On the Radar: Talking to China, health care repeal vote, Giffords to rehab
President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao at the White House on Wednesday.
January 19th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

On the Radar: Talking to China, health care repeal vote, Giffords to rehab

China and U.S. talk - President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao will have much to discuss during their meeting Wednesday, including human rights in China, trade between the nations, and the role of North Korea. They'll also talk about currency controls. The People's Bank of China has been accused of artificially undervaluing the yuan to reduce the cost of Chinese exports, which gives China an advantage in the international market.

Jintao is in the U.S. for three days and will also meet with legislators and top business executives. He'll visit Chicago before heading home. There will be a joint news conference this afternoon and a state dinner at the White House this evening, the first for China since Bill Clinton was in office. Whether the two leaders will find common ground is anyone's guess, especially considering that today's China is such a mixture of modernity and old-world ways.

Vote on health care repeal - The House is scheduled to vote on repealing health care reform. Representatives are expected to pass the measure, but there's little chance the law will be repealed in the Democratic-controlled Senate. President Obama has said that the law can be improved, but it should not be quashed altogether.

CNN's Ed Hornick separates fact from fiction about the push to repeal and explains how much it would cost to defund the measure. The answer: $106 billion in new spending authorizations that Congress will eventually need to appropriate, according to Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf.  But $86 billion of those authorizations cover politically sensitive programs that were in existence before the passage of health care reform, the CBO reports.

Giffords feared being shot - Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head January 8 at a political event in Tucson, Arizona, will be moved to Houston on Friday to begin rehabilitation, according to an e-mail from her parents. The Texas surgeons specialize in patients with bullet wounds to the head. The congresswoman's survival has seemed astonishing, and her rapid recovery - breathing on her own, opening her eyes, reaching out for her husband, even playing with his wedding ring - has moved many.

Giffords was among more than a dozen people gunned down outside a grocery store before an informal gathering with constituents that she called Congress on Your Corner. Six people, including Giffords' community outreach director, a federal judge, and a 9-year-old girl were killed. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, has been charged in the rampage. Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke to ABC's Diane Sawyer about threats his wife had received, and said she feared being shot. He also recalled the excruciating moments after he learned she had been shot and believed she was dead.

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