March 22nd, 2010
08:31 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Rep. Bart Stupak: The Democratic congressman was speaking on the House floor Sunday night, shortly after the chamber passed the sweeping health care reform bill with his help, when someone yelled "baby killer."  Members of Congress groaned, and someone shouted, "Who said that?"

Stupak had opposed the bill over its abortion language until he reached a deal with the White House on Sunday. Just days earlier, Stupak, D-Michigan, was a hero of anti-abortion House Republicans who opposed the bill.

After he announced his support for health care reform legislation, an organization opposing abortion rights withdrew an award it had planned to present Stupak. The Susan B. Anthony List had chosen Stupak to receive the "Defender of Life" award at the "Campaign for Life Gala" Wednesday in the nation's capital.

"By accepting this deal from the most pro-abortion President in American history, Stupak has not only failed to stand strong for unborn children, but also for his constituents and pro-life voters across the country," Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement shortly before the House was set to vote on the controversial bill.

In reaction to the award being rescinded, Stupak said, "I didn't seek the award. I stood on my principle. I don't need an award."

CNN: 'Baby killer' shouted at Democrat after bill's passage

CNN Political Ticker: Stupak award rescinded

Rep. John Lewis: The civil rights leader and Georgia congressman said demonstrators against the health care bill yelled racist epithets at him and Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, as protesters walked past them on Capitol Hill on Saturday. Witnesses said demonstrators hurled the N-word at the congressmen multiple times.

"I haven't seen or heard anything like this in more than 40 years, maybe 45," Lewis said. "Since the march from Selma to Montgomery really."

"I've faced this before. So, it reminded me of the '60s. There's a lot of downright hate and anger, and people are just being downright mean," he said.

Andrew Langer, the president of one of the groups that sponsored Saturday's protest, issued a statement Sunday condemning the incidents.

"The Institute for Liberty roundly condemns the isolated incidents of intolerance that occurred. ...  As a core value, the Tea Party movement believes in the precept upon which our independence was declared and this nation was founded: that all men are created equal."

Lewis, 70, risked his life many times on Freedom Rides in the early 1960s when he challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals and sat in seats reserved for white patrons. According to his Web site biography, "he was also beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested by police for challenging the injustice of Jim Crow segregation in the South."

In 1965, he led a group of 600 protesters who had intended to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to demonstrate for voting rights. The marchers were attacked by local and state police. The confrontation is now known as "Bloody Sunday."  The march went ahead two weeks later.

CNN Political Ticker: House Republicans denounce racial slurs hurled at Democrats

Office of Rep. Lewis: Biography

Vicki Kennedy: The widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and co-founder of The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate saw her late husband's dream realized on Sunday. At the Democratic National Convention in 2008 - just three months after he was diagnosed with brain cancer - the longtime Massachusetts senator called health care for all "the cause of my life."

The couple were married in July 1992.  Their families were longtime friends, and Vicki Kennedy had once been an intern in the mailroom of her husband's Senate office, according to TIME magazine.

Vicki Kennedy is scheduled to sit down with John King for an exclusive interview on the first edition of "John King, USA" which premieres tonight on CNN at 7 ET. The institute she helped to create is a nonprofit organization "dedicated to educating the general public, students, teachers, new Senators, and Senate staff about the role and importance of the Senate."

Edward M. Kennedy Institute Web site

TIME: The woman who saved Ted

'John King, USA' blog

Ali Noorani: Tens of thousands of people turned out on Washington's National Mall on Sunday to support the Obama administration in its next big battle, a renewed effort to overhaul U.S. immigration laws.

"You are a spectacular sight," Ali Noorani, chairman of the coalition that organized the demonstration, told the crowd.

Noorani said the rally had drawn more than 150,000 people "from across the country, and we are demanding comprehensive immigration reform now."

Though overshadowed by the historic debate on health care taking place in the nearby halls of Congress, Sunday's rally set the stage for a revival of efforts to reshape U.S. immigration law.

The issue has been largely sidelined since 2007, when the Bush administration's push to establish a path to legal citizenship for the estimated 11 million people illegally in the United States foundered in Congress. Noorani is executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a leading immigrants' rights organization.

This Just In: Immigration rally draws thousands to Washington

Benjamin Netanyahu:  Israel's prime minister will meet President Obama in Washington on Tuesday and will also make a speech to an influential pro-Israel lobbying group, at a time when United States-Israeli relations are more strained or stronger than ever, depending on your point of view and the expert you ask.

Netanyahu, who will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and members of Congress at a dinner Monday night, is visiting the United States soon after Israel was criticized for the announcement that it was planning to build 1,600 new housing units in a disputed area of Jerusalem claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians.

The announcement was made during Vice President Joe Biden's recent visit to Israel and Netanyahu then ordered an investigation into its timing.

AIPAC Web site

CNN: Israel won't back down in dispute with U.S., PM says

soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Michael

    It appears Israel is up to it's own tricks again after totally disrespecting the US. PM Netanyahu is in town to drum up support through its surrogate, AIPAC. It's high time our government start looking out for America's best interest and leave this parasite nation on its own. We have already allowed this parasite to grow to the point where it controls the host and the only remedy is to totally cut it off. Why do we owe this nation $3 billion each year? The time is long gone for our politicians to grow some b–lls and do what right for America.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    Retweet from someone:

    Do you know what's good for the health of unborn children?

    Parents with health care.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Wallace Williams

    Thank you my fellow democrats for standing together on the right side of history. I know Ted Kennedy is smiling down on each brave congress person.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Impoverished Americans

    I think it is high time there were some new rules and punishments adopted for our House and Senate! This guy should have been removed from the room and fined, reprimanded. This has gone on long enough. From low life Cheney shouting obscenities, to the 'liar' guy heckling our President, to this one last night shouting 'baby killer'. Enough is enough! we need to start a petition and demand that our reps conduct themselves in a professional manner rather than drunk, immature college boys.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gael

    Andrew Langer, as president of the inaptly named Institue for Liberty and co-sponer of the demonstartions against the Reconciliation Act, is responsible for his gorup's public behavior. For the hateful epithets and spitting on Congressmen he and his group should be listed in the FBI files as a hate group and dealt with in an appropriate and legal manner. All after-the-fact apologies are meaningless, and I am hopeful that they are now on a watch list for potential acts of violence. They have certainly demonstrated their potential for it.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stuart Grochowski

    I wanted Rep. Stupak to reply to the person who yelled "Baby Killer." He could have said that the anonymous screamer was actually the "baby killer" and at the same time the "child killer" by deeming it alright to keep 56 million people uninsured in this country. Republicans have not been thinking outside a very narrow perception of the issues involved in HCR.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. oldguly

    I am embarrased by our shout out such inflammatory and ignorant rhetoric is unconscionable. They are representatives of the people, they are to hold themselves with dignity and seek compromise. By shouting 'baby killer' on the floor of the house, that person is no better than an the angry mob that shouted racist comments at Rep Lewis. They do not need to agree, but they need to be respectful.

    The representative that shouted this should be reprimanded by his peers.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. muchogroucho

    The only thing Israel is guilty of is having a lack of skill when it comes to public relations. "East Jerusalem" as it is referred to in the media consists of the Jewish quarter and the Old City an integral part of Jewish history and identity. It's where the remaining outer wall of the second temple still stands – Israel's most holy site. It houses the underground tunnels where David sought refuge from his enemies who were out to kill him. The Palestinians were offered during the days of Barack and Clinton to make Jerusalem an International City among many of the other concessions – the most generous and liberal to date. The Palestinians have been refusing every proposal since 1948. When will they ever learn.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. José

    The acrimony shows the evil hatred that permeates the Tea Party and all the people within that 'group' who stand opposed to anything Obama and the Democrats try to do t undo the mess that Bush left behind... they'd rather our country implode than have to follow a democrat. I wonder if they realize that not even the democrats thought that way about Bush, we just disliked Iraq, banning gay marriage, and faith based programs... Bush was just an out of work Oil Company and Baseball Team Loser. Just cuz he got DUI's and skipped Vietnam, doesn't make him satan, that's Sarah Palin's job.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ma

    the republican party had eight years plus to taker instead the this great nation to grave yard for finnal end. with three two or three years the surplus fro clinton3 thrillion plus was gone. now the dems work hard to bring back this great nation from the grave yard buried by republicans to life.

    with the leadership president Obama and Nancy and Reid here we are in history making. America will never ever give up as far as there is a leadership that works for the people.
    Thanks to the leadership of the democratic party and the hard work of house reps and whitehouse staff we are here today witnessing history after history and more to come.

    some day I love to see all Republican go home and never come back, because they are nothing but hate, using ugly words take a huge donation money from the insurance and healthcare industries. it it a party of hate not political organiztion. It reminds me history of the 60's and we saw it in the house ro outside this the platform of the republican. You eat junk, you think junk and produce Junk this is Republican but who cares about the dead fish.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. tom c

    the republican who yelled "baby killer" is nothing more than a coward!
    the republicans ad more than one chance to sit down with the democrats to design a new health care bill but declined. they only have themselves to blame for their failures!

    March 22, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    How can anyone expect Israel not to build on their land, no matter who claims it. If we were to force Israel to give the land back then we would have to give the entire SW back to Mexico and Florida back to Spain, ect. to be fair. It's the same. Leave them alone.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jacob in Houston

    So Rep. Stupak was a hero of the anti-abortion right when he opposed the bill. He then worked to strengthen the language for anti-abortionists by convincing President Obama to issue an executive order in support of their position... and they turn on him,

    It sounds to me like the House Republicans were not opposed to the usage of federal funds for abortions but rather Democrats, period.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    This is just another example of the lack of civility that is expressed in congress. Actions like this remind me of news clips showing the chaos that erupts in governmental functions in other countries. My only question is when will the actual, physical, fighting start?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Keith

    For the 20 years Republicans have used abortion as a rallying cry for their party. They never did anything about it but it was made to appear that they would. By making the Stupak abortion amendment an executive order the President has effectively cut the legs out from under any political party that uses abortion as a platform because only a president can resend an executive decision. The President that does resend it will be handing the Presidency over to the opposition party. And no politician will do that. This makes unborn children safer and does not allow any politician to use them in this way, hopefully ever again.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
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