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Senate GOP Leader Says Party Must Change

Posted: 01/30/2009 - After crushing defeats in back-to-back elections, the top Senate Republican warned Thursday that the GOP risks remaining out of power in the White House and Congress unless it better explains its core principles to woo one-time faithful and new loyalists.

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People Of Illinois Happy To See Blagojevich Go

Posted: 01/30/2009 - People across Illinois who watched former Gov. Rod Blagojevich get the boot Thursday said they hoped removal of the scandal-plagued governor helps the state begin rebuilding its image after weeks of ridicule.

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Blagojevich: I Did Nothing Wrong

Posted: 01/29/2009 - In a last-ditch effort to save his job, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told senators at his impeachment trial that he's done nothing wrong and the evidence doesn't support removing him.

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NC General Assembly Underway

Updated: 01/28/2009 - The North Carolina General Assembly got underway Wednesday and lawmakers say this will be one of the toughest years they can remember.

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Shuler Breaks From Party On Stimulus Vote

Posted: 01/28/2009 - North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler is the only House lawmaker from the state who is breaking from party ranks as Congress votes on an economic recovery package.

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House Approves Economic Stimulus Bill

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The Democratic-controlled House has approved an $819 billion economic stimulus package critical to President Barack Obama's plan to revive the economy.

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Analysis: Obama Outreach To GOP A Balancing Act

Posted: 01/28/2009 - In his first days on the job, President Barack Obama has acted to appease core Democratic interest groups, making good on a few campaign promises and shoring up support among key constituencies as he reaches out to Republicans on the big economic stimulus package. It's a balancing act.

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House To Vote On Obama's Economic Stimulus Plan

Posted: 01/28/2009 - President Barack Obama's expansive and expensive plan to jump-start the economy is all but certain to clear its first hurdle when the Democratic-controlled House votes on a $825 billion version that melds new spending and tax cuts.

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Gore: Economy Should Spur Action On Global Warming

Posted: 01/28/2009 - Former Vice President Al Gore is urging Congress not to be sidetracked by the current financial crisis and to take "decisive action" this year to reduce the heat-trapping gases responsible for global warming.

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Obama To Hear Advice Of Service Chiefs On Iraq

Posted: 01/28/2009 - Barack Obama often has said he will issue orders to swiftly close down the Iraq war. Now military leaders are getting a chance to tell the new commander in chief how they could comply, and why he might want to wait.

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Bill Clinton Praises Kay Yow As Inspiration

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Former President Bill Clinton says he admired former North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow for the way she lived during her two-decade fight with cancer.

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House Dems May Drop Contraceptive Spending

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Democratic officials say House leaders are seriously considering deleting family planning funds for the low-income from an economic stimulus bill headed for a vote later in the week.

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McCain On Obama's Defense Pick: "I Don't Like It"

Posted: 01/25/2009 - Sen. John McCain said Sunday the confirmation of President Barack Obama's choice for deputy defense secretary should move forward despite concerns about the nominee's role as a former defense lobbyist.

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Israeli Official: Obama Envoy Coming To Mideast

Posted: 01/25/2009 - President Barack Obama's special envoy to the Middle East will come to Israel Wednesday for talks on keeping alive a fragile Gaza cease-fire and reviving Mideast negotiations, an Israeli foreign ministry official said Saturday.

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Blagojevich: I'm The Victim Of Plot To Raise Taxes

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Launching an all-out media blitz as his impeachment trial draws near, Gov. Rod Blagojevich compared himself Friday to an honest, hardworking cowboy and said he was about to be lynched by a band of black-hatted political insiders eager to raise taxes.

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Obama Tackles Afghanistan And Mideast Conflict

Posted: 01/23/2009 - Taking on two of his toughest foreign policy challenges, President Barack Obama pledged to find a new course in Afghanistan and to help Israel achieve a broad peace with the Arab world.

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Afghan President Welcomes Order To Shut Guantanamo

Posted: 01/23/2009 - Afghanistan's president applauded President Barack Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp within a year, saying the move will help rally the world to the fight against terrorism.

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North Korea's Kim Meets With Chinese Official

Posted: 01/23/2009 - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il met Friday with a senior official from China in Pyongyang, Chinese state media reported, the first known contact between the reclusive leader and a foreign dignitary since he reportedly fell ill last August.

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