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Washington - U.S. Attorney General William Barr, displaying a little-known talent, played “Scotland the Brave” on his bagpipes on Wednesday, joining in with the New York City Police Department’s famed Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society.
The performance by the band, set up by U.S. attorneys in Maryland and Virginia as a surprise for Barr, occurred at a Justice Department conference in Washington.
Barr, named attorney general by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate in February, is a competitive bagpiper.
Barr said afterward that when he learned of the pipe band’s appearance, despite the attorneys’ efforts to keep it under wraps, he decided to do them one better and join in.
“I’m very proficient at, dare I say the word, spying,...
Jerusalem - Israel has used its cyber intelligence capabilities to thwart around 50 ISIS terrorist attacks in dozens of countries worldwide, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the Cyber Week conference at Tel Aviv University on Wednesday.
While Israel previously disclosed that it had provided the intelligence to thwart an ISIS plot to bomb a United Arab Emirates Etihad Airways flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi, Netanyahu revealed that the intelligence that broke the case was obtained through cyber tools.
He said that while he could not give specifics, the audience could “multiply by about 50” the Sydney airline terrorist plot, and that would be the number of terrorist plots worldwide (mostly by ISIS) that Israel has helped to prevent thanks to its cyber intelligence powe...
Amsterdam - The Dutch national railway NS said in a statement on Wednesday it would offer financial compensation to survivors and families of Holocaust victims who were transported via Dutch rail to Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
The railway, which is owned by the government, announced the decision at a ceremony in Utrecht. The NS said it had reserved “several tens of millions of euros” for payments to affected people, including Jews and other minority groups targeted by the Nazi regime.
An estimated 100,000 Dutch Jews - or 70% of the pre-war total - were deported and murdered in Nazi concentration camps. Read more at Reuters
Miami - Sixty seconds for answers, a television audience of millions and, for some candidates, a first chance to introduce themselves to voters.
The back-to-back Democratic presidential debates beginning Wednesday are exercises in competitive sound bites featuring 20 candidates hoping to oust President Donald Trump in 2020. The hopefuls range widely in age, sex and backgrounds and include a former vice president, six women and a pair of mayors.
The challenge: Convey their plans for the nation, throw a few elbows and sharpen what’s been a blur of a race so far for many Americans.
What to watch Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo:
WHAT’S HER PLAN?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s task is to harness the recent momentum surrounding her campaign to prove t...
Washington - Documents released Wednesday show the National Security Agency improperly collected phone records four months after it said it had fixed technical problems that caused another similar collection of unauthorized and inaccurate data that violated federal law.
The internal documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show the NSA in October 2018 received data from a phone company in violation of limits set by Congress. The ACLU obtained the records in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
The revelation of another problem with the NSA’s call records program comes as it is set to expire at the end of this year unless an increasingly critical Congress agrees to extend it.
“These documents further confirm that this surveillance program is beyond redemption...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Wednesday, 26 June 2019), at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, met with Chilean President Sebastian Piñera.
Also attending the meeting were Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich, Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, Science Ministry Director General Ran Bar and additional senior officials. Attending for the Chilean side were Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation Minister Andres Couve, Foreign Ministry director general Patricio Torres and additional senior officials.
Prime Minister Netanyahu:
Israel and Chile have a lot in common. We share values of democracy and human rights. We share a belief in market economies and both of us have done a few things to promote these values in our respective countries. We ...
Baltimore, MD - June 26, 2019 - Baltimore drivers are the worst- again.
For the second straight year, Allstate ranks Baltimore drivers last out of the nation’s 200 largest cities.
The ranking is based on the average number of insurance claims per driver and an Allstate app that monitors driver behavior.
Drivers in Washington, D.C. are the second worst, while the best drivers hail from Brownsville, Texas.
I get all the news I need from the weather report…
Minhag has always been foundational to our Jewish experience. One of the great benefits of valuing minhag is that our tradition gives us a common narrative, a common reference, and a common context for our lives.
As it turns out, tradition, or convention, is just as important for our secular lives. Today, as we sink ever deeper into angry discourse we find it is in no small measure because we are unable to agree on a common narrative, an agreed-upon truth upon which we can base our opinions and positions. This inability to find a common “language” has been exacerbated by a flood of “fake news” that permeates our media and discourse. Such “fake news” is a...
Baltimore, MD – June 26, 2019 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mrs. Sara Monir Badamkesh (Arieh), a’h, mother of Rabbi Reuven Arieh, Dena Derech Chaim, Yaffa Mehrabi, Benham Arieh, and Yechezkeil Arieh.
Shiva is being observed through Monday morning, July 1 at 7000 Boxford Road, Baltimore, MD, 21215. Please respect the visiting hours: 7:00AM - 10:00AM and 5:00 PM-9:00PM,
Shacharit: 7:00 AM
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump, without offering evidence, directly accused former Special Counsel Robert Mueller of committing a crime on Wednesday, saying Mueller had illegally “terminated” FBI communications as part of his Russia investigation.
The Justice Department and a Mueller spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“Mueller terminated them illegally. He terminated all of the emails. ... Robert Mueller terminated their text messages together. He terminated them. They’re gone. And that’s illegal. That’s a crime,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network, referring to two former Federal Bureau of Investigation employees who exchanged disparaging messages about the president.
Trump made the remark...
Former prime minister Ehud Barak announces he’ll challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the September elections.
Barak is launching his party with a tirade against Netanyahu and the corruption cases against him.
“Netanyahu has reached the end [of his career[,” says Barak, claiming even the prime minister’s associates are well aware of this.
“The Netanyahu regime must be felled, not saved,” he says.
Read more at Times of Israel.
Israel has used cyber-intelligence to help foil “major” terror attacks planned by the Islamic State terror group and others in “dozens” of countries, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a cybersecurity conference on Wednesday in Tel Aviv.
Netanyahu said at the conference that Israel had, for example, helped foil an IS attack on an Etihad Airways flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi, and alerted Australian officials, helping thwart an explosion in the air. Etihad is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates.
“That plane from Sydney to Abu Dhabi was going to be exploded in midair,” he said. “We found out through our cyber activities, we found out that ISIS was going to do this and so we alerted the Australian police and they stopped this, b...
The Kever Malachim, a 2,000-year-old archaeological gem in the heart of Yerushalayim owned by France, is set to reopen to the public for the first time since 2010, the French consulate said Wednesday.
The elaborate Roman-era tomb with stone shelves that once held sarcophagi, considered among the largest in the region, will be opened on Thursday, and the following Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the consulate’s website said.
Visits will be limited to 15 people in 45-minute stretches, the ticket order page said, noting the need for “proper dress” at the Kever Malachim, which underwent over a million dollars in renovations in the past ten years.
Read more at i24NEWS.
Parkland shooting survivor-turned-gun control activist David Hogg said Tuesday that he’s been the target of seven assassination attempts since the mass shooting at his high school last year thrust him and his classmates to the forefront of the gun debate.
“In the past year, there have been seven assassination attempts,” Mr. Hogg, 19, told The Washington Post. “Honestly, I realize that it’s horrible that I have to live through this, and it is traumatizing.
“But you eventually become desensitized to it,” he continued. “Like, oh, your house got SWAT-ted. You got a call from the police saying someone said that everyone in your family had been killed and that you are being held hostage for $100,000. Right? That becomes part of daily life. It&rsq...
President Trump awarded the Medal of Honor on Tuesday to retired Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia for heroism during the bloodiest battle of the Iraq War, making him the first living Iraq veteran to receive the nation’s highest military honor for valor.
In a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, the president bestowed the award on Sgt. Bellavia, 43, for saving the lives of a squad of soldiers during brutal house-to-house fighting during the second battle of Fallujah on Nov. 10, 2004.
“It’s a very special day for you and for all of us — the nation, actually,” Mr. Trump said to applause from Sgt. Bellavia’s former unit members, family and others in recognizing his bravery during the war. He is the sixth soldier to receive the Medal of Honor for com...
Dow futures perked up Wednesday, signaling a higher open after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a trade deal between the U.S. and China was “90%” complete.
In an interview on CNBC, Mnuchin said he was hopeful President Donald Trump’s upcoming meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping would kick-start stalled talks. Though he declined to speculate on whether a trade deal would be reached by year’s end, Mnuchin said an agreement was “about 90 percent of the way there.”
“I think there’s a path to complete this.” he added.
The markets reacted accordingly, with the Dow Jones industrial average pointing to a 100 point gain at open.
Trump and Xi will meet at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, this weekend – their first face-t...
At Oberlin, victim status gives you privilege to shoplift
The outcome of a lawsuit against a liberal arts college in northern Ohio highlights how little cultural elites have learned from Donald Trump's shocking 2016 victory.
A jury awarded $11 million in compensatory damages and $33 million in punitive damages (almost certain to be reduced to no more than $22 million) to Gibson's Bakery in its suit against Oberlin College. The case was heard in Lorain County, a heavily unionized former Democratic stronghold, which Barack Obama carried comfortably twice. The obvious revulsion of the jury for Oberlin College may be a favorable omen for Trump's reelection bid.
The events leading Gibson's Bakery and its owners to file suit against Oberlin College and Vice President Dr. M...
Dubai - As Iran prepares to surpass limits set by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, each step it takes narrows the time the country’s leaders would need to have enough highly enriched uranium for an atomic bomb — if they chose to build one.
The United Nations says Iran has so far respected the deal’s terms. But by Thursday, Iran says it will have over 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of low-enriched uranium in its possession, which would mean it had broken out of the atomic accord.
European countries that are still a part of the nuclear accord face a July 7 deadline imposed by Tehran to offer a better deal and long-promised relief from U.S. sanctions, or Iran will also begin enriching its uranium closer to weapons-grade levels.
Breaking the stockpile limit by itself d...
Parkland, FL - Two additional deputies have been fired as a result of an internal affairs investigation into the agency’s response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that killed 17 people, the Broward County sheriff said Wednesday.
At a brief news conference, Sheriff Gregory Tony said deputies Edward Eason and Josh Stambaugh were fired Tuesday for their inaction following the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting. He did not provide details but said a lengthy report would be released later.
“In essence, it was neglect of duty. We lost 17 people,” Tony said.
Two other deputies were fired earlier this month for neglect of duty. One of those was school resource officer Scot Peterson, who was also arrested for child neglect, culpable negligence and perju...
President Reuven Rivlin welcomed President of Chile Sebastián Piñera to Beit HaNasi today, Wednesday, June 26 / 23 Sivan. President Piñera, who is visiting Israel, was received in an official red carpet ceremony during which the two national anthems were played. The presidents reviewed an IDF honor guard and then made joint statements to the press
At the beginning of his Hebrew remarks, with Spanish translation for guests, President Rivlin welcomed President Piñera on his second visit to Israel, noting the historic connection between the State of Israel and its capital, Jerusalem. “Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people since the days of King David. As you know, the sovereign State of Israel allows, develops and cares for freedom of worship...