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Washington – Unrest Bubbles Among Trump’s Key Foreign Policy Aides: Sources

July 24, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Frustration is mounting among leading foreign policy officials in President Donald Trump's administration as they chafe at some policy and bureaucratic defeats and complain they lack independence to do their jobs, officials say. The clash between internationalists urging the traditional U.S. leadership role in the world and advocates of an "America First" approach has worn down...

Washington – Trump Speaks To Advisers About Firing Sessions

July 24, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump continues to rage against Sessions' decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation. The president's anger again bubbled into public view Monday as he referred to Sessions in a tweet as "beleaguered." Privately, Trump has speculated aloud to...

Washington – Congressman Proposes Ban On Trump Hotels Use By US Government

July 24, 2017 at 11:04 PM
Washington - A Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives proposed legislation on Monday to bar the U.S. government from renting rooms at President Donald Trump's hotels for official business. "Donald Trump should not be allowed to line his or his family’s pockets with taxpayer dollars,” Representative Don Beyer of Virginia said in a statement. He said the amendments he was...

New York – Yes, You Can Buy Happiness _ If You Spend It To Save Time

July 24, 2017 at 10:30 PM
New York - Yes, you can buy happiness — especially if the money saves you time. People who dole out cash to save time on things like housekeeping, delivery services and taxis are a little bit happier than those who don't, new research finds. Researchers surveyed more than 6,000 people in four countries and also ran an experiment, giving people $40 for two weeks. One week, they had to buy...

New York – ZOA Calls On Tillerson To Quit Over State Department Saying Palestinian Terrorism Stems From ‘lack Of Hope’

July 24, 2017 at 10:15 PM
New York - The Zionist organization of America called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to resign over the State Department terrorism report which the ZOA called “bigoted, biased, anti-Semitic, Israel-hating (and) error-ridden.” “This Tillerson State Department Report blames Israel for Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks on innocent Jews and Americans, ignores and whitewashes the...

Washington – 4 Meetings With Russians Disclosed By Jared Kushner

July 24, 2017 at 10:04 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, disclosed in a statement to members of Congress four distinct interactions with Russians during the presidential campaign and transition period. The 11-page statement provides his first detailed account of meetings over the last year with the Russian ambassador to the United States, a Russian lawyer and a Russian banker. The...

Washington – NY Sen.: Netanyahu Does ‘Not Have A Plan For Peace

July 24, 2017 at 09:30 PM
Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does “not have a plan for peace,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. also calling for a U.S. “call for action” to Israel. “I am concerned that Prime Minister Netanyahu does not have a plan for peace, and doesn’t have a vision for peace,” Gillibrand said Saturday at a town hall meeting in the Bronx in New York City, in...

Jerusalem – Israel To Replace Metal Detectors In Jerusalem With Smart Surveillance

July 24, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel decided on Tuesday to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem's Old City and replace them with smart, less obtrusive surveillance means, a Cabinet statement said. Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem after two police officers were fatally shot on July 14, triggering the bloodiest...

Washington – BDS Activists Reportedly Prevented From Boarding Flight To Israel

July 24, 2017 at 08:27 PM
Washington - Five members of an interfaith delegation to Israel were prevented from boarding their flight from Washington DC due to their activism on behalf of the BDS movement. The Jewish Voice for Peace organization said in a statement Monday that the delegation tried to check into its Lufthansa flight at Dulles International Airport, only to be told that Israeli government had ordered the...

New York – Bombshell Stories Spur News War With A Twist

July 24, 2017 at 08:03 PM
New York - Print outlets like The New York Times and Washington Post have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with cable television news over a string of bombshell stories about the Trump administration. It's a news war with a twist. Prime-time lineups on CNN and MSNBC are repeatedly thrown into chaos by late-breaking stories that, while nerve-wracking, nonetheless provide the sort of...

New York – AP: Rail Design Led To Deadliness Of NY Train Crash That Killed Jewish Mom

July 24, 2017 at 07:41 PM
New York - Federal investigators have concluded that a fiery crash between a commuter train and an SUV that killed six people in the New York City suburbs in 2015 was extra deadly because of an unusual rail design, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Monday. The Metro-North Railroad train crashed into an SUV on the tracks at a crossing in Valhalla, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north...

Rome – In Nod To Hollywood, Italian Bank Robbers Don Trump Masks For Heists

July 24, 2017 at 07:15 PM
Rome - Italian police said on Monday they had arrested two brothers suspected of robbing dozens of cash machines while wearing masks of U.S. President Donald Trump. The stunt evokes the 1991 film "Point Break" starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, in which a gang of surfers don masks of ex-U.S. presidents while robbing banks. But in a statement police said the brothers had been inspired by...

Washington – Trump’s New Messenger Says Briefings Back On Camera

July 24, 2017 at 06:53 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's new communications chief says television cameras can start rolling again in the White House briefing room. Anthony Scaramucci — the Wall Street financier who joined the administration last week — tweeted on Monday that "the TV Cameras are back on." Under Press Secretary Sean Spicer — who resigned over Scaramucci's new role — the daily press...

Vienna – Austria: Palestinian Gets Life For Inciting Killings Of Jews

July 24, 2017 at 06:27 PM
Vienna - An Austrian jury has convicted a Palestinian man on terrorism-related charges for inciting fellow radicals to kill Jews in Jerusalem. The 27-year old man — unnamed due to Austrian privacy laws — also was found guilty on Monday of belonging to a terrorist organization due to his affiliation with Hamas militants who have ruled Gaza since seizing it in 2007. He was sentenced to...

Jerusalem – Israel, Jordan Ties Seen As Strategic, If Occasionally Rocky

July 24, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Jerusalem - A diplomatic standoff between Israel and Jordan over a deadly shooting at Israel's embassy in the kingdom once again tests the strategic, if turbulent ties forged in a 1994 peace treaty. In the past, Israel was willing to pay a high price to protect the relationship, including releasing an Islamic militant leader from prison in a deal with Jordan. Jordan and Israel share a long...

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