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Washington – U.S. Judge Strikes Down Trump Administration Rule Requiring Drug Prices In TV Ads

July 8, 2019 at 10:50 PM
Washington - A federal judge on Monday dealt a blow to the Trump administration by striking down a new rule that would have forced pharmaceutical companies to include the wholesale prices of their drugs in television advertising. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington sided with drugmakers Merck & Co Inc, Eli Lilly and Co and Amgen Inc by halting the U.S. Department of Health and Human...

Washington – Pelosi Says Trump Wants To Make US ‘white Again’

July 8, 2019 at 10:08 PM
Washington - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump wants to add a citizenship question to next year's Census because he wants to "make America white again." The California Democrat says the administration is battling in federal court to insert the question because it would have a chilling effect on who responds. Census Bureau experts and critics of the question say it would...

Boca Raton, FL – Florida High School Removes Principal Who Said He Needed To Be Neutral On Whether The Holocaust Happened

July 8, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Boca Raton, FL - A high school in Boca Raton, Florida, removed a principal who told a parent that he needed to remain neutral on whether or not the Holocaust occurred. The Palm Beach County School District said in a statement Monday that it was aware of remarks made by William Latson in 2018 and had instructed him to expand Holocaust curriculum at Spanish River Community High School and spend...

Washington – Trump Ramping Up Criticisms Of Fox, Usually A Friendly Venue

July 8, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Washington - During a live segment on a cable news network, from a sports bar in France where patrons were celebrating the United States women's World Cup Championship, a profane chant about President Donald Trump broke out. The First Viewer was not pleased. But the object of his ire was not CNN or MSNBC. It was his favorite outlet, Fox News Channel, and the president issued a not-so-veiled...

Washington – Top Trump Negotiator: US Still Regards Abbas As A Peace Plan Partner

July 8, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump’s top peace negotiator said the as yet unveiled U.S. Middle East peace plan includes the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, as well as Hamas. “Our plan right now is with President Abbas,” Jason Greenblatt said Monday at the annual Washington, D.C., summit of the Christians United for Israel group. “We’re not looking for any...

Jerusalem – Amazon’s Fleet Expansion A Boost For Israel Aerospace

July 8, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - Amazon's aircraft fleet expansion is proving a boon for Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). IAI, which also produces drones and satellites, has emerged since 2015 as the leader in converting Amazon's growing fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft. IAI workers, pictured above, have converted about 80% of Amazon's fleet of around 40 aircraft from passenger to cargo use, according to the...

Egypt – One Of The Last Jewish Women In Egypt Matriarch Marcelle Haroun Dies At 93

July 8, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Cairo, Egypt - Marcelle Haroun, mother of the current president of Cairo’s Jewish community, has died at the age of 93. Her death, announced on Saturday, leaves five Jews known to be living in Cairo, Watani International reported. The five remaining are her daughter, Magda, and four granddaughters. The AFP news service reported in March 2017 that there were also 12 Jews living in the coastal...

New York – Opinion: New York’s New Rental Protections Won’t End The Outside Influence Of Big Developers Who Pay The City’s Bills

July 8, 2019 at 07:00 PM
New York - New York has passed sweeping new laws that will close some legal loopholes that allowed the city’s 1 million rent-stabilized apartments to be deregulated and tenant protections bypassed. State lawmakers are calling the legislation “the strongest tenant protections” in the history of the city, which is fabled for its cutthroat housing market. I’m a scholar who studies...

Tehran – Iranian Official Says Its Athletes Won’t Compete Against Israelis

July 8, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Tehran - Iranian athletes will not compete against Israeli athletes in international competition, the head of Iran’s national Olympic committee said. The statement comes ahead of the Judo World Championships in August. In May, the International Judo Federation said it had reached an agreement with Iran to end its athletes’ boycott of Israelis in competitions. Under the agreement...

Edgefield, SC – Barr: Mueller’s Hill Testimony Will Be ‘Public Spectacle’

July 8, 2019 at 06:02 PM
Edgefield, SC - Attorney General William Barr on Monday accused Democrats of trying to create a "public spectacle" by subpoenaing Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress about the Russia investigation. In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Justice Department would support Mueller if he decides he "doesn't want to subject himself" to congressional testimony...

Washington – Cabinet Of Curiosities: 15,000 Ink Samples At Secret Service

July 8, 2019 at 05:30 PM
Washington - In a cabinet inside a modest laboratory in downtown Washington are rows and rows of ink samples in plastic squeeze bottles and small glass jars. To the untrained eye, it's just a bunch of blackish liquid with strange names like "moldy sponge" or "green grass." But to the U.S. Secret Service agents who use the samples, they are the clues that could save the president from an...

Washington – Vice President Mike Pence Calls It ‘Slander’ To Compare ICE Facilities To Concentration Camps

July 8, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Washington - Addressing a packed crowd at the Christians United for Israel convention, Vice President Pence condemned Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for comparing ICE detention facilities to concentration camps. After describing being moved by a visit of his own to Auschwitz-Birkenau with his wife Karen, Pence lambasted the politicization of the legacy of the Holocaust. “We must never...

Philadelphia – US Customs Seizes Ship Where Huge Cocaine Load Was Found

July 8, 2019 at 04:30 PM
Philadelphia - U.S. Customs authorities have seized a cargo ship where agents discovered nearly 40,000 pounds, or almost 18,000 kilograms, of cocaine when the vessel arrived in Philadelphia last month, U.S. Attorney William McSwain announced Monday. Customs and Border Protection officials obtained a warrant Thursday and seized the MSC Gayane, owned by Swiss firm Mediterranean Shipping Company...

Washington – Eric Swalwell Says He’s Ending His 2020 Presidential Bid

July 8, 2019 at 04:19 PM
Washington - U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California is ending his presidential bid, becoming the first candidate in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary to exit the campaign. Swalwell announced his decision Monday. He had signaled that he would consider bowing out of the presidential race if he was in danger of missing the cutoff for the next nationally televised Democratic debate, which is...

Washington – Trump Attacks British Ambassador, Takes Swipe At UK PM May

July 8, 2019 at 03:55 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he "will no longer deal" with the British ambassador to the United States, after a weekend news report that the UK diplomat had described Trump’s administration as dysfunctional, clumsy and inept. "I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him," Trump said in a...

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