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Kennedy, Reagan, Bush, Obama: A History of the Tax Cut

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Bush-era tax cuts will be high on the agenda when the lame duck Congress reconvenes today. The cuts are scheduled to expire next year, but Republicans are pushing for the extension of both the "middle class" breaks, as well as those for couples earning more than $250,000 a year. They cite the huge budget deficit and a shaky economy as reasons to keep the cuts. Similar arguments led to prior historic tax cuts, from two politicians of different eras, parties and temperaments: John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Kennedy Detail

Friday, November 12, 2010

Former Kennedy secret service agents Gerald Blaine and Clint Hill discusses the inside story of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the weeks and days that led to it, and its aftermath. The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence, written by Blaine and Lisa McCubbin, draws on the memories of his fellow agents, men who devoted their entire beings to protecting the presidential family, and looks at the terrible impact the assassination had on agents’ psyches and families.

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The FBI Files of Senator Edward Moore Kennedy

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thousands of pages of Senator Ted Kennedy’s FBI file were released yesterday, 9 months after he died. This is just the first installment of the file, but it covers some of the most interesting years of Kennedy’s life, from 1961, when his brother was president, to 1985, five years after Kennedy’s own failed run for the White House. There are all sorts of gems in the file: unverified claims and documentation of countless threats — some more serious than others — made against the last surviving Kennedy brother.

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Obama to Deliver University of Michigan Commencement Speech

Friday, April 30, 2010

President Obama will deliver the commencement speech at the University of Michigan tomorrow. The university expects a majority of the students to attend along with 80,000 friends and family members. And as Jake Smilovitz, editor in chief of the student-run paper, tells us that expectations run high, considering the school's history of ground-breaking presidential speeches. Lyndon Johnson, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, and John F. Kennedy have all taken the stage at U of M.

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    WQXR News

    Patrick Kennedy Will Not Run in 2011

    Friday, February 12, 2010

    Rhode Island Democratic Representative Patrick Kennedy has announced he will not seek re-election in 2011. 

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    The Takeaway

    Washington: Filling the Seat (and Shoes) of Ted Kennedy

    Friday, September 25, 2009

    As announced yesterday, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat in the U.S. Senate will be filled by long-time family friend and former chair of the Democratic National Committee Paul Kirk. Will soon-to-be Sen. Kirk provide the much-need 60th vote to push health care reform through the Senate? The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich gives us his insights.

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    The Takeaway

    Massachusetts Governor Names a New Senator

    Thursday, September 24, 2009

    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is expected to appoint former Democratic National Committee Chairman Paul G. Kirk to fill Sen. Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat later this morning. Kirk has been a longtime Kennedy family friend, and Ted Kennedy's family reportedly lobbied the governor on Kirk's behalf. Kirk will hold the seat until a special election in January seats a replacement for the remainder of Kennedy's term. Frank Phillips, the state house bureau chief for the Boston Globe, joins us with the details of the nomination.

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    Lawyers and Pitchers and Senators, Oh My!

    Friday, September 04, 2009

    Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley decided yesterday to run for the Senate seat left vacant after Senator Ted Kennedy's death. Coakley has officially announced her intent to run, while speculation still hovers about whether ex-Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling will throw his hat into the ring.  Joining us to go over the details is Frank Phillips, Statehouse bureau chief for the Boston Globe.

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    The Takeaway

    Ted Kennedy: The Book

    Thursday, September 03, 2009

    The late Senator Ted Kennedy completed his memoir, "True Compass," before he died last month. The hefty tome was due to hit stores on September 14th, but copies have already leaked out. New York Times reporter Adam Nagourney began reading a leaked copy of the 532-page book yesterday. He talks to us about the book's revelations on Kennedy's feelings on the infamous incident at Chappaquiddick, and his relationships with his brothers Robert and John F. Kennedy. 

    Click through for a transcript of our conversation with Adam Nagourney.

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    Curt Schilling Weighs Run ... for Senate

    Thursday, September 03, 2009

    Legendary baseballer Curt Schilling is pitching a new idea: running for Ted Kennedy's open Senate seat.  The politically-conservative pitcher announced yesterday that he had "some interest" in running as a Republican candidate for the Massachussetts seat held for nearly 50 years by Democratic Kennedy. While Schilling famously led the Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2004 (and in so doing, undoubtedly won the loyalty of many Boston fans) does he have what it takes to play ball in the U.S. Senate? The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, gives us his thoughts.

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    Push to Fill Kennedy Seat in Massachusetts

    Tuesday, September 01, 2009

    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said yesterday that the state will hold a special election in January to determine who will replace Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate. But Patrick also said he'd push to see Kennedy's seat filled in the interim. We talk to Frank Phillips, State House bureau chief for the Boston Globe.

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    Remembering the Lion

    Monday, August 31, 2009

    Friends, colleagues and extended family gathered on Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Roxbury, Massachusetts, to pay their respects at the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy.  We listen to some of the most notable moments.

    Watch part of Ted Kennedy Jr.'s speech at his father's funeral at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica church in Boston.

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    Harvard Classmate Remembers Kennedy

    Friday, August 28, 2009

    We talk with 76-year-old Arnold Howe, who is waiting in line in Boston to pay his respects to Senator Kennedy. Arnold was one year behind Kennedy at Harvard and graduated with the Class of 1955. Kennedy helped him get his first job when businesses weren't hiring blacks.

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    Mourners Gather in Boston to Pay Respects

    Friday, August 28, 2009

    Those who loved Senator Ted Kennedy are standing in line to pay their respects, even at this early hour.  Kennedy lies in repose at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. We talk with Sean Corcoran, a senior reporter from WCAI who is in Boston collecting stories from people gathering there. We also talk with Robert from Oakville, Connecticut who drove up with his 14-year-old grandson Ryan.

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    Obamas Cuts Vacation Short for Kennedy Ceremony

    Friday, August 28, 2009

    President Obama and his family were supposed to be on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard all this week, but after several disruptions for official business, they're cutting their time-off short as the president and first lady head to Boston to pay respects to Senator Ted Kennedy. For an update on the Obamas' vacation, we talk to Boston Herald Columnist, Laura Raposa, who is in Martha's Vineyard.

     

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    All in the Family? Kennedy's Senate Succession

    Friday, August 28, 2009

    Will Ted Kennedy's Senate seat be filled by another Kennedy? Both Joe, Robert Kennedy's son, and Vicki, Ted's wife, have been mentioned as possible successors, but how well would they fare in a special election? We ask longtime Boston journalist Christopher Lydon. He's a former public radio host who ran for mayor of Boston in the early 1990's.

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    Live from the Kennedy Library in Boston

    Friday, August 28, 2009

    We go this morning to Sean Corcoran, senior reporter with WCAI, Cape and Island Radio. He joins us live from the Kennedy Library in Boston, where the body of Senator Ted Kennedy lies in repose, to talk about the public's response to the death of their long-serving senator. We also talk to two people who lined up to pay their respects: 41-year-old Darren Ring, from Weymus, Massachusetts, who was the first person in line; and Ann Zeller, from Fremont, New Hampshire, who drove to Boston with her husband.

    Here are a few pictures from Boston as people readied for today's wake:

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    The Takeaway

    Boston and Cape Cod Mourn Senator Kennedy

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    At the JFK Library and Museum in Boston, mourners are lining up to view the body of Senator Kennedy, who will lie in repose later today. To set the scene, Emily Rooney, host of WGBH's Beat the Press, joins us from Boston, and Sean Corcoran, senior reporter at WCAI, joins us from Cape Cod.

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    The Takeaway

    Senator Kennedy's Irish History

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    As President Barack Obama has become a symbol for millions in his father's homeland, Kenya, the Kennedy family was a symbol of success for millions in Ireland. Throughout his career, Senator Edward Kennedy fought hard to maintain those bonds. Kennedy used his position to facilitate diplomatic inroads for any Irish leaders visiting our country, and he was instrumental in securing the Good Friday Agreement under President Clinton in 1995.

    We are joined by Niall O’Dowd, founder and editor of Irish Voice newspaper and IrishCentral.Com.  O'Dowd was extensively involved in the negotiations leading to the Good Friday Agreemement. 

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    William Weld Pays Homage to Ted Kennedy

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    The “Lion of the Senate” was known for tussling fearlessly with all comers. He wasn’t scared to take fights right to the top, as in his famous speech in 2007 at the National Press Club, challenging President George W. Bush's decision to send more troops to Iraq.

    Ted Kennedy rarely backed down, and least frequently from his Republican challengers. Conservatives frequently opposed Kennedy's initiatives, but as Republicans reflect on his legacy, their respect for the late senator is clear. One such Republican, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, joins us to share his thoughts. ...(click through for the full interview transcript)

    Watch a video of Senator Ted Kennedy at the National Press Club in January 2007.

     

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