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We asked readers to send in their photos of and with Ted Kennedy in honor of his memory. Here are the submissions, with the occasional personal remembrance in accompaniment.

Senator Kennedy campaigning for Barack Obama in New Jersey the Monday before Super Tuesday 2008.


Gene Forfar

"This photo from my family's trip to Washington in summer of 1990 was taken just outside the Capitol building and followed a lengthy exchange between Senator Kennedy and my mother over whether the lens cap was on her camera."


Chris Galdieri

"In March of '04, a few friends and I slept on the steps of the Supreme Court to see arguments for Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow -- the "under god" in the pledge of allegiance case. After oral arguments, a number of VIPs spoke on the steps of the Court. Here's Kennedy speaking to the press."


AJL

Kennedy at a rally for ACORN at a church on Capitol Hill on March 24, 2003.


Linda Swanson

Kennedy endorsing Obama at a rally in January 2008. From TPM reader J: "I skipped work that day, like many of the people there, and managed to get a good spot on the floor. We were all used to Obama being the great orator, but on that day Kennedy's fire, mixed with Obama's intense humility in the face of what was happening (in essence being passed the Kennedy mantle at a critical point in the primary), was overwhelming."


J

Kennedy at a rally for Obama in Pasadena, shortly before the California primary in February 2008.


Brian Finifter

Kennedy at a rally for Obama in Pasadena, shortly before the California primary in February 2008.


Brian Finifter

Sen. Kennedy at an Employee Free Choice Act Rally in DC's Upper Senate Park on June 19, 2007.


AFL-CIO

A minister who screamed at tea partiers protesting health care reform in Brunswick, Ga., was arrested Wednesday for not having a permit to demonstrate.

In video of the protest, Zack Lyde was loudly arguing with protesters when a police officer approached him and asked if he had a permit to protest.

"I'm not gonna move and you're not gonna arrest me!" Lyde yelled. Backup officers arrived and ordered Lyde to leave.

When he refused, two officers pointed Tasers at him.

"Put your hands behind your back or I'll shoot you with a Taser!" one yelled. Lyde got onto his knees and put his hands behind his back, and the officers pushed him to the ground.

He was charged with disorderly conduct and released on his own recognizance.



About 25 protesters with the Golden Isle Tea Party had gathered outside a federal building that houses the post office and a district office of Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA). (Kingston reportedly wasn't there at the time.) The protesters held up signs with slogans such as, "Obama lies, Granny dies," and some were dressed in colonial garb.

Some of the demonstrators were upset police arrested Lyde.

"That is the wrong thing to do," one woman told officers as they handcuffed Lyde. Later, she said Lyde should have been allowed to stay. "We're about liberty."

Nine days ago, Jim Towey, the former director of President Bush's Office of Faith Based Initiatives, and founder of the non-profit group Aging with Dignity, entered the health care debate by throwing gasoline on the dying death panel embers with a Wall Street Journal op-ed called "The Death Book for Veterans."

What is "The Death Book for Veterans"? Towey reports that, under President Obama, the Department of Veterans Affairs is reviving a 52-page end-of-life planning document called "Your Life, Your Choices", which Bush had scrapped because, allegedly, it "presents end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward predetermined conclusions." Namely, it urges ailing veterans to choose death over life.

Facts are tricky things, though. For instance, the document Towey cites was created over 10 years ago. And though the VA did indeed stop distributing it, the department has been in the process of updating the document for months now, following plans developed during the Bush administration. Curiously, among the panelists involved in updating "Your Life, Your Choices" was the president of Aging with Dignity.

The new version should be completed next year.

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The Club For Growth now has official government permission to bedevil Arlen Specter in a very creative way.

The Federal Election Commission has granted the Club permission to send letters out to previous donors to Sen. Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat who has been a huge enemy of the group ever since they helped organize a primary challenge against him by Pat Toomey in 2004.

The letters will remind donors that Specter promised he would return donations from before his party switch to anyone who asked, and include a preprinted form and envelope for making just that request. The Club will use the information from campaign finance reports to make their mailing list -- which normally cannot be used for fundraising, but is being allowed here because the Club isn't actually raising money for itself or for anybody else.

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Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA) said today that he won't run in a special election to fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.

"Oh, I'm out," Delahunt told MSNBC's Chris Matthews. "I don't want to make a six-year commitment to anything at this point in time."

In Massachusetts, Congressional vacancies are filled by a special election, which is held at least 150 days after the seat opens. In the days before his death, Kennedy wrote a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick and state legislators urging them to change the law to allow Patrick to appoint a temporary replacement.

Delahunt's district includes Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and the South Shore.

Further details have emerged on Chris Christie's traffic stop in 2005, New Jersey 101.5 FM reports.

In 2005, Christie was pulled over for speeding in Lambertville, New Jersey, and was cited for speeding and for driving in an unregistered, uninsured vehicle. The car belonged to Christie's wife, but the registration had expired about two months before.

Lambertville police director Bruce Coccuzza told the radio station that Christie's position as a U.S. attorney was discussed: "He identified himself." Christie's campaign says the candidate does not recall how it came up.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wouldn't denounce bringing guns to town halls at one of his own town halls in Cherokee, Iowa, on Wednesday.

An audience member asked Grassley if he would publicly denounce the gun-toters, writes an Iowa resident who blogs at TableTopTalk.

The senator replied, "We need a more civil society and we need the kind of civility that Jesus spoke about when he used the word agape: interest and seeking the highest good and welfare of the other person."

Grassley's office has confirmed the account.

(h/t TPMcafe contributor Todd Gitlin)

Earlier we noted an AP report in which an anonymous source claimed the pay-to-play probe of New Mexico governor Bill Richardson "was killed in Washington," implying that political appointees at DOJ acted on behalf of an Obama ally.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment to TPMmuckraker. But reports by the New York Times and Washington Post seem to largely knock down that suggestion.

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One wish these sorts of denunciations weren't necessary, but a spokesman for the American Medical Association writes in to rebut the RNC's suggestion that "GOP voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a Democrat-imposed health care rationing system."

"Patients should rest assured that the health care legislation under consideration in the House does not ration medical care or discriminate based on political affiliation. The fact is that the House bill will expand coverage and prohibit denials for coverage based on pre-existing medical conditions. The AMA is working for all Americans to have affordable, quality health coverage so they can get the care they need."

The AMA is the largest professional association of physicians in the country--and I for one will rest easily knowing that their members aren't hatching a revenge conspiracy to deny care to Republicans in a reformed health care system.

A spokesman for Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) confirms to me that Warner would vote for a health care bill with a public option. "It's not a make or break thing--he wants to see a health reform bill that contains costs, and if it includes a public option...he would vote for it."

The blog Blue Virginia first reported Warner's position this afternoon, though Warner's office notes that his support for any legislation--public option or no--is contingent upon its ability to control costs.

Warner has been ambivalent about the public option in the recent past, but this is the clearest indication yet that he'd support the measure.

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