The Morning Meeting: Health Care, Tornadoes, Earthquakes and More…

By Sadie Bass

Mar 11, 2010 11:08am

On the docket today…we’ve used the word “endgame” too many times, probably, when it comes to health care reform. “Final push,” too – which is a familiar White House phrase. But now the President and Democratic Party leaders say that’s where we are – “endgame,” “final push,” “homestretch”, call it what you will – as a final deal on health care legislation is worked out, and the vote-counters do their back-room business. That’s a big focus for us today.

So is the news about tornadoes (rough night in the southeast last night; rough season ahead, according to the forecasters), the news about our highways (safer than ever), the news about congressional earmarks (banned by the House for private contractors), and the news about the global economy (see the streets of Athens today for a clue).

Other news from beyond our shores: the earth shakes again (a magnitude 7.2) just as Chile inaugurates a new President; a special report from Diane Sawyer about the plight of Afghan women, and another from Jake Tapper about AIDS in Africa, U.S. government funding, and what some say is a promise not kept by the Obama Administration.

Finally – in the “what’s up with that?” department: whale meat sushi in Santa Monica; Kansas City shuts nearly half its schools; and a woman’s home is padlocked by a major bank, her possessions (parrot included) seized, and it’s all a mistake.

Stay tuned…

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