June 2010 Headlines

Bank Bill Gets Patched Up, Moves Closer to Passage

Congressional Democrats are inching closer to passage of a major rewrite of financial industry regulations, making fixes as they go.

GOP Criticizes White House Over Nat'l Security

The Obama administration is being criticized by Republicans on Capitol Hill over its strategy to fight the war on terror.

Kagan Expected to be Confirmed by Senate

Wednesday marked another grueling day of questions for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Petraeus Confirmed as New Afghan War Commander

Gen. David Petraeus was unanimously confirmed as the new U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, after breezing through a series of Senate hearings.

Sen. Byrd's Casket at Senate Thursday

The body of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd will lie in repose at the Senate on Thrusday.

Day 2: Kagan Pressured on Views as Harvard Dean

GOP lawmakers are worried Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan holds the liberal view that judges should feel free to legislate from the bench.

Petraeus Faces Questions from Senate Committee

Gen. David Petraeus will take the next step in replacing Gen. Stanley McChrystal to lead the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Longtime Sen. Robert Bird Dies at Age 92

Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, a hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to the state of his Depression-era upbringing, died Monday.

CIA Chief: U.S. Has Driven Back al-Qaeda

CIA Director Leon Panetta said Sunday that al-Qaeda is probably at its weakest since the Sept. 11 attacks because of U.S.-led strikes.

Justices Extend Gun Owner Rights Nationwide

The Supreme Court held Monday that the Constitution's Second Amendment restrains government's ability to significantly limit "the right to keep and bear arms."

GOP Senators: Can Kagan Be Impartial Justice?

Leading Republican senators on Sunday questioned whether Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan could be an impartial judge.

Obama, Russia's Medvedev Talk Economics

Obama welcomed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to the White House Thursday, for talks focused on increasing economic ties between the countries.

Congress OK's New Penalties against Iran

Congress approved tough new sanctions against Iran, making it clear that any nuclear ambitions the Islamic Republic may be harboring could come at a steep price.

GOP Blocks Expanded Spending Package

Republicans on Thursday defeated Democrats' showcase election-year jobs bill.

Congress Passes Reprieve on Medicare Cuts

Doctors would be temporarily spared a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments under a bill passed by Congress Thursday evening.

State Dept. Quiet on Morocco Christian Expulsions

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., says the U.S. State Department refused to testify at a hearing on Morocco's expulsion of foreign Christian workers.

Gen. Petraeus Redons Fatigues for Afghan War

Gen. Petraeus has been celebrated for overseeing the successful U.S. surge in Iraq. Now he's being asked to lead the war in Afghanistan during a critical time.

Gov't. Seeks Delay in Moratorium Ruling

The Obama administration asked a judge to delay the court ruling that overturned a moratorium on new drilling in the Gulf.

Drones Okayed for Border Surveillance

Homeland Security will use drones and other technological upgrades to protect the nations' southern border.

Haley, Scott Win SC Runoff for GOP Nominations

Nikki Haley, an Indian-American woman, won the Republican nomination for governor and Tim Scott, a black lawmaker, grabbed the GOP nod for a House seat.

McChrystal Relieved of Duties, Replaced by Petraeus

President Obama has relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command in Afghanistan and appointed Gen. David Petraeus to replace him.

Generals & Presidents: History's View

As American history shows, it is not unusual for generals to have disagreements with their commanders-in-chief.

Rep. Hoyer: Bush Tax Cuts Will Be Too Costly

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. suggested that tax cuts enacted under former President George W. Bush will eventually be rescinded.

Obama Decides McChrystal's Fate

Sources are reporting that Obama will relieve Afghanistan war Gen. Stanley McChrystal of command over critical remarks made in a magazine.

S.C. Politics: Haley Wins, GOP Congressman Ousted

Six-term Republican Rep. Bob Inglis was crushed in a runoff by challenger Trey Gowdy.

Judge Strikes Down Drill Ban, WH Vows Appeal

The Interior Department is seeking to re-impose a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling one day after a federal judge struck down an existing order.

White House Budget Chief Stepping Down

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag plans to resign, making him the first high-profile member of Obama's team to depart.

Obama Admin. Unveils New Health Care Rules

President Obama has unveiled new regulations that will determine how several provisions in the health care law will be carried out.

All Eyes on South Carolina for Tuesday's Runoffs

Voters in four states will head to the polls Tuesday to decide a series of runoff elections and the race in South Carolina is getting a lot of the attention.

White House Rebukes McChrystal over Remarks

Sources indicate Gen. McChrystal is prepared to submit his resignation when he meets with President Obama, after taking several potshots at the administration in a Rolling Stone interview.

Judge Rules Against Deepwater Drilling Ban

Oil industry advocates have criticized President Barack Obama's six-month ban on deepwater drilling.

Labor Dept.: Gay Workers Get Family Leave

Employers will soon have to give homosexual workers the same opportunity to take unpaid time off as heterosexuals, according to the Labor Department.

Obama Stresses Father's Day, Nods to Gay Dads

In his annual Father's Day proclamation, President Barack Obama praised biological fathers and father-figures.

Rep. Kasich: A Portrait of Faith, Friendship

In his latest book, former Rep. John Kasich shared a much different side of his life: his heart and faith.

Why a Religious Freedom Ambassador is Needed

President Barack Obama has named Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook as the new Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom.

S.C. Dems Uphold Newcomer's Primary Win

South Carolina Democratic party officials have decided to uphold the surprising election results by letting Alvin Greene's surprising primary victory stand.

BP Chief's Denial of Blame Enrages Lawmakers

BP's CEO told Congress he was "devastated" and "deeply sorry" for the Gulf spill. But that wasn't enough for lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

BP Chief 'Devastated' over Gulf Oil Spill

British Petroleum Chief Executive Tony Hayward said he was "devastated" and "deeply sorry" when testifying about the oil spill in the Gulf on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Senate Snags Jobless Aid, Tax Bill

In another setback for President Obama and Democrats controlling Congress, the Senate rejected a bill providing more stimulus spending.

BP Agrees to Set Aside Billions in Oil Spill Aid

British Petroleum executives have agreed to President Obama's demands and will set up a $20 billion relief fund for Gulf Coast damage claims from the oil spill.

Christian Group Sits Out Iowa Governor's Race

An influential Christian conservative group decided on Monday that it will not endorse anyone in Iowa's governor's race.

Poll: Support Increases for Health Care Law

A new poll shows growing support for President Barack Obama's health care law.

U.S. Extends Sanctions Aimed at Iran's Nukes

U.S. sanctions on Iran expanded Wednesday to hit more than three dozen additional companies and individuals with penalties.

Lawmakers Concerned About Afghan War Effort

Hearings have begun on Capitol Hill to ease congressional fears that the push in Afghanistan is progressing too slowly.

Gen. Petraeus Passes Out During Hearing

General David Petraeus caused a brief scare at a Capitol Hill hearing on Tuesday after he appeared to pass out while taking questions from Arizona Senator John McCain.

Dems' Tax Bill Moves Toward U.S. Senate Vote

A new Democratic plan to extended unemployment benefits may face a tough vote in the Senate because of its cost.

Kagan Memos on Abortion, Religious Rights Released

Thousands of pages of memos written by Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan shows she has taken positions in the past that lean both left and right.

Damaging New E-Mails Put BP on Hot Seat

As the president prepares to brief Americans on the Gulf oil spill, new information shows BP had been cutting corners to save time and money.

Poll: More Americans Believe Dems 'Too Liberal'

The number of Americans who describe the Democratic Party as being 'too liberal' has risen to the highest level since the 1994 elections, according to a Gallup Poll.

Obama Proposes $50 Billion Local Aid Package

President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to quickly pass a $50 billion aid package for state and local governments.

Kagan Memos on Abortion, Religious Rights Released

Thousands of pages of memos written by Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan shows she has taken positions in the past that lean both left and right.

Pressure Mounts on Obama to End Oil Spill

President Barack Obama is going back to the Gulf Coast for his fourth visit, hoping to convince Americans he is working hard to bring an end to the oil spill crisis.

Obama to Britain: No Hard Feelings over Spill

President Obama reassured Prime Minister Cameron Saturday that his frustration over the mammoth oil spill in the Gulf is not an attack on Britain.

GOP Senators Comb Through Kagan Papers

More than 40,000 pages of documents were handed over from the Clinton Presidential Library, Friday, detailing her time at the White House as an adviser.

Greenhouse Gas Rules Survive Senate Votes

The Senate defeated a challenge to rules aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other big polluters.

Obama Pledges Support to Palestinians

President Obama called the situation in Gaza "unsustainable." But he says he will work with Israel and the Palestinians to find a solution.

Conservative Women Triumph in Primary Races

Tuesday's primaries brought more victories for the Tea Party and conservatives - and many of those winners were women.

Obama to Offer Gaza Aid in Flotilla Aftermath?

U.S. President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were scheduled to meet at the White House Wednesday to discuss Israel's blockade of Gaza.

Tuesday Primary Races Too Close to Call

Tuesday is the biggest primary day of this year's elections as voters in 11 states are going to the polls, and Tea Party candidates may have even more surprises in store.

Rand Paul Breaks Silence on Talk Show

U.S. Senate Candidate Ron Paul said deficit spending is passing an 'enormous burden of debt' unto America's children and grandchildren.

Obama Picks Clapper as New Intelligence Chief

President Barack Obama shrugged off warnings of a fight with Congress and chose a crusty, retired Air Force lieutenant general as his new intelligence chief.

GOP Wants Probe of White House Dealmaking

Republicans are renewing demands for a Justice Department investigation into White House dealmaking in two Senate races.

Corruption Trial Begins for Ex-Gov. Blagojevich

Jury selection has started in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, 18 months after his arrest.

Popular Calif. Senator's Express Losing Steam?

Next week, California Republicans will choose a candidate to run against Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., in the fall.

White House Takes Heat for Reported Deals

The White House is taking more heat for reports of backroom deals in two U.S. Senate races. The latest questions come from Colorado.

Obama Shelves Trip to Indonesia, Australia

President Barack Obama has scrapped a trip to Indonesia and Australia for the second time this year.

General Andrew Breitbart's New Media War

Conservative pioneers Limbaugh and Hannity used radio to reach their audience. Now a new generation is making its mark across the the Internet.

Fed Workers' Same-Sex Partners Given More Benefits

President Barack Obama has directed federal agencies to extend benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees.

Feds Approve New Oil Well off La. Coast

Federal regulators approved the first new Gulf of Mexico oil well since President Obama lifted a ban on drilling in shallow water.

Obama Declares June Gay Pride Month

In his proclamation, the president called on all Americans to end prejudice.

Electoral Angst Creates Crowded Ballots

It appears anti-Washington sentiment has led to a potentially record-breaking year for congressional challengers in the upcoming mid-term elections.

Supreme Court Expands Miranda Rights Limits

In a narrowly split decision, the Supreme Court's conservative majority expanded its limits on the famous Miranda rights for criminal suspects.