Berlin - German authorities say a U.S. Army employee killed a suspected robber during an attempted home invasion in western Germany. The 43-year-old suspected burglar, who wasn’t named, was among four men who tried to force their way into an American family’s home in the town of Landstuhl on Sunday. Prosecutors in nearby Zweibruecken said Tuesday the 41-year-old American father managed to fend off the men using a kitchen knife, stabbing one of them several times. The robbers initially fled by car, but then placed the injured man on a sidewalk while his 51-year-old brother called for help. The younger man died, while the older was arrested by police. Prosecutors say the American is being investigated for bodily harm leading to death, though authorities are considering whethe...
New York - This should be Michael Bloomberg’s moment. No presidential prospect has done more to confront climate change than the billionaire Democrat, who measures his progress in the metric tons of carbon emissions he’s helped eliminate. But as climate change surges to forefront of the 2020 Democratic primary, no issue better illustrates Bloomberg’s political challenge. A onetime Republican, the pragmatic former New York mayor is struggling to find his place among the increasingly bold ambitions of his adopted political party. Virtually every top Democratic White House contender embraced the so-called Green New Deal immediately after it was released last week. The nonbinding resolution outlined ambitious plans to cut all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero over 10 ye...
Jerusalem - The traditional brightly embroidered dress of Palestinian women known as the “thobe” was not the type of garment one would expect to become a pop political symbol. Now it’s gaining prominence as a softer expression of Palestinian nationalism, competing even with the classic keffiyeh — the headscarf donned by young stone-throwing Palestinian men protesting Israel’s occupation. The robe, adorned with elaborate hand-stitched embroidery, requires months of grueling labor. Some thobes fetch thousands of dollars. The traditional textiles call to mind a bygone era of Palestinian peasant women sewing on a break from the fields. Last month, Rashida Tlaib proudly wore her mother’s thobe to her historic swearing-in as the first female Palestinian Ame...
Baltmore, MD   — A wintry mix reached Maryland late Sunday night and will last into Tuesday evening. A winter storm warning has been expanded to include all counties along the border with Pennsylvania, including northern Baltimore County and northwestern Harford County until 10 a.m. Tuesday. The first part of the storm brought snow, sleet and freezing rain Sunday night into Monday. Snow and sleet mixed with some rain will continue overnight into Tuesday, making some icy patches are possible. There will be about 1-2 inches of accumulation north of Baltimore by Tuesday morning. Then, for Tuesday morning, a wintry mix continues followed by afternoon rain, which could become heavy, at times. Many school systems were closed or delayed Monday due to slick road conditions. "I...
In Shemos, Perek Chof Ches, posuk tes vov, the Torah tells us that the Choshen was made via artisan sewing. In posuk lamed the Torah says that they inserted the Urim VeTumim in the Choshen. The question arises, how could one pasken based on the Urim VeTumim? The Gemara in Bava Metziya, daf nun tes, amud bais says that the Torah is not “bashomayim,”(in heaven) therefore we don’t pasken based on a bas kol.  The Gemara in Temura, daf tes zayin, amud alef says that three thousand halachos were forgotten during the period of mourning for Moshe Rabbeinu. Klal Yisroel turned ...
Albany, NY - A preliminary report on the federal probe of a fatal limousine crash four months ago in upstate New York suggests no probable cause, saying the investigation continues. The National Transportation Safety Board released the report Monday on the Oct. 6 crash in rural Schoharie that killed 20 people. It says the agency continues to gather information on the modifications and mechanical condition of the 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limo, as well as oversight by state agencies. State police and prosecutors pursuing a criminal case against the vehicle’s operator had prevented the NTSB from doing its customary inspection protocol on the vehicle until a local judge intervened two weeks ago. The limo ran a stop sign and crashed beside a country store, killing the driver, 17 pas...
Houston - Lawyers for eight immigrant families separated under Trump administration policy filed claims Monday against the U.S. government demanding $6 million each in damages for what they describe as lasting trauma. The parents accused immigration officers of taking their children away without giving them information and sometimes mocking them or denying them a chance to say goodbye. The claims allege that many children remain traumatized, including a 7-year-old girl who won’t sleep without her mother and a 6-year-old boy who is reluctant to eat. The Trump administration has acknowledged it separated more than 2,000 families last year through the implementation of a zero-tolerance policy intended to crack down on Central American migration at the U.S.-Mexico border. Government wa...
Washington - Keeping the public confident inflation will be contained is key to keeping price rises contained, San Francisco Federal Reserve economists said in a paper on Monday that also suggested the unemployment level is all but irrelevant to the inflation trajectory. The U.S. unemployment rate is 4 percent, well below what most U.S. Fed policymakers see as sustainable, but inflation has barely touched the central bank’s 2 percent target. That’s been a puzzle for some Fed policymakers, who continue to believe that a tightening job market will at some point put upward pressure not only on wages but also, less desirably, on prices. The research from the San Francisco Fed, which is viewed as a leader in labor market research, could play importantly into the central bank&rsquo...
Minneapolis - Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar has relished the attention attached to becoming one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, eagerly engaging with supporters and critics on social media. But Omar’s quick thumbs also have caused problems for herself and Democratic leadership. On Sunday, she suggested on Twitter that members of Congress are being paid to support Israel — a comment that drew swift criticism on social media as being anti-Semitic and led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to condemn the statement and demand an apology. Omar apologized, saying she is “Listening and learning, but standing strong.” She then reaffirmed what she called “the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics.” She and Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib won...
WASHINGTON — Negotiators from both parties say lawmakers have reached an agreement in principle to fund government, avoid shutdown.
Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp site on Friday, and tour a memorial to Jews killed at the former Nazi extermination camp in Poland, the White House said Monday. Pence will tour the site in southern Poland, with Polish President Andrzej Duda, the vice president’s office said. It will be Pence’s first visit to the infamous prison camp operated by Nazi Germany during World War II. Portions of the camp where an estimated 1.1 million people died are preserved as a museum and memorial. Pence will be in Poland this week for a joint U.S.-Poland conference on Middle East peace and security. He also will hold defense meetings in Poland as the Pentagon considers a potential permanent base for U.S. forces in the county. Pence, a conservative Christ...
1) Moshe’s Missing Name There’s a very famous vort from the Gra about why Moshe is missing from the entire Parshas Tetzaveh. Moshe’s name is found in every other parsha from the time he’s born in Shemos until the end of the Torah. Why in Tetzaveh is the one place that he’s not found at all? Moshe’s Death Many mefarshim explain varied ideas. Vilna Gaon’s famous answer is that on zayin Adar which is the yartzeit and also the birthday of Moshe, usually falls out on the parsha of Tetzaveh. Thus, his absence is hinting to Moshe’s death at this time period. 2) 101 Verses Vilna Gaon says another p’shat here. There are 101 pesukim in Parshas Tetzaveh. The siman at the end of the parsha is Michael, which is the same gematria as a 101. Gra s...
After newly discovered inconsistencies in votes cast during Israel’s ruling Likud party primaries aroused suspicions of fraud, Prime Minister and party chairman Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a recount of votes at all polling stations. Israel’s Channel 12 reported on Sunday night that the number of votes counted for some candidates does not line up with how many voters are eligible to vote Likud in specific localities. According to the report, Culture Minister Miri Regev – who was announced as the winner of Likud’s fifth seat in the party’s future leadership – received a total of 436 votes in Bnei Brak, where are are only 334 eligible voters.Similarly, Science Minister Ofir Akunis received 229 votes in Mitzpe Jericho, despite there being only 153 Likud vot...
By the end of last week, the congressional negotiators tasked with averting another painful government shutdown seemed on their way to reaching an agreement, and President Donald Trump seemed likely, even if begrudgingly, to sign whatever they offered. But talks hit a roadblock over the weekend. Democrats agreed to allow that some money, though not the full amount Trump wanted, could go toward physical barriers at the southern border, but in exchange, they wanted caps on how many immigrants could be detained at the border. This latest breakdown comes with just days until funding runs out again for about 25 percent of the federal government if Congress does nothing. No matter what happens, Trump has already strongly suggested that he will declare some kind of national emergency and move m...
Donald Trump’s job approval rating among likely U.S. voters hit 52 percent on Monday in a daily tracking poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports, the polling organization he uses most frequently to promote himself. That number is his highest since March 6, 2017, less than seven weeks after he took office. It has been even longer since Trump’s ‘strongly approve’ and ‘strongly disapprove’ numbers weren’t under water. They were even at 39 per cent on Monday. Monday’s numbers came from surveys conducted during the three weekdays following the president’s State of the Union address. Read more at The Daily Mail.
Washington - Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar “unequivocally” apologized on Monday for tweets about the influence in Congress of an American organization that supports Israel, which drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Minnesota Democrat said she had no intention offending anyone, including Jewish Americans, by suggesting that members of Congress are paid by Israel’s powerful allies to support the Jewish state. “We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me about my identity,” Omar tweeted. “This is why I unequivocally apologize.” In a pair of tweets over the weekend, Omar criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Commi...
Jerusalem - A new CCTV video was released shows IDF forces searching a mosque near Ramallah, located close to place where they arrested Arafat Irfaiya. Irafaiya brutally murdered Ori Ansbacher, 19, in Jerusalem’s Ein Yael forest on Thursday. The video was released by Palestinian media and carried by Channel 12. On Sunday night Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said the attack was nationalistically motivated and that Irfaiya had confessed and reconstructed the murder in the woods at Ein Yael on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The Shin Bet said that he “left his home in Hebron with a knife and made his way to the village of Beit Jala,” just south of Jerusalem and from there, he “walked to the forest, where he saw Ori, attacked and murdered her.” Ansbacher ...
Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will travel to Washington, D.C., this week for a meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss how recent federal tax changes are hurting the state’s bottom line. The Democratic governor told reporters on Monday that he’ll urge the president to reconsider a provision in the recent tax overhaul that sharply limits a federal deduction for state and local taxes. Cuomo has blamed that change for a recent dip in state tax receipts, saying it has put New York at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting and retaining wealthy residents. State officials announced last week that income tax receipts have dipped more than $2 billion below projections for the fiscal year ending next month. “This is not an academic discussion, my friends. T...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Politically freighted border security negotiations are teetering just days before a potential new government shutdown. The turmoil is testing the changed balance of power in Washington, with lawmakers engaged in a sparring match over immigration policy that is challenging their ability to reach any accord. Republicans say Democratic demands to limit immigrant detentions by federal authorities are a deal breaker — eclipsing the border wall issue for now — and represent overreach by top Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. The two sides also remained separated over how much to spend on President Donald Trump’s promised border wall. A Friday midnight deadline is looming to prevent a second partial government shutdown. Lawmakers ...
New York - Toys R Us fans in the U.S. should see the iconic brand re-emerge in some form by this holiday season. Richard Barry, a former Toys R Us executive and now CEO of the new company called Tru Kids Brands, told The Associated Press he and his team are still working on the details, but they’re exploring various options including freestanding stores and shops within existing stores. He says that e-commerce will play a key role. Toys R Us, buckling under competition from Amazon and several billions of dollars of debt, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in September 2017 and then liquidated its businesses last year in the U.S. as well as several other regions including the United Kingdom. In October, a group of investors won an auction for Toys R Us assets, believing they would...
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