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Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Elizabeth Edwards Funeral

The Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards. Hopefully, there will be some kind of effort to block the swine.

Their hateful flyer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Elizabeth Edward Dies at 61 After Cancer Battle

Ee Elizabeth Edwards, a mother to four who very publicly faced the infidelity of her senator husband in the last years of her life, and a vocal ally of gay rights, died at 61 this morning after a battle with cancer.

"Her family confirmed the death, saying Mrs. Edwards was surrounded by relatives when she died. A family friend said Mr. Edwards was present. On Monday, two family friends said that Mrs. Edwards’s cancer had spread to her liver and that doctors had advised against further medical treatment."


Watch Chris Matthews discuss Edwards' life on Hardball, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gravely Ill, Elizabeth Edwards Posts Facebook Farewell

Elizabeth Edwards has stopped cancer treatments and her family is by her side after her health took a turn for the worse, the NY Daily News reports:

Edwards The wronged wife of the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee posted what read like a goodbye on Facebook:

"The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that," she wrote. "I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope," Edwards said. "These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined."

The Edwards family in Chapel Hill, N.C., released a statement saying that doctors told her any further treatment would be "unproductive." "She is resting at home with family and friends," the statement said.

ABC News reported the former senator was also by his estranged wife's side."

Edwards was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. She reportedly was hospitalized over Thanksgiving but has returned home after receiving word that the cancer had spread to her liver.

Added Edwards in her Facebook message: "It isn't possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day...To you I simply say: you know. With love, Elizabeth."

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Elizabeth Edwards Explains Ann Coulter Phone-In: Confront Her

In addition to reiterating both of the Edwards' positions on gay marriage, Elizabeth Edwards comments to Salon on her recent Hardball with Chris Matthews dialogue with Ann Coulter. Edwards phoned in to tell Coulter to stop the personal attacks against her husband. Some folks told Edwards that paying Coulter attention was offering her legitimacy, and publicity.

Edwards responds:

"Ignoring the fact that she exists doesn't make her go away. If it did, you wouldn't hear me utter her name. So I think maybe the better thing to do is simply confront people like her. Are you going to stop them? Under no circumstances will you stop them. But maybe you empower other people to stand up, and maybe that has an effect. When I travel, so many older people thank me for what I did. Because the vile kind of way Ann Coulter thinks and talks, that was not ever part of the public discourse until recently...

Ee...I knew she was doing 'Hardball,' and I knew it was a call-in show. So I called the [Edwards] campaign about getting the number, and they were like, Oh, that's a good idea. And then I mentioned the 2003 column [where Coulter mocked John Edwards' discussion of their son Wade's death in a car crash] and you could see them get worried, like 'Oh, my God, she's carrying around in her mind a 2003 column? Maybe we don't want her calling ...'. And later on, I talked to somebody, not an advisor -- I really don't have anybody advising me -- and not someone in the campaign. She'd been in a previous campaign, and she said, 'Oh, I wouldn't have done that. I think that you put yourself at risk, subject to criticism unnecessarily.' I understand the advice -- if you were advising somebody you might say that -- but that exact attitude is what protects somebody like Ann Coulter. Nobody wants to jump in the mud puddle with her...

...So I got the number in case I wanted to call in. And I sat and watched [the show], and I thought, well, there's really nothing to call in about. It was getting close to the time I had to leave. I might have gotten on a plane and left -- I really might not have ever called. Maybe Chris [Matthews] brought some of those things up because he knew I was watching."

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Elizabeth Edwards Rips Bush on Hate Crimes Inaction

In a speech on Saturday in San Francisco, Elizabeth Edwards made note of the 4th of July holiday homophobic murder of Satendar Singh in Sacramento, slamming George W. Bush on his inaction on federal hate crimes legislation.

Elizabeth_edwardsSaid Edwards: "This president talks a lot about good and evil and the need to seek out evil doers. But he doesn't seem to recognize the evil in hate crimes. The right to live without the fear of being murdered for whom we love is not a special right. We were in fact reminded again while we share the lingering memory of a fence post in Laramie, the sorrow of that image is now joined by a park at Lake Natoma in Sacramento. And Matthew Shepard is joined by Satendar Singh as a martyr in that fight for justice."

Singh was attacked while picknicking with friends after a group of Russian men began taunting him with racist and homophobic slurs. The men then punched Singh, knocking him to the ground where his head began bleeding. Singh died of head trauma injuries four days later. He was a Fijian immigrant and had been living in the U.S. for seven years after being awarded a green card.

Edwards also told those attending her speech, which was sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, that if elected, her husband John Edwards "would help repeal more than a thousand laws that discriminate against same-sex couples."

This is Elizabeth Edwards' second major speech to gay groups in recent month. In the first, she announced that she supports full marriage rights for same-sex couples, an opinion which differs from that of her candidate husband, who supports civil unions.

Elizabeth Edwards decries beating death of Sacramento man [ap via san jose mercury news]

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