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  • July 06, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    This just in from Patrick Kennedy's office:

    “Tomorrow, I will be returning to Washington to get back to work on the bold legislative agenda set forth by the House leadership – job creation, economic development, green energy, and health care reform. The support and words of encouragement I have received over the past few weeks certainly help to support my efforts in recovery which I take seriously every day.

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  • July 06, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressional Quarterly, a fave among the Washington set, has a piece on Patrick Kennedy's political endurance amid personal problems. Among those quoted: Darrell West, a Kennedy biographer and former Brown University political science professor who chalks up the representative's survival, in part, to a Catholic culture of forgiveness.

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  • June 12, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Patrick Kennedy has made his bout with mental illness and addiction a public affair. And we're richer for it - it helped to open the discussion on touchy issues and it proved vitally important in Kennedy's successful quest for parity in health insurance coverage for mental and physical ailments.

    Kennedy made a nod to that transparency again with his statement, yesterday, that he has stepped away from his normal routine to seek care and "ensure that I am being vigilant as possible in my recovery."

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  • May 18, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    US Senator Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama during the Democratic primary last year was, of course, an important bit of symbolism for the candidate - Camelot passes the torch to a new generation.

    But it was also noteworthy in that it signaled a split between the nation's two most storied Democratic families - the Kennedys and the Clintons.

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  • April 28, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    The Washington Post has a strong profile of US Rep. Patrick Kennedy, focusing on his push to turn his own struggles with mental illness and addiction into legislation requiring that insurance companies provide equal coverage for physical and mental illness.

    The irony of Kennedy's situation wasn't lost on him. He'd long considered himself "damaged goods politically" because of his struggles.

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