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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....

Forty-seven Republican senators warned Iran's leaders on Monday that any nuclear deal needs congressional approval in order to last beyond President Obama's term, in a stark letter aimed at re-asserting lawmakers' role as talks near a key deadline. 

In an open letter to Iranian leaders, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and 46 other Republicans said they wanted to educate Iran about the U.S. Constitution. Namely, they pointed out that without congressional approval on a deal, all Tehran would be left with is a "mere executive agreement" between President Obama and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. 

"The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen," they wrote, "and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time...

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will hear oral arguments for four same-sex marriage cases on April 28.

The high court allotted the gay marriage cases two-and-a-half hours on the last Tuesday of the month.

The cases come from the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It's the only federal appellate court that has upheld state bans on same-sex marriages since the justices' 2013 ruling striking down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a final decision on gay marriage in July.

Meanwhile, the Georgia state Senate passed a new religious freedom bill that would forbid the state government from...

Senate Democrats are jamming up Republican efforts to fast-track a bill giving Congress a vote on any nuclear agreement with Iran. 

With diplomatic talks still underway, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had wanted to tee up a procedural vote next week on the legislation giving Congress a say. 

"Congress must be involved in reviewing and voting on an agreement reached between this White House and Iran," McConnell said on Tuesday -- the same day Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the pending deal "paves Iran's path to the bomb" and urged the U.S. not to accept it. 

But several Democratic senators, including Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., want McConnell to wait. Though...

The U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared sharply divided Wednesday over President Barack Obama's controversial healthcare law. The sticking point: tax subsidies.

Attorneys on both sides were grilled by the justices in this latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

Some believe a ruling against the administration could mean the beginning of the end for Obamacare. Four words could doom the entire 2,000-page law on a technicality: "Established by the state."

Opponents say the law required individual states to create their own health care exchanges. But since 34 states chose to not do that, the Obama administration created a national healthcare exchange.

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A key Supreme Court swing justice warned Wednesday that a case challenging billions of dollars' worth of ObamaCare subsidies could have a huge impact on the health market. 

Arguments wrapped up late Wednesday morning in the high-profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act. 

According to Reuters, justices appeared divided along ideological lines. 

The justices met Wednesday to determine whether the law makes people in all 50 states eligible for federal tax subsidies -- or just those who live in states that created their own health insurance marketplaces. 

This question matters because roughly three dozen states opted against their own marketplace, or exchange, and instead rely on the U.S. Health and Human Services Department's...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a controversial speech before the U.S. Congress to appeal to President Obama to pull back on nuclear talks with Iran, warning the "bad deal" in the works "paves Iran's path to the bomb" and could lead to a "potential nuclear nightmare." 

The Israeli leader made his impassioned case Tuesday in a highly anticipated address in Washington. He claimed the potential deal would make two major concessions which would threaten the security of Israel and the region by retaining Iran's ability to start up a nuclear weapons program. 

"This is a bad deal. It's a very bad deal. We're better off without it," Netanyahu said. 

The Israeli leader spoke as part of a high-profile push to make his case against the...

For Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his trip to the U.S. is a "fateful, even historic, mission."

Netanyahu says he sees himself as an emissary for all Israelis and for the Jewish people. His mission, he believes, is to protect Israel and the Jewish people from the threat of a nuclear Iran.

"As prime minister of Israel, it is my obligation to see to the security of Israel; therefore, we strongly oppose the agreement being formulated with Iran and the major powers, which could endanger our [Notes:Israel's] very existence. In the face of this danger we must unite and also explain the dangers stemming from this agreement, to Israel, to the region and to the world," he said before...