February 2009 Headlines

Debate Heats Up on How to Save Economy

WASHINGTON - Each month economists search for signs the economy is stabilizing and each month come up empty handed.

Obama's Budget More Harmful Than Good?

Parts of President Obama's newly released budget outline is raising controversy among wealthier Americans.

Dem. Senator Warns Obama to Limit Powers

West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd is warning President Obama to limit the power he has given to his newly appointed White House "czars."

Obama Budget Projects $1.75 Trillion Deficit

CBNNews.com - Three trillion plus. That's the price tag of President Obama's first budget.

'Terrorism' Downplayed at Homeland Hearing

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before Congress Wednesday for the first time.

Senate Votes to Ban Fairness Doctrine

Today the Senate voted to ban the FCC from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.

GOP's Jindal: Obama's Plan 'Irresponsible'

CBNNews.com - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal led the Republican countercharge to President Barack Obama's plans for the economy Tuesday night, telling a television audience that the President's measures were "irresponsible."

Obama Strikes Optimistic Tone in Speech

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - In a position to command the attention of Congress, President Barack Obama used his first address to talk directly to the American people.

Obama to Pitch Economic Case to Nation

CBNNews.com - President Obama will pitch his agenda to the country tonight in a joint session of Congress amid growing job losses, home foreclosures, and businesses shutting down.

Obama Pledges to Slash Federal Budget

President Obama is vowing to cut the trillion dollar federal deficit in half by the end of his first term.

Obama, Governors Talk Stimulus Spending

THE WHITE HOUSE - President Barack Obama told the nation's governors today that his administration will quickly release $15 billion from the stimulus package to help them cover the rising costs of Medicaid.

Nationalizing Banks a Growing Debate

CBNNews.com - The government will examine 20 of America's biggest banks this week to see just how strong their financial situation is.

Holder on Racism: 'A Nation of Cowards'

Eric Holder, the nation's first black attorney general, has some harsh words about race relations in America.

Obama Won't Reinstate Fairness Doctrine

President Obama does not want to bring back the "fairness doctrine."

Obama Turns Focus to Foreclosure Help

CBNNews.com - President Obama vowed, Wednesday, to help homeowners who "played by the rules and acted responsibly," yet still fell victim to America's mortgage crisis.

Obama's Stim Plan... What's in it for You?

CBNNews.com - With the stroke of his pen, President Obama sealed, Tuesday, what could become the hallmark of his administration.

Washington Suggests Nationalizing Banks

CBNNews.com - Washington is discussing one option for helping the financial system: nationalizing at least some major banks.

Obama to Create Auto Industry Task Force

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON -- Loaded with all the bells and whistles, automakers at a car show in Chicago put their best and newest toys on display. But underneath the shiny surface, they are sounding the alarm.

Obama and the Vacant Commerce Sec. Seat

Congress is hoping to send the $790 billion stimulus package to President Obama's desk as soon as this weekend.

Thousands Sign Petition Against Stim Bill

Even as Congress reached a deal over President Obama's now $790 billion stimulus plan, Wednesday, opponents continued to rally against the bill and its hefty price tag.

Bankers Face Criticism on Capitol Hill

While Congress debated over the stimulus package, Wednesday, eight of the nation's top bankers faced grilling on Capitol Hill for how they've handled their bailout billions.

Obama and Middle East Diplomacy

CBNNews.com - In his prime-time news conference Monday, President Barack Obama said he was looking forward to "constructive dialogue" with Iran and other countries.

What's Next for Obama's Stimulus Plan?

Even with President Obama's vows for more bi-partisan policies, only three Republicans between the House and Senate approved of his stimulus bill that passed, Tuesday.

S.C. Senator Reacts to Stimulus Plan

CBNNews.com  - One of the Republicans who voted against the stimulus plan is South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint.

Stimulus Plan Passes Senate

CBNNews.com - The $838 billion economic recovery plan is on its way to difficult House-Senate negotiations.

Economy Main Talk of Obama's News Conf.

President Barack Obama continued to take the case for his economic stimulus plan directly to Americans, Monday, bypassing the debate in Congress surrounding the bill to hold his first prime-time news conference less than one month into his presidency.

Group Challenges Leahy Over Justice Picks

The debate over President Barack Obama's recent Department of Justice picks continued, Monday, as a law group claimed the confirmation process involving the nominees was being "rushed" to avoid opposition.

Obama Turns Up Heat for Economic Action

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama faces a tough week in getting a divided Congress on board with his plan to boost the troubled economy.

Michelle Obama Visits Interior Department

First lady Michelle Obama continued her visits to government agencies, Monday, stopping at the Department of the Interior to thank workers for their "service to this nation."

Official: Sebelius Near Top for Health Post

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was near the top of President Barack Obama's list of candidates to head the Health and Human Services Department, a senior administration official said Saturday.

Obama Pushes Hard for Stimulus Approval

WASHINGTON -- Unemployment is rising and the economy is getting weaker, so President Obama is pushing harder than ever for his economic stimulus plan.

Justice Dept. Nominees Raise Eyebrows

Several conservative leaders are voicing concern over three of President Obama's Justice Department picks, claiming their backgrounds show a history of support for pornography, abortion, and assisted suicide.

Obama Names Economic Advisory Board

President Barack Obama, trying to get the nation's distressed economy back on track, appointed an outside group of advisors Friday to help him.

Senate Keeps Anti-Religious Wording in Bill

The Senate has rejected an attempt to strip language out of the economic stimulus bill that would prevent colleges and universities from using the federal funding for religious purposes.

Obama Stresses Urgency for Stimulus Bill

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - Both Republican and Democrat Senate moderates are working to cut as much as $100 billion from economic stimulus legislation and clear the way for the bill's passage.

Cheney Warns of Future Terror Attack

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is warning that terrorists are likely to launch a nuclear or biological attack in the near future.

Senate OKs $15K Tax Break for Homebuyers

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday night to give a tax break of up to $15,000 to homebuyers in hopes of revitalizing the housing industry, a victory for Republicans eager to leave their mark on a mammoth economic stimulus bill at the heart of President Barack Obama's recovery plan.

Michelle Obama: We Are Your Neighbors

First lady Michelle Obama said, Wednesday, that stopping foreclosure and keeping people in their homes is critical to her and the President.

Mayors Address Washington on Economy

CBNNews.com - A group of mayors from around the country met in Washington today with a strong message for lawmakers still at odds over the stimulus bill, cities are hurting and people need to get back to work.

Stimulus Plan Excludes Religious Schools

President Obama's stimulus bill contains a little-noticed provision that would prevent Christian colleges and universities from using stimulus money for religious purposes, like upgrading facilities for religious instruction or worship.

White House in Danger of Double Standard?

CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - The White House is announcing a plan to cap pay for executives at half-a-million dollars in some of the firms receiving government rescue money.

Daschle Withdraws Nomination for HHS

CBNNews.com - Former Senator Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination to be secretary of Health and Human Services, Tuesday, after problems with back taxes weakened his chance for confirmation.

Obama's $885 Billion Problem

WASHINGTON - At $885 billion few would disagree that the stimulus legislation before the Senate is a whopper of a bill.

First Lady Thanks Dept of Education

CBNNews.com - First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Department of Education today, urging staff members to roll up their sleeves, and get to work.

Obama: Differences Shouldn't Delay Stimulus

WASHINGTON - Despite virtually non-existant support from Republicans, President Barack Obama remains confident about his economic stimulus package saying that "very modest differences'" shouldn't impede swift passage. In his quest to push the bill through, the President joined forces Monday with Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, the Republican vice chairman of the National Governors Association. "If I were writing it, it might look at little different," said Douglas. "But the essence of a recovery package is essential to get the nation's economy moving." More Than GOP Raising Eybrows