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In reaction to the award being rescinded, Stupak said, "I didn't seek the award.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CNN Political Ticker: Stupak award rescinded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. Bob

    One thing is for sure – It was a Republican – go figure.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Aly K

    I am a Canadian citizen and I applaud the Obama administarion for finally bringing health care coverage to the majority of Americans. The Republican party members such as John Boehner and their associated holigans are only concerned about maintaining their own interests and do not care about the rest of the American citizens who cannot afford health care. If they only knew how it feels when you have a loved one dying in front of your eyes because you did not have the money required for medical care they would surely change their tune. It boggles my mind how the most powerful country in the world like yours, can let millions of its citizens die simply because they cannot afford health care and here you are trying to change the world (or should I say trying to be the world police). Kuddos to President Obama and his administration for standing up to these fear mongering and ill conceived Republicans whose past leadership has put not only the American public but the entire world into grave danger.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Asiatik Afrocentrik Blak Man

    This is completely childish. I guess politicians can even act like pre-schoolers.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kim

    Just goes to show American's how out of control and childish the Republican party is. When will America wake up and get rid of the party of no and their stupid antics. I can't even say this is unbelievable anymore. Republicans say taxpayers are paying too much but it's okay for us to pay for abortions? We already pay for their birth control pills, do they think abortion is another form of birth control? COMPLETE IDIOTS!!!! Let's face it abortion will NEVER go away – legal or not. I guess they also think it's okay to have women dying in backrooms like in the old days. When you look at it that way, who are the real killers?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sara Nord

    It deeply offends me when people use the phrase "pro-abortion". We are pro-choice, NOT pro abortion and there is a huge difference!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ana

    Well, I am wandering how many babies have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan by the bombs that Republican party sponsored....

    March 22, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. M in AZ

    Bob,

    I agree with you; the Republican Party is going to see a backlash. People are sick and tired of their hate and hyprocrisy...the fear mongering is old too. It is so reminiscent of the McCarthy Era. Some of their ideas make sense, but they continue to pander to an extreme and hateful base that really only Al Qaeda could identify with.

    As far as all of these so-called opponents...Tea whatevers? Many of them are descendants of the individuals who displayed the same uncivilized behavior during Reconstruction, Women's Right, and Civil Rights. Truth be told they have no vision for this country whatsoever.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mike S. New Orleans

    Who shouted 'Baby killer?" – another typical right wing neocon nutjob Republican. Which is why their party is in shambles, and they lost the last election by a landslide.

    I heard their leader, Rush Limbaugh, is going to leave the country. Perhaps they should follow him.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Confused

    After watching and listening to all of the abortion based issues argued during the health care legislation how can America make any claims of a separation between church and state? This pretense is highly hypocritical considering the how America views some of the theocratic governments around the world. America shouts loudly “embrace democracy; separate your government from your religion”. Perhaps the slogan should be changed to “Do as we say, not as we do”?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. cjr

    I don't like stupak or his position – but he did not deserve this. republicans have become thugs and need to be defeated – No to the party of No!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. James

    hahaha wow you aging liberal hippies entertain me with your comments. Like, really. Congratulations you have solved the problem of boredom forever. "Republicans are terrorists" "Republicans are like little kids stomping around throwing a fit." Why? Because they want people to be able to hold on to their freedom to follow their ethical values without being fined, oppressed, etc? but I guess you guys are so brainwashed by your "change is always best" mentality that you don't really care about consequences. Obama is a pretty cool guy, and so are most liberals. but jeeze, calm down about other people's views. you sound ridiculous and irrational. everybody reads your comments and laughs.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Navy Vet

    The tea party movement has been racially motivated from the start. What a sickening display of the lowest form of human behavior.

    What's worse is the Republican party suppots these people. You cannot seperate this behavior from the tea party movement and if the Republicans support them, they are also support racist behavior.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard Nelson

    I'd like to know the particulars of the"deal" he made with the white house. How much or what is he being paid. This legislation truely makes me ashamed to be an American !

    March 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dick delson

    I remember when the Republican party was comprised of Americans who may have had
    differences with Democrats, but cared about America. Now it's about all the right wingers who hate Obama because he's African American and don't want every American to have health care. But when had no problem agreeing with Bush when he invaded Iraq for oil money for he and his father.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    The land in question was stolen from the Palestinians by the English decades ago and given to the Israelies at the end of WW2. To resolve the problem in the Mideast, the US, Israel, and other countries were involved in many peace treaties giving this land back to the Palestinians. Now Israel forcefully moves back in during these dangerous times.

    I am an American Christian and not an American Jew. So I am not biased towards the Jew or Arabs. But I believe Israel is wrong and the US should not be taking the side of Israel. I am embarrassed as an American by what the US is letting Israel get away with. If the Obama Administration allows Israel to get away with this, my support for the Democratic party will change during my voting.

    Shame on Israel, the Nazies of the 21st century.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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