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March 26th, 2010
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LIVE Blog: House OKs 'fixes' for health care law

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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid autographs a copy of the health care legislation amendments after a news conference on March 25, 2010 in Washington, DC."]

Top stories:

House OKs 'fixes' for health care law

(CNN) - The House of Representatives passed a slightly altered health care "fixes" bill Thursday night, completing legislative action on President Obama's top domestic priority.

The so-called "fixes" bill, approved by a 220-207 vote, now goes to Obama to be signed into law. It makes changes in the broader health care reform measure that Obama enacted Tuesday.

Approval by both the House and Senate on Thursday concluded a tortuous legislative struggle for the health care reform legislation, which received no Republican support in any of the major votes in either chamber dating back to last year. FULL STORY

Gates eases ban on gays in the military

(CNN) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday that the Pentagon will start to ease its enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military.

Among other things, Gates said the Pentagon is raising the threshold for what constitutes an appropriate level of information necessary to launch a "credible inquiry" into allegations of homosexual behavior.

The change, which will take effect in 30 days and apply to all current cases, is a reflection of "common sense" and "common decency," Gates said. "These changes reflect some of the insights we have gained over 17 years of implementing the current law, including the need for consistency, oversight and clear standards." FULL STORY

Sound off: Join the conversation on today's top stories. What do you think about the health care reform legislation or easing the ban on gays in the military? Add your comments to the LIVE blog below and we'll read some of them on the show.

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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. American Morning

    Have a good weekend everyone! Thanks for joining the LIVE blog – we read a bunch of your comments on the show. We'll see you Monday!

    March 26, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  2. IrishIndian

    To those of You against gays and Lesbians serving openly because You are afraid that living in close quarters and showering, You are going to be paranoid or whatever that one is going to be hitting on You...GET OVER YOURSELVES!!! Guess what WE are NOT even remotely looking at or thinking about anything that You are so worried about... We work JUST AS HARD at OUR jobs as do You, and are as worn out in those close quarters that sleep is the ONLY thing We are "looking for..."
    Besides, as a Veteran, whose BF was killed in Iraq, allow Me to inform You, that even before "DADT" there were plenty Gay/Lesbian Military Members, guess what, We knew most of Who was or wasn't and did NOT care, nor did it bother morale or the job at hand... And IF One Airman, Soldier, Sailor, or Marine made sexual advances toward another, that is called sexual harassment, just like a str8 Male coming on to a Female, and totally against the UCMJ!!!
    Geeze, it is really unbelievable reading so much ignorance in such a small blog...

    March 26, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  3. Tom from Vermillion, Ohio

    @Melon, I just read all the comments under this blog. The most stupid and ignorant person is YOU. What's your point? What's in your soul? Your "holier than thou" attitude is precisely the reason why our country our is so angry. Your comments have no "substance" Anyone else agree with me?

    March 26, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  4. Rebekah Jensen

    Just one more comment about Sarah Palin's choice of graphics and then I'll move on. It's in the form of a question. When I talk about schools that "need to be targeted for improvement" or "aiming for change" at particular schools, should I use the image of her rifle scope to make my point?

    March 26, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  5. bob

    No Melon, you are the dumbest person on the planet. Why don't you just call your buddy, Rush, and leave the counrty with him, lol.

    March 26, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  6. Melon

    Why haven't any of you PRO health care "program" answered my simple question of... IF this is so good why are the politicians that voted for it EXEMPT from it?

    That in and by it's self should have been a warning sign to all.

    March 26, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  7. jeff

    The sun is shining, the sky has not fallen and we still are breathing this morning. The replubicans scare tactics didn't work during the presidential race and guys it won't work now. In november we will see what people really feel, enough with the polls "they mean nothing to me". You people that have diabetes,high blood pressure, hiv, over weight, pre-existing illnesses, are better today because president obama chose his heart instead of his pocket in decision making. We democrats won't retreat nor surrender our belief that all men and women deserve a better future.

    March 26, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  8. Pauly

    I remember Gov Romney stated at the time he was reforming health care in MA that their studies showed it was upper & middle class citizens showing up in ER's w/o insurance, not the poor!!!

    March 26, 2010 at 8:56 am |
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