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Kennedy’s voice missed in health debate

Progress in Congress slows on crucial bill

Senator Edward M. Kennedy and his wife, Vicki (center), headed out of the Hyannis Port Yacht Club for an afternoon of sailing Thursday. The ailing Kennedy has stayed involved in Congress’s healthcare debate via telephone conference calls. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and his wife, Vicki (center), headed out of the Hyannis Port Yacht Club for an afternoon of sailing Thursday. The ailing Kennedy has stayed involved in Congress’s healthcare debate via telephone conference calls. (David G. Curran for The Boston Globe)
By Lisa Wangsness and Susan Milligan
Globe Staff / July 11, 2009

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WASHINGTON - Progress on a healthcare overhaul in Congress slackened this week, slowing momentum at the start of a critical month for President Obama’s top domestic priority. Liberals and moderates clashed; Republicans complained that Democrats were rushing things. Deadlines slipped, and the president even issued a statement from Russia to quell a controversy. (Full article: 1013 words)

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