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Obama To Seek To Bust Limits On Domestic, Defense Spending

Obama To Seek To Bust Limits On Domestic, Defense Spending
President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law. Obama's budget proposal to Congress will "fully reverse" the so-called sequestration cuts on the domestic side, while boosting national security programs by an equal amount, the White House said, as Obama prepared to meet with House Democrats at their annual retreat in Philadelphia. The ...

Spain Calls for an Investigation into the Death of its UNIFIL Soldier (1 opinions)

Spain Calls for an Investigation into the Death of its UNIFIL SoldierSpain is calling on the United Nations to conduct a probe into the death of its soldier assigned to the UNIFIL peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon. The soldier was killed on Wednesday, 8 Shevat, reportedly from IDF artillery fire. The IDF was retaliating for a Hizbullah attack directed at a number of military vehicles that killed an officer and a soldier and left seven others ...    Full Story »

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 3.66 Percent

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 3.66 PercentAverage long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week after four straight weeks of declines, while remaining near historically low levels. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage edged up to 3.66 percent from 3.63 percent last week. The new average rate is still at its lowest level since May 2013. The rate for the 15-year loan, a ...    Full Story »

New York Nonpublic Schools Welcome $83.7 Million in Mandated Services Funding; $28 Million To Yeshivos, Bais Yaakovs, Day Schools (1 opinions)

New York Nonpublic Schools Welcome $83.7 Million in Mandated Services Funding; $28 Million To Yeshivos, Bais Yaakovs, Day SchoolsNonpublic schools across New York State received notices from the State Education Department on Wednesday informing them that they will soon be receiving compensation for their mandated services costs incurred during the 2013-14 school year. It is anticipated that a total of approximately $84 million in Mandated Services Aid payments will be disbursed, approximately $28 million of ...    Full Story »

President Rivlin Lays a Wreath at NYC 9/11 Memorial Site

President Rivlin Lays a Wreath at NYC 9/11 Memorial SiteIn the final hours of his curtailed visit to New York, President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, visited and laid a wreath at the 9/11 memorial on the site of the World Trade Towers. The President said, “Once to stand at this place, was to stand in the shadows of two magnificent towers, examples of modern development and human achievement. But now, we stand in the shadow of the valley of ...    Full Story »

NYC Emergency Management Issues Weather Advisory (2 opinions)

NYC Emergency Management Issues Weather AdvisoryThe New York City Office of Emergency Management today issued a weather advisory for light snow and cold temperatures Thursday night, January 29, through Saturday night, January 31. · As a cold front approaches Thursday, it will be accompanied by light snow that will begin around 9 PM and continue until early Friday morning. An accumulation of 1-2 inches of snow is expected with ...    Full Story »

Hikind Concerned About Cross Harbor Freight Program (1 opinions)

Hikind Concerned About Cross Harbor Freight ProgramAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is raising concerns about the Cross Harbor Freight Program, which was an issue of great concern to the community years ago and has now returned. CHFP, a program championed by Congressman Jerold Nadler, is intended to evaluate alternatives designed to improve the movement of freight across the New York Harbor. The results would bring a network of ...    Full Story »

Tzvika Cohen Declined an Offer to Enter Shas Knesset List

Tzvika Cohen Declined an Offer to Enter Shas Knesset ListTzvika Cohen, who heads the Shas faction list in the Jerusalem Municipality, declined to accept a realistic slot on the Shas Knesset ticket. Cohen explains that he is not able to abandon the needs of the Sephardi girls. He is quoted telling Shas leader Aryeh Deri that he is flattered by the offer but he cannot abandon the Sephardi girls who are the subject of ongoing discrimination in ...    Full Story »

Senate Panel Approves Iran Sanctions Bill

Senate Panel Approves Iran Sanctions BillA Senate panel has approved a bill that would levy new sanctions on Iran if it doesn't reach an international agreement that would prevent Tehran from being able to develop a nuclear weapon. The bipartisan vote on Thursday was 18-4. The bill, though, is not headed for a full Senate vote anytime soon. On Tuesday, Sen. Bob Menendez, a leading proponent of the legislation, and nine ...    Full Story »

France Says EU to Move to Increase Sanctions on Russia

France Says EU to Move to Increase Sanctions on RussiaFrance says European Union sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian backers will be reinforced in an attempt to force all sides back to the negotiating table. French European Affairs Minister Harlem Desir said ahead of Thursday's meeting of EU foreign ministers that the bloc needs "the maximum toughness" in the face of continued fighting against government ...    Full Story »

Chabad Rabbonim Pressuring Yishai to Bring Rav Tau Back

Chabad Rabbonim Pressuring Yishai to Bring Rav Tau BackRabbonim affiliated with Chabad on Thursday afternoon, 9 Shevat applied considerable pressure on Yachad party leader Eli Yishai. The Chabad rabbonim want to see Rabbi Tzvi Tau to return his support for the party. Rav Tau explained he is withdrawing his support for the party because of Yishai’s planned inclusion of the Otzma Yehudit party. Rabbi Tau is among the poskim who oppose ...    Full Story »

Former Yesha Council Leader Dayan Leaves Bayit Yehudi

Former Yesha Council Leader Dayan Leaves Bayit YehudiIt appears as party leaders are working to close and submit their lists for the elections for 20th Knesset, some candidates are having second thoughts. There have been a number of last-minute pullouts from the race in a number of parties, including Danny Dayan, a former leader of the Yesha Settlement Council. Hours earlier Eli Ochana announced his resignation from the party. Dayan ...    Full Story »

Rome's Jewish Leader Triggers Alarm At Auschwitz Visitor Center, Brings Police Intervention (2 opinions)

Rome's Jewish Leader Triggers Alarm At Auschwitz Visitor Center, Brings Police InterventionThe head of Rome's Jewish community and four other Italians were questioned by police after triggering an alarm at the visitor's center at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Riccardo Pacifici, whose grandparents were murdered at Auschwitz, and the others were questioned for several hours at a police station before being released. The incident began late Tuesday after ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Hillel Horowitz to Replace Chetboun on Yishai's Yachad List (4 opinions)

Rabbi Hillel Horowitz to Replace Chetboun on Yishai's Yachad ListIt would appear the ultimatum given to Yachad party leader Eli Yishai by Yoni Chetboun will result in Chetboun leaving the party. With hours remaining before the deadline for submitting lists, it appears veteran Hebron resident and community leader Rabbi Hillel Horowitz will replace Chetboun as Eli Yishai remains determined to close a deal with the Otzma Yehudit party. Chetboun ...    Full Story »

Eli Ochana Leaving Bayit Yehudi

Eli Ochana Leaving Bayit YehudiIt appears public pressure has had an impact as Bayit Yehudi’s number 11 on the list, retired soccer player Eli Ochana, will not be running. Ochana was the personal selection of party leader Naftali Bennett. The ...    Full Story »

Putin: They Were Murdered Only Because They Were Jews' (Photos By JDN)

Putin: They Were Murdered Only Because They Were Jews' (Photos By JDN)[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in a memorial event for international Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day that Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet army 70 years ago. The event took place at the world’s largest Jewish Museum at the Marina Roscha Synagogue in Moscow, directed by Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar. Rabbi Lazar ...    Full Story »

NY Attorney General Proposes Limit On Late Fees In Storm (2 opinions)

NY Attorney General Proposes Limit On Late Fees In StormNew York's attorney general is sending letters to 62 banks, mortgage lenders and utilities asking they temporarily suspend late fees for customers on Long Island hit by this week's snowstorm. According to authorities, the storm interrupted mail service and banking on Tuesday, creating a potential backlog in delivering bills and credit card statements. Attorney General Eric ...    Full Story »

Otzma Yehudit Between a Rock & a Hard Place Regarding Har Habayis (1 opinions)

Otzma Yehudit Between a Rock & a Hard Place Regarding Har HabayisOtzma Yisrael on Wednesday 8 Shevat found itself between a rock and a hard place regarding negotiations to run in the upcoming elections with the Yachad party. The party’s spiritual leader, HaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita is opposed to visiting Har Habayis. This is a big issue for Otzma Yehudit, which is a strong supporter of permitting Jews to visit Har Habayis. Since the ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Moshe Hager Will Not Run On Yishai's Yachad List

Rabbi Moshe Hager Will Not Run On Yishai's Yachad ListYachad candidate Rabbi Moshe Hager announced he will not be running. He explained “for the sake of achdus I am giving up my slot”. Behind the scenes however, it appears the reason is that Rabbi Tzvi Tau Shlita was planning to withdraw his support for Yachad because of the planned alignment with the Otzma Yehudit party. Rav Tau is among the poskim opposing visiting Har Habayis and ...    Full Story »

Chetboun May Leave Yishai's Yachad List (1 opinions)

Chetboun May Leave Yishai's Yachad ListFormer Bayit Yehudi MK Yoni Chetboun hold the number 2 slot on the new Yachad party list headed by Eli Yishai. Chetboun has proven to be a man of integrity as he voted against his own party and paid a heavy political price when he did not feel he could back the chareidi draft law. Chetboun is now threatening to leave Yachad over the planned inclusion of the Otzma Yehudit party and ...    Full Story »

New Deadline Approaches In ISIS Hostage Crisis

New Deadline Approaches In ISIS Hostage CrisisA sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest threat purportedly issued by the Islamic State group. The audio message was read in English by a voice the Japanese government said was likely that of Kenji Goto, a Japanese hostage also held by the ...    Full Story »

Attorney General Nominee Moves Closer To Confirmation

Attorney General Nominee Moves Closer To ConfirmationSenators weigh Loretta Lynch's nomination for attorney general for a second day at a hearing certain to pile criticism on President Barack Obama and Eric Holder, the current occupant of the job. Thursday's hearing brings a roster of outside witnesses to the Senate Judiciary Committee, including several invited by Republicans to showcase opposition to Obama's use of executive powers. ...    Full Story »

US Unemployment Benefit Applications Plunge to 15-Year Low

US Unemployment Benefit Applications Plunge to 15-Year LowThe number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy. Weekly applications dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the lowest level since April 2000. It is also the biggest decline in two years. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ...    Full Story »

Malaysia Says MH370 Crash An Accident To Clear Compensation

Malaysia Says MH370 Crash An Accident To Clear CompensationMalaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said that the search for the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared on March 8, 2014, on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, ...    Full Story »

Tel Aviv Couple Become the Latest Victims of Islamic Attacks on Har HaZeisim

Tel Aviv Couple Become the Latest Victims of Islamic Attacks on Har HaZeisimA Tel Aviv couple traveling in a vehicle with their daughter in the Har HaZeisim area on Wednesday, 8 Shevat, became the latest victims of Islamic terrorism. Their vehicle was bombarded with stones, fireworks and poles. B’chasdei Hashem they escaped with their lives. They were transported to a local hospital for treatment. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem / Photos: Mendy Eilouz)

Poll: Most Say Restore Health Aid If Court Kills Subsidies (1 opinions)

Poll: Most Say Restore Health Aid If Court Kills SubsidiesMost Americans including significant numbers of Republicans would want lawmakers to restore federal aid for buying coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court annuls some of the subsidies, according to a poll released Wednesday. Overall, the 2010 revamping of the nation's health care system remains broadly unpopular, according to the nonpartisan ...    Full Story »
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Inbal Hotel Voted Jerusalem's Most Luxurious Hotel in the TripAdvidor 2015 Travelers' Choice Awards

Inbal Hotel Voted Jerusalem's Most Luxurious Hotel in the TripAdvidor 2015 Travelers' Choice AwardsThe Inbal Jerusalem Hotel has been voted Jerusalem’s most luxurious hotel in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, ranking the hotel in the top one percent of all hotels around the world on TripAdvisor - a platform for unbiased reviews and travel advice. Based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year by TripAdvisor users worldwide, the Inbal was ...    Full Story »

FDA Issues New Requirements to Improve Defibrillator Safety

FDA Issues New Requirements to Improve Defibrillator SafetyThe Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will require makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency care devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems. Under the new requirements, manufacturers will have to submit more data on reliability of their devices and components, including batteries, adapters and electrodes. Additionally, ...    Full Story »

Do People Approve of Bennett's Soccer Player Appointment (2 opinions)

Do People Approve of Bennett's Soccer Player AppointmentYWN-ISRAEL reported that Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett announced his decision regarding the party’s 11th slot, the slot given to the party leader to decide unilaterally. He tapped retired soccer star Eli Ochana. The dati leumi Kippa website questioned readers if they approve of the surprising appointment. Do you approve of Bennett’s decision to appoint Eli ...    Full Story »

California Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

California Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health ThreatCalifornia health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity. The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on ...    Full Story »

HaRav Boaron Warns Those Who Speak Against HaRav Mazuz (1 opinions)

HaRav Boaron Warns Those Who Speak Against HaRav MazuzHaRav Tzion Boaron Shlita, a dayan serving on the Chief Rabbinate Supreme Court, warns those who dare to speak out against HaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita. “I warn those who speak against Rabbi Mazuz” stating they will not achieve anything good personally by acting in this fashion. Rav Mazuz is the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Kisei Rachamim and the spiritual advisor of Eli Yishai’s ...    Full Story »

22 Israeli Venture Capital & Private Equity Funds Arrive in China to Raise Capital for Hi-Tech

22 Israeli Venture Capital & Private Equity Funds Arrive in China to Raise Capital for Hi-TechA delegation of representatives from 22 Israeli capital funds (venture, private and equity) embarked on a tour to China this week dedicated to raising capital and foreign investments. The delegation aims at raising funds from Chinese businesses for their funds and portfolio companies as well as to scout for strategic partners in China for joint investments in Israel. The delegation aims ...    Full Story »

Recount Did Not Help Dichter

Recount Did Not Help DichterUnwilling to throw in the towel, Avi Dichter took his case to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, 7 Shevat, demanding a recount of the votes in the Likud primaries. The court complied, ordering an immediately recount ahead of the deadline for submitting party lists, midnight Thursday. The recount began immediately, on Tuesday, and the results are in Hotevely’s favor, as she now has the ...    Full Story »

Tape: Scientist Offers To Build Nuke Bomb Targeting New York (4 opinions)

Tape: Scientist Offers To Build Nuke Bomb Targeting New YorkA former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist told an undercover FBI agent he could build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City. In audio recordings played Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni tells an agent posing as a Venezuelan official that the bombs would prevent the United States from ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Ichud Hatzalah Simulated Missile Attack Training Event

PHOTOS: Ichud Hatzalah Simulated Missile Attack Training Event[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Ichud (United) Hatzalah held a missile attack simulation drill in the Shlomo HaMelech Senior Citizens home in Bnei Brak. The training exercise permitted rescuers to practice a number of possible scenarios including responding to an earthquake, a missile attack and the emergency evacuation of a medical facility. A number of agencies took part in the ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Pinto to Undergo 'Dangerous' Surgery - His Followers Will Observe a Fast Day (2 opinions)

Rabbi Pinto to Undergo 'Dangerous' Surgery - His Followers Will Observe a Fast DayThe Shuva Yisrael Beis Din on Wednesday, 8 Shevat, released a psak calling on followers to observe a fast day and a taanis dibur on Thursday for the success of a “dangerous surgery” that Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto will undergo on erev Shabbos. The rabbonim of the beis din call on followers of the rav to take part in the fasting and taanis dibur on behalf of Rabbi Pinto. They add the ...    Full Story »

Latest Poll Shows Labor/The Movement Remain in the Lead (4 opinions)

Latest Poll Shows Labor/The Movement Remain in the LeadThe latest Magar Mochot election poll commissioned by Kol Berama Radio was released on Tuesday evening 7 Shevat. The poll shows that the Labor/The Movement list continues to lead. The poll was taken before the announcement that retired soccer star Eli Ochana joined Bayit Yehudi. Labor/The Movement: 24 Likud: 22 Bayit Yehudi: 16 Arab bloc: 12 Yesh Atid: 11 Kulanu: ...    Full Story »

Sheriffs Expand Concerns About Waze Mobile Traffic App (5 opinions)

Sheriffs Expand Concerns About Waze Mobile Traffic AppA law enforcement campaign to compel Google Inc. to disable a feature in its popular Waze traffic app that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity shifted Wednesday when a sheriffs' organization openly complained that the app not only puts officers' lives at risk, it also interferes with the ability to write speeding tickets. The National Sheriffs' Association, which ...    Full Story »

Christie's Meeting With Israeli President Canceled

Christie's Meeting With Israeli President CanceledA planned meeting between Gov. Chris Christie and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has been canceled. The pair had been scheduled to meet behind closed doors Thursday afternoon at the Park Lane Hotel in Manhattan. Christie's office announced Wednesday that the plans have been scrapped due to a change in the Israeli president's schedule. Missiles fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah ...    Full Story »

NY Assembly Considers Rewriting Rules After Speaker's Arrest (1 opinions)

NY Assembly Considers Rewriting Rules After Speaker's ArrestSheldon Silver's 21-year reign as the speaker of the New York state Assembly is ending - a tectonic shift in state government that many reform-minded lawmakers say provides an opportunity to rewrite Albany's political playbook. Greater transparency. Less centralized power. Technological innovations to help lawmakers share information with constituents. More input by rank-and-file ...    Full Story »

Kol Berama Radio Host Joins Yishai's List (1 opinions)

Kol Berama Radio Host Joins Yishai's ListWith the Thursday night midnight deadline to announce party lists closing in, Yachad leader Eli Yishai announced yet another member of his team, Kol Berama Radio host Dudi Shwamenfeld. When asked why he would leave his job to join a party that might not pass the minimum threshold in the elections, Dudi said “voters are wise and they know which party to vote for”. He added “for me, ...    Full Story »


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