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Washington – Trump Hails Passage Of Criminal Justice Bill

December 18, 2018 at 11:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is hailing Senate passage of a sweeping criminal justice bill. Trump tweets, "America is the greatest Country in the world and my job is to fight for ALL citizens, even those who have made mistakes." He says, "This will keep our communities safer, and provide hope and a second chance, to those who earn it. Trump adds, "I look forward to signing this...

Dallas – Texas AG, Universities Face Suit Over Israel Boycott Law

December 18, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Dallas - The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas has filed a lawsuit against the state's attorney general and others over a law requiring contractors to certify they do not boycott Israel. The federal suit filed Tuesday argues the law forces people to choose between their First Amendment rights and their livelihoods. State Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with two school districts and...

Washington – Kushner Credited For Pushing Criminal Justice Reform, In Rare Bipartisan Bill

December 18, 2018 at 10:32 PM
Washington - It was the first time many liberal advocates had set foot inside President Donald Trump's White House. And they came at the invitation of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner — a top White House adviser whom many liberal and good-government groups have criticized, questioning his lack of experience in government, potential conflicts of interest and cozy relationship with...

Washington – Report Says Fallout Of Khashoggi Killing Could Harm Unofficial Saudi Ties With Israel

December 18, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Washington - The internal political fallout over the murder of dissident Jamal Khashoggi may damage Saudi Arabia’s budding unofficial ties with Israel, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The newspaper cited the dismissal of two senior advisers to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who were intimately involved in forging ties between the two countries. Saudi Arabia does not maintain...

Rio De Janeiro – Netanyahu’s Upcoming Visit To Brazil Marks The End Of An Era Of Strained Ties

December 18, 2018 at 09:34 PM
Rio De Janeiro - Following years of diplomatic tensions, Israel and Brazil appear set to place their relationship on a new footing with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming visit, the first for a sitting prime minister. Netanyahu was invited to attend incoming President Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration on Jan. 1. Netanyahu’s five-day visit, which is scheduled to start on Dec. 27, will...

Washington – Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Criminal Justice Reform Bill, Delivering Bipartisan Win To President Trump

December 18, 2018 at 09:01 PM
Washington - The Senate has passed a sweeping criminal justice overhaul supported by groups on the left and right, handing President Donald Trump a victory as Congress prepares to adjourn for the holidays. The bill gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. It also reduces the life sentence for some drug offenders with three...

New York – Stock Market Woes Raise A Nagging Fear: Is A Recession Near?

December 18, 2018 at 09:00 PM
New York - Fears of a recession have been mounting with the U.S. stock market appearing to be headed for its worst December since 1931 — during the Great Depression. Wall Street's sustained slump has been fueled by investor concerns about lower corporate profits, higher corporate debt, a festering trade war between the United States and China and a broader global slowdown. So is a U.S...

United Nations – US Hints At Trump Mideast Peace Plan: Lots To Like, Some Not

December 18, 2018 at 08:00 PM
United Nations - U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave a hint, but no details, of the Trump administration's peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday, saying it's long, takes advantage of new technology, and has a lot both sides will like and things they won't like. Haley said Israelis and Palestinians as well as countries around the world have a choice: focus on the parts they...

Washington – Critics Of Criminal Justice Bill Make Final Push For Changes

December 18, 2018 at 07:25 PM
Washington - Critics of a criminal justice bill backed by President Donald Trump are making a final push to amend the legislation in a way that would likely kill its prospects. The bill gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. It also reduces the life sentence for some drug offenders with three convictions, or "three strikes,"...

Washington – Ethics Complaints Against Kavanaugh Dismissed

December 18, 2018 at 07:01 PM
Washington - A panel of judges has dismissed ethics complaints against new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The judges say the complaints must be dismissed because they were filed under a federal law that does not apply to Supreme Court justices. That's the outcome many ethics experts predicted once Kavanaugh took his Supreme Court seat. The complaints deal with statements Kavanaugh...

New York – Some Advertisers Leave Fox’s Carlson Show After Immigrant Comments

December 18, 2018 at 06:32 PM
New York - Some advertisers say they are leaving conservative host Tucker Carlson's show following his remarks that immigrants could make the U.S. "poorer and dirtier." It's the latest example of sponsors leaving a Fox News Channel show after controversy, but experts say the flap is likely to blow over. So far, the biggest advertisers are sticking with him and his prime-time show, "Tucker...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – School Rewound Video During Massacre, Delaying Officers

December 18, 2018 at 06:03 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - The police response to the Florida high school massacre was delayed because school officials rewound a school surveillance video, making officers think the gunman was still in the building, a new report shows. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports documents show then-Marjory Stoneman Douglas assistant principal Jeff Morford and security officer Kelvin Greenleaf began...

London – Scary Stat: 90.5 Percent Of Plastic Is Not Recycled

December 18, 2018 at 05:29 PM
London - The burgeoning crisis in plastic waste has won the attention of Britain's Royal Statistical Society, which chose 90.5 percent — the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled — as its international statistic of the year. The society, which chooses a winner from nominations made by the public, picked the statistic generated in a U.N. report based on the work of U.S...

Los Angeles – Yemeni Mom Wins Travel Ban Waiver To See Dying Son In US

December 18, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Los Angeles - A Yemeni mother blocked by the Trump administration's travel ban has won her fight for a waiver that would allow her to travel to California to see her dying 2-year-old son. Basim Elkarra of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento said Shaima Swileh was granted a visa Tuesday and will be flying to San Francisco on Wednesday. She has been living in Egypt but is...

United Nations – In Rare Move, Israel Joins UN Critics Of Russia’s ‘Occupation’ Of Crimea

December 18, 2018 at 04:26 PM
united Nations - Israel voted in favor of a U.N. resolution condemning Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. The General Assembly vote Monday demonstrated how Israel has gradually abandoned its neutrality on the Crimea issue amid a deterioration in relations with Russia. The resolution calls on Russia to withdraw armed forces from what the signers call “temporarily...

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