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PROVIDENCE — Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his fiancee plan to be married this week at a private wedding ceremony at the Kennedy family’s Cape Cod compound.

The 43-year-old Kennedy will wed New Jersey schoolteacher Amy Petitgout on Friday at what Mr. Kennedy’s spokeswoman says will be a small, intimate event.

Mr. Kennedy is the son of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. He represented Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District as a Democrat for 16 years. Since leaving Congress in January, he has been named a visiting fellow at Brown University and has campaigned to improve brain research.

The wedding will be closed to the press. It’s to be held at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis, Mass. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer is set to officiate.


Low on cash and down in polls, Pawlenty bets big

AMES — Tim Pawlenty is trailing in polls and low on cash.

He’s betting the future of his presidential campaign on Iowa, and a late summer test vote could make or break him.

The Republican candidate says he’s looking to the Ames straw poll in August as a chance to show improvement. The comment is an acknowledgment of his lagging fortunes.

The low-key Midwesterner has little to show for his efforts to raise his profile and build a winning campaign since he first visited politically important Iowa in November 2009.

He has the largest staff of any candidate for Iowa’s caucuses but registered support from just 6 percent of likely GOP caucus-goers in a recent Des Moines Register poll.


Lawmaker calls for talks to end Korea bill dispute

A Republican senator called on Monday for talks between the Senate and House to resolve differences that threaten congressional approval of a Korea trade deal.

“I formally request that a ‘mock conference’ be scheduled in the near future so that we may continue to uphold our constitutional role in regulating trade with other nations,” Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah said in a letter to Republican and Democratic leaders of both chambers.

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