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Crisis pregnancy centers in California could soon be forced to promote abortions.

Legislation currently being pushed through by state Democrats would require all licensed centers to notify their clients of state programs that offer abortion services.

The Reproductive FACT Act, or AB 775, was approved by the California Assembly Health committee in April.

"We're not asking them to speak the word abortion. We're asking them to post the information, to provide the information and the only information we're asking them to provide is that there are low cost and free options available and a phone number," Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, one of the bill's authors, said.

Critics note, however, that the bill fails to offer a conscience clause or opt out for centers that...

Obama administration attorneys are urging a federal judge to throw out an election-year lawsuit by House Republicans over the president's health care law. 

Attorneys for the House counter that their unusual suit deals with critically important issues related to the separation of powers and should be allowed to continue. 

The two sides meet in court for the first time Thursday in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer, a 2003 appointee of George W. Bush. It comes as the Obama administration and lawmakers of both parties anxiously await a Supreme Court ruling on a different lawsuit that challenges other portions of the health law and threatens insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. 

The House suit, authorized by...

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a visiting U.S. senator a nuclear-armed Iran is 1,000 times more dangerous than the Islamic State.

"As horrific as ISIS is, once Iran, the preeminent terrorist state of our time, acquires nuclear weapons, it will be a hundred times more dangerous, a thousand times more dangerous and more destructive than ISIS," Netanyahu told Sen. William Cassidy, R-Louisiana, during his visit.

The deal, Netanyahu believes, will also provide Iran with tens of billions of dollars to fund its aggressive pursuits.

"I see no reason to rush to a deal and certainly not a bad deal that paves Iran's path to the bomb, but...

The State Department filed a proposal Tuesday to resume the release of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private account next month.

The agency proposed in a court filing that it would begin posting the former Secretary of State’s emails on the department’s website on June 30 and continue posting them every 60 days, with the goal of making all of them publicly available by Jan. 15, 2016.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras is considering a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit filed by Vice News reporter Jason Leopold.

The agency is still reviewing about 55,000 pages of emails from Clinton’s private account. Last Friday, it released nearly 300 emails relating to the Benghazi attack in 2012.

"The Department is keenly aware of the intense public interest in...

The Islamic State's takeover of Ramadi in Iraq is raising more questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the terrorist group.
    
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., criticized the president's lack of strategy this weekend.

"There is no strategy. And anybody that says that there is, I'd like to hear what it is, because it certainly isn't apparent now," McCain, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said this weekend on "Meet the Press."

"Right now we are seeing these horrible reports are now in Palmyra. They're executing people and leaving their bodies in the streets. Meanwhile, the president of the United States is saying the biggest...

It is Memorial Day 2015. In cemeteries across the country flags flutter, flowers grace the graves of the departed, and bugles sound the mournful notes of Taps. The crowds paying tribute, however, have grown sparse.

Begun as a way to honor Civil War dead, the commemoration was long called Decoration Day from the practice of decorating graves. The observance was held on May 30 no matter the day of the week. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been observed on the last Monday in May as the end of a federally mandated three-day weekend. Now firmly ingrained as the traditional start of the summer season, the solemn reasons behind the day have faded despite the continuing sacrifices of so many.

Seventy years ago, it was very different. Memorial Day 1945 marked an uneasy time...

By a large majority, Americans believe media coverage of the 2016 presidential race will be biased. Sixty-one percent of likely voters don't trust the news they are getting on the campaign, according to a new Rasmussen poll.

The survey was taken shortly after ABC News host George Stephanopolous admitted he didn't report large campaign donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Voter trust in media coverage has dropped 15 points from last October. Thirty-six percent of those surveyed said reporters will try to help Hillary Clinton win the White House, while 23 percent said they would try to hurt her.

Only 14 percent believe 2016 coverage will be unbiased, and 46 percent...

The State Department has released 296 emails from Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, in the first batch of emails to be made public. 

Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the emails were given to a House committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

She said redactions were made according to Freedom of Information Act standards.

The documents cover emails between 2011 and 2012 related to the Benghazi facility and its security, and to the broader issue of a U.S. diplomatic presence in Libya.

Harf says the emails don't provide new facts about how four Americans were killed on Sept. 11, 2012.

The State Department is still reviewing 55,000 further pages of emails from Clinton's private email...

A federal court of appeals has rejected the University of Notre Dame's request to be exempt from the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

The provision requires the school's insurance providers to cover the costs of contraceptives for students and staff, which violates the Catholic school's religious beliefs.

The university argued that the mandate imposes a substantial burden by forcing it to "identify and contract with a third party willing to provide the very services Notre Dame deems objectionable."

But the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, ruling 2-1 Tuesday that since the university doesn't have to pay the cost for contraceptives directly,...

The House approved long-awaited legislation on Tuesday to combat human trafficking, sending it to President Obama for his signature.

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act will expand law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers, create a new fund to help victims, and define child pornography production as a form of trafficking. Obama is expected to sign it.

The 420-3 vote happened with little fanfare or debate, a quiet finale for a bill that provoked weeks of partisan dissent in the Senate and held up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general.

The dispute in the Senate focused on whether money in the new fund could be spent to pay for abortions. In the end senators resolved it by structuring the fund to reassure Republicans that...

Fair, honest and open journalism plays a vital role in our political system and our society as a whole. Unbiased and impartial reporters work tirelessly to bring accountability and transparency to elected officials, who in turn, understand that the media is not pursuing any objective or ideological goal, save the facts and unvarnished truth.

Unfortunately, the recent fiasco surrounding George Stephanopoulos’ financial connections to the Clinton Foundation imperils the credibility and future of journalism, both in the 2016 presidential election and beyond. Last week’s revelation from ABC News’ chief anchor that he had previously donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation raises serious concerns.

As a candidate for...

JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel's 34th government began in earnest Sunday, seemingly unfazed by disparaging remarks from the opposition or the predominantly leftist media.

The initial government consists of 20 ministers plus the prime minister, who has kept the foreign ministry and four other ministries under his jurisdiction. He's kept them in the event parties now in the opposition would join the government.

One possibility is a change of heart by former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman or Labor Party chairman Yitzhak Herzog, who may realize the government isn't doomed to failure as he's predicted and decide to come on board.

Former Labor Party head Shelly...

A major supporter of the National Security Agency’s anti-terrorism surveillance program, which allows the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, is pushing for an extension of the program, setting up a battle with critics who argue that Congress must fix the current law or let it expire.

"This has been a very important part of our effort to defend the homeland since 9/11," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday while defending the program in an interview on ABC's “This Week.” "We know that the terrorists overseas are trying to recruit people in our country to commit atrocities in our country."

McConnell, R-Ky., introduced a bill Thursday night that would temporarily renew the expiring provisions of the Patriot Act for two months.

The...

JERUSALEM, Israel -- After weeks of waiting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in forming the nation's 34th government, which met for the first time Friday morning after being sworn in Thursday evening.

It's time to "get to work," Netanyahu told the new cabinet.

"Despite all the ups-and-downs we had to go through to reach this moment, I am still moved by the position and I am certain that you are too," he began. "From this moment on we must leave disagreements outside this room and focus on good work for the citizens of Israel -- all citizens of Israel."

With regard to the security situation Israel faces everyday, both within and without the...

WASHINGTON -- A bill to protect unborn babies older than 20 weeks has passed its first hurdle.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Wednesday evening, 242 to 184. Almost every Republican voted for it and almost every Democrat against it.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, trumpeted the act as being quite consequential.

"H.R. 36 is the most pro-life legislation ever to come before this body," the top Republican said of the bill.

During heated debate before the vote, Democrats and Republicans took up familiar positions.

Many Democrats said they had to protect America's women...

The Senate's top investigative committee has launched an inquiry into the system that's supposed to ensure ObamaCare tax credits go to the right customers for the right amounts -- amid concerns that many Americans are getting inflated or improper subsidies. 

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who is leading the investigation, says because of the confusion with the system, millions of Americans are learning after the fact they inadvertently got too much money and now owe the IRS hundreds. 

"I'm concerned that the subsidy eligibility process is so complicated that many consumers believed they were receiving cheaper insurance coverage than they ultimately got," Portman said in a statement. 

Portman, chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on...

The Senate is calling on President Barack Obama to secure the release of American Pastor Saeed Abedini and other Americans held by the regime.
    
The congressional body has unanimously passed a resolution to that effect Monday.
    
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Abedini was imprisoned simply for trying to start an orphanage. He also described the abuse the pastor has suffered in prison.
    
Speaking from the Senate floor, McConnell said Saeed has been "beaten, denied access to medical care and locked away in solitary confinement."

"That's apparently how the regime deals with those who dare to...

Are the alarm bells finally blaring at the White House and in Congress? They should be. The recent pitiful economic growth score card of 0.2 percent economic growth for the first quarter of this year means the Obama slow-growth machine trudges onward.

It's the slowest recovery in half a century. The Summer of Recovery Joe Biden promised back in 2009 still hasn't arrived six years later.

This is a national crisis, not any less significant than last week's burning of Baltimore. Actually, the two may be tied together. Economist Arthur Laffer shows that racial rioting in big cities is negatively associated with the economic growth rate. In the late 1960s and 1970s cities became war zones,...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set a test vote for Thursday on stalled bipartisan legislation to let Congress review and possibly reject any agreement the Obama administration makes to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for concessions on nuclear research and development.

The bill has been on the Senate floor off and on for more than two weeks.

It has been stalled since Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Tom Cotton of Arkansas proposed politically attractive changes that drew the objections of Democrats as well as some Republicans who want the bill kept free of controversial provisions that could prompt the White House to withdraw its support.

A 60-vote majority on Thursday's test vote would likely jettison both proposals, and...

The Democratic National Committee will host six presidential primary debates, giving long-shot candidates a chance to challenge front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

The DNC says each of the four states that hold an early primary or caucus will host a debate: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The location of the other two debates was not announced. 

The first debate will take place this fall. 

It's unclear how many candidates will be on the stage. Clinton is seen as the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination and looks to have few primary challengers. 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced last week that he would seek the Democratic nomination. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is also expected to...