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Senate committee confirms Trump’s Defense Secretary

18 January 2017

A Senate committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved James N. Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense, according to The Los Angeles Times. Mattis thus became the first of Trump’s Cabinet picks to clear the crucial hurdle. The GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee voted 26-1 in favor of Mattis on Wednesday, according to the [...]

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German official blasts right-wing politician’s Holocaust remark

18 January 2017

Germany’s vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, on Wednesday blasted remarks by a prominent member of the German right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, who suggested that Germany should end its decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past. Bjoern Hoecke also criticized the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, saying, “We Germans, our people, are [...]

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FBI to probe bomb threats against JCCs

18 January 2017

The FBI said on Wednesday it would probe the wave of false telephone bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the United States. The announcement came after 27 JCCs in 17 U.S. states reported receiving bomb threats, a week after 16 Jewish community centers in nine states received similar threats. The FBI and the Justice [...]

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Iraqi Forces Say IS Destroyed Historic Tomb of Jonah in Mosul

18 January 2017

Iraqi forces battling so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters this week made a grim discovery in a Mosul neighborhood, confirming reports from 2014 that the group had leveled the shrine that is said to have housed the tomb of the prophet Jonah, a key figure in the Judaic, Christian and Islamic religions. “Counterterrorism forces liberated Nabi [...]

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The day we learn of H.W.’s hospitalization, there is bad news about Barbara Bush as well

18 January 2017

3:20 p.m. Former President George W. Bush still plans to attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration this week even though his father and mother are hospitalized in Houston. Freddy Ford is a spokesman for the younger Bush in Dallas. He said Wednesday that the 43rd president expects to be in Washington on Friday and doesn’t plan [...]

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Jeff Zucker, CNN president, attacks Donald Trump’s attempts to ‘delegitimize journalism’

18 January 2017

CNN’s president says the incoming U.S. commander in chief is trying to “delegitimize journalism.” The rift between President-elect Donald Trump and CNN was highlighted once again on Wednesday with the publication of a New York Magazine interview with Jeff Zucker. The piece prompted attacks against Mr. Trump after the writer revisited reporting on unverified intelligence [...]

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Earth sets heat record in 2016 � for the third year in a row

18 January 2017

It’s official: 2016 was the hottest year on record in 122 years of record-keeping, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The 1.78-degree jump over the mid-20th-century average marks the third year in a row that global temperatures have reached record-shattering levels. Earth’s average surface temperature has risen about [...]

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Obama’s parting message: Hope

18 January 2017

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama closed his presidency on a note of optimism Wednesday, telling a room of reporters that, despite the worry felt by many of his fellow partisans about the incoming Trump administration, “we’re going to be OK.” In what was scheduled as the final news conference of his presidency, Obama said that [...]

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Donald Trump taps Sonny Perdue as his agriculture chief

18 January 2017

ATLANTA — President-elect Donald Trump picked former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue on Wednesday to be his agriculture secretary, tapping a veterinarian-turned-politician who was the state’s first Republican governor in more than a century to lead the sprawling department. Perdue, 70, had emerged as Trump’s leading contender to run the agriculture department in recent days, and [...]

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First freight train from China to London completes maiden journey

18 January 2017

video video video A train traveling all the way from Yiwu on China’s east coast arrived in London’s Barking station on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first direct freight train to link the UK and China, crossing the deserts, fields and mountains of Eurasia and ducking under the English channel on its epic 18-day, 12,451 km [...]

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Congress looks to punish ‘sanctuary campus’ colleges that protect illegal immigrants

18 January 2017

Forget sanctuary cities: The next heated congressional battle on immigration could be over “sanctuary campuses” – colleges and universities who say that unless they’re forced by law, they’ll resist any cooperation with federal immigration agents. Dozens of schools have already declared themselves sanctuaries and many more are debating the move, and Rep. Duncan Hunter, California [...]

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Decoding Trump’s Bizarre Inaugural Speechwriting Photo

18 January 2017

Lost in all of the hype surrounding the last-minute artist bookings, boycotts and protest rallies is the fact that Trump will deliver a speech during Friday’s inauguration. According to reports, it will last about 20 minutes and focus on Trump’s nationalism, rather than specific policies. Related: These lawmakers will boycott Trump’s inauguration on Friday Trump [...]

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Israel haters try to shift blame for campus anti-Semitism

18 January 2017

  By Richard L. Cravatts BOSTON, Massachusetts — In early December, a bipartisan Congressional bill, H.R. 6421/S. 10, the “Antisemitism Awareness Act,” took on a long-overdue task, namely, increasing “understanding of the parameters of contemporary anti-Jewish conduct and will assist the Department of Education in determining whether an investigation of anti-Semitism under title VI is [...]

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Humoring the headlines: January 18, 2017

18 January 2017

The Ignomination By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−An inauguration turns into an ignomination when: The new president is more corrupt than the opponent he derided as crooked. The new president can’t resist telling his predecessor that he’s fired. The new president strings together his “best” tweets rather than writing an inauguration speech. The new president offers [...]

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