February 2013 Headlines

President Asks High Court to Overturn Gay Marriage Ban

President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban.

Obama Tones Down Sequester Rhetoric amid Criticism

Weeks of Washington hype about looming budget cuts may have finally peaked. The president is now softening his tone as the GOP has been pushing back.

Bob Woodward: White House Aide Threatened Me

The Washington Post's Bob Woodward said a senior White House official threatend him over a column he wrote on the sequester.

Twitter Campaign Targets Obama Media Blitz

One conservative business expert is launching a Twitter campaign to fight back against the White House media blitz on the sequester.

Sequester Countdown: Why Virginians Are Frustrated

White House numbers predict Virginia would be among the hardest hit by the sequester, with around 90,000 Defense Department workers possibly being furloughed.

Group of Republicans File Gay Marriage Brief

A group of more than 80 Republicans will file a "friend of the court" brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of same-sex marriage.

Newly Minted Hagel Vows to Build US Foreign Ties

After squeaking through a brutal confirmation process, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is vowing to strengthen America's ties around the globe.

Committee Okays Jacob Lew for Treasury Sec'y

The Senate Finance Committee has approved President Obama's pick as the next treasury secretary, former White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew.

Sequester Armaggedon? GOP Says 'Hardly'

The president is drumming up public concern in a bid to head off what he calls a "perfect storm" for economic decay. But critics say such warnings are exaggerated.

Critics Say Obama Fearmongering on Sequester

The White House released a report showing the impact of the looming sequester, state by state. But critics called it a fear tactic, designed to scare Americans.

Second Amendment an 'Insurance Policy' for Liberty?

Legal experts say the Second Amendment grants Americans the right to defend themselves. It also serves as an insurance policy for liberty.

Democrat: Obama Partially to Blame for Sequester

The president has repeatedly blasted Congress for the coming sequester. But a high-ranking Democrat said the White House is partially to blame.

German Home Schoolers Get Their Day in US Court

A German homeschool family seeking asylum in the United States will get the chance to argue their case before a federal appeals court in April.

GOP Lawmakers Join Hobby Lobby Contraception Fight

Nearly a dozen Republican lawmakers have joined the legal fight against the Obamacare contraception insurance mandate.

Finger-Pointing Heats Up as Sequester Deadline Nears

Spending will be slashed across the board starting March 1 unless Congress and the president work out a deal for more careful cuts to reduce the deficit.

Obama Pushes More Taxes in Budget Cuts Deal

President Obama is pushing congressional Republicans to accept more taxes as part of a deal to avoid $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts.

Ted Cruz a Lifeline for the Conservative Party?

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is one of the few Republicans these days described as a "rock star" for the party. The freshman is already starting to shake things up in Washington.

Homeland Security Stocking Up on Ammo

The online rumors are true, sort of. The federal government is buying up huge quantities of ammunition -- 1.6 billion rounds to be precise.

Justice Department: Home Schooling not a 'Right'

The U.S. Justice Department says home-schooling is not a fundamental right.

Leaked Immigration Plan Sparks More Conflict

White House officials are downplaying an immigration plan that was leaked to the media even as Republicans accuse the president of using the issue to gain political advantage.

Rubio Turns 'Bottlegate' into Fundraising Coup

Sen. Marco Rubio has turned his sip of water during the Republican response to the president's State of the Union address into a successful fundraising campaign.

House GOP Moves to Block Pay Raise for Fed Workers

The House of Representatives is voting to block a pay raise for federal workers proposed by President Obama.

Security in Question for US Diplomatic Posts

More than half of the U.S. diplomatic posts overseas may not fully meet security standards, according to Undersecretary of State Pat Kennedy.


Obama Highlights Gun Control in 'Murder Capital'

The three city tour following President Obama's State of the Union ends in his hometown with a speech highlighting his key second-term proposals.

Charities: Cutting Deductions Only Hurts the Poor

President Obama has been proposing limits to the charitable deduction, selling it as one way to cut off a tax break for the rich. But charities warn it's the poor who'll be hurt.

Obama Pitches Universal Preschool Education

President Obama took up the issue of early education Thursday, unveiling a proposal to provide universal preschool to children in America.

Senate Republicans Block Hagel Confirmation Vote

Senate Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense Thursday night, saying they want more information from the former senator.

GOP Warns Obama's Minimum Wage Plan a Bad Idea

President Obama is launching a new campaign to hike the federal minimum wage. But critics say the move would actually hurt small businesses, and the economy.

Senate Panel Postpones John Brennan CIA Vote

The Senate Intelligence Committee will postpone voting to confirm White House counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan as CIA director.

House OK's Sandy Aid for Houses of Worship

Churches, synagogues, and mosques damaged during Superstorm Sandy will be allowed to file for federal disaster aid under a bill approved by the House.

Showdown Brewing over Hagel Confirmation

Republican senators want more information about Benghazi before approving former Sen. Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.

A Cure for Washington's Dysfunction? No Budget, No Pay!

How do you make politics more accountable and cure Washington's dysfunction? Former U.S. Comptroller David Walker's group, No Labels, is making that happen.

President Obama Confirms Cybersecurity Proposal

In his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, President Obama made reference to an Executive Order he signed that would strengthen security for the nation's computer networks.

Tension Builds on How to Overhaul Immigration Law

As the Senate opened its first hearing on an immigration overhaul Wednesday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer emphasized the need for more security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Illegal Immigrant Testifies before Senate Hearing

The Senate held its first immigration reform hearing of the year, and it was possibly the first such hearing where an openly illegal immigrant testified.

Obama Lays Out Bold Vision for Second Term

President Barack Obama laid out his second-term vision, touching on everything from the economy to education to America's role on the world stage and here at home.

Sen. Rubio Tackles 'Bottlegate,' State of the Union

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio gave the GOP response to the president's State of the Union address, while Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul spoke out on behalf of the Tea Party.

Warren: Obamacare Mandate an Attack on Religious Freedom

Rick Warren called President Obama's birth control coverage mandate a direct attack on religious liberty, saying the U.S. Supreme Court will strike it down.

Report Says Australian Prisoner a Mossad Agent

A report by ABC Australia says a prisoner who committed suicide in an Israeli prison in 2010 was an Australian citizen recruited by the Mossad, Israel's secret service.

Political Gridlock Affecting U.S. Military Readiness

Top military brass told a Senate panel on Tuesday that political gridlock in Washington is affecting the readiness of America's military.


Federal Judge Strikes Down Arizona Abortion Law

A federal judge struck down an Arizona law that blocked Medicare funding from being used at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics.

President Rejects Raising Eligibility Age for Medicare

President Obama is against raising the eligibility age for Medicare in order to prevent a funding crisis down the road.

Senate Committee Approves Hagel Nomination

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved President Obama's controversial defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, moving it a full Senate vote.

Obama to Tackle Jobs, Sequester in State of the Union

President Obama will set forth an ambitious agenda in the first State of the Union address of his second term Tuesday night.

Dr. Carson Prayer Breakfast Speech Generates Buzz

Standing just feet from the president, Carson criticized higher taxes on the wealthy and advocated changes to health care that promote personal responsibility.

Lawmakers Want Obama's Drone Policies Investigated

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say President Obama's use of deadly drone's against Americans involved with al Qaeda needs closer inspection.

Reagan Symposium Tackles Once-Taboo Topics

The 8th Annual Ronald Reagan Symposium at Regent University, "God and Man in the Oval Office" took on the two topics that were once considered socially taboo--religion and politics. 

Sen. Graham Vows to Delay Obama Nominees

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he'll delay confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominees to head up the Pentagon and the CIA.

Report: Media Gives Obama Pass on High Gas Prices

A new report by the Business and Media Institute says the media have given President Obama a pass when it comes to rising gas prices.

Joshua DuBois Departs White House Faith Office

"Pastor in Chief" Joshua DuBois is stepping down as the White House's liaison to faith-based organizations.

Nat'l Prayer Breakfast Focuses on Shared Faith

Thousands gathered in Washington Thursday for the National Prayer Breakfast, where they put their political differences aside to focus their shared faith in Jesus Christ.

Obama Admin.'s Increased Use of Drones Under Scrutiny

The Obama administration's use of drone strikes is under heightened scrutiny, climaxing with the confirmation hearing for Obama's nominee to lead the the CIA.

Brennan Faces Senators over CIA Drone Program

CIA director nominee John Brennan faced senators' questions regarding his involvement in the spy agency's drone program, during his confirmation hearing Thursday.

Senate Postpones Vote on Hagel Nomination

The vote on former Sen. Chuck Hagel's secretary of defense nomination was delayed after questions were rasied about who paid him for his speeches and consulting work.

House Dems Unveil Gun Control Measures

The measures, which include an assault weapons ban, are House Democrats first response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Residents Push Back against Local Drone Use

Drone programs on the local level are coming under fire as law enforcement officials use the unmanned aircraft as a tool to fight crime.


Tea Party Says 'Don't Write Our Obit Just Yet'

Is the Tea Party dead? Certain politicians say yes and the mainstream media has written the obituary.

Obama Urges Congress to Delay Spending Cuts

President Obama is pushing Congress to delay those deep spending cuts that will hit the military and other domestic programs in less than a month.

Justice Dept: US Can Kill Citizens with Terror Ties

The U.S. government has the authority to kill terrorist suspects, even if they're American citizens, according to a new Justice Department memo.

Economists: Immigration Reform Means Economic Boost

Conservatives are wary of moving too fast or too far on immigration reform.

GOP Slams White House for Budget Delay

Republicans are criticizing the White House for not meeting Monday's deadline to produce a federal budget.

Kerry Vows to Work for Global Peace, Prosperity

Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Monday to work to protect American service workers overseas from terrorist attacks during his first speech at the State Department.

President Says Consensus Forming on Gun Control

President Obama took his gun control agenda to Minneapolis, a city that's had success curbing gun violence.

Obama, Reid: End Tax Loopholes to Cut Deficit

President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Washington needs more taxes as part of a plan to reduce the budget deficit.

Religious Rights Groups Blast HHS Mandate 'Fix'

Religious groups blast the Obama administration's announcement in reaction to its opt-out for religious nonprofits that object to the HHS mandate.

Obama Admin. Offers Opt-Out to Birth Control Mandate

The Obama administration is offering religious non-profits an opt-out to its birth control coverage mandate in its health care law.

Clinton Delivers Parting Shot to Benghazi Critics

Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a parting shot to critics of her response to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Jobs Council Expires as High Unemployment Persists

President Obama has decided to let his Jobs Council expire. The news comes as 12 million Americans remain out of work and growing concern about the economy.

Judge: Birth Control Mandate Lawsuit 'Premature'

A federal judge in Saint Louis has thrown out a lawsuit over the Obama administration's health insurance mandate to fund contraception.