January 2009 Headlines

Steele to Republicans: 'Get Ready Baby!'

Newly-elected Republican National Committee chairman, Michael Steele, told those against the GOP to "get ready to get knocked over" as the party goes full speed ahead in a new direction.

Obama Touts Biden-Led Task Force

To help fight the recession's effect on some of those hit hardest, President Obama announced Thursday that he is forming a task force to concentrate on the problems of the middle class.

Senate Set to Expand Child Healthcare

CBNNews.com  - Democrats in Congress are making progress with their plans to increase government-funded health care.

Pentecostal Tapped to Head Faith Office

President Barack Obama has chosen a Pentecostal pastor to head the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, according to The New York Times. Obama has not yet made an official announcement.

Obama Signs Law for Women's Equal Pay

CBNNews.com -  With a stroke of his pen, Thursday, President Obama made it easier for women to fight for equal pay for equal work.

Obama Seeks GOP Help on Recovery Bill

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's economic stimulus bill is headed to the Senate today. The measure passed the House, but without a single Republican vote.

Obama Argues for Stimulus Plan Passage

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama faces his first big test in Congress today -- the House's approval of his $825 billion stimulus package.

Reports: Obama to Scratch Abortion Funds

An attempt to use funds in President Obama's economic stimulus bill for family planning services will likely be dropped by Democrats, officials said late Monday.

GOP Support Expected after Obama Meetings

WASHINGTON - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said he expects GOP leaders to rally behind President Obama's plan for the economy after their meetings with him, Tuesday.

Obama's Economic Plan to Fund Abortions?

President Obama is calling for swift action on the multi-billion dollar economic stimulus package, but should that plan involve reducing the number of babies born in our country?

Feingold Wants the People's Senate Choice

One U.S. Senator wants Senate vacancies to be filled by the people of the respective state and not by the governor.

Republicans Concerned about Stimulus Plan

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said the nation can't afford "distractions" or "delays" when it comes to his economic stimulus plan now in front of both houses of Congress.

Next Bailout Sees Big Expectations

Consumer spending is a key part of what made the economy strong.

Patriotic Grace: How Dems, GOP Can Unify

The Democrats now control the presidency and the Congress, leaving many Republicans wondering what's next for their party.

Equal Pay May Be One Vote Away

WASHINGTON - An Alabama woman who has spent a decade fighting for fair pay standards for women is praying 2009 is the year that will put an end to pay discrimination.

Obama Reverses Abortion 'Gag Rule'

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday ending any restrictions on federally funding international groups that promote or perform abortions.

Report: Ex-Gitmo Detainee Joins Al Qaeda

The Obama administration's decision to close Guantanamo Bay prison is coming under new scrutiny.

Obama Implores Congress to Back Stimulus

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama met with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders Friday in an effort to garner bipartisan support for an $825 billion stimulus package.

Abortion Bill Rallies Pro-Life Movement

Thursday's annual March of Life in Washington is drumming up heated debate about the potential passage of a bill meant to protect a woman's right to choose to have an abortion.

Obama Signs Order to Close Guantanamo

In only his second full day in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama on Thursday began redefining the way the U.S. treats and prosecutes its terror detainees.

Kennedy Drops Bid for 'Personal Reasons'

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - Caroline Kennedy is not opening up about her decision to drop her bid for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. But there are reports it had nothing to do with her uncle Ted Kennedy's health.

Obama's First Day Starts with Prayer Service

Following presidential tradition that dates back more than 200 years, President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama attended a national prayer service Wednesday at Washington's National Cathedral.

Party's Over. Down to Business for Obama

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has no time to waste as he begins his presidency.

Obama Could Close Gitmo within One Year

Keeping his campaign promise, President Barack Obama and his new administration are making plans to shut down the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Obamas, Bidens Party till Wednesday

After a day of ceremony, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, two-stepped their way into Wednesday, dashing in and out of 10 inaugural balls scheduled until after 2 a.m.

'Obamanomics' Yields Big Bucks

From breath mints to T-shirts, to coffee and pasta, President Barack Obama's likeness is on everything.

Kennedy to Remain in Hospital After Seizure

Sen. Edward Kennedy was awake and talking with friends, Tuesday afternoon, but will remain in the hospital overnight for observation, officials said.

Warren Ends Inaugural Prayer with 'Jesus'

Pastor Rick Warren delivered the inaugural invocation at the swearing in of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th President, acknowledging the event as a "hinge point" in history.

More Than 1 Million Crowd National Mall

WASHINGTON  -- More than 1 million people crammed onto the National Mall and along the Pennsylvania Avenue inauguration parade route Tuesday to witness the swearing-in of the nation's first black president.

President Obama: 'We Have Chosen Hope'

In the midst of enormous challenges facing the country, Barack Hussein Obama took the reins of power as the nation's first black president, today, calling on Americans to "dust themselves off" and begin a "new era of responsibility."

Twas the Day after Inauguration…

WASHINGTON - It started with promise, ended in jubilation and now, the hard part- welcome to the new reality show called White House: The Obama Years.

Obama Team Proposes Government Bank

The Obama transition team is considering setting up a government run bank.

Obama Calls Americans to Day of Service

On the eve of his inauguration as the nation's first black President, Barack Obama spent the day in service, honoring the very man who helped pave the way for such a historical event.

Kenyan Choir to Perform at Inauguration

Twenty-four of Kenya's best choir boys left the capital of Nairobi on Saturday on a trip to Washington, D.C.  They will perform traditional Kenyan songs for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.

Prayer Leader's Group Linked to Hamas

The leader of a controversial Muslim group has been selected to offer a prayer at one post-inaugural event this week.

Can Washington D.C. Ever Be Fixed?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Any elementary student can tell you that Washington is the seat of power in American politics.  It is the city where lawmakers and statesmen set out to do the people's work.

Gay Bishop to Pray at First Inaugural Event

The first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church will give the opening prayer at Sunday's kickoff inaugural event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, according to the Obama inaugural committee.

Bush Bids Nation Farewell in Final Address

In his farewell address to the nation Thursday night, President Bush harkened back to the days following the Sept. 11 attacks, declaring once again that this country will "never tire, never falter, and never fail."

Rice Defends American Dream in Farewell

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice proudly talked about the progress the nation has made over the past eight years as she bid farewell to her colleagues at the State Department, Friday.

Obama Changes Position on Gay Marriage

CBNNews.com - Newly released documents show that Barack Obama has taken a more conservative position on same-sex marriage since he first ran for the Illinois Senate in 1996.

Holder Facing Senate, Admits Past Errors

WASHINGTON - Some thought Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general might have the toughest time getting confirmed.

Bush, Obama Hold 'War Games'

The Obama and Bush teams have been working together throughout the President-elect's transition to power.

Clinton Wins Bi-Partisan Praise

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - In her bid to become America's top diplomat, Sen. Hillary Clinton won bi-partisan praise by several members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tuesday.

Obama to Press for His Share of Bailout

WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama says he wants to be ready for any economic emergency. So he's asking Congress to approve the rest of the $700 billion bailout package.

Bush Defends Legacy in Final Presser

WASHINGTON - For the last eight years, he's received national security briefings every day except Sundays. He's lead the nation through some of her most traumatic moments and has drawn harsh words from critics.

Obama, Bush to Request Rest of Bailout

WASHINGTON - The Bush White House is working with President-elect Barack Obama's transition team to request the second half of the bailout money. The plan is to move quickly so the money would be available shortly after Obama takes office.

Blagojevich Fires Back after Impeachment

CBNNews.com - Gov. Rod Blagojevich fired back at Illinois House members Friday, just hours after they voted to impeach him by an overwhelming margin.

Palin Vents over Election Media Coverage

Gov. Sarah Palin is speaking out against the media and negative coverage of her during the election -- this time in comparison to recent stories on Caroline Kennedy.

First Lady to Release Book of Memoirs

First Lady Laura Bush has signed a deal to release a book that will include accounts of her eight-year experience in the White House.

Obama Stimulus Plan Exposes Party Rifts

WASHINGTON - A new report this morning confirms America's economic crisis could deepen before it gets better.

Bills Aim to Block 'Fairness Doctrine' Return

Congressional Republicans have introduced new legislation to stop any attempt by the Federal Communications Commission to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.

Obama Advocates Swift Action on Economy

WASHINGTON - The latest government figures show the economy is still in recession. And that makes the economy the top issue for President-elect Barack Obama.

Virginia Governor Named New DNC Chief

WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama named Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine the next Democratic National Committee chairman on Thursday, pledging that the party would reflect their shared "pragmatic, progressive philosophy."

Obama Hails 'Extraordinary' Meeting

President-elect Barack Obama had quite a fascinating lunch, Wednesday. He gathered with all four living presidents at the White House.

Obama Vows Future Budget Restraint

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama is warning of huge deficits for the next several years. But he also says Washington needs to exercise discipline in spending.

Candidates Compete for RNC Chairmanship

The Republican Party is looking for a new direction after the losses it experienced in the last election.

Obama Faces Tough Decisions

WASHINGTON - President- elect Barack Obama and his family are preparing to move to Washington this weekend. Obama is looking to get a head start on the difficult decisions he'll face early on.