June 2009 Headlines

Coleman Concedes, Sending Franken to Senate

Republican Norm Coleman conceded to Democrat Al Franken in Minnesota's contested U.S. Senate race.

Obama Pledges Support for Non-Profits

President Obama promises to support grassroots organizations that are successful in their efforts to improve communities.

Sanford Admits Having Other Affairs

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is now admitting to having sexual relations with other women besides his Argentina mistress.

Obama Recognizes Gay Pride Month

President Obama celebrated gay pride month at the White House, Monday, by inviting hundreds of LGBT activists for an event.

GOP Readies Fight Against Climate Change Bill

Now that the climate change bill has narrowly passed the House, Republicans in the Senate are gearing up for a fight.

Obama Presses Senate To Pass Emissions Bill

President Obama has pressured Senators to follow the House's lead and pass a bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Supreme Court Bidding Goodbye to Souter

It's Justice David Souter's last day on the Supreme Court and he'll be ruling on a case familiar to the woman nominated to replace him.

SC Governor Resolves to Stay Put Despite Scandal

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he's not quitting, despite intense scrutiny and criticism over his admitted affair with a woman from Argentina.

Clinton's Injury Still Limiting Work Schedule

One week after surgery to repair a broken right elbow, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had not resumed a full work schedule.

Sanford Returns to Work, Urged Not to Resign

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford returned to work Friday as his lieutenant governor is urging him not to resign.

Conyers Backs off ACORN Investigation

The House Judiciary Committee Chairman has backed off his plan to investigate the liberal activist group ACORN.

Holder to Congress: New Hate Crimes Law Needed

Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress to pass a new hate crimes law which would allow prosecution in cases of violence based on sexual orientation.

House Passes Climate Bill Despite Heated Debate

A fierce debate brewed in the U.S. House Friday on an energy bill aimed at battling climate change.

New York Embarrassed by 'Circus' Senate

Some are calling it a circus atmosphere at the New York state capitol.

Sanford's Political Future Derailed after Infidelity?

The political carreer of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has come under public scrutiny after he revealed unfaithfulness to his wife.

SC Gov. Mark Sanford Admits Having Affair

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday that he's been having an affair with a woman from Argentina.

Climate Bill: Energy Saver or Money Guzzler?

A climate-change bill is set for a vote in the House on Friday.

Pro-life Lawmakers Ask Congress to Uphold Law

The House Pro-life Women's Caucus held a press conference asking Congress to preserve what is known as the Dornan Amendment.

Congress, Obama to Kick off Immigration Talks

One of the challenges is finding a way to relieve pressure on employers who depend on immigrant workers.

Obama Leaves Option Open for Healthcare Tax

President Barack Obama is leaving the door open to a new tax on employer-provided health care benefits.

Opponents Say Hate Crimes Bill Unnecessary

Supporters and critics of new hate crimes legislation are working to make their voices known to Congress.

Gov't Healthcare Plan: Stumbling Block for Obama?

President Obama wants a government run health care plan as part of the package and that is becoming a major stumbling block.

Tough Talk: Obama on Iran, Health Care

The American press questioned President Obama on two tough topics Tuesday -- Iran and health care

Obama Rewriting Transgender Rights

Guidelines prohibiting discrimination against transgender federal employees are being drafted by the president's legal team.

GOP: Will Sotomayor Uphold Constitution?

Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a new narrative ahead of Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.

Senate to Consider Hate Crimes Legislation

The legislation is supposed to offer greater protections to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gendered crime victims.

Insurance Groups Challenge Health Care Plan

The insurance industry believes a government plan cannot compete with private companies in the health care market. 

Dems, GOP Divided Over Health Care Reform

House Democrats have started hearings on a partisan health care bill.

Obama's Healthcare Plan May Lack Votes

President Obama's health care reform proposal faces more stiff opposition in Congress this week.

Republicans Demand Stronger Iran Response

Republicans intensified their criticism of President Barack Obama's handling of his first major test of international leadership.

Obama: U.S. Prepared For Threat from N. Korea

President Barack Obama said the United States is "prepared for any contingencies" involving North Korea.

Clinton Urges Countries to Combat Refugee Crisis

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. is committed to helping the world's 34 million refugees.

Obama: New Consumer Protections 'Essential'

Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday to defend a financial proposal.

Congress Sends War-Spending Bill to Obama

Congress is sending President Obama a $106 billion bill ensuring that the military will have the money to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Immigration Reform Top Talk at Prayer Breakfast

President Barack Obama says the millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally should have the chance to become citizens.

Prosecutor: Sen. Burris Won't Face Perjury Charge

Illinois Sen. Roland Burris will not be charged with perjury for statements he made before an Illinois House impeachment committee.

Promises: Obama's Health Plan Guarantee

President Barack Obama seems to leave little room for doubt when he promises that his health care plan will let people keep the coverage they have.

Obama Promotes Importance of Father's Day

President Barack Obama has gotten a jump on Father's Day. He planned to spend much of Friday promoting the importance of being a good dad.

Congress Passes Restrictions on Detainees

Lawmakers sent Obama, who wants to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, not one but two messages Thursday to prove they don't like the idea.

House Eyes New Taxes as Senate Pares Health Bill

House Democrats have lots of potential targets for higher taxes as they aim to expand health care coverage.

Hillary Clinton Fractures Elbow in Fall

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton fractured her right elbow during a fall Wednesday, her chief of staff said.

Bush Takes Aim at Obama Policies

Former President George W. Bush has made clear he disagrees with some of President Obama's policies.

Delays, Disputes Slow Progess of Health Care Bill

President Obama's health care plan is meeting with resistance in Congress.

Sotomayor Avoids Firm Answers on Key Issues

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and senators who will vote on her confirmation are engaged in a careful coded conversation.

Obama Extends Benefits to Gay Couples

On Wednesday Obama issued a presidential memorandum extending government benefits to partners of gay federal employees.

FCC Nominee: No Censoring Political Speech

Even if Obama and Congress don't launch an all-out effort to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, some media experts believe there could be a stealth campaign to limit conservative speech.

DePass Apologizes for First Lady 'Gorilla' Comment

A South Carolina Republican activist says he was just joking when he compared a gorilla to one of First Lady Michelle Obama's ancestors.

GOP Senator Steps Down After Admitting Affair

Republican Sen. John Ensign is handing over his senior leadership post in the Senate.

Atty. Gen. Calls for Tougher Hate Crimes Laws

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants Congress to pass tougher hate crimes laws, citing three recent incidents including the killing of an abortion doctor.

Okla. Senator Questions Stimulus Fund Projects

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn is questioning whether 100 projects across America should get federal stimulus money.

House Dems Approve War Funding Measure

House Democrats have approved a $106 billion war funding measure without any Republican support.

Same-Sex Partners to Get Fed Benefits

President Barack Obama is extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

House to Vote on War Spending Bill

The House was set to vote Tuesday on a $106 billion war spending bill.

Obama Ready to Roll Out Financial Overhaul

The Obama Administration is proposing an overhaul of the financial system.

Gallup Poll: Conservatism Dominant in U.S.

More Americans call themselves conservatives than any other political label.

Obama Presents Healthcare Plan to AMA

President Obama presented his plans for changing the country's health care system to the nation's doctors Monday.

Scarborough: GOP Must Reform or Die

The number one question plaguing the Republican Party these days is, where do they go from here? Talk Show host Joe Scarborough warns that the GOP must reform or die.

AMA Leary of Obama's Health Care Reform

Doctors attending the 158th annual meeting of the American Medical Association are skeptical of a government insurance program.

Hospitals Oppose Obama's Health Care Cuts

President Barack Obama said Saturday he wants to help pay for his health care overhaul by slowing Medicare and Medicaid spending.

GOP Slams Dems Climate Bill as an Energy Tax

House Republicans slammed a Democratic bill that seeks to address climate change, arguing that it amounts to an energy tax.

War-Funding Bill Back in Congress

A war-funding bill is back on track in Congress after a flare-up, Thursday over the Gitmo detainees.

Administration to Reform Executive Pay

The Obama Administration and some Democrats in congress are trying to rein in hefty executive compensation packages.

Republicans Challenge Gay Rights Promotion

Republicans on Capitol Hill are speaking out against a plan they say would promote gay rights around the world.

D.C. Voters May Have Say on Gay Marriage

A group of conservative Christians has asked the D.C. board of elections to let Washington city voters have a say on gay marriage.

Obama Pushes New Health Care Plan

President Obama chose Wisconsin, not Washington, to talk about the sweeping changes he wants passed by the end of the summer.

Sotomayor's Brother Talks about Her Success

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's brother spoke about his sister's possible rise to the nation's highest court.

Administration to Reveal Executive Pay Principles

An up and coming Wall Street executive might want to hold off on buying that condo in Aspen. The Obama administration is ready to issue broad new guidelines that would rein in pay at financial institutions.

'PayGo' Resurrected: Where Did 'Pay' Part Go?

President Obama says the government needs to pay for new programs by cutting spending rather than going deeper into debt.

Cash for Clunkers: Bill Passes to Boost Car Sales

The House has passed a bill to boost lagging car sales and get old gas guzzlers off the road at the same time.

Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings to Begin in July

Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings are scheduled to start in just over a month.

The Next GOP Contender for 2012?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is still making waves in the Republican Party even as Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is making appearances on leading national shows.

Lawmakers Call for More Bank Stress Tests

A previous test put banks though a series of worst case scenarios. But now independent investigators say those scenarios didn't go far enough.

House Democrats Consider Taxing Benefits

House Democrats are considering a new tax on employer-provided health benefits to help pay for expanding coverage to the uninsured.

Obama's New Stimulus Plan Same as the Old

President Barack Obama is promising some exciting coming attractions for his stimulus plan. But it turns out they're just summer reruns.

Sotomayor Fractures Ankle at Airport

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor broke her ankle Monday morning in an airport stumble on her way to Washington.

Laura Bush 'Proud' of Supreme Court Nominee

Former First Lady Laura Bush weighed in, Monday, on Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to be the next Supreme Court justice.

Obama Wades into Heated Health Care Debate

The debate over health care reform is stepping into high gear with President Barack Obama now taking an active role.

Obama Promises More Than 600,000 Stimulus Jobs

President Barack Obama promised Monday to deliver more than 600,000 jobs through his $787 billion stimulus plan this summer.

Clinton Says NKorea Reconsidered for Terror List

The U.S. is considering adding North Korea back to a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Report: U.S. Weighs Guilty Pleas in 9/11 Cases

A plan under consideration by the Obama administration would permit Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees to plead guilty without a full trial.

Obama Pushes for Action on Health Care

President Obama is now wading into the universal health care debate front and center-- pusing for an optional government-run health plan.

Hispanic Leader Warns Obama on DOMA

An Hispanic-American Christian leader says President Obama risks alienating those voters if he threatens traditional marriage.

Health Care Reform Deal Takes Hit

President Obama's hopes for a bipartisan health care reform deal have taken a hit.

Senators Open Boxes to Sotomayor's Past

Senators now have the information about Sonia Sotomayor they have been waiting for.

Statue Honors Fmr. President Reagan

Nancy Reagan joined lawmakers and government officials to unveil a statue of her husband's likeness.

Health Care Plan Requires All to Buy Insurance

President Obama's plans to overhaul the health care system would require all Americans to buy health insurance.

Gov. Pawlenty: Won't Seek Third Term

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty won't seek a third term, fueling speculation of a 2012 presidential run by the Republican.

A Closer Look at Sonia Sotomayor

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is President Obama's pick to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Her life story is compelling but what will she be like as a judge?

Obama Picks NY Republican for Army Secretary

President Barack Obama picked a Republican congressmen to be the next secretary of the Army Tuesday, bringing another member of the opposition into his administration's fold.

White House Honors Ronald Reagan

The White House is giving the late president Ronald Reagan a special honor.

Obama Proclaims June Gay Pride Month

He signed a proclamation that praises lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans-gendered people for living their lives more openly today than ever before.

Supreme Court Nominee on Capitol Hill - Day 2

President Obama and Senate Democrats are pushing for a quick confirmation so she can take the seat of Justice David Souter, who will retire soon.

Cabinet Officials Head to Hard-Hit Auto States

The officials told workers and community leaders that the federal government is cutting red tape so auto communities can get both quick relief and more recovery help.

Cheney on Gay Marriage: 'Freedom for Everyone'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday he supports gays being able to marry but believes states, not the federal government, should make the decision.

Judge: Gitmo Legal Documents Must be Public

A federal judge ordered the United States to publicly reveal unclassified versions of its allegations and evidence on detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

Geithner: Global Recession Losing Force

U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner says the global recession seems to be losing force and the financial system is "starting to heal."

Debate Continues over Sotomayor's Impartiality

Republicans are offering mixed signals on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

Geithner: U.S. 'Attacking' Soaring Deficits

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sought to assure America's biggest creditors on Monday that the Obama administration is committed to attacking soaring budget deficits.