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New York – Off The Charts: More Blowout Earnings. What Comes Next?

January 10, 2019 at 11:35 PM
New York - Forget about "What have you done for me lately?" The big question investors will be asking companies this upcoming earnings season is: What will you do next? Companies are lining up to tell investors how much they made during the last three months of 2018, and the reports get going in earnest this upcoming week with Citigroup and a slew of other banks on deck. Expectations are high...

Paris – Anti-Semitism Among Yellow Vest Protesters Demoralizes France’s Jews

January 10, 2019 at 10:03 PM
Paris - Four years ago, a heartbroken Bernard-Henri Levy found some solace in how more than a million Frenchmen marched through this city to protest extremism. The Republican March, as it is known, took place on Jan. 11, 2015, amid national mourning after Islamists gunned down 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and, two days later, four people at a HyperCacher kosher store. The...

Washington – Group Representing FBI Agents Warns Of Harm From Shutdown

January 10, 2019 at 09:27 PM
Washington - The association that represents thousands of FBI agents warned Thursday that a partial government shutdown could cause laboratory delays, reduce money for investigations and make it harder to recruit and retain agents. The FBI Agents Association sent a petition to the White House and congressional leaders encouraging them to fund the FBI immediately. Friday will be the first day...

Jerusalem – Israeli Singer: I Won’t Violate Shabbat To Appear At Eurovision

January 10, 2019 at 09:02 PM
Jerusalem - Amer Adam, the most popular current recording artist in Israel, said that he turned down an offer to appear at the Eurovision this year since it would involve working on Shabbat. Adam’s PR manager told The Jerusalem Post in a statement on Thursday that he was unable to accept the offer from KAN, Israel’s public broadcaster, which is organizing the event. “Omer Adam...

Washington – A Jewish Worker Affected By The Shutdown Wonders: How Will I Pay My Bills?

January 10, 2019 at 08:34 PM
Washington - Ben, a Jewish federal employee based in the greater Washington, D.C., area, is worried about how he will pay for his day-to-day expenses. A financial specialist at the Transportation Security Administration, he hasn’t been working since Dec. 22, when the government shut down. Ben worries about “even the most basic things,” he told JTA on Thursday. Where you’re gonna...

Washington – Sen. Gillibrand Eyes Troy, New York, For 2020 Campaign Base

January 10, 2019 at 08:02 PM
Washington - Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is looking at basing a potential 2020 presidential campaign in Troy, New York, a small upstate city on the banks of the Hudson River, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions. The search for a headquarters is the strongest signal yet that the New York senator will soon enter a presidential race that could ultimately draw dozens...

Washington – ‘We Want Our Pay!’ Furloughed U.S. Workers Shout At White House

January 10, 2019 at 07:32 PM
Washington - Hundreds of furloughed federal employees chanting "We want our pay!" marched on the White House on Thursday, the 20th day of a partial government shutdown over U.S. President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding. "Stop the shutdown!" protesters shouted in the bitter cold at the union-organized demonstration that started at the AFL-CIO headquarters and ended in front of...

Washington – Powell Repeats Pledge To Remain ‘Patient’ With Rate Hikes

January 10, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the central bank has the ability to be "patient" in determining when to hike interest rates. Speaking to an audience in Washington, Powell delivered the same reassuring message of restraint and flexibility that bolstered markets last Friday. Before those comments, investors had been sending stocks lower out of fears that...

Mcallen, TX – At The Border, Trump Moves Closer To Emergency Declaration (Photos)

January 10, 2019 at 06:40 PM
Mcallen, TX - Taking the shutdown fight to the Mexican border, President Donald Trump edged closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an extraordinary end run around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall. Pressure was mounting to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, cutting scattered services and leaving hundreds of...

Seattle – Investors Question Amazon’s Future After Bezos Announces Divorce

January 10, 2019 at 06:04 PM
Seattle - Amazon.com Inc shares see-sawed on Thursday as investors questioned how the impending divorce of company founder Jeff Bezos would affect his control of the most valuable company on Wall Street and its ambitious expansion plans. Bezos, whom Forbes lists at the world's richest person with an estimated $136.2 billion, said via Twitter on Wednesday that he and his wife of 25 years...

New York – Chasidic Father And Son Learning Talmud Prominently Featured In NYC Mayor’s State Of The City Address

January 10, 2019 at 05:55 PM
New York - One day after announcing a new initiative intended to provide city residents with additional paid days off so that they can spend more time with their loved ones, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address opened with a narrative delivered by a Chasidic man from Borough Park and footage of him learning Talmud with his 12 year old son. The nearly six minute long video was...

Las Vegas – Robots Walk, Talk, Brew Beer And Take Over CES Tech Show

January 10, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Las Vegas - Robots that walk, talk, pour beer and play pingpong have taken over the CES gadget show in Las Vegas again. Just don't expect to find one in your home any time soon. Most home robot ventures have failed, in part because they're so difficult and expensive to design to a level of intelligence that consumers will find useful, says Bilal Zuberi, a robotics-oriented venture capitalist...

Washington – Cohen To Give Congress Account Of Trump Dealings Before Going To Prison

January 10, 2019 at 04:31 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve as the opening salvo in a promised Democratic effort to greater scrutinize President Donald Trump, his conflicts of interest and his ties to Russia. The House Oversight and Reform Committee announced Thursday that Cohen will testify before...

Washington – Sanders Apologizes After New Harassment Allegation Surfaces

January 10, 2019 at 04:02 PM
Washington - Sen. Bernie Sanders is apologizing to women who've shared experiences of harassment by male supervisors while working on his 2016 presidential campaign. The Vermont independent says alleged misconduct by male aides "was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about." He says rhetoric about "ending sexism and ending all...

Seattle – Seattle TV Editor Fired After Trump Video Appears Altered

January 10, 2019 at 03:32 PM
Seattle - A Seattle TV station has fired an editor after airing video footage of President Donald Trump's Oval Office address on immigration that appears to be altered. The Seattle Times reports that FOX affiliate Q13 broadcasted video from the Tuesday night speech that showed a more orange-toned Trump with his tongue hanging out languidly of his mouth after making a statement. The video's...

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