February 27th, 2013
07:42 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

$85 billion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts will take place if President Obama and Congress can't reach a deal by March 1.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this story.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Assault weapons ban legislation briefing - The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on proposed legislation that, if signed into law, would ban the sale and manufacturing of dozens of firearms.

10:30 am ET - Chuck Hagel's first day on the job - One day after a bruising confirmation battle came to an end, new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to Pentagon employees.

11:00 am ET - Rosa Parks statue unveiling - President Obama will speak at the unveiling of a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol.

11:00 am ET - White House briefing - Forced spending cuts will likely dominate Press Secretary Jay Carney's agenda with the White House press corps.

12:15 pm ET - Jodi Arias murder trial - Prosecutors will continue cross-examining Jodi Arias at her murder trial in Arizona.  She's accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008.

1:00 pm ET - Mars mission announcement - Remember "space tourist" Dennis Tito?  He's back to announce plans for a possible 2018 roundtrip mission to Mars.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


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  1. dazzle ©

    @s kel Happy Birthday to one of our very own.

    February 27, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      Its a late response but THANK YOU THANK YOU all for the Birthday wishes,im extreamly touched and feel loved!

      February 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Happy Birthday, s kel, dear man.

    February 27, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ s kel:
    Happy Birthday!

    February 27, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Happy Birthday s kel. And your sister too.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    What do you give 900-pound gorilla for his birthday?

    I don't know, but you'd better hope he likes it!

    February 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A couple phoned a neighbor to extend birthday greetings.

    They dialed the number and then sang "Happy Birthday" to him.

    But when they finished their off-key rendition, they discovered that they had dialed the wrong number.

    "Don't let it bother you," said a strange but amused voice. "

    You folks need all the practice you can get."

    February 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A man asked his wife, "What would you most like for your birthday?" She said, "I'd love to be ten again." On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and they went to a theme park. He put her on every ride in the park – the Death Slide, The Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear. She had a go on every ride there was. She staggered out of the theme park five hours later, her head reeling and her stomach turning. Then off to a movie theater, popcorn, cola and sweets. At last she staggered home with her husband and collapsed into bed. Her husband leaned over and asked, "Well, dear, what was it like being ten again?" One eye opened and she groaned, "Actually, honey, I meant dress size!"

    February 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Julia

    I just heard a surprisingly uneducated conversation on "Around The World". Some raving about the need for cuts, including Social Security, which has ZERO to do with the deficit. The deficit,as one would never know from watching these shows, has gone DOWN each year of the Obama presidency. Deficits have been high because Bush cut taxes and seriously increased spending – which still has to be paid. I never hear anyone even mention those three important facts. History from this country's Depression and from the current handling of the Great Recession in Europe tells us very clearly that we must NOT cut spending now, we must increase it in order to continue on the path of economic health. None of your speakers spoke these truths. They could only wail about cuts which is remarkably stupid considering actual facts vs Republican spin.

    February 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |