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Report: No Evidence IRS Employees Told to Destroy Info

Report: No Evidence IRS Employees Told to Destroy Info
Investigators found no evidence that IRS employees were told to destroy or hide information from Congress, the Justice Department or an inspector general in the probe of erased emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal, according to an internal report released late Thursday. While the 22-page report found no evidence that IRS employees intended to destroy data or hard drives, it also found that employees made no effort to uncover additional emails as Congress pressed for information. The report reiterates many of the details ...

Gilad Sharon Calls The Gush Katif Expulsion 'A Major Success For The Nation' On The 10th Anniversary (1 opinions)

Gilad Sharon Calls The Gush Katif Expulsion 'A Major Success For The Nation' On The 10th AnniversaryIn a move that most would describe as ‘pouring salt on the wound’, Gilad Sharon, a son of the architect for the destruction of Gush Katif and portions of northern Shomron with his so-called 2005 Disengagement Plan, praises the act on the 10th anniversary. Despite uprooting close to 10,000 people and destroying the vibrant Jewish life in Gaza, bringing Hamastine to the world and ...    Full Story »

Obama's Counterterrorism Policy Facing Mounting Criticism

Obama's Counterterrorism Policy Facing Mounting CriticismAt the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off, once again. The CIA launched a drone strike last month on a Yemeni beach at three men it determined were al-Qaida militants. One of them turned out to be Nasser al-Wahishi, about as important a figure as agency man-hunters could hope to ...    Full Story »

Islamic Prayer in Tel Aviv Airport Shul (4 opinions)

Islamic Prayer in Tel Aviv Airport ShulA Muslim man at Ben-Gurion International Airport apparently realized it was time for him to pray, deciding to do so in the shul in the airport. He entered the shul and began his prayers including prostrating himself on the floor as required by those practicing the Muslim faith. According to the Ladaat report, the incident occurred on Wednesday, 14 Tammuz as the man’s actions were ...    Full Story »

White House Brief: Things To Know About Wisconsin's Walker

White House Brief: Things To Know About Wisconsin's WalkerA snapshot of things to know about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who aides say will enter the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination. ___ THE BRIEF Scott Walker rose to national prominence by effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers, confronting them in the state where their main union was founded. Walker was forced into a recall election ...    Full Story »

PM Cancels Meetings Between His Deputy Minister And Turkish State Officials

PM Cancels Meetings Between His Deputy Minister And Turkish State OfficialsPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has cancelled planned meetings between Deputy Minister of Regional Development Ayoub Kara and officials in the Turkish Government, Knesset Channel Political Desk Bureau Chief Yaron Avraham reports. The decision was made by Israel’s National Security Council following consultations with Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister’s Office officials. ...    Full Story »

An Appeal For Kiddush Hashem This Summer (2 opinions)

An Appeal For Kiddush Hashem This SummerDear YWN Catskills, I would like to inform those that vacation in the Catskills of the “Summer 2013 appeal”. This is not an appeal for a family, a specific person, or organization but rather a cause. That cause is Kiddush Hashem. Many people do not realize that for 10 months a year the Catskill Mountains is a quiet peaceful and clean environment. Traffic jams are unheard of and ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: US Ambassador Shapiro Hosts President Rivlin And PM Netanyahu at July 4th Event

VIDEO: US Ambassador Shapiro Hosts President Rivlin And PM Netanyahu at July 4th Event[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A high-level diplomatic reception was hosted in the Herzliya residence of US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro ahead of July 4th, US Independence Day. Following is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's address at the event on Wednesday evening 14 Tammuz: Sara and I are delighted to be with all of you. This is a great day because on the 4th of July, all ...    Full Story »

Bnei Brak Kenos Against Unwanted Technology

Bnei Brak Kenos Against Unwanted TechnologyMaran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita are holding a kenos against unwanted technology, taking place in Bnei Brak on erev Shabbos 16 Tammuz. The two Torah giants are expected to appear at the kenos, with adverts for the event stressing the importance for one to attend in light of technology which the rabbonim shlita fear poses a ...    Full Story »

Olmert Appeals Latest Conviction to the High Court

Olmert Appeals Latest Conviction to the High CourtFormer Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has appealed his latest criminal conviction to the Israel Supreme Court. Olmert was sentenced to eight months imprisonment following his conviction in the Talansky cash envelopes ...    Full Story »

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb Is Running for President

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb Is Running for PresidentFormer Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced his presidential campaign on Thursday, opening a long-shot bid against Hillary Rodham Clinton and a field of Democratic rivals for the party's nomination. Webb, in an announcement posted on his campaign website, acknowledged he would face major hurdles but vowed to bring an outsider's voice to the 2016 race. "I understand the odds, ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Presidential Candidate George Pataki Attends Multiple Jewish Events In NY And NJ

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Presidential Candidate George Pataki Attends Multiple Jewish Events In NY And NJ[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] As of yesterday, the GOP had 14 presidential hopefuls vying for the Republican Party's nomination next July in Cleveland. Though if you ask attendees at yesterday's highly successful Chai Lifeline event in NY & town-hall-style 'meet & greet" later that day in Teaneck, they'll tell you the party actually has 13 hopefuls and one very ...    Full Story »

HaGaon R' Cohen: No Compromise in Battle to End Discrimination against Sephardi Students

HaGaon R' Cohen: No Compromise in Battle to End Discrimination against Sephardi StudentsThe head of the Shas Torah Council HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen Shlita has instructed Deputy Jerusalem Mayor Tzvika Cohen to wage a tenacious battle for Sephardi girls trying to get into the “old” seminary. Rav Cohen reportedly told Councilman Cohen that he must make certain that a single Sephardi girl does not remain on the street without a school to attend. Councilman Cohen ...    Full Story »

Hikind Praises Gov. Cuomo For Leadership On Education Investment Tax Credits

Hikind Praises Gov. Cuomo For Leadership On Education Investment Tax CreditsAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) praised NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo this morning for his leadership on the issue of Education Investment Tax Credits. “Thanks to Governor Cuomo, New York State got closer than ever before to providing relief to parents of children in religious and parochial schools,” said Hikind. “Just a few more inches and we’ll be there.” In a letter ...    Full Story »

Israel: An Increasing Number of Hoteliers And Restauranteurs are Fed Up with the Current Hashgachos

Israel: An Increasing Number of Hoteliers And Restauranteurs are Fed Up with the Current HashgachosThe battle against the state kashrus system continues after the Kulanu party this week prevented a modified kashrus bill authored by the Shas party from advancing. Shas is trying to repair the current reality, which because of an ...    Full Story »

Arabs Marking 1st Anniversary of the Murder of Abu Khadir in Shuafat And Elsewhere (1 opinions)

Arabs Marking 1st Anniversary of the Murder of Abu Khadir in Shuafat And Elsewhere[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Hundreds of Arabs are taking part in an event marking the first anniversary of the murder of 16-year-old Muhmad Abu-Khadir, of the Beit Haninah neighborhood of the capital. Indictments were handed down ...    Full Story »

MDA Volunteers Teach Members of Knesset CPR

MDA Volunteers Teach Members of Knesset CPRMagen David Adom youth volunteers (under 18) instructed Members of Knesset in CPR. The event took place on Tuesday afternoon, 13 Tammuz, in Knesset. The purpose of the event was to bring the activities of the MDA youth to the lawmakers, pointing out the organization does not enjoy national funding because it is not recognized as youth organization. The Knesset on Tuesday was honoring ...    Full Story »

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 4.08 Percent

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 4.08 PercentAverage long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching high levels for the year. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.08 percent this week from 4.02 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.24 percent from 3.21 percent. Mortgage rates have increased in recent weeks, in the midst ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Serious MVA On Route 42 In South Fallsburg - Two Choppers Requested To Airlift Victims [2:30PM]

PHOTOS: Serious MVA On Route 42 In South Fallsburg - Two Choppers Requested To Airlift Victims [2:30PM][PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Emergency personnel are currently on the scene of a multi-car crash on Route 42 in South Fallsburg. Catskills Hatzolah received multiple calls just before 2:00PM reporting the crash. There are reportedly 5 vehicles involved. Upon arrival, Hatzolah Paramedics requested two choppers to airlift two victims with serious injuries. An additional 4 victims ...    Full Story »

Serious Criminal Indictment being Prepared Against Former Chief Rabbi Metzger (1 opinions)

Serious Criminal Indictment being Prepared Against Former Chief Rabbi MetzgerIt has been about two years since the announced investigation against former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and according to a Channel 2 News report on Wednesday night 14 Tammuz, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has announced he plans to file a serious criminal indictment against Metzger     Full Story »

Action Packed: BJX Will Answer All Your Questions This Summer

Action Packed: BJX Will Answer All Your Questions This SummerDue to popular demand the Brooklyn Jewish Xperience (BJX) Torah Center on Avenue K is hosting a unique four week summer series that will benefit the Brooklyn community and positively transform all who participate. Beginning July 8th, four renowned speakers will offer unique presentations on fascinating topics that intrigue every thinking person. The presenters include Rav Mordechai ...    Full Story »

The Great Israeli Natural Gas Robbery (3 opinions)

The Great Israeli Natural Gas RobberyThe following is an op-ed submitted by Yossie Hollander, Chairman of the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning At times there are critical moments when indecision or inaction can cause repercussions that can last for decades if not more. The Natural Gas Robbery is perhaps one of the greatest scandals in the history of the modern state of Israel. At best, it is an extreme example ...    Full Story »
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Winton's Rescue Of 650 Jewish Children Revealed After 50 Years

Winton's Rescue Of 650 Jewish Children Revealed After 50 Years"Is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicholas Winton?" asked the presenter of the popular BBC magazine program "That's Life". Around the elderly man, sitting with his wife in the front row of the audience, more than 30 people got to their feet. The man stood to acknowledge them, wiping tears from his eyes. It was 1988, some 50 years since young ...    Full Story »

Exciting European Summer Tour with Rabbi Yissocher Frand – Tour Amsterdam, Alsace, Strassbourg, Worms, Michelstadt & More (1 opinions)

Exciting European Summer Tour with Rabbi Yissocher Frand – Tour Amsterdam, Alsace, Strassbourg, Worms, Michelstadt & More[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Hurry only 6 rooms left on this spectacular European 5-star Summer Tour August 3-10, 2015.  Join world-renowned speakers Rabbi Yissocher Frand and Rabbi Menachem Nissel on a week-long luxury touring experience; inspiring Torah lectures, fascinating sites, 5 star hotels, and beautiful and freshly prepared Kosher L’Mehadrin gourmet dining! Tour  some of ...    Full Story »

Wounded IDF Policewoman Continues to Show Signs of Improvement

Wounded IDF Policewoman Continues to Show Signs of ImprovementThe IDF policewoman wounded in the stabbing attack at an IDF checkpoint in southern Yerushalayim on 12 Tammuz continues showing signs of improvement B”H. A female terrorist, a PA (Palestinian Authority) resident, ...    Full Story »

New Clues May Lead To Answers In Murder Of Chabad Chosid Rabbi Yosef Raskin

New Clues May Lead To Answers In Murder Of Chabad Chosid Rabbi Yosef RaskinThe following is via WSVN: New clues have arisen that may help officials close a case in the death of rabbi, but they still need the public's help. "They did look very sincere in telling me, ...    Full Story »

Petition to High Court to Block Shas Control of Nation's Batei Din (2 opinions)

Petition to High Court to Block Shas Control of Nation's Batei DinProfessor Aviad HaKohen, who heads the Shaare Mishpat Academic Center and Prof. Michal Tamir, a lecturer at the center, on Thursday 15 Tammuz filed a petition with the High Court of Justice in the hope of blocking the Shas party from taking control of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate of Israel batei din. The control over the batei din is being moved to the Ministry of Religious Services, ...    Full Story »

Many But Not All In GOP Object As US, Cuba Plan Embassies

Many But Not All In GOP Object As US, Cuba Plan EmbassiesLoud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born. Obama also asked Congress to lift the economic and travel embargoes that the U.S. has used for decades to ...    Full Story »

B'chasdei Hashem Children Escape Burning Bus (3 opinions)

B'chasdei Hashem Children Escape Burning BusThe parents of 50 children are more than a little thankful on Thursday morning 15 Tammuz after the bus transporting their children to summer camp caught fire and all the passengers escaped unharmed B”H. The bus began burning as it was driving near Givat Washington, which is near Gadera. The bus driver acted quickly, keeping a cool head. He pulled over immediately and got the ...    Full Story »

IS YESHIVA TUITION MAASERABLE? - A New Formula (3 opinions)

IS YESHIVA TUITION MAASERABLE? - A New FormulaBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times This article is dedicated to the Refuah Shleimah of Boruch Zev ben Bracha It is a question that is on the minds of many people. Can the money that we pay for tuition be considered Maaser, the notion of giving one tenth of our income to charity? If so, are there differences between boys’ Yeshivos and girls’ schools? And ...    Full Story »

Kerry Consults US Partners Before Further Talks With Iran

Kerry Consults US Partners Before Further Talks With IranHigh-level negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered their sixth day Thursday after diplomats blew through a June 30 deadline and extended an interim accord by a week. As the U.N. nuclear agency chief met senior Iranian officials in Tehran, foreign ministers continued discussions in Vienna with few public signs of progress in their attempt to forge a comprehensive deal curbing ...    Full Story »

Egypt Media Says Sophisticated Weapons Used By ISIS In Sinai Attack

Egypt Media Says Sophisticated Weapons Used By ISIS In Sinai AttackA newspaper close to the Egyptian government says the Islamic State-linked militants who attacked troops in the Sinai Peninsula used sophisticated weaponry, including Russian-made Kornet anti-tank missiles. In a graphic on its front page Thursday, el-Watan daily says the attackers also used mortars, anti-aircraft guns and other guided missiles. The attack, which included a wave of ...    Full Story »

Update on IDF Soldiers Badly Burned in a Fire on Their Base (3 opinions)

Update on IDF Soldiers Badly Burned in a Fire on Their BaseEarlier this week it was reported that two IDF soldiers are fighting for their lives as a result of a fire that broke out on the Ramon Air Force base in southern Israel. The soldiers were transported to ...    Full Story »

Official: Unconfiremed Reports Of Shots Fired At Washington D.C Navy Yard

Official: Unconfiremed Reports Of Shots Fired At Washington D.C Navy YardA lockdown was underway Thursday morning across the Washington Navy Yard campus after reports of shots fired, but a senior law enforcement official said those reports had not been confirmed. The building where the shots were reported was already largely emptied Thursday as civilian and military law enforcement officers swept it, said the official, who was receiving detailed briefings ...    Full Story »


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