March 23, 2010
Posted: 1722 GMT
We are kicking things off with Nic Robertson in London and the UK's decision to boot an Israeli diplomat out of the country. London is accusing Israel of forging British passports for operatives invovled in the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai last January.
This is all happening while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with American President Barack Obama in Washington to try to heal the diplomatic rift over the construction of Jewish housing in historically Arab East Jerusalem.
The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday reaffirmed that the Israeli-U.S. bond remains strong but that building housing on land (disputed or occupied depending on what side you're on) is not legitimate.
What will Mr. Obama tell the Israeli leader? The meeting is a closed door affair so no cameras will be allowed. Jill Dougherty will report on that story for us.
Speaking of President Obama, today is a day he signed the healthcare reform bill into law. But despite the political victory, Republicans are promising to continue the fight against a law they say is bad for America. We'll bring you that and why what happens next in the Senate is important.
Plus, for anyone who thinks the U.S. housing market will bounce back soon, they should think again: existing home sales in the United States have fallen for a third month in a row. The number may not be as bad as expected but it is an indicator of how little household wealth (perceived or real) has recovered since the start of the recession. If Americans don't feel like they have money, they won't spend money and the economy won't fully recover. We are live on Wall Street.
We will also take you live to Afghanistan. Our Phil Black traveled to Kandahar, widely regarded as the next chapter in the international focres' effort to secure and hold territory in the volatile South. After Marjah a few weeks ago, coalition commanders want to move in and quickly hand over authority of the Kandahar region to the local government.
Will it work? What do locals think of it all?
We'll have those stories and the rest of the day's top headlines, as always!
See you at the IDesk,
(Photo – Obama today signing healthcare reform bill into law at the White House – Getty Images)
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