Our Reader’s Greatest Hits for 2009

By The Editors of CNSNews.com | December 30, 2009 | 5:53 PM EST

This photo provided by Rush Limbaugh shows Limbaugh in his Palm Beach, Fla. radio studio, the last week of Sept., 2009. (AP Photo/Photo courtesy of Rush Limbaugh)

(CNSNews.com) – 2009 will long be remembered as the year Barack Obama became president and his administration started building a road to socialism through Congress, pouring concrete on it by:

-- pushing through Congress a $787 billion economic stimulus bill raising the U.S. deficit to astronomical levels; 
-- seizing control of General Motors and tossing out the CEO;
-- telling banks how much they could pay their top execs;
-- closing down Gitmo and deciding to try foreign terrorists and war criminals in civilian courts, as if they were American citizens;
-- pushing Congress to pass climate-change legislation that promises to hike energy bills by 40 percent or more if implemented; 
-- and, of course, getting the House and Senate to pass their own versions of trillion-dollar health-care reform legislation that will place one-sixth of the American economy into the hands of federal government control -- and could put taxpayers in the business of paying for abortions, with a final bill yet to emerge.
Throughout the year, CNSNews.com has been there with numerous stories on all those topics.

But we covered so much more in 2009.
Remember when the allegations surfaced that Georgetown University covered over Jesus name when President Obama spoke there? Or when the Democratic Party attempted to silence Rush Limbaugh? When Vice President Joe Biden made the comment that spending economic stimulus money was necessary “to keep from going bankrupt?” How about when pro-life Democratic congressman Bart Stupak said the White House was pressuring him not to speak out on abortion language in the Senate health-care bill – or when millionaire filmmaker Michael Moore trashed capitalism? Or Sheriff Arpaio was targeted by the Justice Department?
These are all stories that first came to light on CNSNews.com – and became our most popular stories of 2009.
1. Georgetown Says It Covered Over Name of Jesus to Comply With White House Request
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
By Edwin Mora 

Lead: Georgetown University says it covered over the monogram “IHS” -- symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ -- because it was inscribed on a pediment on the stage where President Obama spoke at the university on Tuesday and the White House had asked Georgetown to cover up all signs and symbols there.
2. Democrats Launch Petition Against Rush Limbaugh
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
By Melanie Hunter-Omar
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched an online petition for readers to express their outrage at conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh for saying last week that he wanted President Barack Obama to fail.
3. Joe Biden: ‘We Have to Go Spend Money to Keep From Going Bankrupt’
Thursday, July 16, 2009
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
Vice President Joe Biden told people attending an AARP town hall meeting that unless the Democrat-supported health care plan becomes law the nation will go bankrupt and that the only way to avoid that fate is for the government to spend more money.
4. Rep. Stupak: White House Pressuring Me to Keep Quiet on Abortion Language in Senate Health Bill
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
By Pete Winn, Senior Writer/Editor
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said the White House and the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives have been pressuring him not to speak out on the "compromise" abortion language in the Senate version of the health care bill.
5. Millionaire Filmmaker Michael Moore: ‘Capitalism Did Nothing For Me’
Thursday, October 01, 2009
By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter
Documentary film director Michael Moore, who has become a millionaire thanks to the profits from his movies, told CNSNews.com that “capitalism did nothing” for him.
6. Conservatives Now Outnumber Liberals in All 50 States, Says Gallup Poll
Monday, August 17, 2009
By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief
Self-identified conservatives outnumber self-identified liberals in all 50 states of the union, according to the Gallup Poll. At the same time, more Americans nationwide are saying this year that they are conservative than have made that claim in any of the last four years.
7. Justice Dept. Investigates Arizona Sheriff for Enforcing Immigration Law
Thursday, March 12, 2009
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
The Department of Justice (DOJ) launched an investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona following requests by congressional Democrats and allegations by liberal activists that the department has violated the civil rights of illegal aliens
8. Conyers Sees No Point in Members Reading 1,000-Page Health Care Bill--Unless They Have 2 Lawyers to Interpret It for Them
Monday, July 27, 2009
By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter
During his speech at a National Press Club luncheon, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.), questioned the point of lawmakers reading the health-care bill. “I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” said Conyers. “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”
9. Army Investigating How and Why Troops Were Sent Into Alabama Town After Murder Spree
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
By Pete Winn, Senior Writer/Editor
The U.S. Army has launched an inquiry into how and why active duty troops from Fort Rucker, Ala., came to be placed on the streets of Samson, Ala., during last week's murder spree in that tiny South Alabama community. The use of the troops was a possible violation of federal law.
10.Never Reviewed by NYT or WashPost, Mark Levin's 'Liberty and Tyranny' Has Now Sold 1 Million Copies
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief
Without ever having been reviewed by either the New York Times or the Washington Post, Mark Levin’s "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto" has now sold one million copies, according to its publisher, Threshold Editions.