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Judge Joseph Wapner, who presided over ‘The People’s Court,’ dies at 97

26 February 2017

LOS ANGELES — He was a retired Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who became an unlikely American TV icon, a white-haired jurist who was dubbed the “Solomon of Small Claims.” Judge Joseph A. Wapner, who presided over “The People’s Court” for 12 years in the 1980s and ’90s, has died, a family member told [...]

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Here’s the draft of the Obamacare repeal and what it could mean for your healthcare

26 February 2017

Just before members of Congress return to Washington next week, Politico has acquired and published a draft of a House Republican Affordable Care Act repeal bill. (They host the document here). House Majority Leader Paul Ryan has said the bill is undergoing scoring and pricing by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) — the nonpartisan agency [...]

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New national Democratic chairman ridicules Trump’s assertion that party vote was ‘rigged’

26 February 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claimed Sunday that the race for Democratic National Committee chairman had been “rigged”—drawing a quick response from Tom Perez, who narrowly won the party’s leadership race. Trump insinuated that Perez’s election as chairman on the second ballot at a party conference in Atlanta on Saturday was because Hillary Clinton had [...]

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Another Jewish cemetery desecrated; what will the President say? Isn’t the government supposed to help?

26 February 2017

‘…establish justice, insure domestic tranquility…’– From the preamble of the U.S. constitution By Bruce S. Ticker PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Just Sunday afternoon, I was gazing at an internet photo of cemetery headstones, some overturned, bearing names like Singer, Weiss, Goldstein and Markowitz three miles southeast of my apartment in Northeast Philadelphia. The desecration of nearly [...]

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Inauguration Singer Jackie Evancho on Trans Rights

26 February 2017

Jackie Evancho had long tried to stay out of politics. The 16-year-old classical crossover singer agreed to perform the national anthem at President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January, even as other musicians refused to participate, because she felt doing so was an honor and a duty to her country. She’s witnessed how politics can divide [...]

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Hamas blames Egypt for death of 3 in Gaza tunnel

26 February 2017

Five others injured in digging accident on Rafah border while attempting to fix a shaft destroyed by the Egyptian army By Itamar Sharon and Times of Israel staff In this Monday, September 30, 2013 file photo, a Palestinian worker rests inside a smuggling tunnel in Rafah, on the border between Egypt and the southern Gaza [...]

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Stone masters at Jewish cemetery in India

26 February 2017

MUMBAI, India — Mohammad Abdul Yaseen sat cross-legged beside a tree, hunched over a smooth marble slab. He moved a metal straightedge into position, making a gentle scraping sound, and drew a small line on the marble with a pencil. He has done this for half a century, carefully etching the stones that mark the [...]

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Tourism Ministry approves Jordan River promenade

26 February 2017

The Upper Galilee Regional Council has announced a plan to build a promenade from where the Snir (Hasbani River) and Hermon (Banias) streams meet until the Pekak Bridge. The promenade will include parking garages, picnic tables, bike paths, small bridges, and entertainment infrastructure, and will cost 30 million NIS. Work will begin in 2017 and [...]

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Swastikas discovered on property in New York

26 February 2017

Swastikas and vulgar graffiti were discovered on Saturday on vehicles and homes in Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo, New York. The Buffalo News reported that about a dozen residents of the town found their vehicles and property defaced with spray-painted swastikas and vulgar graffiti Saturday morning, and local police said reports had been coming [...]

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6 members of Congress, 4 MKs, 1 Palestinian negotiator, no top Republicans at J Street confab

26 February 2017

Liberal group’s first conference of Trump era features Bernie Sanders, Saeb Erekat, Joint (Arab) List leader MK Ayman Odeh By Eric Cortellessa US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks as he debates with Democratic presidential candidates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during their MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire on February [...]

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‘Give this Holocaust survivor the respect she deserves’

26 February 2017

One of the world”s smallest and most geographically isolated Jewish communities has united behind an effort to fulfill a Holocaust survivor”s last dying wish, and give her a proper Jewish burial in the Land of Israel. The Jewish community of the Canary Islands – an Atlantic archipelago under Spanish sovereignty west of Morocco – numbers [...]

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Looking for a Jewish college roommate? BBYO has an app for that

26 February 2017

Joomie asks new students questions about their Jewish identity and habits, and pairs them up with likeminded dorm mates By Gabe Friedman Students sitting in the College Green outside Sayles Hall on the Brown University campus in Providence, Rhode Island. (Wikimedia Commons) Finding a Jewish roommate at college can be a challenge, given that Jews [...]

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Over 150 lawmakers call on France to recognise Palestinian statehood

26 February 2017

More than 150 French lawmakers signed an open letter on Sunday urging outgoing President Francois Hollande to officially recognise the Palestinian Territories as a state. The move comes during a period of renewed international determination to revive the two-state solution, after the last talks brokered by then US secretary of state John Kerry collapsed back [...]

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White House says it’s too early to decide on special prosecutor for Russian election meddling

26 February 2017

WASHINGTON — A White House spokeswoman said Sunday that it was too soon to say whether a special prosecutor should look into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Calls have grown louder from Democrats in Congress for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the issue because of his role as a [...]

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