Retiring Rep. Joe Kennedy III says greed hinders aid to poor
In this image from video, retiring Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., speaks on the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (House Television via AP)WASHINGTON – Retiring Rep. Joe Kennedy III used his farewell speech from Congress on Wednesday to deride the “great lie of our times” that the government lacks the resources and will to help people in need. Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., said he is pursuing the post of director of the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy under President-elect Joe Biden. Patrick Kennedy, cousin of the retiring congressman, battled drug addiction and has worked privately to bolster mental health substance abuse programs. ___Associated Press writer Michelle R. Smith contributed to this report from Providence, R.I.___This story has been corrected to show that Patrick Kennedy is Joe Kennedy's cousin, not his great-uncle.
Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race
That has overshadowed debate over how to handle the nation's drug overdose crisis, which has contributed to the deaths of more than 470,000 Americans over the last two decades. The exchange over Hunter Biden's struggle with addiction was brief, and neither candidate was asked a follow-up question about their plan to tackle the nation's drug addiction and overdose crisis. Yet drug addiction continues its grim march across the U.S., having contributed to the deaths of more than 470,000 Americans over the past two decades. Ohio, a battleground state in the presidential contest, is on track to have one of its deadliest years of opioid drug overdoses. For example, his policies eased access to drugs that are meant to control opioid addiction, especially for people receiving health coverage through Medicaid.
Jean Kennedy Smith, last surviving sibling of JFK, dies
NEW YORK Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy and a former ambassador to Ireland, died Wednesday, her nephew confirmed. Smith died at her home in Manhattan, her daughter Kym told The New York Times. Sen. Edward Kennedy, the youngest of the Kennedy siblings, died of brain cancer in August 2009, the same month their sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver died. Smith, who married Kennedy family financial adviser and future White House chief of staff Stephen Edward Smith in 1956, was viewed for much of her life as a quiet sister who shunned the spotlight. Her son, Dr. William Kennedy Smith, made headlines in 1991, when he was charged with rape at the Kennedy estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill once wrote about depression
Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, has died, the Kennedy family said in a statement. Now, after his relative Saoirse Kennedy Hill died this week, he's praising her for having written about her depression a few years ago. Saoirse Kennedy Hill, a 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, died after being found unresponsive Thursday at the Kennedy family compound on Massachusetts' Cape Cod. Patrick Kennedy, a cousin of Saorise's mother Courtney Kennedy Hill, saluted Saoirse on social media and in a TV interview Friday for addressing her mental health struggles publicly in 2016. On Friday, he urged people to read Saoirse Kennedy Hill's own account of her battle with depression, which she wrote in 2016 as a senior at the Deerfield Academy, a Massachusetts college-preparatory school.
Patrick Kennedy addresses criticism from family on new memoir
Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Sen. Ted Kennedy's youngest child, has a new memoir that digs deep into his long history of mental illness and addiction. It is a story other family members did not want him to tell. His brother, Ted Kennedy Jr., called it an “inaccurate and unfair portrayal of our family.” Kennedy joins the second hour of “CBS This Morning” to discuss why he co-wrote “A Common Struggle.”cbsnews.com
Patrick Kennedy shares secret family struggles in "A Common Struggle"
Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy writes of his own mental illness and addictions, but he also looks at his parents' problems with alcohol and his mother's depression. Kennedy believes his father, Ted, suffered from post-traumatic stress after two of his brothers were assassinated. Kennedy joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss why he decided to reveal the Kennedy family secrets.cbsnews.com