On the Radar: Health care debate, Giffords' condition, Chinese leader's visit
The House Rules Committee holds a markup hearing earlier this month on legislation to repeal the health care overhaul.
January 18th, 2011
10:41 AM ET

On the Radar: Health care debate, Giffords' condition, Chinese leader's visit

House to debate health care repeal - Floor debate over whether to quash health care reform kicks off Tuesday in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers are expected to vote this week. The measure likely will pass the Republican-led House but is believed to have little chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate or surviving a presidential veto.

Republicans acknowledge it's an uphill battle to achieve an outright repeal, but they suggest they'll attempt to defund portions of the measure or eliminate specific provisions of the law in the months ahead. A few key Democrats said Sunday they might cooperate in getting rid of certain measures that pertain to business. But legislation repealing the health care overhaul won't be cheap. It will add $230 billion to the federal debt by 2021, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Arizona congresswoman gets better - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' condition continues to improve. Her doctors say she could get out of the hospital within days and begin rehabilitation. Her husband, Mark Kelly, also appears optimistic.

Giffords' friend, author Tom Zoellner, reflects on her struggle. "She is not a politician or a saint to me, but a close friend who skated within a micrometer of death," he writes. Zoellner was also friends with Gabe Zimmerman, Giffords' community outreach director, who was shot to death during the January 8 rampage outside a Tucson, Arizona, grocery store during a meet-and-greet event for the Democrat.

CNN's "This Just In" blog offers comprehensive reports about the  tragedy and shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner.

Obama and Chinese president set to talk - Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Obama are expected to discuss trade, currency and North Korea when they meet Tuesday in Washington. America's relationship with China has global implications,  and the countries are both vested partners and fierce competitors.

CNNMoney examines why the relationship matters and what it means for the U.S. economy. The two leaders likely will discuss military matters in light of China's ongoing development of a long-range missile capable of reaching American ships in the Pacific. 

Though matters Obama and Hu will talk about are quite serious, CNN commentator David Frum, a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002, says that perceptions of China rise may be overrated.

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