The door opened, and in from the street came Don Holway. A few steps after him, smiling and striding and carrying Don’s canvas bags of cameras and lenses, there was Ted Kennedy, bigger than life. He was impossibly handsome. He dumped Don’s bags in the darkroom, stopped for a few words of friendly chat, made eye contact with everyone, and was gone.

We were junior sophisticates, scornful of “mediocrity” and the rest, but we were dazzled. The “girls,” for their part, literally swooned. The tingle of excitement was something they—we—never forgot. That Crimson editorial again: Neither candidate stands for anything—a set of convictions, a record in office, or even a definite program. They have no opinions, only prejudices they do not argue, only assert. In short, they are conventional senatorial candidates, though a little worse than most. Neither believes in anything, neither has any force or imagination, and it seems entirely safe to say that neither would greatly dignify the Senate. That was unfair to George Lodge, who joined the Harvard Business School faculty a few months after the election, had what appears to have been a distinguished career teaching and writing about international economic development, especially in Latin America, and is now a professor emeritus. About Teddy it was less unfair—and also completely wrong. The road was long and bumpy, the setbacks spectacular and often self-inflicted. For the final twenty-five years of his nearly half-century-long senatorial career, Edward Kennedy was a statesman of extraordinary conviction, force, and imagination. It is entirely safe to say that he greatly dignified the Senate. And the nation.

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reform. But a new law to arrange a senatorial temp is not a done deal. For one thing, the state Submitted at 8/27/2009 1:30:00 PM senate president, though a Ted Kennedy's death was one of Democrat, is not close to Patrick. those rare events that can pause It's not even clear that a flippolitics but nothing can stop flopping political power play to politics. Massachusetts now has install an interim appointee the an open Senate seat for the first name of former governor Michael t i m e i n 2 5 y e a r s , a n d t h e Dukakis has popped up would maneuvering over his succession help pass health-care reform. has already begun. Democrats on Capitol Hill might The first question is when that be better off keeping Kennedy's succession will happen. A 2004 seat empty and then using the law calls for the seat to remain sympathy generated by his death vacant until an election in five as an excuse to ram through months. At the time the law was health-care legislation by majority formulated, the Democratic- v o t e . ( S e e p i c t u r e s o f T e d dominated legislature wanted to Kennedy, Lion of the Senate.) prevent then governor Mitt The next question is what Vicki Romney from appointing a wants. Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Republican if Senator John Kerry the Senator's widely admired became President. But before his widow, is from a Louisiana death, Kennedy proposed that political family. She has stayed Governor Deval Patrick be out of Massachusetts politics, and allowed to appoint an interim word leaked during the Senator's Senator who pledged not to seek illness that she wasn't interested in the seat permanently. Today, succeeding him. But she would be Patrick endorsed the idea of an overwhelming favorite for the changing the law to make sure seat if she wanted it, and until she that his state maintains full publicly makes her wishes clear, representation a n d t h a t nothing will be clear.(Read about Democrats maintain 60 votes in Vicki Kennedy.) the Senate. The state house Then there's former speaker signaled his agreement. Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy Democrats still control Beacon II, the late Senator's charismatic Hill, and the Democrats who now and passionate (though not control Washington fear that the overwhelmingly popular) nephew. loss of their filibuster-proof He's been away from politics for a majority will imperil Kennedy's decade and hasn't indicated cherished cause of health-care interest in his uncle's seat, but he hasn't indicated non-interest, and he would also be a big favorite. He's got solid Washington experience and $1.7 million in his federal campaign fund and this is the "Kennedy seat," claimed by JFK in 1952 and passed to Ted in 1962. Of course, the Kennedy name is no guarantee Caroline, the late President's daughter, recently botched her play for a Senate appointment in New York, and Kathleen, RFK's daughter, lost a governor's race in Maryland. But a Kennedy would be hard to beat in Massachusetts. Especially now.(See pictures of a Kennedy family album.) A Kennedy would probably clear the Democratic field, but a Kennedy-less race would be a free -for-all, not only because Senate seats open up so rarely, but because elected officials would be able to run without risking their day jobs. The favorite from outside the family might be popular Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who is likely to be the only woman in the field and the only candidate who has won statewide. But Coakley will start at a fundraising disadvantage because she can't transfer state contributions to a federal account, while several sitting Congressmen are sitting on large war chests. The most formidable candidates would be Barney Frank and Ed Markey, who were considered the most likely successors to Kerry. But they're both chairmen of powerful House committees overseeing financial services and climate, respectively; sacrificing their seniority for the Senate would be a step down for them. The more likely congressional candidates are Michael Capuano, the liberal former mayor of Somerville, and Steven Lynch, a socially conservative former president of an ironworker's union from South Boston. They each have more than $1 million in their campaign funds. Former Congressman Marty Meehan, best known for authoring campaignfinance legislation, still has about $5 million in his account; he's pledged to keep his job as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, but Senate seats don't pop up every day. Congressmen Richard Neal, James McGovern and William Delahunt aren't expected to run but hey, they've got nothing to lose if they do. "It'll be a battle and a half," says Phil Johnston, a former Dukakis aide and former head of the state party. On the Republican side, well, it probably won't matter what happens on the Republican side. Massachusetts often elects Republican governors, but it hasn't sent a Republican to Washington since 1994 and it hasn't had a Republican Senator since 1979. Names like businessman Jeff Beatty, former lieut. governor Kerry Healey and former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan have been thrown around, but it's not clear whether any of them want to be a sacrificial lamb. "A Republican running for federal office in Massachusetts faces a 10-to-15point drag vs. that same person running for state office," says GOP consultant Rob Gray. "Ever since the Gingrich era, it's been tough." The candidates will all tread gingerly until after Kennedy is laid to rest and probably until after Vicki and then Joe make their intentions clear. But even if one of them runs, it's no sure thing that they would do so unopposed. Dynasties don't last forever; the Kennedy seat was once the "Lodge seat," held by Henry Cabot Lodge Sr. and then Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. before John snatched it from Junior and Ted kept it from Junior's son George. And Ted's passing, after all, is the end of an era. Download the new TIME BlackBerry app at app.time.com. See TIME's complete Ted Kennedy coverage. See the most memorable quotes by Senator Kennedy.

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needy. The Kennedys did. They had a lot, but they gave a lot back. At St. Stephen's Church, Rev. Kevin Hays recalled meeting Kennedy and Kennedy offering to help the church in its mission to help the poor in Latin America countries. "I'll be standing out front," Hays said, "to say goodbye." Sisters Carole Rucker, 63, and Barbara Jutte, 64, in town to visit Rucker's son, set up red folding chairs and ate pizza. The senator had a national influence, more than just for the state of Massachusetts, Jutte said. Hes done tremendously good work for the whole country. Near City Hall, a platform where Mayor Thomas M. Menino and his wife, Angela, are scheduled to pay their respects was wrapped in red, white and blue bunting. Street sweepers scurried down the route. More than a dozen television cameras were at the ready outside nearby Faneuil Hall, where the bell is expected to ring 47 times as the hearse passes by, one for each of Kennedy's years in the Senate. An exchange student from Spain was capturing the scene on her camcorder. Miriam Albert Sobrino and some of her classmates from Holy Cross in Worcester had already scheduled a trip to Boston for sightseeing before Kennedy's death. Now the 27-year-old was smack in the middle of a historic moment. Sobrino said that back home in Spain, the Kennedy family is known as American royalty and his support for President Barack Obama in the last election heightened that reputation. Deb Gott and her husband were vacationing in Boston when Kennedy died and made a special point to take time out from sightseeing today to honor the senator. Gott, who works in a federally funded health care program in Tennessee, said that she kept close track of Kennedy's work on health care for professional purposes, but personally, she harbors deep admiration for Kennedy and his family's values. "They just have a strong commitment to community service all the way through that family," said Gott, as she waited. "We could all stand a bit more of that." Littleton resident George Pappas took the day off from his job as a marketing consultant, gathered up his 11-year-old son -who would have spent the day playing basketball with his friends -- and headed to Boston to honor Kennedy instead. "I thought this would be a great moment in history for my son to take part in and for me to pay my respects," Pappas said as he and his grinning son, Matt, clad in a too-long Celtics jersey, waited for the motorcade. By 3:15 p.m. Hanover Street at the north end of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway was full of mourners. Jennifer Collins, 27, East Boston, was waiting excitedly to be part of history. Even though I wasn't alive during Camelot, Ive just been fascinated with the Kennedys," she said. Collins said she had long wanted to work in the government or non-profit sector in Washington, D.C. I always hoped that Id work in a Washington where there was still a Senator Kennedy there," she said. How can you be in this area, in this environment, and not think of them? said Trisha Malphrus, 40, of Wakefield. She was sitting in her wheelchair near the North End fountains on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Malphrus, who has multiple sclerosis, said she had met Kennedy personally more than once and considered him and his family heroes of the disabled community. The whole family didn't have to work, they didn't have to do anything, they didn't have to step out and do so much for the community," she said. At the Kennedy Library, the final destination today for the procession, the parking lot outside was overrun with media, their trucks, and their cables. An EMS tent was set up. Dozens of people waited in line for the evening's public wake. A makeshift tribute site was set up on the curved wall by the entrance to the museum, including a large, red-and-white floral wreath with two American flags tucked into it, five bouquets of flowers, a teddy bear, and a Red Sox cap. Nearby, Evan Couper, 9, of Weymouth, knelt down to say a prayer for the senator. "He helped a lot of people," Couper said. Coaching him was his aunt, Susan Abbott. She said she met the senator several times. She said she once had an antique John F. Kennedy pin that she wanted to give to him but, "He goes, "No, no, no, you keep that, that's going to be valuable some day.'" "He's just a great guy," she said. Plans had called for the motorcade to leave the compound at 12:30 p.m. after a private Mass. But it left about 1 1/2 hours late. Kennedy is scheduled to lie in repose tonight at the library from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. as well as 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Both events are open to the public. A private memorial service is slated for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, with speakers including Vice President Joe Biden. On Saturday, a private funeral Mass will be said at a Mission Hill basilica and Kennedy will be buried later the same day in Arlington National Cemetery, where he will be buried next to his brothers, John F. and Robert F. Kennedy.

Man convicted for murdering his girlfriend in Dorchester
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By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff A Suffolk Superior Court jury this afternoon convicted Jose Torres of first degree murder for the brutal killing of his girlfriend inside her Dorchester apartment while her four children were at home. The jury of eight women and four men returned the verdict on the sole charge Torres faced this afternoon. He faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole when sentenced later this afternoon by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Fahey. Torres was convicted of beating, strangling, and cutting the throat of Melissa Santiago, his girlfriend of three weeks, in her Washington street apartment in Dorchester on March 8, 2008. One of her four children took the stand during Torres's trial and testified about seeing Torres as he assaulted Santiago. Santiagos killing was discovered on Sunday, March 10, when her two sons went to a neighbors apartment and told the woman their mother was sleeping. The woman dialed 911, but in a computer software mistake police say has since been fixed, officers were sent to downtown Boston, not Dorchester. Authorities said in 2008 that Santiago had been dead for several hours before they were alerted, meaning the mistake did not cost the woman her life. Attorneys made their closing MAN page 27

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Their families were longtime friends, and she had once interned in the mailroom of his Senate office. Still, Ted Kennedy and Vicki Reggie were a most unlikely match. When their paths crossed in June 1991, he was a hard-partying politician whose indiscretions and appetites had become a national joke. She was a whip-smart single mom, more than 20 years his junior, who had little time for a social life as she balanced the needs of her two small children with the demands of a high-powered legal career. But when Ted attended a 40th anniversary dinner she threw for her parents, they talked for hours in the kitchen. He was smitten. Related Audio TIME's political team discusses how Ted Kennedy’s death will affect the health care debate, who’s likely to replace Kennedy – and how that process could play out. Download| Subscribe Vicki was born in 1954 in Louisiana. Her parents, the Reggies a judge and a Democratic National Committee member were friends with the Kennedys going back to the 1956 convention, when they supported Jack for Vice President; in 1980, Vicki's mother Doris was the only convention delegate from

Louisiana to vote for Ted for President. Vicki had interned in Kennedy's office in 1976, the summer she graduated with honors from Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans. She and Ted had seen each other at social occasions with her parents over the years. When they started dating, he had been divorced for nearly a decade from his first wife, Joan, and she was the divorced mother of a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy.(Read "Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009: The Brother Who Mattered Most.") By Labor Day, Kennedy, then 59, was showing up at her house every night for dinner. As Vicki later recounted to Kennedy biographer Adam Clymer, "He called me and said, 'You've got these kids. I know you won't go out more than a couple of times a week. I really want to see more of you. So I am going to come to dinner at your house.' " Often, those dinners were interrupted by the needs of her children; she once tried to apologize, but he wouldn't hear it. "No, you don't understand," he told her. "A child calling 'Mother' is the most beautiful sound in the world." He proposed during a performance of La Bohème in January 1992, but they managed to keep their engagement a secret until Vicki's daughter spilled the news two months later to a kindergarten classmate, whose parent happened to be a Washington Post reporter.

They were married in front of his living-room fireplace on July 3; his gift to her was a painting of daffodils. At first, the surprise in Washington's power circles was such that some people whispered that the relationship was nothing more than a marriage of political expedience. His Massachusetts approval ratings were dipping below 50%, and he badly needed a fresh story line to lay on top of the embarrassment that came with his testifying in the 1991 Palm Beach rape trial of his nephew William Kennedy Smith and the subsequent indignity of having to sit mute through the sexualharassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. In his 1994 re-election campaign, Kennedy faced a surprisingly strong challenge from a squeaky-clean businessman named Mitt Romney; Vicki turned out to be Ted's biggest asset.(Read "Joe Klein: How Ted Kennedy Found Himself.") But as years went by, those who were close to him began to realize that Ted's relationship with Vicki had finally put his tumultuous private life on track. For the first time, Ted Kennedy was part of a family that seemed ... normal. He showed up at soccer games and went trick-or-treating. I interviewed him one evening in 1994 at their home in McLean, Va.; several times during the session, Vicki popped in to assure

me that the wailing down the hall was nothing more serious than the protests of a little boy who didn't want a loose tooth pulled. Vicki kept Ted focused and grounded, sometimes to the point that her influence caused tension with the larger Kennedy clan. And when he became ill, she was his protector, overseeing his treatment and deciding when and where he could make his rare public appearances. It was widely reported that Ted wanted to see Vicki replace him in the Senate, though family sources insist that she is not interested in the job.(See pictures of the Lion of the Senate, Ted Kennedy.) Ted Kennedy was redeemed in his third act, and that redemption couldn't have happened without Vicki. "I had not ever really intended to get married again," the Senator once told the New York Times. "The people who had been closest to me over the course of my life had disappeared, with that enormous amount of emotion and feeling and love, I thought I probably wouldn't want to go through that kind of experience again." Giving his heart one more chance was probably the best decision Ted Kennedy ever made. See pictures of a Kennedy family album. See a video of Kennedy's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The Irony Of Ted Kennedy
By Matt Zeitlin (ted kennedy WordPress.com Search)
Submitted at 8/27/2009 12:24:44 PM

When I first saw that Ted Kennedy had died, I had my own blog-obit already planned out. I was going to talk about despite having the least impressive natural endowments of the three political Kennedy brothers, how he actually achieved the most good of any of them (not the most original point, I know). But then Dylan, despite it being very early in the morning/late at night on the East Coast, explained his policy achievements much better than I could. Then Tim Noah’s obit went up, and yeah, that’s really what I was getting after. But here are some scattered thoughts. I guess what’s so interesting about Kennedy is the sharp contrast between his staggering substantive accomplishments and the procedural travesty that was his political existence. To put it simply, he never really worked for anything, and none of his accomplishments — with the exception of all the legislation for which he’s responsible — were very much a reflection of anything besides the luck of his birth. He got into Harvard because he was Kennedy, and then got kicked out for cheating. He enlisted in the Army because he was draft eligible, but through his father’s connections got a plumb job at IRONY page 29

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arguments in the downtown Boston courthouse yesterday, and here is the Globe's account: The key to Jose Torress mind and the answer to the question of who brutally murdered Melissa Santiago in her Dorchester apartment while her four children were home was laid out in Torress own handwriting, attorneys told a Boston jury today. Suffolk Assistant District Attorney David Deakin said Torres in January 2008 foreshadowed the savage murder of Santiago when he wrote in his journal that today was a really good day. But out of nowhere I got filled with rage... Im afraid that one day Im going to blow up on someone Liquidation time. But defense attorney Jeffrey T. Karp said that a few days before Santiago was strangled with an electrical cord and had her throat cut twice with a knife as she fought for her life, Torres wrote an acrostic love poem to her. M -- is for the magnificent love you give me E --is for the everlasting love we have L -- is for love the love that I have for you L -- is for the life we will have together I -- is for the intelligence you have S -- is for being so sweet to me A -- is for always being so beautiful Torres, who misspelled his girlfriend's name, had moved in with the 29-year-old three weeks before her death on March 8, 2008. Torres is on trial in Suffolk Superior Court for first-degree murder. Closing arguments were delivered today before the jury begins its deliberations. Deakin told the jury that Torres finally executed his liquidation time plan inside Santiagos Washington street apartment after she taunted him over his masculinity and scratched him in the face as they argued. While the four children -- the oldest was just 5 years old were home, Deakin said Torres beat Santiago in the head and then strangled her and cut her throat to make sure she was dead. He also told the oldest of Santiagos children, who saw parts of the attack, that Santiago was just sleeping and it was time to go to bed, Deakin said. One son, who is now 6 years old, took the stand and told of how he saw his mother being attacked in the kitchen and collapse onto the kitchen table. The boy identified the attacker as Jose, but was not asked to identify Torres as the same person. Deakin also said DNA evidence links Torres to the murder, including traces of Santiagos blood that was found on his gym bag, and on one of his sandals recovered after the killing. Every single piece of evidence points in one direction and only in one direction, Deakin said as he pointed at Torres while a color photograph showing Santiago's battered face was displayed behind him.That man murdered Melissa Santiago in cold blood. Karp seized upon the same information and said prosecutors and Boston police have vigorously investigated Santiagos killing, which he described as a horrific, brutal crime, a savage, savage killing. But Torress written words expressed how he felt about Santiago. Is that poem from a man with a plan to brutally murder this woman?" he asked jurors. He cared for her childrenHe genuinely wanted to see her improve her life. Karp said a time line built by prosecutors exonerates Torres. He said a neighbor last saw Santiago and Torres together smiling and joking around 10 p.m. And the MBTA reported that Torres's Charlie Card was then used on the Route 23 bus at 11:30 p.m. During that time, Karp said, prosecutors allege he murdered his girlfriend, shooed the children into their beds, packed up all of his belongings, tried to eliminate physical evidence linking him to the crime, and got on the bus somewhere in Boston. That is a lot of things do in that amount of time, he said.

Thousands turn out to pay respects to Ted Kennedy
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By Tom Leonard in Boston Published: 7:27PM BST 27 Aug 2009 Crowds waved flags and placards – one well-wisher played the bagpipes – as a hearse took the Massachusetts senator's coffin 70 miles from the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port following a private family mass there. Senator Kennedy died aged 77 on Tuesday night after a 15month battle with brain cancer, drawing tributes from around the world. His funeral on Saturday is due to be attended by all five living US presidents, with Barack Obama breaking off from his holiday in Martha's Vineyard to deliver a eulogy.

Silly season dash for stock trash turns absurd
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the idea too far. The performance of many crisis casualties has been stunning. Citi Submitted at 8/27/2009 8:13:02 AM and BofA have risen about fourB y R o b e r t C y r a n , fold and six-fold, respectively, off Breakingviews.com their lows. This isn't surprising Published: 4:13PM BST 27 Aug based on history - just look at the 2009 stunning recovery Citi made in Bank of America, Citigroup, the early 1990s. Financial shares Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a r e h e a v i l y g e a r e d t o t h e have accounted for more than economy. A recovery means 40pc of all trading on the New fewer borrowers default, so York Stock Exchange so far this forecasts get less bad quickly. week. Yet Wall Street, as it When banks step away from the always does, appears to be taking brink, investors reduce the discount to book values. The case for Fannie and Freddie appears more dubious. Shares of both have gained more than threefold in August. The real-estate market is perking up - home prices actually rose in July, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Index. But these two companies were effectively nationalised in November. Moreover, the two would need huge capital injections to reach adequate levels: the firms have $5.4 trillion of combined investments and guarantees on their books. And then there's the truly ridiculous. Internet telephony firm Vonage has seen its stock surge more than four-fold since August 24 on talk of an application for the iPhone. This is odd given Apple's partner, AT&T, presumably wouldn't be happy about the idea. What's more, Vonage sells cut-rate telecom service, so, unlike banks, isn't a natural play on economic recovery. Furthermore, Vonage's revenue is shrinking as customers find cheaper options. Its assets are worth less than its liabilities. Short-covering doesn't even look to blame. This simply seems like a case of aimless investor bargain hunting - because Vonage shares look "cheap" at less than $3 apiece. The dash for trash is on. But make no mistake - a lot of investors will be left holding garbage.

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Woman May Be Girl Abducted in 1991
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Her family has been contacted and they are in the process of arranging a meeting, said Lovell, Submitted at 8/27/2009 1:30:00 PM who was a detective assigned to (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) help investigate the kidnapping in Sheriff's officials said Thursday 1991. "We are very confident at they believe a woman who this point in time that it is her." walked into a police station had Dugard's stepfather, Carl been kidnapped as an 11-year-old Probyn, said the news was like in 1991 outside her South Lake winning the lottery. "To have this Tahoe home. Two people were happen where we get her back a r r e s t e d o n s u s p i c i o n o f alive, and where she remembers kidnapping. things from the past, and to have The woman came into a San people in custody is a triple win," Francisco Bay area police station he told The Sacramento Bee. and said she was Jaycee Lee Witnesses said a vehicle with Dugard, a blond, ponytailed girl two people drove up to Dugard when she was abducted as she and abducted her while her headed to a school bus stop 18 stepfather was watching on June years ago, said sheriff's Lt. Les 10, 1991, the Sheriff's Department Lovell of the El Dorado Sheriff's said in a news release Thursday. Department. "We're 99 percent In media reports at the time, the sure it's her," Lovell said. He said girl's stepfather said he heard DNA tests were being conducted. Jaycee scream then jumped on a The woman was in good health. It bicycle and frantically pedaled was not immediately clear when after the car in a failed effort to s h e h a d s u r f a c e d a t t h e follow it up a hill. He then turned station.(See a gallery of TIME's around and screamed at neighbors Top 10 Unsolved Crimes.) to call 911. Lovell said Concord police did Probyn said his wife, Terry, had an investigation after the woman spoken with Dugard by phone on surfaced, and he received a call Wednesday. He said the mother Wednesday from investigators and their 19-year-old daughter who had tentatively identified her were flying from their Southern as Dugard. California home to meet with Dugard in Northern California. Investigators first visited with his wife about three weeks ago, he said. Probyn said he endured years of suspicion from FBI agents who believed he may have been involved in the abduction. He eventually lost hope that he would ever see his stepdaughter alive. "Then you pray that you get her body back so there is an ending," Probyn said. Lovell said investigators have been working the case consistently since she was abducted and new leads had surfaced over time. "You bet it's a surprise. This is not the normal resolution to a kidnapping," he said. Jimmie Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department, said FBI and El Dorado sheriff's deputies arrested two suspects Wednesday night. They were being held in the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez. Associated Press Writer Paul Elias in San Francisco contributed to this report. Download the new TIME BlackBerry app at app.time.com.

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Sen Kennedy will be buried that evening near his brothers, John and Robert, at Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia. In Boston, a city which for years was the Kennedys' political fiefdom, the motorcade was due to take a route with personal associations for the senator. It was expected to pass the church where his mother, Rose, was baptised and her funeral held, then down a parkway which the senator helped develop and named after her, and finally arrive at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library where the public would be able to see the closed casket until Friday evening. Thomas Menino, Boston's mayor, was to ring the bell 47 times at the city's historic Faneuil Hall, one for each year Ted Kennedy served in the US senate. As thousands of Bostonians went on to the streets to watch the convoy, some said they wanted to pay their respects to a politician who did much for the state and its needier inhabitants. "It's the end of Camelot, the end of an entire era," said Eric Stivaletta, 43, a computer technician, who remembered trips to the beach near the Kennedy compound as a child. "We grew up watching the Kennedys. I guess for a lot of people they hark back to the good times when we had morals and values, and settled things with a handshake rather than with lawyers. We're not going to see that any more." Glen Clancy, a 55-year-old salesman, said older people would miss him. "It's not going to be the same here. There's always been a Kennedy around or in office," he said. Even some of the young will notice his absence. "I was two when my mum was pulling me around Massachusetts in a blue and red carriage, campaigning for him," said 16-year-old John Hill. Ralph Vincent, a volunteer manning a firefighter support stall outside City Hall, brushed away suggestions that the Kennedy era was over. "That Camelot thing was a lot of hype. The Kennedys are still going strong in this state. Robert's son, Joe, is likely to run for Ted's seat. It's still going to be a powerful name." Even though they were rich, the Kennedys were "always for the poor people", he said. "If there was a federal grant to be had for Massachusetts, Ted was there to get it. And he did things behind the scenes that he never got recognition for – he didn't want it." Lynda Linch, a private equity investor from Boston, squeezed watching the cortege in between business meetings. "He was such an icon for public service. Despite the missteps early in his career, Americans have a tremendous affection for him," she said. "I was at a Red Sox game last night and they did a trumpet farewell for him. You get everyone at a baseball game and people were crying and there was complete silence – it was a tremendous thing."

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enormously appreciative and grateful." The park sits on the same land young Rose Fitzgerald (Globe file photograph) enjoyed as a child. Senator Edward M. Kennedy St. Stephen's Church unveiled a plaque on Dec. 6, 1996 (Globe file photograph) in the North End in memory of his St. Stephen's Church on mother at St. Stephen's Church, Hanover Street is where the where she had been baptized. senator's mother Rose Fitzgerald The motorcade bearing the body Kennedy was baptized in 1890. of Senator Edward Kennedy will Her funeral Mass was held here in pass several Boston touchstones 1995. A plaque outside features in his life this afternoon: her quote: "The most important Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy element in human life is faith." Greenway Faneuil Hall (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/file (Globe file photograph) June 2008) On Nov. 7, 1979, Senator The park Senator Kennedy Kennedy stood under the portrait joined community leaders in of Daniel Webster and the Senate creating provides open green in Faneuil Hall and announced his space in the heart of the city, on run for the US presidency. "This the site of a former highway. In country is not prepared to sound December 2005, he gave $1 retreat. It is ready to advance. It is million to the parks endowment, willing to take a stand, and so am saying it was "a high honor" for I, he told the nation. Today Mayor his mother and his family to have Menino will ring the bell 47 the greenway named after her. times, in honor of the number of " S h e w o u l d h a v e b e e n Kennedy's years in the Senate.
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122 Bowdoin Street (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff) This is where Senator Kennedy opened his first office as an assistant district attorney and where President Kennedy lived while running for Congress in 1946. It was the presidents voting address in 1960 when he defeated

Richard Nixon for the presidency. JFK Federal Building (Globe file photograph) The procession will then pass the federal building, where Senator Kennedys office stood for decades. John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

(Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/file May 2009) The procession will end at the JFK Library in Dorchester, a memorial Senator Kennedy spent decades building into a national treasure as a place of debate on the issues important to the American people and as a source of inspiration for future generations of public servants. In his museum dedication speech in 1979, he said: For all who knew President Kennedy, this moment is a culmination, a happy rendezvous with history that makes his memory come alive. In dedicating this library we honor Jack. And in honoring Jack, we honor the best in our country and ourselves.

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NATO headquarters and left the service as a private. He went back to Harvard, graduated, and went on to law school. Only because he wasn’t yet old enough to become senator, he waited out a few years as a Boston assistant district attorney, and then won his first senate election at the age of 30 in what Joe Klein describes as “the closest thing to a regency appointment the Senate had ever seen.” Then, inexplicably, when one considers anything else besides his breeding, he was considered as a presidential or vice-presidential candidate, but demurred. And then Chappaquiddick. It was through a combination of the press’s love for the Kennedy mystique and the now-baffling level of deference that the media and the public gave politicians for grave personal failings that Kennedy was able to survive politically an incident that, at best, refelcted a horrible combination of entitlement, cowardice and callousness. The point of recounting all of this is to show that Kennedy’s rise and sustained influence reflect the type of privilige on account of birth and social standing that ought to sicken every liberal. If liberalism means anything, it’s diminishing the influence of birth on one’s chances in life. And, almost too ironically, Ted Kennedy is probably the political figure who has done the most to make that vision, that dream, to anything close to a reality in the United States. It was because of his name that he never had to be worried about reelection. Once again, on a procedural level, Kennedy’s lifetime Senate seat was distressing, but substantively it allowed Kennedy to be bolder in his vision for American than nearly any other senator. As Matt Yglesias points out, Kennedy was able to achieve so much through another illiberal, anachronistic feature of our political system — the cult of seniority in the Senate. Just like the deep social injustice of inherited wealth and power that allowed Kennedy to become so powerful, the seniority system in the Senate is systematically illiberal. There are far many Max Baucuses than Teddy Kennedys. But unlike so many others who achieve so much purely on the basis of their birth and accrue so much power simply by staying around for so long, Kennedy recognized that his great power and privilege could be used for good, to help those who didn’t have the advantages Kennedy was born with. No matter how sickening the cult of Kennedys is, no matter how offensive it is to basic American values to have “political royalty,” at least Kennedy had the oblige befitting his noblesse. Hopefully, one day, there won’t be anymore Ted Kennedys. And, if that day comes, it will be because Kennedy’s vision was finally realized.

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Ted Kennedy: 1932 - 2009
By Carlo Sostilio (ted kennedy - WordPress.com Search)
Submitted at 8/27/2009 11:56:32 AM

People seemed to love or hate Ted Kennedy, but you can’t deny how strong he was forced to be during so many horrific family tragedies (two brothers murdered, forced to be the rock during the horrific and untimely death of his nephew John Jr.). If nothing else, Kennedy lived a life filled with incredible highs and unbelievable lows. A man must be praised for serving the public for an amazing 47 years as a United States senator. He seemed to always matter. His endorsement of Obama during the last presidential election was perceived as a very big deal. Potentially the knock out blow that outlasted Hillary Clinton. I know that the Kennedy’s will always represent so much of what America stood for. My mother

often reminds me that “we came to this country (America) because of John (Kennedy)”. When I was in Italy last summer a sales associate told me in broken English that he “loves the look of the Kennedy’s”. I knew exactly what he meant. Seeing Teddy go is difficult

because it officially feels as if an era is over. In some ways Teddy’s life was a way for us to not let go of John or Bobby Kennedy. Ted Kennedy sounded like his dead brothers, he looked like them too of course. We didn’t have to entirely let go of “The Kennedy’s” because Ted was

alive to symbolize whatever it is or was that we so admired about their family. The Kennedy family is the closest thing America has ever had to unofficial royalty. Kennedy had some serious flaws but he was a great man. I had the chance to listen to him speak in person a few times in 2004 and it was a very moving and memorable experience every time. In the end, he ended up helping a lot more people then he hurt. He cared passionately about his role in the senate and helping others. I’ll gladly join my mother tomorrow at the JFK library tomorrow morning to pay my respects to the man and his legacy. This entry was posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at 2:56 pm and is filed under Life. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

US GDP declines a betterthan expected 1pc in second quarter
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Submitted at 8/27/2009 8:30:12 AM

Published: 4:30PM BST 27 Aug 2009 The Commerce Department's new estimate for the gross domestic product (GDP), which measures the country's total output of goods and services, was unchanged from the initial figure it released last month. The drop was unchanged from the initial 1pc contraction released last month and far smaller than the previous two quarters. However, the decline in the three montsh from April to June was a record fourth consecutive decline, the first time that has occurred since record began in 1947. It followed decreases of 6.4pc in

Voices along the route: The secret of the Ace of Clubs
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By Maria Sacchetti, Globe Staff Senator Edward M. Kennedy told the Rev. Kevin Hays the secret of the Ace of Clubs, but the priest said he never used it. Hays is one of the people planning to line the procession route today as a hearse takes Kennedy's casket on a circuitous route through Boston. Ill be standing out in front, he

said, to say goodbye. The story of the Ace of Clubs begins at St. Stephen's Church in Boston's North End on the night of the Bush-Gore presidential debate in 2000. Hays said the senator stopped by the North End for lunch with friends and then dropped into the church, where Kennedy's mother was baptized and where her funeral was held. It was the first time Hays had met Kennedy. Hays said the senator listened

carefully to Hayss story about the churchs mission of helping the poorest of the poor in Latin American countries, specifically Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. Kennedy offered his help to Hays should he need it Then he gave Hays curious instructions. He told Hays to write Ace of Clubs on the front of the letter, because that was a sign to the staff that they should give it directly to Kennedy. If you write that on the front of

the envelope, my staff knows to give it to me directly, Kennedy said, according to Hays. Hays said he did not know what it meant and never wrote a letter. He just assured me that if there was anything that he could do for me, to feel free to contact him, he said. One possible key to the code: On the front of the red-brick church was a memorial plaque for Rose Kennedy. Near the bottom was the message: In memory of

our founder Ace of Clubs. Its a piece of history, its a remarkable history, Hays said of today's procession.Im just so greatly appreciative of the fact that for a brief moment in my life that I had contact with him. He said Saturdays Mass at the church will be dedicated to Kennedy.

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the first quarter and 5.4pc in the final three months of 2008, the sharpest back-to-back declines in 50 years. The recession that began in December 2007 is the longest since teh Second World War, and the deepest in terms of the drop in the GDP, which is down 3.9pc from its previous peak. While analysts think the government's $787bn (£486bn) economic stimulus plan and the Cash for Clunkers scheme to boost car purchases will lift GDP growth to around 2pc in the third quarter. Although they caution that the return to economic growth will not mean more jobs at first. Jobless claims figures released on Thursday while better than expected, remain well above levels associated with a healthy economy. First-time jobless claims fell 10,000 last week to 570,000, just shy of economists' expectations for 565,000. US shares fell in early trading, despite the signs that the economy might be stabilizing, as investors put the brakes on the market's recent rally. The fall ended seven days of gains on the Dow Jones index. The Dow was down 0.6pc at 9487 in early trading. Analysts say the market has been running out of reasons to move higher and is now looking for more convincing signs of recovery in the economy before resuming its upward march.

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