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November 23rd, 2009
10:28 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Senate bill crosses first hurdle...now what?

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Senate Democrats won a vote Saturday night to open debate on the 2,074-page health care bill. So now that the Dems have crossed that hurdle, what are the next obstacles in their way? The debate on amending the proposal won’t begin until after Thanksgiving and is expected to last for weeks. Some lawmakers didn’t waste a second over the weekend, crowding the airwaves with arguments for and against the bill. So what can we expect in the weeks to come? Will moderate Democrats come on board and what kind of opposition is the GOP preparing?

Erica Hill will be anchoring this evening and she’ll talk to a panel of women about how they could be affected by health care reform. We’ll get their reaction to the controversial recommendations issued last week for mammography screening, and we’ll ask them how this health care bill may impact women around the country.

Millions of Americans are expected to fly this holiday season. For most, that means overcoming the usual travel frustrations – security lines, crowds, rush – searching for bargains, booking flights and sorting out how to get to the airport. Ah, the joys of the holidays. But it turns out members of Congress don’t have to worry. They apparently get special travel perks, on the taxpayer’s dime. We look at the perks that some lawmakers enjoy and speak to watchdog groups that say members of Congress are simply “out of touch.” Joe Johns is keeping them honest tonight.

And speaking of the holidays, today we’ll see the results of the 10th annual consumer survey on holiday spending plans. The survey, conducted about two weeks ago, provides insight on consumer attitudes about their financial situations and spending plans. After a record-high level of concern last year, we’re curious to see how consumers are feeling this year. We’ll also take a look at Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Last week he came under fire while delivering testimony about regulatory reform. Is he doing enough? We’ll dig deeper tonight.

A group of approximately 35 people were abducted this morning in the southern Philippines – and 21 of them were later killed, according to army officials. Reports indicate that the group of 21 people - including lawyers, journalists and the wife of a gubernatorial candidate – were beheaded. The group was on a trip to file candidacy papers for elections next May. This area of the Philippines is known for clan rivalries and elections in the region are often marred by violence, but what’s exactly going on here?

And Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician at the center of the homicide investigation into Michael Jackson’s death, resumed his practice. He is now treating patients at the Armstrong Clinic where he practiced medicine before leaving to become Jackson’s personal physician in April.

What are you following today? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET!


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Tim Gibson

    Another story missing here is the FL attorney under investiagtion for ponzi scheme involvement and how all the political leaders are now running away, tossing back "denotations" in record numbers in attempts to distance themselves from him.

    Health care refom as is, too full of flaws and votes for pay. But wait, senate votes for pay are not the same as senate seats for pay.

    November 23, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  2. Mike in NYC

    I'm following the story of the arrests of 32 black males in Denver for a series (26 total) of racially-motivated assaults. Most were associated with the Rollin' 60s Crips gang or the Black Gangster Disciples gang.

    CNN shouldn't feel like it's ignoring an important story, though, because even "racist" Fox hasn't seen fit to mention it either.

    Thanks for the buzz!

    November 23, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  3. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Good Morning Eliza and 360 team

    I'm glad that the democrats had the Healthcare bill ready to be debated now in the senate hopefully they will get this passed .The mamogram issues are just another statisical jargon it's only there to help .

    The holidays are crazy this time of year the traffic delays and the hoilday shopping i hate shopping .Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at 360 and all the bloggers on 360 !
    I look forward to seein Erica Hill achoring tonight filling in for AC ,thanks for the buzz

    Michelle D.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:44 am |