Ron Paul: Health care repeal 'represents what people are saying'
Representative Ron Paul said that he knows the gesture is largely symbolic since the Senate wouldn't pass the repeal.
January 19th, 2011
09:40 AM ET

Ron Paul: Health care repeal 'represents what people are saying'

As the House of Representatives prepare to vote on health care reform repeal today, President Obama has released a statement signaling that he is willing to make improvements on the bill but is not in favor of a full repeal:

"So I’m willing and eager to work with both Democrats and Republicans to improve the Affordable Care Act," Obama said. "But we can’t go backward."

But congressmen on Capitol Hill like Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) believe that repeal is the only option. He told CNN American Morning's Kiran Chetry that the bill going to vote today "tells us what we should do in the future."

Paul is also unhappy with the way we are treating our relationship with China. He says that more government intervention in China is not the answer and "we can't blame China for us spending too much money."

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SI.com reporters: Will documents mean last ride for Lance Armstrong?
Cyclist Lance Armstrong is interviewing during his preparations for the Tour Down Under event.
January 19th, 2011
09:29 AM ET

SI.com reporters: Will documents mean last ride for Lance Armstrong?

Sports Illustrated magazine reporters Selena Roberts and David Epstein reviewed hundreds of documents and interviewed dozens of people who have been involved with the doping allegation charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and raise new questions in their feature article for this week's magazine.

Epstein talks to American Morning's T.J. Holmes about what was uncovered in the magazine's investigation and what it means for Armstrong's future.

Oldest elephant in N. America dies at 71
Taj, an Asian elephant who could paint on canvas, lived at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, for 33 years.
January 19th, 2011
09:25 AM ET

Oldest elephant in N. America dies at 71

Taj, an Asian elephant who could hold a paintbrush to create art on canvas, has died at age 71, her keepers announced.

"As the oldest elephant in North America, we mourn the loss of this gentle soul who touched millions, but we also celebrate an extraordinary life," Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park in Vallejo, California, posted Tuesday on its Facebook page.

Taj far exceeded the average life expectancy of 44.8 years for her species, park spokeswoman Nancy Chan told the San Jose Mercury News.

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Wednesday's live video events
President Barack Obama meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the White House.
January 19th, 2011
07:51 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

An influential world leader is welcomed to the White House today, while a divisive issue gets its day on Capitol Hill.  CNN.com Live will be there for both!

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Hu Jintao arrives at White House - Chinese President Hu Jintao is welcomed to the White House by President Obama and the first lady.  The two presidents will hold closed-door talks on a number of issues.

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