Michelle Obama tweets first message since leaving the White House and assures her followers she won’t be gone long

Former first lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter Friday to tweet out her first message since leaving the White House. She sent the tweet from her old Twitter account, which hasn’t been used since 2013, to assure her followers that she won’t be gone long, writing, “After an extraordinary 8 years, I’ll be taking a […]

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Trump’s hiring of son-in-law doesn’t violate nepotism laws

Washington (dpa) – US President Donald Trump may hire his son-in-law Jared Kushner to be one of his most influential White House counselors, the US Justice Department said, noting anti-nepotism laws do not apply to the president. The law “does not bar this appointment because the president’s special hiring authority … exempts positions in the […]

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Trump’s inauguration rabbi targeted by anti-Semitic messages

Marvin Hier’s blessing at new president’s swearing-in met by wave of online posts featuring Nazi imagery, racist abuse By Times of Israel staff An anti-Semitic caricature posted on Twitter is pasted over the face of Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, in a photo in which he is seen delivering a blessing […]

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Is Netanyahu making excuses?

An Israeli official close to US President Donald Trump on Sunday refuted Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s claims that the Trump administration asked Netanyahu “not to surprise them.” On Saturday night, Netanyahu asked Jewish Home ministers not to bring the Ma’ale Adumim sovereignty law to a Knesset vote on Sunday, claiming Israel should not surprise […]

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President Donald Trump’s speech received high praise from someone who doesn’t always agree with Republicans

Not long after President Donald Trump was sworn in, we happened to run into the Rev. Jesse Jackson on the street. He gave a thumbs-up to Trump’s inauguration speech but said the new commander in chief has much work to do in order to unify a nation riven by a divisive campaign. “The speech was […]

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Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff, on media: ‘We are going to fight back’

President Trump’s chief of staff accused the media of attempting to “delegitimize” President Trump on his first days in office and vowed to “fight back” against slanted coverage. “I’m saying there is an obsession by the media to delegitimize this president, and we are not going to sit around and let it happen,” Reince Priebus […]

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Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway Demands Fair Shake From Press

Harking back to the Nixon administration, a defensive senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway hit the Sunday talk show circuit, complaining the press has not given President Donald Trump and his team a fair shake and suggesting reporters stop pointing out when administration statements clash with facts. Conway, standing on the White House lawn, berated […]

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Netanyahu to speak to Trump as Israel considers new settlement action

Tel Aviv (dpa) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will speak with US President Donald Trump later Sunday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Netanyahu also repeated his earlier promise to discuss Iran and the threat that the “bad nuclear agreement” supported by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama poses to Israel’s existence. The Israeli leader […]

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Reflecting the Torah portion, joyous rebellion as women march

Spirituality and tikkun olam are strong themes among Jews simultaneously protesting and celebrating Shabbat in Washington By Dina Kraft WASHINGTON — Wrapped in a tallit, Rabbi Riqi Kosovske looked out onto a sea of pink-hatted marchers and hoisted her “Nasty Woman Rabbi” sign high. “I’ve never felt more challenged as a Jew, a woman, a […]

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For some Jewish millennials, anti-Trump march is a first step

Gathering in Washington, young Jewish women say that they were moved to activism by the election and the new president’s rhetoric By Rebecca Shimoni Stoil WASHINGTON, DC — Jewish organizations faced challenges organizing for a march scheduled for the Sabbath, but that didn’t prevent the youngest generation of activists from being out in force for […]

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President Trump fired off another tweet slamming the turnout and coverage of the Women’s March

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Sunday to respond to Saturday’s women’s marches, which drew more than 1 million protesters around the world. “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election!” Trump tweeted. “Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.” Watched protests yesterday but […]

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Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor, dismisses Women’s March: ‘I frankly didn’t see the point’

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway dismissed the Women’s March on Washington on Sunday, saying she “didn’t see the point” of holding a polarizing demonstration while the country is trying to unite behind a new president. “We certainly respect people’s First Amendment rights,” Ms. Conway said on ABC’s “This Week.” “But I frankly didn’t see the […]

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Young women made their voices heard at the Women’s March in Washington

The day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, women and their allies gathered in cities all over the world to protest his words, actions, and the potential consequences of his leadership. Early estimates suggest more than a million people, easily, turned out in the US, with hundreds […]

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U.S., Israeli Jews split on Trump

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — I can’t recall ever having heard a lecture in Hebrew in Israel without the speaker throwing in some Americanisms – usually in the original. Though Israelis learn English at school from an early age, much of what they know as adults seems to come from watching American movies and […]

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