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Read: Ted Kennedy's Letter to the President on Health Care

Here's the text of the letter from Ted Kennedy that Obama mentioned in his speech last night was received following Kennedy's death.

Obama_kennedy May 12, 2009
Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to write a few final words to you to express my gratitude for your repeated personal kindnesses to me – and one last time, to salute your leadership in giving our country back its future and its truth.

On a personal level, you and Michelle reached out to Vicki, to our family and me in so many different ways. You helped to make these difficult months a happy time in my life.

You also made it a time of hope for me and for our country.

When I thought of all the years, all the battles, and all the memories of my long public life, I felt confident in these closing days that while I will not be there when it happens, you will be the President who at long last signs into law the health care reform that is the great unfinished business of our society. For me, this cause stretched across decades; it has been disappointed, but never finally defeated. It was the cause of my life. And in the past year, the prospect of victory sustained me-and the work of achieving it summoned my energy and determination.

Continued, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Durbin: Senate Too Busy for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', and Kennedy's Dead

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) said the Senate's too busy right now to bother with gays in the military, according to Politico:

Durbin “We have a very heavy, busy agenda and a few months left to do it. So it may not be now, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be soon.”

And Ted Kennedy's gone:

"As he was battling brain cancer, Kennedy was absent from the Senate for nearly the entire year until his death. 'Sen. Kennedy is the lead sponsor of the bill; obviously with his illness, those issues , any number of issues that he was the leader of are complicated by his absence,' David Scott, vice president of the Human Rights Campaign, which lobbies for gay rights. Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, whose main goal is to end the policy, said that Kennedy’s illnesses 'accounted for some of the delay in the introduction' of the bill, but said they were continuing to talk with other Democratic senators and hoped to have a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate in the fall. About 18 months ago, Kennedy told Sarvis’ group and gay-rights activists that he wanted to be the lead sponsor of a bill to repeal the current law — but first he wanted to get some Republican support. 'He felt very strongly about it being bipartisan,' Sarvis said. Kennedy never ended up introducing a bill this Congress, and now it’ll be up to another Senate Democrat to step up to push the controversial issue."

Patrick: Special Election to Fill Kennedy Seat on January 19


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced January 19 as the date of a special election to fill the late Senator Edward Kennedy's seat in the U.S. Senate. Patrick said he would continue to push for special legislation that would allow him to appoint an interim successor. A hearing is to be held next week on that issue.


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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #530

HENRY HUDSON: Cory Kilgannon traces his route 400 years later.

MIXED DOUBLES: Wil Arnett and Will Ferrell join Andy Roddick and Andy Murray on the court.

KENNEDY FUNERAL: Rose Kennedy Schlossberg flips off member of public.

VICKY KENNEDY: Orrin Hatch says she should be considered to fill Teddy's seat.

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Senator Ted Kennedy Eulogized, Laid to Rest: Clips


UPDATED: Arlington clips added.

Four U.S. presidents (the elder Bush did not attend) and hundreds of the nation's political leaders gathered at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston this morning to bid good-bye to Senator Edward Kennedy before his body was flown to Washington to pay a visit to the U.S. Capitol (above) before being buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to his brothers.

A selection of video clips from the funeral and journey to Arlington, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Senator Ted Kennedy Remembered at JFK Library: Clips


Senator Edward Kennedy was remembered at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Dorchester, Massachusetts this evening. Here is one part of Vice President Joe Biden's moving remarks that might interest you:

"I think the legacy of Teddy Kennedy can be measured in no small part as a consequence of how we in America look at one another. How blacks look at whites. How gays look at straights. How straights look at gays. How we literally look at one another. And in turn how we look at ourselves. Because when you were with him you had to measure yourself against him. And it always required you to be larger than you were inclined to be."

Biden's full remarks, plus Orrin Hatch, John Kerry, Chris Dodd, John McCain, Joseph P. Kennedy, and Caroline Kennedy, AFTER THE JUMP...

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