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August 27th, 2009
09:37 AM ET

'We don't have a legitimate debate'

There's nearly two more weeks before the Senate and House are back in session and the make or break debate over health care reform is not letting up. One prominent GOP senator says the biggest problem is looking to Uncle Sam for a solution.

CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Filed under: Health
August 27th, 2009
07:44 AM ET

Rebuilding New Orleans' public schools

In our special series "After the Storm," we're taking a look at how New Orleans is bouncing back – four years after Hurricane Katrina nearly drowned the city.

The devastation has been well-documented, but the city's school system was crumbling even before the storm hit. And as CNN's Sean Callebs tells us, Katrina was a new beginning.

Filed under: After the Storm
August 27th, 2009
06:51 AM ET

Presidential prophecy: 'And the last shall be first'

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On the weekend of his presidential inauguration in 1961, John Kennedy gave Ted, the last born of the Kennedy siblings, an engraved cigarette box.

It read, "And the last shall be first." That was almost 50 years ago. Neither of them knew then in just what ways that prophecy might turn out to be true. reports full story

Filed under: Politics
August 26th, 2009
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09:44 AM ET

Kennedy remembered as peace broker

(CNN) - Worldwide tributes for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, who has died after a long battle with brain cancer, poured in Wednesday, led by politicians hailing his role in securing a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose administration presided over the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which led to an end to decades of sectarian violence in the province and established a united ruling Assembly, praised Kennedy's commitment to the process.

"I saw his focus and determination first hand in Northern Ireland where his passionate commitment was matched with a practical understanding of what needed to be done to bring about peace and to sustain it," Blair said.

Kennedy, of Irish Catholic ancestry, was initially an outspoken opponent of British military deployment to the province during the violence of the 1970s and 80s in which more than 3,600 people were killed, but later moderated his views to support negotiations that brought all sides to the table.

The senator is credited with getting an American visa for Gerry Adams - leader of the pro-Irish nationalism Sinn Fein party accused of links to Irish Republican Army militants - allowing him to attend a pivotal U.S. conference on Northern Ireland's future.

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