January 2013 Headlines

Economic Report May Hurt Obama's Social Agenda

A new report this week showing the economy actually shrank in the fourth quarter of 2012 could hurt President Obama's social agenda.

GOP Senators Interrogate Hagel on Israel, Iran

Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel defended himself during tough questioning from his critics, Thursday.

Senator Proposes Teaching Kids Gun Safety

Republican Sen. Dan Brown is proposing legislation requiring school districts to teach first graders gun safety.

Incoming Sec. of State Urges Release of Jailed Pastor

Incoming Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Iran for its imprisonment of Pastor Saeed Abedini in a written response to a question asked during his confirmation hearing last week.


Emotions High on Both Sides of Gun Control Hearing

Both sides of the gun control debate were armed for battle as the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on what the nation should do to end gun violence.

William Cowan Appointed to Fill Kerry's Senate Seat

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has appointed his former chief of staff to serve as interim senator in place of out-going Sen. John Kerry

Obama Lays Out Vision for Immigration Reform

Paving a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants in the United States is just part of the immigration reform plan President Obama spelled out Tuesday.

Kerry Sec'y State Nomination Clears Senate Panel

Mass. Sen. John Kerry is one step closer to becoming the next secretary of state. On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved Kerry with no opposition.

Faith Leaders to Lawmakers: Block Hagel Nomination

Hundreds of Christian leaders are on Capitol Hill Tuesday asking their senators to vote against confirming former Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense.

Obama to Sign $50.5 Billion Sandy Aid Package

Congress has approved a $50.5 billion emergency aid package to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. The storm's been blamed for billions in property damage.

Chambliss Retiring from Senate, Citing Gridlock

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced he is retiring from the U.S. Senate, saying he's grown frustrated with Washington and the ugly political climate there.

Senators: Immigration Reform Plan ‘Tough, But Fair’

"Tough" but "fair" is how a bipartisan group of senators is describing their framework for comprehensive immigration reform.

Senators Unveil Framework for Immigration Reform

Senators from both sides of the aisle have come together to lay the groundwork for sweeping immigration reform.

Sen. Ted Cruz: GOP Can Retake Senate in 2014

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told CBN News, "If we stand together, if we stand for principle, I think we can take a majority of the Senate."

Bobby Jindal to GOP: 'Stop Being the Stupid Party'

Louisiana's GOP governor is challenging his party to change, noting the clumsy comments about abortion and rape made by some Republicans during the campaign season.

Obama Recess Appointments Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court has ruled that some of President Obama's appointments made last year to the National Labor Relations Board violate the U.S. Constitution.

Kerry Confirmation Touches on Benghazi, Egypt

Democratic Sen. John Kerry began his confirmation process for secretary of state Thursday with an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

House Dems Introduce Assault Weapons Ban

The proposed legislation would outlaw the sale of select specialty firearms and ban the sale of ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds.

House Passes Plan to Avert Debt Crisis

Wednesday's "No Budget, No Pay" measure would give the government enough leeway to meet three more months' worth of obligations and avoid a first time ever default.

No Spending Cuts, No Paychecks for Congress

Republicans have decided not to use the debt ceiling as a negotiating tactic. Instead they'll require lawmakers' paychecks be withheld unless they okay spending cuts.

DC Church a Model for Breaking Political Gridlock?

America seems more divided than united. Now, some are bonding - not in spite of their political differences but because of them.

Obama Invokes MLK as He Lays Out 2nd Term Agenda

In his inaugural address, President Obama paid respect to America's civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., as he laid out his agenda for his second term.

Prayer Plays Major Role in Inauguration Day

While hundreds of thousands came to watch the inauguration, many came to pray for America and its president and to praise and worship God.

Pomp, Circumstance Eclipses Partisan Rancor

Partisan rancor was put on hold Monday as more than a half a million people waited in some pretty chilly temperatures to witness the swearing in of President Barack Obama.

Obama, Biden Sworn in for Second Term

Formally embarking on a second term, President Barack Obama was sworn in just before noon. Vice President Joe Biden took the oath of office earlier on Sunday.

Air of Anticipation Surrounds Inaugural Planning

Long before Americans chose their next president, one group of service members was working full time to plan his swearing in ceremony. For many, the event is like a dream.

Episcopal Pastor to Replace Giglio at Inauguration

The pastor of the Episcopal parish closest to the White House will give the benediction at President Obama's inauguration Monday.

Exec. Orders Set Stage for Gun Control Showdown

President Obama has announced plans for sweeping new gun laws. But critics say the move amounts to an assault on the Second Amendment and executive overreach.

Obama Signs 23 Executive Orders on Gun Control

President Barack Obama unveiled sweeping proposals to curb gun violence, signing 23 executive orders, Tuesday, that don't require the approval of Congress.

House Finally Clears $50 Billion Sandy Aid Package

The House finally approved $50 billion in emergency relief for the victims of Superstorm Sandy, almost three months after the storm devastated the northeast.

Obama Warned against Exec. Action on Gun Control

President Obama has suggested using executive orders to bypass Congress on gun control. But some lawmakers are cautioning the president against such action.

Obama: Debt Ceiling about Congress Paying Its Bills

President Barack Obama said he won't have a discussion about increasing the nation's borrowing limit while Republicans hold a gun at the head of the American people.

Sen. Paul on Gun Control Order: Obama is Not 'King'

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told CBN News that members of Congress are prepared to fight Obama's executive orders on gun control, saying he is
"against having a king."

NRA: Congress Won't Pass Assault Weapons Ban

The National Rifle Association said it has enough votes in Congress to block any so-called assault weapons ban.

GOP Says Sandy Aid Bill Full of Wasteful Spending

GOP critics say a Senate bill passed last year includes $12 billion in disaster relief grants for other states and government spending that has nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy.

Obama Taps Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary

Jack Lew is said to be an expert on the federal budget and a tough negotiator. But Some Republicans accuse him of not compromising in past battles over fiscal policy.

NRA Throws Down Challenge to More Gun Control

Vice President Joe Biden continues to prepare his suggestions for the president on how to curb gun violence, despite new pushback from the NRA.

Obama to Take Oath on Two Different Bibles

President Obama will use Bibles from two heroes of American History for taking oath of office.

Cruz's Conservatism Designed to Cross Party Lines

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a rising star among conservatives. While he's still getting used to the title, the Lone Star State's new senator is already making waves.

Biden Closing in on Specific Gun Control Measures

Vice President Joe Biden said he's reached no conclusions but has a tight deadline, even as he and his advisers appear to be closing in on some specifics.

Biden: President Weighing Gun Control Exec. Order

Vice President Joe Biden met Wednesday with those who've affected by recent mass shootings, including the families of Sandy Hook massacre victims.

Fiscal Cliff Deal Overturns Obamacare's CLASS Act

Part of President Obama's health care law was repealed as a result of last week's fiscal cliff deal.

Could String of Lawsuits Unravel Obamacare?

After the Supreme Court ruled Obamacare constitutional, most thought the case against the law was settled. But a growing number of lawsuits may mean its undoing.


Hagel Faces Tough Fight over Israel Record

The president is expected to nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. Hagel faces stiff opposition from former colleagues for his views on Israel and Iran.

Lawmakers Worlds Apart on Solving Fiscal Crisis

Washington faces raising the country's $16.4 trillion borrowing limit. Still, lawmakers appear worlds apart on what should be done next to solve the fiscal crisis.

President Obama Signs Sandy Aid Bill

President Barak Obama has signed a bill offering $9.7 billion in aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Obama: Military Conscience Protection 'Ill-Advised'

President Obama criticized a conscience clause in a defense bill that protects military chaplains who object to performing gay marriage.

House Overwhelmingly Passes Sandy Aid Bill

The House and Senate are expected to pass a $9.7 billion bill to help pay Superstorm Sandy insurance claims.

New Congress Starts under Shadow of Old Problems

On a bright and sunny day inside the Washington Beltway, lawmakers old and new alike took the oath of office Thursday as the the first day of the new 113th Congress began.

Freshman Lawmakers Begin Day with Prayer

As the new 113th Congress comes to Washington, many of them will start the day in prayer at a bipartisan gathering.

One Fiscal Crisis Averted; Another Just Beginning

Experts say despite the lengthy debate over taxes, the fiscal cliff deal was actually the easy vote. There are still billions of dollars of deficits that've barely been touched.

Lawmakers Angered over Postponed Sandy Aid

The House may have voted on a cliff deal, but one thing is didn't act on was a bill offering disaster relief to areas hit hard by Sandy, a move that's angered lawmakers.

What the Last-Minute Fiscal Deal Didn't Solve

Lawmakers struck a last-minute deal to keep America from tumbling off the fiscal cliff. But the GOP notes the bill fails to address Washington's ongoing spending spree.

Washington Veers Away from Fiscal Cliff, Now What?

Washington may have managed to veer away from the fiscal cliff at the last moment, but critics of the deal say there's still plenty of trouble ahead.