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Deval Patrick Picks Ex-Aide to Replace Kerry

William 'Mo' Cowan gets the call over Barney Frank

(Newser) - Sorry, Barney Frank. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will name his former chief-of-staff, William "Mo" Cowan, as John Kerry's interim replacement in the Senate, passing over the more famous retired congressman, a source tells the AP . The pick is expected to be announced later today. Cowan will hold the... More »

Who Gets John Kerry's Senate Seat?

Scott Brown is a good bet, but Kennedys are dropping hints

(Newser) - John Kerry's confirmation hearings for secretary of State haven't yet started, but that's not stopping quite a crowd from measuring the drapes for his Senate office. According to Massachusetts state law, Gov. Deval Patrick would appoint Kerry's successor—likely a placeholder—then a special election would... More »

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 »

Dems Pushing Kennedy's Widow to Run for His Seat

And it's causing family tension, say sources

(Newser) - Several prominent Democrats believe Vicki Kennedy is the party's best shot for reclaiming the seat currently held by Scott Brown in 2012, and have been quietly promoting her as their candidate of choice—though according to close sources, she still has no plans to run. However, the Washington Post notes... 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 »

So Who Gets the 22 Pens?

The main players, along with some not-so-familiar names

(Newser) - President Obama is keeping one of the 22 pens he used to sign the health care bill and doling out the others. The recipients, as noted by the Washington Post :
  • The obvious: Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid
  • Honoraries: Ted Kennedy's wife, Vicki, and Sister Carol Keehan, a Catholic
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Mass. Senate Race Becomes Referendum on Health Bill

Candidates to succeed Kennedy cast selves as deciding vote

(Newser) - The race to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has turned into a proxy battle over the fate of President Obama's health care overhaul. The contest between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown has coarsened with a week to go, as the two have cast themselves as custodians... More »

Vicki Kennedy Rules Out Politics, Recalls Ted's Battle

He trained every day to have strength to attend Obama's inauguration

(Newser) - Ted Kennedy was so determined to live long enough to attend Barack Obama's inauguration that he trained for it and even figured out how many steps he'd need to take that day. "He was exercising every single day to be strong enough to be there," his widow, Vicki,... More »

Hey, Kennedys! 'Enough With the Entitlement'

Dukakis would have been a better choice for Mass. and Patrick

(Newser) - Ted Kennedy’s seat “is not a Kennedy seat anymore.” His wife could have run. Or his nephew Joe. They chose not to. So why did Massachusetts' governor bow to the wishes of a now-defunct dynasty when choosing a replacement for the late senator? “Enough, finally, with... More »

Teddy Jr.—Not Vicki—Is Kennedy Pick for Senate

Clan irked by focus on Teddy's wife, tensions grew in last days

(Newser) - Despite the intense focus on Vicki Kennedy at her husband's funeral, Teddy Kennedy Jr. is the family’s choice to fill his late father’s Senate seat, Irish Central reports. Not only is she not a Kennedy, but conflict between her and the senator's powerful family escalated during his last... More »

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