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December 2009 Headlines

HC Debate: What Happens from Here

Congressional aides are already making preparations for next month's negotiations between Senate and House leaders to craft a final bill.

Obama and Gitmo: Should the Camp be Closed?

Some lawmakers are using the Christmas day terror plot to urge President Obama to reconsider closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

NW Plot Has GOP Questioning Obama's Leadership

The results of a White House investigation on last week's failed airliner attack come as Republicans are criticizing the president's handling of the plot.

State AGs Threaten Suit over Health Care Deal

AGs in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska's political deal from the health care reform bill or face legal action.

Northwest Airlines Plot Sparks Profiling Debate

Christmas Eve's foiled Northwest Airlines terror plot has led to a resurgence of the debate on security profiling.

Poll: HC Vote Could Hurt Nelson in 2012

A new poll indicates Sen. Ben Nelson's, D-Neb., decision to vote for the Senate's healthcare overhaul is hurting him badly with Nebraska voters.

Airline Plot Raises Questions about U.S. Security

Last week's failed plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines jetliner is raising serious questions about flaws in America's post 9/11 security procedures.

GOP Lawmakers Want Military Trial for NW Suspect

House Republicans are calling for the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight to be tried in a military tribunal.

House Dems Relax Stance on HC Public Option

Some top House Democrats are now saying they would support a healthcare bill that does not include a government insurance plan.

Obamas Salute Troops in their Christmas Message

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama offered Christmas wishes to the nation on Thursday.

Senate Passes Historic Health Care Bill

The Senate has passed President Obama's landmark health care overhaul in a climactic Christmas Eve vote, extending medical insurance to 30 million Americans.

Dems Tout HC Victory as GOP Eyes 2010 Election

As Senate Democrats celebrate victory on health care, Republicans are planning their strategy for winning big in next year's midterm elections.

Obamas to Celebrate Christmas in Hawaii

The First Family is trading snow for sand this Christmas.

GOP to Probe Constitutionality of HC Deals

The Senate's current healthcare plan could face some legal challenges as several top GOP are probing the constitutionality of what they're calling "The Nebraska Compromise."

Obama Talks About Jesus, Christmas

President Barack Obama visited the Boys and Girls Club in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to deliver a message of why we celebrate Christmas.

Major Health Care Vote Looms on Capitol Hill

Senate Democrats have scheduled the second of the procedural three votes Tuesday on healthcare reform.

House Democrat Defects to GOP over Health Care

Alabama Congressman Parker Griffith announced Tuesday he is leaving the Democratic Party to become a Republican.

Did Henry Brown Save Christmas?

Rep. Henry Brown, R-S.C., fears all the "Happy Holiday" messages Americans are hearing threaten to suffocate the reason for the season.

Will Dems Get Their Health Care Christmas Wish?

Senate Democrats won a crucial test vote on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, putting them on track for passage before Christmas.

Mullen: Iran Running Out Clock on U.S.

Adm. Mike Mullen is worried about 'the clock now running' on the Obama administration's efforts with Iran.

GOP Vows Fight as Key HC Vote Nears

Outnumbered Republicans are pledging to delay passage of historic health care legislation after Democrats locked in Sen. Ben Nelson as the 60th and decisive vote.

It's Now Democrat vs. Democrat on Health Care

President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul health care has found the subject of abortion to be the latest major snag to tie up the measure in the U.S. Senate.

Senate to Vote on Earmark-Filled Defense Bill

The U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on the defense spending bill. However, the bill is full of billions of dollars for programs that the Pentagon does not want.

Adm. Mullen: Hacked Drones Caused No Damage

Insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan have intercepted live video feeds from Predator drones.

Webcast Targets Health Care Bill

Christian leaders and conservative politicians hosted a webcast Wednesday evening to fight the health care bill.

House Passes Defense Spending Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a defense spending bill on Wednesday that includes $128 billion to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

House Pushes Through Second Stimulus Plan

President Obama's Democratic allies in the U.S. House of Representatives have pushed through a second stimulus plan.

Health Care Bill on Life Support in Senate

The clock is running out for Senate Democrats who have pledged to pass a health care reform bill before heading home for the holidays.

U.S.: More Drones over Afghanistan

The U.S. military is adding more drones and expanding its video surveillance in the skies over Afghanistan.

Leaders Host Webcast to Battle HC Bill

Christian leaders and conservative politicians hosted a webcast Wednesday evening to fight the health care bill.

House Passes Defense Bill, Rushes Toward Recess

Approving the defense bill was one of several major must-do tasks the House must address before its planned adjournment for the year at the end of the day.

Dems Struggle for Votes to Pass Health Care Reform

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is still scrambling to secure the 60 votes likely needed to pass health care reform.

HC Bill Resting on Lieberman's Shoulders?

Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman said Tuesday he will not vote for their plan, unless the public option and Medicare expansion are stripped out.

Health Care Overhaul Faces Major Roadblocks

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., says he will join oppose the health care bill if it allows uninsured people starting at the age of 55 to buy in to Medicare.

Obama to 'Fat Cat' Bankers: Start Lending Now

President Obama summoned top bank executives to pressure them on offering more lending to small businesses and to help millions of homeowners avoid foreclosure by modifying their mortgages.

Black Caucus Turns Up the Heat on Obama

The Congressional Black Caucus is growing impatient with President Obama over what they say is a growing lack of targeted government assistance.

Obama Pushes 'Fat Cat' Bankers to Lend More

President Barack Obama is meeting with the top officials of some of the nation's biggest banks on Monday about failing to lend more money to small businesses.

Judge Rebukes Congress, Upholds ACORN Funding

A judge has ruled that Congress can not cut funding to the controversial community activist group ACORN.

Senate Sends $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill to Obama

The Senate on Sunday passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill with increased budgets for vast areas of the federal government including health, education, law enforcement and veterans' programs.

House Passes New Financial Regulations

The legislation is designed to address the shortfalls that led to last year's calamitous financial meltdown.

Loophole in HC Bill Sparks 'Death Panel' Debate

A loophole in the Senate's health care bill is adding new life to the debate over death panels.

Gov. Mark Sanford's Wife Files for Divorce

South Carolina's first lady announced Friday she will file for divorce from Gov. Mark Sanford, nearly six months after he publicly admitted having an affair.

Republicans: Why Hold Terror Trials in U.S.?

Republican lawmakers are calling into question plans to try terror suspects in the U.S.

U.S. Marines Train Farmers to be Police

Building a capable police force is one of the keys to President Barack Obama's new Afghan strategy.

House Approves $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Democrats are muscling through a deficit-swelling $1.1 trillion spending bill.

Defense Sec'y to U.S. Troops: Iraq Mission Critical

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told American troops in this oil-rich northern city that their mission in Iraq remains critical.

Obama's Second Bailout Plan Draws Ire

President Barack Obama accused Republicans of "stoking fear" against the administration's economic recovery plan.

Bachmann: Strength from Faith, American Values

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is seen as a lightning rod within the GOP.  She's fueled by the belief that the federal government needs real reform. 

Obama's Job Creation Plan a Second Stimulus?

The president says he has a plan to put Americans back to work. But could his plan could come too, little too late?

Senate Debate Not Over on Abortion Amendment

Despite the Senate having defeated efforts to keep tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions in the health care legislation, the debate may not be over yet.

Lawmakers Slam Office Overseeing Afghan Rebuilding

The U.S. office overseeing Afghanistan's rebuilding lacks leadership and focus, three senators told President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Reid Under Fire for Slavery Comparison

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is under fire for comparing opponents of health care reform to supporters of slavery.

Senate Rejects Abortion Funding Amendment

The Senate rejected an amendment, Tuesday, that would have tightened rules on the use of federal funding for abortions.

Senate Considers New Version of 'Public Option'

The U.S. Senate is considering a new version of the public option in an attempt to pass its version of the health care bill.

Gov't Says Greenhouse Gases Dangerous

This clears the way for the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide, which is produced by cars, power plants and factories

Senate Confronts Abortion in HC Debate

As President Obama leans on Senate Democrats to pass healthcare reform, Republicans are still fighting the bill saying the public wants no part of the legislation.

President Obama Meets with Turkish Prime Minister

President Obama met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House on Monday.


Nip/Tuck: Scalpels Drawn Over 'Bo-Tax'

Get ready for a tax on any nip and tuck. The U.S. Senate is considering a tax on cosmetic surgery.

Promises, Promises: Closed Meeting on 'Openness'

The government is holding a workshop on openness for federal employees Monday. There's just one catch - it's closed to the public.

Administration to Slash Bailout Cost Estimate

The Obama administration will lose $200 billion less than expected from the federal bailout program and is looking at using part of the savings to fund new job creation efforts.

U.S. Says Bin Laden Sometimes Slips into Afghanistan

Osama bin Laden may be slipping back and forth from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

Obama Heads to Hill to Push Health Care

President Barack Obama is paying a rare visit to Capitol Hill to push his health care plan.

Gates: Two to Four Years in Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Americans should expect a significant U.S. military presence in Afghanistan for two years to four more years.

Election Board Certifies Atlanta Mayor Vote

A Georgia elections board has certified the vote making former state Sen. Kasim Reed Atlanta's mayor-elect.

Senate Takes Aim at Insurance Executive Pay

Democratic senators are taking aim at insurance industry executive pay as they jockey for advantage in a rare weekend session to debate President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Aide: Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for US Attorney

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus was romantically involved with his current girlfriend when he recommended her for U.S. attorney, a spokesman said.

Obama on Jobless Rate: Trends Don't Pay Rent

Analysts have reasons to hope companies will start hiring again soon as a new government report showed the jobless rate fell to 10 percent.

House Votes to Extend Inheritance Tax

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to permanently extend an inheritance tax on estates larger than $3.5 million, also known as the "the death tax."

Keys Issues at Center of HC Bill Disagreements

Thursday Senate Democrats rejected an effort by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on a vote of 58-42 to remove Medicare cuts from healthcare legislation.

Clinton Arrives for NATO Talks

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived at NATO headquarters on Friday.

President's Job Summit: Will It Help Create Jobs?

With health care having garnered most of the attention on Capitol Hill lately, President Barack Obama is putting the U.S. economy back into the spotlight.

Senate Sees First Successful Health Care Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has scheduled key votes Thursday on elements of the healthcare overhaul.


Loud Commercials Force Annoyed Lawmaker to Action

Anyone who watches TV knows that commercials can sometimes sound much louder than television programs, but one congresswoman hopes to stop that.

Matthews: West Point 'Enemy Camp' for Obama

After the president unveiled his Afghan war strategy at West Point Military Academy, NBC's Chris Matthews dubbed the military academy "the enemy camp."

Dems on Afghan Plan: Not Change We Can Believe In

As top administration officials testify this week on the president's call for 30,000 new troops, the Democratic-controlled Congress is not thrilled with plan.

Senate Debate Continues Over Health Care Bill

Senate Democrats and Republicans are digging in for a partisan fight over healthcare reform.

Atlanta Mayor's Race May Head for Recount

The race for Atlanta mayor appeared headed for a recount early Wednesday, with the two candidates separated by only 620 votes.

Obama Calls on Allies for Help in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama warned that the threat in Afghanistan is real and requires increased action by the U.S. and its allies.

DC Council Advances Gay Marriage Measure

Washington D.C. is one step closer to legalizing same sex marriage after the City Council gave tentative approval to the measure Tuesday.

SC Gov's Impeachment Hearings Resume

South Carolina legislators are discussing whether Gov. Mark Sanford should be impeached.

Obama Faces Tough Sell Job on Afghan Policy

Having finally settled on a strategy for fighting the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama now has to sell the plan to the American public.

Long, Bitter Debate Ahead for Healthcare Bill

The U.S. Senate began a heated debate Monday on its version of health care reform.

White House Reaffirms Pledge on World Aids Day

A red ribbon has hung outside the White House since Saturday to signify America's commitment fighting the illness.