October 2013 Headlines

White House Obamacare Apology Too Little, Too Late?

The president and HHS secretary took responsibility for the failed launch of the Obamacare website. But the president is already taking a hit in the polls.

Protestors to EPA: Destroy Coal; Destroy America

Pro-coal demonstrators warned if the EPA has its way, Americans will be paying much higher energy prices and thousands lives across coal country will be hurt.

Sebelius on Obamacare Debacle: 'I Was Wrong'

HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius, under intense grilling from a House panel, admitted culpability in the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website.

ENDA Senate Vote Renews Religious Liberty Fears

There are growing concerns about religious liberty as the U.S. Senate moves closer to voting on legislation said to protect gay Americans from job discrimination.

Lawmakers Meet to Discuss Budget Gridlock

Lawmakers from the House and Senate began meeting Wednesday to look for ways to agree on a budget.

Keep Your Health Plan? Promise Not Holding True

President Barack Obama promised that if you liked your health insurance plan, you could keep it. But today millions of people are finding out that's not true.

Pressure Mounts to Delay Obamacare Implementation

The White House is facing more pressure from the GOP and Democrats to delay the implementation of Obamacare in the wake of the disastrous rollout.

'Titans' Debate Presidential Powers, Obamacare

Four political heavyweights took a break from politics as usual to engage in civil discourse on presidential powers and Obamacare at this year's 'Clash of the Titans.'

Cheney: Obama's Damaged US Credibility in Mideast

Former Vice Presisdent Dick Cheney said America's allies in the Middle East don't feel they can still rely on the United States because the U.S. isn't as involved.

Obamacare Debacle Spurs Calls for Sebelius to Resign

The secretary of Health and Human Services said officials are working "24/7" to improve the Obamacare website. Still, calls for her resignation continue.

'I Can't Enroll' Site Challenges Obamacare Mandate

The American Center for Law and Justice launched a new web strategy to challenge Obamacare and its individual mandate.

Fallout from NSA Spy Programs Continues to Spread

The damage from America's massive spying program continues to pile up.

IRS Tea Party Scandal Outcry Peters to Whimper

When the scandal over the IRS's targeting of conservative groups first broke, Republicans and Democrats cried foul. Now the outcry sounds more like a whimper.

Blame Game Dominates Obamacare Site Fiasco Hearing

Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle sought answers on what led to the massive technical glitches that rendered the rollout of the Obamacare website a disaster.

Obama Calls for Immediate Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama is calling for a push to pass immigration reform before the end of the year.

Obamacare Website Company Had Troubled History

The main Obamacare websites have been so riddled with problems, they are casting a shadow over the Affordable Care Act launch.

Tensions Mount as Affordable Care Hiccups Continue

There's growing tension as major problems continue to plague the Obamacare website. Now lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are demanding answers.

Experts Saw Red Flags Ahead of Obamacare Rollout

President Barack Obama has vowed to fix Obamacare's broken website but some tech experts say that's going to take a long time.

Congressional Approval Hits 40-Year Low, Post Shutdown

The recent government shutdown has left approval of Congress at a 40-year low.

Obama: 'No Sugarcoating' Affordable Care Debacle

President Barack Obama is prescribing a major intervention on behalf of the government's failing Affordable Care signup system.

Treasury Secretary Pushes to Stop Sequester

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the government needs to stop the automatic spending cuts known as the "sequester."

Lawmakers Warn 'Fiscal Crisis Not Over'

National parks are up and running and furloughed employees are back at work after a government shutdown. But some lawmakers warn the fiscal crisis isn't over.

Sen. Cruz: 'I'll Do Anything to Stop Obamacare'

Political observers say Republicans lost the latest budget battle, but Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said he will continue his fight to dismantle Obamacare.

US Ambassador for Religious Freedom Resigns

The nation's U.S. ambassador for International Religious Freedom has stepped down, the State Department announced.

Top Pentagon Lawyer Tapped for Homeland Security

President Barack Obama nominated top Pentagon lawyer Jeh C. Johnson Friday to replace outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Ex-House Speaker Tom Foley dies at 84

Tom Foley, the courtly former speaker of the U.S. House who lost his seat when Republicans seized control of Congress in 1994, has died of complications from a stroke. He was 84.

Democrat Cory Booker Wins NJ Senate Seat

Democrat Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark, won New Jersey's special election to fill Sen. Frank Lautenberg's seat for the remainder of his term.

NSA, CIA Worked Closely on Drone Strikes

The National Security Agency has been working closely with the CIA when it comes to targeted drone strikes against terrorists abroad, according to the Washington Post.

Republicans Question Why Parks Shut Down

Members from both parties are pointing fingers at each other over the national parks shutdown.

Federal Government Back in Business, For Now

Washington is returning to normal Thursday after President Barack Obama signed a short-term bill ending the partial shutdown and averting a U.S. default.

NSA Harvesting Info from Address Books Worldwide

The NSA is collecting information from email address books and instant messaging accounts around the world, including many belonging to Americans.

Senate Crafts Deal to End Shutdown, Avoid Default

The Senate finally reached a bipartisan deal that would end the government shutdown and avoid default, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday.

Angry Reid Says House Trying to 'Torpedo' Debt Deal

House Republicans unveiled their own proposal Tuesday even as bipartisan negotiations continued in the Senate to end the shutdown.

Who Shut Down the Parks? Memorial Closures Probed

The Competitive Enterprise Institute says the Obama administration has gone too far in its implementation of the shutdown.

Americans' Patience Wears Thin as US Nears Default

President Barack Obama is meeting with congressional leaders as a deeply divided capital looks for a way to end the partial federal government shutdown.

Sen. Ted Cruz Dominates Values Voter Summit

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is catching heat from the president, the press, and even his own party. But to the conservative grassroots, he's their hero.

A Deal Near? GOP Plan Opens Door to Debt Talks

While there are still no plans to re-open the government, both sides seem ready to talk after a successful meeting.

Perkins to Values Voters: Gov't Answers to the People

Religious liberty, abortion, and the sanctity of marriage are some of the hot-button issues topping the agenda at this weekend's Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.

Crowd Pushes Through Barriers to WWII Memorial

A crowd converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, pushing through barriers to protest the memorial's closing under the government shutdown.

Americans on Budget Talks: 'Fire Them All!'

Americans are angry with both sides' handling of budget negotiations, according to a new AP/GfK poll.

Senate OKs Bill for Military Chaplains

The Senate has approved a bill to let military chaplains work despite the partial government shutdown.

Cherry Farmer Schools GOP in Winning Hispanics

Andy Vidak: He went from farmer to California state senator a Hispanic district against a Hispanic. It's a story that may carry some lessons for the GOP.

Buried in the Fine Print? Obamacare's Abortion Fees

There's a good chance Americans may soon be funding abortions without being aware they're doing it.

White House Will 'Likely Sign' GOP Debt Proposal

House Speaker Boehner says he'll propose a temporary fix that would extend the debt limit for six weeks -- a move the White calls an "encouraging sign."

Pentagon Deal Restores Death Benefits to Vets' Families

The Pentagon struck a deal with a private group to make sure the families of fallen troops get survivor benefits suspended during the government shutdown.

No Funeral Funds for Military Families

The Pentagon confirmed it will not be able to pay benefits to the families of troops killed in combat until the shutdown is over.

President to House: 'We Won't Negotiate under Threat'

As the budget battle continues in Washington, But President Barack Obama told House Republicans seeking negotiations Tuesday that he's not budging. 

Priests Barred from Military Chapels During Shutdown

The shutdown has prevented some Catholic priests from carrying out their duties. Rep. Tim Huelskamp says it's one more example of the White House's war on religion.

Texas Hero: Why Greg Abbott Never Asks ‘Why Me?’

Texas' attorney general doesn't hesitate to take on the establishment, making him a hero to conservatives. He's also becoming a model to the disabled.

Stakes Get Higher as Shutdown Drags On

Week two of the government shutdown began Monday and neither side is budging. The stakes get higher as the deadline to increase the nation's borrowing nears.

House: Don't Shut Down Military Religious Services

The House of Representatives sent a strong message to the military this weekend not to cancel religious services during the government shutdown.

Shutdown Feud Continues as Debt Ceiling Looms

President Barack Obama cancelled his trip to Asia Friday as Capitol Hill entered the fourth day of a budget standoff.

Dr. Ben Carson Audited after Prayer Breakfast?

The well-known neurosurgeon told The Washington Times the IRS hit him with an audit just months after his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Marriage Group Sues IRS over Illegal Tax Return Release

The National Organization for Marriage is suing the Internal Revenue Service over the illegal release of their 2008 tax return that was sent to a gay rights activist group.

Blame Game Continues on Day Three of Shutdown

The nation entered day three of a government shutdown after a meeting with top congressional leaders at the White House failed to make any progress.

Fed Workers, Tourists Brace for Long Shutdown

The political mess in Washington has government employees and tourists alike worried about a shutdown that could now last weeks.

Judge Orders Release of Fast and Furious Docs

A federal judge is ordering Attorney General Eric Holder to turn over documents concerning "Operation Fast and Furious."

House Wants Tougher Sanctions against Iran

Congress is moving forward with tougher economic sanctions to deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons, despite Obama's personal phone call to the Iranian leader.

Government Shuts Down amid Congressional Fighting

Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown as a long-running dispute over Obamacare stalled a temporary funding bill.