Several updates from here — as of 2:38 in the afternoon:
The stimulus bill — now weighing in at an official $787 billion — passes the House of Representatives. The final margin is 246-183. Seven Democrats vote "no"; not a single Republican votes "yes". We anticipate a Senate vote shortly after our east-coast broadcast tonight — at roughly 7:00 tonight.
The black boxes from Flight 3407 have been found — and we’ve learned that several well-known people were among the victims. Human Rights Watch senior advisor Alison Des Forges, who championed the rights of the Rwandan people; publishing Senior VP Jean Srnecz; and two members of jazz musician Chuck Mangione’s band — Gerry Niewood and Coleman Mellett.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is out of the hospital, a week after surgery for pancreatic cancer. The good news for Justice Ginsburg is that the tumor was at an early stage and the cancer had not spread to her lymph nodes.
And we have quite a discussion going here about who ought to be our Person of the Week. More to come…