Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen is comparing Republicans who he says lie about health care to Nazis. Remember all the talk of toning down the rhetoric? Apparently that was last week. We're Keeping Them Honest. Plus, a follow up to our Kids, Guns and Politics report last night on the Florida state lawmakers who want to make it illegal for pediatricians to ask a patient if they have a gun in the home. The co-sponsor of the bill we had on last night said we didn't have the facts. Now he admits he was wrong. Plus, tonight's other headlines.
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Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was able to stand with assistance on Wednesday, an aide said, with her doctor adding that the congresswoman has the strength to stand on her own.
"Today we were getting her out of bed again and we were able to stand with assistance," said Dr. Peter Rhee, Tucson's University Medical Center's trauma chief. "She's got the strength to stand on her own, lift her head up and these ... I see improvements every single day."
Rhee was speaking to CNN affiliate KVOA.
Giffords' chief of staff, Pia Carusone, told CNN Wednesday that Giffords had stood Wednesday "with assistance."
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Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Hu Jintao toast each other and their respective countries during luncheon at the U.S. Department of State January 19, 2011, in Washington. (Photo credit: Paul J. Richards /AFP/Getty Images)
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“Biden Hears a Hu.”
Ken A, Culver City, CA
“As my honorable American host would say–our meeting is big @!%*ing deal!”
CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent
Washington (CNN) – A House Democrat compared Republicans to one of the most reviled Nazis during World War ll– ignoring efforts on both sides of the aisle to tone down the political rhetoric.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, used a late night House floor speech Tuesday to hit Republicans for what he called "lies" about a government takeover of the health care system, and evoked Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
"They say it's a government takeover of health care, a big lie, just like Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie and eventually people believe it," he said.
Cohen, who is Jewish, went on to compare that "lie" to the term "blood libel," a phrase that historically was used to falsely accuse Jews of killing Christian children. In present times, the term has come to be understood by some as any false accusation of murder. Sarah Palin used the term last week, but Cohen did not mention her by name in his speech.
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(CNN) - Cherrie Mahan was 8 years old when she disappeared from her bus stop one day after school in 1985. Now, nearly 26 years after she vanished, the lead investigator says there could be a break in the case.
"Recently, a person contacted Pennsylvania State Police, and they have the potential to be crucial to the investigation in the future," Trooper Robert McGraw said. "We're highly optimistic that this lead has the potential to bring closure to Cherrie's family."
Cherrie was the first child to appear on a "Have You Seen Me?" mailer, soon after she disappeared February 22, 1985.
She was last seen getting off a school bus and was supposed to walk 200 feet to her home in rural Winfield Township in western Pennsylvania. On any other day, her mother would have been there to meet her.
"I should have been there when Cherrie got off the school bus, and I wasn't," Janice McKinney told CNN's Randi Kaye. "Four o'clock, the bus came, and we heard it. And she just never came up the driveway."
Since that moment, Cherrie's mother has been living every parent's nightmare. "I think my guilt started at that point, because up until that day, I was there. And if I would have been there, I wouldn't be going through this," she said.
Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: President Obama is meeting with the leader of China this week. I have never written to a foreign premier, but depending on how things go I may add him to my pen pal list. That would show him. Ha!
Dear Mr. President,
Years ago I was in contract talks with my employer at the time. I knew that this company liked my work and I had made no enemies, and yet their initial offer was, if not insulting, at least demoralizing. I ran into a trusted senior colleague in the hall in New York, a guy who had weathered many knuckle-dusting negotiations. “Who is your agent?” he asked.
I came from local news and thought of agents as the foppery of elites. I was making my own deal and I told him so. What happened next was like something from a gangster movie. He grabbed me by the arm, shoved me into an empty office, closed the door and got in my face.
“Listen, these people are not your friends,” he said. “They may like you. They may ask how your wife and kids are. But they pay their lawyers to get you to work for as little as possible. They will give you a good deal if you demand it, but if you let them they will also gut and skin you. They are sharks and you can not wade through those waters on your own. Get a professional on your side and listen to him.”
CNN Wire Staff
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao to the White House in a formal arrival ceremony Wednesday morning.
The Chinese leader's limousine pulled up to the White House South Portico shortly after 9 a.m., where he was met with a military honor guard and review - part of the traditional pomp and circumstance reserved for visiting leaders of major powers.
Obama hailed Hu's visit as a chance to lay a foundation for the next 30 years of Sino-American relations.
"At a time when some doubt the benefits of cooperation between the United States and China, this visit is ... a chance to demonstrate a simple truth," Obama said. "We have an enormous stake in each other's success. In an interconnected world, in a global economy, nations - including our own - will be more prosperous and more secure when we work together."
Obama also alluded to the importance of human rights - a traditional point of contention in relations between Washington and Beijing.