Patrick Kennedy reveals family’s struggles with alcohol in new book

US Congressman Patrick Kennedy (left) and his father, US Senator Edward Kennedy in Pawtucket, R.I. in 2006.

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Kennedy’s new book, scheduled to be released Monday, provides an intimate picture of a dysfunctional family.

Bernie Sanders addressed a near-capacity crowd of 20,000 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Sanders draws big crowds in Mass. campaign swing

Bernie Sanders addressed a near-capacity crowd of 20,000 in Boston, with a few thousand more in an overflow room.

Hillary Clinton in Washington on Saturday.

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Patrick Kennedy reveals family’s struggles with alcohol in new book

Kennedy’s new book, scheduled to be released Monday, provides an intimate picture of a dysfunctional family.

Duncan will step down as education secretary after seven years in post

Arne Duncan, who followed President Obama to Washington to serve as his education secretary, will step down.

Firefighters’ union won’t back Clinton

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