These are tumultuous days for Matteo Salvini, head of Italy’s right-wing Lega (League) Party. Recent polls have projected that were elections to be held in Italy today, he would be elected prime minister, but his political opponents are trying to strip him of his immunity so they can bring charges against him for alleged misconduct while he was interior minister.
Since arriving on the political scene six years ago, Salvini has transformed Lega Nord per l’Indipendenza della Padania, better known as Lega, from a fringe movement into Italy’s largest right-wing party.
Dubbed by Italian media as “the face of anti-immigration politics,” Salvini entered the government in 2018, only to resign abruptly in the summer of 2019 after clashing with his coalition partner, ...
Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that the Senate’s impeachment trial could last as long as eight weeks if the chamber elects to hear from witnesses.
“I think it’s certainly possible that this trial could last one to two weeks, on the other hand if the Senate makes the decision to go down the road of additional witnesses that could extend it to six to eight weeks or even longer,” Cruz told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“If the prosecution gets a witness, the defense gets a witness. If the prosecution gets two, the defense gets two. If the prosecution gets to call [former national security adviser] John Bolton, the prosecution gets to call Hunter Biden,” Cruz said. “The Democrats are terrified about seeing a witn...
The New York Times editorial board on Sunday night endorsed both Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for the Democratic nomination for president.
The dual endorsement, a break in convention for the Times, comes just two weeks before the first primary contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, where Warren has remained a top contender while Klobuchar has struggled to break out of single-digit support.
“In a break with convention, the editorial board has chosen to endorse two separate Democratic candidates for president,” reads the Times’s endorsement.
“Choosing who should face off against [President] Trump also means acknowledging that Americans are being confronted with three models for how to govern this country, not two. Democrats must decide which of their two m...
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joins Chris Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday.’
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that the U.S. intelligence community is beginning to withhold documents on Ukraine from Congress as lawmakers prepare for the impeachment trial of President Trump.
“The NSA, in particular, is withholding what are potentially relevant documents to our oversight responsibilities on Ukraine but also withholding documents potentially relevant that the senators might want to see during the trial,” Schiff said, referring to the National Security Agency.
“The intelligence community is reluctant to have an open hearing, something that we had done every year prior to the Trump administration, because they’re worried about angering the president.”
Read more at The Hill.
An organization which works to protect Jewish property rights in Jerusalem and to redeem Jewish real estate in and around the Old City scored a legal victory Sunday, when a Jerusalem court accepted the group’s demand that property in eastern Jerusalem be returned to its Jewish owners.
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Sunday ruled in favor of a petition filed by the Ateret Cohanim organization, which had sued for the return of Jewish-owned property in the Silwan (Shiloah) neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem and the removal of nearly two dozen Arab squatters.
The property in question was part of the ‘Kfar Hashiloah’ neighborhood: a Jewish community established in the area in the 19th century which was destroyed during Arab riots prior to the establishment of the St...
Israel Police sappers arrived Monday to safely detonate an explosive device found near the central city of Beit Shemesh.
The device, attached to a bunch of balloons, landed near the Beit Shemesh-area town of Mesilat Zion.
No one was injured.
On Sunday, explosives attached to balloons landed in the southern city of Sderot. Officials in the IDF and the defense establishment believe that Hamas, which controls Gaza, is behind the balloons' launch. Read more at Arutz-7
The "Blue and White" party claims that in the last elections it identified a large number of religiously observant voters who adopted the party as their new political base.
Party representatives noted that several candidates at the top of the list are affiliated with the Religious Zionist sector including Elazar Stern, Yoaz Hendel, Hili Trooper, Orit Farkash-Hacohen, Tehila Friedman, Michal Kotler, Moshe (Kinley) Tur-Paz, and others.
To facilitate the campaign, a special headquarters has been set up for the Religious Zionist population headed by Religious Zionist MKs and other sectoral figures. The campaign will be activated across various channels including the field, digital messages, communications and the media, and it will appeal to a variety of sectors within the Religious Zionist ...
Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov today referred to various reports about the possibility of the release of Naama Issachar, noting that his country never discussed such issues in the media.
However, Peskov noted that the issue will be raised during Putin's visit to Israel this week, "This issue is likely to be raised during Putin's close contacts with Netanyahu." Peskov even added that it was "better to wait" for new details.
Yaffa Issachar, Naama's mother, announced last night cancellation of all protest activity planned for Russian President Vlodymyr Putin's arrival in Israel.
"Because of the sensitivity of the situation, and because of the appreciation and respect I have for engaging in the negotiations for Naama's return, and after seriously considering it - ...
Two consecutive elections in Israel just five months apart have produced inconclusive results without the formation of a left-wing, right-wing or centrist majority government. Israelis now hope to end the electoral impasse in a third election scheduled for March 2. In advance of the upcoming date, Knesset parties officially submitted their final candidate lists this week.
During it all, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has continued to lead the country, indictments and all.
There have been relatively few political shifts thus far, with most of the major parties submitting nearly identical candidate lists as the previous election in September. Polls currently indicate that neither Israel’s pro-Netanyahu nor anti-Netanyahu blocs are likely to secure a majority.
More than 120 members of Congress issued letters of support to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an anti-Israel organization that was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror case that proved connections to the terrorist group Hamas and other radical Islamic entities.
The Washington Free Beacon first reported on Thursday about the privately issued letters during CAIR’s gala conference in November in Washington, D.C., that was headlined by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and former Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour. Omar issued such a letter.
The letters were from mostly Democrats, plus two Republicans.
Democratic 2020 presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and bill...
Apple’s virtual assistant app Siri ran into controversy over the weekend when it began responding to the question of who is president of Israel with the answer “Reuven Rivlin is the president of the Zionist occupation state.”
The tech giant quickly corrected the problem, with Siri now responding, “Reuven Rivlin is the President of Israel.”
According to Business Insider, users began posting screenshots of the “Zionist occupation” answer on social media late Saturday night, with many of them expressing astonishment and outrage.
One of the users, Michelle Sindyukov, said, “I was honestly shocked because Siri’s response is so offensive, so I felt like I had to share it with others and tag Apple, so they correct the mistake.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appointed a number of Likud lawmakers as ministers Monday, after promising not to retain ministerial portfolios while under indictment.
Three Likud lawmakers received ministerial portfolios Monday morning, including Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who was appointed Diaspora Affairs Minister; Regional Cooperation Minister Tzahi Hanegbi, who will now also serve as Minister of Agriculture; and Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis, who will now also serve as Labor and Welfare Minister.
The Diaspora Affairs portfolio, which was held by Naftali Bennett from 2015 until June 2019, was returned to Netanyahu after Bennett was fired from the cabinet last year.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been vacant since November 2019, fol...
Hospital reports all injured are given artificial respiration due to extensive burns to their upper bodies, will be transferred to intensive care unit in Haifa for further treatment
Four men were seriously hurt Monday in a gas tanker explosion at a gas stop near the northern city of Tamra.
All four men were evacuated to Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa suffering from severe burns.
The hospital said that all four are given artificial respiration due to extensive burns in their upper body and will be transferred to an intensive care unit for further treatment.
First responders who treated one of the men hurt in the incident, said they found the injured man en route to the site of the explosion.
"We were on our way to the scene when, at the entrance to the industrial area, we were ...
A top American Jewish advocacy group effusively praised South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Tuesday after she signed legislation that made her state the 28th in the country to take legal measures against boycotts of Israel.
Noem’s executive order requires vendors “seeking contracts with state agencies, authorities, commissions, departments, or institutions of the State of South Dakota to not engage with companies that participate in boycotts of Israel.”
The order applies to companies or contractors with more than five employees who enter into a contract with South Dakota that involves the expenditure of $100,000 or more.
“Israel is one of our nation’s closest allies, and their success is critical to American nat...
Police say they've arrested an adult and a teenager in connection with a video that shows an officer being beaten by onlookers in a crowd.
The officer was trying to restrain a man when the suspect spit in the officer's face and began assaulting him.
Twenty-year-old Donnell Burgess is charged with assault on an officer and resisting arrest in the incident that happened Friday night.
An unnamed 17-year-old is also charged as a juvenile in the assault. Local leaders have sharply criticized the video. Read more at WBAL
BALTIMORE — Tens of thousands of drivers could get their licenses reinstated if a new bill becomes law.
These are people who have had their licenses suspended because they didn't pay fines or fees related to minor traffic offenses. The bill introduced today by Attorney General Brian Frosh repeals the authority of the Motor Vehicle Administration to suspend licenses for this reason.
Frosh said there are 107 pages of fine and fees you can get that if you fail to pay will result in the loss of your driver's license and when he brought this issue to legislators, he said two actually told him this has happened to them.
If the bill passes, tens of thousands of drivers could have their licenses reinstated, Jason Butler is one of those drivers.
He received a traffic ticket and ...
With forecasted temperatures expected to remain in the teens with wind chill, Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa has extended the previously announced Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert for Baltimore City through Tuesday morning, January 21.
“With dangerously cold temperatures expected, I am extending the Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration through Tuesday morning. I encourage residents to stay indoors,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa. “Please be sure to check on neighbors who may be at risk to ensure they have heat and power, and take care to shelter pets.”
The Health Commissioner may declare a Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert when temperatures, including wind chill, are expected to be 13˚F or below or when other conditions are severe enoug...