March 21st, 2010
10:57 PM ET

House of Representatives votes for health care reform

The House of Representatives has passed a sweeping $875 billion health care reform bill.  The measure, which cleared the Senate in December, will now head to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The bill passed in a 219-212 vote.  All 178 Republicans opposed it, along with 34 Democrats.

CNN is tracking every development today with continuous updates, the Political Ticker and live gavel-to-gavel coverage.


Filed under: Health Care
March 21st, 2010
08:09 PM ET

Tiger Woods grants post-scandal interviews

Tiger Woods said Sunday that he is focused on "living a life of amends" after "living the life of a lie" in one of his first interviews since a November car crash outside his home unleashed a media frenzy amid rumors of extramarital affairs.

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March 21st, 2010
06:51 PM ET

Tweets from the Hill: Lawmakers on health care

The debate over health care is heating up in Washington, D.C. as we near a vote on health care reform.

But the strong words and feelings aren't staying inside the halls of Capitol Hill - lawmakers are making their thoughts known to their constituents on Twitter. Below is a sampling of the latest tweets from the chamber:

[Updated 6:46 p.m.]

avatar R-GA Thomas Price: The Democrat health care bill bends the cost curve in the wrong direction.

avatar R-GA Thomas Price: The Democrat health care bill is chock full of special deals.

avatar R-GA Thomas Price: The Democrat health care bill actually costs $1.33 trillion.

avatar D-AZ Harry Mitchell: 2. #HCR will improve Medicare for 84,000 beneficiaries and will close the prescription drug donut hole

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March 21st, 2010
06:19 PM ET

NOW 'incensed' over anti-abortion executive order

National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill issued a statement Sunday afternoon slamming President Obama, saying that he had broken his faith with women by agreeing to issue an executive order that prohibits federal funding for abortions.

"The National Organization for Women is incensed that President Barack Obama agreed today to issue an executive order designed to appease a handful of anti-choice Democrats who have held up health care reform in an effort to restrict women's access to abortion. Through this order, the president has announced he will lend the weight of his office and the entire executive branch to the anti-abortion measures included in the Senate bill, which the House is now prepared to pass.

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March 21st, 2010
06:07 PM ET

Red River crests, snow clobbers southern Plains

[Updated 6:07 p.m.] The Red River crested Sunday, with officials in North Dakota and Minnesota keeping a wary eye on levees and dikes intended to shore up the river's edge.

Farther south, authorities said they linked four deaths to a spring snow storm. The waters of the Red River reached 36.99 feet - 19 feet above flood level - at 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. ET), the National Weather Service reported Sunday evening.

Water surrounded some homes near the river in Fargo, where 700,000 sandbags guarded the city from creeping waters. At least 10 people have been rescued from floodwaters in the area since Friday, according to the U.S. Coast
Guard.

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March 21st, 2010
04:45 PM ET

Immigration rally draws thousands to Washington

[Updated 5:11 p.m.] President Obama's appearance and comments at an immigration rally was followed by comments from Gustavo Torres, executive director of the Baltimore-based immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland.

Torres told the crowd, "Mr. President, we are going to hold you accountable" after Obama said he would do everything he could to reach a deal on immigration.

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Filed under: Immigration • Politics
March 21st, 2010
04:14 PM ET

Roundup of perspectives on health care vote

A roundup of perspectives on the health care vote published on the eve of the vote:  

“In reality, if you strip out all the gimmicks and budgetary games and rework the calculus, a wholly different picture emerges: The health care reform legislation would raise, not lower, federal deficits, by $562 billion.” (Douglas Holtz-Eakin, The New York Times)

“One of the problems Democrats have had is that it's very easy to understand the one thing the bill does to spend money—purchase insurance for people who can't afford it—and considerably harder to explain the many things it does to save money. Another is that a lot of the savings have to do with changing how medicine is practiced, which people are less familiar with than how insurance is purchased.

But the fact that the cost controls are complicated and numerous doesn't mean they're absent, or that they won't work.” (Ezra Klein, Newsweek)

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March 21st, 2010
04:07 PM ET

Text: White House on abortion-related executive order

The White House released a statement Sunday afternoon which included the text of an executive order related to the funding of abortion in the health care bill. You can read the full text of the statement and the executive order below.

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March 21st, 2010
03:08 PM ET

Officials: 5 militants killed in Pakistan by drone

Five militants were killed Sunday night by a U.S. drone in Pakistan's tribal region, two intelligence officials and one local government official told CNN.

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March 21st, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Health care battle far from over

Will the health care fight end with the expected vote by the House today? Not exactly. It's all a bit complicated, but here's an attempt at an explanation.

First, there are two things at play.

There's the health care bill that the Senate approved in December - that's what the House will vote on today. If it passes, it becomes law. At that time, health care reform will be a reality, only awaiting the president’s signature.

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March 21st, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Thai government invites protesters to meet

The Thai government has offered to meet with anti-government protesters in a move to end a political stalemate that has prompted mass demonstrations in the capital, fficials said.

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Filed under: Thailand • World
March 21st, 2010
12:02 PM ET

Suicide bombing kills 10 in Afghanistan, official says

[Updated 4:24 p.m.] Two rockets struck near the Kabul Afghanistan International Airport military complex Sunday evening, hours after a suicide attack killed ten Afghan civilians, according to the U.S. military.

A third rocket landed in open ground outside the perimeter of the complex, and a fourth hit the Pul-e Charke district of Kabul. There were no reports of coalition or civilian casualties at the military complex.

[Posted 12:02 p.m.] Ten Afghan civilians were killed and seven others were wounded in a suicide attack Sunday in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, a provincial spokesman said.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • World
March 21st, 2010
11:24 AM ET

Sunday's live video events

1:00 pm ET - House health care reform vote – The U.S. House of Representatives convenes to conclude debate and cast its final vote on President Obama's health care reform measure.


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March 21st, 2010
03:34 AM ET

Iraqi PM calls for manual vote recount

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has called for a manual recount of the votes cast in the country's tight parliamentary elections, saying he is asking for it to "preserve the integrity of the electoral process." FULL POST

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