September 1, 2009 |
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that he would work to change state law so that he could appoint a temporary replacement for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy before a special election next year. Appointing an interim senator would ensure that Massachusetts is fully represented, Patrick said at a news conference at the statehouse in Boston. He said he would seek the individual's personal assurance that he or she wouldn't run in the special election to serve out the veteran Democrat's term, which runs through 2012.
August 30, 2009 |
As a soft twilight fell over the nation's capital, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was laid to his final rest Saturday in a ceremony on a sloping site in Arlington National Cemetery. Kennedy's burial brings America's most famous band of brothers together again. His grave sits 100 feet south of his brother Robert's, and 200 feet from the eternal flame that burns for John, the former president. The senator's funeral cortege followed the same route his brothers' hearses did, from the Capitol to the national shrine across the Potomac River in Virginia, after they were killed more than four decades ago. Eight members of a U.S. military honor guard carried Kennedy's casket from the black hearse and set it down at a freshly dug grave near manicured shrubs and broad maple trees.
August 29, 2009 |
For many of those mourning Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) during his funeral and burial today, what gives special meaning to his life is not only his record of legislative accomplishments but his perseverance through a lifetime of scandal and hardship. For others, however, no record of achievement will compensate for Kennedy's mistakes and personal failings. The 1969 Chappaquiddick episode -- in which he fled the scene after his car went off a bridge, carrying Mary Jo Kopechne to her death -- was arguably the most unforgivable of the blemishes on his career.
August 27, 2009 |
Edward M. Kennedy was in San Francisco celebrating his brother Robert's victory in California's 1968 Democratic presidential primary when a gunman assassinated the candidate at his election-night party in Los Angeles. Twelve years later, the Massachusetts senator vanquished President Carter in another California primary -- yet effectively lost his own bid for the party's White House nomination that same night. In decades of campaigns, Kennedy marched with farmworkers and other Californians in battles for civil rights and labor advances.
August 27, 2009 |
Some leading conservatives, who for years painted Edward M. Kennedy as the face of ominous liberalism and made him perhaps their most public foil, marked the Massachusetts senator's death this morning with an outpouring of respect and in some cases, even endearment. Far different appraisals sprung from conservative talk radio and the blogosphere, where readers filled comment sections with excoriations of Kennedy's politics and his personal life, chiefly his role behind the wheel in the car accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne 40 years ago. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele issued a statement saying Kennedy served his country "with great distinction" and that he "should serve as an inspiration to anyone interested in public service."
August 27, 2009 |
The words are what woo us. The words written about Edward M. Kennedy and the rest of the Kennedy family, and the words spoken and written by the family members themselves. The words that come from historians and hangers-on, from admirers and skeptics, from novelists and songwriters, from cousins and pundits and pals. The Kennedys are as much a literary phenomenon as a political one, a fact that President Obama seemed to acknowledge with his statement in the wake of Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's death at 77 from brain cancer on Tuesday: "An important chapter in our history has come to an end."
May 18, 2008 |
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, hospitalized Saturday after apparently suffering a seizure at his home on Cape Cod, Mass., was awake and joking with family members later in the day, a spokeswoman said. The Democratic senator is undergoing tests at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to determine the cause of the seizure. The 76-year-old Kennedy, leader of a storied political dynasty and a liberal icon, was rushed from the family compound at Hyannis Port, Mass., to Cape Cod Hospital at 9 a.m.
July 3, 2007 |
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) is being a homer for the Bay State. The New England politico wants the premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" in Springfield, Mass., as opposed to the namesake cities in Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and 10 other states. In the Fox network cartoon series, the Simpsons live in a place called Springfield, but exactly where that town is has always been purposefully vague. But not to Kennedy: "I know the answer -- it's undoubtedly Springfield, MA!"
July 1, 2005 |
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has announced that the Iraq war "has been consistently and grossly mismanaged," and our troops "are now in a seemingly intractable quagmire." "Quagmire" is not a state of war but a state of mind. So the senator's words aren't necessarily wrong, they are merely irresponsible and potentially deadly -- to U.S. interests and Middle East freedom. When U.S. troops landed on Omaha Beach on D-day, they were pinned down by heavy fire and couldn't move.
August 29, 1997 |
Michael A. Brown, son of the late Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, pleaded guilty Thursday to the misdemeanor charge of making $4,000 in illegal contributions to Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's 1994 reelection campaign. In what he described in a prepared statement as a "mistake," Brown, 32, admitted making twice the legal limit of contributions by giving money in the names of three others and then reimbursing the individuals, who were not identified in court papers.