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January 2009 Entries

Michael Steele Elected First African American RNC Chairman

After six rounds of voting, Michael Steele has been elected as the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC).  This mildly surprising victory of the more moderate Steele puts a new face on the party, which has been criticized for failing to appeal to minority voters.

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Abortion Funding

A bi-partisan duo in the House of Representatives is asking their colleagues to sign on to a letter designed to block attempts to erase the "Hyde Amendment."  The amendment, named for Illinois Congressman Henry Hyde, bars the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions.

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Stimulus Bill Sparks Senate Showdown

"A trillion dollars is a terrible thing to waste," said Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, at a packed press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday.

posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Reshaping the Republican Image

After suffering pretty intensive electoral losses, Republicans are dealing with the issue of how to repair their image.  Stereotypes of Republicans aren't really doing the party any favors, since the caricature of a group of old, out-of-touch, white men doesn't necessarily resonate with the bulk of the U.S. population, so the question remains: where do they go from here? It’s easy to point out various problems plaguing the problem, like the relatively low numbers of minorities or you

posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama Gets Down to Business

President Obama met with key business leaders to address an issue that's on the minds of most Americans: the economy.  While there's no quick fix to our current economic situation, the President left the meeting "confident that we can still turn our economy around." He advocates a bipartisan solution, where it doesn't matter whether an idea is "Democratic or Republican, but whether it makes good economic sense."  He says that all Americans should work together to h

posted @ Wednesday, January 28, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

"Global Gag Rule" Reversal Met with Criticism and Praise

President Obama has issued an executive order ending a policy that prevented federally funded NGOs from performing abortions or promoting abortions. 

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

'Global Gag Rule' to be Repealed Today

Pro-life activists were heartened by yesterday's decision of President Obama not to overturn the Mexico City Policy, which prevents all federally funded NGOs from performing or promoting abortion overseas.  But today is a new day. 

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Michelle Obama: From Fist Bumper to Fashion Icon

Contrast those reports with today’s headlines: “Michelle Obama’s Style: Change You Can Wear”  “The World Finds a Michelle O” “Michelle Obama is the perfect wife: President Barack’s sexy new first lady” “Over 40 and fab, Michelle is a role model for women” And these are just the tip of the iceberg!   The ability of Michelle Obama and her handlers to transform her image from a potential political liability to one of

posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Ready to Lead with Incomplete Cabinet

Hearings, hearings, and wouldn't you know it, more hearings!

posted @ Wednesday, January 21, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Inauguration Aftermath

It's been less than 24 hours since the inauguration of President Obama, and the post-inaugural glow is quickly fading from the city.

posted @ Wednesday, January 21, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama Online

President Obama has proposed multiple changes, but among the most noticeable thus far has been the shift in the use of technology. 

posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Great Expectations

I don't think that the television crews were able to capture the deafening roar of the crowd after our President Barack Obama uttered those three words, "so help me God," solidifying his place in history as the first African-American president. 

posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Mall Madness

Thousands of tour buses have replaced the masses of cars that usually flood DC streets. 

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Grace under Pressure

Washington is abuzz with excitement as the hours count down to President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.  Well wishers hoping to witness history traveled in and out of Washington today planning their routes for Tuesday (The thousands of port-a-potties set up near the National Mall are already being put to good use). 

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Surviving the Inauguration

We're still just days away from the inauguration, and DC is already a changed place. 

posted @ Friday, January 16, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Hot in the Senate Spotlight

If President-elect Barack Obama had any thought of sailing smoothly into his new digs at 1600 Pennsylvania, drama in the U.S. Senate has practically dashed any semblance of that as wishful thinking.

posted @ Thursday, January 15, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Welcome to Beltway Buzz!

Change is the buzzword in Washington right now, and CBN News is experiencing its own set of smaller transformations, like Beltway Buzz, the latest member of the CBN News blogosphere. 

posted @ Wednesday, January 14, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)