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Today: Monday 22nd March

Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reforms have finally been approved by Congress. The Conservatives are putting pressure on the government over claims that former ministers offered their influence for sale. And Sir Hugh Orde of the Association of Chief Police Officers has called for a review of UK policing.

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The Conservatives are demanding answers in parliament about claims that the former Transport Secretary Stephen Byers had secured secret deals with ministers on behalf of businesses he was representing. One of the founders of the Alliance for Lobby Transparency, Professor David Miller of Strathclyde University, argues the case for the statutory regulation of lobbyists.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

How binding should a pre-nuptial agreement be when a divorce takes places and the couple's assets are divided up? The BBC's legal affairs analyst Clive Coleman outlines how pre-nups make more work for lawyers, but can ensure much more financial security for people, especially those entering second marriages.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the US this week. His visit follows the row between the US and Israeli governments over plans to build new settler homes in east Jerusalem. Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat discusses the building of homes for Israeli Jews in the city.

Barack Obama's healthcare bill has finally passed its Congressional hurdles. North America Editor Mark Mardell reports from Congress where he heard the final thrust of the arguments as the vote was taken.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Sir Hugh Orde, the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, is calling for a fundamental review of the way England and Wales are policed. The last such review was in the early 1960s. Sir Hugh explains why he feels so strongly that the nation needs one now.

The paper review.

Katori Hall's The Mountaintop was the surprise winner of best new play when this year's Laurence Olivier awards were handed out last night. Arts editor Will Gompertz reflects on the inspiration behind the play. 0748
Thought for the day with John Bell of the Iona Community.

A survey from the Association of Colleges shows that some Further Education colleges in the UK face a loss of a quarter of their adult learning budgets this September. Further Education Minister Kevin Brennan and General Secretary of the University and College Union Sally Hunt discuss how many courses in vocational skills could be at risk of closure.

The US House of Representative has voted in favour of President Obama's healthcare bill. One of the US's leading pollsters, Frank Luntz, Californian Republican chairman Ron Neuring and Bill Barnard, chairman of Democrats Abroad UK analyse the future of Obama's plan.

The Conservatives are demanding answers in parliament about claims that the former Transport Secretary Stephen Byers had secured secret deals with ministers on behalf of businesses he was representing. Shadow Commons Leader Sir George Young, Education Minister Kevin Brennan and the BBC's Nick Robinson examine the fall-out from the lobbying claims.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Earlier in the programme Sir Hugh Orde of the Association of Chief Police Officers called for a review of UK policing. Justin Webb visits Surrey where the police are popular but also where the public and the Chief Constable. do not really see eye-to-eye on what the police should be doing

Business news with Adam Shaw.

One of the UK's leading composers has taken on an epic commission to bring together music from the world's major religions. Jonathan Harvey is working with the internationally renowned Swiss theologian Hans Kung who has written an oratorio for the composer based on a life's work dedicated to international peace. Correspondent Nicola Stanbridge met them and asked what they hoped to achieve.

Air pollution on UK streets is contributing to tens of thousands of early deaths each year and the government is not doing enough to tackle the problem, according to a report published today by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). The EAC's chair, Tim Yeo, outlines his view that, although air pollution probably causes more deaths than passive smoking, traffic accidents or obesity, it receives very little attention from the government or the media.

Kick-Ass, a new film opening this week, presents a very modern take on superheroes. Director, producer and writer of Kick-Ass Matthew Vaughan explains his modern take on a much-loved genre.

Historian Niall Ferguson is calling for campaign to deal with decline of history teaching in schools. Headmaster of Rugby School Patrick Derham and Oxford fellow Anna-Marie Misra discuss the best way to teach history.



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