Edward M. Kennedy

Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed got his hands on what appears to be Sen. John McCain's 200-page opposition research book on Mitt Romney from the 2008 GOP primaries. It's been up for about 16 hours without McCain denying its authenticity, so I'm going to stick my neck out and say it's probably authentic. Did you know that in October 2002 Romney said, "I'm basically in the investor's hall of fame"? It checks out. He said it in a gubernatorial debate, as reported in the Lowell Sun on Oct. 25, 2002. Did you know that in 1994 Romney "opposed the Contract With America without even reading it"?

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A week before his death, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy asked Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to find a way to appoint someone to take his place in the event of his death--an action that has been forbidden by Massachusetts law since 2004, when Democratic state senators changed the system to keep appointments out of the hands of then-Governor Mitt Romney. Some state senators have signaled support for such a move, which would allow Patrick to appoint an interim senator. But who would this interim senator be?

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A week before his death, Senator Edward M. Kennedy asked Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to find a way to appoint someon to take his place in the event of his death--an action that has been forbidden by Massachusetts law since 2004, when Democratic state senators changed the system to keep appointments out of the hands of then-Governor Mitt Romney. Some state senators have signaled support for such a move, which would allow Patrick to appoint an interim senator. But who would this interim senator be?

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Edward M. Kennedy died Wednesday, ending his nine-term career in the United States Senate. Click through this slideshow to see some of the most prominent causes he worked for over the course of his career. Courtesy of Getty Images  

This Boston Herald story, via Ben Smith, seems to suggest as much: House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo has given his behind-closed-doors blessing to an effort to hand Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint a temporary successor to U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, sources say. ... Elections Law committee co-chair Sen. Tom Kennedy (D-Brockton) said he and House co-chair Michael J. Moran (D-Boston) may bump up a hearing date for a bill that would give temporary appointing power to Patrick to Sept.

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After the news of Senator Edward M. Kennedy's death, we dug into our archives to see how his career in politics evolved. Kennedy: Ifs, Ands, and Buts, by Walter Pincus (6/29/1974). In a profile of Kennedy as a young senator, Pincus discusses Kennedy’s ambitions, his leadership style, and his commitment to health care reform. Kennedy the President: Last Chance For Liberalism? (9/23/78), Superman Crashes (12/22/79), and Kennedy, Take Two (2/9/80) by Morton Kondracke.

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 A little after 1 a.m., Senator Kennedy's office sent out this press release:  Edward M. Kennedy--the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply--died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever.

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Today at TNR (August 26, 2009) Triumph And Tragedy: The Seesaw Life Of Edward M. Kennedy, by Sean Wilentz Suspicions Abound: Who Are You Calling A Self-Hating Jew? by Leon Wieseltier Would Liberals Really Be Happier If Obama Were More Like LBJ? by Ed Kilgore The Deficit Troubles Are Coming! The Deficit Troubles Are Coming! by William Galston TNRtv: When Did Innovation Start Hurting Society?

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