May 2009 Headlines

Firefighter Discrimination: Obstacle for Sotomayor?

Many Senators are suggesting Sotomayor will breeze to an easy confirmation. But others say a case out of New Haven, Conn. could trip her up.

Official: U.S.-Cuba Talks on Immigration to Resume

Cuba has agreed to resume talks with the Obama administration on legal immigration of Cubans to the United States.

Fight Over Cuba to Dominate OAS Meeting

A fight over Cuba's possible readmission into the Organization of American States is set to dominate the group's meeting this week in Honduras.

Obama Pushes for Sotomayor Confirmation

President Barack Obama pressed the Senate anew Saturday to swiftly confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

Sotomayor's Abortion Views Raise Concerns

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's views on abortion are raising more questions from both sides of the debate.

Fmr. President Bush Reflects on Presidency

Bush spoke Thursday at Lake Michigan College and to the economic club of Southwestern Michigan.

Debate Over Who Sotomayor is a Sensitive One

Discussions about Sotomayor and her ethnicity, gender and tax bracket carry risks for supporters and detractors.

White House Calls for 'Cyber Czar'

Obama says the nation for too long has failed to adequately protect the security of its computer networks, and he will name a new cyber czar to take on the job.

Sotomayor Nomination Heats Political Debate

After Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, Republican Senators plot their next move in an uphill battle.

Policymakers Seek National Sales Tax

Some policymakers in Washington are thinking about creating a national sales tax.

Obama: Economy Back from the Brink

President Obama says the country has "stepped back from the brink" where the economy is concerned.

Will Sotomayor Legislate from the Bench?

As President Barack Obama named Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, conservatives raised concerns over her judicial philosophy.

Conservatives Down on 'Policy Maker' Sotomayor

Conservatives believe she's a liberal judicial activist and their smoking gun is a Youtube video of her speaking at a law conference.

Obama Taps Sotomayor for Supreme Court

President Obama named Sonia Sotomayor, an Hispanic, Bronx-based federal appeals judge as his pick for the Supreme Court.

State Dept. to Set Policy on Gay Partner Benefits

The State Department is set to make a new policy giving gay partners of U.S. diplomats many of the same benefits as married couples.

Latinos Press for Hispanic High Court Justice

Some Latino leadaers are urging the President to pick an Hispanic for the nation's top court. There's never been an Hispanic justice before.

Colin Powell Fires Back at Republican Criticism

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is saying he's still a Republican despite voting for President Obama in November.

GOP Holds Filibuster Card for High Court Nominee

The Senate's number two Republican says there might be a filibuster of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

Obama: Honor Veterans this Memorial Day

President Barack Obama urged Americans to pay tribute to veterans on Memorial Day.

W.H. Reviewing Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The White House is pushing ahead with plans to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military.

Pelosi Stands by Her CIA Comments

House Republicans are demanding an investigation into Speaker Nancy Pelosi's accusation the CIA lied to her about waterboarding terrorist suspects.

Closing Gitmo: The New 'War' on Terror?

Congress is moving ahead with funding to ramp up the war in Afghanistan, but they're leaving out the money for closing Gitmo.

Obama, Cheney Clash over Gitmo Decision

Standing next to the U.S. Constitution, Obama came to the historical National Archives to defend why his policies will keep America safe.

Obama Makes Case for Closing Gitmo

President Obama said Thursday that Guantanamo Bay has set back America's moral authority, rather than strengthen national security.


Republicans Call for Pelosi to Step Down

Republicans are lining up and calling for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to step down.

Obama Meets with Court Candidates

An official says President Barack Obama has started meeting potential Supreme Court nominees.

Beer Tax on Tap for Health Care?

Joe Six-Pack may have to hand over nearly $2 more for a case of beer to help provide health insurance for all.

Steele Says GOP Making a Comeback

Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele says the GOP must stop apologizing for past mistakes and move to make solutions for the ailing country.

Congress Eyes Tough Rules to Oversee Pensions

The rapidly deteriorating financial health of the federal agency, which guarantees 44 million Americans' pensions, is raising alarms in Congress.

House Passes Credit Card Reform Bill

Congress voted to pass a key credit card reform bill, Wednesday, sending the legislation to President Obama's desk for a signature before Memorial Day.

Feds Weigh Panel to Regulate Financial Products

The Obama administration is considering the creation of a regulatory commission to protect consumers of financial products such as credit cards and mortgages.

Dems Split in Congress Over Cap And Trade Bill

Democrats in Congress have split over President Obama's cap and trade bill.

Obama Moving to Center on Some Issues

On both economic and national-security fronts, President Barack Obama is giving ground and crossing swords with political allies.

Auto Industry to Get Major Tune-Up

To drive farther on a gallon of gas and cause less damage to the environment - would you be willing to pick up the tab?

Detainee Loses Case Against Bush Officials

The Supreme Court says a former 9/11 detainee can not sue Bush administration officials for alleged abusive treatment.

91-year-old Sen. Byrd Hospitalized

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, 91 and the longest-serving senator in history, was hospitalized last Friday.

Lawmakers Begin Work on Climate Bill

Lawmakers on Capital Hill began work, Monday, on legislation aimed at reversing so-called global warming. 

Obama Delves Into Abortion Debate at Notre Dame

President Barack Obama reached out to people of faith Sunday on the contentious issue of abortion.

Obama Speaks at Notre Dame Amid Protests

Hundreds of University of Notre Dame students protested President Barack Obama's commencement address Sunday.

Obama Hails Efforts on Clean Energy, Health Care

Obama addressed issues of clean energy and health care Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address.

Obama to Name Utah Gov. Envoy to China

Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman intends to work for the president as ambassador to China.

Is The Government Spending Your Money Wisely?

With economists forecasting growth in the horizon, some are asking did we need a stimulus at all?

Vote on Controversial Judge Next Week

A vote on President Barack Obama's controversial judicial nominee is set for next week.

Controversy at Notre Dame, Protestors Gather

Protestors are already gathering ahead of President Obama's Sunday commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame.

Republicans Say Pelosi Knew About Waterboarding

Republicans are taking aim at Nancy Pelosi over her accusation that the Central Intelligence Agency lied to Congress about harsh interrogation methods.

Obama Taps NYC's Frieden to Head CDC

President Obama selected New York City's health commissioner to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obama to Restart Some Guantanamo Trials

President Obama will restart military tribunals for a small number of Guantanamo detainees, reviving a trial system he once said the Bush administration had abused.

Pelosi Claims Being Mislead on Waterboarding

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA and Bush administration of misleading her about waterboarding.

Congress Weighs Federal Aid for Health Insurance

House Democrats are looking at big health care changes, including federal aid to help families earning up to $88,000 pay for insurance and a requirement that all must carry coverage

Obama Shrugs Off Honorary Snub at ASU

President Obama says Arizona State University officials aren't the only ones who think he needs to accomplish more to earn an honorary degree.

Nominees Reviewed to Replace Souter

A source close to President Obama has confirmed a list of six Supreme Court nominees currently under review to replace Justice Souter.

Opinions Mixed Over Interrogation Photos

President Barack Obama's about face on prisoner photos is making waves in Washington.

Obama Administration to Expand Housing Plan

The Obama administration is expected to expand its mortgage aid program on Thursday.


Treasury Asks for Control of Derivatives Market

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is asking Congress to extend its oversight of the financial system to include the shadowy market of derivatives.

Obama Seeks to Block Release of Abuse Photos

President Barack Obama is fighting the release of dozens of new photos showing U.S. personnel allegedly abusing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Pelosi Vows Action on Health Care

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that her chamber would have a sweeping health care bill on the floor by the end of July.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to Publish Memoir

Palin is working with publisher Harper Collins to write the autobiography.

Dems Hold Hearing on Interrogation Techniques

Senate Democrats are holding a hearing Wednesday on the use of harsh interrogation techniques.

Higher Taxes - The Real Cost of Going Green

Opponents of an energy bill now in Congress say it could result in crippling taxes on American families.

New York: The Next State to OK Gay Marriage?

The state assembly passed legislation Tuesday night, but the bill could face a tougher battle in the state senate.

White House Revamped Web site Has Gays Upset

The White House has revamped their website and the gay and lesbian community is not happy.


Bipartisan Congress Pushes Credit Card Relief

Consumers paying interest after falling behind on their credit card bills may soon be getting some relief.

Obama's Budget Allows Abortion Funding in DC

President Obama's new budget proposes allowing federal funds for abortion in Washington, D.C., contrary to a longstanding policy against it.

Government to Borrow 46 Cents on the Dollar

Under new White House estimates, this will explode the record federal deficit past $1.8 trillion.

Budget Draws More than Money Concerns

President Obama's budget is not only raising concerns over money, but also over moral issues like abortion.

Gingrich Says Notre Dame Should Not Give Degree

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich is criticizing Notre Dame for the university's decision to grant President Obama an honorary degree.

Cheney Criticizes Obama on Terror Tactics

Former Vice President Dick Cheney continues to criticize President Obama saying the new administration is making America less safe.

Humor at WH Dinner in Question

Over the weekend President Obama hosted his first White House Correspondents Dinner.

Will Deal With Med Providers Slow Health Costs?

The agreement could set the stage for President Obama's plan to provide health care for all Americans.

Pelosi Discusses Economy in Iraq

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discussed U.S.-Iraqi economic relations with the prime minister.

Obama Makes Push for Credit Card Legislation

President Obama is pushing Congress to send him legislation that would put a tighter rein on the credit card industry.

White House Aide Loses Job over Flyover

A White House aide has lost his job for his role in Air Force One's photo-op flyover over New York City.

Gov't Faces Weekend Deadline for Polar Bear Rule

A decision involving the iconic polar bear could determine whether protecting endangered species might also help save the earth from global warming.

Obama Seeks Hike in Domestic Spending

President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to award generous budget increases to domestic programs.

Concerns Rise Over Gitmo Detainees

Concerns have surfaced over the possibility of President Obama releasing suspects from Guantanamo Bay into the U.S.

Obama Applauds Countries Fighting Terror

Obama expressed deep U.S. regret Wednesday for civilian casualties in a deadly incident this week in Afghanistan.

GOP Readies for Fight over Court Nominee

Republicans are gearing up for a fight over President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

No Event at WH for Nat'l Day of Prayer

Thursday is the National Day of Prayer and major events are planned at the U.S. Capitol.

Obama, Peres Meet at AIPAC

Israeli President Shimon Peres met with President Barack Obama, Tuesday.

Tax Loopholes Plan Gets Tepid Response

The President's plan on to close tax loopholes is getting a lukewarm response from Congress.

Obama Plan Closes Tax Loopholes

President Barack Obama vowed to detect and pursue American tax evaders Monday.

GOP Leaders Seek New Party Image

A group of Republican leaders are saying it is time to reform their party's image.

Justice Confirmation Battle Brewing

Washington is gearing up for a confirmation fight over President Obama's choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.