July 2009 Headlines

Special Section: Health Care Reform

CBN News has been covering the healthcare reform debate extensively. Here are some of those stories.

Democrats Push to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Democrats in Congress are ramping up efforts to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which says homosexuals cannot serve openly in America's armed forces.

Mall Church Booming as Recession Wanes

Most people realize that it takes much more than efforts from the top to make a thriving economy. One North Carolina pastor and his congregants have found a way even they can help

House Committee Rejects Abortion Exclusion

A House measure to keep the health care reform bill from covering abortion was rejected Thursday night-- by one vote. 

Sec. of Army Nominee Questioned on Soldiers' Faith Needs

The congressman nominated to become Secretary of the Army fielded a question today at his Senate confirmation hearing about the spiritual needs of soldiers.

House Commitee Prepares for Healthcare Bill Vote

House Democrats patched up their differences to advance the president's health care overhaul bill, Friday, the last day before lawmakers begin their month-long summer recess.

House Passes Bill to Reign Wall Street Salaries

The House has passed a bill to rein in salaries and bonuses at big businesses. Democrats blame executives greedy for huge pay and bonuses for taking risky behavior that helped bring on the financial crisis.

Dodd Has Prostate Cancer, Will Have Surgery

Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd says he has been diagnosed with an early stage of prostate cancer and will have surgery early in August.

Congress Moves to Ban Texting While Driving

Currently, 14 states and the District of Columbia outlaw the practice. But if this new legislation passes, texting while driving could be illegal in every state.

GOP Leader: Hate Crimes Bill is 'Dangerous'

The top Republican in the House says protections for America's religious freedoms are facing a serious threat.

WH 'Beer Summit' a Teaching Moment for Nation

Some say it could be called the saga of the policeman, the professor and the president. The White House 'Beer Summit' offers a teaching moment on race and getting past stereotypes.

Healthcare Reform Push Gets Second Wind

House committee leaders are on track to vote on the health care bill before they break for summer recess Friday.

No. 3 Republican to Support Sotomayor

Sen. Lamar Alexander said he disagrees with Sotomayor's judicial philosophy, especially on gun rights, but is basing his decision on her experience.

Gallup Poll: Obama Approval Rating Slips

President Barack Obama's job approval rating has slipped three points in the past week, according to a new Gallup Poll finding.

Vote on Health Care Must Wait Despite Deal

Four of the seven conservative Blue Dog Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have sunk their teeth into a health care deal they can chew on.

Obama Assures Seniors on Healthcare Reform

President Barack Obama told America's senior citizens they have no reason to fear health care plans moving through Congress.

Senate Committee OKs Sotomayor for High Court

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic justice.

Executive Testifies on Senators' Mortgages

A Countrywide Financial loan officer testified that two Democratic senators did receive special VIP deals when they applied for mortgages.

Pro-lifers Work to Prevent Tax-funded Abortions

Pro-lifers are praying against the House version of health care, which they believe would use taxpayer money to fund abortions.

Obama Continues Road Tour on Health Care

Despite hitting recent roadblocks in the Senate to passing a reform bill by August, overhauling healthcare remains a top priority for President Barack Obama.

Billions Set Aside to Reward School Successes

President Barack Obama is putting more than $4 billion into the hands of Education Secretary Arne Duncan to reward successful reforms and those who think outside the box.

Sarah Palin Officially Steps Down as Alaska Gov.

Sarah Palin officially stepped down as the governor of Alaska at a farewell picnic in her home state Sunday evening and turned over power to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell.

Would Congress Ration Citizens' Health Care?

It is known as the rationing of care but some call it playing God, because governments are making decisions on the cost effectiveness of treatments.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Resigns... Now What?

Sarah Palin may have resigned as Alaska's governor -- but no less from the national spotlight.

Amendment Protects Speech Against Gay Lifestyle

Many have raised questions about what the Hate Crimes Bill means for Christian pastors whose faith moves them to speak out against homosexuality.

Dems: Can't Deliver Healthcare Win Alone

President Barack Obama may no longer expect Congress to have a healthcare reform bill before its August recess, but his "road tour" push is still picking up steam.

Democrats: Health Overhaul Needs GOP to Pass

Senate Democrats alone cannot pass President Barack Obama's ambitious overhaul of how Americans receive health care.

Gates Says It's Time to 'Move On' From His Arrest

Black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. is hoping to use the encounter to improve fairness in the criminal justice system and saying "in the end, this is not about me at all."

Defense Sec. Scores Big Wins on Weapons Cuts

The defense secretary scored big legislative wins when the Senate voted to end production of the high-priced F-22 jet fighter.

Race Debate Continues on Professor's Arrest

Two days after wading into the racially-charged arrest of his self-proclaimed friend, Obama took the podium again, Friday, to comment on the controversy.

Dems Reach Agreement on Medicare

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed a new plan, Friday, to cut the growth of Medicare, but Republicans are urging her to adopt some of their amendments.

Obama Says He Finds Solace in Prayer

Obama talked about his prayers during an interview with ABC's "Nightline" program.

Will Healthcare Reform Open Abortion Floodgates?

The massive healthcare legislation moving through Congress includes directions for lots of new changes, but on one important issue it is silent.

States to Compete for Stimulus Funds

States and school districts will soon be able to compete for $5 billion in stimulus funds to undertake school reforms.

Groups Say Bill Aimed at Reducing Abortions

Traditional foes in the abortion debate say they are teaming up to reduce the need for abortions.

Lawmakers Bump Deadline for Healthcare Reform

President Obama agreed with lawmakers' decision, Thursday, to spend more time on a plan for healthcare reform even if it means missing the August deadline.

House Passes 'Pay-As-You-Go' Budget Bill

The statute requires that tax cuts or new benefit programs must be paid for with tax increases or cuts to other programs.


Senate Rejects Concealed Weapons Measure

The Senate rejected an amendment, Wednesday, that would have let people carry guns across state lines as long as they had a permit from their home state.

Some Dems Concerned About Health Reform Cost

President Obama is pledging his healthcare overhaul will not add to the federal deficit. However, even some members of his own party do not seem to be buying that pledge.

Obama Tries to Rally Support for Health Revamp

Obama urged reform to the nation's healthcare system during a prime time televised speech to the nation on Wednesday night.

Healthcare Plan Will Likely Miss Deadline

It now looks like the president will not seal the healthcare deal as quickly as he had hoped. It is a battle that many say is turning into a major test of leadership.

Internet Forum Holds Healthcare Debate

Pajamas TV, a conservative and center-right Internet TV company, hosted an interactive virtual forum on health care.

Senate Sides with Obama, Removes F-22 Money

The Senate voted Tuesday to halt production of the Air Force's missile-eluding F-22 Raptor fighter jets in a high-stakes showdown.

Health Care Reform Faces More Opposition

President Barack Obama is using the full political weight of the White House to push for health care reform.

GOP Accuses Dems of Muzzling Debate

Democrats in Washington have been pushing their agenda through Congress at a feverish pace and now Republicans are accusing them of squelching any debate.

New Poll: Confidence in Obama Slipping

As President Barack Obama pushes harder for health care reform, it appears he is facing greater resistance.

Spending Bill Allows D.C. Abortion Funding

A spending bill in Congress could allow the District of Columbia to use taxpayer funds to pay for abortions.

Obama Steps Up Push for Health Care Overhaul

President Barack Obama stepped up his push for overhauling the nation's health care system, Monday, as he marked his sixth month in office.

Republicans Seek Delay on Sotomayor Vote

Sotomayor's confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill have concluded. However, one little reported exchange during those hearings is now gaining attention.

RNC Chairman: Health Care Plan 'Risky'

The Republican party chairman said President Barack Obama of conducting "risky experimentation" with his health care proposals.

Gov. Palin Visits Rural Town during Final Days

More than 100 people packed a community center and bingo hall in Unalakleet, Alaska Friday to greet Gov. Sarah Palin.

Republicans Call Democrats on Unfair Legislating

Republicans are accusing House Democrats of clamping down on debate to keep the Democratic agenda moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Witness Speaks Out on Sotomayor Hearings

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life Action, testified at Sotomayor's hearing on Capitol Hill.

Obama: Now is the Time to Reform Health Care

Obama told the nation Saturday that his health care overhaul is financially sound and Congress should not squander the chance to make meaningful change.

Time Winding Down on Health Care Deadline

Time is dwindling for President Barack Obama to meet his self-imposed August deadline for lawmakers to deliver on health care reform.

Senate Closer to Expanding Hate Crimes Law

Senators approved the most sweeping expansion of federal hate crimes protections since the original law was enacted during the Civil Rights Movement.

Investigation: 'Frugal' SC Gov. Flew in Style

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford shed his fiscal conservatism on several taxpayer-funded international trips.

Is Judge Sotomayor Growing on Republicans?

Senators are expected to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court before their August recess.

Senators Argue Punishment for Hate Crimes

Senators who want to add gays, lesbians and transgendered people to those already covered by hate crimes laws have come up with a way to pass the bill.

Health Care Bill May Mean Highest Taxes in Years

Democrats' health care bill being debated on Capitol Hill relies heavily on raising taxes.

Obama: Civil Rights Leaders Paved Way for Him

President Barack Obama on Thursday traced his historic rise to power to the vigor and valor of black civil rights leaders.

Tenet Canceled Secret CIA Hit Teams

Former CIA director George Tenet terminated a secret program to develop hit teams to kill al-Qaeda leaders in 2004.

DHS Chief Backs Cheaper Secure Driver's License

If Congress agrees to modify the law, the new secure license would replace the Bush administration's proposed Real ID card.

Questions Intensify in Sotomayor Hearings

Judge Sonia Sotomayor walked a fine line Tuesday between revealing too much and too little about how she would decide cases in the Supreme Court.

Senate Leader Embraces Hate Crimes Act

The Senate's leader, Harry Reid, D-Nev., is now throwing his full-hearted support behind the hate crimes act.

Obama: Health Care Reform will Save Money

President Barack Obama urged significant reform in medical insurance coverage in order to save Americans money.

Catholic Community Behind Surgeon General Pick

President Barack Obama's nomination for surgeon general has drawn positive attention from the Catholic community.

Tough Questions Roll in for Sotomayor on Day Two

Day two of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court confirmation hearing may not be nearly as easy as the first.

Gov. Sarah Palin Attacks Obama's Energy Plan

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has called President Barack Obama's climate bill an "enormous" threat to the economy.

AZ Gov. Signs Bill Restricting Abortion Procedures

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill on Monday that puts new restrictions on abortions.

Sotomayor Back in Hot Seat Tuesday

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor goes another round with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Obama Refocuses on Health Care Overhaul

President Barack Obama's push to transform the country's healthcare system is picking up steam.

Dems Seek Probe of Bush Anti-Terror Policies

Leaders on Capitol Hill are drumming up more talk of a possible criminal probe into how the Bush administration handled the War on Terror.

Sotomayor... A Judicious Choice?

Hearings begin Monday to determine whether Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor is worthy of a lifetime 
appointment to our nation's highest court.

Obama Picks Ala. Doctor as Next Surgeon General

President Obama nominated for surgeon general a rural family physician who has faced hurricanes, flood and fire to care for impoverished patients.

Docs Perform Skin Graft on Former Senator's Leg

Doctors have performed a skin graft on former Sen. Bob Dole's left leg and a spokesman says he is recovering nicely.

Sotomayor Takes the Hot Seat for Confirmation

Judge Sonia Sotomayor took the hot seat for the beginning of her Senate confirmation hearing -- a pivotal point on her road to the nation's highest court.

Republicans Do Not Want Second Stimulus

Republicans are united in their opposition to a second stimulus package, while at the same time some Democrats are calling for more spending to get the sluggish economy moving.

Obama Home from Whirlwind Ghana Trip

Obama arrived at Andrews Air Force Base early Sunday morning, soon after midnight.

Eric Holder Considering Torture Probe

Attorney General Eric Holder may push forward with a criminal investigation into the Bush administration's harsh interrogation practices.

Iranian-Americans Rally in Front of White House

Iranian-Americans, marched from Capitol Hill to the White House on Saturday, chanting demands for the U.S. to take more action after Iran's disputed election.

Obama Rejects 2nd Stimulus: Give Recovery Time

Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to remind voters that reversing job losses takes time.

Sen. Ensign Admits Giving Money to Mistress

Ensign's parents gave $96,000 to the family of his former mistress, Cindy Hampton.

Conservative Dems Break Rank on Health Care

Conservative House Democrats are demanding significant changes before they can support a sweeping health care overhaul.

Senators Ready for Intense Sotomayor Hearing

She's been through confirmation hearings before, but the one she'll face Monday will be unlike anything she's experienced.

New York Senate Gets To Work After Roadblock

It took less than 30 minutes on the Senate floor for partisan fights to emerge, with Republicans initially threatening two-hour debates on each of more than 100 noncontroversial bills.

Burris Unlikely to Seek Full Term

Senator Roland Burris will not run for a full Senate term in 2010.

Panetta: Intelligence Agency Mislead Congress

CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed Thursday that senior members of his agency have misled members of Congress repeatedly since 2001.

DeMint: Tough Choices to 'Save Freedom'

Republican Sen. Jim DeMint challenges Americans to make the tough decisions now to preserve their freedom in the future.

Groups Unite Nationally Against Hate Crimes Bill

Thursday marked national "Stop S. 909 Day"-- named after the Senate bill that aims to protect homosexuals against discrimination.

Study: Sotomayor Tough on White-Collar Criminals

Nearly half the people Sotomayor sentenced for financial fraud and other white-collar crimes received at least 6 months in prison.

House Dems Look at Taxing Rich for Health Care

House Democrats at work on health legislation are narrowing in on an income tax surcharge on the highest-paid wage earners.

White House, Hospitals Reach Deal on Health Care

America's hospitals have agreed to give up billions of dollars to help pay for comprehensive health care reform.

Palin Speaks Out about Resignation

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is making her first round of public appearances Tuesday since announcing her resignation.

Sen. Franken Swearing-in Not Funny for GOP

The math is not funny. If you add the 58 Democrats plus the two Independents who typically vote with the Democrats, that gives them 60 votes.

Sotomayor Critics Raise Concerns Before Hearings

Critics of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are raising concerns about her judgment ahead of next week's confirmation hearings.

Gay Marriage Bill Takes Effect in Nation's Capital

A law recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries went into effect Tuesday in the nation's capital.

Senate Dems Close to Deal on Health Care

Senate Democrats are close to reaching a deal in which hospitals would help pay for the President's new health care plan.

Biden Makes Conflicting Comments on Israel, Iran

The Obama administration is trying to clarify comments made by Vice President Joe Biden about Israel and Iran.

SC GOP Censures Gov. Mark Sanford

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has been censured by his fellow Republicans over his recent actions.

Franken Becomes 100th U.S. Senator Tuesday

For the first time since last November's election, on Tuesday all 100 members of the United States Senate will finally be in their seats.

Franken to be Sworn in Tuesday

Franken brings the total number of Democrats in the Senate to 60.

Hate Crime Bill Concerns Church Leaders

A hate crimes bill that includes protections for gays and lesbians awaits a vote as from the U.S. Senate.


GOP Leaders Baffled by Palin's Resignation

From the airwaves to the blogosphere, people are still trying to make sense of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's surprise move to step down from office.

Obama to Focus on U.S., Russia Relations on Trip

President Barack Obama leaves Sunday night for his next foreign mission: rebuilding relations with Russia on a weeklong trip.

Sarah Palin to Step Down as Alaska Gov.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced Friday from her Wasilla home that she will resign from office on July 26.

Obama Cites Agenda in Holiday Address

President Barack Obama sought to rally support for his domestic initiatives, while Sen. John McCain called for Americans to support Iranian election protesters.

Will Doctors Get Conscience Protections?

Before celebrating the Fourth at Camp David, the president promises his conscience protections will not be weaker than his predecessor's.

Senate Bill Fines Families Refusing Health Ins.

Americans who refuse to buy medical coverage could be hit with fines of more than $1,000 under a health care bill unveiled Thursday.

For Born-Again Governor, Love is a Matter of Faith

In a tearful, two-day confessional about his extra-marital affair, Gov. Mark Sanford addressed what love is and what it isn't.

Obama Gets Daily Prayers on His BlackBerry

President Barack Obama says he gets a prayer every morning on his BlackBerry.

Obama Gets Daily Prayers on His BlackBerry

President Barack Obama says he gets a prayer every morning on his BlackBerry.

Obama Gets Daily Prayers on His BlackBerry

President Barack Obama says he gets a prayer every morning on his BlackBerry.

Key Senate Democrats Trim Cost of Health Care Bill

Key Senate Democrats are calling for a government-run insurance option to compete with private plans.

State Dept. Names Representative to Muslims

The U.S. State Department has named its first "Special Representative to Muslim Communities."

Obama Pitches Health Care at Town Hall Meeting

President Obama's town hall turned emotional Wednesday when a woman named Debbie said she had kidney cancer and could not get health care.

CA Rep. Henry Waxman Hospitalized

A powerful House committee chairman with a central role in President Barack Obama's global warming and health care legislation has been hospitalized.

Court Rulings Loom on Campaign Funds, Civil Rights

In several big, contentious cases, the court unexpectedly reached consensus by ruling very narrowly.

Franken Victory Gives Senate Dems Super Majority

Al Franken's victory officially gives Democrats a "super majority" to overcome any filibuster by the GOP.