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New York – Israeli Right Rallies Around Rubio

Sunday, February 7th, 2016 New York - Several figures on the Israeli Right have recently backed US Senator Marco Rubio (FL), who is running for the Republican nomination for president. While there is no polling data on the matter, support for Rubio seems to be a trend in the Israeli Right and among its supporters. J. Philip Rosen, the chairman of the board of American Friends of Likud and a member of the Republican...

New York – Worried About Clinton, Biden Backer Mulls Another Push For VP

Sunday, February 7th, 2016 New York - A prominent Democratic donor worried about the party's chances of winning the presidency emailed dozens of fans of Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, urging them to remain prepared to donate if Biden jumps into the race. The donor, Bill Bartmann, cited new polling showing Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont nearly tied with the Hillary Clinton, eroding the 30-point lead the former...

Moscow – Russia Accuses Turkey Of Preparing To Invade Syria

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 Moscow - Russia said on Thursday it had serious grounds to suspect Turkey was preparing a military incursion in Syria as a Syrian army source said the city of Aleppo would soon be encircled by government forces that are advancing with Russian air support. Turkey, which has backed the Syrian rebellion, meanwhile called for the United States to take a more decisive stance against Russia over its...

New Hampshire – Marco Rubio Becomes Early Hope For Mainstream U.S. Republicans

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 New Hampshire - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, emerging from the first presidential nominating contest in Iowa as the leading Republican mainstream contender, portrayed himself in New Hampshire on Tuesday as the party's best hope to recapture the White House. But Rubio, 44, a U.S. senator from Florida, faces a strong field of establishment rivals in next week's New Hampshire primary after his...

Washington – Republican Cruz Apologizes For Email Implying Carson Might Exit Race

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 Washington - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz apologized to Ben Carson on Tuesday over an email his campaign sent on Monday night that implied Carson was about to drop out of the race and that his Iowa backers should be urged to vote for Cruz instead. A staffer for Cruz sent the email after rumors began circulating that Carson would return to Florida following Iowa's caucuses on...

Iowa – Iowa Democrats Face Criticism Over Missteps At Caucus Sites

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 Iowa - Four years after the Iowa Republican Party was criticized for mishandling an extremely close caucus, Democratic Party leaders faced similar scrutiny Tuesday over how they and their volunteers handled the state's signature political event. The neck-and-neck contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Monday underscored the complicated math Democrats use to determine the winner and...

Iowa – Trump’s Defeat Raises Questions About His Jetsetting Campaign

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 Iowa - Republican Donald Trump's surprise defeat in Iowa at the hands of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz reflected shortcomings in his get-out-the-vote operations and an over reliance on his celebrity status in a state where voters prefer the personal touch. The New York billionaire and former TV reality star generated much enthusiasm for his anti-establishment message, but in the end he was out muscled...

Israel – Anonymous Messaging App Alarms Parents, Politicians

Friday, January 29th, 2016 Israel - A new app that allows users to send anonymous text messages is causing alarm among parents, politicians and some teenagers, who say it is being used as a weapon for cyber-bullying. Blindspot, launched by Israeli company Shellanoo, has attracted 700,000 users since it was launched a month ago, mostly in Israel where it is being heavily marketed but also in the United States and...

Des Moines, IA – Sanders Defends Call To Raise Taxes To Fund Health Care

Monday, January 25th, 2016 Des Moines, IA - Bernie Sanders defended his call for raising Americans' taxes in exchange for lower heath care costs, as he opened a candidate forum Monday night that served as a platform for Democratic presidential hopefuls to make a closing argument to voters one week before the Iowa caucuses. "Yes, we will raise taxes," said Sanders, an admission rarely heard in presidential campaigns...

Chicago – Watch Out Frontrunners, Over 1,500 Candidates Vying For White House

Monday, January 25th, 2016 Chicago - Michael Petyo is a carpenter, a U.S. Navy veteran, a grandfather and Russian Orthodox church cantor who likes to boast about his homemade nut rolls. He also happens to be a candidate for president of the United States. The 66-year-old Indiana man has no big financial backers, little political experience outside of two failed runs for Congress and his odds of winning are almost nil...

West Des Moines, IA – As Iowa Looms, GOP Wonders: Does Trump Have Fans, Or Voters?

Monday, January 18th, 2016 West Des Moines, IA - It's the No. 1 question headed into the primary season: Does Donald Trump merely have fans, or does the national front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination have voters who will mobilize come caucus day? The definitive answer won't arrive until first-to-vote Iowa heads to the polls on Feb. 1, but interviews with dozens of voters, political operatives, party...

New York – Close It? Campaign Seeks To Shutter NYC’s Rikers Island Jail

Sunday, January 10th, 2016 New York - Inside and outside of New York City's government, chatter is increasing about a once-unthinkable idea: shutting down the notorious Rikers Island jail complex. A coalition of dozens of advocacy groups says it intends to pressure the mayor and other elected officials to take a stand, arguing the 400-acre island in the East River where most of the city's 10,000 inmates are held is too...

New York – Report: Adelson Offered To Pay $1b For Iron Dome Batteries For Israel

Thursday, January 7th, 2016 New York - US casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a strong Israel supporter and backer of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, offered in 2013 to pay $1 billion for Iron Dome anti-missile batteries for Israel, Politico reported on Thursday. In a profile Politico wrote on US President Barack Obama's chief of staff Denis McDonough, Nevada Senator Harry Reid, then the senate majority leader, called...

New Hampshire – Christie Under Attack As Rivals Sense Him Rising

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 New Hampshire - Chris Christie is the Republican presidential candidate to beat in second-to-vote New Hampshire — so say the super PACs helping the New Jersey governor's rivals. Marco Rubio's backers recently put $1 million into anti-Christie advertising, according to filings with federal election regulators. That follows a Christie-themed mailing earlier this week to New Hampshire...

Tehran – Iran Supreme Leader Sees ‘Divine Vengeance’ For Saudi Cleric Execution

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 Tehran - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, attacking Saudi Arabia for the second straight day over its execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric, said on Sunday politicians in the Sunni kingdom would face divine retribution for his death. "The unjustly spilled blood of this oppressed martyr will no doubt soon show its effect and divine vengeance will befall Saudi politicians," state...
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