"End of an era" is an overused trope, but in this case it's appropriate: The last of the old Southern Democrats is gone.
An ailing Ted Kennedy experienced seizures during a ceremonial luncheon on Capitol Hill and was removed from the private function, according to reports. President Obama accompanied Kennedy from the room and then returned to offer a few words of support. The luncheon then went ahead, though without Sen. Robert Byrd, who was too upset over his friend's seizure to stay. Update 2
The senator from West Virginia came undone on the floor of the Senate while honoring his "dear friend" Ted Kennedy. The great orator paused at one point, sobbing, and said simply "I love you."
We just passed the grim milestone of 4,000 U.S. military members killed in Iraq since the invasion five years ago. Still, the death toll climbs.
Hillary Clinton has come under fire for her relatively hawkish stand on the war, but the candidate made an aggressive move Thursday to counter that perception Joined by antiwar Sen Robert Byrd, Clinton announced plans to de-authorize the war, saying: "If the president will not bring himself to accept reality, it is time for Congress to bring reality to him" Update: Kucinich calls out Clinton.