The Best of 2009

January 3, 2010 - 5:34 PM
Thousands of stories appeared on the CNSNews.com Web site in 2009. Here are some of our best – 25 stories that had impact.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Sept. 11 mastermind

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind, shown shortly after his capture in Pakistan in this March 1, 2003 photo. He and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be sent to New York to face trial in a civilian federal court. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – From the thousands of stories that appeared on the CNSNews.com Web site in 2009, we’ve selected 25 of our best – memorable stories that had impact.
 
In 2009, CNSNews.com not only asked members of Congress if they had read the economic stimulus bill, we also asked congressmen where in the Constitution they found the authority to order Americans to buy health insurance. If you missed it, the answer we got from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) might surprise you.
 
We also reported that the use of the water-boarding interrogation technique on Khalid Sheik Mohammed while he was detained at Guantanamo Bay averted another 9/11-style terrorist attack on Los Angeles; and that President Obama named a homosexual activist, Harry Knox, to a faith-based post even though Knox had disparaged Pope John Paul and other religious leaders.
 
Most of these stories had wider impact on the news world. Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s diatribe against the Catholic Church during an interview with CNSNews.com, for instance, made headlines – especially in Kennedy's home base, New England, where they ignited a firestorm.

Other stories went global, such as our item about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi being delayed from attending the global warming conference -- by a snow storm.
 
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Top 25 Memorable Stories from 2009
 
When Asked Where the Constitution Authorizes Congress to Order Americans To Buy Health Insurance, Pelosi Says: 'Are You Serious?'
Friday, October 23, 2009
By Matt Cover, Staff Writer
 
Obama Names Pope-Basher to Faith-Based Initiative Board
Monday, April 06, 2009
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
 
CIA Confirms: Waterboarding 9/11 Mastermind Led to Info that Aborted 9/11-Style Attack on Los Angeles
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief
 
U.S. Will Pay $2.6 Million to Train Chinese Prostitutes to Drink Responsibly on the Job
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
By Edwin Mora
 
Pelosi Snowed-Out of Global Warming Rally
Monday, March 02, 2009
By Josiah Ryan and Ryan Byrnes
 
Congressman Says He Now Has ‘About 40 Likeminded Democrats’ Who Will Vote to Kill Health Bill if He Doesn’t Get Floor Vote on Pro-Life Amendment
Friday, October 23, 2009
By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief
 
Patrick Kennedy: Catholic Church Fanning ‘Flames of Dissent and Discord’ by Opposing Health Bill Over Abortion Funding
Thursday, October 22, 2009
By Nicholas Ballasy and Edwin Mora
 
White House Science Adviser Advocated 'De-Development' of the United States
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
By Christopher Neefus
 
White House Says Catholic Bishops Have Misinterpreted Law Banning Federal Funding of Abortion--And Its Application to Health-Care Bill
Monday, October 12, 2009
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer

Cher: Republican Rule Almost ‘Killed Me’
Friday, February 06, 2009
By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter
 
Facebook Removes Conservative Group’s Anti-Stimulus Petition
Thursday, February 12, 2009
By Edwin Mora
 
Finance Committee Democrat Won’t Read Text of Health Bill, Says Anyone Who Claims They’ll Understand It ‘Is Trying to Pull the Wool Over Our Eyes’
Friday, October 02, 2009
By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter
 
Helen Thomas: Not Even Nixon Tried to Control the Media Like Obama
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
By Penny Starr and Fred Lucas
 
Sen. Conrad Suggests That People Who Don’t Believe in Civilian Trials for Terrorists Should Leave America and ‘Go Somewhere Else’
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
By Matt Cover, Staff Writer
 
Arab Who Vowed to Burn Israeli Books Still Leads Race to Head U.N. Culture Agency
Monday, September 21, 2009
By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor
 
Pelosi Won't Say Whether Osama Bin Laden Should be Told He Has the Right to Remain Silent and Get a Lawyer

Thursday, November 19, 2009
By Christopher Neefus and Karen Schuberg
 
FCC Won't Allow 'Diversity' Chief Mark Lloyd to Be Interviewed about Public Policy Views
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
By Matt Cover, Staff Writer
 
Father of Navy SEAL Decries Son’s Prosecution for Allegedly Punching Terror Suspect
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
 
Administration Will Cut Border Patrol Deployed on U.S-Mexico Border
Thursday, September 24, 2009
By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief

Justice Ginsburg Says She Originally Thought Roe v. Wade Was Designed to Limit 'Populations That We Don’t Want to Have Too Many Of'
Friday, July 10, 2009
By Christopher Neefus

Senate Judiciary Chairman Unable to Say Where Constitution Authorizes Congress to Order Americans to Buy Health Insurance
Thursday, October 22, 2009
By Matt Cover, Staff Writer
 
'Sex Play' for Teens Promoted in Animated Cartoon Produced by Planned Parenthood
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
 
Top Catholic Cardinal Says 'No Way' Catholic Members of Congress Can Support Senate Health Care Bill That Funds Abortion
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
By Karen Schuberg
 
Australia Seeks Ways to Reduce Animal Gas Emissions
Friday, February 27, 2009
By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor

Democratic Leader Laughs at Idea That House Members Would Actually Read Health-Care Bill Before Voting On It

Wednesday, July 08, 2009
By Monica Gabriel and Marie Magleby