Obama To Sign Executive Order On Abortion; Israel OKs More Construction

Good morning.

We just reported on the breaking news that 1 million "baby slings" — trendy pouch-like carriers for infants — have been recalled because of concerns that small babies can suffocate in the fabric or fall out and be seriously injured. The carriers are manufactured by Infantino. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging parents with babies under 4-months-old to immediately stop using the slings, the AP says.

As for other stories making headlines this morning, they include:

— NPR News — Away From Cameras, Obama To Sign Executive Order Affirming Limit On Federal Funding Of Abortions: This afternoon in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign the executive order that helped win votes for his health care overhaul legislation from anti-abortion Democrats. As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, the White House says it "reaffirms the long-standing prohibition on federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape or incest or when the life of the mother is in danger":



From a related post by CNN's amFIX blog: "Unlike the signing of the health care bill into law Tuesday, which was conducted under the glare of media cameras, the event Wednesday will be closed to the news media."

Update at 2:50 p.m. ET: NPR's Scott Horsley reports that the White House says Obama signed the order at 2:34 p.m. ET.

Politico — "Deafening Silence" After Obama-Netanyahu Meeting: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "met with President Barack Obama Tuesday evening in two sessions, the first an unexpectedly-long 90 minutes, according to one source briefed on the meeting. But the meetings were shrouded in unusual secrecy, in part because U.S. officials, who just 10 days earlier called the surprise announcement of new housing in East Jerusalem an 'insult' and an 'affront,' made sure to reward Netanyahu with a series of small snubs: There were no photographs released from the meeting, and no briefing for the press."

Related story by the Associated Press — "Jerusalem Approves Contentious New Building Plan": "The Jerusalem municipality has approved 20 new apartments for Jews in east Jerusalem, the city said Wednesday, in a move that could stir a new diplomatic crisis with the United States just as Israel's leader is in Washington on a fence-mending visit. ... The new project — funded by Jewish American millionaire Irving Moskowitz, a longtime patron of Jewish settler groups — calls for tearing down part of an old hotel, the Shepherd, and building 20 apartments and a three-level underground parking lot instead. Word of the approval was leaked to an Israeli Web site minutes before Netanyahu met with Obama at the White House on Tuesday. ... Differences over east Jerusalem erupted into a crisis earlier this month when Israel announced during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden that it plans to build 1,600 new apartments for Jews in east Jerusalem."

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departs the White House following a meeting with President

Netanyahu as he left the White House last night.

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Morning Edition — "Clinton Addresses Anti-Drug Effort In Mexico": Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on a Tuesday visit to Mexico with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other U.S. officials, said America wants to expand the scope of its aid to Mexico in a bid to help it bring the violent drug wars in that nation under control. Morning Edition guest host Linda Wertheimer introduces this report from NPR's Michele Kelemen:



The Hill — "Top GOP Senator Thinks Health Fixes Will Pass": "Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) indicated Tuesday that he does not believe his party can stop the package of fixes to the health care overhaul from passing the Senate. The Arizona senator told CNN that he thinks in 'roughly a week' President Barack Obama will sign the reconciliation bill that makes corrections to the legislation he signed Tuesday morning."

Related report on Morning Edition — But Republicans Say They Will Keep Fighting: If Republicans can alter the "reconciliation bill," that could send it back to the House for another vote. They'll look to strip so-called sweeteners from the law: NPR's David Welna reports:



Also on Morning Edition — Republicans Say "It's Not Over": NPR's Don Gonyea reports on the GOP's plans to make the health care legislation a key issue in this November's elections.

The Wall Street Journal — "Sun Belt Loses Its Shine; Census Data Show Recession Has Altered Longtime Migration Pattern": "The recession has halted the dominant migration trend of recent decades, turning once-hot destinations such as Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla., into some of the country's losers."



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