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 28, 2009 |
Senior Democrats in Washington and Massachusetts have thrown their support behind a proposal to appoint a temporary replacement for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, whose death Tuesday has left his chief cause -- national health insurance -- with one less vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday endorsed the plan to change the state's law to allow an interim appointment before a special election, when a candidate will be chosen to serve out the last three years of the Massachusetts Democrat's term.
August 27, 2009 |
The death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was the first of a liberal politician of legendary stature since the rise of the cable news networks and as such it brought out their biases in slightly new ways. MSNBC, which has increasingly positioned itself as the anti-Fox, covered his death wall-to-wall and most often sounded the heroic note. CNN, staking out the middle, made it the day's main, but not only story. And Fox News, which had to measure respect for the dead against its habitual rightward spin, made its feelings known by treating it, for the most part, as just another of the day's news events (though the lead story, to be sure)
June 13, 2009 |
Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Democratic Party patriarch who is suffering from brain cancer, received a $2-million advance last year for his memoirs. Hachette Book Group's Grand Central Publishing division agreed to make the payment against future royalties for the autobiography, the Massachusetts politician reported in his personal financial disclosure form for 2008, released Friday. Hachette said the book, titled "True Compass," will be published Oct. 6.
June 10, 2009 |
Congressional Democrats' bid to overhaul the nation's healthcare system got off to a rocky start Tuesday when Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) introduced his long-awaited plan -- only to face furious criticism from even moderate Republicans.
June 5, 2009 |
Senate Democrats and the White House are stepping up preparations to overhaul the nation's healthcare system without the ailing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), a politically and emotionally fraught move that could dramatically alter the course of what is expected to be a titanic legislative struggle.