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New York – NYC Mayor Announces Plan For Free Preschool For 3-year-olds

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 New York - Free preschool for 4-year-olds was a signature issue that helped New York City's mayor win office in 2013. Now up for re-election, Bill de Blasio wants to add thousands of classroom seats for 3-year-olds, too. His initiative, which could eventually enroll up to 62,000 kids, would be among the largest public investments in preschool in the United States for children that...

Jerusalem – Archaeologists Restore Ancient Roman Temple In Israeli Port

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 Jerusalem - Archaeologists in Israel have begun work to restore a once-towering ancient-Roman temple in the modern-day Mediterranean city of Caesaria. As part of a $27 million project that aims to triple tourist numbers, scores of workers have erected scaffolding, cleared rubble and begun excavations around the more than 2000-year-old ruins. Caesaria was a vibrant Roman metropolis built in...

Washington – Trump’s Reversals Come After Crash Course On The Issues

Friday, April 14th, 2017 Washington - President Donald Trump is abruptly reversing himself on key issues. And for all his usual bluster, he's startlingly candid about the reason: He's just now really learning about some of them. "After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it's not so easy," the president said after a discussion with Chinese President Xi Jinping that included his hopes that China's pressure could...

United Nations – Russia Vetoes UN Resolution To Condemn Syria Chemical Attack

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 United Nations - Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution Wednesday that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation, triggering clashes between Moscow and the measure's Western backers. The vote on the Security Council resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States was 10 in favor, Russia and Bolivia against...

Damascus – Warplanes Strike Again Syrian Town Hit By Chemical Attack

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 Damascus - Warplanes on Saturday struck the Syrian town where a chemical attack had killed scores of people earlier this week, as Turkey warned that a retaliatory U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base would only be "cosmetic" if greater efforts are not made to remove President Bashar Assad from power. The airstrikes on the opposition-held northern town of Khan Sheikhoun, where 87 people...

Palm Beach, FL – US Probing: Did Russia Take Part In Chem Weapons Attack?

Friday, April 7th, 2017 Palm Beach, FL - The United States is looking into whether Russia participated in the Syrian chemical weapons attack that provoked President Donald Trump's airstrikes against the Assad government, a revelation that could have dramatic implications for relations between Washington and Moscow. On Friday, senior U.S. military officials said a drone belonging to either Russia or Syria was seen...

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Gov. Signs Bill Of Big Expansion Of Private-school Voucher Program

Friday, April 7th, 2017 Phoenix, AZ - Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a major school voucher expansion bill that will extend eligibility to all 1.1 million state schoolchildren despite vehement opposition from Democrats who believe it will undercut public education and cost taxpayers untold millions of dollars. "When parents have more choices, kids win," Ducey tweeted after the House and Senate barely...

Washington – Trump Unleashes Military Strikes Against Assad Airbase In Syria

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 Washington - The U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes ordered by President Donald Trump against a Syrian airbase controlled by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in response to a deadly chemical attack in a rebel-held area, a U.S. official said on Thursday. Facing his biggest foreign policy crisis since taking office in January, Trump took the toughest direct U.S. action yet in...

Beirut – Chemical Attack Kills 22 Members Of A Single Family In Syria

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 Beirut - The grief-stricken father cradled his 9-month-old twins, Aya and Ahmed, each in the crook of an arm. Stroking their hair, he choked back tears, mumbling, "Say goodbye, baby, say goodbye" to their lifeless bodies. Then Abdel Hameed Alyousef took them to a mass grave where 22 members of his family were being buried. Each branch of the clan got its own trench. More than 80 people...

Washington – What Is ‘unmasking’ And Why Would Obama Adviser Do It?

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 Washington - President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice is in the center of a political storm this week, drawn in by new revelations about her handling of intelligence reports in the waning days of the Obama administration. According to a U.S. official, President Donald Trump's national security aides discovered after the inauguration that Rice had asked for the identities...

Washington – Obama Aide Denies Using Intel To Spy On Trump Advisers

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 Washington - Susan Rice, the top national security adviser to former President Barack Obama, says it is "absolutely false" that she and other Obama administration officials used intelligence reports to spy on Trump associates for political purposes. Rice, in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, said her senior White House role did give her the ability to request the names of Americans swept up...

Washington – White House Adviser Kushner, Senator Talk Criminal Justice

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 Washington - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley met with White House adviser Jared Kushner about criminal justice reform Thursday, giving supporters a small sign of encouragement that the issue could be revived under President Donald Trump. The bipartisan effort to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system would have revised 1980s and '90s-era federal "tough on crime" laws...

Sacramento, CA – Holocaust Survivor Cheered For Berating Trump Immigration Official At Public Forum

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 Sacramento, CA - A Holocaust survivor known for speaking to schools about his experiences confronted federal and local officials about immigration arrests. Bernard Marks earned loud cheers on Tuesday after he confronted the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan, at a public forum in Sacramento, California. “When I was a little boy in Poland, for no other...

Washington – Lawmakers Back Measures To Protect Israel By Punishing Iran

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 Washington - Aiming to prove their commitment to Israel, senior U.S. lawmakers are backing bipartisan legislation that would slap Iran with new sanctions while maintaining rigorous enforcement of the landmark nuclear deal. The measures, unveiled at the opening of the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, seek to build consensus among Republicans and Democrats who are so...

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...
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