Israel Extends Gaza Truce for 24 Hours; Hamas Fires Rockets at Israel

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Israel decided late Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce for another 24 hours in the Gaza Strip under pressure from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers from other nations. But Hamas militants said they will accept the truce only if Israeli troops leave the territory, and fired a barrage of rockets at Israel.

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Political Party Analysis: Democrats Have a Religion Problem; Republicans Have a Race Problem (Part 1)

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Democrats have a religion problem. Republicans have a race and ethnicity problem. How party leaders deal with those challenges will define them for a generation.

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State Dept.: Syrian Christian Persecution Part of 'Largest Displacement of Religious Communities in Recent Memory'

Persecution of Christians in Syria is part of the worst displacement of religious communities in recent history, according to a recently released report from the U.S. State Department.

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President Obama Nominates Rabbi David Saperstein as Religious Freedom Ambassador, First Non-Christian Since Job Was Created

President Obama has nominated Rabbi David Saperstein to be the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom at the State Department, a position that has been vacant since late last year. The announcement on Monday also marks the first time that a non-Christian will hold the job, which was created in 1998.

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New Evidence Debunks Democrat Claim About 'Obamacare' Intent; Could Prevent Millions From Getting Insurance

New videos surfaced Friday that could debunk the claims of Democrats who say that the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," did not intend to deny insurance subsidies in the states that did not set up their own health care exchanges. The finding could lead courts to prevent millions from getting health insurance and to an unraveling of the new health care law, without a legislative fix.

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Illegal Immigrant Children Are 'Created in the Image of God,' Issue Is Not Just Political, Says Russell Moore After Touring Texas Facilites

Members of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention toured two Texas facilities Tuesday that are providing temporary shelter to illegal immigrant children from Central America. During their tour, members met with U.S. Border Patrol agents, spoke to children with the help of translators, and learned more about the work of pastors who are facilitating humanitarian efforts to meet the needs of the large number of immigrants who are flocking to the U.S.

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Analysis: On LGBT Workplace Discrimination, GOP House Has Potential Path to Splitting Democrats on Religious Freedom

President Barack Obama's LBGT workplace discrimination order has revealed a rift among Democrats over whether religious freedom trumps gay rights. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives could exploit that rift by bringing the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which has a religious exemption, to the floor for a vote.

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167 Congressmembers Urge Obama to Intervene on Behalf of 900 Congolese Children Adopted by Americans

A bipartisan and bicameral group of 167 members of Congress sent a Wednesday letter to President Barack Obama urging him to intervene on behalf of the approximately 900 Congolese children who have been adopted, or are in the process of being adopted, by American parents but are not being allowed by the Democratic Republic of Congo to travel to their families.