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Washington – Survey: American Companies Worry US-Chinese Ties Will Worsen

February 26, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Washington - American companies want President Donald Trump's negotiations with Beijing to win them real improvements in their access to Chinese markets, not just a smaller overall U.S. trade deficit, a business group said Tuesday. Companies that responded to a questionnaire last week want an end to Chinese pressure to hand over technology, unequal enforcement of laws and other chronic...

Washington – Can A Sitting U.S. President Face Criminal Charges?

February 26, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - The U.S. Constitution explains how a president can be removed from office for "high crimes and misdemeanors" by Congress using the impeachment process. But the Constitution is silent on whether a president can face criminal prosecution in court, and the U.S. Supreme Court has not directly addressed the question. The question looms large with Special Counsel Robert Mueller...

Jerusalem – US Awards Israeli Knesset For Employment Of Disabled Persons

February 26, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Jerusalem - A special delegation from the US presented Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein with the Champion of the People Award for his efforts to integrate persons with disabilities and special needs into society, and specifically for the Knesset’s emphasis on employing disabled persons. “This is a great honor for me,” Edelstein said during the ceremony on Monday. Some 30 people, or 5...

Washington – Leaders Of ’9/11 Commission’ Recommend New U.S. Approach To Extremism

February 26, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Leaders of the commission that recommended changes in U.S. counterterrorism strategy after the Sept. 11 attacks called on Tuesday for another shift, saying the country still falls short in preventing, rather than striking back at, extremism. "The hope is that if we do this right, the military will always be the last resort, rather than the first resort," Thomas Kean, co-chairman...

Westbury, NY – 3 People Killed In Manhattan Bound Train-vehicle Collision On Long Island

February 26, 2019 at 09:34 PM
Westbury, NY - Authorities say three people were killed when their vehicle was struck by Manhattan-bound commuter train on Long Island. Nassau County police say the vehicle was "trying to beat the gate" when it was struck at an intersection in Westbury just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say all occupants in the vehicle were killed. Several passengers on the train also suffered minor...

Jerusalem – Israel Ranked 10th Healthiest Country In The World

February 26, 2019 at 09:28 PM
Jerusalem - Israel is the 10th healthiest country in the world — 54 spots ahead of the United States. The Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, published Sunday, ranked 169 nations based on factors such as life expectancy and access to sanitation and medical care. Countries were penalized for tobacco use and obesity, among other health risks. Unsurprisingly, the Mediterranean diet —...

New York – Jumaane Williams Wins NYC Public Advocate In Special Election

February 26, 2019 at 09:27 PM
New York - Democratic City Council member Jumaane Williams won a special election Tuesday to serve as New York City's public advocate, a position that holds little authority but offers access to a bully pulpit that can be used to scold more powerful officeholders. Williams defeated 16 other candidates to fill a vacancy created by former Public Advocate Letitia James' victory in the race for...

Jerusalem – Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein Raised Millions In Christian Donations For Israel. Now The Late Activist’s Daughter Steps Into His Shoes.

February 26, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - Most of Yael Eckstein’s neighbors didn’t know that her father was the head of one of the largest charities supporting Jews in Israel and around the world until he died earlier this month. Many of them still don’t think that is important. That’s OK with her: She doesn’t thrive on publicity like he did. Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International...

Jerusalem – Israeli Navy To Be Equipped With Worlds Most Advanced 3D Radar

February 26, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's provider of defense products ELTA Systems was awarded a contract to supply the Israel Navy four of the world’s most advanced radar systems for the new Sa’ar 6 warships, the company announced Tuesday. The ELM-2248 MF-STARs multi-function digital radar systems produced by ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, are based on the latest Active...

New York – New York Prosecutor Bristles At Suggestion He’s A Trump Ally

February 26, 2019 at 08:02 PM
New York - When Geoffrey S. Berman became the top federal prosecutor in New York, some skeptics worried he would be President Donald Trump's puppet. A year later, the Trump camp is suggesting he is part of the crowd that is out to "get" the president. Berman is a Republican who contributed to the president's election campaign, worked for the same law firm as Trump attorney Rudolph Giuliani and...

Delaware – Joe Biden: ‘Don’t Be Surprised’ If I Run For President

February 26, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Delaware - Former Vice President Joe Biden strongly signaled Tuesday that he could soon launch a campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination. "I haven't made the final decision," he said, "but don't be surprised." During an appearance at the University of Delaware, Biden still gave himself room to decide against a run. But his comments offered the most expansive insight into his thinking...

Washington – U.S. House Democrats Introduce Sweeping ‘Medicare For All’ Bill

February 26, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled an ambitious proposal on Tuesday to move all Americans into the government's Medicare health insurance program, tapping into public frustration over the rising cost of healthcare that has become a key issue for the party as it seeks to gain control of Congress and the White House in 2020. The bill, unveiled by Democratic...

Washington – House Blocks Trump’s Emergency Declaration

February 26, 2019 at 06:43 PM
Washington -Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump's bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall, escalating a clash over whether he was abusing his powers to advance his paramount campaign pledge. The House's 245-182 vote to block Trump's national emergency declaration throws the political hot potato...

Jerusalem – Israel University Head Questions Government Boycott Strategy

February 26, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Jerusalem - The chairman of Israel's association of university heads says he thinks the government is mishandling its battle against the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel. Ron Robin, president of the University of Haifa, said Tuesday that Israeli universities have felt pressure from the boycott movement, usually through what he called a "grey" boycott in which overseas colleagues...

Brasília – Brazil Ministry To Schools: Recite Bolsonaro Slogan

February 26, 2019 at 05:18 PM
Brasília - Brazil's Ministry of Education touched off an uproar Tuesday by instructing school administrators to read a declaration to students ending with a campaign slogan used by President Jair Bolsonaro during last year's campaign. Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who was elected in October, used the slogan "Brazil above everything, God above everyone." In the instructions...

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