September 2013 Headlines

Clock Ticking Down on Government Shutdown

In a 54-46 vote, the Senate swatted a second measure back to House Speaker John Boehner after stripping out a provision delaying Obamacare for a year.

Washington Would Feel Shutdown More than America

The Washington media elites and politicians are about as preoccupied with a potential government shutdown as they would be if Armaggedon were on the way.

House Votes to Fund Govt., Delay Obamacare

The House of Representatives voted Sunday to keep the federal government funded and to delay Obamacare by one year, setting up a showdown with Senate Democrats.

Boehner: Govt. funding Tied to Obamacare Delay

House Speaker John Boehner calls for one-year delay in Obama's Health Care law, sends government shutdown dilemma to Senate Democrats.

'Young Invincibles' May Suffer Most from Obamacare

The "Young Invincibles" are the seemingly healthy 18- to 34-year-olds who oftentimes aren't insured, and they're a major focus of the administration's Obamacare push.

Obama, Congress Not Flinching over Coming Shutdown

Time is running out for lawmakers to come to a compromise on a spending bill. There's only four days left to avoid a government shutdown - and neither side is budging.

Manhattan Institute: Obamacare Raises Insurance Rates

The White House is in full campaign mode to promote Obamacare to a public that's skeptical.

Does the U.S. Government Have Too Much Power?

A recent Gallup survey shows a majority of Americans believe the government is too powerful, reaching a record level since 2002.

IRS Official in Tea Party Scandal Retires Before Firing

The IRS official at the center of the agency's Tea Party scandal has resigned, just as a review board was set to decide on whether she should be fired.

Obama, Clinton Push Obamacare Enrollment

President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton have kicked off a six month push to promote the president's health care plan, which goes into effect Oct. 1

No Budget Deal in Sight to Stop Gov't Shutdown

Lawmakers aren't any closer to reaching a budget deal, with only a week left to avoid a government shutdown.

House Dumps Obamacare, Keeps Gov't Running

There are no signs of a compromise in Washington as a fiscal showdown over Obamacare, the nation's budget, and the debt limit edges closer.

House OK's Billions in Cuts to Food Stamp Program

The House has passed a bill that slashes billions of dollars from the nation's food stamp program, attempting to stop able-bodied adults from receiving food stamps.

Sen. Paul: Prison Sentencing Rules Hurt Minorities

Sen. Paul and other senators are pushing for overhaul of the federal guidelines for prison sentences, saying the current rules disproportionately hurt minorities.

Obama Calls Efforts to Defund Health Law Extortion

The GOP is using the threat of a government shutdown as leverage to repeal Obamacare, a move the president calls political extortion.

Jindal: Gov't Push Against Vouchers 'Hypocritical'

Louisiana's governor is pushing back against the Justice Department's lawsuit to block his state from issuing new private school tuition vouchers.

IRS List Shows Gov't Targeted Conservative Groups

Newly released documents show the Internal Revenue Service tagged groups, including Tea Party organizations, based on the political views of their writings.

Judge: NSA Phone Record Collection 'Constitutional'

A declassified opinion from a federal surveillance court says the NSA's collection of phone records complies with the constitution.

House GOP Proposes Obamacare Alternative

House conservatives are announcing an alternative to Obamacare Wednesday. The proposal offers tax relief for those who purchase their own insurance.

Obama: Health Law Delay Will Mean 'Economic Chaos'

As the U.S. faces another possible government shutdown, President Barack Obama said Tuesday he will not negotiate over the extension of the debt ceiling.

Baucus: Tax Reform Key to Reviving Economy

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is trying to simplify the tax code, saying it will help American competitiveness in the world.

Obama's Tradtional Allies Turn on Obamacare

Obamacare is proving unpopular even with some of the president's political allies in the labor movement.

Sens. McCain, Lindsey: US-Russia Deal 'Meaningless'

Several Republican senators are criticizing the deal struck by the United States and Russia this weekend to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons cache.

U.S., Russia Reach Agreement on Syria Weapons

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday they have reached an agreement on a framework for Syria to destroy all of its chemical weapons.

 

'Spy-care'? Privacy Concerns Surround Health Law

Obamacare is supposed to allow Americans to comparatively shop health insurance plans.  But some fear it could pose risks well beyond a person's health.

Report Describes 'Treachery' in Benghazi Cover-Up

A new report is calling for accountability from the Obama administration on the 9/11 Benghazi massacre that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. ambassador.

Obama's Appeal on Syria Met with Skepticism

President Barack Obama took his case for military action in Syria to the American people. However, both lawmakers and the public remain unconvinced.

Paul: 'There's No Clearly Defined Mission in Syria'

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., gave his counterpoints to President Barack Obama's address to the nation Tuesday night on striking Syria.

One Year Later, Benghazi Questions Still Unanswered

A year after the attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, critics still have serious questions about what really happened -- and what they still don't know.

What's Next after Obama Brakes on Syria Strike?

Leaders around the world are planning their next moves after President Barack Obama put temporary brakes on an military strike against Syria.

Colo. Dems Ousted in Gun Control Recall Election

Two Colorado Democrats have been kicked out of office in a recall election over gun control laws.

No Political Comeback for Weiner or Spitzer

There was no political comeback for former Congressman Anthony Weiner or former Gov. Eliot Spitzer Tuesday night in New York.

Report: NSA Spy Machine Got Too Big, Too Fast

The NSA's surveillance machine grew too big and too fast for anyone to understand, according to a report by the the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

President Obama Addresses the Nation on Syria

Obama: Syria's use of chemical weapons violates international law, "danger to our security"

Obama Foreign Policy Rating Approval Plummets

As the president prepares to pitch his case to attack Syria to the American people, a new CNN national poll shows his approval rating on foreign policy has hit an all-time low.

 

DC Rally: 'Exempt America' from Obamacare

A throng of Obamacare foes gathered in Washington, D.C., for an event called Exempt America.

Ginsburg Criticized for Performing Gay Marriage Ceremony

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first from the high court to perform a gay marriage ceremony, sparking criticism over her impartiality in the matter.

Obama Admin. Got NSA Restrictions Reversed in 2011

More information is coming to light in the ever-widening controversy over the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

Reports: NSA Cracked, Bypassed Web Encryption

The NSA, working with Britain, has secretly been bypassing or cracking the codes of encryption technology, according to reports published this week.

NRA Sues NSA for Creating 'National Gun Registry'

The National Rifle Association has joined in a lawsuit against the National Security Agency, saying the agency essentially is developing a national gun registry.

Richmond Rally Urges Congress to Defund Obamacare

Critics at a rally in Richmond, Va., say most GOP lawmakers refuse to make meaningful moves to strip Obamacare's funding. 

Sen. McCain: 'Allahu Akbar' Means 'Thank God'

When Muslim jihadists carry out a terror attack, the often cry out, Allahu Akbar, which means in Arabic "Allah is greater."