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Edward M. Kennedy

Former U.S. Sen. Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy (Feb. 22, 1932 - Aug. 25, 2009) served 37 years as senator for the state of Massachusetts before dying of brain cancer. At the time of his death, he was the third-longest serving senator in U.S. history and was the second-longest active senator in Congress, having held the position since 1962. Kennedy was the youngest of nine children and brother of former President John F. Kennedy and former New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy was known as a "liberal lion" for his strong stance and liberal ideology while in politics. In 1980, he ran an unsuccessful bid for the presidency. He left behind a wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, and three children, Edward... Show more »
Former U.S. Sen. Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy (Feb. 22, 1932 - Aug. 25, 2009) served 37 years as senator for the state of Massachusetts before dying of brain cancer. At the time of his death, he was the third-longest serving senator in U.S. history and was the second-longest active senator in Congress, having held the position since 1962. Kennedy was the youngest of nine children and brother of former President John F. Kennedy and former New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy was known as a "liberal lion" for his strong stance and liberal ideology while in politics. In 1980, he ran an unsuccessful bid for the presidency. He left behind a wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, and three children, Edward M. Kennedy Jr., Kara Anne Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy. « Show less

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  • Ted Kennedy honored with new drama award

    Ted Kennedy honored with new drama award
    The late Edward M. Kennedy is being honored with a new drama prize in his name. The annual award, which will be given through Columbia University Libraries in New York, will recognize a new play or musical that explores American history in a meaningful way.
  • 'The old John McCain:' Same as the new?

     
    by Mark Silva ABC News' Jonathan Karl -- fresh from his "senator-only'' elevator interview with Sen. Jim Bunning, the one-man filibuster who held up unemployment benefit extensions for five days-- had a little subway interview with Sen. John McCain...

    Massachusetts miracle: 60-vote threat?

     
    by Mark Silva and updated Heading into a special election for what would be, in normal times, a simple matter of seating a permanent replacement for the late, long-serving Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the potential for an upset...

    Kennedys endorse Martha Coakley: Will it be enough?

     
    It's a test of Camelot in a way, a question of whether the Kennedys -- who have held sway over Massachusetts politics and the national imagination since the rise of former President John F. Kennedy and his glamorous wife, First...

    Senate Passes Healthcare Overhaul

    Senate Passes Healthcare Overhaul
    Senate Democrats this morning passed a sweeping healthcare overhaul bill, setting the stage for reconciliation early next year with similarly historic legislation passed by the House last month. The vote was 60-39. It came after months of bitter partisan...