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March 25th, 2010
02:50 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/25/10

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:

Via @kingsthings: “Me driving around with @SnoopDogg.” Larry King posted this photograph to his Twitter account on March 24.

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.

Beat 360° Winners:

Staff:

Amanda Massa

"Snoop D-O-double Gizzle in the hizzle with Larry Kizzle!!!”

Viewer:

David Miskowiec

"Who said cornrows and suspenders don't look good together?"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
March 25th, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Obama returns to Iowa to sell health care

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CNN Wire Staff

President Obama hit the road Thursday to sell the merits of the newly enacted health care law, telling an enthusiastic Iowa crowd that the measure will lead to greater economic security for most Americans.

"This is your victory," Obama said at the University of Iowa. Health care reform "was about the future of our country. And today ... that future looks stronger and more hopeful and brighter than it has in some time."

The crowd, in turn, repeatedly chanted Obama's campaign theme: "Yes, we can."

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March 25th, 2010
02:39 PM ET

Suspects in 1978 disappearances plead not guilty

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Jean Shin
CNN

Two men charged in the 1978 disappearance of five teenagers in Newark, New Jersey, pleaded not guilty to five counts of murder Wednesday morning as about 40 family members of the victims looked on.

Lee Anthony Evans, 56, and Philander Hampton, 53, were arrested Monday night. That was about 18 months after the investigation into the disappearance of the five boys was given new life; a witness came to detectives with information that the 1978 arson of an abandoned building in Newark was connected with the case, acting prosecutor Robert Laurino said.

Evans and Hampton also pleaded not guilty to arson charges.

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Filed under: Crime • Crime & Punishment
March 25th, 2010
01:43 PM ET

The five keys to health reform's success or failure

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Karen Tumulty and Kate Pickert with Alice Park
TIME

America's New Prescription

Now for the really hard part.

President Obama's signature on sweeping health reform legislation in the East Room of the White House on March 23 was an achievement for the history books. Yet even though the bill is now the law of the land, the partisan and ideological warfare over it is certain to rage on, both as an issue in the midterm elections and in statehouses across the map. But the success or failure of the whole endeavor is going to ride not on what it does for anyone's political prospects — or their place in history.

The new law will be judged on whether it actually fulfills its promise of a better and fairer health care system or instead sends costs spiraling skyward and opens up a world of unintended medical consequences. Obama's team, for its part, admits to no doubts. "I think this will sell itself," says David Axelrod, the President's top political strategist. "The most important thing is that we implement it effectively, efficiently and with great accountability." Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, says the GOP has an implementation plan of its own: "Repeal and replace."

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Filed under: Health Care • President Barack Obama
March 25th, 2010
12:44 PM ET

Mexican border an imaginary line?

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Marcela Davison Aviles
Special to CNN

Like many people, I have been following the Obama administration's preparation for the renewed debate on immigration reform in Congress, a debate that largely concerns Mexicans living in the U.S. So when I read the tragic news about the murder of American consulate workers in Ciudad Juarez, there was an added resonance.

In one instance, a murdered couple's baby - the product of a Mexican-born mother and an American-born father - was left in the back seat of the victims' car, a living emblem of the long mingling of heritage and conflict at the Mexico/U.S. border. Communities on both sides of the line cry for this child and grieve for the families, as we have done for generations.

At the same time the authorities in Washington and Mexico City must step up their cooperative military and police actions to ensure the safety of citizens on the border, I fear that the tragedy will renew the simmering "us vs. them" mentality with the American public.

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Filed under: Mexico
March 25th, 2010
12:34 PM ET

Netanyahu must lead toward peace

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Jeremy Ben-Ami
Special to CNN

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's chief of staff, is renowned for advising that successful leaders never miss the chance to turn crisis into opportunity.

Only time will tell whether the ongoing drama in U.S.-Israel relations over the past few weeks amounts to a watershed opportunity in the Middle East peace process or simply one more twist in the elusive, and so far futile, quest to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution.

It's doubtful that Israel's announcement of East Jerusalem construction during Vice President Joseph Biden's visit to Israel two weeks ago was premeditated by the prime minister of Israel or that the immediate crisis was actively sought by Obama or his team.

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Filed under: Israel • Joe Biden • President Barack Obama
March 25th, 2010
12:29 PM ET

The horror of covering sexual abuse

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Bridget Fallon
CNN

After working as a journalist for 17 years in London, I have returned to Ireland where I find a very different country to the one I left.

I find an Ireland in the midst of massive change, not just economically but socially too. Covering the Irish church scandal story for CNN really brought home these changes to me.

When I was growing up in Ireland in the 1970s and 80s the church dominated. Most people I knew were schooled by priests and nuns. So was I until my parents decided to reef me out of the convent after one nun told me to cross my legs because I was exciting the boys: I was six years old.

Most people went to Mass and confession once a week. My grandmother went to mass every day. Confession was the strangest thing: how could an eight-year-old sin enough to confess every week? Most weeks I would sit there and make up sins that I had committed to make myself sound more interesting. And that way I had something to build on the following week.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
March 25th, 2010
12:25 PM ET

5 key things to remember about health care reform

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Sabriya Rice
CNN

What? Really? You don't understand the new health care reform legislation? You find yourself confused? If you haven't mastered the minutiae on all 2,309 pages of the health care reform bill signed earlier this week by President Obama, there's nothing wrong with you - even experts are having a hard time getting a grip on all the details.

So we've done the work for you. If you're going to take away just five things from the new legislation, here they are. If you manage to comprehend these five, give yourself an A+.

If you're adventurous and want to take a stab at reading the bill itself, here's the health care reform legislation. But, if like most people you find it incomprehensible, we've given you links to more easily digestible sources of information.

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Filed under: Health Care
March 25th, 2010
12:16 PM ET

Danger ahead for health care law?

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Fareed Zakaria | BIO
CNN Anchor, “Fareed Zakaria – GPS”

The health care law signed Tuesday by President Obama is designed to provide health insurance coverage for tens of millions of uninsured Americans but it carries a big risk, according to analyst Fareed Zakaria.

"Most Americans like the idea of expanding access and giving people universal coverage," Zakaria said in an interview with CNN.com.

"It seems like the right thing to do in a rich country. But everyone feels the health care system is broken, and expanding this health care system seems fraught with danger - the danger being that you will have an even more out-of-control system with costs that will just multiply."

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March 25th, 2010
11:31 AM ET

GOP succeeds in forcing another House vote on health care

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CNN

In a marathon session that lasted into the early morning hours Thursday, Senate Republicans found two violations of congressional rules in a proposed package of changes to the new health care law, forcing the package back to the House of Representatives for another vote. Democrats say they expect the House to approve the measure quickly.

The new legislative roadblock does not affect the underlying reform plan signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday.

The GOP - which has vowed to use every parliamentary tool available to undermine the recently enacted law - launched its attempt to amend or kill the package of changes in a Senate session that finally adjourned at 2:45 a.m. Thursday.

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Filed under: Democrats • Health Care • Republicans
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