January 2011 Headlines

GOP to Obama: 'Step Up to the Plate' on Nat'l Debt

Some fear the political fight about getting the nation's fiscal house in order could lead to a government shutdown.

Clinton Calls Mass Meeting of U.S. Ambassadors

The top envoys who represent the U.S. in more than 180 countries will meet for a conference to be held at the State Department beginning Monday. 

U.S. Set to Fly Americans from Egypt

The State Department is prepared to evacuate thousands of U.S. citizens from Egypt on chartered planes.

Obama Tries Can-Do Slogan, Details TBD

There's a new slogan in town, and it's a winner.  At least that's what President Barack Obama has in mind.

Obama: Innovation Key to Economic Recovery

President Barack Obama is promoting business innovation as a building block to more jobs.

Rep. Pence Won't Seek Presidential Bid

Indiana Rep. Mike Pence announced Thursday he won't seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012, but hinted a possible run for governor.

GOP to Push to Overturn DC Gay Marriage Law

The battle over gay marriage could soon be resurrected in Washington, D.C.

Lawmaker Presses WH on Religious Persecution

An American congressman wants the U.S. to help protect religious minorities in the Middle East and South Central Asia.

IL High Court Approves Emanuel's Bid for Mayor

The Illinois Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling, putting Rahm Emanuel back in the running in Chicago's mayoral race.

Source: Obama Picks Carney for Press Secretary

A White House official tells The Associated Press that Jay Carney will be the next White House press secretary.

Pentagon to Outline Training for Gay Ban Repeal

The Pentagon is expected to roll out a plan Friday outlining the steps the armed services needs to take to integrate openly gay soldiers into its ranks.

House Zeroes Federal Campaign Subsidies

The Republican-controlled House voted to end multimillion-dollar federal subsidies for presidential candidates and national political conventions.

Obama: 'Let's Work Together and Win the Future'

President Obama highlighted the unity in Washington following the tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz., and asked Congress to keep that spirit of cooperation alive.

Bachmann Gives Tea Party Response to SOTU

Bachman's response was originally aimed at Tea Party activists, but it was broadcast live on CNN, taped by Fox News and telecast by the Tea Party Express.

Republicans: Obama's 'Investments' Means Spending

Republicans said the investments the president spoke about in his State of the Union address Tuesday night is "Obama-speak" for spending.

IL High Court to Hear Rahm Emanuel's Appeal

The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear Rahm Emanuel's appeal of the decision to remove his name from the ballot for mayor of Chicago.

Stakes High for this Year's 'State of the Union'

For the first time, a Republican speaker of the House will sit behind President Obama, with spending a top concern for GOP lawmakers in front of him.

Obama's State of the Union: What to Expect

President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night could be the beginning of a showdown with congressional Republicans.

Browner Leaving as Obama Adviser

President Barack Obama's top adviser on energy and climate matters is stepping down, two White House officials confirmed Monday.

VA's Allen Aims to Take Back Senate Seat

Virginia Republican George Allen officially began his political comeback Monday, announcing his intent to regain his old Senate seat.

WH Promises Stronger Support for Military Families

President Barack Obama has announced a series of new initiatives aimed at enhancing the physical and psychological health of military families.

Court Takes Rahm Emanuel's Name Off Ballot

An Illinois Appeals Court has ruled that Rahm Emanuel's name can't appear on the ballot for Chicago mayor because he didn't live in the city the year before.

Advocates: Pro Life Issue Gaining Momentum

With a newly elected pro-life speaker and the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, pro-life advocates say that their prospects are looking brighter.

Obama Shifts Gears to Economic 'Overdrive'

President Barack Obama said his focus is now on "putting the economy into overdrive," starting with a new economic advisory board to focus on job creation.

Lawmakers Want Tax-Funded Abortions Outlawed

Pro-life lawmakers in Washington are introducing legislation that would make it illegal to use taxpayer money to perform abortions.

Tenn. Lawmaker Retracts Nazi Comments

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., has apologized for comparing Republican tactics against the health care law to those of the Nazis.

Republicans Release 'Spending Reduction Act'

The Republican Study Committee has released the Spending Reduction Act of 2011 that returns federal spending levels to those of 2008.

Obama to Run Re-election Bid from Chicago

President Barack Obama's bid for a second term will be run from Chicago instead of Washington, his team announced on Thursday.

Emanuel Raises $10M in Chicago May Bid

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has a huge money advantage over his rivals in the race for Chicago mayor.

Obama Orders Review of Rules Affecting Economy

President Barack Obama ordered a review of federal regulations this week in an effort to get rid of rules that may be stifling job growth and creation.

Rick Santorum Defends Obama Race Comment

Possible presidential contender Rick Santorum is coming under fire for making a connection between President Obama's race and his stance on abortion.

House Moves to Replace Health Care Law

One plan is to get rid of unpopular parts of the new law and advance GOP alternatives on key issues like medical malpractice.

House Votes to Repeal 'Obamacare'

House Republicans voted to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, though the vote was mostly symbolic and isn't expected to hold up in the Senate.

Bill Clinton Urges Chicago to Back Emanuel

Former President Bill Clinton urged a Chicago crowd to back Rahm Emanuel's bid for mayor.

Sargent Shriver Dead at 95

Sargent Shriver, 95, died Tuesday after being hospitalized for several days in his native Maryland.

Sen. Joe Lieberman to Retire in 2012

The 68-year-old Lieberman won his fourth term in 2006 as an independent after losing the Democratic primary to businessman Ned Lamont, but he continues to side mostly with Senate Democrats.

Brody File Show: The 2012 GOP Mosh Pit

Possibly a dozen GOP leaders may take the plunge and attempt to become the 2010 presidential nominee. But who will be the last one standing?

President Obama's Approval Rating Makes Big Jump

The survey released Tuesday revealed 54 percent of Americans approve of the job the president is doing.

New Ala. Governor Promises to be 'a Servant'

Gov. Robert Bentley, 67, took the oath of office Monday and challenged all state leaders to be true public servants.

House Debate Begins on Repeal of 'Obamacare'

The start of the debate process fulfills a campaign promise by House Republicans who said they received a mandate from the voters to do away with the law.

Sarah Palin Explains 'Blood Libel' Remark

In an interview on Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity, Palin said the recent criticism of her use of the term "blood libel" is unjustified.

Health Care Repeal Vote Expected this Week

The House is set to vote Wednesday on repealing the new health care law.

Can the New Congress Cut Federal Spending?

The new Congress takes office this week and one of its top priorities is dealing with federal spending.

Congress Returns as Giffords Shows Progress

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' condition continues to improve as her colleagues promise to change the tone of the political rhetoric in Washington, D.C.

Obamas, Holder Attend Church to Honor MLK

On Monday, America will pause to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would have been 82 years old on Jan. 15.

Steele Out, Priebus in as New RNC Chairman

It took several rounds of voting by party insiders, but Reince Priebus defeated three challengers and Michael Steele to win the job as the next RNC Chairman.

U.S. 'Pomp' Meant to Improve China Relations

Chinese leader Hu Jintao is being feted in Washington this week with a lavish state banquet and other pomp usually reserved for close allies.

Holbrooke Honored for Years of Diplomatic Service

Leaders and dignitaries from around the world gathered Friday to remember late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.

Ministry Scores Lawmakers on Religious Freedom

Open Doors USA has been scoring U.S. lawmakers based on their votes to determine the strongest supporters of international religious freedom in Congress.

Illinois Raises Taxes to Bring Down State Deficit

The Illinois State Legislature has approved a measure to raise its taxes dramatically in order to try to bring down the state budget deficit.

Roadside Bomb Hits as Biden Visits Iraq

Roadside bombs in Baghdad early Thursday morning killed two people as Vice President Joe Biden prepared for talks about U.S. troops there.

Will He, Won't He? Pawlenty Eyes Presidential Bid

You may not have heard of Tim Pawlenty, but that could soon change. There are signs the former Minnesota governor hopes to be America's next president.

Tom Delay Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Giffords Staffer Recalls Moments of Attack

Sara Rajca is one of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' staff members, and was with the congresswomen when Saturday's tragic shooting took place.

House Members Gather by Phone in Giffords' Honor

Congress, their staff and spouses held an 800 person conference call, Sunday, to discuss Rep. Giffords' medical condition and their own security.

Who Is Arizona's Rep. Gabrielle Giffords?

Swept into office with the huge Democrat wave of 2006, party leaders have been looking at a her as a possible candidate for Sen. Jon Kyl's seat in 2012.

Congress Stands in Solidarity for Rep. Giffords

Members of Congress are still in shock over the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., this weekend. For some, the emotions were hard to restrain.

Health Care Vote Sets Stage for Next Week

The new Republican-controlled House of Representatives moved one step closer to fulfilling a campaign pledge to repeal President Obama's health care law.

Why is Obama Talking More on His Christian Faith?

President Barack Obama has spoken more in public about his Christian faith in the past few months.

William Daley Named White House Chief of Staff

Former Commerce Secretary William Daley will become the next White House chief of staff, President Barack Obama announced Thursday.

Republicans: 'Obamacare' Impedes Job Growth

Republicans came up with a new way to brand President Barack Obama's health care law.

Geithner Urges Congress to Raise Debt Limit

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned congressional leaders Thursday that failure to raise the debt level could affect millions of American jobs.

House Speaker Boehner Vows to Lead for 'the People'

The crack of a gavel marked the official start of the 112th session of Congress Wednesday, with 242 Republican members and 193 Democrats.

Tea Party Lawmakers: Can They Deliver?

Dozens of members in the new House and Senate were elected with strong Tea Party support, but do they have what it takes to make a difference in Washington?

Press Secretary Gibbs Quits, More Changes Ahead

Gibbs will quit his job to become a political advisor, marking the start of an Obama administration shake up as the president redefines his team. 

New NY Gov: People Can't Afford New Taxes

If conservatives were delighted to see the shift in power in Washington on Wednesday, they were probably amazed by what was said by the new governor of New York.

Can Obama, GOP Find Accord on Corp. Tax Cuts?

President Obama and the GOP have major differences, but they've begun to have a meeting of the minds on at least one issue - cutting taxes for business.

Republicans Call for Weekly Votes on Spending Cuts

The new House speaker promised to call weekly votes on spending cuts starting with Congress. Individual states are sure to feel the federal fiscal pinch.

Pew Forum: 112th Congress Mostly Protestant

Researchers found there is more representation among Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Jews in Congress than in the country in general.

Gates Proposing Cuts in Military Budget

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military.

Republicans Push Obama, Dems on Spending Cuts

Republicans said they're ready to do what voters screamed for on Election Day -- and that's to stop the spending.

Changes Coming to the White House

 Retooling for a re-election run, President Barack Obama is shaking up his senior leadership team to deal with the new realities of his term.

Fresh-Faced GOP Ready for Capitol Showdown

There will be plenty of fresh, new faces on Capitol Hill Wednesday, and most of them are Republicans ready to present President Obama with plenty of fresh, new challenges.

Obama Poised to Sign Food Safety Bill

The bill gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration new powers over inspections at food processing facilities.

RNC Chair Steele Defends Record in Debate

Steele's tenure as RNC chairman has been marked by gaffes, scandals, and controversy. He now faces four serious challengers for his job.

Obama May Name William Daley to Top Job

President Barack Obama is considering naming former Commerce Secretary William Daley to a top White House job, possibly chief of staff.

Republicans Poised to Undo 'Obamacare'

With a new session for lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the GOP says it's ready to take on the White House, tackle the deficit and challenge big government.

Spending Showdowns Will Test New Congress

Two early showdowns on spending and debt will signal whether or not the new Congress can find common ground despite its partisan divisions.