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DNC Beats RNC in July Fundraising, But Republican Committee Still Has More Money In The Bank

DNC Beats RNC in July Fundraising, But Republican Committee Still Has More Money In The Bank
The Democratic National Committee squeaked past its GOP rival in fundraising last month, but the Republican National Committee still has a bigger bank account, according to finance reports filed Wednesday. The DNC raised almost $9.3 million in July and went into August with more than $9.6 million saved for November's elections. The RNC says it raised $8.4 million last month and has almost $14 million in its account. Both committees help candidates at all levels with data on voters, polling and strategic advice. Committees leaders also ...

As US Airstrikes In Iraq Grow, Details Stay Thin

As US Airstrikes In Iraq Grow, Details Stay ThinAmerica has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin. Some questions and answers about the mission, which began Aug. 8: Q. What U.S. forces are involved? A. The specifics are ...    Full Story »

FBI Chief Calls Islamic Terror Group 'Savages'

FBI Chief Calls Islamic Terror Group 'Savages'FBI Director James Comey says Islamic State extremists who executed journalist James Foley are "savages" and that the agency is helping investigate the killing. Comey spoke about the execution Wednesday on a visit to the FBI field office in Denver. Comey says the FBI has been investigating American hostages in Syria for two years. He says "these savages have turned that into a ...    Full Story »

UN Agency: Iran Abiding With Terms of Nuke Deal

UN Agency: Iran Abiding With Terms of Nuke DealThe U.N. nuclear agency says that Iran is keeping commitments it agreed to with six world powers in a pact that temporarily caps its nuclear activities and eliminates material that could be most easily used to make nuclear weapons. The finding is contained in a restricted International Atomic Energy Agency report released Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press. Under the ...    Full Story »

Thursday AM Rocket Attack Briefs from Eretz Yisrael [UPDATED 4:45 PM IL]

Thursday AM Rocket Attack Briefs from Eretz Yisrael [UPDATED 4:45 PM IL]16:45: Sirens sounding in Kfar Aza and Kibbutz Saad. 16:15: Beginning this morning, light planes and hang gliders are banned from south of Rishon L’Tzion and north of Mitzpei Ramon as a result of renewed rocket fire. In addition, helicopters over Beit Oveid, Ayalon, Latrun and Shoresh must fly at very low altitudes to avoid rocket fire. 16:10: A mortar rocket exploded in the ...    Full Story »

Three Senior Hamas Commanders Killed by the IDF

Three Senior Hamas Commanders Killed by the IDFHamas confirms that three senior commanders of the Izzadin el-Kassem military wing were killed by the IDF in an early morning bombing attack by the Israel Air Force. In his comments to the nation on Wednesday night the eve of 25 Menachem Av, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made it clear, that Hamas leaders were going to be targeted. In the targeted strike on a four-story home in ...    Full Story »

Bank Of America Reaches Record $17 Billion Settlement With U.S.

Bank Of America Reaches Record $17 Billion Settlement With U.S.Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday. One of the officials, who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the announcement isn't scheduled until ...    Full Story »
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Secret US Mission To Rescue Hostages In Syria Failed (1 opinions)

Secret US Mission To Rescue Hostages In Syria FailedPresident Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside ...    Full Story »

Parents Demand Federal Probe In NYPD Shooting

Parents Demand Federal Probe In NYPD ShootingThe parents of a black teenager shot to death by a white New York City police officer in 2012 are demanding a federal civil rights probe. The parents of Ramarley Graham led several dozen people in a short march from a park to the federal prosecutor's office Wednesday. They submitted a letter demanding a full federal investigation, a grand jury probe and a meeting with the U.S. ...    Full Story »

Security At Yankee Stadium Now Resembles Airport (1 opinions)

Security At Yankee Stadium Now Resembles AirportWearing a navy blue New York Yankees shirt, Jonathan Freedman lined up with other fans outside Gate 2 on Jerome Avenue and East 164th Street. Once he reached the front of the single-file line, he emptied his pockets into a plastic bin and was ushered through a metal detector. Welcome to Yankee Stadium, where security measures now resemble those at the airport. And starting next ...    Full Story »

Obama, Allies Vow Firm Response To Islamic State (1 opinions)

Obama, Allies Vow Firm Response To Islamic StateThe United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq. "We ...    Full Story »

NYC: Macy's To Pay $650,000 In Shopper-Profiling Pobe

NYC: Macy's To Pay $650,000 In Shopper-Profiling PobeThe retailer Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square. Under the agreement signed Tuesday with New York's attorney general, the company will adopt new policies on police access to its security camera monitors and against profiling, further train employees, investigate customer complaints, keep ...    Full Story »

Holder Arrives In Ferguson After Police Shooting (1 opinions)

Holder Arrives In Ferguson After Police ShootingU.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson Wednesday to meet with federal investigators and reassure residents of the suburban St. Louis community torn by several nights of racial unrest since the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. While walking through Drake's Place Restaurant in Ferguson, Holder told diners concerned about the recent clashes ...    Full Story »

PHOTO: Giant Palestinian Flag Unfurled From Manhattan Bridge To Protest Israeli Military Action In Gaza (6 opinions)

PHOTO: Giant Palestinian Flag Unfurled From Manhattan Bridge To Protest Israeli Military Action In Gaza An enormous Palestinian flag was unfurled from the south side of the Manhattan Bridge earlier this evening as protesters marched across the nearby Brooklyn Bridge to protest Israeli attacks in Gaza. The flag, which bore writing that read "Boycott, Divest, Sanction," hung from the bridge for at least 30 minutes before it was removed. (Source: Gothamist)

Senate Control Could Rest With Well-Funded Women

Senate Control Could Rest With Well-Funded WomenControl of the Senate could lie in the fortunes of female candidates and the deep-pocketed donors, like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who are sending piles of cash their way. So far this election cycle, donors have handed over $46 million to a collection of political committees and candidates linked to Emily's List, which backs female contenders who support abortion ...    Full Story »

WATCH: George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next. The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's ...    Full Story »

Twitter Tries to Block Images of Foley Killing (1 opinions)

Twitter Tries to Block Images of Foley KillingTwitter is trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers the publicity they crave is also gaining momentum. In a Tweet published late Tuesday California time, CEO Dick Costolo said his company "is actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Ichud Hatzalah Ambucycles in Memory of the Three Kedoshim HY"D

PHOTOS: Ichud Hatzalah Ambucycles in Memory of the Three Kedoshim HY[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] On Tuesday, 23 Menachem Av 5774 three ambucycles were donated to Ichud (United) Hatzalah in memory of the three kedoshim, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach HY”D. The ceremony was held at the very hitchhiking post they were kidnapped from on the eve of 15 Sivan, in Gush Etzion. Also present at the ceremony were Ichud Hatzalah leaders along ...    Full Story »

Bloomberg Offers Grants To Help Cities Innovate

Bloomberg Offers Grants To Help Cities InnovateAmerican cities looking to be more innovative in how they address local issues can now get a helping hand from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charitable foundation. Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday is announcing that it's putting $45 million into Innovation Delivery grants. The grants are to help cities create teams that use data and other tools to come up with ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor, Sharpton, Faith Leaders Meeting On Arrest Death

NYC Mayor, Sharpton, Faith Leaders Meeting On Arrest DeathNew York's Catholic archbishop is bringing together the mayor and religious leaders for a roundtable meeting spawned by the death of a man placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer. Mayor Bill de Blasio asked Cardinal Timothy Dolan to host Wednesday's meeting in the wake of Eric Garner's death last month on Staten Island. The mayor says he believes it can help a city ...    Full Story »

US Changing No-Fly List Rules (1 opinions)

US Changing No-Fly List Rules The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. The decision comes after a federal judge's ruling that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a situation deemed unconstitutional. In response, the Justice Department said the U.S. will change the process ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Crown Heights Bochur Chases Down His Attackers (9 opinions)

Watch how 24-year-old Avrohom Wolosow isn't fazed after being the victim of a knockout attack and quickly chases down his attackers.

In Deadly NYC Jail Beatings, No Criminal Charges (2 opinions)

In Deadly NYC Jail Beatings, No Criminal ChargesAgitated and hallucinating from alcohol and heroin withdrawal, inmate Angel Ramirez took a swing at a jail guard and missed. What followed, according to investigative documents obtained by The Associated Press, was a quick punch back from the guard that put Ramirez on the floor. Then he was dragged away, beyond the view of security cameras, and three other guards were called in. ...    Full Story »

ROCKET ATTACKS FROM GAZA CONTINUE [UPDATED 11:07PM IL] (33 opinions)

ROCKET ATTACKS FROM GAZA CONTINUE [UPDATED 11:07PM IL]23:06:Sirens are now ringing in many southern communities including Ashdod. 18:58: B’chasdei Hashem there are no reports of injuries in the last wave of rocket fire to southern areas, the Shvelah, and Gush Dan. 18:56: Two rockets were intercepted over Kiryat Ono, B’chasdei Hashem without fatalities or injuries. 18:50: One interception in the Petach Tikvah area and a second ...    Full Story »

Another American Hostage At Risk By Islamic State

Another American Hostage At Risk By Islamic StateIn a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. The White House must now weigh the risks of adopting an aggressive policy to destroy the Islamic State against resisting any action that could result in ...    Full Story »

Woman Wins $4.3M in Texting While Driving Case (1 opinions)

Woman Wins $4.3M in Texting While Driving CaseA Florida woman who was severely injured in a crash caused by her then-boyfriend, who was allegedly texting while driving, has won a $4.3 million lawsuit. The law firm representing 26-year-old Cacilia Carter told The Daytona Beach News-Journal the verdict was handed down Aug. 5 in Flagler County Circuit Court. Carter was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her then-boyfriend Joseph ...    Full Story »

Protective Edge: Hamas' Violations of Ceasefires - A Chronology

Protective Edge: Hamas' Violations of Ceasefires - A ChronologyThe following report was released by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, 24 Menachem AV 5774. Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, Israel has respected numerous ceasefires, most of them humanitarian lulls for the benefit of the residents of Gaza. Prior to the 10-13 August ceasefire, Hamas violated every ceasefire. We cease... Hamas fires We ...    Full Story »
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Netanyahu: 'We Will Not Stop' Gaza Operation (6 opinions)

Netanyahu: 'We Will Not Stop' Gaza OperationIsrael’s prime minister says he will press forward with a military operation in the Gaza Strip until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory is halted. Benjamin Netanyahu made the comments in a nationwide address Wednesday, a day after talks aimed at ending Israel’s monthlong war against Hamas terrorists collapsed in failure. Netayahu’s tough words signal a protracted ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Obama: Today The Entire World Is Appalled By The Murder Of Jim Foley (4 opinions)

President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. Obama says the entire world is “appalled” by Foley’s killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with ...    Full Story »

Sullivan Beats Tea Party in Alaska GOP Senate Race

Sullivan Beats Tea Party in Alaska GOP Senate RaceFormer state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall. Republicans see the Alaska race as a key contest in their attempt to capture the Senate majority from Democrats. Sullivan entered the primary the presumed ...    Full Story »

How Can Authorities Restore Order In Ferguson? (2 opinions)

How Can Authorities Restore Order In Ferguson?They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard — and still the violence erupts nightly in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. After more than a week of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, law enforcement and ...    Full Story »

Poll: Cuomo Maintains Big Lead In NY Gov Race

Poll: Cuomo Maintains Big Lead In NY Gov RaceA new poll shows Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to maintain a 2-to-1 advantage over his Republican challenger in New York's gubernatorial race. The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Cuomo a 56 to 28 percent lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. That's essentially unchanged from Quinnipiac's poll in May. Cuomo has been dogged recently by ...    Full Story »


WATCH: George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next. The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. In a video posted Wednesday on Bush's Facebook page, he says: "To you all who challenged me, I do not think it's presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I'm simply going to write you a check." The video, taken in Kennebunkport, Maine, then shows a smiling Laura Bush dousing him. She says: "That check is from me — I didn't want to ruin my hairstyle." Also in Maine this week, author Stephen King took the challenge, and then challenged John Grisham. (AP)

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WATCH: Crown Heights Bochur Chases Down His Attackers (9 opinions)

Watch how 24-year-old Avrohom Wolosow isn't fazed after being the victim of a knockout attack and quickly chases down his attackers.

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WATCH: Obama On Ferguson: Time To Listen, Not Just Shout (3 opinions)

Calling for understanding in the face of racially charged anger, President Barack Obama said Monday that the vast majority of protesters in a St. Louis suburb were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice for the unarmed black man shot and killed by police. During a brief pause in his summer vacation, Obama expressed sympathy for the "passions and anger" sparked by the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, but said giving in to that anger through looting and attacks on police only stirs tensions and leads to further chaos. He said overcoming the mistrust endemic between many communities and their local police would require Americans to "listen and not just shout." "That's how we're going to move forward together, by trying to unite each other and understand each other and not simply divide ourselves from one another," Obama told reporters at the White House. Obama said Attorney General Eric Holder would travel to Ferguson this week to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown's death. He said he also had told Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon he wanted to ensure the use the National Guard in help calm tensions in Ferguson must be limited in scope, and said he would be monitoring that operation in the coming days to see whether the guard's involvement was helping or hurting. Obama also weighed in for the first time publicly on the militarization of some local police departments, saying it probably would be useful to examine how federal grant dollars had been used to allow local police to purchase military-style equipment, an issue that's come to the forefront amid the violent protests in Ferguson. Obama said the distinction between the military and domestic law enforcement was one of the great things about America. Appearing in the White House briefing room in a dress shirt but no tie, Obama also spoke for the first time to the racial tensions and grievances perceived by African-Americans in Ferguson. In previous comments about the situation, Obama had avoided talking directly about race, wary of rushing to judgment or further inflaming the situation. Weighing his words carefully, Obama said it was clear that disparities in how blacks and whites are treated and sentenced must be addressed, calling for more safeguards and training to prevent missteps. At the same time, he acknowledged the difficult situation that police officers sometimes face. "There are young black men that commit crime. We can argue about why that happened — because the poverty they were born into or the school systems that failed them or what have you— but if they commit a crime, then they need to be prosecuted," Obama said. "Because every community has an interest in public safety." Obama's remarks on the crisis were the first since the situation in Ferguson escalated over the weekend, with Nixon, the Missouri governor, ordering a midnight curfew for Ferguson and ordering the National Guard to help restore order. Nixon lifted that curfew on Monday, but tensions remained high the morning after police once again deployed tear gas in response to what they said were reports of gunfire, looting and vandalism by protesters. The ongoing confrontation, with military-style vehicles rolling through suburban streets, has left citizens across the country wondering how such a war-like scene could play out in America's heartland. Shortly before speaking to reporters Monday, Obama received an update from top advisers including Holder and White House Counsel Neil Eggleston. Obama has asked the Justice Department and FBI to investigate Brown's death, and Holder over the weekend ordered a federal medical examiner to perform a third autopsy on Brown. Obama weighed in on the crisis during a brief break in his annual summer vacation at Martha's Vineyard, where the president was spending two weeks with his family while juggling multiple crises in the U.S. and overseas. Obama returned to the White House late Monday and planned to return to the Massachusetts island on Tuesday. His brief return to Washington had been announced by the White House before the standoff in Ferguson began. Brown was unarmed when he was fatally shot by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, a predominantly black community that long has been at odds with the mostly white police department. Results of an independent autopsy released Monday by Brown's family determined that Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head. (AP)

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