December 2010 Headlines

Out of the Red: Virginia's Economic Turnaround

As many states work to stay out of the red, Virginia is coming off a budget surplus. The man behind the Old Dominion's journey back to the black is Gov. McDonnell.

Poll Shows GOP Support Huckabee for President

A new poll reveals former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has the most support to be the 2010 GOP presidential candidate.

Christine O'Donnell Denies Misusing Campaign Funds

Reports indicate federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation to look into whether O'Donnell illegally used campaign money to pay personal bills.

Obama Extends Hawaii Vacation

A spokesman for the president said he wants to spend more time with his wife and daughters before returning to work.

Poll: Obama, Hillary Clinton 'Most Admired'

President Obama has been ranked as the most admired man for the third year in a row, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll.

Obama to Address Deficit in State of Union

President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union speech to address America's skyrocketing national debt.

White House May Reintroduce 'Death Panels'

The Obama administration has restored one of the most controversial provisions of the new health care law.

Miller Lifts Opposition to Certifying AK Election

Tea Party favorite Joe Miller gave up his nearly two-month legal fight on Monday to keep Alaska from certifying Sen. Murkowski's Nov. 2 win.

Biden: Public Opinion on Gay Marriage 'Evolving'

VP Joe Biden said the military's repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" will help pave the way for a countrywide consensus on same-sex marriages.

Nat'l Debt, Gov't Spending Top Priority for 2011

President Barack Obama is reportedly so pleased with his White House Cabinet, that he's not planning any big changes there.

First Family Attends Church in Hawaii

President Obama and his family went to church on Sunday.

Lame-Duck Session Over, GOP Looks to 2011

The lame-duck session of Congress is over.  Lawmakers and President Barack Obama have wrapped up a huge amount of legislation in the last action-packed month.

Obama Signs 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised to end President Bill Clinton's controversial "don't ask don't tell" policy. On Wednesday, President Obama made good on that promise.

Senate Ratifies Weapons Pact with Russia

Congress gave President Obama a big Christmas present as the Senate voted to ratify the New START treaty with Russia Wednesday.

Brody File Show | Evangelical Issues: Peace on Earth?

On this week's edition of The Brody File, CBN News takes a look at whether evangelicals of all stripes can find common ground when it comes to faith and politics.

Support Builds for Approval of U.S.-Russia Nuke Pact

President Obama is gaining Republican support for his major arms control treaty with Russia.

Census Could Show GOP Gains in Many States

The new 2010 Census could spell gains for Republicans. Results from the U.S. Census Bureau show America's population has steadily migrated South and West.

How Will Gay Ban Repeal Impact Military Chaplains?

It will be up to the Pentagon to work out the details of how the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban will go into effect, and military chaplains are concerned.

Lame-Duck Congress Caps Final Week

The current Congress has shown no signs of slowing down -- taking up controversial votes during their final days.

U.S. Russia Arms Deal Still Short on Votes

Obama lobbied senators Monday, in an effort to gain support for a treaty that would would significantly reduce the number of nuclear arms held by the U.S. and Russia.

Senate Votes to Overturn Military Gay Ban

The Senate has voted to overturn the military's ban on openly gay troops and sent the bill to President Barack Obama.

Obama Salutes Spirit of Compromise, Signs Tax Bill

President Barack Obama saluted a new spirit of political compromise Friday as he signed into law a huge tax bill extending cuts for all Americans.

House Passes Extension of Bush Tax Cuts

Thursday night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for two years. However, many Democrats aren't happy with the compromise.

Senate to Vote on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal

Reports show there are barely enough votes to pass the controversial measure that would let gays serve openly in the military.

Dems' Pack Huge Agenda for Lame-Duck Finale

Tax cuts, a massive spending bill and a nuclear arms treaty are just some of the heavy items left for the lame-duck session of Congress.

Conservative Coalition Seeks Criminal Justice Reform

Some conservative leaders say billions of dollars can be saved getting smart on crime rather than just tough on crime.

Michael Steele Seeking Second RNC Chair Term

Michael Steele will seek a second term as chairman of the Republican National Committee, despite criticism of his leadership.

Despite Concern, House Votes to Allow Gay Troops

The House voted Wednesday to repeal the military's ban on homosexuals, despite warnings from a Marine chief on the damages of overturning the policy.

Congress' Approval Rating Reaches Record Low

Only 13 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, setting the lowest approval rating in Gallup Poll history.

Pork-Laden Tax Cut Deal Clears Senate Hurdle

Congress is poised to approve an extension of the Bush tax cuts this week, along with a spending bill designed to keep the federal government running.

Holbrooke Remembered as 'Giant' of U.S. Diplomacy

Richard Holbrooke, a brilliant and feisty U.S. diplomat who served as President Obama's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, died Monday.

Obama Health Law Ruled Unconstitutional

The legal challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law -- ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge -- will eventually go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tax Bill Heads for Passage in Senate

The U.S. Senate could vote and pass the Bush-era tax cut deal worked out between the White House and congressional Republicans as early as Tuesday.

Senate to Vote on Obama-GOP Tax Deal

The U.S. Senate will take their first vote on extending all the Bush-era tax cuts. Prospects for passage of the measure seem better in the Senate than in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Payroll Tax Cut Worries Social Security Advocates

President Barack Obama's plan to cut payroll taxes for a year would provide big savings for many workers, but makes Social Security advocates nervous that it could jeopardize the retirement program's finances.

Which Republican Can Beat President Obama?

This week, The Brody File begins a special 2012 presidential series called "Elephant in the Room," highlighting likely GOP presidential contenders.

GOP Poised to Ring in a New Reality for Obama

The New Year will ring in a new reality on Capitol Hill. Incoming Speaker John Boehner and his GOP posse will be turning up the heat on the White House. 

Obama Sets Sights on Tax Code Overhaul Plan

During an interview with National Public Radio, President Obama spoke about a complete reform of the tax code starting next year.

Senate Delays DREAM Act, Uphill Battle Ahead

Senate lawmakers have delayed a vote on the controversial DREAM Act that would create a path to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants in the United States.

House Dems Reject Obama's Tax Cuts Deal

President Obama is giving congressional Democrats a stark warning: Accept the tax compromise forged with the GOP or risk a double-dip recession.  

Repeal of Military's Ban on Gay Troops Unlikely

Senate Republicans blocked legislation that would have overturned the military's ban on homosexuals, making a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" unlikely anytime soon.

Will Democrats Support Bush Tax Cut Deal?

President Obama has reached a compromise with Republicans on an extension of the Bush tax cuts, but he must convince his own party to support the deal.

Obama, GOP Reach Deal on Bush Tax Cuts

President Barack Obama has agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts for two years.

Obama, GOP Reach Tax Cut Deal

Late Monday that Democrats and Republicans had finally reached common ground on year-end legislation to extend expiring tax cuts and renew jobless benefits.

Obama Hails S. Korea Trade as Victory for U.S. Workers

President Barack Obama on Saturday praised a newly sealed trade deal with South Korea as a landmark agreement that promises to boost the domestic auto industry.

House Votes to Censure New York Rep. Rangel

Rep. Charles Rangel of New York has been censured by the House for financial and fundraising misconduct.

Army, Marine Chiefs Cast Doubt on Gay Service

Top Army and Marine officers are challenging the study that supports ending the gay military ban, saying the move would be difficult in this time of war.

Fed Up! Gov. Perry's Crusade to Rein in Washington

Texas's governor believes what ails America isn't the fault of its citizens, but government. In his new book, he lays out solutions to get the U.S. back on track.

Lawmakers Work on Tax Cut Compromise

Democrat and Republican lawmakers are still arguing over whether or not to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone.

President Urged to Correct America's Motto 'Slip'

The chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus is asking President Obama to correct a speech he delivered in Indonesia, in November.

Boehner Meets with GOP Governors-Elect

Future House Speaker Boehner met with newly elected GOP governors on Wednesday to discuss ways to cut spending, create jobs, and repeal "Obamacare."

House Nixes Bush Tax Cuts; Senate Fights On

The House voted to extend middle-class tax cuts while letting Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy expire, but the debate over 2011 tax breaks is far from over.

Deficit Panel Split; Painful Package in Doubt

A painful package of spending cuts and tax increases drew challenges from  the left and right on the president's deficit commission, putting approval in doubt.

Republicans Stand Firm on Keeping Bush Tax Cuts

Both Congress and the Obama administration say they want to bring down the deficit. The lines have been drawn over tax increases and spending cuts.