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Illustration on Iran's continued nuclear weapons development by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obama will bypass Congress on Iran sanctions if nuclear deal is reached

In another example of the White House bypassing Congress to avoid a vote it would lose, the Obama administration will not to seek congressional approval to suspend sanctions against Iran if a deal on the Islamic republic's nuclear program can be reached, The New York Times reported Sunday night. Published October 19, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks during the American Legion national convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans. The president was to announce his initiatives during an appearance before the American Legion National Convention that is fraught with midterm politics. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Obama seeks to bypass Congress for U.N. climate change deal: report

The Obama administration is looking to reach "a sweeping international climate change agreement" that would not be a formal treaty that would require a two-thirds Senate approval — which almost certainly would never happen, The New York Times reported. Published August 26, 2014

Image: YouTube, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Islamic State video shows beheading of American photojournalist

Radical Sunni terrorists with the Islamic State posted a video Tuesday that appears to show they beheaded missing American photojournalist James Foley in what could be an escalation of the terrorist group's activities targeting the United States. Published August 19, 2014

Steve McQueen accepts the award for the best picture of the year for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.  (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Gravity’ take top honors at Oscars

The Academy Award for Best Picture went to "12 Years a Slave," capping a Sunday night in which the brutal 19th-century-set slavery drama won only three awards and the bulk of the technical prizes and the best director award went to rival "Gravity." Published March 2, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, during a news conference with conservative Congressional Republicans at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Cruz, Lee among top scorers in ACU conservative survey

The American Conservative Union announced Thursday its 43rd annual conservative ratings guide for members of Congress and Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, was among the perfect scores, to the surprise of few or none. Published February 27, 2014

In this Dec. 20, 2011 file photo, Piers Morgan, host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," leaves the CNN building in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) ** FILE **

CNN to cancel Piers Morgan show amid ratings collapse

After a three-year run, CNN has given up on trying to make Piers Morgan the new Larry King and will pull the plug on the Briton’s 9 p.m. talk show, which has been finishing far behind rivals Meghan Kelly on Fox News Channel and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. Published February 23, 2014

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2012 file photo, a Oscar statue is seen on the red carpet before the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The producers of the 86th annual Academy Awards say this year's ceremony will honor big-screen, real-life heroes, superheroes, popular heroes and animated heroes, both past and present, as well as the filmmakers who bring them to life. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, that they wanted to unify the March 2 show with an entertaining and emotional theme.  (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Christian film stripped of ‘Best Song’ Oscar nomination

At a meeting this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors decided to strip the surprise nomination for Best Song from "Alone Yet Not Alone," which appears in the independent Christian-produced film of the same name. Published January 29, 2014

Pope Francis spends Thursday morning in Varginha slum, one of Rio de Janeiro’s shantytowns, where residents gave him a warm and happy greeting. (Associated Press)

At World Youth Day, Pope Francis brings hope to refill pews

Pope Francis kicked off the first World Youth Day festival of his papacy, addressing hundreds of thousands of rain-soaked young pilgrims from around the world who flocked to Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana Beach to hear his message. Published July 25, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (Associated Press)

Democratic lawmaker hits justice as ‘Uncle Thomas’

A Democratic lawmaker criticized Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act by calling Justice Clarence Thomas "Uncle Thomas," then saying he didn't know "Uncle Tom" was a racist epithet. Published June 25, 2013

 Jimmy Carter  (Associated Press)

Carter statement lauds Chavez

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter mourned the death Tuesday of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, hailing his commitment to improving the lives of Venezuelans, and praising him for communicating "hope and empowerment" and for "his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments." Published March 5, 2013

Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata reads a copy of a document signed by Pope Benedict XVI changing the rules of the conclave. (Associated Press)

Benedict XVI moves for a smooth papal transition

Pope Benedict XVI signed several decrees Monday to ensure a swift and smooth election of a successor without hint of a brewing scandal, as the most senior cardinals in Britain and the U.S. wrestled with their personal involvements in the Roman Catholic Church's decade-old sex scandal. Published February 25, 2013

HHS: Bible publisher not a ‘religious employer’

The Obama administration is claiming that a dedicated Christian publisher of Bibles and ministry material is insufficiently religious to qualify for an exemption to the contraception mandate in the president's health-care overhaul. Published October 2, 2012