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August 11th, 2009
09:46 AM ET

Eunice Kennedy Shriver's "Special" Legacy

Editor's Note: Eunice Kennedy Shriver died this morning at the age of 88 at a Cape Cod, Mass. hospital. She is the sister of former Pres. John F. Kennedy. former Sen. Robert Kennedy and current Sen. Ted Kennedy. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, R. Sargent Shriver Jr.; her five children; and her nineteen grandchildren.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/08/11/eunice.kennedy.shriver/art.eunice.shriver.afp.gi.jpg caption="Eunice Kennedy Shriver speaks at a dinner in honor of the Special Olympics in July 2006."]

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/11/art.eunice.shriver.special.olympics.jpg caption="The Special Olympics grew from Camp Shriver, a summer day camp in Shriver's backyard, where people with intellectual disabilities could explore their capabilities in a variety of sports and physical activities."]

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Eunice Kennedy Shriver is proof that one person can truly change the world. In 1968, Mrs. Shriver founded the Special Olympics, inspired in part by her intellectually disabled sister Rosemary.

Forty-one years later, there are more than three million Special Olympians in more than 150 countries. I'm proud to say my brother, Stephen, is one of them. He's one of three million people who now stands proud because of Mrs. Shriver. He's one of three million people whose life has changed for the better thanks to Mrs. Shriver. And, he is one of three million Special Olympians who has lost a dear friend.

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August 11th, 2009
08:57 AM ET

Dear President Obama #204: Among the thugs ... again

Reporter's Note: President Obama has asked for advice from the public on how to run the government. At public meetings coast to coast his Congressional pals are getting plenty of advice on health care reform; the subject of today’s letter to the Oval Office.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

There is a fabulous book from some years back called Among the Thugs by Bill Buford, and if you haven’t read it, for heaven sakes give me a call and I’ll drop a copy off for you. (Do I just give it to the guards, or should I ask for Rahm or someone like that? Pretty sure I can’t just walk in..) It’s all about soccer hooligans. You know, those guys that follow their favorite soccer teams around Europe creating havoc in the streets with mindless violence and destruction? Reminds me a wedding reception I once attended.

Anyway, I was thinking of that book as I headed up to Baltimore for one of those health care reform town meetings with Senator Ben Cardin. I was pretty much expecting a wild pack with pitchforks, clubs, and torches fashioned from twisted bundles of Congressional Budget Office reports. And at first blush, it looked that way. Hundreds of people were lining the road near Towson University as I drove up, waving signs and hollering. While there were a reasonable number of folks there in favor of reform, they were greater outnumbered by people who were there to object to the whole idea.

And sure enough, throughout the meeting, the Senator was greeted with a variety of hoots, boos, and shouted accusations. On the other hand, he was not exactly shouted down. As upset as a lot of people in the crowd were, there was never a moment when he was unable to answer a question. Yes, he had to wait for the noise to subside many times, and it was not precisely a warm and cordial greeting. But neither was it a melee.

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August 11th, 2009
07:51 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 8/10/09

Editor's Note: On Monday night, we continued to hear from viewers about the  Health Care Reform town hall meetings. Along with general comments on the issue itself we heard from viewers who offered a correction to John Roberts’ statement that Nancy Pelosi called the people at the meetings “un-American” for disagreeing, when she actually said it was “un-American” to not ALLOW them to disagree. Viewers also expressed frustration over guests talking on top of each other, complaining it was difficult to understand the points while this type of arguing took place. We'd love to know what you think after reading some of the feedback below:

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John Roberts needs to reread Nancy Pelosi’s comments on the Town Meetings. She did not call the people shouting un-American. She said it was un-American to stop people from having a discussion about health care by drowning out anyone who disagreed with them - big difference!! And who was the woman who would not shut up. She talked over both Roberts and Ron Reagan the whole segment.
I have almost given up on watching your coverage about health care. It would be nice if your reporters/anchors would do some research and try to inform the public instead of letting "guests" talk over each other and accomplish nothing but reinforcing incorrect stories.

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