March 2013 Headlines

Americans' Support for Tougher Gun Control Weakening

Three months after the Sandy Hook shootings, the White House is again ramping up its gun control rhetoric. But a new poll shows support has weakened.

'Gang of Eight' Senators Witness Ariz. Border Breach

Several Gang of Eight senators who are pushing for immigration reform toured a fence in Arizona -- and unexpectedly got to witness the problem firsthand.

Critics Question Uncle Sam's Ammo Buying Spree

As private gun and ammunition sales skyrocket, Uncle Sam is buying too and in bulk. The Department of Homeland Security is purchasing 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.

Colonel: Anti-DOMA Ruling Could Silence Chaplains

Retired Col. Ron Crews warns a ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act could put military chaplains at greater risk for discrimination.

IRS Apologizes for Tax-Funded 'Star Trek' Parody

The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for wasting taxpayer dollars to make a video parody of the sci-fi show "Star Trek."

NRA, Bloomberg Appeals Voters on Gun Control Bill

The gun control battle is heating up again. With two weeks remaining before a Senate vote, both sides say it's critical voters make their voices heard.

Senate Clears Democratic Budget Raising Taxes

An exhausted Senate gave pre-dawn approval Saturday to a Democratic $3.7 trillion budget that embraces nearly $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade.

Senators to Obama: Cut Back on EPA Regulation

Four Democratic senators are asking President Obama to have the Environment Protection Agency cut back on some of its regulations.

Congress Passes Bill to Avoid Gov't. Shutdown

The Senate approved a bill Wednesday to avoid a March 27 government shutdown, in a 73-26 vote.

Assault Weapons Ban Dropped from Gun Control Bill

A ban on assault weapons will not be included in a gun control measure set to go to the Senate floor next month.

Dem Budget Would Raise $1.2 Trillion in Taxes

House Democrats have put together a budget for the government that raises $1.2 trillion in new taxes over the next 10 years, according to The Hill.

Sen. Paul to Immigrants: US Will Find a Place for You

Sen. Rand Paul is endorsing a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants.

Republicans Strategize on How to Reach Minority Votes

Republican Party leaders have announced new plans on how they will begin courting minority voters.


High Court Considers Ariz. Voter Registration Law

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide whether states can force people to prove they're American citizens before registering to vote.

Gov. Bryant Signs Bill Allowing Student-led Prayer

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that allows prayers led by students over school intercoms, at graduations, or at sporting events.


Lawmakers Work on 2013 Budget Amid Deficit Woes

House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans won't go along with any plans to raise taxes to help cut the federal deficit.

Republican Party Grapples with Identity at CPAC

The conservative movement is grappling with finding the winning formula to bring more voters in future elections.

Black Panther Case Poses Problems for Labor Pick

Critics are raising concerns about President Obama's nominee for secretary of the Department of Labor.

Sen. Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul narrowly won the presidential straw poll that closed out this year's Conservative Political Action Conference.

Donald Trump Warns GOP in 'Serious Trouble'

Business mogul Donald Trump warned those gathered at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference that the Republican Party is in serious trouble.

Sens. Rubio, Paul Pull No Punches at CPAC

Thousands are gathered Friday for the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference to plot the way forward for the Republican Party.

GOP Sen. Backs Gay Marriage after Son Comes Out

As conservatives gather for CPAC, one Republican senator is making headlines for dropping a key conservative belief he once held.

TSA Defends Allowing Small Knives on Planes

Is it really a good idea to allow knives, even small ones, onboard airplanes?TSA officials say yes, but many critics in Congress don't agree.

CPAC Kicks Off Pivotal Week for Republican Party

The Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off in Washington Thursday, making it a pivotal week for conservatives and the Republican party.

President Concludes 'Charm Offensive' on Capitol Hill

President Obama met with Senate Republicans and concluded his Congressional tour with House Democrats, Thursday.

Westminster Seminary Joins HHS Mandate Suit

Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against the contraception mandate in Obamacare.

White House Picks Woman to Lead Faith-Based Office

President Obama has picked a woman to fill the vacancy at the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

New Obama Policy Group Scandal Waiting to Happen?

Some watchdog groups are calling President Obama to shut down what they call a new "dangerous arm of his presidency."

Critics Say Dem Budget Doesn't Address Waste

Democrats in the Senate have finally put together their first budget in four years.

House Takes Up Vote to Prevent Welfare Waivers

The House is voting on a bill to prevent welfare waivers. The bill would block the Obama administration from waiving any work requirements in the 1996 welfare reform law.

Obamacare Application as Daunting as Taxes

Applying for benefits under President Obama's health care plan could be as lengthy and complex as doing your taxes.

New Bill Subjects All Gun Buyers to Background Checks

A Senate panel approved a new bill Tuesday that would expand background checks for all gun buyers.


Dems Call House Republican Budget Plan a Hoax

An all-out budget battle is brewing on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers on both sides saying it's not just about numbers, but priorities.

Breitbart Editor: Culture of Fear Silencing America's Ben Shapiro explains how bullying has morphed into the left's "go-to tactic" to squash opponents through fear and rhetorical intimidation.

Obama Job Approval Rating Takes a Tumble

Fewer Americans are impressed with President Obama's job performance, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Ryan: GOP Plan Will Erase Deficit in Ten Years

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., said his new budget includes a repeal of President Obama's health care law.

US Soldiers Gunned Down by Afghan Police Officer

Two American soldiers and three Afghan policemen were killed in another insider attack, Monday.


Obama Pokes Fun at Sequester During DC Dinner

President Obama takes humorous jabs at sequestration during annual Gridiron dinner.

GOP: Trial of Bin Laden Spokesman Bad Precedent

As government officials applaud the arrest of Osama bin Laden's spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, lawmakers are calling the move a "bad precedent."

Senate Panel OK's Bill Targeting Gun Straw Purchases

A Senate panel has approved the first new federal gun legislation since December's deadly Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Bill Clinton Urges High Court to Overturn DOMA

Former President Bill Clinton says the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, the measure he signed into law in 1996.

State Dept. Postpones Award over Anti-Zion Tweets

The Obama administration has postponed an award for an Egyptian women's rights activist because of anti-Semitic and anti-American comments posted on her Twitter account.

US Captures Bin Laden's Spokesman

Bin Laden's spokesman and son-in-law is in U.S. custody. American leaders are calling Abu Ghaith's capture a "very significant victory" against al Qaeda.


Miss. House Bill Would Allow School Prayer

The Mississippi Legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that would allow student prayer before school audiences.

Obama Launches Sequester Charm Offensive

President Obama abandoned last week's take-no-prisoners strategy against Republicans on the sequester. By mid-week he was wining and dining GOP lawmakers.

President Signs 'Violence Against Women Act'

National statistics show the number of violent crimes in America is declining, but the number of sexual assaults against women remains stable.

Paul Delays Brennan Vote with Marathon Filibuster

Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tied up the Senate for 13 hours Wednesday as he filibustered a vote on the president's pick to head the CIA.

House GOP Proposes Healthcare Conscience Act

The Republican measure called the Health Care Conscience Rights Act is designed to protect the rights of pro-life employers, insurers and medical workers.

Holder: Drone Attacks Against Americans Not Ruled Out

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he won't rule drone strikes in the United States.


Why Conservatives Believe McCarthy is Bad for EPA

Conservatives are criticizing Gina McCarthy, President Obama's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Feds Continue to Hire Despite Sequestration

The sequester cuts may be in place, but many federal agencies appear to still be hiring.

Senators Want Stiffer Penalties on Hot Gun Purchases

A bipartisan group of senators have proposed a bill this week to toughen the federal penalties for people who illegally purchase firearms for someone else.

House GOP Bill Aims to Soften Sequester Blow

House Republicans have introduced a measure to soften the potential damage of those across-the-board spending cuts.

Obama Names EPA, Budget, Energy Nominees

President Obama has named Gina McCarthy, Ernest Moniz, and Sylvia Mathews Burwell as his EPA, energy, and budget nominees.

House Panel Warned of Rise of Anti-Semitism

Legal restrictions on Kosher meat and circumcision are just a few of the warning signs in Europe that anti-Semitism is rising around the world.

Washington Still Running after Cuts Take Effect

The sequester budget cuts are in effect and politicians admit that, at least for now, no one's feeling much pain.

GOP Sens.: 'No Benghazi Answers, No Brennan Vote'

Sen. Graham said he and Sen. McCain, "are hell-bent on making sure the American people understand" how four Americans could have been murdered in Benghazi.

$85 Billion in Spending Cuts Now in Effect

The Senate's Republican leader is calling $85 billion in federal spending cuts a modest step toward curing Washington of its "spending addiction."

Lanny Davis: White House Threatened Editor

Another Washington media figure says he's been threatened by the Obama administration.

Obama and Republicans Play Blame Game

The president and Republicans used their weekly media messages to blame one another.