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Sotomayor hearings: A protest -- then a punch line

July 14, 2009 | 11:20 am


In the middle of a somewhat austere colloquy between Sen. Charles Grassley and Judge Sonia Sotomayor over property rights, yet another anti-abortion protester leaped to his feet. A stocky man in a business suit issued a warning to Republicans if they support Sotomayor: "The GOP is done!" he screamed. "Baby killers!"

Officers struggled to pull the man out of the hearing room.

"People always say I have the ability to turn people on," the low-key Grassley joked to loud laughter.

-- James Oliphant

Photo: A protester is removed during the second day of confirmation hearings. Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images

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