January 2011 Headlines
Some fear the political fight about getting the nation's fiscal house in order could lead to a government shutdown.
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.
The State Department is prepared to evacuate thousands of U.S. citizens from Egypt on chartered planes.
There's a new slogan in town, and it's a winner. At least that's what President Barack Obama has in mind.
President Barack Obama is promoting business innovation as a building block to more jobs.
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence announced Thursday he won't seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012, but hinted a possible run for governor.
The battle over gay marriage could soon be resurrected in Washington, D.C.
An American congressman wants the U.S. to help protect religious minorities in the Middle East and South Central Asia.
The Illinois Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling, putting Rahm Emanuel back in the running in Chicago's mayoral race.
A White House official tells The Associated Press that Jay Carney will be the next White House press secretary.
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.
The Republican-controlled House voted to end multimillion-dollar federal subsidies for presidential candidates and national political conventions.
President Obama highlighted the unity in Washington following the tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz., and asked Congress to keep that spirit of cooperation alive.
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 said the investments the president spoke about in his State of the Union address Tuesday night is "Obama-speak" for spending.
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.
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.
President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night could be the beginning of a showdown with congressional Republicans.
President Barack Obama's top adviser on energy and climate matters is stepping down, two White House officials confirmed Monday.
Virginia Republican George Allen officially began his political comeback Monday, announcing his intent to regain his old Senate seat.
President Barack Obama has announced a series of new initiatives aimed at enhancing the physical and psychological health of military families.
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.
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.
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.
Pro-life lawmakers in Washington are introducing legislation that would make it illegal to use taxpayer money to perform abortions.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., has apologized for comparing Republican tactics against the health care law to those of the Nazis.
The Republican Study Committee has released the Spending Reduction Act of 2011 that returns federal spending levels to those of 2008.
President Barack Obama's bid for a second term will be run from Chicago instead of Washington, his team announced on Thursday.
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has a huge money advantage over his rivals in the race for Chicago mayor.
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.
Possible presidential contender Rick Santorum is coming under fire for making a connection between President Obama's race and his stance on abortion.
One plan is to get rid of unpopular parts of the new law and advance GOP alternatives on key issues like medical malpractice.
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.
Former President Bill Clinton urged a Chicago crowd to back Rahm Emanuel's bid for mayor.
Sargent Shriver, 95, died Tuesday after being hospitalized for several days in his native Maryland.
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.
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?
The survey released Tuesday revealed 54 percent of Americans approve of the job the president is doing.
Gov. Robert Bentley, 67, took the oath of office Monday and challenged all state leaders to be true public servants.
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.
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.
The House is set to vote Wednesday on repealing the new health care law.
The new Congress takes office this week and one of its top priorities is dealing with federal spending.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' condition continues to improve as her colleagues promise to change the tone of the political rhetoric in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
Chinese leader Hu Jintao is being feted in Washington this week with a lavish state banquet and other pomp usually reserved for close allies.
Leaders and dignitaries from around the world gathered Friday to remember late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.
Open Doors USA has been scoring U.S. lawmakers based on their votes to determine the strongest supporters of international religious freedom in Congress.
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 bombs in Baghdad early Thursday morning killed two people as Vice President Joe Biden prepared for talks about U.S. troops there.
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.
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Sara Rajca is one of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' staff members, and was with the congresswomen when Saturday's tragic shooting took place.
Congress, their staff and spouses held an 800 person conference call, Sunday, to discuss Rep. Giffords' medical condition and their own security.
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.
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.
The new Republican-controlled House of Representatives moved one step closer to fulfilling a campaign pledge to repeal President Obama's health care law.
President Barack Obama has spoken more in public about his Christian faith in the past few months.
Former Commerce Secretary William Daley will become the next White House chief of staff, President Barack Obama announced Thursday.
Republicans came up with a new way to brand President Barack Obama's health care law.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned congressional leaders Thursday that failure to raise the debt level could affect millions of American jobs.
The crack of a gavel marked the official start of the 112th session of Congress Wednesday, with 242 Republican members and 193 Democrats.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers found there is more representation among Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Jews in Congress than in the country in general.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military.
Republicans said they're ready to do what voters screamed for on Election Day -- and that's to stop the spending.
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.
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.
The bill gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration new powers over inspections at food processing facilities.
Steele's tenure as RNC chairman has been marked by gaffes, scandals, and controversy. He now faces four serious challengers for his job.
President Barack Obama is considering naming former Commerce Secretary William Daley to a top White House job, possibly chief of staff.
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.
Two early showdowns on spending and debt will signal whether or not the new Congress can find common ground despite its partisan divisions.