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Pope Francis is giving his blessing on efforts to stop ISIS terrorists from attacking religious minorities in Iraq.

Journalists asked the pope if he approves of U.S. air strikes against the jihadist army.

He replied that it's acceptable to "stop an unjust aggressor" and that Church teaching allows for just wars.

The pontiff also said he's considering visiting northern Iraq to show solidarity with persecuted Christians, but has not yet made a decision.

The White House has rejected a request to publicly disclose documents relating to the kinds of security software and computer systems behind the federal health care exchange website on the grounds that the information could "potentially" be used by hackers.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services denied a Freedom of Information Act request made late last year by the Associated Press amid concerns that Republicans raised about the security of the website, which had technical glitches that prevented millions of people from signing up for insurance under ObamaCare.

In denying access to...

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he will move ahead with his 2016 presidential campaign despite being indicted by a Texas grand jury on felony counts of abuse of power.

Perry is defending his actions, saying he did nothing to deserve an indictment.

"If I had to do it again, I would make exactly the same decision," he told "Fox News Sunday."

Perry cut funding for District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was arrested on a DUI and then acted belligerently toward police.

For that, he is charged with abusing his...

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Rockets from the Gaza Strip followed by targeted Israeli airstrikes disturbed the fragile ceasefire between Hamas and Israel overnight, but a new truce is still holding.

Just before midnight, negotiators extended the ceasefire for another five days, marking the longest pause in the fighting since the start of the IDF's Operation Protective Edge last month.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily rejected a U.N. investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

In a nationwide address, Netanyahu accused the U.N. Human Rights Council of giving legitimacy to terror groups like Hamas and ISIS.     

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Montana Democrats are scrambling to find a replacement candidate who will give them a fighting chance against Republicans in November’s midterm election after incumbent Sen. John Walsh dropped out of the race in the wake of a plagiarism scandal.

The state’s Democrats will meet Saturday morning to nominate and likely announce their new party candidate, who will face GOP challenger Rep. Steve Daines and Libertarian candidate Roger Roots in the general election three months from now.

The Montana Democratic Party’s Central Committee, which includes...

A national business group representing the nation’s large employers reported Wednesday that companies desperate to avoid a 40 percent ObamaCare “Cadillac tax” are finding ways to shift the costs to workers.

The so-called “Cadillac tax,” now four years away, will affect health plans that spend more than $10,200 per worker.

Employees will get incentives to reduce costs through such arrangements as wellness programs, including losing weight or stopping smoking.

Meanwhile, employers are shifting workers into plans...

New House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CBN News that any potential attempt to impeach President Barack Obama should be taken off the table.
   
Several conservatives have mentioned impeachment, saying the president has been overstepping his constitutional authority.
     
But McCarthy prefers House Speaker John Boehner's route of suing the president for exceeding the limits of his powers.

"The only one talking about that (impeachment) are Democrats and they ones doing it because...

The news cycles have been filled with nonstop debate over the State of Israel and its right to defend itself. It's a very dangerous time for Israel: Hamas launches rocket attacks, Iran is marching toward a nuclear weapon, radical Islamists continue to wage jihad and many countries surrounding Israel do not even recognize its right to exist.

Thomas Buonomo, in a column printed in this paper on Aug. 1, criticized a recent Christians United for Israel (CUFI) conference as "radical" and CUFI's leader as "demagogic." The author also claimed that...

The White House responded Monday to criticism from dozens of leading press organizations and transparency groups, saying it has improved access to public officials, whistleblower protections, and declassified documents.

White House press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a letter to the Society of Professional Journalists that the administration has “dedicated significant time and resources to upholding the President’s commitment to lead an open and responsive government.”

“And we’ve made important progress expanding access to the President and his aides, protecting whistleblowers, simplifying government websites, streamlining FOIA requests, and disclosing previously classified information,” Earnest wrote.

SPJ president David Cuillier called the White House...

A federal judge has ruled a Ten Commandments monument must be removed from a city hall in New Mexico.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of two local Wiccans, saying the monument in front of Bloomfield City Hall violated their religious freedom.
    
U.S. District Court Judge James Parker agreed.

"In view of the circumstances surrounding the context, history, and purpose of the Ten Commandments monument, it is clear that the city of Bloomfield has violated the Establishment Clause because its conduct in authorizing the continued display of the monument on...

America's military launched a fourth round of airstrikes against Islamic State radicals in Erbil, Iraq, this weekend.

The strikes are meant to protect U.S. personnel in and around the Kurdish capital.

"I don't think we're going to solve this problem in weeks," President Barack Obama warned. "I'm not going to give a particular timetable because, as I've said from the start, wherever and whenever U.S. personnel and facilities are threatened, it's my obligation, my responsibility as commander in chief to make sure they are protected."

In addition, senior officials say the Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to those Kurdish forces, allowing them...

A key ObamaCare official involved in the rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov likely deleted some of her emails that are now being sought as part of an investigation into the problems by a House committee, Fox News confirmed Thursday.

The Department of Health and Human Services informed House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa in a letter Thursday that some of the emails belonging to Marilyn Tavenner, who leads the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, may not be “retrievable.”

The missing emails belonging to Tavenner, whose agency runs the ObamaCare exchanges, were first reported by...

U.S. Navy planes have begun launching airstrikes against the jihadist army Islamic State, the Pentagon announced Friday.

According to Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, two F/A-18 jets bombed a piece of artillery being towed by a truck.

The news comes one day after President Barack Obama said he was prepared to use military force in Iraq to prevent genocide and to stop the Islamic terrorists from advancing into northern Iraq. 

"Earlier this week, one Iraqi in...

Dozens of government watchdogs are sounding the alarm that the Obama administration is stonewalling them, in what is being described as an unprecedented challenge to the agencies they're supposed to oversee. 

Forty-seven of the government's 73 independent watchdogs known as inspectors general voiced their complaints in a letter to congressional leaders this week. They accused several major agencies -- the Justice Department, the Peace Corps and the chemical safety board -- of imposing "serious limitations on access to records." 

The inspectors general are now appealing to Congress to help...

GAZA STRIP -- Air raid sirens sounding in the Eshkol Region on Wednesday afternoon turned out to be a false alarm. The 72-hour ceasefire appears to be holding for now.

Hamas is not only using mosques to launch attacks against Israelis. It has also used a church compound.

Archbishop Alexios is Gaza's most prominent Christian leader. His decision to open his church to 2,000 Muslims escaping the war surprised many of Gaza's residents.

"Christ tells us we must love each other, our neighbors, and our...

The WSJ/NBC News poll dropped like a bucket of cold water on Washington, where fevered attacks over legislative minutiae and blame-placing in recent weeks has caused politicians to forget what is actually going on. And what’s going on is that Americans are deeply frustrated with their president, his refusal to govern by normal means and his handling of crises at our border and around the world. Foreign policy seldom intrudes into the midterm election discussion, but when the world seems to be falling apart,...

The bipartisan overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs approved last week by Congress has touched off a race against the clock, as the agency now is tasked with setting up a private health care alternative for veterans within 90 days. 

Whether the already-struggling VA can meet that deadline remains to be seen. But Congress set an ambitious timetable in the bill -- expected to be signed by President Obama any day now -- when it gave the VA three months to create a system where veterans enduring long waits can go outside the VA system for care. 

The Washington Times reported that the VA needs to find manufacturers for...

The Senate on Friday rushed through a $225 million bill to replenish Israel's missile defense system, and House approval was expected in the final hours before lawmakers began a summer break.

The money will go to restocking Israel's Iron Dome, which has been credited with shooting down dozens of incoming rockets fired by Palestinian militants over three and a half weeks of war. The vote came two days after the Pentagon announced ammunition deliveries to the Jewish state and as a planned 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas unraveled almost as quickly as it began.

Efforts in the Senate...

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...