February 20th, 2013
07:38 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

Billions of dollars in automatic across-the-board spending cuts could take place on March 1 unless President Obama and Congress do something about it.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this story.

Today's programming highlights...

11:00 am ET - Kerry speaks at university - Secretary of State John Kerry makes his first major public address since taking over the post.  The remarks will be made on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

12:30 pm ET - Jodi Arias murder trial - Jodi Arias is expected to return to the witness stand at her murder trial in Arizona.  She's accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008.

12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - The threat of forced spending cuts will likely dominate Press Secretary Jay Carney's briefing with the White House press corps.

1:30 pm ET - Medal of Valor ceremony - Vice President Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder will award the Medal of Valor to public safety officers who exhibited exceptional courage in the attempt to protect others from harm.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Scottish Mama

    Jodi Arias- Guilty as charged. No proof of Travis Alexanders slanderous words are true. The prosecutor will rip her apart on cross.
    To the White house, I bet the sequestor will not effect anyone with wealth. It will only have consequences for the middle and the poor. I was wondering how they were going to make the middle class pay for Washingtons BS. I would like a list of real and all programs that will be cut. Where is the list? I am also wondering if the GOP comes up with nothing is this a matter of security and the president then can do executive orders to remedy the situation?

    February 20, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      This is why Barack Obama and the Democrats, are the ruling class.

      February 20, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • ..

      Boehner got 98% of what he wanted. If you need to know who came up with this stupid plan, look no further than Boehner and his ilk.

      February 20, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Kitty

      @..says. The sequester was obamas demand in 2011. Do you suffer from short term memory loss? Or did you perposfully leave that important little piece of info out of your comment? He demanded it and congress approved it.

      February 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Good morning @ Scottish Mama. Who is this Jody Arias anyway? Ive never heard of her til this week.

    February 20, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    As for the spending cuts, they need to cut 5 billion by march. They could cut 50 billion quite easily by ending foreign aid!

    February 20, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. dreamer96

    As a former DOD avionics and missile analyst.that left the bosom of the DOD life behind, and went looking for work in the private sector...in a religious conservative business town....

    These DOD defense contractors are going to find many companies are not impressed when you apply for a job with a DOD background... I had one interview that went really bad went a young resource manager finally understood I helped make missile better...to hit other planes....and she responded...."You worked to help kill other people???...How could you do that!!...I did not bother trying to explain we need better missiles then the other guy...and that interview ended there.....So much for making a career helping to defend this country...

    February 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    But then@dreamer96 the Other Guy needs better missiles than us, so ? Every nation worth its salt getting into the game.
    Weapons getting more mass destructive, robotics turning lethal, humanity getting berserk.
    Objective remains to be able to kill more.

    February 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Sequestration is no solution. It is going to do more harm rather than improve economy.

    February 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Particularly when Boehner crowed about it when it first passed...now he's going to try and divert it as being the President's fault? Typical. It didn't happen that long ago. People remember, unless they are being willfully ignorant.

      February 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ banasy
      I think in large part it's a case of people being willfully ignorant, as I had a response to one of my comments yesterday, reminding me that this was all President Obamas' idea.

      February 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Good afternoon saywhat
    I tried yesterday to continue the discussion on the sequestration, but CNN in all their infinite wisdom chose to block any more input on my part.
    As well as slowing our economy, it will also have detrimental effects on our security as it will cut back on the number of law enforcement officers, firemen, EMT and TSA available.

    February 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |

    A new demonic BLACK AMERICA has arisen from both the black antebellum and hip hop nation and are based stereotypical images of low class ,poverty stricken and criminally prone blacks and has replace the black human population in AMERICA who were exterminated during the black holocaust

    February 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |