March 19th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Health Care Fight, Dems Chasing Votes: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°,  the health care  endgame.  Will Democrats have enough votes to get the bill passed? Plus, Dr. Sanjay Gupta breaks down what's in the legislation and how it could impact you.  We also take you to Haiti to see what's being done to help clean up the camps washed out by rain. Actor and activist Sean Penn is in Port-au-Prince with the latest developments.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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Filed under: Live Blog
March 19th, 2010
08:29 PM ET

Haiti's next big crisis: how to hold elections

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Kathie Klarreich

The gold-trimmed letters marking Haiti's Legislative Palace still shine brightly on the front wall of the seaside building in Port-au-Prince. But the massive earthquake that hit the nation on Jan. 12, killing more than 200,000 people, left a hole on one side of the structure, exposing a black wrought-iron staircase.

The quake ripped open the building's opposite side, where detritus like metal, concrete, chairs, desks and paper scraps spewed forth like volcanic lava.

Haiti's parliamentarians now operate out of a trailer on the grounds of the old police academy — and their ranks are as much in disarray as the palace they used to use. Of the 30 Senators (three from each of the country's 10 departments, or regions), two died in the temblor; one seat was already unfilled before the quake; and 10 members finished their terms last November.

But the country wasn't prepared to hold a vote even then, and so their tenures were extended to May — after which only about half the chamber will be occupied.

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Filed under: Haiti Earthquake
March 19th, 2010
07:33 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Faith Over Medicine

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

An Oregon teenager is dead. His parents now face 16 months in prison. Not for what they did, but for what they didn't do.

CNN's Dan Simon has this story for you tonight on 360°.  Marci and Jeff Beagley were convicted of negligent homicide.  They admitted they denied their 16-year-old son the drugs he needed.  Prosecutors say the drugs would have cured the son's kidney illness.

As Dan Simon will tell you, their son didn't get the drugs because the family belongs to a Christian church near Portland that believes seeing a doctor is a sign of weakness. Instead, members rely solely on faith healing found in the New Testament - believing that God will cure them of their ills.

Tonight you'll meet a former member of the secretive sect. She shares what she witnessed and why she left.

We'll also take you to Capitol Hill for the latest developments on Sunday's expected health care vote. Will have Democrats have enough votes to get their plan passed? We'll have the latest numbers.

Pres. Obama made another public plea for the plan today.

"If this vote fails, the insurance industry will continue to run wild in America," he said at George Mason University.

"They will continue to deny people coverage. They will continue to deny people care. They will continue to jack up premiums 40% or 50% or 60% as they have in the last few weeks without any accountability whatsoever."

Pres. Obama will meet with Democratic lawmakers tomorrow and aim to get those undecided or in the "no" column to switch to "yes."

Republicans are vowing to fight the bill.

"The American people are going to hear about every payoff, every kickback, every sweetheart deal that comes out," House Minority Leader John Boehner vowed today.  "It's going to be interesting over the next couple days as the scheming and jamming continues," he later added.

360 M.D. Sanjay Gupta will have a breakdown of what's in the bill and what it could mean for you and your family.

In our crime and punishment report, we take you inside the manhunt for America's most wanted teen.

Colbert Harris-Moore, 18, is suspected of stealing planes, boats, and luxury automobiles in a crime spree that's lasted several years. A massive manhunt is underway for Harris-Moore on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands, off the coast of Washington State. Police believe he's is hiding out in the rugged terrain.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
March 19th, 2010
06:18 PM ET

Video: Living in a homeless shelter

Stephanie Buckhannon and her three children, Brittany (12 years old), Brandon (10 years old), and Skyler (4 years old) chronicle their struggles living in a homeless shelter.

The Buckhannon family is living at the Fannin County Family Connection Homeless Shelter in Georgia.

For more information:

The Fannin County Family Connection Homeless Shelter

Filed under: 360° Radar
March 19th, 2010
04:42 PM ET

Sean Penn's latest role: Helping Haiti

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Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn spent three weeks in Haiti following the January earthquake, living in a tent and witnessing first-hand the devastation.

On tonight's AC360°, the Hollywood star talks to Anderson from Haiti and his campaign to stop a potential public health disaster.

Read more about the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, and watch tonight's AC360° at 10p E.T.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Haiti
March 19th, 2010
03:37 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/19/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

President Barack Obama removes his jacket before speaking on health care reform at George Mason University March 19, 2010 in Fairfax, Virginia. Obama is making a last minute appeal for support of his proposed health care legislation as the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the legislation as early as Sunday afternoon March 21.

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
March 19th, 2010
02:58 PM ET
March 19th, 2010
01:42 PM ET

House Democrats: Where they stand on the health care bill

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The House is expected to vote this weekend on the health care bill passed by the Senate in December. With a potential vote hours away, there are 100 House Democratics whose vote could change the outcome of this bill. CNN has contacted these 100 House Democrats, and is monitoring their vote and updating this chart in real time – up until the formal vote.

Tune in tonight at 10pm ET for more on the health care reform debate, and tell us your thoughts on the bill.

Filed under: Health Care
March 19th, 2010
12:11 PM ET

Partisan politics leads to health care hypocrisy

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John Avlon
Special to CNN

This week, Washington combined high stakes poker and parliamentary procedures with health care reform in the balance. And despite more than a year of heated debate, the American people remain deeply divided on the issue – the only thing they seem to agree on is that D.C. is dysfunctional. A new poll shows Congress with a 17% approval rating.

Part of the reason is an epidemic of situational ethics: politicians reversing supposedly principled stands depending upon whether or not their party is in power.

The most egregious example is support for reconciliation – a measure to ensure an up-or-down vote, bypassing the threat of a filibuster. Republicans have lately been conflating reconciliation with the closely related, controversial (and conveniently scary-sounding) “nuclear option.”

When Larry King asked Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, “what’s wrong with majority rules?” on LKL earlier this week, she replied: “Because that's not how the Senate works. The Senate works with 60 votes. And now, what the president is promoting is a nuclear option, which is 50 votes.”

But the so called “nuclear option” was invoked 5 years ago by Republicans when they accused Democrats of blocking President Bush’s judicial nominations via filibuster.

Keep reading...

Filed under: 360° Radar • Health Care • John Avlon
March 19th, 2010
12:03 PM ET

Is that a banjo on your knee?

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

I spent the week in Alabama, and let me tell you it was an eye-opener. With all the cheese grits, fried shrimp, and barbeque, it was also something of a heart-valve-closer, but that’s a different story. I was there to find ways in which people are thriving despite the bad economy, and let me tell you I found plenty.

Now you might say “What does that have to do with me?” Go ahead. Say it aloud, and watch the person next to you nervously sidle away. It’s fun!

Alabama has plenty to do with you, because in difficult times it makes sense to look for those who have experienced great difficulties before to guide us toward recovery; and when it comes to difficulties, Alabama has had a sackful.

So what are they doing there now? For starters, they are pulling together. To attract a huge new Hyundai plant a few years back, they had to unite across political, business, community, racial, and economic lines. And it worked. That plant set up shop south of Montgomery and today is credited with fueling more than 20-thousand jobs in the region. With a new Kia facility now roaring to life just across the line in Georgia, even more positive ripples are expected.

They are looking to markets beyond their borders. Alabama’s exports have grown by 36-percent since 2004; directly creating 1,000 new jobs, and indirectly protecting many more.


Filed under: Building Up America • Raw Politics • Tea Party • Tom Foreman
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