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Washington – Tillerson Overture To North Korea: U.S. Ready To Talk Without Pre-conditions

December 12, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal. "Let's just meet," Tillerson said in a speech to Washington's Atlantic Council think tank, presenting a new diplomatic...

Washington – As Mueller Closed In, Pressure Mounted On Flynn And Family

December 12, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - In the days before he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and as he braced for the public revelation that he'd morphed from government target to government cooperator, Michael Flynn was reveling in the pleasures of a new grandchild, swapping cheerful observations about babies with a longtime friend and fellow grandfather. At the same time, President Donald Trump's former national...

Warsaw, Poland – New Polish Prime Minister Refers To Rescue Of ‘Jewish Brothers’ In His Inaugural Address

December 12, 2017 at 11:03 PM
Warsaw, Poland -  In his first speech as Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki said that non-Jewish Poles who saved their “Jewish brothers” during the Holocaust represent the “essence of what it means to be Polish.” Morawiecki, a former banker who in September spoke about his Jewish roots – two of his aunts are Jewish — in a speech about rescuers of Jews in Warsaw...

Birmingham, AL – Democrat Doug Jones Wins In Stunning Alabama Upset In Setback For Trump

December 12, 2017 at 10:31 PM
Birmingham, AL - In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the...

New York – CNN’s Acosta Complains Of White House Threat

December 12, 2017 at 10:29 PM
New York - CNN's Jim Acosta says he was warned by the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders not to ask a question during President Donald Trump's bill signing ceremony on Tuesday, further evidence of sour relations between the network and administration. Acosta said Sanders told him that if he asked Trump a question, "she could not promise that I would be allowed into a pool spray...

Washington – FBI Agent Removed From Russia Probe Called Trump An ‘idiot’

December 12, 2017 at 10:09 PM
Washington - An FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team over politically charged text messages referred to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as an "idiot." The Associated Press reviewed dozens of text messages between FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok (struhk) and FBI lawyer Lisa Page. The Justice Department turned the messages over to...

London – Bitcoin Hits Another Record High In March Toward $20,000

December 12, 2017 at 09:46 PM
London - Virtual currency bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures on a U.S. exchange and ahead of the start of another futures contract next week, as investors grew optimistic that the $20,000-mark is within reach. On Sunday, Chicago-based derivatives exchange Cboe Global Markets launched bitcoin futures, enabling investors to...

Jerusalem – Bahrain Interfaith Group Pays Unprecedented Visit To Israel

December 12, 2017 at 09:38 PM
Jerusalem - An interfaith group from the Gulf state of Bahrain is paying an unprecedented public visit to Israel this week, receiving a warm welcome but generating uproar across the Arab world. The visit comes at a time when Israel is boasting of warming, albeit covert, ties with moderate Arab countries in a shared front against archrival Iran. But the heavy criticism unleashed on Arab social...

New York – Maccabeats Release New Hanukka Song For Their 10-year Anniversary

December 12, 2017 at 09:00 PM
New York - If you can smell sufganiyot frying in the air, it means Hanukka is almost here. And if you needed another sign - that's here too: A new music video from the Maccabeats. The wildly popular Jewish a capella group, which originated at Yeshiva University, brought a personal touch to this year's video, discussing their incredible 10-year journey. Eight members of the original group...

New Haven, CT – ‘Alternative Facts’ Remark Tops 2017 List Of Notable Quotes

December 12, 2017 at 08:30 PM
New Haven, CT - The use of the term "alternative facts" by Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2017. The statement Conway made when asked why Trump's then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer mischaracterized the size of inauguration crowds is one of many Trump-related quotations on the list, assembled by Fred...

Washington – Trump Delivers Hanukkah Wishes To ‘Jewish Brothers And Sisters’

December 12, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump said he was “proud to stand with the Jewish people” on Hanukkah. “Melania and I wish all of our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrating this meaningful holiday a happy and healthy eight nights in the company of those they love,” Trump said in a message Tuesday evening, the first night of the eight-day holiday, and naming the first lady. “On this...

Tel Aviv – IDF Revises Order For Mixed-Gender Combat Units; Rabbis Pleased, But Say ‘Long Way To Go’

December 12, 2017 at 07:24 PM
Tel Aviv - IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot will sign an revised Joint Service Order Tuesday to address concerns of Religious Zionist rabbis that mixed-gender combat units in the army create an immodest environment that is inappropriate for Orthodox soldiers. The updated order allows Orthodox combat officers and non-commissioned officers to request a rabbinic review if they...

Washington – House Passes Bill To Protect Religious Institutions Sparked By Wave Of JCC Threats

December 12, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill that increases the federal penalties for bomb threats and other credible threats of violence against religious institutions. The bill, sponsored by Reps. David Kustoff, R-Tenn., and Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., passed Monday by a vote of 402 to 2. It was co-sponsored by more than 40 other lawmakers. The Protecting Religiously...

Berlin – Follow The Money: Investors Lead Charge On Climate Change

December 12, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Berlin - An international summit Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the Paris climate agreement has drawn world leaders, celebrities, companies and environmental groups to the French capital, all aiming to keep up momentum on efforts to curb global warming. Financial institutions are using the meeting to highlight the need to ensure that their investments don't suffer from, or...

New York – Twitter To Let Users Make Tweet Threads More Easily

December 12, 2017 at 06:00 PM
New York - Twitter said on Tuesday it would add a pair of buttons that will allow users to more easily see and add new tweets to existing ones on the same topic. With the new feature, users who create threads — stitching tweets together to tell a longer story — need no longer reply to previous tweets to do so. It is the latest instance of the social network altering or adding a feature...

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