U.S. President Barack Obama turns from sightseeing to state business on his historic Cuba trip on Monday, pressing President Raul Castro for economic and democratic reforms while hearing complaints about continued U.S. economic sanctions.
Obama and Castro will have their fourth meeting, likely their most substantial, at the Palace of the Revolution, where Castro and his predecessor, older brother Fidel Castro, have led Cuba's resistance to U.S. pressure going back decades.
A U.S. presidential visit to the inner sanctum of Cuban power would have been unthinkable before Obama and Raul Castro's rapprochement 15 months ago, when they agreed to end a Cold War-era dispute that lasted five decades and continued even after the collapse of the Soviet Union. more >>
President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court once joined an opinion that rejected an evangelical Christian defense based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was recently tapped by President Obama as a nominee to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
In a case decided in June 2001, Judge Garland joined an opinion authored by fellow appellate judge A. Raymond Randolph that rejected a RFRA argument for a pair of evangelical Christians who wanted to sell T-shirts at National Mall. more >>
Several persecution watchdog groups have reacted to Sec. of State John Kerry's official recognition of the genocide being carried out against Christians and other minorities at the hands of the Islamic State terror group by calling it an important first step in providing urgently needed help and protection for decimated communities, if the U.S. follows up with real action.
Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry said the biggest hope in the recognition of the gravity of the situation facing Yazidis, Christians and Shiite Muslims in Iraq and Syria is that it will prompt Western governments to act.
"Our hope is that this declaration of genocide will be a call to action for the United States and other Western governments to increase their aid on behalf of these persecuted populations," Curry said in a statement. more >>
Sec. of State John Kerry's declaration that the Islamic State is committing genocide may have been at odds with President Barack Obama.
Kerry surprised some on Thursday when he issued the declaration that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other minority groups, despite the fact that the United States State Department said the night before that he would not meet the March 17 deadline.
Although State Department spokesman Mark Toner issued a statement late Wednesday saying that Kerry would not reach a genocide decision before the Thursday deadline set by Congress because more legal review was needed, news broke early in the morning on Thursday that Kerry was going to, in fact, declare that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) is committing genocide against Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims and other religious groups in areas under its control. more >>
A petition posted online that calls for the arrest of Republican primary frontrunner Donald Trump is gaining strong support, with more than 75,000 signatures in four days.
Located on the White House's "We the People" petition site, the call for arresting Trump was created by a Los Angeles resident on Sunday.
Following President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court Wednesday, national pro-life leaders are stressing that Garland would likely vote in accordance with the liberal wing of the court on abortion if he replaces the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., is considered by many to be a political moderate, however, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser and other prominent pro-lifers do not believe that anyone appointed by Obama would protect the sanctity of life.
"We do not know this nominee but we do know Barack Obama," Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement Wednesday. "Anyone he nominates will join the voting bloc on the Court that consistently upholds abortion on-demand. The President should not be permitted one last opportunity to stack the Court with pro-abortion Justices." more >>