June 2013 Headlines

Smile! 'Data Brokers' Are Tracking Your Every Move

Can the government really track our every move? The answer is yes. We're sending clues about ourselves, often without even knowing it.

'Blank Slate' Tax Reform May Put Charities at Risk

The Senate's new "blank-slate" approach to tax reform could put charitable deductions on the chopping block.

Republicans: IRS Official Waived 'Right to Be Silent'

House lawmakers say IRS official Lois Lerner violated her right to remain silent about the agency's targeting of conservative groups over their tax exemption status.

Historic Immigration Bill Not Out of the Woods Yet

A big milestone in the immigration debate took place with the Senate's approval of the immigration reform bill.

Obama Officials Meet with Controversial Cleric

Obama administration officials recently met with a controversial Muslim cleric at the White House.

Tax Official: Progressives Not Scrutinized Like Tea Party

The principal deputy commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service faces tough questions Thursday from the House Ways and Means Committee.

Texas Gov. Tries Again to Push Through Abortion Ban

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called a second special legislative session to give the Republican-controlled statehouse another shot at passing abortion restrictions. 

Texas Abortion Ban Dies in Senate after Filibuster

A sweeping new abortion bill is dead in the Texas Senate after failing to pass before its midnight deadline.

Lawmakers Mixed on High Court's Gay Marriage Rulings

Members of Congress were as divided as the Supreme Court over the DOMA ruling. CBN News has first-hand reactions from Capitol Hill.

Obama Unveils Climate Policies, Skips Congress

President Obama unveiled unprecedented federal policies to address climate change Tuesday -- policies critics fear will be nails in the coffin for some jobs.

IRS Tax Exempt Screenings Included Liberal Groups

The Internal Revenue Service said it screened more than just Tea Party and conservative groups who were looking for tax exempt status.

High Court Voids Key Part of Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court has voided a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects several states to federal oversight.

TX Dems Talk on to Block Passage of Abortion Ban

Texas lawmakers are speaking out about why they passed new abortion restrictions, which also require abortion doctors to follow modern medical standards.

Will Immigration Reform Kill the Republican Party?

Senate Democrats say they'll get the votes this week to pass an immigration bill, but at least one senator admitted that bill will be "dead on arrival" in the House.

Snowden Hide and Seek Frays US Foreign Ties

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden failed to board his flight from Russia to Cuba. Now the United States and Russia are in a standoff over his fate.

NSA Leaker Crisscrosses Globe to Avoid US Capture

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is seeking political asylum after hopscotching across the globe.

High Court to Consider Abortion Clinic Protest Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law barring abortion protests within 35 feet of an abortion clinic.

Republicans Skeptical of Sweeping Immigration Bill

Lawmakers are close to striking an immigration deal that will open a path to citizenship for up to 11 million undocumented immigrants. But Republicans are skeptical.

Sen. Rand Paul: Government Is 'Drunk on Power'

Senator. Rand Paul, R-Ky, said the common thread in all of the Obama administration scandals is that the bureaucracy and the presidency now have too much power.

Senators Reach Bipartisan Border Security Deal

After weeks of negotiations, a plan to tighten security along America's border with Mexico got bipartisan support in Congress Thursday.

FBI Chief: Drone Concerns 'Worthy of Debate'

FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress that the growing use of domestic drone surveillance calls for a debate on how and when they should be used.

Irate Tea Party Says Time to 'Audit' the IRS

Tea Party members flooded Capitol Hill Wednesday upset about the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny, calling it harrasment.

House Panel Ok's Tough New Immigration Bill

The House Judiciary Committee approved a tough new immigration bill that would make it a federal crime, instead of just a civil offense, to be in the country illegally.

IRS to Pay Employees $70M in Bonuses

The Internal Revenue Service is reportedly ignoring spending cuts ordered by President Barack Obama.

House Passes ‘Pain-Capable' Abortion Ban

The House of Representatives approved a measure that bans all abortions after 20 weeks by a vote of 228 to 196.

FBI: Spy Program Thwarted NY Stock Exchange Plot

Government officials told lawmakers this week that a secret federal surveillance program helped agents thwart more than 50 planned terrorist attacks.

NSA Chief: Spying Program Foiled Terror Plots

The head of the National Security Agency led a parade of witnesses who described how the programs have helped foil at least 50 terrorist plots.

Not Your Average 'Morning Joe'

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough says he's a die-hard conservative. But not everyone's convinced, saying the former congressman suffers from "liberal media disease."

Abortion Ban Lays Groundwork for Roe Challenge

A bill banning almost all abortions after 20 weeks is expected to pass the Republican-controlled House, but it has no chance of becoming a law anytime soon.

China Demands Answers on NSA Spy Programs

China is demanding answers following new claims from NSA leaker Edward Snowden that the U.S. didn't just spy on its own citizens but also on other governments.

High Court Strikes Down Ariz. Citizenship Proof Law

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Arizona's Proposition 200 Monday, a law requiring voters to have proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

Jeb Bush: 'I'll Run for President on My Own Record'

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he hasn't decided to run for president yet. But if he does, he said he'll run on his record.

Mosques Excluded from Government Surveillance

The U.S. government monitors the private communications its citizens, but apparently that surveillance does not include mosques.

House Bill Cracks Down on Military Sex Assault

House lawmakers passed a piece of legislation that would impose tougher punishments for military members convicted in sexual assault cases.

IRS Troubles Multiply as New Scandal Unfolds

If there's one government agency that doesn't need another scandal, it's the IRS.

Religious Freedom Ambassador 'No Show' at Hearing

The U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom did not show up for a congressional hearing Thursday on the issue.

ACLJ Flooded with New IRS Discrimination Cases

Some have declared the Internal Revenue Service's Tea Party targeting scandal is over, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Sen. Paul to US: Stop Funding Christian Persecution

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says the United States should stop funding the enemies of Christians across the Middle East.

NSA Leaker's Latest Revelations Put US on Defense

The FBI director tried to erase any perception of the NSA leaker as a hero and paint him instead as someone who's severely damaged the country.

House Panel OKs 20-Week Abortion Ban

A measure banning abortions after 20 weeks has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee.

Obamacare Causing Exodus on Capitol Hill?

Politico reports dozens of lawmakers and aides on Capitol Hill are considering quitting or retiring early.

NSA Whistleblower Vows to Fight US Government

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told the South China Morning Post that he is not hiding from justice but "revealing criminality."

Obama Issues Gay Pride Month Proclamation

President Obama has issued his annual proclamation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) pride month.

Boehner: Obama IRS Claims Don't Pass Sniff Test

House Speaker John Boehner said he doesn't buy the White House's timetable for when President Obama knew about the IRS scandal targeting conservative groups.

State Department Denies Sex Scandal Cover-Up

The State Department is fighting new allegations it covered up sex scandals during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tenure.

Immigration Uphill Battle Despite Senate Approval

An historic immigration reform bill passed its first test Tuesday, with the Senate voting overwhelmingly to begin debate. But many predict an uphill battle.

NSA Whistleblower Target of International Manhunt

Edward Snowden is now the target of an international manhunt by federal agents after revealing top secret information about the NSA's data collection programs.

A Tough Sell? Rubio Takes on Immigration Reform

Immigration reform takes center stage this week. GOP Sen. Marco Rubio will be the lawmaker to watch as he works to sell the idea to skeptical conservatives.

NSA Whistleblower Speaks Out, Faces Extradition

Edward Snowden said he was on the job only three months when he discovered the NSA was collecting phone records of Americans.

Rubio Proposes Plan to Do Away with Obamacare

Sen. Marco Rubio is proposing an amendment that would ban any law that taxes Americans who don't buy a good or service -- something Obamacare does.

Memo Cites String of State Dept. Criminal Cover-Ups

A new report suggests the U.S. State Department may have covered up many kinds of illegal behavior, including sexual assaults and underground drug rings.

Critic: NSA Snooping Violates 'Soul of America'

The Obama administration is secretly collecting the phone records of millions of Americans -- and it's been going on for years.

IRS Apologies for Extravagant Conference, Spending

A senior IRS official has apologized to Congress for wasting taxpayer dollars at an employee conference.

IRS Agents: Orders Came from Washington

Two Internal Revenue Service agents in the Cincinnati office say senior IRS officials in Washington helped to direct the probe of the Tea Party and other conservative groups.

NSA Seizure of Verizon Phone Records 'Alarming'

The government is secretly collecting the phone records of millions of Americans who use Verizon service -- a move some call "alarming."

Youth Persuade House to Drop Web Sales Tax Bill

Youth activists managed to persuade House lawmakers to kill the Internet sales tax bill Thursday.

House Panel Rejects Military Chaplain Prayer Limits

A House committee voted to stop restrictions on military chaplain prayers.

House Panel Votes to Extend Abortion Ban Nationwide

Republicans in the House Judiciary Subcommittee voted to expand Rep. Trent Franks', R-Ariz.,  Washington, D.C. abortion bill to apply to the entire country.

Rice to Replace Nat'l Security Adviser Tom Donilon

President Obama's top national security adviser, Tom Donilon, is resigning. He'll be replaced by the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

IRS Officials Blew Millions on Luxury Rooms, Drinks

Senior IRS officials enjoyed luxury hotel rooms at a $4 million training conference according to a report by the Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Tea Party Groups Describe IRS 'Fear, Intimidation'

"Fear," and "intimidation" are some of the words conservative groups used to describe how they felt while applying for tax-exempt status with the IRS.

Military Heads Grilled on Sex Assault Problem

On Capitol Hill, all the heads of the U.S. armed forces appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee. They were grilled about sexual assault in the military. 

SCOTUS Upholds DNA Testing Without Warrant

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that police can take DNA samples from suspects arrested of serious crimes without a warrant.

Issa: IRS Took Orders 'Directly' from Washington

The Republican chairman of a House oversight panel says the Cincinnati IRS agents who targeted Tea Party groups were "being directly ordered from Washington."