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Russia veto puts an end to Syria chemical weapons probe
Russia vetoed Tuesday a US-drafted resolution that would have extended by a year an investigation of who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
Iraq readies for final offensive on Islamic State near Syrian border
Iraqi forces are about to launch an offensive to recapture the last patch of Iraqi territory still in the hands of Islamic State, the military said on Wednesday.
Israel bans binary options industry, finally closing vast, 10-year fraud
The Knesset on Monday unanimously passed a law to ban Israel’s binary options industry, a vast, multibillion dollar scam that has defrauded millions of victims worldwide for a decade.
Iran sentences alleged agent for Israel's Mossad to death
Iran's judiciary says a court has sentenced an alleged agent for Israel's Mossad intelligence agency to death.
Trove of lost Jewish artifacts, thought to have been destroyed in the Holocaust, discovered
A huge trove of Jewish documents and manuscripts, thought to have been destroyed in the Holocaust, has been discovered in Lithuania.
Settler leaders mount tent protest outside PM’s house, demand security funding
Settler leaders launched a tent protest outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem Tuesday, demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately allocate funds for bypass roads and other security improvements for residents of the West Bank.
Iran Rejoices Over Defeat of ‘Second Israel,’ as Netanyahu Urges Support for Kurds
The chief of staff to the Iranian regime’s 'supreme leader' said on Tuesday that a US-Israeli 'plot' to create a 'second Israel' in Iraqi Kurdistan had been thwarted through the seizure of Kurdish territory by Iranian-backed forces over the last week.
Inside the United States
Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier
The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.
Trump signs new order restricting refugees from 11 ‘high risk’ countries
President Trump imposed new restrictions on refugees from 11 'high risk' target countries Tuesday, reportedly all but one being mostly Muslim, saying they pose too much of a danger to be admitted without a compelling national interest.
Congress launches 2 investigations into Obama administration dealings
House Republicans flexed their investigative muscle Tuesday, announcing two investigations into Obama administration dealings, including a 2010 uranium deal and the FBI’s handling of the probe of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Mike Pence casts tie-breaking vote to cancel Obama-era rule favoring class-action suits against banks
With Vice President Mike Pence casting the deciding vote, the Senate voted late Tuesday night to undo a rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that would bar financial firms from contracts that rule out class-action lawsuits related to their products. The measure now goes to President Trump's desk.
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake won't seek re-election in 2018
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., facing a tough primary fight, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year -- while taking a parting shot on the Senate floor at President Donald Trump for behavior he called 'reckless, outrageous, and undignified.'
Government Collects $3.3 Trillion in Taxes in Fiscal Year 2017; Runs $666 Billion Deficit
The federal government collected approximately $3.3 trillion in taxes in fiscal year 2017, but the federal government still ran a $666 billion deficit during that time, according to the latest monthly Treasury Department statement.
Trey Gowdy targeting James Comey in new Clinton probe
Rep. Trey Gowdy plans to grill former FBI Director James Comey about his decision-making as part of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's decision to re-examine the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.
GOP investigates Russian granted US entry by Obama administration while under FBI investigation for bribery
The Obama administration awarded a visa allowing a top Russian nuclear executive to enter the United States after the FBI had already gathered substantial evidence he was involved in a racketeering scheme involving bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering, court records show.
Bill to restrain warrantless searches of Americans introduced to Senate, House
Bipartisan groups in the Senate and House of Representatives introduced legislation Tuesday that seeks to restrain government agencies' surveillance powers on American citizens.
Supreme Court drops Trump travel ban case
The Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday dismissing Hawaii’s challenge to President Trump’s refugee policy, as encapsulated in his earlier 'extreme vetting' executive order, saying the case is moot because the 120-refugee pause has now expired.
Conservative groups get behind Bannon revolt against Republican establishment
Tea party groups and other prominent grass-roots conservative operations say they are on board with Steve Bannon’s crusade to oust the entire slate of incumbent Republicans because the former White House political strategist is tapping into the same anti-establishment mood they have been sensing for a while.
'Revive Us 2': Kirk Cameron, Ravi Zacharias, Ben Carson Lead Nationwide Night of Prayer & Worship
Actor and producer Kirk Cameron is once again shining a light on faith with a national night of prayer and worship.
Texas Adoption Law Seen as Major Victory for Religious Freedom
In order to prevent such lawsuits in Texas, lawmakers passed a bill that would protect Christian adoption agencies for refusing gay couples.
'Our Country is in Trouble': Franklin Graham Says Only God Can Fix America
On the last night of his Decision Texas Tour in Longview, Texas, Franklin Graham handed down a powerful warning about the state of America.
African-American Leaders Defend Colorado Baker Amid Supreme Court Gay Wedding Cake Battle
A group of African-American rights activists have spoken out in defense of Colorado Christian baker Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop as his religious freedom case will be argued before the United States Supreme Court in December.