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Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

The House Republican leader sent a letter to Obama on Friday formally inviting him to deliver the prime-time speech.

Obama will face an all-Republican Congress next month as the GOP takes charge of both the House and Senate for the final two years of the presidency.

Saeed Abedini has penned a Christmas letter to his family and supporters from the confines of the brutal Rajai Shahr Prison in Iran.

The American pastor was jailed by the Iranian government two years ago for refusing to recant his faith. In his letter, he notes this is the first time he'll be spending the holiday without his family.

"These conditions have made this upcoming Christmas season very hard, cold and shattering for me. It appears that I am alone with no one left beside me," he wrote.

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The Senate on Monday approved President Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general, despite opposition from Republicans and some Democrats over his support for gun control and past statements that gun violence is a public health issue.

Murthy, 37, a physician at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School, won confirmation on a vote of 51-43. He's a co-founder of Doctors for America, a group that has pushed for affordable health care and supports Obama's health care law.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said most of Murthy's career has been spent as an activist focused on gun control and other political issues, rather than on treating patients. "...

The House narrowly approved a sweeping spending bill Thursday night despite deep misgivings among liberals and conservatives alike, sending the measure to the Senate as lawmakers averted a partial government shutdown.

The bill passed on a 219-206 vote, following an intense lobbying effort by House Republican leaders and the White House.

Current government funding technically runs out at midnight Thursday, but lawmakers late Thursday approved a stopgap measure to keep the government running through midnight Saturday as the Senate considers the main $1.1 trillion spending package. That debate could last through the weekend and potentially into Monday.

"We will not have a government shutdown," Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.,...

Top Republicans are warning that the "unconscionable" release, by order of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of a report on CIA interrogation techniques used on Al Qaeda suspects in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could "endanger the lives of Americans" all over the world. 

The report on the techniques, which some officials credit with helping track down Usama bin Laden and other terror leaders, is expected to be released late Tuesday morning. The White House and President Obama are backing the decision to release the report, despite warnings from lawmakers and some inside the administration that it could lead to a backlash against Americans. 

Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, in a statement late Monday, called the...

The Obama administration is refusing to discuss reports that emerged early Thursday claiming that the White House is considering imposing sanctions on Israel for continuing construction on Jewish homes in Jerusalem.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf dodged several questions on Thursday when confronted with reports that the administration had held secret internal meetings to discuss taking action against Israel for its ongoing building in East Jerusalem.

The classified meetings were reportedly held several weeks ago and included officials from both the State Department and White House,...

Former Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in a recent interview, tried to downplay the role of controversial MIT professor Jonathan Gruber in the crafting of ObamaCare.

Gruber, often called an ObamaCare “architect,” came under fire recently for videos where he claimed the law passed thanks to the “stupidity of the American voter.”

Sebelius, who herself faced a backlash last year for the glitchy rollout of HealthCare.gov, said that despite being hired as a consultant for the bill, Gruber did not play a very important role in its creation.

In the interview with USA Today, she also claimed they never personally met...

President Obama announced Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, in a development that seemed abrupt yet came amid growing pressure from the White House over his handling of several international issues, Fox News has confirmed.

During a press conference at the White House, Obama said Hagel concluded it’s an “appropriate time” for him to complete his service.  

Hagel has had a rocky tenure of nearly two years in which he's struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team. He stepped down under pressure amid multiple foreign policy crises, including the rise of the Islamic State group.

But in remarks at the White House, Obama praised Hagel as "an exemplary defense...

A day after re-electing Rep. Nancy Pelosi to lead them in the next Congress, House Democrats rebuffed her effort Wednesday to elect a close ally to an important committee post.

In a closed-door meeting, Democrats voted 100-90 to make New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The loser was California Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Pelosi friend whose Silicon Valley district is near San Francisco, which Pelosi represents.

The vote attracted interest because it came amid grousing over this month's elections, which saw House Democrats lose at least a dozen seats, and...

A House Republican panel is huddling in the basement of the Capitol on Monday to decide who will wield the gavels on several committees in the next Congress.

Fox News is told the most prominent committee chairs to be decided on Monday are for the Ways and Means and Oversight committees.

For Ways and Means, Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., is retiring. Current House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is the odds-on favorite to grab the Ways and Means gavel, though is facing a challenge from Joint Economic Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

It is notable that on Friday, the House Republican Conference voted to establish what some are now calling the “Paul Ryan Rule.” That rule would ban sitting committee chairs and the chairs of appropriations...

WENTWORTH, N.C. - At least six North Carolina magistrates have given up their jobs rather than be forced to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.

John Kallam, who worked as a magistrate in rural Rockingham county for over a decade, is one of them.

During that time he watched the growing momentum of gay marriage closely and wondered what it might mean for him.

"I told some of my co-workers, 'if it ever gets down to that, where I'm asked to perform same-sex marriage, I'm not going to be able to do it,'" Kallam told CBN News.

That moment happened last month when a federal judge struck down North Carolina's marriage amendment. The following work day, Kallam told his...

ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber apparently doesn't think much of the intelligence of the American people. 

A new tape has surfaced showing Gruber, once again, claiming the health care law's authors took advantage of the "stupid" American public. 

The tape, played on Fox News' "The Kelly File," showed Gruber speaking at an October 2013 event at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Referring to the so-called "Cadillac tax" on high-end health plans, he said: "They proposed it and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference." 

Gruber specifically was referring to the way the "Cadillac tax" was designed -- he touted their plan to, instead of taxing policy holders, tax the insurance companies...

Republican Dan Sullivan was declared the winner of Alaska’s Senate race early Wednesday morning, a week after voting ended, as the Associated Press said he held an insurmountable lead over one-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

Mr. Sullivan's win brings the Republican majority in the next Senate to 53 seats, with one race, in Louisiana, still to be settled in a runoff.

Mr. Begich’s campaign was doomed after he failed to make up significant ground Tuesday as Alaska elections...

You might have thought, after a traumatic and gut-wrenching defeat for the Democrats, that the midterms were a nightmare for Hillary Clinton.

Ah, but you don’t understand the sophisticated spin at work. The election was actually her dream come true!

Her team has convinced some reporters and pundits — or they have convinced themselves — that Hillary emerges enhanced from the wreckage.

I’m skeptical of that, but I’m also going to let you in on a secret: The midterms were probably a wash for Hillary. This whole notion that when a big shot goes out and campaigns for candidates and gets some...

Two titanic forces -- a "hope and change" president struggling to cement an enduring legacy in the final quarter of his term, and a resurgent Republican leadership eager to exercise a voters' mandate -- will face off Friday afternoon in a White House meeting that could set the course for the next two years. 

The dynamic in Washington, on the heels of Republicans' midterm gains, is volatile. Both sides claim to be interested in working together, yet President Obama is vowing to use executive action to address immigration in a matter of weeks, and House Speaker John Boehner is warning him in no uncertain terms to stand down. 

"He's going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path," Boehner said Thursday. 

Yet immigration is just one...

A federal appeals court today upheld pro-tradtional marriage laws in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue. The ruling sets up the prospect of Supreme Court review.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel, which heard arguments in August on gay marriage bans or restrictions in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, split 2-1, with Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton writing the majority opinion.

The ruling creates a divide among federal appeals courts, increasing the likelihood the Supreme...

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will seek to lead the Democrats in the next Congress as they hand over the majority to Republicans.

Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid, said Wednesday that the five-term Nevada Democrat plans to remain leader and other Democrats indicated that he is unlikely to face a challenge.

Democrats suffered a drubbing in Tuesday's elections, losing their majority as Republicans picked up seven seats. The GOP majority could grow with possible wins in Alaska and Louisiana.

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is in line to become Majority Leader in the new Congress in January.

Reid is up for re-election in 2016.

Republicans sealed control of the Senate with more than six seats needed, a momentum Reuters suggested the GOP owes to evangelical voters.

FOX News exit polls showed that nearly 60 percent of voters who identified themselves as Protestant or Christian also identified themselves as Republican.

"If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives," Reuters reporter Alistair Bell wrote more than a week ago.

Studies suggest the voting block may be shrinking, but it's still a considerable force. The latest Reuters-Ipsos polling shows Evangelicals are more enthusiastic about the midterms than...

Voters handed control of the Senate to Republicans for the first time in eight years on Tuesday, putting the GOP in charge of Congress for the remainder of President Obama's term. 

Republicans swept to victory in a string of contests across the country, retaining every one of the GOP-held seats up for grabs and picking up more than the six seats needed to take control of the Senate. Republicans enjoyed a banner night after mounting campaigns from coast to coast that, almost without exception, sought to cast their opponents as rubber stamps for the unpopular president. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who fended off a Democratic challenge in Kentucky, is now poised to ascend to majority leader next year. 

Republicans also are projected...

JERUSALEM, Israel -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on the legality of listing Israel as the country of birth on U.S. passports of Israeli-born Jews holding dual citizenship.

Monday’s hearing involved a petition by 12-year-old Menachem Zivotofsky’s parents, who sued the State Department in 2003 for refusing to list Israel as the country of their Jerusalem-born son’s birth.

Menachem’s American-born parents, who immigrated to Israel after their first two sons were born, believe their first Israeli-born child should be recognized as such on his U.S. passport.

The same year he was born, former President George W. Bush signed legislation requiring the State Department to list Israel as the...