February 28th, 2013
07:40 AM ET

Thursday's live events

$85 billion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts will happen unless President Obama and Congress reach a deal by tomorrow.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this story.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - State of the U.S. economy hearing - The threat of forced budget cuts will likely be discussed when the Joint Economic Committee meets to discuss the health of the U.S. economy.

10:30 am ET - Congressional leaders talk cuts - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will discuss the spending cuts stalemate during her weekly briefing with reporters.  House Speaker John Boehner has a similar briefing at 11:15 am ET.

11:30 am ET - Pope Benedict's farewell - Today is Pope Benedict XVI's final day as pontiff.  He will mark the day by greeting the faithful from his residence window at Castel Gondolfo, Italy.  His reign comes to an end at 2:00 pm ET.

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

12:30 pm ET - Jodi Arias murder trial - Prosecutors continue cross-examining Jodi Arias at her murder trial in Arizona.  She is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008.

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


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Happy Birthday to s kels' cousin and everyone else who has a birthday today who is reading this.

    February 28, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    This all falls back on the private sector, regardless of how the automatic cuts fall. If Obama and Congress can manage a formadible "deal" to prevent the cuts, the private sector goes on supporting a massive and bloated government in taxes. If Obama and Congress fail to stop automatic spending cuts, initially the private sector will have to payout (in tax) severance pakages, and then ultimatley, "re employ" $85, 000, 000 worth of dislocated workers, by creating more wealth (for new jobs), which the government cannot do anyways. America is tired of having thier money wasted.

    February 28, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Good afternoon @ bobcat. Hows things?

    February 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Good afternoo chrissy
      Everything is good right now. Enjoying a day off which is very much needed. And how's things with you ?

      February 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. stuart

    @ chrissy.he. is fine thank u

    February 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stuart

    Jeff frank.u took the words right out of my mouth

    February 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Good morning all.
    No way while the politicking goes on and the public remains complacent that the wastage would be checked. Be it wars, interventions and foreign 'aid' , feeding an expanded govt & such. A Congress held responsible to no one would go on serving itself and special interests.

    February 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Even this country's apex court is blatantly political. Justices vote goaded by their affiliations. A pity.
    We may be tired of what has been going on but would rather not be bothered.

    February 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Lol @ bobcat, so i see you have your own personal assistant now! Isnt that nice? Lmao and ty @ stuart but i really do prefer to hear it from bobcat. Lol

    February 28, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      chrissy, did you get hit with that massive snow storm ? I've been thinking about you and banasy since I saw it was headed in your direction.

      February 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hi, Rawr,
      We didn't get anything worth mentioning here, thankfully. My household got hit with another type of storm: the syomach flu. Personally, I would have rather had the snow, thankyouveddymuch.

      February 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    An old married couple no sooner hit the pillows
    When the old man passes gas and says, “Seven Points.”

    His wife rolls over and says, “What in the world was that?”
    The old man replied, “It’s fart football.”

    A few minutes later his wife lets one go and says “Touchdown, tie score.”

    After about five minutes the old man lets another one go and says,
    “Aha. I’m ahead 14 to 7.”

    Not to be outdone the wife rips out another one and says,
    “Touchdown, tie score.”

    Five seconds go by and she lets out a little squeaker and says,
    “Field goal, I lead 17 to 14.” Now the pressure is on the old man.

    He refuses to get beaten by a woman, so he strains real hard.
    Since defeat is totally unacceptable, he gives it everything he’s got,

    And accidentally craps in the bed.

    The wife says, “What the heck was that?”

    The old man says, “End of quarter, switch sides”

    February 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Ew...yuck. I typed my above response before reading this joke...

      February 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert Simon

    Joan Rivers was probably insulting to the Germans also.

    February 28, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    CNN deleated my overwhelming thank you all for the BIRTHDAY WISHES I recived yesterday and today, again thank you all it was the highlight of my birthday.

    February 28, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Yea @ bobcat we got about 6 inches only. Upnorth where my mom lives they got over a foot. Mostly we got rain. Nothing bad really. Thanks for thinking of me tho.

    February 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |