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Birmingham , AL – Angela Davis Lost Award Due To Local Jewish Presssure, Says Birmingham Mayor

January 7, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Birmingham , AL - The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, said that a civil rights institute withdrew an award for activist Angela Davis due to pressure from the Jewish community. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute said in a statement posted on its website over the weekend that it was no longer giving Davis the human rights award. The group said that “supporters and other concerned...

New York – What Is, Isn’t Available For Businesses During Govt Shutdown

January 7, 2019 at 11:01 PM
New York - Small business owners are increasingly feeling the impact of the partial government shutdown that's in its 17th day. Agencies including the Small Business Administration and the IRS are not providing information and services, although the SBA's disaster loan operations are at work. A look at what is and isn't available for businesses: SBA LOANS AND CERTIFICATIONS The SBA isn't...

Washington – U.S., China Can Reach Trade Deal ‘we Can Live With’: U.S. Commerce Secretary

January 7, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Washington - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross predicted on Monday that Beijing and Washington could reach a trade deal that "we can live with" as dozens of officials from the world's two largest economies resumed talks in a bid to end their trade dispute. Ross told CNBC the immediate trade issues would be easiest to tackle while enforcement issues and structural reforms, such as...

Norfolk, VA – Port: Largest Shipping Cranes To Operate In US Have Arrived

January 7, 2019 at 10:27 PM
Norfolk, VA - What are said to be the largest cranes to operate at a U.S. commercial port arrived Monday in Virginia, marking the latest effort to accommodate the increasingly mammoth container ships that underpin international trade. Standing 170 feet (52 meters) tall, the Chinese-made gantry cranes towered over the ship that carried them through the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Officials...

Washington – House Committee Queries Airport Staffing During Shutdown

January 7, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - The chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security committee has asked the Trump administration how it is ensuring adequate staff at airports as some transportation employees fail to show up for work due to a partial U.S. government shutdown. Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat, also asked the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the exact number of employees who...

Yangon, Myanmar – In Repressive Myanmar, A Tiny Jewish Community Hangs On To The Past

January 7, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Yangon, Myanmar -There was a Hanukkah party last month in this capital city and enough guests — over 200 — to surprise an uninvited tourist. “They’re no Jews here anymore,” the tourist proclaims, confused about the celebration at Yangon’s regal Chatrium Hotel. “Yes there are,” replies Ari Solomon, a guest from Australia. “No, they said there are 10 families,” the...

Jerusalem – The Wisdom Behind Israel’s Crazy Multi-party System

January 7, 2019 at 09:04 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli politics looks like a big mess right now. In the past few weeks, three new parties have been launched and one party has kicked out a former partner. More changes are likely, too. It probably will get messier still if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is indicted before national elections are held on April 9. The latest polls show 12 to 14 parties entering the new Knesset...

San Francisco – A Jewish Cafe Owner In San Francisco Deals With Weekly Protests Over His ‘Zionist Ideals’

January 7, 2019 at 09:00 PM
San Francisco - Manny Yekutiel opened his eponymous Manny’s in November, calling the Middle Eastern cafe and restaurant in downtown San Francisco a “civic social gathering space.” His goal for the Mission District eatery was “to create a central, accessible and affordable place to go to become a better informed and more involved citizen,” he told the San Francisco Examiner. Manny’s...

Tel Aviv – Man Permitted To Marry Second Wife After First Wife Absconds With Child

January 7, 2019 at 08:27 PM
Tel Aviv - The Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court gave permission to a man to marry a second wife after his first wife absconded with their child several years ago, refused to consent to a divorce and refuses to return to Israel. The couple in question married eight years ago. A year and a half after they were married the husband was involved in a serious road accident and was critically injured and...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Asks Twitter Followers: Help Me Make Bribery Jokes

January 7, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked his followers on social media Monday night to help him come up with one-line jokes about bribes and the police. Netanyahu posted a form on Twitter with the line: Bribery without money is like ____, asking followers to fill in the blank. Some came up with creative ideas. In reference to the power-duo of Israeli television Rotem...

New York – Appeals Court: Politicians Cannot Block Social Media Foes

January 7, 2019 at 07:29 PM
New York - A federal appeals court said on Monday a Virginia politician violated the Constitution by temporarily blocking a critic from her Facebook page, a decision that could affect President Donald Trump's appeal from a similar ruling in New York. In a 3-0 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Phyllis Randall, chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, violated the...

Washington – White House Says Tax Refunds Will Go Out On Time

January 7, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Washington - A Trump administration official says that tax refunds will go out on time during the partial government shutdown. With the shutdown in its third week there had been mounting concerns over an IRS delay in sending refunds. But Russell Vought, acting director of the White House budget office, says customary rules will be changed to make funding available to pay them. He told...

Albany, NY – State Lawmakers Again Trying To Remove Trump Name From Park

January 7, 2019 at 06:33 PM
Albany, NY - Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled New York Legislature are making another attempt to have President Donald Trump's name removed from a defunct state park. Sen. Brad Hoylman, of Manhattan, and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, of Queens, have introduced legislation that would allow the state parks commissioner to give Donald J. Trump State Park a different name. In 2006, Trump...

Belgium – Belgian Ban On Kosher Slaughter Has Jews Worried About What Comes Next

January 7, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Belgium - Antwerp’s Jewish community was still recovering from its Holocaust-era devastation when Wim van den Brande’s grandfather opened one of Europe’s largest kosher slaughterhouses. Since its establishment in 1966, the Kosher Poultry factory grew together with the local Jewish community, which numbered only a few thousand people after Nazis and their collaborators murdered most of...

Washington – Judge Rips Attorney As ‘Unprofessional’ In Russia Probe Case

January 7, 2019 at 05:26 PM
Washington - A federal judge on Monday reprimanded an attorney for a Russian company accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election, saying his references to Looney Tunes and "Animal House" in recent court filings are inappropriate. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich confronted attorney Eric Dubelier after his most recent court filing included quotes from the raunchy 1978 comedy...

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