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Secretary of State John Kerry is urging congressional opponents of the emerging nuclear deal with Iran to "hold their fire" until they see a final agreement in two months.

"The whole purpose of the sanctions was to have a negotiation; now we're having that negotiation and I think we've earned the right through what we've achieved in the interim agreement," Kerry said.

Since reaching a framework agreement on April 2, the Obama administration has repeatedly urged the Senate to refrain from voting on legislation requiring congressional approval to lift sanctions against Iran. The president promised to veto any such bill.

Meanwhile, Kerry said he will brief lawmakers...

President Obama admitted Tuesday in a broadcast interview that his nuclear agreement with Iran only delays Tehran from eventually acquiring a weapon, which could come immediately after Year 13 of the agreement -- leaving the problem for future presidents.

Obama made the comments about Tehran's so-called "breakout time" in an interview with NPR News that aired Tuesday morning. The president was attempting to answer the charge that the deal framework agreed upon by the U.S., Iran, and five other nations last week fails to eliminate the risk of Iran getting a nuclear weapon because it allows Tehran to keep enriching uranium.

Obama said that Iran would be capped for a decade at 300 kilograms of uranium -- not enough to convert to a stockpile of weapons-grade...

A chaplain in trouble with the Navy for his Bible-based views is getting some help from on high.

Lt. Commander Wes Modder, a chaplain at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, South Carolina, is waiting for a potentially career-crushing decision from military officials.

According to The Christian Post, Modder faces possible discharge and the loss of his military retirment.

Modder's lawyer said several sailors complained about what the former Navy SEALs chaplain to the  told them in private counseling sessions.

His alleged misdeeds include saying that homosexuality was wrong and premarital sex was shameful.

Those...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday blasted the framework nuclear deal with Iran, saying it would pose a "grave danger" to the region and "threaten the very survival" of his country. 

The Israeli leader, speaking after a meeting with his top advisers, announced his Cabinet is united in "strongly opposing" the agreement outlined Thursday in Switzerland at the close of the latest marathon round of nuclear talks. 

In his most detailed comments yet on the announced plan, Netanyahu said it would not shut down a single nuclear facility or destroy a single centrifuge. 

"The deal would legitimize Iran's illegal nuclear program," Netanyahu said. "It would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure." 

The remarks make...

JERUSALEM — John Boehner thinks the “world is on fire.” And America isn’t doing nearly enough to stamp it out.

The House speaker’s decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress last month sparked criticism that Boehner was inappropriately injecting himself into foreign affairs and antagonizing President Barack Obama. But just hours after a friendly return visit with Netanyahu on Wednesday, Boehner made clear in an interview with POLITICO here he’s not backing down and will remain firmly engaged in the nation’s foreign policy.

“I...

Here’s what will happen before mid-November 2016 …

Major League Baseball will award two World Series crowns. The NBA will bestow two titles. The NHL will present the Stanley Cup twice. Both political parties will have held their conventions and tapped their respective nominees. And voters will choose the next president.

Only then, sometime in mid-November 2016, will the Senate Democratic Caucus gather to select its new leadership team.

A lot can happen between now and then. But even so, it appears that Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is poised to succeed retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry...

A leading Republican critic of the Iranian nuclear talks is calling on the U.S. to "walk away" from the table after negotiators missed a key deadline, while other lawmakers joined in voicing concern that Iran could extract critical final-hour concessions in the scramble to salvage an agreement. 

Negotiations resumed in Switzerland on Wednesday but were almost immediately beset by competing claims, just hours after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline to reach the outline of a deal and agreed to press on. And as the latest round hit the week mark, three of the six foreign ministers involved left the talks with prospects for agreement remaining uncertain. 

Amid the confusion, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told Fox News he's concerned the framework of a...

Today the six world powers in nuclear negotiations with Iran say talks have entered a new phase.

The deadline for the nuclear negotiations was originally Tuesday, but no deal has been reached. Officials say this new phase is aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June.

The talks have been extended twice since November.

Officials say differences remain on how long Iran must limit nuclear research, where stockpiles of enriched uranium should be stored and the timing and scope of sanctions relief.

Critics say the deal under consideration would keep Tehran's nuclear technology intact, allowing the hardline Islamic regime to...

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Sunday that a new state law that attempts to protect long-standing religious freedoms “is not about discrimination” and that he and other state lawmakers do not intend to change the legislation.

Pence, a Republican, said the legislation that he signed last week prohibits Indiana laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.

The definition of "person" includes religious institutions, businesses and associations, which is being interpreted as allowing a cake maker, for example, to legally refuse an order for a wedding cake for a...

JERUSALEM, Israel -- The world's powers are pushing hard to meet Tuesday's deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns Tehran is buiding an axis that is "dangerous to all humanity."

At times the atomosphere in Switzerland seems almost playful, even among sometime adversaries like the United States and Russia.

"I'm not paid to be optimistic," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"You're not paid enough to be optimistic," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry responded.

The parties claim they're as close as ever to a deal that would ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for international controls to make sure Tehran's...

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will retire at the end of his term, closing a long and controversial career in Congress that spanned four decades. 

The five-term Nevada Democratic senator announced the decision in a YouTube video message. 

Appearing with bruises on his face from a recent at-home exercising accident, Reid, 75, said the injury has allowed him and his family to have a "little down-time," giving him time to think. 

"We've got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than us. And as a result of that, I’m not going to run for reelection,” the senator said in the video.  

Reid, ribbing his Republican counterpart, added: "My friend, Senator McConnell, don't be too elated...

President Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year, hitting pause on the scheduled drawdown after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani voiced security concerns. 

The president, saying Afghanistan remains a "dangerous place," announced the move in a joint press conference with Ghani. The two met earlier in the Oval Office, during Ghani's first White House visit since being elected president of the war-torn country. 

Obama stressed that his goal of finishing the drawdown by the end of his term has not changed, but said hitting pause this year is "well worth it," as the spring fighting season approaches. 

"This flexibility reflects our reinvigorated partnership with Afghanistan,"...

The United States won't take the floor at the debate over human rights in the Palestinian terroritories Monday at the United Nations Human Rights forum.
    
Washington has historically defended Israel, but not this time. A U.S. spokesman in Geneva told Reuters the U.S. delegation wouldn't be speaking about the issue during the annual debate today.

The U.S. move comes after the Obama administration said it is reassessing its relations with Israel following Benjamin Netanyahu's statements about his...

House Republicans, unveiling their first budget blueprint since the party took control of Congress, issued a sweeping spending plan Tuesday that calls for complete repeal of ObamaCare, major changes to Medicare and controversial moves to boost defense spending despite tight budget limits.

GOP leaders say their budget would balance in less than 10 years, and in that time cut spending by $5.5 trillion compared with current projections.

The spending plan stands little chance of ever being signed by President Obama, but makes clear that the party is not dialing back its ambitions despite a rocky start to the latest congressional session.

After some internal debate over the Republican strategy for taking on the Affordable Care Act, the budget plan renews GOP...

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel's soldiers have already begun to vote in a crucial election to choose the country's next prime minister.

Balloting for the rest of Israel begins Tuesday, and final polls show Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party trailing a union of leftist parties.

But the prime minister rallied a crowd estimated between 50,000 and 100,000 supporters in Tel Aviv Sunday, telling them they can turn it around.

Last week, tens of thousands of mostly secular leftists packed into Tel Aviv's Rabin Square for an "Anyone but Bibi" protest.

But on Sunday, Bibi himself addressed an even bigger crowd. He warned that a leftist win would be...

Americans are not happy with the U.S. government. In fact, they say the government is the number one problem our country is facing.

A new Gallup poll shows about 18 percent say it's the most important U.S. problem.

Only 31 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the country.

Last month, concern about the government and the economy almost tied for first. But concerns about the economy have now dropped by 5 percent.

Now the economy and jobs essentially tie for second place, with 11 percent of Americans saying the economy is the top problem and 10 percent saying it's unemployment.

Concerns about...

A bipartisan bill aimed at combating human sex trafficking has hit a major snag after Senate Democrats -- who unanimously voted to move the bill out of committee -- hit the brakes upon discovering a Republican-backed abortion provision.

Though the relatively modest 68-page bill has been available for nearly two months, it wasn't until this week that Senate Democrats said they noticed the language, and subsequently threatened to block the bill.

As drafted, the legislation would crack down on what lawmakers in both parties agree is a seamy underworld of drugs and human sex trafficking akin to modern-day slavery. Fines paid by those convicted of the sex-trafficking crimes would go into a fund to help victims.

But Democrats now are balking because the...

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- As a Vietnam War veteran, Roy Moore is no stranger to a fight. But today he's engaged in a battle of a different kind – one being waged in the courts.

Moore, Alabama's Supreme Court Chief Justice, is an ardent and outspoken supporter of traditional marriage.

His latest move stirred the debate into a frenzy, when he ordered Alabama's probate judges to stop granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples after U.S. District Court Judge Callie Grenade struck down the state's constitutional amendment upholding traditional marriage and preventing gays from taking their vows.

The measure, known as the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment, which defines...

A chaplain who once ministered to Navy SEALs could be thrown out of the military after he was accused of failing “to show tolerance and respect” in private counseling sessions in regards to issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality, specifically homosexuality and pre-marital sex, according to documents obtained exclusively by Fox News.

Lt. Commander Wes Modder, who is endorsed by the Assemblies of God, has also been accused of being unable to “function in the diverse and pluralistic environment” of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.

“On multiple occasions he discriminated against students who were of different faiths and backgrounds,” the Chaplain’s commanding Officer Capt. Jon R. Fahs wrote in a memorandum obtained by Fox...

Likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took fresh fire over the weekend for the secretive email system she used when she was secretary of state.

Clinton violated State Department rules by conducting official government business exclusively through private emails.

She even set up a server out of her own home so she would have complete control over access to her email records.

House Republicans argue that's an impediment to their investigation of her role in the Benghazi scandal, so they've subpoenaed her private emails.

"There are gaps of months and months and months" in the emails the committee had previously received, Rep....