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Ted Kennedy

A long-time US Senator from Massachusetts

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  • Aug 26, 2009
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A tremendous champion for human & civil rights nationally & internationally; without Ted Kennedy,we wouldn't have our basic civil rights-RIP
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review by . August 30, 2009
I am not one who religiously follows every development and every story happening in Washington D.C. I receive the major headlines, and watch what is covered on CNN and then catch up on anything else that happens to come across my Google Reader every morning, which usually consists of big issues like the war, gay marriage, health care and our ongoing struggle with the economy. With the exception of President Obama, I very rarely recognize the names of other important legislators who are very much …
Quick Tip by . August 26, 2009
The end of Camelot?? So sad to hear of Ted Kennedy's passing...we're all better off because of his accomplishments. R.I.P, Senator Kennedy
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Edward M. Kennedy was the third longest-serving member of the United States Senate in American history. Voters of Massachusetts elected him to the Senate nine times—a record matched by only one other Senator. The scholar Thomas Mann said his time in the Senate was “an amazing and endurable presence. You want to go back to the 19th century to find parallels, but you won‘t find parallels.” President Obama has described his breathtaking span of accomplishment: “For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health, and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.”

He fought for and won so many great battles—on voting rights, education, immigration reform, the minimum wage, national service, the nation‘s first major legislation to combat AIDS, and equality for minorities, women, the disabled and gay Americans. He called health care “the cause of my life,” and succeeded in bringing quality and affordable health care for countless Americans, including children, seniors and Americans with disabilities. Until the end he was working tirelessly to achieve historic national health reform. He was an opponent of the Vietnam War and an early champion of the war‘s refugees. He was a powerful yet lonely voice from the beginning against the invasion of Iraq. He stood for human rights abroad—from Chile to the former Soviet Union —...

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