In this photo taken circa 1962, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy (from left) talks with his brothers U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy.
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August 26, 2009 Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died Tuesday night of complications related to a cancerous brain tumor. The 77-year-old Democrat was surrounded by family members at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass. Universally known as Teddy, he had served in the Senate since 1962.
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August 13, 2009 In their search for a comeback in the 2010 midterm elections, conservatives appear to be following a path not unlike what led to the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994. In '94, as with today's health care protests, the key demographic mobiliz...
August 10, 2009 NPR's It's All Politics podcast features Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and Political Editor Ken Rudin. They dissect the latest news from inside the Beltway, along with other political stories from around the country.
July 27, 2009 When President Obama held a prime-time news conference last week, he hoped to push along the revision of the nation's health care system. Instead, the next 48 hours saw House leaders draw back from a planned floor vote.
July 22, 2009 President Obama says an overhaul of health insurance is central to fixing the nation's economy. The comments came in his prime-time news conference on health care.
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July 22, 2009 President Obama on Wednesday is pushing his health care agenda at a prime-time news conference. Obama is trying to take control of the much-criticized effort to overhaul health care.
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July 22, 2009 It's not every day that a Senate vote affecting a few aircraft and a couple of billion dollars gets on Page 1 or makes the TV news. But then it's not every day that the Senate makes a tough call against its own self-interest.
Whatever else the Se...
July 17, 2009 Pity the poor Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. They had to sit through four days of Sonia Sotomayor hearings under those hot TV lights, watching the Republicans have all the fun.
Oh sure, when it comes to the votes, the Democrats wil...
July 14, 2009 Presidents have a lot of fine privileges, from flying on Air Force One to meeting the most important people in the world. But how many of these perquisites really compare with what Barack Obama got to do last night?
As the sun went down in St. ...
July 10, 2009 When the National Governors Association convenes next week in Biloxi, Miss., it is likely to have several members missing the call of the roll.
We could start with South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. His political condition was upgraded to stable ...
July 3, 2009 Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has won millions of admirers with her gift for direct, personal communication. Her appeal combines an earnest and urgent seriousness with a bright and winning air of spontaneity. And the governor was working each of these e...
July 1, 2009 We've been hearing it for as long as we can remember. To make Big Things happen in Washington, the conventional wisdom says you need the Big Three: the presidency, control of the House of Representatives and 60 votes in the Senate.
It is not un...
June 30, 2009 Al Franken's victory in the long-running battle for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat gives Democrats the 60 votes needed to defeat a filibuster. But it may not be that easy. There are a dozen Democrats who may not toe the party line.
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June 24, 2009 South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted he had been having an affair with a woman from Argentina and resigned as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. What is the political fallout from the revelation?
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June 23, 2009 Each year about this time, the nation turns its weary eyes to Sacramento, where the perennial late-June budget crisis has the Golden State on the verge of bankruptcy.
This year, the numbers are gaudier than ever. The state must close a $24 billio...
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