Wednesday March 20, 2013 Happening Now - Happy 1st Day of Spring

President Obama just landed in Tel Aviv for the first day of a three day trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. There will be an arrival ceremony at the airport and then meetings with Israeli leaders. We should expect to take some events live or new video during our hours. The President will also head to Jordan and the West Bank during his trip.

1010EDT -- POTUS participates in a tree planting ceremony with Pres Peres. HOST TV LIVE / POOL TAPE

1015EDT -- POTUS and his delegation participate in a photo with Pres Peres and his delegation. POOL TAPE

1025EDT -- POTUS joins Pres Peres for a bilateral meeting. HOST TV LIVE / POOL TAPE

1105EDT -- POTUS & Pres Peres make statements to the press. HOST TV LIVE / POOL TAPE

1125EDT -- Motorcade departs the Residence of Pres Peres en route Residence of PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

1130EDT -- Motorcade arrives at the Residence of PM Netanyahu, POTUS signs guest book. OFFICIAL PHOTO ONLY

1145EDT -- POTUS & PM Netanyahu hold restricted bilateral mtg at the PM's Residence. Jerusalem. CLOSED

Israel today says it does believe chemical weapons have been used though not by which side in the deteriorating civil war.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the crisis in Syria today at 9:45. James Rosen is covering.

Today is the 10 year anniversary of the start of "Shock and Awe," and the war in Iraq. We'll talk with some of the people who were involved or who covered the war today.

The House is expected to vote on several budget plans today. Senate expected to vote on the CR. Mike Emanuel reporting.

Senator Harry Reid has pulled the assault weapons ban part of a Senate bill to put a stop to gun violence.. He says there is just not enough support. The water-downed bill is making author Senator Diane Feinstein unhappy.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is signing new restrictions on firearms into law today. The bills require background checks and ban some high-capacity ammunition.

There's been a major cyber attack on South Korea. Two major banks and three television stations were attacked shutting down computer systems for hours. Some suspect a North Korea attack.

Afghanistan and the U.S. have come to an agreement about withdrawing U.S. forces from a contested Eastern province called Wardak.

An eighth Marine has died after that horrible explosion accident at a training camp in Hawthorne, Nevada. Investigators trying to figure out what caused a 60mm mortar shell to explode while being loaded.

Forecasters calling for as much as 16 inches of snow in parts of the Northeast today... on this first day of Spring.

Clint Henderson is the Executive Producer for “Happening Now” and an avid traveler. Follow his adventures on Twitter, ClintPHenderson, and Instagram, clintpage1.