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U.S. House Passes Historic Health Care Bill

A health care reform bill has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation would require most Americans to buy insurance for themselves if they are not covered by their employer. It would place new restrictions on insurance companies. A weak government plan that individuals could buy in would also be created, but it is estimated the government plan would be more expensive than private insurance, ABC News. Full list of components of the House plan, Worcester Telegram. The bill passed 220 to 215 with only 1 Republican voting for the bill and 39 Democrats voting against, New York Times. Eyes are now on the U.S. Senate where two competing health care bills must be merged before the entire Senate will vote on a health care bill. If that bill passes, it will then be merged with the House bill and voted on by both chambers before going to President Barack Obama for his approval. In the Senate, Senate majority leader Harry Reid must put together a bill that will receive the support of 60 Senators in order to hold off a filibuster by Republicans, NPR.

21,000 people protested the presence of  U.S. military bases in Okinawa, Japan. The U.S. has a deal to move the Futenma air base to a more remote part of the island but residents want to base off the island entirely. The U.S. is reorganizing its military presence in Japan and plans to move 8,000 military personnel to Guam. U.S. President Barack Obama will be visiting Japan later this week, BBC News.

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of the end of the Cold War. A good description of the events of November 9 and the history of the Berlin Wall, New York Times Upfront. Infographic of the physical security that made the Wall so difficult to cross, New York Times. Archive of coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall, New York Times. In October, a street performance company put on a production about the fall of the Berlin Wall using giant puppets, The Big Picture.

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Wedding Party Struck by Roadside Bomb in Afghanistan

At least 26 people, 21 members of a wedding party and 5 police, have died in two roadside bombings in the Helmand province in Afghanistan, Los Angeles Times.

Pakistan has issued a global alert for 13 people it believes are associated with the 2008 Mumbai hotel bombings, CNN.

Three people convicted of involvement in the 2003 Mumbai bombings have been sentenced to death by hanging, IBN. There are over 300 people on death row in India, IBN.

Striking workers at an auto factory in South Korea have ended their occupation of the factory. Union leaders and company representatives were able to come to an agreement about the structure of a plan for lay-offs at the factory. About 1,000 workers occupied the painting facility at Ssangyong Motor Co. for 77 days, Yonhap.

A U.S./Columbia plan to allow the U.S. access to Columbia military bases is meeting more resistance from neighbors in South America than was anticipated. Columbia’s president is touring the region to assure other world leaders that the U.S. presence will be minimal. The plan calls for the U.S. to take over 3 airfields, 2 army facilities, and 2 naval bases, BBC News.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is expected to be confirmed by the Senate today. Nine Republican senators have announced they will vote for her. With the votes of the Democratic majority, Sotomayor is expected to be easily confirmed, Voice of America. Watch the Senate debate starting at 10am EDT. The vote is scheduled at around 3pm EDT, CSPAN.

The first atomic bomb was detonated over Hiroshima, Japan 64 years ago today. 70,000 people died instantly. See the Big Picture for photographs of the before and after.

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