Tales from the Trail

Name-recalling in healthcare fight: Wellstone, Kennedy

August 28, 2009

The healthcare fight has turned into a power struggle over names.

Conservatives have the sirens out warning about the “Wellstone effect” in a jab at trying to knock out any inclination Liberals may have to capitalize on the Kennedy name in pursuing healthcare overhaul, one of  Senator Edward Kennedy’s signature issues. MEMORIAL WELLSTONE

The First Draft: Drag out that vacation a bit

August 28, 2009

For some Americans — including the president – there’s just one last week of summer before work and school get back into full swing. 

The First Draft: Economy steadying?

August 27, 2009

Slowly but surely, more economists and experts are expressing some optimism about the economy, saying the worst might be over. New indicators released this morning support that sentiment.USA-UNEMPLOYMENT

U.S. conservative talk radio: little fondness for Kennedy legacy

August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy’s polarizing political legacy was on full display on Wednesday as some U.S. conservatives showed little restraint in their hostility for the veteran liberal senator who died late on Tuesday. 

Lionizing the Lion: tributes to Kennedy

August 26, 2009

KENNEDY/Tributes to Senator Edward Kennedy are pouring in after the 77-year-old pillar of the Democratic Party lost his battle with brain cancer. A schedule of events to remember the “Lion” of the Senate will be posted on www.tedkennedy.org as arrangements are finalized.

The First Draft: Kennedy dies of cancer at 77

August 26, 2009

Focus in Washington turned to memories of Edward Kennedy, the third longest serving U.S. OBAMA/senator, who died late Tuesday night after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.

First draft: From singing to stem cells

March 9, 2009

OBAMA/After making a surprise appearance on stage to lead a star-studded cast and audience in the Kennedy Center in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Senator Edward Kennedy on Sunday night, President Barack Obama returns to his day job on Monday.

‘Sir Edward’ cheered at Obama healthcare summit

March 6, 2009

Senator Edward Kennedy showed up at President Barack Obama’s healthcare summit Wednesday and got a welcome befitting his new title.
 
“Sir Edward Kennedy,” Obama said, gesturing toward the Massachusetts senator, a longtime leader on the healthcare issue. The crowd at the White House event applauded warmly.
 
“That’s the kind of greeting a knight deserves,” the president said.
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The British government announced Tuesday that Kennedy had been awarded an honorary knightood by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of his service to U.S.-British relations. The announcement came as Prime Minister Gordon Brown was visiting Washington.
 
Kennedy, who turned 77 on Feb. 22, has brain cancer and has spent little time in Washington this year.
 
He underwent surgery last year to remove a malignant tumor and suffered a seizure Jan. 21 at Obama’s inaugural luncheon.
 
Kennedy was an early supporter of the president and chairs one of the Senate committees that oversees healthcare.
 
“It is thrilling to see you here, Teddy,” Obama said. “We are so grateful for you taking the time to be here and the extraordinary work that your committee has already started to do.”
 
Kennedy praised Obama for bringing the diverse group together.
 
“I’m looking forward to being a foot soldier in this undertaking,” he said, “and this time we will not fail.”
 
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