The House of Representatives approved Wednesday, 285-144, a three-month extension of the debt limit. Included in that bill was a "no budget, no pay" provision, which requires members of Congress to pass a budget, or they will not receive a salary. Some of the lawmakers who voted against the bill say that the "no budget, no pay" provision violates the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Many pundits, both liberal and conservative, have claimed that President Barack Obama's inauguration speech indicated a more liberal direction for the president's second term. If true, this would be a significant shift because, by at least one measure, Obama is the most conservative Democratic president in the post-World War II period.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wore an unusual hat to President Barack Obama's Inauguration ceremony Monday. Some observers speculate that the hat symbolized religious conscience protections and was worn to protest efforts by the Obama administration to enforce a birth control mandate on religious groups.
The nation celebrated the start of President Barack Obama's second term this week with a mix of fun and religious reverence.
Former President Bill Clinton warned a private gathering of Democratic donors Saturday that Democrats need to stop the condescension toward rural gun owners, and supporting President Barack Obama's gun control efforts could lead to their defeat in the next election.
President Barack Obama attended a worship service at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church before his official swearing-in for his second term. The Rev. Ronald E. Braxton borrowed a theme from Obama's re-election campaign for his sermon as he advised the president to go "forward" because it is the only option.
Care for the Poor, Service to Others, Fatherhood Promoted at Obama Inauguration Nat'l Day of Service
The Presidential Inauguration recognized the "National Day of Service" Saturday by promoting volunteerism with events across the country. Participants are asked to commit their time to one of the many causes highlighted. The event in Washington, D.C., featured nonprofit groups and government organizations promoting, among other things, fatherhood, nutrition, and care for the poor, homeless and at-risk youth.
Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan says it is "pirate time" for Republicans. They need to be bold and capture the Democrat's issues that rightly belong to them. For Noonan, this means go populist and call for breaking up the "too-big-to-fail" banks. This would not be the first time conservatives have urged Republicans to do so. Will Republicans listen?
III Arms, a firearms manufacturing company that makes a AR-15 rifle similar to those used in the recent shootings in Newtown, Mass., and Webster, N.Y., is planning to build a fortified, self-sustaining, community in Benewah County, Idaho. At the same time, media personality Glenn Beck has announced that he will build a community based upon "Galt's Gulch," the libertarian community featured in Ayn Rand's fictional work, Atlas Shrugged.
A new political advocacy organization called "No Labels" encourages more bipartisanship to solve the nation's political challenges. No Labels is led by former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who ran as a moderate Republican in his unsuccessful bid last year for the Republican presidential nomination, and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the most conservative Democrats in the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) responded Monday to accusations by former Secretary of State Colin Powell that there is a "dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the [Republican] Party." The Republican Party is "not an intolerant party," Rubio said.
The Evangelical Immigration Table has launched the "I was a stranger" prayer challenge to encourage Christians to spend 40 days reflecting on scripture passages dealing with immigration and pray about what they read.
The idea to mint a $1 trillion coin as a way to avoid raising the debt limit should be given serious consideration, Nobel prize winning economist and liberal pundit Paul Krugman believes. He advised comedian Jon Stewart to take the idea more seriously or risk "ruining his brand."
If all of President Barack Obama's cabinet appointees are confirmed, the most prestigious cabinet posts will all be filled by men. This has renewed an old debate, mostly among liberals, over diversity in the executive branch and Obama's apparent preference for male advisers.
Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of abortions and a pro-abortion advocacy organization, has decided to abandon the "pro-choice" label in favor of a "no-labels" strategy. In surveys and focus group research, the organization found that a significant number of voters the organization would like to reach with its message feel uncomfortable with the pro-choice and pro-life labels.