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In reaction to the award being rescinded, Stupak said, "I didn't seek the award.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CNN Political Ticker: Stupak award rescinded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

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  1. Chuck

    The Tea Partiers finally show their true colors. I'm not saying that all of them are like that, but there is definatly a racial undertone at all of thier rallies. If they want to be taken seriously as legitamite social movement and not as another clan revival, then they need to find a way discourage those type of people.

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

    Now that the bill has passed...........I as a republican can only say I will try to support the laws of this great country and move on............this calling a repesentive who was elected from his district did not need to e called these name..........the man voted in good fath so I have no quarrel with him...........beside I like the bill and will benifit from is a shame we Republican did not take care of this when we were in power.....

    March 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dina

    Un fortunately Israel has to answer to different rules than other countries when it comes to land that they won in a war. The rules are harsher for Israel because of America's need to stay on the good side of the Arab oil countries so Israel pays the price.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Elliotu

    Congressman Stupak was being heroic and true to all of his principles. By securing an executive order from the white house preventing tax payer dollars from covering abortions on demand he was free to vote for a bill that not only protects all of us from paying for abortions on demand but will insure that the lives of all people will be protected. The person that shouted out "baby killer" at the house of representatives deserves to be found out and severely repremande both by the house of representatives and hopefully by his constitutuents in November.

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

    I watched C-SPAN most of the afternoon yesterday. I wanted to see the bill pass because it's part of history. It is so depressing to see how our elected officials spend their time (and our money). How many hundred times did the Republicans say "no". Was that any more effective than saying it once? If we were paying these people by the hour wouldn't that have been a disaster!! I'm thrilled that Health Care Reform is going to get a chance.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Quynh

    I totally agree with Alex, Bob, Keith... "They're like spoiled children who can't get their way so they stomp around like little tyrants spitting on people and calling them every name in the book..." Shouting, calling name in a place that represents the Americans is the lowest of the lows. Wonder how they communicate with their parents, their spouses and their children.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Valerie Emerson

    Im so pro choice, but i so strongly agree let welfare peeps use birthcontrol pills, not birthcontrol abortion...and Taxpayers funds...Pay for play unprotected you pay; not the sick of the so called moral majority trying to push their views on others...I'm a very morle person, but I support freedom! Freedom of CHOICE......

    March 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AncientRvr

    What impresses me with republican rebuttals and comments against the bill is that they all sound like they have not read it and/or not been at all industrioua (aka not doing their jobs) in following all the channges made, many which they would have to endorse.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    No matter whether Republican or Democrat it is always the other poarty's fault when something doesn't go the way of a particluar party. For them to get up on the vote last night and say they are not doing what the people of their districts want seems funny, because that has been going on for years. They say what people want to hear when they are home and get back to Washington and do what they please. They act like the closed door under the table deals are a new thing. These career Congressmen whine and complain about the President and what he is not doing, if they want to do something about it, why don't they put their name on the ballot for President. At least I have never seen the names of the ones complaining the loudest on the ballot.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AncientRvr

    What part of "never loosing health coverage or being forced into bankruptcy for health costs" do the republicans think the American people won't like? 2/3 of bankruptcies are now due to this very problem.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. P Murphy

    #14 Richard Nelson is a perfect example of someone who can be counted among the "majority of Americans opposed to the bill". Nothing was paid. The President offered to issue an executive order stating that the bill would not change the current status of Federal money being used to pay for abortions. Richard, like so many others, would rather be ashamed than knowledgeable.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gregg

    I have to wonder what "babies" the Republicans are so interested in saving. Certainly not low-income or minority babies, evidenced by the institutional racism that provides them with shockingly lower standards of education, access to healthcare and social services, Could it be gay babies? Wait...they want to pass constitutional amendments making sure discrimination against them and their parents remains fully entrenched in the American culture. Could it be undocumented immigrant babies? Well, the Republicans want to make sure their mothers don't have access to prenatal or emergency care, that they are afraid that they will be identified if they try to attend school, and that they don't have access to basic wellness care as youngsters. So, Republicans, which babies are you interested in saving? Oh! Rich, white, Republican babies! But wait...Republicans don't need to get abortions because the abstinence-only education programs Bush put in place are working beautifully! So, Republicans, seems like your baby agenda is disingenuous after all. Guess that's why you behaved so inexcusably yesterday during the healthcare reform debate. And really, slapping Nancy Pelosi's really don't have much substance left in the party, do you!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michael in Boston

    The day after demonstrators against the health care bill yelled racist epithets, they brought out a sign saying, "Anyone caught shouting racial slurs will have their picture taken and we will post it on the internet". While republicans declared these were unfortunate isolated incidents, they have shown their true colors by hiding this person out of their own political fear. Its time to focus on rational debate and differences, its time to abandon the name calling, the fear and the anger tactics. While these statements sell papers and increases media viewership, it does not help grow ideas or America.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ARJ

    Interesting that Richard Nelson says he is ashamed to be an American because a majority in Congress passed a piece of legislation. Ashamed to be an American!!!! Aren't those words the rallying cry of the Conservative Base to want you to be stoned or at least harrassed and run out of America? Should we come protest outside your house? Have you written any books or recorded any music. When should we schedule the burning. Similar comments from Natalie Manes of the Dixie Chicks and actually all she said was that she was ashmed that George Bush was from the state of Texas resulted in her music being burned, damage to her career and actually death threats. If I remember correctly she still has to have bodyguards. Interesting that you conservatives can dish it out but you can never take it. It was an election, one side won, one side lost. If the country can survive the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II, Vietnam, the Civil Rights moment, Watergate and 9/11 then it can survive this. Take a breath and calm down. There is always another election and candidates for you and your ilk to swift boat. So be happy!


    March 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ted

    Many questions were cleared up during the Health Care Bill Debate. We now know with certainty that . . . . Republicans are liars & obstructionists and their followers are racists & homophobes. Any other questions?

    March 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
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