Russia-Iran ties could be factor as Donald Trump eyes new sanctions for Tehran

The Trump administration is close to announcing a new slate of economic sanctions aimed at containing Iran’s ballistic missile activities, a day after senators introduced bipartisan legislation to expand such measures, as well as those targeting Iranian human rights abuses and support for terrorism. More than a dozen senators on both sides of the aisle […]

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Media owes Trump an apology over JCC coverage

The U.S. mainstream media owes President Trump an apology. This week, a 19-year-old Israeli man was arrested for making threats to Jewish schools and facilities in recent months. He was arrested in Israel by Israeli police. In the weeks leading up to the arrest, the mainstream media veraciously accused Mr. Trump and his supporters for […]

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Judge Who Ruled Against Trump Now Needs Protection

A federal judge who blocked President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries has received threatening messages since the ruling. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii will receive 24-hour protection to ensure his safety, FBI officials told BuzzFeed News and CNN this week. Watson ruled on March 15 against Trump’s […]

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Federal judge upholds travel ban, but earlier rulings leave it blocked

The Trump administration scored a victory Friday in its effort to enact a temporary ban on refugee resettlement and travel of foreign nationals from six countries, with a federal judge in Virginia siding with President Trump over a Muslim civil-rights group that challenged the legality of his revised executive order. Two other federal court rulings […]

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Tensions rise in House Intelligence Committee probe

WASHINGTON — Tensions between the two leaders of the House investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia escalated Friday as the committee announced it would soon question President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters at a news conference that former Trump campaign […]

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Blackstone sells stake in SeaWorld to Chinese firm

ORLANDO, Fla. — Investment firm Blackstone Group has sold its 21 percent stake in SeaWorld to a Chinese company. The deal with Zhonghong Group gives SeaWorld a path into the growing Chinese tourism market and a partner with experience in theme-park development there. Zhonghong Group will buy the stock at $23 per share, Orlando-based SeaWorld […]

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Rasmea Odeh, convicted terrorist, agrees to leave U.S. in exchange for no jail time

Convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Yousef Odeh, an organizer of a Day Without a Woman, has agreed to leave the country in exchange for no jail time for failing to disclose the conviction on her U.S. visa application. Odeh, a resident of Chicago who has lived in the U.S. for about 20 years, plans to plead […]

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Humoring the Headlines: March 24, 2017

March Sadness By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−Though overshadowed by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the real competition to watch this month is what is going on in Washington, DC.  The number one seed, the Trump Travesties, is facing stiffer competition than expected.  This makes it difficult for spectators to fill in their brackets as the […]

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Jim Himes, Democrat: Paul Ryan controls fate of House intel chairman

A Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee stopped short of calling for Rep. Devin Nunes to be stripped of his chairmanship over the Republican’s decision to go public with allegations that communications from the Trump transition team were inadvertently intercepted by U.S. spy agencies before sharing the information with Democrats on the panel. Rep. […]

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Netanyahu welcomes Friedman confirmation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed David Friedman as the U.S. ambassador to Israel in a Tweet, Thursday. Senators voted 52-46 and approved the first of President Donald Trump’s pick for ambassadors. Netanyahu said that Friedman would be warmly welcomed by Israel. Israeli envoy to the U.S. Ron Dermer also posted on Twitter congratulating Friedman. […]

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House GOP postpones vote on health care

WASHINGTON — House GOP leaders postponed a much-anticipated vote Thursday on legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act amid a Republican revolt that raised doubts about the fate of the measure as well as President Donald Trump’s self-proclaimed negotiating skills. After initially vowing to continue talks through the night, a frustrated White House told a […]

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House intelligence chair partially backs off claim about surveillance of Trump team

WASHINGTON — The head of the House Intelligence Committee partially backed away from his dramatic claim that officials in President Donald Trump’s transition team had been subjects of surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies, with an aide saying that Chairman Devin Nunes did not know “for sure.” On Wednesday, Nunes, R-Calif., said that names of transition […]

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Suspect in bomb threats may have been paid to harass JCCs

A teenager with dual US-Israeli citizenship who allegedly made hundreds of false bomb threats over the years to Jewish community centers around the world may have been paid for foreign entities to do so, Channel 2 reported Thursday night. The suspect, a resident of the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, was arrested by Israeli authorities […]

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Rick Perry questions presidential election results — at his alma mater

AUSTIN, Texas — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks the president stole the election. No, he’s not talking about President Donald Trump, Perry’s new boss as the former governor leads the Energy Department. He’s talking about Bobby Brooks, a kid from Belton who just was elected student body president at Perry’s alma mater Texas A&M […]

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