April 1st, 2010
11:51 AM ET

Lawyer: Slaying abortion doctor 'domestic terrorism'

The killing of Dr. George Tiller of Kansas was "domestic terrorism" that robbed a family of a husband, father and grandfather, the slain man's attorney said Thursday at the sentencing of the man convicted of the doctor's murder.

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April 1st, 2010
07:26 AM ET

On the Radar: Flooding, Roeder sentencing, Iraq

Floodwaters leave a car partially submerged Wednesday in Fall River, Massachusetts, after heavy rainfall in New England.

Rhode Island floods - A flood-weary Rhode Island surveyed the damage as waters started receding, with officials saying Thursday the long-term recovery could take months. The Northeast, particularly Rhode Island, battled flooded roads and basements for most of the week. Many of the schools in the region remained closed Thursday.

Doctor killer's sentencing - Scott Roeder, who gunned down one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers and is facing life in prison, gets an opportunity to speak at his sentencing on Thursday at 10 a.m. and we'll be carrying it live. Roeder also has asked some longtime friends to testify as character witnesses. The 52-year-old was convicted in January of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the May 31 death of Dr. George Tiller at the doctor's church.

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March 24th, 2010
05:03 PM ET

Obama signs executive order on abortion funding limits

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Wednesday ensuring that existing limits on the federal funding of abortion remain in place under the new health care reform law.

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March 24th, 2010
09:30 AM ET

On the Radar: Health care, medical pot, Texas execution

President Obama will sign an executive order to reaffirm the existing ban on federal money used for abortions a day after signing a health care reform bill into law.

Health care - President Obama plans to sign an executive order at 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday that the White House says will reaffirm an existing ban on the use of federal money for abortions. The order is part of a deal Obama struck to woo anti-abortion House Democrats. That deal assured passage of the sweeping health care reform bill. 

The Senate also will debate possible changes to the health care law. The House has passed a series of changes that the Senate passed a few months ago. Now the Senate will consider those changes, many of which Republicans plan to fight. We'll also answer your questions about health care and its impact on you. 

Medical marijuana and your job –– Fourteen states have laws allowing the use of medical marijuana, which shield legal users from criminalization but don't protect them from penalties enforced by their employers. We take a look at a man who was fired from his job at Wal-Mart because of a drug test and the implications the growing medical marijuana field might have on employment. 

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March 24th, 2010
02:30 AM ET

Obama to sign executive order on abortion limits Wednesday

President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Wednesday that ensures that existing limits on the federal funding of abortion remain in place under the new health care overhaul law.

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Filed under: Abortion • Barack Obama • Health Care • Politics • U.S.
March 22nd, 2010
03:39 PM ET

'Baby killer' heckler revealed

Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer says he was the Republican House member who called out "baby killer" during the chamber's debate Sunday night on the health care reform bill.

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March 22nd, 2010
09:49 AM ET

On the Radar: Health care reform, Israel, Google

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden react to the passing of the health care bill.

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Monday:

Health care - The House of Representatives passed a measure overhauling the U.S. medical system late Sunday, delivering a historic victory to President Obama, who had made it his No. 1 domestic priority. The bill passed in a 219-212 vote after more than a year of bitter partisan debate. All 178 Republicans opposed it, along with 34 Democrats. The bill will be sent to Obama's desk to be signed Tuesday.

While Sunday night's vote was a landmark moment, the health care reform fight is far from over. Among the questions being asked: What does the bill mean for you and when will you start feeling its impact? What does it mean for your business? What does Obama's executive order on abortion funding that helped bring some Democrats in line mean? What happens when the bill goes to the Senate - will it turn into a ping-pong match of roadblocks? Will there be political consequences for Democrats or Republicans come midterm elections? And what does this mean for Obama and his agenda? Is it his second wind, or has he spent all his political capital on this one issue? We'll also be looking for reactions from Americans on both sides of the issue as well as insurers and doctors.

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March 21st, 2010
06:19 PM ET

NOW 'incensed' over anti-abortion executive order

National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill issued a statement Sunday afternoon slamming President Obama, saying that he had broken his faith with women by agreeing to issue an executive order that prohibits federal funding for abortions.

"The National Organization for Women is incensed that President Barack Obama agreed today to issue an executive order designed to appease a handful of anti-choice Democrats who have held up health care reform in an effort to restrict women's access to abortion. Through this order, the president has announced he will lend the weight of his office and the entire executive branch to the anti-abortion measures included in the Senate bill, which the House is now prepared to pass.

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