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Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder, Tom Brokaw to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Originally posted 11/11/2014 10:00AM

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw are among the latest Americans tapped to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Obama announced Tuesday.

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Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Granted $1.2 Million Bail

Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Granted $1.2 Million Bail

Originally posted 11/21/2013 12:55PM

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was granted bail Thursday and expected to be released from prison while prosecutors in Connecticut appeal a ruling giving him a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.

Skakel, the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel, touched his hand to his chest and looked back at his supporters in the courtroom, his brothers among them, as the judge set bail at $1.2 million. He has been in prison more than 11 years on a sentence of 20 years to life but his lawyers said bail would be posted immediately – meaning that he would be freed shortly after the hearing in Stamford Superior Court.

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Ethel Kennedy: Taylor Swift Is 'Sensational Inside and Out'

Originally posted 10/16/2012 11:50AM

People may talk about Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy's whirlwind romance, but it's clear that the superstar singer has won over the people who count the most – her boyfriend's family.

"She is just spectacular," Ethel Kennedy, Conor's grandmother, said at the RFK golf tournament at the Hyannisport Club on Oct. 12. "She's just sensational inside and out."

When asked if her grandson, 18, has taken a liking to Swift, 22, Ethel replied, "Yes! How could you not? I think the world has."

Last month, a source in Swift's circle told PEOPLE that the singer, 22, is "head over heels into" Conor, adding, "[She] is on cloud nine. ... She thinks she is in love."

And, it seems, Swift will do a lot for love.

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Did Taylor Swift Crash a Kennedy Wedding? | Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift: Did She Crash a Kennedy Wedding?

Originally posted 08/22/2012 01:00PM

Taylor Swift, wedding crasher?

Victoria Gifford Kennedy is claiming the 22-year-old Grammy award winner crashed her daughter Kyle's wedding in Boston on Saturday.

The mother of the bride says Swift's beau, Conor, was invited to her daughter's nuptials to Liam Kerr, but failed to RSVP.

"[Swift and Conor] texted me an hour before the wedding and asked if they could come. I responded with a very clear 'Please do not come.' They came anyway," she tells the Boston Herald.

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Conor Kennedy's Aunt Calls Taylor Swift 'Awesome' | Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Gets Warm Welcome from Kennedy Family

Originally posted 08/01/2012 07:50PM

Taylor Swift is a self-professed Kennedy fanatic, but apparently the fandom runs both ways.

"She's awesome," Rory Kennedy, aunt of the singer's new beau, Conor Kennedy, said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer tour in Beverly Hills. "She's a great friend of all of ours."

Rory spoke out at an HBO panel for Ethel, the documentary she directed about the life of her mother, Kennedy matriarch Ethel Kennedy.

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Taylor Swift 'Swept Off Her Feet' by Conor Kennedy: Source | Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift 'Swept Off Her Feet' by Conor Kennedy: Source

Originally posted 08/01/2012 04:15PM

Fresh into his relationship with Taylor Swift, has Conor Kennedy already joined the ranks of her famous ex-boyfriends – including John Mayer, Taylor Lautner and Joe Jonas – whose memories with the country crooner play out in her music?

Not so fast, according to one source, who says this love song is still being written, with Swift falling hard for the son of Robert Kennedy Jr. and the late Mary Kennedy.

"They have been dating for a bit," says the source. "She is swept off her feet."

Age is clearly not a factor – he's 18 and she's 22 – but what may be is the Grammy winner's affection for his extended family. Even before they were spotted getting cozy, Swift made no secret of her fascination with the Kennedys.

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