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Sex with the powerful: A story of a D.C. intern

24 May 2017

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin; Algonquin Books of Chapel Hills; (c) 2017; ISBN pending; 307 pages; tentative price $26.95. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Two young Jewish interns, Monica Lewinsky and Chandra Levy, z”l, as written about in the Washington D.C. media became caricatures of themselves. Lewinsky was the intern whose spotted [...]

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Ivanka: A fitting successor to Queen Esther?

24 May 2017

By Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel CHULA VISTA, California — Someone in my synagogue asked me an interesting question about Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner: What kind of Halakhic dispensation was given to them to drive on the Sabbath to the Inauguration of the President? The same question came up recently when the Trump entourage [...]

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Adversaries throw dubious charges against Israel, hoping something perhaps will stick

24 May 2017

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM –We live well despite the nonsense the comes from those who think of themselves as the worthies of the world, as well as our neighbors, and occasional waves of violence. It’s the Jewish condition, carried over along with the strength of Israel and its capacity to protect us from the worst [...]

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Alyson Solomon to tell of her journey into the rabbinate

24 May 2017

SAN DIEGO (Press Release) — Beth Israel’s Men’s Club will host Rabbi Alyson Solomon, Beth Israel’s Associate Rabbi, at its Wednesday, June 21 Dinner Forum. Rabbi Solomon will provide an overview of her journey to the rabbinate, across the globe and the denominations. Her presentation will be followed by an “Ask the Rabbi” session. Prior to [...]

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Melania and Ivanka Wore Veils at the Vatican

24 May 2017

The internet exploded Wednesday morning with commentary on and memes of newly released pictures of Pope Francis’ meeting with President Donald Trump. But amid the photo manipulations and caption contests, a few users focused on first lady Melania Trump—and the fact that she was wearing a veil at the Vatican. Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump, [...]

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Taiwan’s constitutional court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

24 May 2017

Taipei (dpa) – Taiwan’s constitutional court on Wednesday ruled in favour of same-sex marriage and said the legislature should revise the country’s civil code or establish new laws within two years. The decision sets the stage for Taiwan to possibly become the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. The civil code, which does not [...]

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20 Hindu pilgrims killed in bus crash in India

24 May 2017

New Delhi (dpa) – At least 20 pilgrims were killed and six were injured after a bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge in India’s mountainous northern state of Uttarakhand, officials said Wednesday. The accident took place near the town of Dharasu on Tuesday night when the driver lost control of the vehicle. [...]

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Liberman seems to confirm Trump leaked Israeli intel

24 May 2017

In radio interview, defense minister says ‘repairs’ were made after US president divulged info to Russian officials By Judah Ari Gross Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman attends a Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee meeting at the Knesset on March 6, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Wednesday that Israel made changes to its intelligence-sharing [...]

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Elizabeth Thomas’ Mother Beat Her Before Alleged Kidnapping

24 May 2017

Before Elizabeth Thomas was allegedly kidnapped by Tad Cummins, her mother beat her, banged her head into a washing machine and threw her down the basement steps and locked her there, according to court documents. Kimberly Thomas was accused of beating three of Elizabeth’s siblings as well, in addition to forcing them to strip in [...]

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Why We Care More About Manchester Than Syria

24 May 2017

The attack at a concert in Manchester, England, on Monday was the latest tragedy to dominate news headlines and public concern. But after years of repeated atrocities, many people also grow numb and are unable to muster the outrage or shock that we may expect in the face of mass murder and destruction. And while [...]

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The Big One is going to happen, no matter how much you want to deny it, California scientists say

24 May 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — Fear of earthquakes is part of life in California. But people experience this anxiety in different ways. For some, the fear prompts them to take steps to protect themselves: strapping down heavy furniture, securing kitchen cabinets and retrofitting homes and apartments. For others, the fear prompts denial — a willful ignorance [...]

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5 suspects now under arrest as Manchester police investigate possible terror network

24 May 2017

LONDON — British police made a fifth arrest Wednesday in connection with the Manchester terrorist attack that killed 22 people as they investigate whether the suicide bomber was part of a network. The latest arrest came in the nearby town of Wigan, when police took a man who was carrying a package into custody, according [...]

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House Intelligence Committee will subpoena Michael Flynn, Schiff says

24 May 2017

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to issue subpoenas to President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to the committee’s ranking Democrat, following the lead of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the House subpoenas “will be designed to maximize our chance of getting the information we [...]

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Pope Francis jokes with Trump family, presses the environment

24 May 2017

BRUSSELS — President Donald Trump and Pope Francis appeared to put aside their differences Wednesday during a meeting at the Vatican, the third leg of a five-country overseas trip that had the president traveling to Brussels later in the afternoon. The meeting with the pope had the potential for being awkward: The two world leaders [...]

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