Kennedy Legacy

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

As Barack Obama takes the reigns of the Democratic Party, the legacy of the Kennedy family looms large. Some, however, think Obama is better off forging a path of his own. Author Pete Hamill, who covered RFK closely, reflects on the 40th anniversary of his shooting along with Chris Smith and Frederick Harris. Plus: The first in our series of looks inside the brand new atlas published by the US Census, the first of its kind in over 100 years; call-ins about Obama's options for Vice President and his nomination's significance for race relations; and is it possible for Mayor Bloomberg to run for a third term despite the current term limit? Joyce Purnick explains.


Pete Hamill, Frederick Harris, Joyce Purnick and Chris Smith

Call-In: Obama's Veep

Only Barack Obama gets to decide who fills out his Presidential ticket -- but that won't stop the rest of us from chiming in. Would Hillary Clinton take the job, and is that the best route to party unity? If Bill Richardson helps Obama with Latino voters, could they build ...

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Call-In: The Big Picture for Race

What does Obama's nomination mean for the current state of race relations in America? Have we turned a corner, or does the degree of voter polarization by race signify something else?

Call in and comment below!

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Seeing The Numbers

Each Thursday in June, we take a look inside the new Census Atlas of the United States, the first of its kind in almost 100 years. Marc Perry, Chief of the Population Distribution Branch at the Census, helps guide us through some of the maps and trends.

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Remembering RFK

Many people, Kennedys among them, have drawn comparisons between Barack Obama and the Kennedy legacy. Pete Hamill, journalist and novelist who contributed an essay to A Time it Was: Bobby Kennedy in the Sixties (Abrams, 2008), Chris Smith, contributing editor to New York Magazine, and Frederick Harris,

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Governor Mike?

What's next for Mayor Bloomberg as his term limit approaches? Joyce Purnick, political journalist for the New York Times, tells us that an Albany campaign might be in the cards.

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