Monday's Most Intriguing People: BP protester, U.S. ambassador, columnist
Douglas Kmiec resigned as U.S. ambassador to Malta.
April 18th, 2011
11:59 AM ET

Monday's Most Intriguing People: BP protester, U.S. ambassador, columnist

Douglas Kmiec
The U.S. ambassador to Malta and former legal aide to President Ronald Reagan resigned Saturday following a State Department report that his devotion to his religion was hindering his ability to do his job. In 2008, Kmiec, a devout Catholic, was publicly denied communion from his own priest for his support of Barack Obama in the2008 presidential election. Kmiec told CNN that he resigned, and was not pushed out of his position.

Cherri Foytlin
The Rand, Louisiana, mother of six, who is married to a Gulf oil worker, will protest at BP's Washington offices today to call attention to unresolved cleanup and compensation issues in that region from the 2010 oil spill. Foytlin walked 34 days and 1,243 miles from New Orleans to the capital last week, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. She claims that oil continues to wash ashore and Gulf residents are suffering from breathing in fumes from oil and dispersants. Her family took blood tests which she says show high levels toxins also found in crude, the New Orleans newspaper said. The compensation fund is not providing fair settlements to many Gulf residents, Foytlin said, and her family is in financial ruin. See CNN's coverage of the Gulf oil spill, one year later.

Frank Rich
The former New York Times columnist shocked many when he resigned earlier this year from the newspaper. The Poynter Institute, a journalism think-tank, as well as New York Magazine, report that Rich has launched a second career as producer of the upcoming HBO comedy series "Veep." The program about the first female vice president will star Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Seinfeld" fame.

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  1. Mmmmm

    Mmmm, Malta is very beautiful catholic country...the island where St Paul's boat crashed in the ambaSsy shoulda known sooner to rotate him out! Yall slippin'!

    April 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. absolutely nothing

    Frank Rich was in the vanguard of the war against the rich and overprivledged. Lets wish him well as he moves to the inside and looks out.
    But seriously folks. This country is doing great. The economy is going gang usters and we are all well feed and flush with cash. This might be a good time to consider more tax cuts. Especially for business. This will allow them to increase hiring and pay.
    The rest of us are already on easy street. Lets cut big business some slack.
    Increasing defense spending and aid to Egypt are also excellent ideas.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. IKHAN

    How about $ 6 billion we dole out to Israel every year ? Their defence minister says they'll soon be asking for more.

    But perhaps trillion plus & counting we spend on conflicts & maintaining our military presence around the world and these dole outs are peanuts to us rich tax paying commoners – the American public.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    what does Israel have to do with any of the people featured?

    My mother-in-law is Catholic, and I can tell you that it never interfered with her work schedule at all, and she worked for American Airlines for *years*. Our Children's Librarian is Catholic; ditto. There's something more to this we don't know about.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank - (R-Ohio)

    It's kinda like the electric company threatening to disconnect your service because encourage the use of LED flashlights. $4 gas is here. Don't buy gas on Friday. Now their working on $5 gas.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Ahhh, Jeff. What are we going to do with you? 🙂

    April 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Planet X


    April 19, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. IKHAN

    @ banasay

    @ absolutely nothing pointed out increased defence spending and aid to Egypt and I was adding another country that gets our tax dollars.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    A priest denying communion because of someone's political views? That's kinda sick..

    April 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    i totally agree with you leeintulsa! i was very put off by that myself and consider myself very lucky that my father had the good sense to renounce his catholic religion when i was a child.

    April 20, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. timothy

    all hial the dark lord bp shall perish in hell with the other sinners 666

    April 20, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Name*Jose f blanco

    I give all informecion to bp in 1 June 2010 how made pipe now he don't want gime xprize I'm Spanish

    May 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Name*Jose f blanco

    I give to bp idea fixe oil spill I give all informacion made pipe for stop oil spill of 2010 What happen we're Is my xprize I need the money of presidente say for fixen he oil spill 28june 2010 I need now Not net year

    May 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |