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Washington – Vocal Biden Backer Joins Super PAC Urging VP To Run In 2016

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 Washington - One of Vice President Joe Biden's most vocal supporters joined the super PAC urging him to run for president Monday, as interest in Biden's political future spiked amid fresh signs that his aides are looking closely at a 2016 campaign. Dick Harpootlian, the former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, said he was writing a $10,000 check to the group Draft Biden, and was...

Doha – Kerry Pushes Iran Nuke Deal With Wary Arabs In Qatar

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 Doha, Qatar - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brought the Obama administration's case for the Iran nuclear deal to wary Arab officials in Qatar on Monday. Kerry was meeting with the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the six-member bloc of Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab nations that fear Shiite Iran's increasing assertiveness in the region and the implications of the agreement. In...

Kabul – New Afghan Taliban Leader Promises To Continue Insurgency

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 Kabul - Political uncertainty inside the Taliban has cast doubt on the prospects for an end to the war in Afghanistan. On Saturday the Taliban's controversial new leader vowed to continue fighting while urging unity among his followers in a message aimed at preventing a split in the group between those who want peace and those who still believe they can win. An audio message purportedly from...

Washington – With Jewish Democrats Feeling Heat, Obama Appears To Have Enough Support For Iran Deal

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 Washington - US backers of the Iran nuclear deal are increasingly confident of enough Democratic support to ensure it survives review by Congress, despite fierce opposition by majority Republicans and a massive lobbying drive. By the time the House of Representatives recessed for the summer last week, no senior Democrat in the chamber had come out formally against the agreement and several...

Washington – Libertarian Donors Put Up $6 Million For Rand Paul GOP Bid

Monday, July 27th, 2015 Washington - Deep-pocketed libertarians are giving big to help Rand Paul win the Republican presidential primary. Three super PACS supporting the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator said they raised a combined $6 million through June 30. That's on top of the nearly $7 million that Paul's campaign reported pulling in between his April announcement and the end of last month. "There are some...

New York – Disavowed By GOP Leaders, Trump Has Supporters Cheering

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 New York - The Republican establishment may hope this is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump's circus-like run for the presidency. But as the fallout intensifies after the billionaire businessman mocked Sen. John McCain's war hero status, Trump's supporters are more excited than ever about his chances. "I love to see them jump all over him 'cause they're just giving him a clear road...

Kiev – Wiesenthal Center Slams Ukrainian Holocaust Bill

Friday, July 10th, 2015 Kiev - Simon Wiesenthal Center has criticized legislation proposed by a Ukrainian Jewish lawmaker to criminalize the denial of both the Holocaust and the Holodomor, claiming that it cheapens the memory of Nazi victims. The Holodomor refers to a massive famine brought about by the forced collectivization of farms that resulted in the deaths of millions of Ukrainians and is regarded in Ukraine...

Washington – Supports Of Cruz Presidential Bid Donated $51 Million: Cruz Campaign

Sunday, July 5th, 2015 Washington - Republican Senator Ted Cruz and the outside groups supporting his presidential bid have raised more than $51 million in the three months since he launched his campaign for president, according to a statement from his campaign on Sunday. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on March 23 in a speech at the conservative school Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, has raised far...

Jerusalem – Major Victory For Haredi Parties; Government Cancels Conversion Reform In Cabinet Vote

Sunday, July 5th, 2015 Jerusalem - The government on Sunday reversed the conversion reform law passed just seven months ago, marking a significant victory for the haredi political parties and religious establishment against the decentralization efforts of moderate national-religious groups. Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman strongly denounced the reversal of the conversion reforms adopted by the last...

Livingston, NJ – Christie Opens 2016 Campaign, Long Climb Ahead

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 Livingston, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie opened his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday and, never one to aim small, declared he's "out to change the world." The Republican governor, a one-time GOP favorite who faded and now tries to climb back, told a kickoff rally in the gymnasium of his old high school that his last 13 years as a U.S. attorney and governor have been about "fighting...

Jerusalem – Israeli Druze Alarmed By Plight Of Their Brethren In Syria

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 Jerusalem - Members of Israel's Druze minority, long among the Jewish state's most loyal citizens, have become increasingly concerned about the plight of their beleaguered brethren in neighboring Syria. Now, they are asking the state of Israel to help their fellow Druze next door — and some are even offering to go fight in Syria if needed. Israel has been careful to stay out of the...

Columbia, SC – South Carolina Legislator Says Take Down Confederate Flag As Carolinians Rally Against It

Sunday, June 21st, 2015 Columbia, SC - The Confederate flag has no place on South Carolina Statehouse grounds, and it's past time to remove the symbol of hatred, a Republican state lawmaker said Saturday, three days after the shooting massacre at a black church 100 miles away. Rep. Doug Brannon, first elected in 2010, said he's thought for years that the flag should come down, but it wasn't until Wednesday's deaths...

Paris – Top Suspect Arrested In 1982 Attack On Paris Jewish Quarter

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 Paris - Jordanian authorities have arrested a suspected member of a Palestinian guerrilla unit behind an attack on a Jewish restaurant in France in 1982 that killed six people, an official at the Paris prosecutor's office said on Wednesday. A French magistrate issued international arrest warrants for three men living in Oslo, Ramallah and Jordan in March, suspected of carrying out the attack...

New York – Twitter’s Twists And Turns _ Can It Keep Flying?

Sunday, June 14th, 2015 New York - The Pope is on Twitter, along with the Dalai Lama, world leaders and, of course, Kim Kardashian. The short-messaging service can bring fleeting fame, instant ignominy and get you fired. It has been credited for sparking revolutions and, like Facebook, transforming the way the world communicates. But despite the buzz generated by thousands of chatty journalists, athletes and...

New York – Clinton Kicks Off 2016 Bid, Embracing Chance To Make History

Saturday, June 13th, 2015 New York - Hillary Rodham Clinton formally kicked off her presidential campaign on Saturday with an enthusiastic embrace of her potential to become the first woman to win the White House, asking supporters gathered at an outdoor rally to join in her building an America "where we don't leave anyone out, or anyone behind." With the downtown New York skyline and new World Trade Center over her...
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