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  • Sen. Ted Kennedy, Last Surviving Kennedy Son, Dies
    Senator Ted Kennedy has died. He was 77, and had been battling brain cancer. For nearly a half-century, Kennedy was a steadfast champion of the working class and the poor, a powerful voice on health care, civil rights, and war and peace.
  • Democrats Could Learn From LBJ's Medicare Push
    The recent town hall debates on overhauling health care have been as passionate as debate 45 years ago, when Congress was considering creating Medicare. James Morone, co-author of The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office, talks with Renee Montagne about how President Johnson was able to get all sides to back the legislation.
  • Guantanamo Detainee Back Home In Afghanistan
    One of Guantanamo's youngest detainees is free after more than six years at the U.S. prison. Mohammed Jawad returned to Afghanistan on Monday to a tearful reunion with his mother. She had not seen him since he was arrested there in late 2002, and accused of wounding two Special Forces members and their interpreter in a grenade attack. Jawad says even though he feels robbed of his childhood, he refuses to dwell on his ordeal.
  • Health Care Debate Will Miss Sen. Ted Kennedy
    The liberal lion of the Senate had died. Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy was 77. He had been battling a brain tumor. His death comes as the Senate wrestles with overhauling the nation's health care system.
  • U.N. Ambassador Rice: 'Engagement' And U.S. Goals
    There are plenty of issues facing the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations: two wars; a disputed election in Iran; a preliminary election in Afghanistan; the possibility of a nuclear Iran; and the reality of a nuclear North Korea. But, Susan Rice says, that's what the U.N. is for — to resolve complex international issues.
  • Toyota Still Suffering From Economic Downturn
    Toyota came out a winner in the "cash for clunkers" program. Its Corolla, Camry and Prius models were among the most popular cars Americans drove away under the subsidized car-buying program. However, Toyota executives face what could be a record yearly loss. The company on Wednesday announced its first long-term closure of an assembly line in Japan.
  • Survey: Hiring Outlook Brighter For Next 12 Months
    Although economists and the Obama administration have said unemployment will rise to 10 percent this year, there are glimmers of hope that the job market will turn around. A survey released Tuesday by Robert Half International and shows that most employers plan to add full-time employees in the coming year.
  • Bernanke Must Decide When To Raise Interest Rates
    President Obama has asked Ben Bernanke to stay on as chairman of the Federal Reserve. If the Senate goes along, Bernanke will have another four years to help manage the country's economy. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal says Bernanke will need to decide when to raise interest rates and when to pull back on credit.
  • 1939: First Major League Baseball Game Airs On TV
    It's the 70th anniversary of the first Major League Baseball game to be broadcast on television. The double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field aired on experimental station W2XBS, which is now WNBC-TV. It's estimated that 3,000 people watched the game on TV.
  • Influential Sen. Ted Kennedy Dies
    After a year-long battle with brain cancer, Senator Ted Kennedy died Tuesday night. He was 77. Only two senators have served longer than Kennedy. Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank says Kennedy is the most powerful man never to have been president.

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