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Kennedy Clan Warring Over Ted's Estate

Sons battling Vicki Kennedy over institute honoring late senator

(Newser) - All is not calm in Camelot. A major battle is building between Ted Kennedy's widow and his children over the establishment of a $71 million institution in the late senator's honor. The tension centers on the construction and management of the Edward Kennedy Institute for the US Senate,... More »

FBI: In '61, Ted Kennedy Rented Out 'Entire Brothel'

Classified memo describes decadent partying in Chile

(Newser) - While John F Kennedy sat in the most powerful office on Earth, little brother Ted was off renting out an entire Chilean brothel during a 1961 tour of Latin America, reports the Boston Globe . A previously redacted FBI memo, which Judicial Watch says it obtained despite a battle from the... More »

Kennedys to Vet Ted's FBI File

And the first installment is a whopping 3K pages

(Newser) - The Kennedy clan will have the chance to pore through what the Boston Globe calls Ted Kennedy's "exhaustive and secret" FBI file before it's released to the public. But never fear, gossipers: While the family has the right to block anything that would violate the privacy of living Kennedys,... More »

Patrick Kennedy: Dad's Death Changed Everything

Rhode Island Rep. resigned after 'soul searching'

(Newser) - Patrick Kennedy decided not to run for reelection in part because of his experience watching his father die of brain cancer. “It’s pretty simple,” he said in an interview with Rhode Island Monthly . “I went through something that caused me a great deal of soul searching... More »

Sorry GOP, Seating Brown Will Have to Wait

Kennedy was sworn in fast, but under different circumstances

(Newser) - Republicans have been crowing that Scott Brown should be seated right away, just like Ted Kennedy was back in 1962, but there are some big differences between then and now. Senators are not supposed to be sworn in until they’re officially certified, TalkingPointsMemo explains. The Senate waived that rule... More »

Blame Kennedy for Coakley

If he hadn't held his seat so long, Democrats would have more talent

(Newser) - Massachusetts Democrats are cursing Martha Coakley, a candidate so bad she might just lose Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat and scuttle the party's filibuster-proof supermajority. “Not since Grady Little gave away the American League pennant in 2003 has New England witnessed this level of ineptitude,” writes Jason Zengerle... More »

Mass. AG Wins Dem Primary to Fill Ted Kennedy's Seat

Jan. 19 election next for Martha Coakley

(Newser) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has defeated three other candidates to win the Democratic nomination in the race to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. The 56-year-old Coakley is vying to be the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. She defeated Rep. Michael Capuano, City Year... More »

Few Voters Go to Polls in Primary for Kennedy's Seat

Martha Coakley favored in less-than-energetic race

(Newser) - A handful of voters have been trickling into polls around Massachusetts today for the special election that will almost certainly determine Ted Kennedy’s successor. As few as 300,000 to 500,000 may vote in the Democratic primary, the winner of which is expected to trounce Republican Scott Brown.... More »

Coakley Leads Fight to Fill Kennedy's Shoes

Four vie for Democratic nomination, with AG out front

(Newser) - Massachusetts voters probably won’t let whoever takes Ted Kennedy’s seat be too far removed from the late senator’s ideals, but being too close appears to be a hindrance. With less than a week to go until the Democratic primary that will likely decide the January special election,... More »

Jay Rockefeller Is the New Teddy

Senator inherits Kennedy's cause of health care reform

(Newser) - Jay Rockefeller shares little of the temperament of the late Ted Kennedy, but what they do share is essential. “Massive wealth and a virtual lock on his Senate seat frees a man to do what he believes in,” writes Margaret Carlson. And for both men—the West Virginia... More »

Kennedy Successor May Come Soon

Massachusetts Dems say they've got the votes in both houses

(Newser) - It's possible that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will be able to name a senator to fill Ted Kennedy's seat sometime next week, the Boston Globe reports. Proponents of the plan say they've now got enough votes, barely, in both state chambers to pull it off. The situation is diciest in... More »

Top US Political Dynasties

Kennedys, Rockefellers, and Harrisons sit at the top, while newer Bushes rank 6th

(Newser) - The Constitution states "no title of nobility shall be granted by the United States," but political dynasties are "as American as apple pie," writes Stephen Hess, who ranks America's top political families in the Washington Post. With one president, three senators, four reps, and a cabinet... More »

A Republican in Ted's Seat? GOP Thinks It Has a Shot

Crowded Dem primary could be a boon for united Republican party

(Newser) - Massachusetts Republicans are thinking the unthinkable: Putting one of their own into Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, CQ Politics reports. The stars would have to align perfectly—only 12% of the state's voters are registered Republicans—but strategists see hope in a combination of factors: The Democratic field will be crowded,... More »

True Compass: Kennedy's Life in Modest Terms

'Heartfelt' memoir depicts pursuit of public good, atonement

(Newser) - In True Compass, Ted Kennedy’s memoir, he writes with “searching candor” about the personal losses he endured, the mistakes he made, and the struggle to live up to his family reputation, writes Michiko Kakutani for the New York Times. The result is a powerful tribute to perseverance and... More »

Media Airbrush Did Kennedy No Favors: Hitchens

Camelot replay overshadowed real accomplishments, redemption

(Newser) - The Kennedy “legacy” is not pretty, precisely because it requires so much media “airbrushing” to stay intact. “One of the many dreadful aspects,” Christopher Hitchens writes for Slate, “is the now-unbreakable grip of celebrity politics, image-doctoring, stage management, and ‘torch passing’ rhetoric in general.... More »

Unreleased Kennedy Memoir Climbing Bestseller Lists

True Compass will be released Sept. 14

(Newser) - Ted Kennedy’s unreleased memoir, True Compass, is already creeping up the bestseller lists. Originally scheduled for 2010, it's been moved up to mid-September by publisher Hachette, which plans to ship 1.5 million copies to booksellers. Pre-orders have put True Compass at No. 9 on Amazon and No. 3... More »

Aide: Obama Eulogy to Focus on Kennedy's Impact on US

President works into night on speech for Boston funeral

(Newser) - President Obama is still working on the eulogy he’ll deliver at Ted Kennedy’s funeral tomorrow in Boston, an aide tells Politico tonight. Though Obama will offer “a personal take on the senator as legislator, mentor, colleague, friend and family member,” the aide says, it’s “... More »

Political Luminaries Arrive to Celebrate Kennedy

Biden, Kerry, McCain to speak in Boston

(Newser) - Now that the public has said goodbye to Sen. Edward Kennedy, a who's who of politics is converging on Boston for a private service featuring music, laughter, and, in all likelihood, calls to grant Kennedy's last political wish—health coverage for all Americans. The event, billed as "a celebration... More »

Kennedy Leaves Cape Cod for the Last Time

(Newser) - Ted Kennedy's body is en route to Boston, where he will lie in repose at his slain brother's presidential library for 2 days of public visitation. The motorcade carrying the senator's body and members of his family departed the family compound on Cape Cod for the 70-mile trip to the... More »

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