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Quick Friday news roundup

From NBC's Mark Murray
Sen. Ted Kennedy today lies in repose at the John F. Kennedy Library until 3:00 pm ET. In the evening, a private memorial service will take place, and speakers will include Vice President Joe Biden; Sens. Chris Dodd, Orrin Hatch, John Kerry and John McCain; and Caroline Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy II.

On Saturday, there will be a Mass at which President Obama will speak. After that, Sen. Kennedy's body will travel to the U.S. Capitol and finally Arlington National Cemetery, where he will rest alongside brothers John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.   

The Boston Globe says that Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin has presented Gov. Deval Patrick with two dates for a special election to fill Kennedy's Senate seat -- Jan. 19 or Jan 26. "Under the schedule set by state law, a Jan. 19 election would require a Dec. 8 primary; a Jan. 26 election would mean a Dec. 15 primary." The same article notes that former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey (R), who lost a gubernatorial bid to Patrick in '06, is considering a bid for the seat.

The Washington Times reports that South Carolina Republicans are gathering in Myrtle Beach this weekend to discuss the fate of embattled Gov. Mark Sanford (R) and whether to call a special impeachment session before the Legislature is scheduled to reconvene in January.

This comes as a new Insider Advantage poll finds that half of South Carolina voters want Sanford out of office, Politico writes. "Sanford is actually in a weaker position now than he was in the same poll shortly after he admitted in June to an affair with an Argentine woman, when 49.8 percent of South Carolinians thought the governor should stay, while 41.4 percent said he should resign."

We're waiting for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to name a temporary replacement to fill Mel Martinez's Senate seat. Per news accounts, the pick is supposed to come at the end of this week.

Here are a couple of new stories emphasizing the challenges that President Obama faces with his health-care reform effort: The New York Times says that conservative Catholic bishops are speaking out against the legislation that's emerging from Capitol Hill, and Bloomberg writes that an "Obama administration plan to cut Medicare payments to heart and cancer doctors by $1.4 billion next year is generating a backlash that's undermining the president's health-care overhaul." 

Finally, a reminder that our usual morning note (including First Thoughts, etc.) will return on Monday.