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August 26th, 2009
06:15 AM ET

Longtime Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy dead

(CNN) - Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died late Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77.

"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," a family statement said. "We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice."

President Obama learned about Kennedy's death at 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to a senior administration official. Obama later called Kennedy's widow to offer condolences.

In a statement, Obama says: "An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time."

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Filed under: Politics
August 26th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What's on Tap – Wednesday August 26, 2009

Sen. Ted Kennedy

Breaking news this morning:
Sen. Ted Kennedy has died at the age of 77.

Stay tuned to a special edition of American Morning for full coverage of this developing story. We are speaking to special guests all morning about Kennedy's life and career. We're utilizing the worldwide resources of CNN to bring you the latest information.

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Filed under: What's On Tap
August 25th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your Comments 8/25/2009

Editor's Note: The former AARP member arguing against the Obama administration’s health care proposal garnered the most attention on Tuesday’s American Morning, with the majority angered that only one side of the argument was presented.

  • Linda R.: It is unbelievable how many elderly "conservatives" are misinformed about the president's healthcare proposals. They are against it, simply because they perceive it to be a "liberal" plan. They don't like Obama, they don't know the facts, and worst of all, they are not aware that social security and Medicare are government programs, from which they benefit because of......"liberals"!!
  • Shawn: These seniors turning in their AARP cards says nothing. When they start turning in their Medicare cards and start buying private insurance for there principles then they are saying something. Did they ever think that by bringing in younger healthier people it will sure up the system and save it.
  • Joan: Why didn't someone tell Bonnie the anti-AARP person who opposes a single-payer system that what she has is a single-payer system. Obviously, admittedly she is a Republican therefore no health care reform passed by Democrats would be OK with her. Why do you continue to put these ill-informed people the opportunity to spread misinformation?
  • Jane: I watched the AARP interview this morning with interest. An AARP recording was left on my answering machine on Friday, July 17th. It asked members (we are not members) to call their House representative at no change, 800-211-0907. to support the health care bill. The recording said that the bill would make a huge difference to AARP members and their families. The recording sounds to me like they support the bill; however, on TV this morning, AARP gave a different impression.

As one of the largest senior lobbying group in the United States, do you believe that AARP will play an important role in the acceptance or rejection of President Obama’s proposed health care plan? Should the organization be neutral, or choose a specific stance on this issue?

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Filed under: We Listen
August 25th, 2009
10:33 AM ET

Feds hunt serial bank robber

A serial bank robber has reportedly struck again. It's believed he's hit as many as ten banks in eight states across the South from Louisville, Kentucky to Charleston, South Carolina.

The FBI is releasing photos of the man and using electronic billboards along major highways to warn the public. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

FBI Agent Kevin Keithley in Johnson City, Tennessee spoke to John Roberts on CNN's "American Morning" Tuesday.


Filed under: Crime
August 25th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Author travels globe for health care

Washington Post Correspondent T.R Reid went around the world asking a simple question: "Can you fix my bum shoulder?"

He received a variety of treatments and spoke to doctors, health care experts, government officials and patients to help figure out how other countries provide quality health care at a reasonable cost.

Reid describes his journey in his new book "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care." He joined Kiran Chetry on CNN's "American Morning" Tuesday.


Filed under: Health
August 25th, 2009
09:13 AM ET

After the Storm: Rebuilding New Orleans' health care system

This week marks four years since Hurricane Katrina took its deadly toll on New Orleans. And in many places around the city the wounds are still fresh.

Today in our special series "After the Storm," our Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports the city's medical system is piecing itself back together. And it's doing it one clinic at a time.


Filed under: After the Storm
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