Kennedy Rushed To Hospital With Stroke Symptoms

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, one of the longest serving Democrats in the Senate, has been rushed to the hospital with "stroke like symptoms," according to cable networks and wire services.

Kennedy, 76, was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital and is being treated there in Boston. Kennedy has served in the Senate since 1962, and has become one of the leading surrogates for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential run.

The news is already dominating the cable networks, as commentators are reviewing Kennedy's nearly 50 year public career.

Kennedy is a lion of the Senate, chairman of the Education and Labor Committee and one of the most skilled legislators in the chamber. He has not had a recent history of health problems, but his current condition was serious enough for him to be airlifted from the family compound on Cape Cod to Boston.

The Crypt will update with independent confirmation of Kennedy's condition and any other news as it develops.

UPDATE: Politico has confirmed Kennedy's condition, but Senate sources are being very careful about discussing the situation, given potential seriousness of a stroke for a 76 year old man.

The Cape Cod Times is reporting that local rescue crews responded to an emergency call from the Kennedy compound at 8:30 this morning.
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