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President Barack Obama's decision to nominate Rabbi David Saperstein to the post of Ambassador for International Religious Freedom is drawing mixed reactions.

Saperstein has spent his career in Washington focusing on social justice and religious freedom issues as an activist in the liberal reform branch of Judaism.

Some religious freedom advocates are applauding Obama's choice.

"(Saperstein) will be a strong advocate and voice for religious freedom around the world," National Association of Evangelicals...

Holocaust survivors from Sderot visit the capital on a trip organized by Earl G. Cox, yesterday.

‘These people have gone through the Holocaust, and now they have to go through this – it is inexcusable,’ says Israel Always founder.

Holocaust survivors from Sderot visit the capital on a trip organized...

Demography is destiny: The retirement of 77 million baby boomers is not a theoretical projection. 

This year's budget deficit of "only" $500 billion has brought some complacency on federal spending and deficits. It shouldn't. The Congressional Budget Office's long-term budget outlook released on July 15 shows a $40 trillion increase in debt over the next two decades.

While a $500 billion deficit is welcome compared with the $1.4 trillion peak in 2009, the decline is temporary. The CBO's other, more realistic "alternative baseline," which assumes Congress continues...

Christian Coalition of America Vice President for Legislative Affairs Jim Backlin with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

 

Senator Marco Rubio didn’t hold back on Wednesday at Catholic University when talking about traditional American values. Instead of shying away from the now controversial topic of marriage (ridiculous), Rubio had the following stern rebuke for homosexuals who seem to think anyone who is against gay marriage is a bigot...

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her faith, has been flown to Italy on an Italian government jet, accompanied by that country's vice-minister for foreign affairs. 

Reuters reported that Italian television broadcast images of Ibrahim, 27, arriving at Rome's Ciampino airport accompanied by her family and Italian politician Lapo Pistelli. Earlier, Pistelli had posted a picture on his Facebook page depicting himself with Ibrahim and her two children. The caption, translated...

Congressman Frank Wolf, R-Va., told Congress Tuesday Iraqi Christians are facing a "genocide" and horrific crimes against humanity.

Wolf said the so-called Islamic State "is systematically targeting Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq for extinction."

Hundreds of Christians have been fleeing from Mosul, Iraq's second biggest city. Last week the Islamist group...

A powerful federal appeals court dealt a major blow to ObamaCare on Tuesday, ruling against the legality of some subsidies issued to people through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on Tuesday that the IRS went too far in reinterpreting the language in ObamaCare to extend subsidies to those who buy insurance through the federally run exchanges, known as HealthCare.gov.

The case, Halbig v Sebelius, is one of the first major legal challenges that cuts to the heart of the Affordable Care Act by going after the...

President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department is going before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a confirmation hearing as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job.

Based on comments by lawmakers from both parties, VA nominee Robert McDonald appears headed to easy confirmation. The path for the veterans' bill is decidedly rockier.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid assailed his Republican colleagues Monday, saying they appeared unwilling to spend the money needed to address a VA crisis involving prolonged treatment delays and falsified...

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats mad at the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling saw their attempt to fix it blocked on the Senate floor on Thursday. Fifty-six senators voted for the fix but it needed 60 votes to proceed.

The fix would have forced businesses, even those with religious objections, to fund contraception for their workers. But Republicans and other critics called it an attack on religious liberty.

Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., sponsored the legislation. Critics attacked them about...

A Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is appealing a 're-education' order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. 

The order requires cake artist Jack Phillips to create wedding cakes for gay couples and to re-educate his staff that the state's Anti-Discrimination Act means artists must endorse all views. 

It also requires him to file quarterly compliance reports for two years.  

According to Phillips' attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the reports must include the number of patrons that Phillips declines to serve, along...

ISRAELI GAZA BORDER -- After Israel accepted Egypt's ceasefire proposal and Hamas rejected it, the conflict between Hamas and Israel entered a new and potentially dangerous phase.

Diplomacy failed to convince Hamas jihadists to stop their attacks. Since the proposed ceasefire, terrorists have fired dozens of rockets into Israel. Several hit their targets and one killed an Israeli near the border.

"Hamas isolated itself and the entire world called upon them to end the fire," Israeli President Shimon Peres said. "If they...

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Hamas rejected the Egyptian-mediated ceasefire proposal and continued its rocket fire on the civilian population after the ceasefire went into effect Tuesday morning. Israel's Security Cabinet responded by resuming targeted airstrikes on the terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.
 
A former high-ranking Israeli officer told CBN News the ceasefire proposal backs Hamas into a corner. If they reject this very public offer, then Israel will be able to renew its military operation with the backing of the international community.
 
"Now if Hamas rejects the Egyptian...

The White House on Sunday stood by President Obama's position that he continues to be the most transparent president in U.S. history, despite widespread complaints from journalists and other Americans about a lack of information or apparent misinformation.

“I have a responsibility in this job to try to help the president live up to his commitment to be the most transparent president in history,” new White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

Earnest said he “absolutely, absolutely” sticks by Obama’s line about having the most transparent administration, after continued...

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER - Despite building diplomatic pressure to declare a ceasefire, Israel's campaign to eliminate Hamas rockets from Gaza continues. 

In seven days, Hamas has fired nearly 1,000 rockets into Israel. To stop the assault, the Jewish state has hit more than 1,400 targets during Operation Protective Edge, which is now ending its first week. 

On "Fox News Sunday," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his country' actions. 
 
"With this kind of enemy we'll take whatever...

The House of Representatives on Friday approved a non-binding resolution backing Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas rocket attacks. 

The vote comes as Hamas-fired rockets stream into Israel's airspace, though most are being intercepted by Israel's advanced defense system. 

The House adopted the resolution by unanimous consent, and there was no roll call vote. 

Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., who co-sponsored the resolution with Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., called the Hamas attacks "unprovoked and unwarranted." 

"Israel is one of America's most important and loyal...

In an interview today with The Gospel Station Network, the second largest Christian radio network in the United States, Christian broadcaster and journalist, Earl Cox, called on all Evangelicals in America to step up and speak out in support of Israel.

“The Evangelical Christian community has been dangerously silent for far too long on matters relating to support for Israel while some who call themselves Christians have been busy instigating boycott and divestment campaigns. Those living in Israel live in the toughest...

TEL AVIV, Israel -- President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and offered to broker a ceasefire, but so far Israel shows no signs of ending Operation Protective Edge.

Israel ended its fourth day of the operation by striking more of the terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu warned the operation to rid Hamas of its ability to fire rockets may take a long time.
 
But some analysts believe Israel's military campaign also sends a signal to Iran. While Western leaders might be willing to tolerate a...

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says he has a much better solution to fix the problem presented by tens of thousands of illegal Central American immigrants that have been apprehended at the southern U.S. border.

“Look, for $8 million you could put them all on a first-class seat back to their homes,” Coburn said on CNN’s “Crossfire” on Tuesday.

Coburn was answering a line of questioning concerning the Obama administration’s announcement on Tuesday that it would be asking Congress for $3.7 billion to help deal with the 52,000 unaccompanied children and 39,000 mothers with children who have been...

Democrats in the Senate are trying to override the Supreme Court's ruling that exempted some companies from Obamacare's birth control mandate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling in favor of the Christian family owned business was outrageous.

"The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women's lives are not determined by virtue of five...

(CNN) -- Every member of Congress swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So did President Barack Obama.

But too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold -- at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him.

That's why, later this...