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Washington – Ilhan Omar’s Communications Director Is Jewish. Here’s How He’s Helping Her Weather The Firestorm

April 1, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Almost as soon as a conference call started between Ilhan Omar, the controversial congresswoman, and Jewish community leaders, Hadar Susskind recognized a familiar voice. “I know there are a lot of people who in the last weeks have expressed support in trying to say this isn’t anti-Semitic or this shouldn’t be looked at in that way,” Omar said in the Feb. 19 call, which...

Harlem, NY – Officials: Drugs Valued More Than $10M, Were Labeled With Photo Of Late Kingpin Pablo Escobar

April 1, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Harlem, NY - Drug enforcement officials in New York say they've seized narcotics labeled with a photo of infamous Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar. The Drug Enforcement Administration said Monday agents found 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of suspected heroin mixed with fentanyl during a search of an apartment in Harlem. They valued the drugs at more than $10 million. Investigators said some of...

New York – Road Closing, Preparations By Police In Baltimore, Brooklyn And Monsey As Skulener Rebbe Begins His Final Journey

April 1, 2019 at 09:34 PM
New York - Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out tomorrow for a pair of funerals in Brooklyn and in Monsey for the Skulener Rebbe, Rabbi Yisroel Avraham Portugal. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2YGnJc5), the Skulener Rebbe passed away tonight in Baltimore following a long illness at the age of 95. The Skulener Rebbe’s final journey has already begun...

New York – The National Council of Young Israel Gala Dinner Was More Like A Jewish Trump Rally

April 1, 2019 at 09:00 PM
New York - Bright red baseball hats emblazoned with white capital letters freckled the room among the crowd who had gathered for the evening. The co-chairman of the Republican National Committee, Tommy Hicks Jr., rose to speak following Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a California congressman and the House minority leader, and ahead of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a two-time Republican...

Washington – Senator Bernie Sanders Against Increasing Number Of Supreme Court Justices

April 1, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Washington - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is against expanding the nine-member Supreme Court, a proposal some liberal activists have advocated to effectively reverse President Donald Trump's appointment of conservative judges. "My worry is that the next time the Republicans are in power they will do the same thing, I think that is not the ultimate solution," Sanders said in response to a...

Spain – In Mallorca, Descendants Of Jews Forced To Hide Their Faith Now Run The Community

April 1, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Spain - Like countless Jewish children in Europe, Toni Pinya was routinely subjected at school to anti-Semitic bullying. Growing up in the 1960s on this island south of Barcelona, Pinya would be beaten up and called “Christ killer” and “dirty Jew” at least once a month, he told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in a recent interview. But unlike most other victims of such abuse, Pinya...

New York – NYC Councilman Yeger Gets Kicked Off Of Immigration Committee

April 1, 2019 at 07:56 PM
New York - Less than a week after a controversial tweet denying the existence of Palestine, City Councilman Kalman Yeger has been removed from his seat on the council’s immigration committee. Yeger’s tweet resulted in a public outcry and The New York Times (https://nyti.ms/2YAs6W2) reported that he was removed from committee after a council leadership meeting that lasted over an hour. ...

Washington – A Comey Candidacy? Nope, Just An April Fool’s Day Joke

April 1, 2019 at 07:29 PM
Washington - No, James Comey isn't running for president after all. Nearly two hours after a tweet and Instagram post seemed to tease a potential candidacy, the former FBI director confirmed that his social media post was simply an April Fool's Day joke. The original post was a photograph of Comey standing in the center of a rural, two-lane road with a caption of, "I'm in. We need someone...

Washington – AP: Trump Considers Adding ‘Immigration Czar’

April 1, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Washington - The Trump administration is considering bringing on a "border" or "immigration czar" to coordinate the president's immigration policies across various federal agencies, according to three people familiar with the discussions. President Donald Trump is weighing two potential candidates for the post: Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Virginia Attorney General...

New York – NY State Poised To Raise Smoking Age From 18 To 21

April 1, 2019 at 06:29 PM
New York - The Democrat-controlled New York Senate passed legislation Monday putting the state a step closer to joining seven others where the legal age for buying cigarettes and electronic cigarettes has been raised from 18 to 21. The state Assembly, also controlled by Democrats, passed its own legislation last month. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo also supports raising the age to 21 for...

Brooklyn, NY – The End Of An Era: Skulener Rebbe, Rabbi Yisroel Avraham Portugal Passes Away

April 1, 2019 at 05:58 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The Skulener Rebbe, Rabbi Yisroel Avraham Portugal, passed away this evening after having been gravely ill for the past several months. He was 95 years old. The Rebbe has been hospitalized in the John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore for nearly two months. Born in 1923 in Moldava to the previous Skulener Rebbe, Rabbi Eliezer Zusia Portugal and his wife Shayna Rochel...

New York – FAA Expects Boeing Update For Troubled Jet ‘In Coming Weeks’

April 1, 2019 at 05:31 PM
New York - U.S. aviation regulators say Boeing needs more time to finish changes in a flight-control system suspected of playing a role in two deadly crashes. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it anticipates Boeing's final software improvements for 737 Max airliners "in the coming weeks." Boeing was expected to complete the work last week, but FAA says the company needs more...

El Paso, Texas – More US Officers May Be Reassigned To Deal With Border Crush

April 1, 2019 at 05:05 PM
El Paso, Texas - As many as 2,000 U.S. inspectors who screen cargo and vehicles at ports of entry along the Mexican border may be reassigned to help handle the surge of Central American families coming across, the Trump administration said Monday. The temporary reassignments, up from the current 750 inspectors, threaten to slow the movement of trucks bringing TVs, medical devices and other...

Washington – Avocado Shortages, Virgin Margaritas: Border Shutdown Would Hit American Palates

April 1, 2019 at 04:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border would hit American consumers - in the gut. From the avocados on avocado toast, to the limes and tequila in margaritas, the United States is heavily reliant on Mexican imports of fruit, vegetables and alcohol to meet consumer demand. Nearly half of all imported U.S. vegetables and 40 percent of imported fruit are...

New York – Manhattan Arts Center, The Shed, Makes Its Debut On Friday

April 1, 2019 at 04:03 PM
New York - A new Manhattan center for the arts is opening to the public on Friday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday at The Shed , which will commission original works of art across all disciplines. The 200,000-square-foot arts center is part of the $25 billion Hudson Yards development. It includes gallery space, a theater, a rehearsal space, a creative lab and an event...

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