August 27th, 2009
09:01 AM ET
9 years ago

All four ex-presidents to attend Kennedy funeral

All four ex-presidents and President Obama will attend Ted Kennedy's funeral.

All four ex-presidents and President Obama will attend Ted Kennedy's funeral.

(CNN) - The four living ex-presidents will attend Sen. Ted Kennedy's private funeral mass in Boston Saturday, law enforcement sources confirm to CNN.

President Obama will also attend the ceremony.

Filed under: Ted Kennedy
August 27th, 2009
05:06 AM ET
9 years ago

Sanford fights back against call for resignation

(CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford forcefully rejected his lieutenant governor's request that he resign for the good of the state, telling reporters Wednesday: "I am not going to be railroaded out of this office by political opponents or folks that were never fans of mine in the first place."

Sanford called a press conference to respond to Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who said earlier in the day "that the best interests of the people of South Carolina can no longer be served by the current administration." Bauer also promised voters that if Sanford resigns and he assumes the governorship, he will not go through with his long-held plans to enter the 2010 governor's race.

But Sanford dismissed Bauer's offer - which was made formally in a letter sent to Sanford's office - and accused Bauer and other critics of cynically trying to exploit his weakened political position in the wake of recent investigations into his travel expenses.

"A lot of what's going on is pure politics, plain and simple," he said.


Filed under: Andre Bauer • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
August 27th, 2009
04:58 AM ET
9 years ago



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For the latest political news:

CNN: Obama to eulogize Kennedy at Boston church
Services for Sen. Edward Kennedy will be Saturday morning at a Boston church before his burial in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, his office announced Wednesday.

CNN: Ted Kennedy, 'Lion of the Senate,' helped shape American politics
After a losing presidential campaign, it became clear to Edward "Ted" Kennedy that his true calling was to help shape the country's political future from the U.S. Senate.

CNN: Is Camelot's future in Obama's hands?
The young senator inspired a new generation of voters with his message of change and extended America's hand to the global community in an effort to promote a different kind of diplomacy.

CNN: Run-ins, heart-to-hearts and laughs with Ted Kennedy
Sen. Ted Kennedy left a mark not only on history, but also on the lives of the those he encountered during his nearly 50 years in public service.

CNN: Obama calls Kennedy 'greatest U.S. senator of our time'
A sampling of reactions to the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died Tuesday night at age 77:

CNN: Death gives Massachusetts 1st open Senate seat in decades
As Americans paused Wednesday to remember the extraordinary life of Sen. Edward Kennedy, political observers also took note of a rare development caused by his passing.


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
August 27th, 2009
01:32 AM ET
9 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Will health bill pay for illegal immigrants? An update

The statement:

Complaints that those in the United States illegally would get benefits under the health-care bill now before the House of Representatives have been a staple of the raucous public meetings some members of Congress have been hosting during their August break. At least two people raised the issue at a forum held by Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, on August 12, and Cardin's insistence that "Illegal aliens will not be in this bill - period - the end" was met with a round of jeers.

Facts and the Truth Squad verdict after the jump:


Filed under: Health care • Health care fact check
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