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Washington – Dems Block Senate Bill On Israel Boycotts, Citing Shutdown

January 8, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Senate Republicans' first bill of the new Congress was intended to insert the legislative branch into President Donald Trump's Middle East policy — but also to drive a wedge between centrist and liberal Democrats over attitudes toward Israel. The bipartisan package backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had initially drawn widespread support ahead of Tuesday's...

Washington – USDA: Food Stamps Will Be Funded Through February

January 8, 2019 at 11:32 PM
Washington - The Trump administration says benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will be funded through February should the government shutdown continue. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is asking states to issue the February benefits on or before Jan. 20 so that they can be paid to the nearly 40 million Americans in the program. SNAP is...

Jerusalem – Why Were 5 Jewish Teens In Israel Arrested For Terrorism?

January 8, 2019 at 11:00 PM
At least five Jewish teens from a West Bank yeshiva high school are being held in an Israeli jail, accused by the Israel Security Agency of “severe terrorist offenses.” Three of the teens were arrested on Dec. 30 and prevented from meeting with attorneys for a week. Two more boys were arrested at the yeshiva on Saturday and were scheduled to meet with their attorneys on Tuesday for the...

Washington – World Bank Cuts Forecast For World Economic Growth In 2019

January 8, 2019 at 10:35 PM
Washington - The World Bank is downgrading its outlook for the global economy this year, citing rising trade tension, weakening manufacturing activity and growing financial stress in emerging-market countries. In a report titled "Darkening Skies," the anti-poverty agency said Tuesday that it expects the world economy to grow 2.9 percent in 2019, down from the 3 percent it forecast back in...

New York – What’s In A Name? 5G Wireless Claims, But No Real Network

January 8, 2019 at 10:00 PM
New York - 5G E? 5G Plus? 5G Ultrawideband? Will the real 5G please stand up? AT&T has drawn ridicule by relabeling the network used by some of its phones as "5G E" to signal that the next-generation wireless network is here. Problem is, phones capable of connecting to 5G aren't coming for another few months, and a national 5G network won't be deployed until 2020 or 2021. But Verizon, which...

New York – Ex-New York State Senate Leader Starts Prison Term

January 8, 2019 at 09:30 PM
New York - Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos has begun serving his four-year and three-month prison term for a corruption conviction. Skelos, a 70-year-old Republican, reported to the federal prison at Otisville, New York, on Tuesday. The prison has a medium security facility and an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp. His son, Adam, reported to the federal prison in...

Washington – House Speaker Pelosi Accuses Trump Of ‘manufacturing A Crisis’ At Border, Calls On Him To ‘re-open The Government’

January 8, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Washington - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the president has "chosen fear" in making the case to the American people for the border wall and Democrats "want to start with the facts." Pelosi said Tuesday night in a rebuttal to President Donald Trump's Oval Office address that "we all agree that we need to secure our borders." She noted that the House passed legislation to reopen government...

Washington – Trump Makes Pitch For Border Wall Funding In Televised Address

January 8, 2019 at 09:16 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump made a televised plea for border wall funding Tuesday night, seeking an edge in the shutdown battle with congressional Democrats as he declared there is "a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul." Addressing the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued for funding on security and humanitarian grounds as he...

New York – U.S. Judge Rejects Early Release For Madoff Ex-secretary

January 8, 2019 at 09:00 PM
New York - A federal judge has rejected a request by imprisoned swindler Bernard Madoff's longtime secretary to be released early from prison because of her age, and suggested she ask the Federal Bureau of Prisons for permission to move to home confinement. In an order on Monday, U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in Manhattan said Annette Bongiorno, 70, is eligible for home confinement on...

Jerusalem – Mobileye Leads Israeli Charge Into China’s Autonomous Car Market

January 8, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israel-based Mobileye, which makes technology for autonomous driving, said on Tuesday it was expanding its business in China with two new partnerships, paving the way for smaller Israeli competitors that could benefit from U.S.-Sino trade tensions. Mobileye, bought by Intel in 2017 for $15 billion, has been making inroads in China, the world's biggest auto market where self-driving...

Cleveland Heights, OH – Lessie Brown, Oldest Person In The US, Dies At 114

January 8, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Cleveland Heights, OH - Lessie Brown, a 114-year-old Ohio woman who was believed to be the oldest person in the United States, died Tuesday, her grandson said. Brown, who had been living with one of her daughters, died at the home in Cleveland Heights, according to Ronald Wilson. Brown said in 2013 it was God's will that she had lived so long. Others in her family attributed her long life...

Tallahassee, FL – Republican DeSantis Sworn In As Florida’s New Governor

January 8, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Tallahassee, FL - Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis was sworn in as Florida's new governor on Tuesday with promises to keep taxes low and to make education and the environment a priority. In a speech filled with naval references, the former Navy officer also promised to be tough on illegal immigration and to appoint Supreme Court justices who won't "legislate from the...

Forth Worth, TX – Texas County Republicans To Vote On Muslim Vice Chair Ouster

January 8, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Forth Worth, TX - Republicans in one of the most populous counties in Texas will decide this week if they should remove a party vice chairman who is Muslim following allegations he has denied that suggest he prefers Islamic over U.S. law and opposes the GOP's pro-Israel stance. Infighting over Shahid Shafi has deterred some potential donors from giving to the Tarrant County Republican Party's...

Chicago – Sears Reaches 11th Hour Deal To Stay In Business

January 8, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Chicago - Sears received another lifeline Tuesday when the company's chairman and largest shareholder promised to line up the necessary financing to keep the struggling department store chain afloat. The reprieve came after what Sears lawyers described to a bankruptcy judge in New York as "round-the-clock" negotiations following the company board's initial rejection of Eddie Lampert's...

Washington – Trump’s AG Pick Has Argued Presidents Have Robust Powers

January 8, 2019 at 06:02 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, once advised that a president didn't need Congress' permission to attack Iraq, that the U.S. could arrest a foreign dictator and capture suspects abroad without that country's permission. It's an expansive view of presidential power and an unsettling one for Democrats as the Senate holds a confirmation hearing...

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