Inauguration Singer Jackie Evancho on Trans Rights

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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Swastikas discovered on property in New York

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

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

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

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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US considering leaving Human Rights Council – report

Citing anonymous sources, Politico says US State Department ‘questions value’ of the UN body, which is ‘biased’ against Israel By Judah Ari Gross US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at the Security Council meeting on February 21, 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. (AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR) The United States reportedly could […]

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Montana advances anti-BDS bill

Lawmakers in the state of Montana on Saturday advanced a bill that pledges solidarity with Israel by refusing to do business with firms boycotting the Jewish state, reports The Associated Press. Republican House Speaker Austin Knudsen of Culbertson said his bill allows Montana to stand in solidarity with Israel. The bill, he added, “sends the […]

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Pence: We’ll never compromise Israel’s safety

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reiterated the Trump administration”s steadfast commitment to Israel while vowing that Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon. Pence”s comments were made on Friday as he addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition”s annual leadership conference, taking place in Las Vegas. “President Trump is personally invested in forging a lasting peace in […]

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Touting Israel ties, Pence says US stands with Nicaragua

US VP tweets ‘support for the Jewish people,’ but accidentally uses Central American county’s volcanoe, sun and rainbow flag By Times of Israel staff United States Vice President Mike Pence pauses before speaking during a media conference at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool) While his impulsive […]

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Renowned French historian detained for 10 hours by US customs officials

A French historian was detained for 10 hours by US customs officials this week while on his way to an academic conference in Texas. Henry Rousso, 62, a specialist in the history of World War II who has taught at the Sorbonne in Paris and Columbia University in New York, was held for questioning after […]

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Trump to boycott White House correspondents’ dinner

Donald Trump has said he will miss the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on April 29. “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” the US president said on Twitter. His announcement comes amid escalating hostility between the US president […]

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Dozens hurt as pickup truck plows into New Orleans parade

At least 12 said critically injured; police and mayor say driver was intoxicated, do not suspect terrorism By Times of Israel staff The scene in New Orleans shortly after a pickup truck rammed into a parade crowd, February 25, 2017. (YouTube screen capture) At least 28 people were hurt when a pickup truck driver plowed […]

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California Republicans mostly united behind Trump at state GOP convention

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A flurry of smartphone snapshots with a cardboard Donald Trump and blazing red “Make California Great Again” hats signaled that many of the GOP delegates at the California Republican Party convention this weekend have embraced the new president and his aggressive tactics to shift the nation to the right. But a fair number of […]

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Peruvian President Kuczynski meets Trump in Washington

Washington (dpa) – President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru became the first Latin American head of state to visit new US President Donald Trump in a White House meeting Friday in Washington. “Peru has been a fantastic neighbour, we’ve had great relationships, better now than ever before,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office following […]

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