DIPLOMACY – Split ‘6-1’ on climate change at G7 as Trump holds out US President Donald Trump refused to endorse the Paris global climate change accord – saying he needed more time – but backed a pledge to fight protectionism at a meeting of the G7 in Italy on Saturday. The summit of Group of […]

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Hillary Clinton cleared of Benghazi lawsuit brought by victims’ parents

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by relatives of two Americans killed during the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. Mrs. Clinton neither enabled the Benghazi attack by using her now-infamous private email server nor defamed its victims’ parents afterwards, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman […]

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Hall of Fame pitcher, former U.S. senator Bunning dies at 85

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who went on to serve in Congress as a Kentucky politician, died overnight at the age of 85, the Philadelphia Phillies announced Saturday. “We are saddened to announce the passing of Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. Senator, Jim Bunning,” the Phillies wrote on Twitter. “Our thoughts and […]

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White House Excludes Gay First Spouse In Photo Caption

Updated | The White House Facebook page failed to acknowledge First Gentleman of Luxembourg Gauthier Destenay, married to Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, in a post featuring the spouses of world leaders attending this week’s G7 summit in Sicily. The photo caption included the names of every other spouse, all of them wives, beginning with: “First […]

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Donald Trump and the Agony of H.R. McMaster

Is H.R. McMaster, the White House national security adviser, on the way out? By some signs, he is: President Donald Trump not only excluded him from a key meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his national security adviser Monday night in Jerusalem, he was kept “outside the King David [Hotel] room during the […]

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Texas Governor Jokes About Shooting Reporters

The unrelenting Republican assault on the free press continued on Friday when Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, joked about shooting journalists. The joke was made not two days after a Montana congressional candidate, Greg Gianforte, assaulted a reporter instead of answering a question on health care. Abbott made his joke at a gun […]

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Jared Kushner under fire over reported talks with Russian ambassador

President Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is under fire for a series of new allegations involving his past interactions with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak. Mr. Kushner spoke with Moscow’s envoy last year about creating a covert channel that would let Mr. Trump’s transition team communicate privately with the Kremlin […]

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The complete timeline of awkward moments from Trump’s two days in Israel

From the moment Air Force One touched down on the runway at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, as well as their hosts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, provided Israelis with seemingly endless opportunities for giggles, laughs and snark. For most leaders, and in most countries, red […]

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JFK would be 100 on May 29

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California – “God’s work on earth must truly be our own,” he declared in those thick Bostonian tones at the close of his renowned Inaugural Address on the bitter cold morning of January 20, 1961.  A flawed man with impeccable charm and poise, a legend larger than himself, he remains the […]

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Jared and Ivanka Are Big Art Fans

First daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are apparently major art fans. But if you looked at financial disclosure forms provided to the government, you’d never know. Kushner, who is a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, did not report the couple’s extensive collection when he submitted documents earlier this year listing his […]

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Pence tells Naval Academy graduates they have a friend in Trump

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Vowing that the Trump administration would “rebuild the military,” Vice President Mike Pence told the Naval Academy’s graduating class on Friday that they should be confident their commander-in-chief would have their support as they begin a career of service. “President Donald Trump is the best friend the armed forces of the United […]

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Trump Calls Germans ‘Very Bad’ at EU Leaders Meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump is in Sicily for his first G7 meeting with world leaders. Fresh from a NATO summit where he accused member states of not contributing enough to the bloc, he might face a cold reception from German President Angela Merkel, whose country is both a G7 and NATO member. According to Der […]

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Jewish schools, Hillels should teach self- defense

By Arkady Mamaysky TARRYTOWN, New York — Almost every day, we hear and read news about verbal and even physical attacks of Jewish students on college campuses. In many instances, it makes their lives on campuses very difficult and even dangerous. Some Jewish leaders and organizations have reacted in the following ways: appealing to authorities; appealing […]

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US Justice Department will appeal travel ban to Supreme Court

Washington (dpa) – The US Department of Justice said Thursday it will appeal a ruling upholding a suspension of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to the US Supreme Court. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision in a statement after a US appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling blocking Trump’s executive order which bans […]

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