Neugebauer a birther, won seat after gerrymandering: report
Texas Republican congressman Randy Neugebauer has admitted to being the lawmaker who shouted “baby killer” during a speech by Rep. Bart Stupak in Sunday’s health care debate, despite efforts by some of his fellow congresspeople — Democrats included — to keep his identity a secret.
But Neugebauer suggested it was the health reform bill — and not Stupak himself — that was a “baby killer.”
Neugebauer, who represents the 19th district of Texas, which includes Abilene and Lubbock, said in a statement Monday that he was sorry the remark had been taken as a slur on Rep. Stupak. Despite this, the congressman apologized to both Stupak and to Congress members as a whole.
“Last night was the climax of weeks and months of debate on a health care bill that my constituents fear and do not support,” Neugebauer said. “In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase ‘it’s a baby killer’ in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership. While I remain heartbroken over the passage of this bill and the tragic consequences it will have for the unborn, I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself.”
“I have apologized to Mr. Stupak and also apologize to my colleagues for the manner in which I expressed my disappointment about the bill,” he added.
The mystery over who was responsible for the comment began to seep throughout the media Monday. The New York Daily News reported that “even Democrats don’t want to out the verbal abuser.”
“I think members have a right to make an idiot of themselves once without being exposed,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI), as quoted at Politico.com.
Eric Kleefeld at TalkingPointsMemo reports that Neugebauer is a co-sponsor of the so-called “birther bill,” which would create a higher standard for presidential candidates to prove their US citizenship if they want to be certified to run in the election.
Neugebauer won his seat in 2004 “after the controversial mid-decade redistricting engineered by Tom DeLay,” Kleefeld reports.
Roll Call notes that Neugebauer is one of the most reliably pro-life members of Congress, receiving a 100-percent mark from National Right to Life.
Stupak had been behind the Stupak amendment, which had been included in the original House health reform bill and would have prevented any public funds from going to health plans that offered abortion. The Stupak amendment was left out of the final House bill, with President Barack Obama agreeing to pass an executive decree banning government funding of abortion in exchange.
Teen brutally attacks Hispanic mother after she got him suspended by school for racist abuse of her son
A student at New Jersey school has been accused of brutally beating a Hispanic mother after she complained about her son being subjected to racist abuse.
NJ.com reports that 35-year-old Beronica Ruiz, whose son attends the Passaic Gifted and Talented Academy School No. 20 in Passaic, New Jersey, went to complain to administrators after her son had been subjected to bigoted taunts and threats of violence from other students.
E. Jean Carroll’s rape allegations against Trump exposed a depressing fact about the American public — according to this conservative
This week, former advice columnist E. Jean Carroll published explosive allegations that President Donald Trump had raped her in a department store in the 1990s. In response, the President tweeted that she was "not his type" and that he'd never met her.
As the Democratic debates begin, media commenters wondered why a credible accusation of rape against a sitting President is not enough to permanently sink his chances at re-election, with some blaming the media for moving on too fast.
Writing in the conservative publication The Bulwark, Jonathan V. Last notes that the media did its job. And that it's the US public that lacks the moral compass to ditch the president, despite multiple allegations of sexual assault.
Democrats win huge emoluments clause Trump violations suit
Congressional Democrats are being allowed to forge ahead with their emoluments case against Trump after a federal ruling landed in their favor Tuesday. Democrats are expected to now begin obtaining financial records from the Trump Organization.
The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan denied a request from Justice Department lawyers to pause the case to allow an immediate appeal to a higher court in a setback for the president. The Justice Department said it would make an emergency plea directly to an appeals court in Washington, a long-shot legal tactic that is rarely granted in ordinary litigation.