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Washington – Analysis: The Outsider Dealmaker Faltering In White House

Sunday, March 26th, 2017 Washington - Donald Trump campaigned as an outsider — celebrating his lack of political experience by selling himself as a dealmaker willing to buck Republican orthodoxy and his own party's leadership. He alone would reshape Washington. He's tried governing the same way. His actions are a blitz. He rarely consults old Washington hands. And he hangs the threat of retribution over anyone who...

Washington – Trump Son-In-Law’s Ties To Israel Raise Questions Of Bias

Saturday, March 25th, 2017 Washington - Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has deep business and personal ties to Israel that could raise questions about his ability to serve as an honest broker as he oversees the White House's Mideast peace efforts. But some say these ties, which include a previously undisclosed real estate deal in New Jersey with a major Israeli insurer, may give...

Trenton, NJ – Comedian Considers Run For NJ Governor As Independent

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 Trenton, NJ - Joe Piscopo won't run as a Republican in New Jersey's upcoming governor's race, but the comedian best known for his Frank Sinatra impression on "Saturday Night Live" says he is "more serious" than ever about joining the field as an independent. Piscopo was a longtime Democrat who recently became a backer of Republican President Donald Trump. His potential candidacy to replace...

New York – US Muslims And Jews Strengthen Bonds Amid Acts Of Bigotry

Monday, March 20th, 2017 New York - They sat on either end of the congressmen's couch, one a Jewish healthcare executive whose parents fled Germany in 1936, the other the Kashmiri Muslim chairman of a well-known American furniture chain. The men, Stanley Bergman and Farooq Kathwari, came to draw attention to an outbreak of hate crimes. But Bergman and Kathwari hoped their joint appearance would also send a broader...

Washington – Former Dairy Farmer Leads Trump-Russia Investigation

Sunday, March 19th, 2017 Washington - Devin Nunes once said all he wanted to do was work on a dairy farm. Now the man from the rural Central Valley of California is running one of the most scrutinized, complex and politically fraught congressional investigations in recent memory. As chairman of the House intelligence committee, which holds its first public hearing on Monday, Nunes is at the helm of a probe of...

Jerusalem – Israel Moves To Mute Mosques’ Call To Prayer Over Loudspeakers

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 Jerusalem - A law to muffle mosques' amplified calls to prayer in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem won preliminary approval on Wednesday in a charged parliamentary session where Arab legislators denounced the measure as racist. Supporters of the bill say it is aimed at improving the quality of life of people living near mosques who have been losing sleep. The calls usually begin sounding a...

Washington – An Angry Weekend Follows On Heels Of Frustrations For Trump

Monday, March 6th, 2017 Washington - President Donald Trump started his weekend in Florida in a fit of anger over his young administration getting sidetracked just days after his most successful moment in office. He returned to the White House late Sunday derailed — again. Trump's frustration appeared to be both the symptom and the cause of his recent woes. Angry about leaks, errant messaging and his attorney...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu To Meet Putin, Says Iran Seeks Permanent Foothold In Syria

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday to voice opposition to what the Israeli leader charged were Iran's attempts to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria. "In the framework of a (future peace agreement) or without one, Iran is attempting to base itself permanently in Syria - either through a military...

Atlanta – New Dem Party Chairman Perez Pledges To Repair, Unite Party

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 Atlanta - Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to the Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election. Speaking in television interviews, Perez indicated that an important first step was joining with vanquished rival Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison...

Albany, NY – New York, North Carolina: When Should Teen Be Tried As Adult

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 Albany, NY - Luis Padilla remembers the terror he felt as a 16-year-old arrested on a robbery charge and locked up with adults in New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail. At one point, he pretended to be suicidal so he could be placed in the relative safety of a locked observation cell. "Even now if I see a Rikers bus, I start to get jumpy and scared," said Padilla, now 23, who was...

Atlanta – Former Obama Administration Secretary Perez Wins DNC Chair In Close Contest With Ellison

Saturday, February 25th, 2017 Atlanta - Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman, capping a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party's electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump. Perez, the first Latino to hold the post, edged Rep. Keith Ellison in the second round of voting by...

Oxon Hil, MD – Bannon Emerges From W. House To Appeal For Conservatives To Unite Behind Trump

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 Oxon Hil, MD - Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon, known as a forceful influence in the White House, made a rare public appearance on Thursday to appeal to conservatives to unite behind the Republican president as he presses his agenda. Bannon took to the stage along with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus at the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference, telling the...

Jerusalem – Rivlin, Deri Inaugurate Charedi Business Hub In Jerusalem

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 Jerusalem - President Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin said Thursday that rising numbers of ultra-Orthodox men who are joining the work force is a “special blessing” for the State of Israel and called on employers not to discriminate against haredi men seeking employment. “[The integration of haredi men into the workforce] is a national priority of the highest level,” Rivlin said. Speaking at...

Atlanta – DNC Race Remains Tight As Energized Democrats Combat Trump

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 Atlanta - Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains. The tight race between former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota marks the first heavily...

Washington – Trump’s New Top Security Adviser Known For Sharp Questions

Monday, February 20th, 2017 Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for speaking his mind and challenging his superiors. McMaster is a highly regarded military tactician and strategic thinker, but his selection surprised some observers who wondered how the officer, whose Army career stalled...
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