October 12th, 2009
08:13 PM ET
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Podcast: Pop star demands Obama to take action on gay rights

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In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily: Pop star Lady Gaga dramatically demands President Obama to end "don't ask, don't tell" hours after he introduced her at an event put on by the country's largest gay rights group. Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry reports on how the White House is handling calls to eliminate the controversial policy.

Meanwhile: NFL players are saying thanks, but no thanks to an ownership bid by a group which includes conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. CNN's Brian Todd has the story.

Finally: A new report released Monday by the health insurance industry slams the health care reform bill being considered by the Senate Finance Committee. Congressional Correspondent Brianna Keilar takes a look at how members of Congress are reacting and why the report is so divisive.

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Filed under: Health care • Popular Posts • President Obama
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Jake

    Obama's speech at the Human Rights Campaign dinner was beautiful! Bravo to the first president to address the issues in the LGTB community in a direct and empathetic manner. Thank you, Mr President!

    October 12, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Spencer

    Ahh, where would we be without the razor sharp political wit of Hollywood?

    October 12, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Tristan

    The insurance industry report further shows that we need a public option.

    October 12, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. TH

    This Health Care Bill is nothing but a Government run program for the hoods across America. Obama is doing nothing but helping his lazy kronies.

    October 12, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Obama says "NO MARRIAGE FOR GAYS"

    This is the way it is.......Obama does not support gays in marriage.....
    he must somehow think he is better than us....

    October 12, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Nobel Prize for the Teleprompter!

    Well, of course - we should ALL listen to Lady Gaga - a paragon of American virtue!

    October 12, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    That's right, when I look for true political leadership, I immediately think of Lady Gaga.

    October 12, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. Greg

    Imagine that! Media people making demands of the president!

    Carry on all you rock stars, Obama too! I'm looking out for my own and they aren't posing for the camera. CNN probably won't quote us but then again, they never do, eh kimosabes?

    October 12, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. howie

    So now the NFL players are going to tell those who buy tickets who can and can not own their team. If I were Rush I would sue the hell out of the NFL if they allow players to say who can and can not own their team. What will be next, the players will the owners how much to pay everyone. Rush, I am not a big fan however I hope you win this one

    October 12, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. freddie

    I personally know some of the people who work for this organization, and it is one of the best. The report surely has credibility. I would bet it is accurate

    October 12, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    First, don't ask don't tell will get reversed sometime after Gitmo is closed. Second there is a handful of NFL players trying to make a headline, like was said today if any of what is claimed were true the clips would be being played on CNN or YouTube. Third the HealthCare bills low cost hinges on 16 million Americans who truly have chosen to not have coverage to take out a health care plan at $4,000 – 6,000 or face a $600 fine. What's 16 million x $3400-$5400? Thats the additional cost when they choose to pay the fine.

    October 12, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Tim

    When the insurance industry was spending hundreds of millions defending Obama's plan, they were part of the truth sayers. Now that they oppose, they are part of the liars.

    Obama can't throw people under the bus fast enough. He needs more help pushing people out.

    October 12, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. howie

    Here is a republican who wants this health reform package to pass. Once it passes and the american people see what is in it, it will become the best document possible for the republicans to use to recapture the congress in 2010. This is one bad pece of legislation.

    October 12, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  14. Johnny DC

    Lady Gaga has no business setting US armed forces law.

    Though she may have just as much on her resume to support her as Obama does, come to think of it. Funny. Not at all.

    October 12, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  15. New Yorker

    Lady Gaga????

    Oh yes, we better listen to her (whoever she is).

    October 12, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. MatthewDetroit

    Here is another Good fact for all those that QUESTION FOX NEWS.

    As for Dunn's complaint about Fox News' coverage of the Obama campaign, a study by the Pew Research Center showed that 40 percent of Fox News stories on Obama in the last six weeks of the campaign were negative. Similarly, 40 percent of Fox News' stories on Obama's Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, were negative.

    On CNN, by contrast, there was a 22-point disparity in the percentage of negative stories on Obama (39 percent) and McCain (61 percent). The disparity was even greater at MSNBC, according to Pew, where just 14 percent of Obama stories were negative, compared to a whopping 73 percent of McCain stories - a spread of 59 points.

    October 12, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  17. Gigi

    Well, if a "Pop Star" demands it, then we must make it so. Pop Stars are our true spokes-people on cultural issues. And it's "Lady Gaga"? How can anyone go wrong agreeing with someone named "Lady Gaga"?

    October 12, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  18. joe m

    i sooner hear from a real person than some hollywood entertainer on matters that, well, matter.

    October 12, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. Barbara Curry

    Rush Limbaugh is ig-nant (not ignorant) that's too educated for him.

    Gays and Lesbians need to sit down and shut up! Everybody knows you screw people of the same sex and so what!!! Who cares who you sleep with at night!!! You didn't dare ask George Bush to end anything for eight years – and you voted him in a second time – so shut up!! The only right you have is to stop dragging every body into your SICK SINS! My children wasn't perfect but I'm thankful to GOD they are not GAY and I teach my grandchildren everyday that it is a SIN to be GAY!

    October 12, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. Perusing-through


    (1.) – Lady Gaga is 23-years old and she did not vote in the previous two presidential elections. Also, her voting participation in her own home state of New York stinks.

    (2.) – Now why would CNN quote a person that keeps turning up AWOL regarding her own civic responsibilities, and who is too stupid to understand that the President can't change a law that congress has enacted. The president can only sign into law a bill congress passes to reverse "Don't ask, don't tell".

    October 12, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. Kentucky

    these strange people need to quit trying to make demands. who do they think they are?

    October 12, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  22. saftgek

    I had the displeasure of attending a taping of The Jay Leno Show – displeasure not because of the Show itself, but because "Lady GaGa" was the musical guest. Beyond the gross absence of musical talent, this creature is vile – vulgar – and, has no redeeming social value.

    I happened to catch a snippet of video today on CNN, where & when she screamed hysterically on the dais. As a socio-entertainment "freak," this creature seems to fit in with the fringe element of society. I am certain that is illegitimate cluster of humanity is her audience.

    Those who advocate for homosexual "rights" do not seriously think through the process. No person whose heart and mind are genuinely connected can possibly believe a same-sex connection is even remotely a comparison to the male-female union that was intended by our Creator.

    DOMA must be upheld!


    October 12, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  23. ray

    In my opinion, the "don't ask don't tell policy" should remain until the military has time to analyze the consequences of such a policy. The problem I have with abruptly changing the policy is not for the U.S. interest but for our perception overseas. There are still many countries in the world who are not tolerant of homosexuals and when our troops go to these distant lands to settle disputes, it would be unwise to put them in unnecessary harm. I love America and our freedoms to agree and disagree. I appreciate the troops for risking their lives everyday for our saftey, but to create more tension abroad would be obsurd.

    October 12, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  24. Moonbeam

    This lazy guy Obama, tsk, tsk! Sitting on the couch all day eating bon-bons, nothing to do at all!

    I am all for gay marriages (people, who so badly want to be eligible for divorce ,must be allowed!) but this is not a priority for most of us at the moment. And who is Lady Gaga, by the way?

    October 12, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. Shelly CO

    Puleeeeze people, get a grip on yourself......the Prez has a lot going on and is hoping some of us will act grown up and be patient.
    Give him some time and space. It's only been 9 months. Even my cat can wait longer for her treat then some folks here.
    He promised and he will get it done. He is a man of honor and conviction.

    October 12, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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