Most Democrats now identify as liberal rather than moderate or conservative, a Gallup poll released Tuesday found, marking the first time since the polling giant began asking the question in the 1990s. Monday’s poll found that 51 percent of Democrats self-identified as liberal in 2018, up slightly from 50 percent in 2017. The percentage of liberals has sharply climbed in recent years, Gallup noted, with 38 percent identifying as liberal in 2008. Roughly a third of Democrats — 34 percent — identified as moderates in 2018, according to the new poll. Read more at The Hill.
New York - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that if he runs for president, he’ll pay for it himself, defending candidates who use personal riches to bankroll campaigns. Bloomberg’s comments to reporters in Texas on Friday follow a jab from another top 2020 contender. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently decried the Democratic presidential nomination becoming “one more plaything that billionaires can buy.” But Bloomberg says his riches insulate him from having to curry favor with special interests. “I ran three times. I used only my own money so I didn’t have to ask anybody what they wanted in return for a contribution,” Bloomberg said. “And, if I ran again, I would do the same thing. I think not having to adjust what yo...
The Ministry of Health today announced to the public today about a possible exposure to a measles-suffering baby who was on bus routes along with many other passengers. The toddler who traveled on public transportation last Saturday night on two bus routes loaded with passengers. The baby stayed on the following bus lines: Line 68 from Bar Ilan Street in Yerushalayim to the city’s central bus station, at 20:00; Line 959 from Yerushalayim to Tiverya at 9:00 PM. “Passengers who were born in 1957 and thereafter and are not vaccinated in two doses against measles,” the secretary of the Ministry of Health, “are invited to contact the Health Bureau closest to their place of residence in order to determine the need for a vaccination.” As reported on Kikar Shabbos...
Public attention about 5G has been focused on the plans of telecom companies to install millions of small cell towers on electric utility poles, on public buildings and schools, on bus stop shelters, in public parks, and anywhere they want in national parks and on federally owned land. In local urban communities there would be a cell tower approximately every 500 feet along every street. As bad as these small cell towers might seem from the standpoint of constant exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation in close proximity to the source, perhaps an even more alarming prospect will be the beaming of millimeter length microwaves at the earth from thousands of new communication satellites. The FCC gave approval to SpaceX on March 29, 2018, to launch 4,425 satellites into low orbit around ...
An Arab terror cell responsible for a shooting attack on an Israeli town south of Jerusalem last Saturday has been captured, the Israeli army revealed Friday morning. Last Shabbos, terrorists from the cell opened fire on the Israeli town of Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. The terrorists had climbed onto the roof of a building in the village of Beit Fajjar south of Bethlehem and fired at homes in the nearby town of Migdal Oz. No injuries or damage was reported in the attack. According to an IDF spokesperson Friday, Israeli security personnel – including soldiers from the IDF’s Etzion Brigade, Israel Police officers, and Shin Bet internal security agency personnel – conducted an investigation of the attack over the past week, culminating in the arrest of the cell members. Rea...
Albany, NY - The campaign of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been fined $1,500 for not having the required workers’ compensation for a month last year. A spokeswoman for the New York state Workers’ Compensation Board, Melissa Stewart, said Friday that Ocasio-Cortez’s Democratic campaign lacked coverage from March 31 to April 30. She says the fine, first reported by the New York Daily News, has been paid. Stewart says the coverage is “vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries.” The 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist, made bettering the lives of working people and the poor in her Queens-Bronx district a key component of her successful campaign to upset longtime incumbent Joseph Crowley in the 2018 Democratic primar...
A Palestinian woman was killed and an IDF soldier lightly wounded during violent protests along the Gaza border friday as thousands of Palestinians gathered for weekly protests.According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, a Palestinian woman identified as 43 year-old Amal Mustafa Taramsi was killed after she was shot in the head by IDF troops east of Gaza City. Another 25 were injured, including a journalist and several medics when an ambulance was hit by a gas bomb. The military said some 13,000 Palestinians participated in the riots along the security fence,  burning tires, throwing rocks, as well as throwing fire bombs and hand-grenades towards troops and trying to breach the security fence. According to the military three Palestinians were able t...
Boston - A rare copper penny that a Massachusetts man found in his lunch money more than 70 years ago has been sold at an auction for more than $200,000. The 1943 penny is one of 20 that were accidentally minted when the federal government was trying to conserve copper for World War II. Heritage Auctions says Don Lutes Jr., of Pittsfield, was 16 when he found the coin in change he received at his school cafeteria in 1947. Auction officials say the coin sold for $204,000 in Orlando, Florida Thursday. Winning bidder Tom Caldwell, of Concord, says he plans to display the coin at various coin shows. All proceeds of the sale will go toward the Pittsfield Public Library, where auction officials say Lutes often visited before his death in September.
Detroit - Beer drinkers can’t claim blissful ignorance for much longer. Starting next month, packages of Bud Light will have prominent labels showing the beer’s calories and ingredients as well as the amount of fat, carbohydrates and protein in a serving. Bud Light is likely the first of many to make the move. The labels aren’t legally required, but major beer makers agreed in 2016 to voluntarily disclose nutrition facts on their products by 2020. Many brands, including Corona Light, Guinness, Heineken and Coors Light, already have calories and other nutrition information on their bottles or packaging. But it’s in small type, or hidden on the bottom of the six-pack, and ingredients aren’t listed. Bud Light went with a big, black-and-white label, similar to...
Parshas Bo/ Baltimore Zmanim / Eruv is UP!   Baltimore, MD – Jan. 11, 2019 Parshas: Bo Today:    5 Shevat Chatzos: 12:15 PM Hadlakas Nairos: 4:45 PM Shkiah:                   5:03:15 PM Tzais HaKochavim:  5:54 PM   Kiddush Levanah: Jan. 9, 3:52 AM – Jan. 20 10:14 PM
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will miss next week’s oral arguments, but her recovery from surgery remains “on track,” the Supreme Court said in a statement Friday. "Justice Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week and will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments. Her recovery from surgery is on track. Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required," Kathy Arberg, the Supreme Court public information officer, said in the statement. Read more at FOX News
Flu seasons have been particularly severe in recent years and this one in no different. An estimated 6.2 million to 7.3 million people in the United States have been sick with the flu since October, federal health officials said Friday. At least half of those people have sought medical care for their illness and 69,000 to 84,000 people have been hospitalized during the Oct. 1 to Jan. 5 period, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated. This is the first time the CDC has provided such flu estimates for the 2018-2019 season. The estimates are extrapolated from data from about 27 million people, or about 8.5 percent of the U.S. population, federal health officials said. The CDC wouldn't provide data on how many people have died from flu-like illness so far this sea...
The White House has begun laying the groundwork for a declaration of national emergency to build President Donald Trump’s border wall, a move certain to set off a firestorm of opposition in Congress and the courts but one that could pave the way for an end to the three-week government shutdown. The administration is eyeing unused money in the Army Corps of Engineers budget, specifically a disaster spending bill passed by Congress last year that includes $13.9 billion that has been allocated but not actually spent for civil works projects, two people with knowledge of the developments said Thursday. Trump has urged the Army Corps to determine how fast contracts could be signed and whether construction could begin within 45 days, according to one of the people who spoke on the condit...
The largest education union in the United Kingdom backtracked on a pledge to boycott advertisements from Israeli companies, with its co-head confirming on Wednesday that the statement was “made in error.” The clarification came after criticism of a statement made by the National Education Union (NEU) — which claims more than 500,000 members — in the January/February 2019 issue of its magazine, which responded to a concern raised by a subscriber identified as Ian R K Davies from Edinburgh, who said he was pleased to read that the Trades Union Congress endorsed a motion in September “in favour of Palestinian citizens of Israel and of Palestinian refugees” in the previous edition. The measure was passed without opposition, with dozens of audience members ...
Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang is vowing to pay every American citizen between the ages of 18 and 64 a $1,000 check once a month if he is elected in 2020. Yang, who is running his presidential campaign largely around the idea of universal basic income, already launched a pilot program for free cash payments known as the Freedom Dividend, CNBC reported on Wednesday. For the program, Yang selected a family in Goffstown, New Hampshire, who he says will be receiving $12,000 in free cash for the year. To fund a larger-scale version of his plan that would cover all Americans, Yang told CNBC he plans to impose value-added tax of 10 percent on the goods and services that a company produces once he is elected. The move could reportedly raise anywhere between $500 billion-$1 trillio...
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Thursday US sanctions against his country were “fully illegal” and Tehran would not comply with them. “We believe that we should not comply with the illegal sanctions against Iran,” Zanganeh told a joint news conference in Baghdad with his Iraqi counterpart, Thamer al-Ghadhban. Zanganeh also said Iran would not discuss the volume or destination of its oil exports while it remained under US sanctions. “We have discussed today how to improve cooperation with Iraq on different aspects, especially on oil issues,” Zanganeh said. Ghadhban, who also said the discussions had touched on energy issues, added that Iraq had not yet reached an agreement with Iran to develop joint oilfields. He said a decline in global ...
Israel, the “Startup Nation,” raised a whopping $6.47 billion in 623 technology deals in 2018, according to a new report by IVC Research Center. Data shows that $4.1 billion of the funds were raised by 100 firms in deals exceeding $20 million apiece, with 538 firms raising funds below $5 million each. The tech sector earned 950 million more than in 2017, when 661 deals yielded $5.52 billion, and $1.37 billion more than in 2016. Since 2013, annual high-tech funding has risen by approximately 120 percent. According to the report, the number of deals below $5 million continued to increase, while deals over $20 million continued to grow, representing some 63 percent of funds raised in 2018. Of the 2018 deals, $4.7 billions-worth were backed by venture capitalists. The five bi...
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s early, but officials say the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter’s unusually brutal one. In most parts of the country right now, the flu strain causing the most illness is a somewhat milder virus. It tends not to cause as many hospitalizations and deaths as the kind of flu that dominated a year ago. Flu vaccines also work better against it. Flu usually takes off after Christmas and peaks around February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported the latest flu numbers. Last week, flu was reported to be widespread in 30 states, up from 24 the week before.
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man is jailed in the deaths of a Wisconsin couple he killed because he wanted to kidnap their teenage daughter, investigators said Friday, a day after the girl approached a stranger along a rural road saying she'd been abducted in October and held against her will. Jake Thomas Patterson was taken into custody shortly after 13-year-old Jayme Closs sought help from a woman walking her dog in a rural, heavily wooded neighborhood near the small town of Gordon, about 60 miles (96.5 kilometers) north of Barron. Jayme disappeared from her family's Barron home when her parents were killed Oct. 15. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said during a news conference Friday that Jayme was taken against her will. He said investigators believe Patter...
Los Angeles - Apple Inc plans to launch three iPhone models this year with some new camera features, including three rear cameras for the most expensive model and two for the other models, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The new iPhones will succeed the XR model that has shown sluggish demand, which according to Apple was due to weak sales in China. That led several electronics retailers in the world’s second largest economy to slash iPhone prices this week. Apple was not available for comment outside regular business hours. The Cupertino, California-based company has decided to stick to liquid-crystal display (LCD) at a time when sluggish sales of iPhone XR cut into its most recent revenue projection, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter. Last wee...
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