May 2011 Headlines

Symbolic Debt Ceiling Vote Fails in the House

As expected, House lawmakers rejected a measure, Tuesday, to raise America's debt ceiling from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion.

GOP Ladies: Palin, Bachmann Flirt with 2012 Bid

Several prominent Republicans are still considering a run, but its Sarah Palin and Rep. Michelle Bachmann, who're generating the most buzz right now.

Gen. Martin Dempsey to Head Joint Chiefs of Staff

President Barack Obama selected Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the next Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.

In or Out? GOP Hopefuls Draw Out Suspense

The 2012 election is just two years away. President Obama is already in, but some potential GOP hopefuls have yet to make up their mind about entering the race.


States Cutting P. Parenthood Could Face Penalties

Some Democratic senators want the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to warn states not to cut funding for clinics like Planned Parenthood.

Congress Sends 'Terrorism' Bill to Obama

Congress on Thursday passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists.

GOP Leaders Introduce New Job Growth Plan

House Republicans unveiled a plan to increase job growth Thursday, renewing their commitment to help America get back on track economically.

Sarah Palin Gearing Up for Presidential Run?

Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appears to be making strides to launch a presidential run.

House Blocks Funding for Abortion Training

Legislation meant to ensure government funds are not used to pay for abortion training at federally funded health centers has passed in the House, Wednesday.

Right to Arms: Activists Square off in Gun Debate

In the wake of the Tucson shootings, the president is breaking his silence on gun control - something that has both sides of the debate gearing up for a fight.

John Edwards Faces Possible Criminal Charges

John Edwards is facing possible criminal charges over alleged violations of campaign finance laws.

Senate Rejects Rep. Paul Ryan's Budget Plan

Some liberals argue that voters are scared by the Republican budget plan. They say a special election in New York this week proves it.

Deadline Looms for Congress on Patriot Act

Congress is rushing to extend the life of three anti-terror tools, including the use of roving wiretaps, before they expire at midnight Thursday.

Nonessential U.S. Diplomats to Leave Yemen

The State Department on Wednesday ordered nonessential U.S. diplomats to depart Yemen and urged all Americans there to leave.

The Brody File: The GOP 'Implosion Factor'

On this week's edition of The Brody File, CBN News looks at the possible political landmines ahead for the 2012 GOP presidential candidates.

Israel Draws Bipartisan Support in Congress

Strong bipartisan support for the state of Israel was on full display during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress Tuesday.

Obama Aims to Reassure European Allies

President Barack Obama is trying to reassure European allies they still are valued partners in U.S. foreign policy.

White House Threatens to Veto Defense Bill

The White House threatened to veto a defense bill that limits the president's authority to reduce the nation's nuclear arsenal and decide the fate of terror suspects.

Gates to Chart Path for Steeper Defense Cuts

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is under pressure to rein in the Pentagon's budget after President Obama in April ordered $400 billion in defense cuts over the next 12 years.

Obama Clarifies Israel Border Comments to AIPAC

While addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Obama tried to alleviate concerns that his administration was changing its stance on Israel.

Searching for the Next GOP Frontrunner

Which candidates have the best shot of becoming the GOP frontrunner in the 2012 race for the White House? Our CBN News experts discuss who has the best chance.

It's Official: Pawlenty Announces GOP 2012 Bid

Republican Tim Pawlenty offered a sneak peek Sunday at his presidential kickoff.

Herman Cain enters GOP Presidential Race

Herman Cain has run a pizza chain, hosted a talk radio show and sparred with Bill Clinton over health care. Now the Tea Party favorite wants to be president.

Ind. GOP Gov. Daniels Not Running for President

Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind., said Sunday he won't run for president because of family concerns, narrowing the field but making a wide-open race even hazier.

Pawlenty to Announce 2012 Run Monday

Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty is headed to Iowa, the leading caucus state for the 2012 election, where he will formally declare his run for president.

Obama Judicial Pick Defeated by GOP

Senate Republicans handed President Barack Obama his first major nomination defeat Thursday, by blocking the appointment of liberal law professor Goodwin Liu.

Gingrich's White House Run Off to Rocky Start

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is facing unexpected opposition as he gets his presidential campaign off the ground.

Obama to Pressure Assad, Offer Aid to Reformers

President Barack Obama will use a sweeping Middle East speech on Thursday.

Trump Out: Who’ll Be GOP Presidential Frontrunner?

Donald Trump's decision not to seek the Republican nomination for president next year has some political observers breathing a sigh of relief.

War of Words Ramps Up over High Gas Prices

Americans are now paying more than $4 a gallon in many parts of the country, and Washington has done little to bring prices down.

Senate Blocks $2B Repeal in Oil Tax Breaks

The Senate blocked a bill Tuesday that would repeal about $2 billion a year in tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies.

Time's Up? U.S. Government Hits Debt Ceiling

The U.S. Treasury Department has bought a little more time, giving Congress until Aug. 2 to take action before the government defaults.

U.S. Outlines Global Plan for Cyberspace

The Obama administration laid out plans Monday to work aggressively with other nations to make the Internet more secure.

Rahm Emanuel Sworn in as Chicago's New Mayor

Rahm Emanuel was sworn in Monday as Chicago's first new mayor in more than two decades.

Boehner: Obama 'Not Serious' about Deficit

U.S. House Speaker John Boenher, R-Ohio, said he's ready to make a deal on raising the government's debt ceiling, even though he's not convinced President Obama is serious about cutting federal spending.

Faith & Freedom Coalition Mobilizes Christian Base

The Faith & Freedom Coalition is already making an impact in this year's race for the White House. A main goal of the group is to get Christians to the polls. 

Mike Huckabee: Decision Not to Run 'Spiritual'

Former Arkansas Gov. and Fox News talk show host Mike Huckabee said his decision not to enter the 2012 Republican race for president is largely spiritual.

Lawmakers Hope to Force Iran's Hand on Nukes

Iran could face a new array of U.S. sanctions under proposed House legislation that's meant to force Tehran into talks on its nuclear program.

Huckabee Says He Won't Run for President

A prominent social conservative, Huckabee ranks high in national popularity polls. Had he run, he would have been a serious contender for the GOP nod.

Rep. Ron Paul Joins GOP Presidential Run

Anti-war Texas Rep. Ron Paul announced Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that he's seeking the nomination for the 2012 Republican ticket.

Dems Grill Oil Execs Over Industry Tax Breaks

With gas prices continuing to rise, there isn't much love in the U.S. for major oil company executives -- especially on Capitol Hill.

Obama Talks Immigration at Hispanic Prayer Event

President Obama told church leaders at this year's National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast Thursday that immigration reform was a "moral imperative."

House GOP Moves to End Money for Body Scanners

House Republicans are moving to cut funding for new full body scanners.

Ethics Committee Refers Ensign Case to Justice

Former Sen. John Ensign of Nevada made false statements to the Federal Election Commission and obstructed a Senate Ethics Committee's investigation into his conduct.

Lawmakers Want Gitmo Prison to Remain Open

Some U.S. senators have introduced a bill that, if approved, would insure that the terrorist detention facility stays open.

Trump, Paula White Meet with Christian Leaders

TV evangelist Paula White will be joining possible presidential candidate Donald Trump Thursday to meet with Christian leaders for a "time of dialogue."

Gingrich Announces Presidential Run on Twitter

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gignrich has officially started his run for presidency, making the announcement in a Twitter post Wednesday.

House Panel Votes to Delay Gays in the Military

A House panel voted 60 -1 Thursday in favor of a $553 billion defense bill that would delay the new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military.

Texas Senate Approves Guns on Campus

The Texas State Senate has approved a bill that would allow guns in public college classrooms.

House Panel Votes to Delay Gays in the Military

A House panel approved a defense bill early Thursday that would delay President Barack Obama's new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military.

Dems Propose New Taxes, GOP Says 'No'

Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., suggested a possible surtax on millionaires and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has called for an end to tax subsidies for oil and gas companies.

Obama: 'Time to Focus on Immigration Reform'

With the 2012 presidential campaign kicking into gear, President Obama has begun to focus on immigration reform.

The Brody File: 'Teavangelicals' for President?

CBN News talks with three major power players within the evangelical and Tea Party political movements -- Jenny Beth Martin, Amy Kremer and Ralph Reed.

Obama's Immigration Push: Sincere or All Politics?

Experts say Congress won't pass immigration legislation. Some view Tuesday's speech in Texas as Obama's attempt to get the Hispanic vote for the 2012 elections.

Boehner: Spending Cuts Not Enough if Debt Raised

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said billions of dollars in government spending cuts aren't enough if Congress agrees to raise the debt ceiling.

Rick Santorum: 'Faith & Passion' Part of Politics

In an exclusive interview with CBN News, the former senator from Pennsylvania talks about his faith, his family, and his passion for America's greatness.

Grace under Pressure: America's First Ladies

There's no real job description for the first lady. Instead, the position is shaped by the women who hold it and each one has served in her own way.

Huntsman Takes on Obama Role in First SC Speech

Jon Huntsman used his first formal event after stepping down as President Obama's ambassador to China to confront the line on his resume that conservatives were likely to declare a deal-breaker.

Presidential Hopefuls Sound Off in First GOP Debate

Many high-profile presidential hopefuls chose to  skip Thursday night's debate in South Carolina. But those who attended took some strong positions.


Pro-Life Senator Optimistic on Abortion Ban

A House-approved measure that limits the use of taxpayer funds for abortion is expected to face a tough fight in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Lawmakers Question Pakistani Aid After Bin Laden

One of the many questions surrounding Osama bin Laden's killing is whether the United States should consider Pakistan a friend or foe.

Palin, Trump to Skip S.C. GOP Presidential Debate

Analysts say whoever wins the South Carolina primary will get the party's nomination. But some big name presidential hopefuls have chosen to skip the event. 

House OKs Limits on Tax Breaks for Abortions

With more than 60 percent of Americans saying they don't want their taxes used for abortions, the U.S. House voted Wednesday to permanently ban that funding.

Biden, Congressional Group Begin Budget Talks

Vice President Joe Biden will meet with a team of lawmakers from both parties Thursday at the Blair House to begin talks on trying to tame America's spiraling debt.

Decision to Seal Bin Laden Pics Gets Mixed Reaction

The White House's decision to withhold photos of Osama bin Laden's dead body has drawn a mixed reaction from the families of 9/11 victims and others.

White House: Obama, Netanyahu to Meet May 20

President Barack Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, May 20, the White House announced on Thursday.

Obama Admin. Won't Release Bin Laden Pics

A photo of Osama bin Laden's corpse won't be released to the public, in an effort to tame propaganda or violence that could take place in response.

Waterboarding Torture Controversy Resurfaces

There are reports that 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed provided some of the vital information that led to locating bin Laden.

Abortion Funding Vote Expected Wednesday

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on whether to permanently ban federal funding of abortion.

Huckabee Criticizes Obama in NRA Address

NRA keynote speaker and former Gov. Mike Huckabee didn't say whether he'll be a Republican presidential candidate next year.