<b>Elizabeth Edwards</b>
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<b>Elizabeth Edwards</b>
Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, the year her husband ran for vice president with John F. Kerry. The couple’s marriage unraveled years later when it was revealed that John Edwards was having an affair with a campaign videographer. She was 61. Full obituary

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<b>Richard Holbrooke </b>
President Obama’s emissary to Afghanistan and Pakistan -- a man the president called a “true giant of American foreign policy” -- was known for his ruthless negotiating style. He was 69. Full obituary

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<b>Ted Stevens</b>
As a U.S. senator for 40 years, Stevens dominated Alaska‘s transformation from wild frontier to modern state. He funneled billions of dollars into Alaskan infrastructure projects and development efforts. He was 86. Full obituary

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<b>Theodore C. Sorensen </b>
The Nebraska native became special counsel to President Kennedy and remained chief speechwriter during Kennedy’s brief presidency. He had a long post- White House career as a Manhattan-based international lawyer. He was 82. Full obituary

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<b>Robert Byrd </b>
The West Virginia senator, who took office in 1959, served longer and cast more votes than any other member of Congress in U.S. history. He was 92. Full obituary

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<b>Alexander M. Haig</b>
The retired general, whose brash and opinionated personality made him a controversial figure among Washington insiders, had the ear of several presidents. He was 85. Full obituary

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<b>Lech Kaczynski</b>
The president of Poland, who died in a plane crash in Russia, was a fervent Catholic who battled communism during the Cold War and matured into a staunchly conservative politician. He was 60. Full obituary

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<b>Walter H. Shorenstein</b>
The Democratic Party fundraiser and San Francisco real estate mogul headed one of the country’s largest privately owned real estate firms, with holdings across the nation, and was the California Democratic Party’s 1985 Man of the Year. He was 95. Full obituary (Cindy Charles)
<b>Dan Rostenkowski </b>
The former U.S. representative from Chicago was the powerful chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and a foe of President Reagan’s policies. He was forced from office in a corruption scandal and served time in prison. He was 82. Full obituary

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<b>Charlie Wilson</b>
The hard-partying and influential Texas congressman helped funnel money and weapons to Afghan resistance fighters to battle occupying Soviets in the 1980s. His story, including an alleged hot tub-cocaine scandal, inspired a 2007 Tom Hanks film. He was 76. Full obituary

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<b>James J. Kilpatrick </b>
The newspaper columnist’s strongly conservative viewpoints on politics, law and language appeared in hundreds of newspapers over the last five decades and made him a popular, even parodied, television pundit. He was 89. Full obituary (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
<b>Stewart L. Udall</b>
As Interior secretary, he promoted the idea that government should preserve vast areas of wilderness. He also served in Congress and later led a crusade on behalf of victims of radiation exposure. He was 90. Full obituary

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<b>John Murtha</b>
The first Vietnam veteran to serve in Congress, the Democrat called in 2005 for an immediate pullout of U.S. forces from Iraq. He also delivered billions in federal dollars to his home state of Pennsylvania. He was 77. Full obituary

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<b>Anna Walentynowicz</b>
The Polish union activist helped lead the Solidarity movement. Her firing from a Gdansk shipyard in 1980 helped spark the protests that brought down the communist regime. She died in a plane crash along with Poland’s president, a close friend. She was 80. Full obituary (Associated Press)
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