March 2011 Headlines

‘American Exceptionalism’ Next Political Hot Button?

Many Americans have not heard the expression "American exceptionalism," but that could soon change. 

The Brody File: GOP Presidential Final 4

On this week's edition of The Brody File, CBN News makes picks for the "Presidential Final 4."

Tea Party to GOP: Budget Cuts Not Deep Enough

Tea Partiers are urging GOP lawmakers to 'stop messing around' and reach an agreement on how to tackle America's spending issues.

Obama’s Energy Plan Efficiency Questioned

Reaction to President Obama's call for America to import less oil and become more energy independent has been mixed.

Budget Talks to Avoid Gov't Shutdown Resume

Vice President Biden says congressional negotiators are getting close to a budget deal with $33 billion in spending cuts. But the GOP is hoping for deeper cuts.

Dems Trying to Divide Tea Party in Budget Talks

Democrats in Congress are trying to divide the Tea Party from the Republican leadership.

Rep. Bachmann Inches Closer to Presidential Run

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is giving every sign of running for president -- so much so that some say she could be the Sarah Palin of the 2012 campaign.

Dems Hint at Flexibility on Budget

Democrats may be willing to accept Republican-backed cuts on the EPA and other federal regulators as part of an overall budget deal.

House GOP Plans Phase Out of Fannie, Freddie

Republican lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday plan to chip away at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Obama: U.S. Intervention Averted Libyan Massacre

As long as Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is in power, President Obama warned the North African nation will remain a "dangerous place."

Tempers Flare as Budget Deadline Looms

The deadline is quickly approaching for lawmakers to pass a bill to fund the federal government.

Obama Set to Defend U.S. Involvement in Libya

The president has been facing tough criticism from Washington lawmakers and the American public for not getting approval from Congress to enter the conflict.

Time Short, Tempers Flare in Budget Showdown

Congress returns to Washington this week under mounting pressure to strike an agreement with President Barack Obama on a bill to fund the government.

First Female VP Candidate Ferraro Dies at 75

Geraldine Ferraro, who became the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket, only to lose in a landslide, died Saturday. She was 75.

Rep. Bachmann Closer to White House Bid?

She hasn't confirmed plans to run, but she may form an exploratory committee as early as May.

Napolitano: Border Towns with Mexico Are Safe

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, said security on the border with Mexico "is better now than it ever has been."

Senate Set to Hold Hearings on Muslim Rights

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., the subcommittee's chairman, explained the purpose of the probe is to address the "spike in anti-Muslim bigotry.

Romney Vows to End 'Obamacare' in U.S.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has proposed a new way to block the Democratic health care law.

Congress Questions Obama's Handling of Libya

As NATO ships patrol Libya's coast Thursday, President Obama is facing new pressure from Congress over the America's role and mounting costs.

Lawmakers Question Obama's Authority over Libya

Lawmakers from both sides are questioning President Barack Obama's motives in authorizing U.S. air strikes in Libya and whether he had the authority to do so.

CBO: Obama Understates Deficits by $2.3 Trillion

A new estimate from the Congressional Budget Office said the White House has underestimated future deficits by $2.3 trillion over 10 years.

A Year Later: GOP Vows to Torpedo Health Law

Republican lawmakers say the law has cost too much and hurts small businesses.

GOP's Cain Not Typical Presidential Candidate

He calls himself "the common sense candidate" and told CBN News Americans are fed up with the same old ways in which Washington does its political business.

Freshmen D.C. Lawmakers Hold Major Clout

When it comes to spending, these lawmakers are showing their true allegiance is principle, not a political party.

U.S. Demanding U.N. Body Support Gay Rights

The Obama administration is calling on the U.N. top human rights body to support gays and lesbian rights worldwide.

Pawlenty to Seek 2012 Republican Nomination

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has formally announced his interest in the the 2012 presidential race.

Gates Hopes to Expand U.S.-Russian Cooperation

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Russia Monday to take a final personal shot at easing Moscow's worries over a missile defense shield in Europe.

Are Obama's Priorities in Line with Current Issues?

The president has become the target of conservative critics who say he's failed to make bold leadership decisions on the big issues facing America right now.

'In God We Trust' Bill Set for Full House Vote

A resolution re-affirming "In God We Trust" as the national motto was approved by the House Judiciary Committee and is now headed for a full House vote.

Radiation Scare Impedes U.S. Nuke Strategy

The nuclear disaster in Japan could very likely kill what was supposed to be a resurgence of the nuclear industry in the United States.

Iowa's Path: GOP Contenders Court Evangelicals

The 2012 presidential race is unofficially underway. For GOP candidates, when it comes to winning, political rule No. 1 says 'you must court the evangelicals.'

Republicans Fed Up With Continuing Resolutions

So far, Congress has passed six stop gap budget measures to keep funding the operation of the government.

Hillary Clinton Will 'Step Down' in Two Years

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not stay on when her appointment ends in two years, nor will she seek another public post.

Union Debate: Taxpayers Getting a Fair Shake?

Wis. garnered the national spotlight for its publicized battle over state budget cuts. Our expert panel examined unions and their political implications.

Lawmakers Announce DOMA Repeal Effort

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have announced legislation to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday.

Pro-Lifers Upset Over Continued Abortion Funding

Pro-life groups said the failure to defund Planned Parenthood shows that the House is not serious about cutting spending.

Clinton Tours Tahrir Square in Push for Reform

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday toured Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Petraeus Backs Troop Drawdown in Afghanistan

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan insists the military can boost Afghan security forces to fight the Taliban and begin a troop drawdown this summer.

The Brody File: Getting the Evangelical Vote

CBN News talks one-on-one with presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum in Iowa.

Cuccinelli's One-Man Fight against Uncle Sam

Va. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is literally waging a one-man fight against the government and has already secured his place in U.S. history.


House Ok's Stopgap Bill Despite Abortion Debate

The measure passed despite opposition from some conservative members who refused to support the bill because it didn't include a ban on federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Obama Prods Congress on Education Reform

President Obama renewed his push Monday to overhaul the nation's main education law.

State Dep't. Spokesman Resigns

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley resigned after criticizing the military's treatment of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the suspected WikiLeaks leaker.

Obama Keeps Focus on Fight for Women's Equality

Father of two girls, President Barack Obama says he wants to improve the status of women in the United States.

White House Warns Against Profiling Muslims

The White House said it welcomes congressional involvement in fighting against Islamic radicals in the Unites States, but not through "guilt by association."

As Gas Prices Rise, Obama Preps to Use Oil Reserve

President Barack Obama said Friday he's prepared to tap into the U.S. oil reserve if global supplies continue to tighten.

Islam Hearings Address 'Elephant in the Room'

The chairman of the hearings, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said it was time to address the elephant in the room. Four hours of emotion filled testimony followed.

Top Intel Official Takes Heat over Gadhafi Gaffe

The government's top intelligence official fumbled the Obama administration's message Thursday about embattled Moammar Gadhafi's fate.

King: Homegrown Terror Hearings Will Continue

The congressional hearing investigating radicalization of American Muslims is on track to be the most controversial of the year.

Emotions High Amid Homegrown Terror Hearings

GOP Rep. Peter King said he's received death threats as he prepares to lead the first-ever hearing on the threat of homegrown terrorism in the U.S.

Wis. Senate Cuts Union's Bargaining Rights

Wisconsin lawmakers continued to advance a bill, Thursday, that will take away public workers' collective bargaining rights.

Senate Dems, Republicans Deadlocked on Budget

The crux of the matter is the two sides are far apart -- and they need to cut a deal by next Friday to prevent a government shutdown.

Newt Gingrich Talks God, Forgiveness

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., is expected to run for president in the 2012 election, but religious voters might have problems with his past mistakes, including marital infidelity.

Biden in Moscow for Two Days of Talks

Vice President Joe Biden is in Moscow for two days of talks.

Presidential Contenders Pitch to Iowa Evangelicals

Five Republican hopefuls made their political pitches to swoon voters in Iowa -- a state renowned for launching presidential campaigns.

Lawmaker: China's One Child Policy 'Outrageous'

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., is drawing new attention to China's one child policy, saying baby girls have become a main casualty of the country's  forced abortions.

Report: Too Many Whites, Men Leading Military

The U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies and lift its ban on women in combat.

Obama Resumes Guantanamo Trials

President Barack Obama reversed course Monday and ordered a resumption of military trials for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Iowa Spring Forum Features GOP Contenders

The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's spring forum, scheduled for Monday night in Waukee, has attracted five of the potential candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Congress Shows No Signs of Budget Compromise

Congress appears to be heading toward another showdown over the budget in Washington, D.C.

White House Eyes Oil Reserves as Gas Prices Spike

Crude has now reached its highest price per barrel since Sept. of 2008, which translates to more financial pain at the gas pump.

House Hearings to Examine Homegrown Terrorism

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., has scheduled his committee to hold a controversial congressional hearing on Islamic radicalization this week.

House Speaker Launches Defense of Marriage Effort

House Speaker John Boehner is launching a legal group to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Allen West: Resurrecting the American Spirit

Retired Army Lt. Col Allen West is taking the Capitol by storm with his "take-no-prisoners" approach and strong distaste for political correctness.

Gingrich Hints Presidential Run, Launches Website

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich announced Thursday he's "exploring" a run for the White House in 2012.

House Panel Passes Anti-Abortion Funding Bill

The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation Thursday aimed at permanently preventing taxpayer-funded abortions.

U.S., Mexico Reach Deal on Trade Dispute

President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon have reached a deal that could end a 20-year trade dispute.

U.S. Man Proven Alive in Iran

Four years after a retired FBI agent mysteriously vanished inside Iran, U.S. officials have received irrefutable proof he is alive.

Giffords' Recovery Shows More Progress

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been showing emotion, good memory skills and an impressive grasp of everything.

Brody File: Mayhem in Madison, Wis.

On this week's edition of The Brody File, CBN News takes a look at the mayhem in Madison, Wis., over Gov. Scott Walker's union bill.

Gov't Spends $200 Billion on Duplicate Programs

A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that the government is wasting taxpayers' money every day.

Governors Target Obama's Healthcare Law

Some of the nation's governors went to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to tell the U.S. House of Representatives what they think of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Lawmakers Approve Bill to Avoid Gov't Shutdown

The Senate has passed legislation meant to prevent a partial shutdown of the government when temporary funding expires on Friday.

U.S. Launches Missile Program for Europe

The U.S. is sending a special radar-equipped warship to the Mediterranean Sea next week.

GOP Vows to Fight New 'Net Neutrality' Rules

The House Communications and Technology Subcommittee is expected to vote Wednesday on whether the net neutrality laws are appropriate.

Gov't Seeks to Uphold DOMA in Gay Lawyer Suit

Federal attorneys told a Calif. judge that the government would continue to enforce DOMA until it's repealed by Congress or struck down by a federal court.

White House Criticizes Health Care Lawsuit Ruling

The Obama administration says a federal judge in Virginia was wrong when he struck down the centerpiece of the new health care law.