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Washington – Court Says Justice Ginsburg Up And Working After Surgery

December 23, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working as she recuperates from cancer surgery. A spokeswoman for the court, Kathy Arberg, also says that Ginsburg remained in New York at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Sunday. No information has been released on when Ginsburg might return home. Ginsburg underwent surgery Friday to remove two malignant growths in...

Washington – WSJ: Trump Advisers Have Discussed Arranging Meeting With Fed’s Powell

December 23, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Washington - The advisers of President Donald Trump have discussed in recent days arranging a meeting between him and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in the coming weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing a source. Trump has recently been critical of the Fed for raising borrowing costs this year, especially as U.S. stocks have tumbled and yields on U.S. government debt...

Jerusalem – The Life And Legacy Of Holocaust Hero Simcha Rotem

December 23, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Schools across Israel will hold a memorial day on Monday in memory of Simcha “Kazik” Rotem, presumed to be the last survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Rotem passed away over Shabbat. “ We will remember that the Holocaust also had great heroism, and we have been rebirthed and grown from that Holocaust,” Education Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday during the weekly...

Los Angeles – Lebron James Under Fire After Posting ‘Jewish Money’ Selfie With 21 Savage Rap Lyrics

December 23, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Los Angeles - Los Angeles Lakers forward and NBA basketball star Lebron James is facing serious criticism from the Jewish community and sports reporters alike after posting a tenuously antisemitic lyrics to his Instagram account. The four-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion posted a selfie enjoying some new tunes by 21 Savage. The athlete filmed himself jamming to "asmr" in a whip and...

Washington – Top Trump Official Calls Bankers, Will Convene ‘Plunge Protection Team’

December 23, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump's Treasury secretary called top U.S. bankers on Sunday amid an ongoing rout on Wall Street and made plans to convene a group of officials known as the "Plunge Protection Team." U.S. stocks have fallen sharply in recent weeks on concerns over slowing economic growth, with the S&P 500 index <.SPX> on pace for its biggest percentage decline in...

Washington – White House: Trump Would Accept Less Money For Border Wall

December 23, 2018 at 06:00 PM
Washington - A top White House official signaled Sunday that President Donald Trump is willing to accept less money than he's been demanding to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, but a senior congressional Democrat said that, while their own offer could be sweetened, they still will not agree to a wall. The back and forth across the television airwaves did little to inspire hope that a Christmas...

Jerusalem – Prayer Service At Western Wall For Injured IDF Soldier

December 23, 2018 at 05:09 PM
Jerusalem - A prayer rally was held Sunday night at the Western Wall for Nathaniel Felber, the soldier from the Netzah Yehudah battalion who was critically injured in a shooting attack earlier this month outside the Givat Asaf settlement outpost in which another two soldiers were killed. Late Friday afternoon, Felber began to breathe by himself for the first time since the attack and has made...

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Trump’s Reluctant Backers Sour On His Leadership, Policies

December 23, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Bloomfield Hills, MI - Jill Mott doesn't like the tweets. The hard line on the border is too hard. And when asked whether she will vote for President Donald Trump a second time, she lets out a long, deep sigh. "That is the question," said Mott, a Republican from suburban Detroit. In her moment of hesitancy, Mott is the portrait of a small, but significant slice of voters poised to wield...

Warsaw, Poland – Underground Hideout For Jewish Tailor Discovered On Farm In Central Poland

December 23, 2018 at 04:00 PM
Warsaw, Poland - In an old barn in Otwock, near Warsaw, an underground hiding-place was discovered, in which during World War II the owners of the farm hid their neighbor, a Jewish tailor. The hideout probably will be moved to the Polish History Museum, according to local reports. The hideout is located under the barn floor. It is 6 feet and 6 inches long and 4 feet 9 inches wide. It was...

Jerusalem – In Israel, Calling Someone ‘Reform’ May Get You Sued For Libel

December 23, 2018 at 03:00 PM
Jerusalem - “Reform Jew” describes a member of Judaism’s largest and most liberal denomination. In Israel, however, a law suit wants it officially recognized as a defamatory insult. In the libel suit brought by an Orthodox Jewish woman against a rabbi she said defamed her, the adjective “Reform” is listed among the slights. The dispute pits Adina Bar Shalom — a daughter of the...

Washington – Trump Aide: White House, Central Bank Tension Not Unusual

December 23, 2018 at 02:00 PM
Washington - A White House official says tension between a president and the interest-rate setting Federal Reserve is "traditional as part of our system." Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says it should come as no surprise that President Donald Trump is unhappy the central bank, an independent agency, "is raising rates and we think driving down the value of the stock market." Speculation...

Washington – Profiting Off Presidency? Trump Biz Takes Hit Since Election

December 23, 2018 at 01:00 PM
Washington - When workers pried the Trump name off another Manhattan building earlier this year, it capped a bad few weeks for the president's businesses. Donald Trump's golf resorts in Scotland had just posted millions of dollars in losses, one of his hotels in Panama had rebranded itself a Marriott, and New York officials announced they were looking into how he avoided paying tens of...

Washington – Trump: Mattis Out As Of Jan. 1; Deputy To Be Acting Chief

December 23, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will now leave his post on Jan. 1, tweeting that deputy Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan will take over as acting secretary to cover the accelerated departure. The move comes just three days after Mattis resigned in protest over Trump's decision to pull all U.S. troops out of Syria, and delivered a...

Washington – Mulvaney Says ‘Very Possible’ Shutdown Stretches Into 2019

December 23, 2018 at 11:45 AM
Washington - A top White House official warned Sunday that it's "very possible" the partial government shutdown stretches into the new year and that how quickly numerous shuttered Cabinet departments and agencies resume doing the people's business is up to Senate Democrats. "The ball is in the Senate's court," acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said. Mulvaney, who is also...

Jerusalem – Highly Collected Contemporary Jewish Artist, Passes Away At 93

December 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Jerusalem - Itshak Holtz, a well known artist whose depictions of Jerusalem, New York and their residents captivated Judaic art lovers, passed away this past Thursday at the age of 93. Born in Skierniewice, Poland in 1925, Holtz was just five years old when he found himself mesmerized by a picture of a horse pulling a sleigh drawn for him by his father. One year later, he realized that he...

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