February 25th, 2010
04:11 PM ET

The Power Nine: Dan Buettner's secrets to living longer, better

Program Note: Don't miss our conversation with Dan Buettner tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET. He'll give us his top tips for living a healthy life.

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Dan Buettner
Blue Zones

The Power9 is a concept that stems from Dan Buettner's research in the Blue Zones (the longest-living cultures in the world), and describes nine 'secrets' to a longer, healthier life. The Power9 emphasizes making changes to your environment that will influence your habits. It's much easier to promote good habits through environmental change than it is to force changes to long-standing behavior.

Everything you read here at BlueZones.com is in some way related to the Power9 concepts. To start with, every post belongs to a category (EAT, OUTLOOK, MOVE, BELONG) that makes up the core of the Power9. Over time, we'll be going into more details about this underlying idea, and we'll even post some of the raw interviews, video, and research that make up the foundation for the concept.

For now, here's a brief introduction to the nine behaviors we believe can lead to living longer, better:

1. Move (find ways to move mindlessly, make moving unavoidable)

2. Plan de Vida (know your purpose in life)

3. Down Shift (work less, slow down, rest, take vacation)

4. 80% Rule (stop eating when you're 80% full)

5. Plant-Power (more veggies, less protein and processed foods)

6. Red Wine (consistency and moderation)

7. Belong (create a healthy social network)

8. Beliefs (spiritual or religious participation)

9. Your Tribe (make family a priority)


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February 25th, 2010
03:57 PM ET

'Have you seen my son?'

Kervins with his mother, Eclane Noel.

Kervins, 2, after being reunited with his mother.

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

When the ground started to shake and the walls started to buckle, all Eclane Noel could think of was getting to her 2-year-old son, Kervins.

She couldn’t protect him. She was suddenly trapped under debris and could see her son was also injured. She began screaming for someone to help him. They were both helped out of their collapsed home in Cite Soleil, one of the poorest neighborhoods of Port-au- Prince.

They were driven around in search of a medical facility and were taken to a hospital 20 miles outside of the capital city. Kervins’s leg was in bad shape and Eclane had broken bones in her legs.

A few days after they arrived at a hospital, Kervins was airlifted back to Port-au-Prince to have his leg amputated to save his life. That was the last time Eclane Noel saw her son for weeks.

Dr. Vanessa Rouzier, a pediatrician at a field hospital next to Gheskio AIDS clinic where Kervins was taken, began looking for his mother. Kervins arrived with no paperwork; nothing identifying his identity or the identity of his mother.

Meanwhile, Eclane was searching desperately for her son. She didn’t know where he was taken. She was on crutches and went from hospital to hospital carrying a photograph and asking anyone, “Have you seen my son?”

She finally made it to the field hospital next to Gheskio when she met with Dr. Rouzier. By then, her son had been taken to the USS Comfort and transferred again to Milot, a village in northern Haiti.

But the bigger problem: How could Eclane prove Kervins was her son? Her home, where she kept his proof of birth, was destroyed. All she had was a photograph.

All of her worry ended today. With the help of Dr. Rouzier, mother and son were reunited.

Eclane has moved to a tent city across the street from where his home used to be. He may not have a home anymore, but at least he has his mother.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Haiti Earthquake • Ismael Estrada
February 25th, 2010
02:27 PM ET

CNN Fact Check: How common is Senate use of reconciliation?

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Emma Lacey-Bordeaux

Reconciliation sure sounds like a nice word, but it is getting a lot of negative attention around Washington. Senators from both sides of the aisle have criticized the idea of using budget reconciliation to overhaul health care.

In the health care summit Thursday, Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, called upon President Barack Obama to renounce the very idea, calling reconciliation "a partisan vote through a little-used process." But this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said legislation has passed under budget-reconciliation rules 21 times since 1981, and critics should "stop crying about reconciliation as if it's never been done before."

As the health care debate evolves into strategy sessions to overcome the threat of filibuster, the CNN Fact Check Desk wondered: How common is reconciliation?


Filed under: Health Care • President Barack Obama
February 25th, 2010
02:20 PM ET

Video: Bipartisan compromise?

Jessica Yellin | BIO
CNN Political Correspondent

Filed under: Jessica Yellin • Raw Politics
February 25th, 2010
02:02 PM ET

5 things to watch at Obama's health care summit

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Karen Tumulty and Kate Pickert

Will Thursday's health care summit be much more than a political show? Probably not. Will it make any difference in the prospects for health reform legislation? That's entirely possible.

While it is being billed as a negotiating session, the six-hour meeting will in fact give Republicans and Democrats a chance — perhaps their last one — to lay their best arguments before the American people. For the White House, it is also a badly needed opportunity to change the dynamic around the President's signature domestic-policy initiative, support for which has been sinking in public-opinion polls.


Filed under: Health Care • President Barack Obama
February 25th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Video: Why White House summit matters

John King | BIO
CNN Chief National Correspondent
Anchor, State of the Union

CNN's John King takes a look at the stakes in Thursday's White House health care summit and how it affects you.

Filed under: Health Care • John King
February 25th, 2010
01:54 PM ET

Interactive: Key congressional health care players


Key congressional health care players for republicans and democrats.

Filed under: Democrats • Health Care • Republicans
February 25th, 2010
01:50 PM ET

Interactive: Obama's health care proposal


President Obama's bipartisan health care summit follows months of heated debate in which substance has often been drowned out by partisan rancor. CNN.com provides live updates of the talks. You can also watch the discussions live on CNN.com.

February 25th, 2010
01:27 PM ET

Why does the filibuster survive?

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Gregory Wawro and Eric Schickler
Special to CNN

A rare - and modest - show of bipartisanship emerged this week to allow the jobs bill to advance in the Senate. But rare is the key word here.

The loss of the Democrats' 60-vote supermajority in the Senate means the filibuster remains a daunting threat to President Obama's agenda. As a result, the idea of getting rid of the filibuster once again is gaining momentum among Democrats.

With Republicans taking full advantage of unlimited debate to block Democratic initiatives, it should be no surprise that liberal leaders and pundits are calling for majority rule in the Senate. But the most serious obstacle to majority rule is not Republican opposition to changing the Senate's rules; it is the reality that most senators benefit from the current system, even as it routinely forces major concessions from the majority party.

Just six years ago, Republicans were the ones complaining about Democrats' depriving Bush-era judicial nominees of an "up-or-down vote" and threatening to pursue the so-called "nuclear option" to end obstruction by filibuster. Republicans planned to use parliamentary rulings to enable a simple majority to force a final vote on judicial nominations.

Keep reading...

Filed under: Democrats • President Barack Obama • Republicans
February 25th, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Democrats' New Health Target: End of March

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Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

As President Obama kicks off a health care summit to try and rescue his reform package, three top Democratic sources are privately telling CNN the new goal is to pass the final legislation by the end of March or else Congress will have to move back to other issues like job creation and unfinished spending bills.

The new deadline adds more pressure to the White House negotiations because it gives the President only one month after Thursday's summit to get a final package completed or else he will risk seeing his signature domestic issue go down in flames.

Three Democratic sources familiar with the negotiations say that after a series of missed deadlines last year, the new target is to get a final package completed by Friday March 26, when the House and Senate are scheduled to begin a recess to celebrate Passover and Easter. The House is not scheduled to return from that recess for floor votes again until Tuesday April 13, just seven months before the midterm elections.


Filed under: Democrats • Health Care • President Barack Obama
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