February 2010 Headlines

Murky Waters: Charting the Future of the GOP

The Republican Party could very well be on the verge of a political comeback in 2010. But voters still aren't sold on the identity of the party.

White House Gives Ear to Secularist Group

The United States may be a country founded on religious freedoms, but today members of the Obama administration met with a group who'd rather America be free from religion.

Va. Lawmaker Clarifies Abortion Remarks

Del. Robert Marshall is disputing reports charging that he said disabled children were "God's punishment" to women for prior abortions.

High Stakes: Politics and the 2010 U.S. Census

The stakes are high, and that has some wondering if politics are at play.

Dems Strategize on Health Care Vote without GOP

The White House's top health care official is optimistic that Democrats will have the votes to pass a major health care overhaul.

NY Governor Ends Re-Election Campaign

New York Gov. David Paterson is dropping his re-election bid just days after the Paterson formally announced his campaign.

House Extends Key Provisions of Patriot Act

The House passed a one-year extension of the key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the nation's counterterrorism surveillance law, Thursday evening.

Did Healthcare Summit Make an Impact?

President Barack Obama's bipartisan health care summit is over, but some are not sure if it made any difference.

House Ethics Panel Rebukes Rangel over Gifts

A report released Thursday says the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee broke the rules when he took corporate money to pay for trips to the Caribbean.

Napolitano Calls Fort Hood Shooting 'Terrorism'

For the first time, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has publicly used the word "terrorism" to describe last year's attack at Fort Hood Army Base.

Approval Ratings for Congress Continue to Slide

A new Rasmussen Poll finds that 71 percent of voters now say that Washington lawmakers are doing a poor job.

Lots of Talk, Few Results at Health Care Summit

Six hours of talks at the president's bipartisan health care summit included television cameras, talking points, a lot of disagreements, and few results.

Tony Perkins 'Disinvited' to National Prayer Luncheon

Andrews Air Force Base chaplain's office rescinded their prayer luncheon invitation to Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

Mild Expectations for WH Health Care Summit

Republicans and Democrats can agree on one thing about Thursday's White House health care summit-- don't expect any big breakthroughs.

Senate Approves Bipartisan Jobs Bill

The Senate has approved a $35 billion bill aimed at lowering the growing unemployment in the U.S.

Tort Reform a Key Issue in Health Care Debate

President Obama will meet Thursday with Congress to discuss health care to find common ground and that's renewed the debate over medical lawsuits.

Army Chief Concerned About Lifting Gay Ban

Army Chief of Staff General George Casey says he is concerned about attempts to repeal the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

Facing Pressure, Fed Chief to Address Lawmakers

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will face tough questioning on Capitol Hill Wednesday on the economy and jobs.

Obama's New HC Plan Keeps Abortion Funding

President Barack Obama released his new healthcare proposal on Monday, which does not include the House bill's restrictions on taxpayer funding for abortion.

Tests Show 'Mild Heart Attack' for Dick Cheney

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was hospitalized Monday after experiencing chest pains, while former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is recouperating from pneumonia.

'Obamacare 2.0' to Limit Insurance Rate Hikes

The president is unveiling his own health care program on Monday since Congress has failed to pass a measure after months of debate and backroom deals.

Former VP Cheney Hospitalized, Resting Comfortably

An aide to Dick Cheney says the former vice president is in George Washington Hospital after experiencing chest pains.

The Brody File Weekly Show

On this week's edition of The Brody File-- Can Democrats keep control of the House of Representatives in 2010?

Bob Dole Hospitalized, Undergoing Therapy

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after a bout with pneumonia.

Rep. Ron Paul Surprise Winner of CPAC Straw Poll

Republicans wrapped up the Conservative Political Action Conference this weekend with a straw poll, even as they took aim at the Obama administration and its policies.

Tea Party: Obama Admin. Violating 10th Amendment

Some attendees at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference were saying it's time for the states to take power back from the federal government.

CPAC Event Start of 2012 Presidential Race?

The Conservative Political Action Conference is underway in Washington, D.C., but some of the big speeches at the event are sounding more like a start to the 2012 presidential race.

Sen. McConnell: Republicans May Support Jobs Bill

The top Republican in the Senate said Sunday that GOP lawmakers "may well" vote for a jobs bill this week.

Health Care Drama Headed to CSPAN

Coming soon to daytime television: America's long-running civic drama over how to provide better health care to more of its people without breaking the bank.

Alexander Haig, Former Secretary of State, Dies

Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, who served Republican presidents and ran for the office himself, has died.

Teenage Author 'Defines Conservatism'

One young author is advocating personal responsibility and limited government.

Global Warming Agency a Political Tool?

President Obama's plan to create a new agency that studies and reports on global warming have some saying it is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Obama Keeps All Dem HC Option on Table

Democratic leaders are tweaking the Senate health care bill that passed last year to make it more palatable to the House of Representatives.

'New Guard' Conservatives Pack CPAC Event

The annual event, which kicked off Feb. 18, gives conservatives a chance to come together and discuss ideas on how to win future elections.

HHS Warns of Double-Digit Spike in Health Premiums

Eye-popping health insurance premium increases of up to 39 percent are not an exception but a worrisome sign of the times, the Obama administration said in a report Thursday.

Obama Proposes New Climate Agency

President Barack Obama announced plans this week to create a new agency that studies and reports on global warming.

Democrats: Tough to Replace Bayh on Ballot

Indiana Democrats face the daunting task of finding a candidate for the November ballot to replace Sen. Evan Bayh.

Obama Hails Stimulus Plan a 'Big Success'

One year after passing a massive economic stimulus plan, President Barack Obama credited the move for staving off another Great Depression.

Fmr Rep. Challenges McCain for Ariz. Senate Seat

Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz.,would like to become one of the most conservative senators by beating the moderate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Most Voters Say HC Reforms Should be Scrapped

A new Zogby poll shows most Americans want Congress to scrap its comprehensive health care reform bills and start over.

Poll Shows Americans Angry at Incumbents

A new CNN poll shows Americans are angry with their elected leaders in Washington.

Obama Nominates Ambassador to Syria

Career diplomat Robert Ford will become the first U.S. ambassador to Syria since 2005.

New Clip Shows JFK's 1963 Dallas Arrival

New color video footage showing President John F. Kennedy's arrival in Dallas the day he was assassinated.

Ken Starr Named President of Baylor University

Starr is best known as the man who investigated former President Bill Clinton's Whitewater land deal and the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

What Democratic Exodus Means for 2010 Elections

Sen. Evan Bayh's exit could mean the U.S. Senate is in for a big change this fall.

N.J. Sen. Lautenberg Hospitalized After Fall

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., has been hospitalized after falling at his Cliffside Park home Monday night.

Jenny Sanford 'Staying True' Despite Betrayal

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's public disclosure of an affair changed his wife Jenny Sanford's life forever. However, she's made it clear it hasn't changed her.

New Poll Shows Palin Losing Support

A new poll suggests former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is losing credibility among voters.

Biden, Cheney Square Off on Terror Policy

Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Dick Cheney bickered on two Sunday talk shows, mainly over the war on terror.

Indiana's Evan Bayh Says Bye to Congress

The senator who was on Barack Obama's list of vice presidential prospects in 2008, is ready to announce he won't seek another term, saying he's fed up with Congress.

The Brody File Weekly Show

This week's show takes you to the Aloha State where the Republican National Committee Meetings are being held. 

The Brody File Weekly Show

This week on The Brody File watch our exclusive interview with Joshua Dubois, the White House Faith Director.

New Uncertainty Surrounds Sept. 11 Trial

The Obama administration appears increasingly unsure what to do with professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Top Democrat Says His Party Will Not Lose the House

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tells The Brody File this will not be "1994 all over again."

Kennedy Won't Seek Re-Election in RI

Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election after eight terms in Congress.

Bipartisan 'Jobs' Bill Short on Making Jobs

There seems to be a big problem with the bipartisan jobs bill coming out of the U.S. Senate. It won't create many jobs.

Rep. Mike Pence: 'It All Begins with Faith'

In an exclusive interview with CBN News, Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., talks about his approach to life, family and work.

Obama Signals Compromise on HC Bill

The president is pushing Republicans to join him for a televised healthcare summit scheduled to take place on Feb. 25.

Poll: GOP Gaining Political Ground on Obama

In the public's eye, Republicans are gaining ground who they think can best handle the country's problems.

Support for Obama Waning on Wall Street

Although New York's financial district has long been a source of campaign cash for Democrats, Wall Street is giving more to Republicans these days.

Obama Holds Bipartisan Meeting on Capitol Hill

President Obama met with Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday in an effort to find common ground.

Obama Calls on Senate to Stop Blocking Nominees

President Barack Obama asked Senate Republicans Tuesday to stop blocking the confirmation his nominees with objections unrelated to their qualifications.

Geithner: U.S. Won't Lose Credit Rating

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the U.S. will not lose its top-notch credit rating despite a massive federal debt that now tops $14 trillion and huge trillion dollar deficits.

Gates Wants Iran Sanctions in 'Weeks, Not Months'

A Pentagon spokesman told reporters Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes "time is of the essence" to stop Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania Dead at 77

Rep. John Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat best known for speaking out for veterans and against the Iraq war, died Monday. He was 77.

Obama Defends NY Terror Trial Decision

Despite growing opposition, the Sept. 11 terror trials may still be held in New York near Ground Zero.

Tea Party Seeks Momentum for Nov. Elections

In the latest sign of growing political rebellion, Tea Party activists held their first convention this weekend. They're hoping to building momentum for the November elections.

Palin: Tea Party 'Brewing' Revolution

Former governor of Alaska and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin said the tea party movement is part of a conservative revolution "brewing" in America.

House Faces Vote on More Debt, $1.9 Trillion

The House of Representatives faces a politically tough vote on a measure that would raise the national debt ceiling by $1.9 trillion.

Debate Continues Over President's Faith Council

Friday marked the one year anniversary of President Obama's Faith Advisory Council, but a growing number of critics say the group is just for show.

Despite Falling Unemployment, Jobs Still Top Concern

From economists to investors to workers, everyone agrees the big need for the U.S. is jobs. Many hope the White House and Congress take that message seriously.

Mass. Certifies GOP's Brown as Kennedy Successor

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has certified the results of Scott Brown's upset Senate election win.

Obama's Prayer for Washington: 'Civility'

President Obama headlined the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, but parts of his message did not sit well with some of those who came to pray.

Justice Thomas Defends Campaign Finance Decision

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is defending the High Court's recent ruling striking down part of the campaign finance law.

Clinton: No Prisoner Swap with Iran

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ruled out a prisoner swap for three U.S. citizens being held by Iran.

Scott Brown Demands to be Sworn in Immediately

The demand reversed Brown's earlier declaration that he did not want to be sworn in until Feb. 11.

Dems Hope to Revive Healthcare Bill

Congressional Democratic leaders say they are trying to find a way to revive the health care reform bill.

Sparks Fly Over 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Sparks flew on Capitol Hill Tuesday as the nation's top military officer called on Congress to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Federal Payroll to Reach 2.15M in 2010

The Obama administration says the government will grow to 2.15 million employees this year, making it the largest workforce in history.

Senate to Review 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee will take up the politically charged topic of gays in the military Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers Join Against 9/11 Terror Trials

A bipartisan group of lawmakers want to deny funding for terror trials in civilian courts.

Dick Armey to GOP: Stick to Fiscal Principals or Else

Former Rep. Dick Armey warned Republicans to stick to their conservative fiscal principles or risk a revolt from tea party activists.

Obama Budget: Record Spending, Record Deficit

Whether or not Congress approves the new White House budget one thing is certain -- the government will continue to operate in the red for years.

Obama's $3.8 Trillion Budget Heads to Congress

The proposed budget is likely to give more ammunition to those who say the government is just spending too much money.