Editor's Note: Monday’s American Morning generated heated opinion on both sides of the health care debate. Most believed town hall disruptions were orchestrated by Republicans, insurance, and pharmaceutical companies. Others suggested that the U.S. democracy was founded on civil disobedience and Americans should be heard.
NEW YORK (CNN) – Divers went back into the Hudson River on Monday morning, resuming their search for two victims from a weekend air collision that killed a total of nine.
A small plane and a sightseeing helicopter collided Saturday and plunged into the river, as people on both the New York and New Jersey sides of the river watched in horror.
The wreckage of the chopper was pulled up Sunday. "Almost all of it was intact," National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Debbie Hersman told CNN's "American Morning" Monday.
Seven bodies have been pulled from waters up to 50 feet deep by divers working in near-zero visibility. But two victims from the plane remain missing.
Early Monday, divers said they believe the plane has been located as well. "We are very hopeful they might be able to pull that up today," said Hersman. "Deep water, fast currents - there is a lot of challenges for the divers. We'll have to see what they can accomplish today."
When you think of the war on drugs you often think of cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. But coastal Maine?
You may be surprised to hear in a tiny area of New England, heroin has become a massive problem; too big to contain.
"It's very available out here. It's scary," says recovering drug addict Leeanne Lariviere.
Thousands of miles from the drug cartels of Mexico – Kittery, Maine in bucolic New England is a new Mecca for heroin use.
Detective Steve Hamel of the Kittery Police Department has been working narcotics for two decades. He says he's seen it all, but never this.
Some people in health care town hall meetings are mad as hell. Many are starting shouting matches, pushing to get in the doors.
Tempers and passions over health care reform are getting so heated one lawmaker got a death threat phoned into his office. It happened to Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC). He spoke to John Roberts on CNN’s “American Morning” Monday.
John Roberts: What was this death threat all about?
Brad Miller: It was last Monday. We’d gotten a lot of calls. I don't think that many offices have gotten fewer calls than we have. I think a lot of offices have gotten threats that were as specific and as credible as the one I got. A caller said that if I supported the health care plan, it could cost me my life.
My staff member who took the call was taken aback and asked them to repeat it and he did. And then he said, “Is that a threat?” And he said there are a lot of angry people. So it’s probably equivocal enough that it won't result in criminal prosecution. But you've seen what has happened in the last week or two. And then there's a lot that hasn't been publicized. Week before last, the Longworth building was shut down for hours because of a bomb threat. They have identified that person. That person probably will be criminally prosecuted.
Roberts: You've decided as a result of the rancor we've been seeing at these town hall meetings not to hold any? You’re going to have health care discussions over teleconference?
Miller: No. I have done a few town hall meetings. I think they are kind of an acquired taste. Most people want to have access to their member of Congress to talk about a specific issue and they really think a one-on-one meeting is more access than a town hall meeting and that's what I've done. So we were puzzled when we started getting calls in the last two weeks demanding a town hall meeting. And my staff would say, “Wouldn't you just like to sit and have a private conversation with the congressman, explain your position and ask him about his?” And they didn't want that. They wanted a town hall meeting. And I think we’ve seen why.
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Paul Krugman claims protests in 2005 weren't as raucous as health care protests
During the 2005 fight over Social Security, "there were noisy demonstrations — but they were outside the events,” and opponents were “not disruptive — crowds booed lines they didn’t like, but that was about it."
-Paul Krugman on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 in a blog posting.
Truth-O-Meter says: FALSE
Club for Growth's health care ad campaign is misleading
The health care reform plan would set limits similar to the "socialized" system in Britain, where people are allowed to die if their treatment would cost more than $22,000.
-Club for Growth on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 in a TV ad
Truth-O-Meter says: FALSE
Read more: There's no proposal to put a price on life
Boehner says Democrats' health care plan would lead to taxpayers subsidizing abortions
The Democrat-backed health care reform plan "will require (Americans) to subsidize abortion with their hard-earned tax dollars."
-John Boehner on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 in an op-ed for National Review
Truth-O-Meter says: FALSE