November 2009 Headlines

Obama to Announce Afghan Plan Tuesday

The president is expected to announce the additional deployment of 35,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

Secret Service Chief to Testify on WH Breach

The Secret Service says it is still deciding whether to bring criminal charges against the couple who crashed the Obama administration's first state dinner.

Administration Plans New Efforts on Foreclosures

The Obama administration, battling a foreclosure crisis that shows no signs of relenting, will step up pressure on mortgage companies to do more to help people remain in their homes, officials said Saturday.

Divided Senate Opens Health Care Debate on Monday

With the Senate set to begin debate Monday on health care overhaul, the all-hands-on-deck Democratic coalition that allowed the bill to advance is fracturing.

White House: State Dinner Crashers Met Obama

The White House has released a photo showing that not only did the pair get close to Obama, they actually shook hands and talked to him.

Nader Noncommittal to Conn. Senate Run

Consumer activist Ralph Nader said he is "absorbing" the reaction he's receiving about a possible bid for the U.S. Senate, saying he wants to first gauge the level of grassroots support before making a decision.

In Tobacco-Loving Va., Bars to Quit Cold-Turkey

A new anti-smoking law takes hold in Virginia next month, a huge shift for a state whose tobacco habit dates to the Jamestown settlement some 400 years ago.

Obama, GOP Differ on Recipe for Economy

The president and Rep. Pence singled out U.S. service members for special thanks before saying what they think should be done to fix the economy.

President Obama's Thanksgiving Greeting

President Barack Obama used his weekly address to express gratitude to America’s military men and women and their families, and give thanks for our nation’s many blessings.

Couple Crashes State Dinner

Crashing a state dinner at the White House apparently takes a security breakdown as well as some kind of nerve.

Ex-CNN Host Lou Dobbs Weighs NJ Senate Run

Former CNN host Lou Dobbs is seriously considering running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey in 2012.

U.S. to Attend Key Climate Change Conference

President Barak Obama will vow nationwide cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10 years at a climate change conference set for Dec. 9.

Obama on Afghanistan: We Can't Just Walk Away

The president said it was in the nation's strategic interest to immobilize al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Panel 1st Up in S.C. Gov. Impeachment Debate

A small group of lawmakers have started the debate whether the governor's actions rises to the "serious crimes or serious misconduct in office" standard necessary to impeach him.

Obama: Decision Nearing on Afghanistan

President Barack Obama met again with his war council, Monday, as a decision on the situation in Afghanistan nears.

Healthcare Overhaul Could Spell Trouble for Dems

New polls suggest an economy in the doldrums and an unpopular healthcare overhaul could prove troublesome for the Democrats next year.

Obama Says Jobs Are His Main Priority

With unemployment at 10.2 percent, the president is trying to assure Americans that he "gets it."

Democratic Divisions Threaten HC Legislation

The U.S. Senate has set the scene for a major debate over healthcare reform, but Democrats are deeply divided about key provisions in the bill.

Reform Moves Forward as Abortion Questions Remain

Senate Democrats secured Saturday the 60 votes needed to begin debating health care after three wavering lawmakers said they would support the legislation.

Dems at Odds of Health Care Legislation

Sweeping health care legislation cleared its first hurdle in the Senate Saturday night. The rare weekend vote clears the way for what is sure to be a bruising debate.

Sarah Palin Goes 'Rogue' with CBN News

Palin's book tour began in Grand Rapids, Mich., where CBN News sat down with her for a conversation on one of the book's main topics-- faith.

Criticism Mounts on Geithner's Handling of Economy

As criticism of him rises, the White House is standing by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

Obama EEOC Nominee Defends Gay Marriage

One of President Obama's controversial nominees to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was on Capitol Hill, Thursday, to discuss same sex marriage.

SC Lawmakers to Consider Sanford Impeachment

Lawmakers in South Carolina say they will be formally considering impeachment of the state's Gov. Mark Sanford next week.

Palin Talks Turkey on Campaign, Health Care

Palin spoke with CBN News about what she would have done differently during the 2008 campaign along with some frank comments on abortion and other issues.

New Revelations Emerge in Ft. Hood Shootings

New information has come to light about the man accused of killing 13 people.

Congress Draws Battle Lines on Senate HC Bill

Battle lines have been drawn over the Senate's new 2,074-page health care bill which critics say will cost far more than its $849 billion price tag.

Senate to Open First Ft. Hood Hearing

The investigation into the deadly Nov. 5. Ft. Hood shootings will be front and center at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing Thursday.

Atty. Gen. Draws Criticism from 9/11 Families

The attorney general told lawmakers he is confident the accused architect of the 9/11 attacks will be convicted - but 9/11 family members aren't buying it.

Reid Scrambles for Health Care Bill Support

After weeks of putting the finishing touches on the Senate's health care bill, majority leader Sen. Harry Reid is now playing the role of chief mathematician.

Palin Slams Obama on Economy

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says President Barack Obama is mishandling the U.S. economy.

Byrd Becomes Longest-serving Congress Member

West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd has become the longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history, a milestone to be marked Wednesday with a Senate resolution.

Senators Want Answers About NYC Terror Trials

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will face tough questions on Capitol Hill Wednesday as some senators are angry over his plan to bring a 9-11 mastermind and other terrorists to Manhattan for civil trials.

Controversial Court Pick Survives Senate Vote

The Senate has ended a GOP filibuster against President Obama's U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Judge David F. Hamilton.

More Than $98 Billion in Improper Gov't Payments

More than $98 billion in taxpayer dollars spent by government agencies was wasted, much of it on questionable claims for tax credits and Medicare benefits.

Police Car in Accident Ahead of Biden Motorcade

A police car working ahead of Vice President Joe Biden's motorcade was involved in a minor traffic accident Tuesday evening.

Palin Tell All Urges Readers to Embrace God

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is back on the road, now as the author of a new book, and she started her trip on the Oprah Winfrey show.

WH Job Site Mistakes Spark Doubt, Concern

A White House Web site keeping track of jobs saved or created by the economic stimulus package has made significant errors.

Activists Urge Action on China's One-Child Policy

Some human rights activists are asking President Obama to address the 400 million Chinese children who've died as a result of the nation's one-child policy.

Agencies Warned of Spending Freeze

Domestic government agencies are being told to brace for a spending freeze or cuts of up to five percent.

Conservatives Oppose Appeals Court Nominee

President Obama's controversial U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee could be up for a confirmation vote in the Senate this week.

Gates Blocks Release of Detainee Abuse Photos

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has blocked the public release of any more pictures of foreign detainees abused by their U.S. captors.

ACORN Sues to Get Gov't Funds Back

The controversial community organizing group ACORN is now suing the federal government.

Obama: Decision on the Way on Afghanistan

President Obama says he'll make a decision on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan when he returns from weeklong trip to East Asia.

Top White House Lawyer Greg Craig Resigns

The White House's top lawyer has decided to resign in order to return to private practice.

Senate Dems Struggle to Hold Agreement on HC Bill

The Democrats are going to try to pass health care through the Senate, but it may be easier said than done.

Obama Questions Afghan War Options

One day after meeting with his war council on Afghanistan, President Obama is reportedly sending his advisors back to the drawing board.

Reid: Senate May Pass Health Care by Year's End

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid now says he expects the Senate will complete the health care bill before the end of the year.

UN Leader Urges Senate to Pass Climate Bill

Ban Ki-Moon visited the senators on Tuesday, but got a little push back.

Pro-Choice Lawmakers Request Talks with Obama

Abortion rights supporters in Congress are asking President Barack Obama for a meeting.

Influence Game: Catholic Bishops Shape HC Bill

Catholic bishops may end up having the final say on health care overhaul as they use their clout with Catholics to get abortion restrictions added the House bill.

Obama Weighs Four Options in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama is meeting with his national security team on Wednesday for the eighth time to discuss his strategy in Afghanistan.

Parshall Not Surprised Abortion at Center of HC Bill

The debate over health care reform continues in Washington and abortion funding is now at the center of it all.  Radio talk show host Janet Parshall tells CBN News she's not surprised.

Bill Clinton: Economy Counting on HC Reform

Former President Bill Clinton joined the push for health care reform, Tuesday, urging lawmakers to act quick before the economy suffers even more.

Congress Considers Paid Sick Leave for Flu

As the H1N1 virus continues to spread across the United States Congress is now considering "emergency legislation" to guarantee workers paid sick leave.

Journalists' Book Offers New Look at Sarah Palin

Two books about Sarah Palin out this month will reveal behind-the-scenes information about the former vice presidential candidate and the McCain-Palin campaign.

Dems Face 'Growing Revolt' on Health Care Spending

The White House is facing what the New York Times calls "a growing revolt" from some Democrats over the rise in health care spending.

Abortion Funding: HC Reform's Last Hurdle?

Abortion opponents in the Senate say they want to see tough language keeping abortion funding out of the bill.

Obama Near Decision on Troop Deployment

President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to add tens of thousands more forces to Afghanistan.

Pro-lifers Fight Taxpayer Funded Abortion

Pro-life Democrats threatened to bring down the health care bill if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not allow a vote on an amendment to ban public money to pay for abortions.

GOP Looks to 2010 for Fiscal Restraint

The Republican Party is focusing on cutting government spending as a key theme for the 2010 Congressional elections.

Health Care Baton Passed to Senate

Democrats now look to the Senate for the next peg in reforming health care.  But two words appear to spell disaster: public option.

Report: 237 Millionaires Now in Congress

Many people all over the world are doing all they can just to get by during these tough economic times. But one group seems to be doing extremely well. They are members of the U.S. Congress.

House Passes Historic Health Care Overhaul Bill

President Obama reacted to the House's historic heath care reform overhaul, Sunday, encouraging the Senate to take action.

Climate Change Bill: Enough Gas to Pass?

Democrats advanced the controversial 'cap and trade' bill, Wednesday, but many wonder if it will have enough support to pass.

'Kill the Bill': Protestors Target Health Care

A sea of Americans converged in Washington Thursday to rally against a health care plan they say tramples on their constitutional rights.

Obama Addresses Native Americans

President Barack Obama assured American Indians on Thursday that they have a place in his White House.

California Stealin'? Gov't Forces Paycheck 'Loan'

The state of California will soon start withholding an extra 10 percent out of residents' pay checks.

GOP Wins Warn of 'Rebellion' against Big Gov't

Democrats say they're not worried about losing two elections Tuesday. Instead, they're pressing ahead with plans for a trillion dollar health care bill.

Lawmakers Gear Up for Health Care Battle

While leading Democrats are hoping to bring a $1.2 trillion health care bill to the House floor for a vote, opponents are rallying to challenge the measure.

Houston Public Prayer Addresses Gay Candidate

Although Houston's mayoral race is headed for a run-off, it is a former Texas minister who is capturing headlines.

Huckabee Talks Election Results, GOP, Israel and More

CBN News spoke with former Republican presidential candidate and governor Mike Huckabee about the election results.

Tracking Obama's Campaign Promise Checklist

CBN News took a look back at President Obama's campaign, the promises made and where those vows stand today.

Democrat Wins House Seat in Heavily GOP Area in NY

Lawyer and retired Air Force Capt. Bill Owens won the special election Tuesday in northern New York.

GOP Wins Big in NJ, But Loses in NY

Republicans completed their sweep of the governors races with a win in New Jersey -- but they lost a controversial New York congressional election.

Analysis: Elections a Referendum on Obama?

Some are calling Tuesday's election results a referendum on President Obama's first year in office.

Bob McDonnell Wins Virginia's Governor Race

Republican Bob McDonnell swept the Virginia governor's race, Tuesday, just a year after President Obama handily took the state for the Democrats.

Obama Stumping for Education Reform Package

President Obama was in Wisconsin, Wednesday, pushing education reform and campaigning his new "Race to the Top" plan.

CBN News Election 2009 Results

Residents in eleven states went to the polls for various issues, in this off-year election cycle. The outcome could give a snapshot of what to expect in next year's mid-term elections.  

House Condemns U.N. Report on Gaza War

The U.S. House of Representatives has condemned a report by the United Nations that accuses Israel of war crimes.

GOP Captures Three Highest Offices in Va.

It was a big night for the GOP as the Republican candidates swept the state's three highest offices - possibly signaling trouble ahead for Democrats.

Bloomberg Wins Third Term as Mayor

Michael Bloomberg won a third term as New York mayor Tuesday in a closer-than-expected race against a Democratic challenger.

Reid: Health Care Timetable May Slip

Sen. Harry Reid signaled Tuesday that Congress may fail to meet a year-end deadline for passing health care legislation.

Merkel Visit Marks Fall of Berlin Wall

Germany's newly elected leader went to Capitol Hill Tuesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and to urge lawmakers to reach an agreement on climate change.

Cap and Trade and the Economy

Republicans on a key Senate committee announced Tuesday that they are boycotting the debate on curbing greenhouse gases.

Green Patriarch to Visit White House

The leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians will visit with President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday.

Tuesday's Races Reveal America's Political Climate

This election may provide a clues on how voters feel about President Barack Obama and may be an indicator for next year's midterm elections.

Abortion Funding Could Stop Health Care Bill

House Democrats are hoping to vote on their version of the health care bill by the end of the week. But some members of the party could derail the process in a battle over taxpayer funding of abortion.

House Health Bill Totals $1.2 Trillion

The health care bill headed for a vote in the House this week costs $1.2 trillion or more over a decade.

Congress Considers Limit on Flex Spending Accounts

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are considering limiting employee health care flexible spending accounts.

Star Watch? New York's 23rd District Race

The governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey have received most of the nation's attention. But New York's 23rd Congressional District is also making news.

All Eyes on Va., NJ Gubernatorial Races

Two governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey are being closely watched as an indicator of things to come during next year's mid-term elections.

Limbaugh Calls Obama 'Immature, Inexperienced'

Rush Limbaugh lobbed pot shots across the airwaves Sunday at President Barack Obama.

White House: Afghan Troop Decision Within Weeks

President Barack Obama is still weeks away from deciding whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, the White House said Sunday.