February 2012 Headlines

Romney's Focus, Momentum Shifts to Super Tuesday

After Romney's wins in Arizona and Michigan, the Republican showdown moves to Super Tuesday where the other candidates hope to get back into the mix.

Maine GOP Sen. Snowe Announces Retirement

The Republican Party will be looking to hold onto another U.S. Senate seat this November as they try to regain the majority.

Christian, Muslim: Contraception Mandate 'Wrong'

Two prominent women from two different faiths are speaking out against the president's contraceptive mandate.

Romney Wins Ariz., Escapes Home State Upset in Mich.

Mitt Romney pulled off double victories in Tuesday's Arizona and Michigan primaries, but not without former Sen. Rick Santorum close at his heels.

George Washington's Prayer Read on Senate Floor

In George Washington's prayer for the nation, he sought God's protection and favor, "through Jesus Christ our Lord."

No Home-State Advantage for Romney in Michigan

Losing Michigan would be a major blow to presidential candidate Mitt Romney and could shake up the GOP establishment about where this race is heading.

Poll: Santorum or Romney Could Defeat Obama

A new USA Today-Gallop poll shows former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney beating the president in head to head match-ups.

Campaign Hollywood: Obama's Link to Celebrities

A new report reveals the deep ties several Hollywood elites have to the Obama administration, and the lack of coverage the topic gets from mainstream media.

Obama Urges Governors to Boost Education Funding

President Barack Obama Monday urged the nation's governors to invest more state resources in education.

Romney Says Momentum in Right Direction in Mich.

Romney originally lost the lead in his home state of Michigan, but now polls show he's fought his way back and is virtually tied with Santorum.

Gingrich Criticizes US Apology for Koran Burning

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich criticized President Obama for apologizing to Afghanistan over a Koran-burning incident.

Battle for Michigan Comes Down to the Wire

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is facing an unexpectedly stiff challenge in his home state of Michigan from former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.

Obama Touts Energy Plan as Gas Prices Soar

President Obama took the issue head on Wednesday, announcing new energy policies he says will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil in the long run.

GOP Rivals Square Off over Bailout, Birth Control

With voters heading to the polls in Michigan in less than a week, all four tried to explain what sets them apart from the other.

Obama Proposes Corporate Tax Cuts, Romney Counters

President Obama wants to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent, and end loopholes that he says give businesses incentive to move jobs overseas.

GOP Candidates' Faith Put Under the Microscope

With the crucial Michigan primary just days away, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is going after the Obama administration for its secular agenda.

Bachmann Announces Reelection Bid in New District

Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said she's running for reelection to her congressional seat, despite redistricting concerns.

Report Reveals White House Ties to Liberal Watchdog

The White House is under fire after a new report revealed it has close ties with a liberal watchdog group being paid to target religious broadcasters.

In Two Weeks, Will We See the Next GOP Nominee?

On Feb. 28, the GOP candidates face off in presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona. The biggest day, Super Tuesday, Mar. 6, is just two weeks away.

Is 'Budget or Bust' Bill Dead in the Water?

One lawmaker is proposing a bill that would freeze Congress' pay until it passes a budget. But some are doubtful the bill will fly in an election season.

Obama: Santorum's 'Phony' Rhetoric 'Over the Line'

Rick Santorum is calling the president out for what he views as the president's "phony theology," comments the Obama campaign called "destructive."

Tea Party Shifts to Stealth Mode for 2012 Elections

So what happened to the Tea Party? They've shifted into stealth modem, working behind the scenes rather than in front of the camera.

Hearing Zeros in on Obama's Birth Control Mandate

President Obama's new contraception policy took center stage during a congressional hearing on religious liberty as clergy testified that it disregards basic rights.

Next President: Son of Privilege or Fatherless Man?

One radio host notes that despite a shared sense of determination, candidates close to their dads tend to run different campaigns than their no-father counterparts.

Romney, Santorum Fight for Top Spot in Michigan

Santorum is leading in Romney's home state of Michigan. Now both candidates are taking to the state's airways, attacking each other to win over voters.

Bishops: Birth Control Policy Interferes with the Church

Religious leaders are concerned about the reach of government into the Church, especially after a new birth control coverage mandate by the Obama administration.

Congress Reaches Deal on Payroll Tax Cuts

It's official. Congress reached a deal Thursday morning to extend the payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits until the end of the year.

Romney Battles to Keep Top Spot over Santorum

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., are battling for the top spot in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

GOP Pans Obama Budget as 'Campaign Document'

Conservatives wasted little time criticizing President Obama's new $3.8 trillion budget proposal, saying the plan does little to cut back spending.

US Considering Steep Cuts in Nuclear Weapons

The Obama administration is considering large cuts in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Tentative Deal Reached on Payroll Tax Cuts

Negotiators say they've agreed on a tentative deal that could be ready for President Obama to sign by the end of the week.

Polls: Santorum Heading for Frontrunner Status?

New polls reveal there may be a new frontrunner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination as former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., gains some serious momentum among the GOP faithful.

House Leaders Support Extending Payroll Tax Cut

House Republican leaders say they will support extending the federal payroll tax cut through the end of the year.

Not to Be Ignored: 12.2M Hispanics to Vote in 2012

The group of Latino office holders predicts that 12.2 million Hispanics will cast their ballots in November, up from 9.7 million in 2008.

A Look at the Tea Party's Influence on Congress

Among the most vocal critics of  President Obama's $4 trillion budget are Tea Party lawmakers. But do they have enough support to turn their priorities into law?

Washington Seventh State to Legalize Gay Marriage

Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the measure into law Monday, making it the seventh state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

NJ Senate OKs Gay Marriage Bill

New Jersey's state Senate passed a bill to recognize same-sex marriages, despite the promise of a veto by Gov. Chris Christie.

Obama's New Budget Raises Taxes on Wealthy

President Obama unveiled his 2013 budget to Congress Monday, kicking off what's sure to become an election year battle over government spending.

McConnell: Birth Control Mandate Against 1st Amendment

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he'll push to overturn the birth control mandate because it's another example of government meddling.

GOP Nominee Still Up in the Air after CPAC

Given the mixed reception and undecided conservative voters, the GOP nominee could come down to a history-making brokered deal at convention.

Romney Edges Santorum in Conservatives' Straw Poll

Mitt Romney has won The Washington Times/CPAC Presidential Straw Poll of conservative activists.

Election Goals Top Priority as CPAC Kicks Off

Conservatives from across the country are in Washington to talk about ideas and strategy and to hear from those still in the running to become the GOP nominee.

Santorum Surges as He Talks Faith in Bible Belt

A Gallup poll shows 20 percent of Republicans now support him as their party's nominee for president after his three-state sweep of GOP contests on Tuesday.

Santorum: Obama Choosing Iran over Israel

GOP candidate Rick Santorum accused President Obama of betraying Israel by disclosing what may be a plan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

Santorum Tells Pastors How His Faith Guides Him

Republican presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum took a day off from talking politics Wednesday, and instead talked about his faith.

States Given Slack for No Child Left Behind Goals

Ten states will no longer be held to certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind education law put in place under the George W. Bush administration.

GOP Joins Fight against Birth Control Mandate

House Speaker John Boehner, who is Catholic, said the rule is an attack on religious freedom and "cannot stand and will not stand."

Report Questions Release of Guantanamo Detainees

Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee released a report showing more than a quarter of released Guantanamo detainees resumed terrorist activity.

Santorum Bests Romney in Three-State Sweep

It's being called a "Santorum Sweep." Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum scored three huge wins in the race for the Republican nomination.

Catholics Unite Against Law's Birth Control Mandate

Inside churches across America, the health department's recent interpretation of President Obama's health care law, passed by Congress in 2010, is still reverberating.

Candidates: Obama Violating Freedom of Conscience

Rather than attacking one another, the GOP candidates are focusing on the president and what they see as his violation of Americans' freedom on conscience.

Romney Looks Ahead to Colo, Minn. after Nev. Win

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is being considered the clear front-runner for Tuesday's Republican caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota.

Obama Could Alter Stance of Appeals Courts

A second term for President Obama would allow him to expand his replacement of Republican-appointed majorities with Democratic ones on the nation's appeals court.

Holder Calls Fast and Furious Probe 'Political'

Eric Holder maintains he knew nothing about Operation Fast and Furious, a gun-smuggling investigation by the Justice Department that went wrong.

'Budget or Bust' Would Freeze Lawmaker Paychecks

If Rep. Paul Broun gets his way, no lawmaker on Capitol Hill would get paid without first passing a budget.

Obama Links Economic Policies to Jesus' Teachings

President Obama suggested that his politics of 'shared responsibility' and higher taxes for the rich are shaped by the teachings of Jesus.

Drum Roll: Trump Endorses Romney, Not Gingrich

The news comes after two Newt Gingrich campaign advisers claimed it was the former House speaker that "the Donald" would be throwing his support behind.

Obama Offers Plan to Help Homeowners Refinance

President Barack Obama traveled to Falls Church, Va., Wednesday to release the details of his new plan to help struggling homeowners.

Romney Flying High, Gingrich Says 'Never Say Die'

Despite a war of words between GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, Romney hinted at reconciliation. Apparently Gingrich didn't get the memo.