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Bills would defend consumers’ right to leave bad reviews

Mary Clare Jalonick, AP

WASHINGTON — Congress is defending your right to Yelp.

Legislation in Congress would ensure that customers who want to post negative reviews on websites like Yelp or TripAdvisor can do so without legal repercussions. That’s in response to some businesses that have made customers sign non-disparagement clauses and then sued if a bad review showed up.

Supporters say the legislation is needed to ensure freedom of speech in a growing online economy.

“A lot of Americans, particularly in my generation, use those reviews,” says 35-year-old Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass. “You look at good reviews and you look at bad reviews and both of those are very important.”

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Want to record veterans’ memories? There’s an app for that

David Bienick, WCVB 

Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Massachusetts, unveiled a new computer app on Friday by interviewing a 92-year-old Navy veteran from Easton.

Arnold Marcus recounted his service during World War II, including how he survived a kamikaze attack on the USS Columbia by having a cigar on deck.

“If I had been at my battle quarters, five decks below, I wouldn’t be here,” Marcus told Kennedy.

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Congressman Kennedy pushing to preserve WWII vets’ stories

Elizabeth Hopkins, Fox 25

BOSTON – Congressman Joe Kennedy III is spearheading an effort to record as many veteran’s war stories and life histories as possible.

The program was launched Friday in Boston where Kennedy sat down with his first subject, 92-year-old Navy veteran Arnold Marcus.

Marcus said he was grateful for the experience to serve aboard the Columbia during WWII, even when it was attacked by a Japanese kamikaze pilot.

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Kennedy wants health laws enforced

Jim Hand, The Attleboro Sun Chronicle

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III is continuing to push for enforcement of mental health insurance laws with legislation he is backing that went before a congressional panel Friday.

Kennedy, D-Brookline, wants enforcement mechanisms to make sure health insurance companies are following an 8-year-old law that provides for equity between coverage of mental health and physical health problems.

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The Interview: Joe Kennedy III

Chris Sweeney, Boston Magazine

Aside from his last name, there is nothing overtly Kennedy-esque about Joe Kennedy. In fact, the 35-year-old congressman has all the hallmarks of a nerd, with his curly mop of orange hair and a mumbling conversation style a world away from the stately bravado of his bloodline. Over coffee and eggs in Newton, however, he reveals a side of himself every bit as ambitious and polished as his ancestors. With much speculation that Senator Elizabeth Warren could join a potential Hillary Clinton White House, it may be only a matter of time before we have another Senator Kennedy in Washington.

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