March 19th, 2010
09:21 AM ET

On the Radar: Health care, immigration, 9/11 settlement

Nancy Pelosi speaks Thursday about the price tag of the health care bill.

Here’s a look at some of the stories reporters are working on Friday:

Health care - Democratic congressional leaders unveiled a long-awaited $940 billion compromise health care plan Thursday, setting the stage for a final legislative showdown on President Obama's domestic priority. Obama plans to talk about health care reform in a speech at 11:35 a.m. ET on Friday. His speech comes as the House nears a climactic health care vote.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will talk with reporters at 11 a.m. ET Friday; House Minority Leader John Boehner will speak at 11:45 a.m. ET.

We look at where things stand and break down the statements being made today.

Immigration reform –Thousands of people plan to rally in Washington this weekend for immigration reform, even as the nation's attention is focused on a likely weekend vote on health care reform. The march comes after Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, proposed the outlines of an immigration reform plan Thursday in an editorial in The Washington Post.

The plan requires U.S. citizens and legal immigrants to obtain a new high-tech Social Security card tied to their fingerprints or other biometric identifiers and to create a system to bring in temporary workers as the U.S. economy demands. President Obama promptly endorsed that plan. Schumer and Graham recently discussed immigration reform in meetings with Obama at the White House.

9/11 settlement - A federal judge will let victims weigh in on a settlement that would pay up to $657 million to people who got sick after working in the ruins of the World Trade Center after the September 11 attack. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein says he wants to make sure the deal is "fair, appropriate and just to all affected." The hearing will occur at 2 p.m. ET Friday.

Severe weather - It may almost be spring, but a winter storm will slam the Rockies and central Plains on Friday. As we keep an eye on that storm, we'll also continue to watch the area in Fargo, North Dakota, dealing with the possibility of floods from the Red River. Last year, Fargo wasn't so prepared. Homeowners put sandbags on snow, and water seeped underneath. Other barriers toppled over, allowing floodwaters to rush into homes. Fargo is well versed in flood preparation because it has learned from its mistakes, but the trouble isn't over yet. The River is expected to crest Sunday.

Iraqi elections - With nearly 90 percent of the votes counted in Iraq, who is winning the race that has pit Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki against former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi? Some results show Iraqis still voting along sectarian lines.

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