The daughters of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and former Vice President Walter Mondale have both died at age 51 in unrelated circumstances.
Eleanor Mondale, a journalist, announced in 2009 that she was being treated for brain cancer, and stepped down from her broadcast duties at a Minneapolis radio station.
She had been active in her father's political campaigns, including his unsuccessful 2002 bid to replace the late-Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) after Wellstone was killed in a plane crash during his re-election campaign.
The former vice president, in an email to friends, said, "Joan and I must report that our wonderful daughter, Eleanor Mondale Poling, after her long and gutsy battle against cancer, went up to heaven last night to be with her angel," the Associated Press reported.
Kara Kennedy died Friday night after suffering a heart attack while working out at a Washington, D.C., gym. She had also battled cancer, but after surgery to remove a lung tumor, was declared cancer-free. Her brother, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), said her cancer treatment "took quite a toll on her and weakened her physically" and "her heart gave out," according to the Associated Press.
Sen. Kennedy, (D-Mass.) developed a brain tumor and died in 2009 at age 77.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.