December 22nd, 2009
11:32 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Health bill on the Senate Floor – now what?

Senators gather in the Capitol early Tuesday for a vote related to the health care overhaul bill.

Senators gather in the Capitol early Tuesday for a vote related to the health care overhaul bill.

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Although it’s looking like the health care bill is going to pass the Senate, Republicans are continuing to use all the time allotted to them to delay a vote, possibly up until the night of Christmas Eve. Even though Democrats managed to overcome a filibuster at 1 a.m. on Monday morning, there are still more procedural votes to go before the final Senate vote – these include a vote on a passage of Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Manager’s Amendment, and a vote on a motion to invoke cloture on the Reid substitute amendment. What are these amendments and could the Republicans successfully stall the process? We’ll have the raw politics tonight.

In other political news, remember Rudy Giuliani? We’re hearing reports that the former mayor of New York City – and one-time Republican presidential candidate – is expected to announce that he is not running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, or governor or any other office. Could this be the end of his ambitions as a political candidate?

We’ve also been following the international custody case in Brazil this past week. The Brazilian Supreme Court is expected to make a decision in the legal battle between David Goldman and the family of his former wife, who is now deceased. The fight is over custody of Goldman’s 9-year-old son, Sean. Last week, a lower court unanimously upheld a decision ordering that Sean be returned to his father in New Jersey, but so far Goldman still hasn’t been granted custody of his son. We’ll have the latest on the decision tonight.


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10:44 AM ET

The danger of a single story


Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie believes in the power of stories, and warns that hearing only one about a people or nation leads to ignorance. She says the truth is revealed by many tales.

She illustrates this with a story about coming to the United States, as a middle-class daughter of a professor and an administrator, and meeting her college roommate. Adichie says that her roommate's "default position toward me, as an African, was a kind of patronizing, well-meaning, pity. My roommate had a single story of Africa. A single story of catastrophe."

Adichie also tells how growing up in Nigeria reading only American and English children's books made her deaf to her authentic voice. As a child, she wrote about such things as blue-eyed white children eating apples, thinking brown skin and mangos had no place in literature. That changed as she discovered African writers, particularly the Nigerian Chinua Achebe.

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December 22nd, 2009
10:01 AM ET

A life animated by conscience, not power

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, pictured in 2005, was a key figure of Iran's Islamic revolution 30 years ago.

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, pictured in 2005, was a key figure of Iran's Islamic revolution 30 years ago.

Nader Hashemi
Special to CNN

The moral conscience of Iran's reform movement passed away Sunday morning. Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died at 87, was the Iranian equivalent of South Africa's Desmond Tutu for politics.

Over the past 20 years, he distinguished himself by virtue of his persistent, judicious criticism of human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic and his defense of the democratic aspirations of the people of Iran within the framework of an ethical interpretation of Shia Islam.

His death comes as a huge blow to the Green Movement, yet his supporters will take comfort that he lived a full life and intervened on all the major political questions plaguing Iranian and Islamic politics.

Born into a poor family in 1922 in the small town of Najafabad, Montazeri rose through the ranks of the religious seminaries to the position of a Grand Ayatollah (the most senior clerical position in Shia Islam) primarily because of his exceptional erudition and broad following as a source of religious authority.

During the oppressive political climate that enveloped Iran after the 1953 coup d'état, Montazeri emerged as a leading clerical leader, who allied himself with Ayatollah Khomeini to protest the dictatorship of the shah and Iran's close alliance with the United States and Israel.

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Filed under: Iran • Islam
December 22nd, 2009
09:51 AM ET

Oklahoma adoption laws

Editor's Note: Tonight we're following the story of Melissa and Tony Wescott, whose 11-year-old adopted son, has been living in a psychiatric hospital in Tulsa, Okla., for nearly a year. The Wescotts say their son is violent and they are pushing for the state's adoption law to be changed in order to return their son to the state's care. Is this legal? We're digging deeper tonight. AC360° 10 p.m. ET.

Oklahoma Statutes
Child Welfare Information

Take a look at Oklahoma's current adoption laws.

Full recognition and effect given to a decree, judgment or final order of adoption issued by a court or other governmental authority with appropriate jurisdiction in a foreign country as though issued by a court of this state Oklahoma Statutes Annotated Title 10, Chapter 75, Article 2, Section 1.4 (1997).

Consent to Adoption
Consent refers to the agreement by a parent, or a person or agency acting in place of a parent, to relinquish the child for adoption and to release all rights and duties with respect to that child. In most States, the consent must be in writing and either witnessed and notarized or executed before a judge or other designated official.

Parties to an Adoption
In order for an adoption to take place, a person available to be adopted must be placed in the home of a person or persons eligible to adopt.

Read More about Oklahoma's adoption laws here...

Filed under: 360° Radar
December 22nd, 2009
07:17 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 12/21/09

Editor's Note: After last night's AC360°, some of you wrote in to ask for more information about the health care reform bill and what it actually provides. We'll dig deeper tonight. What do you think?

Typically a good show Anderson, but I wish you all would spend more time talking about what is actually in the health care bill (and what it provides) rather than the divisions and talking points of both parties. It seems every day the same talking points are repeated over and over (i.e., abortion and public option). Some of us just want to know what is in the bill. Otherwise, typically a good show.

How do we know that the Democrats have a good bill that is ready to vote on? Do you think that they are following Obama lead? I voted for Obama for this very thing to have a Health Bill that will be accessible for the millions of people without Health insurance.

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