June 2011 Headlines

Blacks Defend Tea Party Against Racist Claims

Many minorities are standing up for the Tea Party, saying there's no proof.

Debt Deadline Puts Pressure on Budget Talks

With the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the nation's debt limit fast approaching, the Senate is cancelling their recess to address the issue.

Obama Scorns Debt Talks, Praises NY Gay Marriage

Obama spoke to the press Wednesday about America's economy, but also used the time to jump into the debate over the latest challenge to traditional marriage.

Obama Honors Gates on Last Day as Pentagon Chief

President Obama honored outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday by surprising him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Obama: I've Met My Commitments to Gays

The president touted his accomplishments on behalf of the gay and lesbian community, including doing away with the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.

White House to Stop Issuing Health Law Waivers

President Obama says the goal of his healthcare law is for every American to have health insurance. So why is his administration issuing so many waivers?

Bachmann: From Waterloo to the White House?

Conservative Christian and Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann has jumped into the presidential race and she's making some big waves.

Palin Attends Film Premiere, But Will She Run?

Movie premieres don't usually happen in Iowa. But when an election is around the corner, and the star of the movie is Sarah Palin, this state is the center of attention.

Blagojevich Found Guilty on Nearly All Charges

A jury has convicted Rod Blagojevich of nearly all the corruption charges against him, including trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

Fox's Chris Wallace Apologizes for 'Flake' Question

Fox News commentator Chris Wallace has apologized for asking GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann if she's a "flake."

Obama, GOP Leaders Work on Debt Compromise

The White House insists on increasing taxes as a part of any deficit reduction plan. Republicans say that's not an option.

Lawmakers Weigh in on Boeing-Union Battle

The issue -- can a company open a factory wherever it wants to? Officials appointed by President Obama are opposed to that idea.

Bachmann to Voters: I'm a 'Bold Choice' for 2012

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called herself a "bold choice" in the 2012 race as she officially launched her bid Monday.

Budget, Debt Talks Move to the White House

President Barack Obama will meet with Senate leaders at the White House Monday, in an effort to jump-start stalled budget talks.

No Gimmicks: Pawlenty Vows ‘Results, Not Rhetoric’

In the first TV campaign launched by a presidential candidate in Iowa, Tim Pawlenty touts himself as a conservative who'll deliver results - not rhetoric.

House Rejects Measure to Continue Libya Mission

House lawmakers rejected a measure giving President Obama the authority to continue U.S. military action against Libya. 

Budget Negotiations Stall as Cantor Quits Talks

A bipartisan effort to solve the federal budget crisis stalled Thursday after two top GOP negotiators pulled out of the talks.

Will Opening of Reserves Make Dent in Gas Prices?

The move comes as part of an international effort to reduce crude prices and resuscitate economic recovery in the world's most industrialized nations.

Obama: Gay Couples Deserve Same Rights

Although he stopped short of endorsing same-sex marriage, President Obama said gay couples "deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country."

Obama: Surge Troops Home by Summer 2012

President Barack Obama says 10,000 troops will come home from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

Economic Worries Pose New Snags for Obama

Increasingly troubled by the economy, more Americans are convinced the country is headed in the wrong direction.

The Brody File: On the Road with Romney, Pawlenty

On this week's edition of The Brody File, CBN News takes the show on the road to New Hampshire as the GOP Presidential race heats up.

Gingrich Campaign Fundraisers Quit

Gingrich's top two fundraising advisers have resigned, and officials said the GOP candidate's presidential campaign carried more than $1 million in debt.

McCain: Full Afghan Withdrawal Would be a 'Mistake'

McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, thinks the war effort would benefit from one more season of fighting.

Mormon Candidates Face Religious Bias

Even though voter attitudes about Catholics, Jews, blacks and women running for the highest office have changed over the last several decades, Americans may not be ready to elect a Mormon as their president.

Can Jon Huntsman Connect with GOP Voters?

A new candidate has entered the GOP presidential field and the most recent reference on his resume is President Obama.

Senate Approves Panetta as Pentagon Chief

In a unanimous vote, the Senate confirmed Leon Panetta to be the next secretary of defense.

Tea Party-Backed Lawmakers Want Deficit in Half

Tea Party-backed congressmen are demanding specific conditions as negotiations in the budget talks continue.

Botched Budget Means No Pay for Calif. Lawmakers

California Controller John Chiang took the rare step Tuesday of halting paychecks for all 120 state lawmakers.

Analyst: Electoral College Tally Favors Obama

After a recent GOP debate and straw poll, Republicans are optimistic about their candidates, but is President Barack Obama already on the road to re-election?

Deadline Passes: NY Gay Marriage Still in Limbo

The New York State Senate is going into overtime Tuesday with the gay marriage legislation still in limbo.

Fmr. Gov. Huntsman Gets into White House Race

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. announced his intention to run for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday.

Obama Family Begins African Trek

First lady Michelle Obama embarked on a goodwill visit to sub-Saharan Africa on Monday, with her daughers, mother, a niece and nephew.

Gates: Military Pressure Key to Talks with Taliban

Gates said he doesn't believe the Taliban will engage in serious talks about ending their fight until they are under extreme military pressure.

Rep. Ron Paul: Young People Tired of U.S. Wars

It was a busy weekend for Republican presidential contenders as many were looking for an edge in the wide-open race for the party nomination.

Obama: No Congressional Approval for Libya

Under the War Powers Resolution, the president must get authorization from Congress to continue a military mission.

Time Running Out for N.Y. Gay Marriage Battle

Monday is the last day of the legislative session and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging lawmakers to legalize same sex marriage before it ends.

Paul Wins Straw Poll at GOP Conference

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas has won the presidential straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference.

Obama, Boehner Tee Up to Ease Bipartisan Tensions

The world's top professional golfers are battling it out this weekend. But on another golf course, the world's most powerful man will tee it up with his political rival.

Can Romney Turn Early Popularity into Votes?

When you're seen as leading the pack, you can count on two things -- the media following your every move and politicos analyzing your chances.

Rep. Weiner Resigns over Sexting Scandal

After a two-week scandal spawned by tweeting and texting inappropriate photos, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner has resigned his congressional seat, Thursday.

Lawmakers Mock Obama's 'Hostilites' Claim

Lawmakers derided President Barack Obama's claim that U.S. air attacks against Libya do not constitute hostilities.

Holder Defends Terror Trials in Civilian Courts

Attorney General Eric Holder continued defending the prosecution of terrorism suspects in civilian court on Thursday.

Rep. Giffords Released from the Hospital

An Associated Press source says Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been released from a Houston hospital.

House Examines Islamization in U.S. Prisons

Congress will hold its second hearing on violent Islamic radicalization, a topic so controversial the first hearing drew days of protests from religious and civil rights groups.

Obama Admin. Defends Legality of Libya Action

Lawmakers charge the White House ordered U.S. airstrikes against Moammar Gadhafi's forces nearly three months ago without authorization from the U.S. Congress.

Boeing Lawsuit Ignites 'Right to Work' Debate

A South Carolina legal battle involving airline giant Boeing has GOP lawmakers calling foul over handling of the nation's "right-to-work" laws.

Obama Visits Puerto Rico with Eye on Voters

Wooing Hispanic voters, President Barack Obama became the first president since John F. Kennedy to pay an official visit to Puerto Rico.

House Speaker Joins Calls for Weiner's Resignation

The House has approved a leave of absence for Rep. Anthony Weiner. But lawmakers on both sides of the isle would like that absence to become permanent.


Tea Party May Influence New Hampshire Debate

The campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is heating up as GOP candidates prepare to square off in a prime time televised debate Monday night.

Obama Pledges Focus on Job Creation

President Obama trumpeted his plans to jump start job growth while visiting North Carolina, which currently has an unemployment rate of 9.7 percent.

Game On: GOP Hopefuls Target Obama in Debate

Seven GOP 2012 hopefuls faced off for their first presidential debate in New Hampshire. But their main target wasn't on stage -- he's in the White House.

GOP Candidates Target Obama, Not Each Other

GOP presidential hopefuls condemned President Barack Obama's handling of the economy from the opening moments of their first major debate.

Michele Bachmann Enters Presidential Race

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, an outspoken Republican with close ties to the tea party, announced she is running for president.

Congress Returns to Work; Weiner Heads to Rehab

As Congress returns to work Monday, Rep. Anthony Weiner is taking what he calls "a short leave of absence" to get psychological treatment.

The Brody File: Can 'The Hermanator' Win?

This week on The Brody File, CBN News talks with GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Can "The Hermanator" pull of a presidential nomination upset?

The Real Tea Party Housewives of Atlanta

What happens when a couple of stay at home moms set their sights on politics? You get the birth of the Tea Party movement.

CBN News Panel: The Economy and the 2012 Race

Economic indicators point to a slowing job market. CBN News's panel of experts address how Americans should respond and how it will affect the  2012 race.

Gingrich Vows to Press on to Win GOP Nod

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich says he's pressing on despite more troubles for his embattled presidential campaign.

Can the 'Power of Paul' Win the Oval Office?

Following a failed 2008 presidential bid, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is back and ready to take another shot at the White House.

Despite Pressure, Weiner Says He'll Stay Put

Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner is standing firm in his decision not to resign after admitting to sending several women a sexually explicit photo.

Judge Strikes Ban on Corporate Political Contributions

A federal judge has ruled that businesses can give money directly to political candidates.

Alaska Poised to Release Palin Emails

The state of Alaska on Friday will release thousands of Sarah Palin's emails from her first two years as governor.

Gingrich Aides Resign, Leave Campaign in Question

The entire top echelon of New Gingrich's presidential campaign resigned Thursday, leaving his bid for the Republican nomination in question.

Times: U.S. Steps Up Covert Strikes in Yemen

The Obama administration has intensified the covert U.S. war in Yemen, The New York Times reported late Wednesday.

Pawlenty Proposes Three-Tier Income Tax System

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty will offer a plan for an overhaul of the tax system Tuesday that would simplify individual tax rates to just three options.

House Leader Calls for Ethics Probe of Weiner

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling for an ethics investigation after Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., admitted to tweeting a lewd photograph of himself.

Economy Eats Up Obama's Popularity Boost

The bump President Obama received in the popularity polls after the death of Osama bin Laden has disappeared and been replaced by high disapproval of his handling of the economy.

Top Obama Economic Adviser to Leave

Austan Goolsbee, a longtime adviser to President Barack Obama, will resign his post as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

'In it to Win': Santorum Joins White House Race

Former Pa. Sen. Rick Santorum, once the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, said he's seeking the GOP nomination for president, vowing he's "in it to win."

GOP Hopefuls Court Values Vote at Faith Conference

GOP presidential contenders flocked to the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, trying to win over hundreds of evangelical and Tea Party activists.

Gates: U.S. Support Troops Should Leave First

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said support troops should leave Afghanistan first so combat troops can further press anti-Taliban offensive.

Conservatives Kick Off Faith & Freedom Conference

Conservative thinkers, voters, politicians, and commentators are gathering in the nation's Capitol for the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference this weekend.

Grand Jury Indicts Former Sen. John Edwards

A grand jury has indicted two-time presidential candidate John Edwards for charges related to attempts to cover up an affair while running for the White House.

GOP Warns Entitlements Eating the U.S. Alive

More than half the White House budget calls for spending on entitlement programs, causing some to worry the U.S. is heading down the same path as Europe.

Debt Fight Continues Despite Wall St. Warning

The Obama administration lobbied some of Congress' most conservative members Thursday for an increase in the nation's debt limit.

GOP's 2012 Presidential Field Starts to Take Shape

After a slow start, the GOP field seems to be coming together for the 2012 presidential race.

Mitt Romney: Obama Has 'Failed America'

Republican Mitt Romney announced his decision to run for the White House, saying President Barack Obama has failed the United States.

GOP to Obama: Stop Playing Politics with Medicare

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is urging the White House to get serious on the issue of entitlement reform.

Obama-GOP Budget Talks Produce Few Results

Despite having 'productive' budget negotiations with President Obama, Republicans said no real breakthrough was produced by Wednesday's meeting.

White House Promotes Auto Bailouts, Cites 'Paybacks'

Taxpayers will lose about $14 billion in the government's $80 billion bailout of Chrysler and GM.

Sarah Palin, Donald Trump Meet over Pizza

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump sat down for pizza in New York City last night.

GOP Questions Federal 'Healthy Eating Rules'

House Republicans are concerned that the Obama administration's marketing guidelines are 'classic nanny-state overreach.'