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Arab MK Zoabi Blasts Probationary Sentence in Court Case

Arab MK Zoabi Blasts Probationary Sentence in Court Case
While most believe Arab MK Hanin Zoabi got off too easy, being sentenced to six-months’ probation for her conviction on insulting a public servant, she decried the court’s ruling during an interview with a Hamas-affiliated newspaper. As reported by YWN-ISRAEL, the Nazareth Magistrate Court sentenced her to probation and fined her NIS 3,000. Zoabi, who has been a staunch representative in Knesset on behalf of Hamas and other terror organizations, makes no apologies for her agenda, which ...
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Jerusalem Fire Service Distributes Smoke Detectors to Large Families, the Elderly and Holocaust Survivors

Jerusalem Fire Service Distributes Smoke Detectors to Large Families, the Elderly and Holocaust Survivors
Beginning on Monday, 29 Shevat, the Jerusalem Fire Service began distributing smoke detectors to large families, the elderly and Holocaust survivors in the city. The distribution is now being conducted as a pilot program in the Kiryat Yovel and Kiryat Menachem neighborhoods of the city. It is part of a nationwide effort by the fire service in which over 3,000 detectors are being distributed and installed. The funds to cover the cost of the project were donated by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein ...
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Shas Leader Aryeh Deri is Menachem Aveil at the Home of Slain Border Policewoman Hadar Cohen H'YD

Shas Leader Aryeh Deri is Menachem Aveil at the Home of Slain Border Policewoman Hadar Cohen H'YD
Shas party leader was among the many state officials that traveled to the Ohr Yehuda home of slain border policewoman Hadar Cohen HY”D, where her parents and family are sitting shiva. Hadar was critically wounded in a Palestinian terror attack at Shar Shechem. She was shot in her head during an attack. Deri listened attentively as Mr. Ofir Cohen, her father, told how she died heroically and how she managed to neutralize one of the terrorists before collapsing. Deri promised to assist the ...
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Trump, Sanders Win NH Primary

Trump, Sanders Win NH Primary
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders powered to victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, avenging their Iowa losses to keep the mad scramble of the 2016 presidential campaign alive with dozens of contests to come. Sanders, the independent socialist senator challenging Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, and Trump, the political neophyte, billionaire and provocateur of the Republican race, tapped New Hampshire's occasional indulgence in political insurgencies to prevail in the nation's ...
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Attack Prevented: Arab Armed with a Large Knife Arrested in Jerusalem's Old City

Attack Prevented: Arab Armed with a Large Knife Arrested in Jerusalem's Old City
Police and border police late Monday afternoon 29 Shevat arrested an Arab male armed with a large knife at Shar Shechem in Yerushalayim. The 42-year-old Arab man appeared suspicious to border police, who approached him cautiously while maintaining a safe distance. He was arrested without incident, found to be concealing a large knife which he planned to use for a stabbing attack. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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A Bizayon HaTorah

A Bizayon HaTorah
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times There is no question that “Ivdu es Hashem BeSimcha – Serve Hashem in joy” is a paramount Mitzvah. Indeed, the Satmar Rebbe writes that it lies at the very foundation of all of the Taryag Mitzvos (Divrei Yoel Parshas Lech Lecha, first piece). Humor, for many people, is an important tool in developing that Simcha - joy. There is, however, a time and place for everything. One cannot and one may not violate severe prohibitions ...
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London Now Has Paramedics Riding Bicycles To Get To Emergencies Faster

London Now Has Paramedics Riding Bicycles To Get To Emergencies Faster
A cycle paramedic in the City of London will started responding to emergency calls on Monday, to get a speedier response to patients. The three month trial will allow paramedics on bicycles to monitor police calls for incidents they can attend, when they are not busy treating other patients. Paul Cook, the General Manager Central Operations, said: “We are always looking for ways we can work more closely with our colleagues in other 999 services to help keep Londoners safe. We hope this ...
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Galei Tzahal Radio Host Dares to Compare IDF Soldiers to Terrorists

Galei Tzahal Radio Host Dares to Compare IDF Soldiers to Terrorists
[AUDIO IN EXTEND ARTICLE] Who needs Ban Ki-Moon or the United Nations to slam Israel for as long as there is the IDF-funded Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) and veteran host Razi Barkai. All too often the shouts to shut down the leftist liberal and at times anti-Israel station, but event today, during a period the IDF is cutting services drastically, funding for the station continues. In the latest Galei Tzahal scandal, veteran host Razi Barkai compared the efforts of bereaved Israeli families ...
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Clinton Trying To Prevent A Big Sanders Victory In NH

Clinton Trying To Prevent A Big Sanders Victory In NH
Hillary Clinton braced for a potential loss in New Hampshire, the site of her 2008 comeback, seeking to deny rival Bernie Sanders a big victory in the nation's first presidential primary and a springboard into a competitive primary campaign. Sanders, once labeled a "fringe candidate" by detractors, held a double-digit lead over Clinton as voters prepared for Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. The Vermont senator hopes a show of strength in his neighboring New England state might prompt ...
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PHOTOS: Lakewood C.E.R.T. Graduation Ceremony Held in Town Hall

PHOTOS: Lakewood C.E.R.T. Graduation Ceremony Held in Town Hall
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE ] Lakewood, NJ - On Monday evening, a graduation ceremony was held in Town Hall to mark the completion of the 6-week long comprehensive C.E.R.T. training course. 34 residents of Lakewood completed the course, bringing the total number of trained C.E.R.T. volunteers in Lakewood to over 120. C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) courses are designed to educate local residents about many aspects of disaster preparedness for numerous situations that may ...
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Report: Israel Negotiating the Return of Terrorists' Bodies

Report: Israel Negotiating the Return of Terrorists' Bodies
PA (Palestinian Authority) officials are reporting a deal with Israel for the return of the bodies of terrorists from eastern Jerusalem is all but sealed. Israel has held the bodies of ten of the terrorists who were killed while perpetrating an attack in recent months and their families want them back so they can bury them as they wish. One of the conditions being stipulated for their release by Israel is a quiet funeral without the media hype and incitement as is often the case. Leaks of ...
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Energy Agency Says Gasoline Will Average Under $2 in 2016

Energy Agency Says Gasoline Will Average Under $2 in 2016
For the first time since 2004, U.S. drivers are expected to pay an average of less than $2 a gallon for gasoline, the government said Tuesday. They can thank the huge glut of oil around the globe. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its monthly short-term energy outlook that regular gasoline will average $1.98 a gallon nationwide in 2016. The last time oil averaged less than $2 for a full year was 2004, which was also the last time gasoline at stations in some states fell ...
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Israel: Local Government Strike Averted as Agreement is Reached

Israel: Local Government Strike Averted as Agreement is Reached
A threatened local municipality strike that was to begin on Wednesday morning, 2 Rosh Chodesh Adar I has been called off B”H as a settlement to avert the strike has been reached. The deal between the Histadrut Labor Federation and the treasury averts the strike that would have resulted in over 100,000 local government employees walking off the job and halting many services. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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A Look at Obama's Final Budget Proposal for 2017

A Look at Obama's Final Budget Proposal for 2017
President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here's a look at each agency and department: —— AGRICULTURE Up or down? Down 5.3 percent Highlight: — Obama's budget for the Agriculture Department includes a proposed $12 billion over 10 years to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer. Nearly 22 million low-income children receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year, but just a fraction of those kids ...
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Arab MKs Who Met with Families of Terrorists Banned Temporarily from Knesset by Ethic Committee

Arab MKs Who Met with Families of Terrorists Banned Temporarily from Knesset by Ethic Committee
Arab Members of Knesset last week met with family members of terrorists slain during the perpetration of terror attacks. The meeting attended by MKs Hanin Zoabi, Dr. Ahmed Tibi, Basel Ghattas, and Jamal Zahalka was held at an undisclosed location and they observed a minute of silence in memory of the terrorists as well. This resulted in a number of complaints filed with the Knesset Ethics Committee. The committee has announced that MKs Hanin Zoabi and Basel Ghattas are suspended from plenum ...
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The Latest From NH: Cruz Says Trump Can't Defend Record, So Engages In Profanity

The Latest From NH: Cruz Says Trump Can't Defend Record, So Engages In Profanity
Ted Cruz says Donald Trump has no choice but to engage in profanity because the billionaire businessman can't defend his record. Cruz briefly addressed Trump's latest insult Tuesday afternoon as he greeted voters inside Manchester's Red Arrow Diner, a must-stop for candidates in both parties. "Part of the reason that Donald engages in insults is because he can't discuss the substance. He can't defend his record. For example, a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for Obamacare," Cruz told ...
(1 opinions  |   February 09 )

Ban Ki-Moon Heckled at New York Shul

Ban Ki-Moon Heckled at New York Shul
The following is via OnlySimchas.com: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at Park East Synagogue on Saturday, just days after he angered Israel by stating “it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism”. Netanyahu immediately responded by saying that Ban was a defender of terror and that the UN has long lost its moral compass. Crowds of people stood outside the shul, protesting Ban coming. Most of the ...
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VIDEO: Talmid Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav Held by Police Overnight for Singing 'Hatikvah' on Har Habayis

VIDEO: Talmid Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav Held by Police Overnight for Singing 'Hatikvah' on Har Habayis
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Talmid Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav Kook R’ Michael Puah was arrested by police on Monday 29 Shevat after he began singing a portion of Hatikvah – "להיות עם חופשי בארצנו". "To be a free nation in our land". Police were quick to detain him for the violation and after six hours of waiting in the police station, the decision was made to detain him overnight. R’ Michael explains he was not just arrested, but subjected to police violence as ...
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Gov't Report: 8 States Had Significant Drop in Uninsured

Gov't Report: 8 States Had Significant Drop in Uninsured
Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign. All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that is one of two major pathways to coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. The law's other coverage route is subsidized private insurance, available in all 50 states. GOP presidential candidates are vowing to repeal ...
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PM's Office Accuses Minister Bennett of Leaking Information from Cabinet Meetings

PM's Office Accuses Minister Bennett of Leaking Information from Cabinet Meetings
Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) this week announced Education Minister Naftali Bennett is responsible for leaking information pertaining to discussions at cabinet meetings. He is accused of spreading information that he wants the Israel to act immediately against Hamas tunnels while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is opposed. The message released by the PMO says “Ministers should all try to exhibit responsibility and not attempt to gather political support by giving ...
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More Than 1 Million Are Besieged In Syria, New Report Says

More Than 1 Million Are Besieged In Syria, New Report Says
More than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, a new report says in a challenge to the United Nations, which estimates just half that amount and has been accused by some aid groups of underplaying a crisis. The fate of Syria's besieged is at the heart of peace talks that quickly fell apart last week in Geneva and are set to resume by Feb. 25. Negotiators for the opposition had insisted that the Syrian government stop besieging civilians before talks could truly begin. The ...
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The latest From NH: Is This The Last Stop For Christie? 'Next' Question!

The latest From NH: Is This The Last Stop For Christie? 'Next' Question!
Chris Christie isn't saying whether his campaign will continue after Tuesday's GOP New Hampshire primary. At a noontime stop at a Derry restaurant, Christie refused to say what place he needs to come in at a minimum to continue his campaign. "I don't get into that stuff. Next!" he said, calling on the next reporter. Christie has hung virtually all of his White House hopes on a strong showing in New Hampshire. Other candidates, such as Jeb Bush, have said their campaigns will continue ...
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Greenfield Offers $500 Reward for Information Leading to Arrests in Borough Park Attack

Greenfield Offers $500 Reward for Information Leading to Arrests in Borough Park Attack
Councilman David G. Greenfield expressed outrage over an attack that took place Monday night in Borough Park, when a 49-year old Jewish man was viciously assaulted by a group of four assailants. The suspects put the man in a chokehold and threw him to the ground, kicking him in the face multiple times, and ultimately fleeing the scene after taking his wallet. "This sort of appalling violence has no place anywhere, but we certainly won't stand for it in our neighborhoods," Greenfield said. ...
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VIDEO AND PHOTOS: London Police Chase Ends In Crash With Fatality In Stamford Hill

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: London Police Chase Ends In Crash With Fatality In Stamford Hill
[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A teenager is dead, and another seriously injured, after the moped they were riding on crashed just minutes after a "smash-and-grab-robbery". According to the published reports, the crash happened on the A107 next to Clapton Common. Stamford Hill Hatzola and London Ambulance were on the scene in seconds, and began emergency treatment. One of the teens on the bike was pronounced dead on the scene. A second one was transported in serious ...
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WATCHING TUESDAY: NH Existential Test For Trump's Candidacy

WATCHING TUESDAY: NH Existential Test For Trump's Candidacy
Which candidate is 'the best,' who's the most experienced, who's a revolutionary and who's a robot? New Hampshire voters will be the judge of that — and much more — in a presidential primary that turns 100 years old Tuesday. At stake are the political fates of billionaire Donald Trump's improbable candidacy, a pair of political dynasties and a gaggle of governors and senators doing a lot of sharp elbowing in the fight for a strong finish in the nation's first primary of ...
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Sentencing Hearing for Former PM Olmert on Wednesday

Sentencing Hearing for Former PM Olmert on Wednesday
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has pleaded guilty on two counts of obstructing justice him as part of a plea bargain agreement will be appearing for his sentencing hearing on Wednesday, 1 Adar I at 08:30. Presiding over the hearing will be Justice Avital Chen. As part of the plea bargain agreement, Olmert will serve jail time the sentences will be concurrent. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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PHOTOS: More Coastal Flooding Hits NYC - Parts Of Far Rockaway Under Water Tuesday Morning

PHOTOS: More Coastal Flooding Hits NYC - Parts Of Far Rockaway Under Water Tuesday Morning
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Once again, more flooding was reported in oceanfront communities across the tri-state Tuesday. The latest wave of flooding came one day after the coastline was slammed with storm-swollen high tides brought on by a wintry weather system that dropped heavy snow on parts of Long Island. As can be seen in the photos below, parts of Far Rockaway (Queens) were inundated with water for the third straight high tide. The National Weather Service had issued a ...
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Closings Set In NYC Cop's Trial In Deadly Stairwell Shooting

Closings Set In NYC Cop's Trial In Deadly Stairwell Shooting
The rookie New York City police officer who shot an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell says what happened was a deadly accident. Prosecutors call it manslaughter and say he acted recklessly and then did little to help the dying man. Jurors will start discussing their views of Officer Peter Liang's actions as soon as Tuesday. Closing arguments are expected in the morning, and deliberations are likely to begin in the afternoon. Liang, 28, says he didn't know anyone was in the ...
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Primary Puts Values Of Retail Campaigning To The Test

Primary Puts Values Of Retail Campaigning To The Test
Donald Trump upended the traditions of New Hampshire campaigning when he opted for mega-rallies over living room conversations and diner stops, spending less time in the first primary state than any of his rivals. Yet the businessman goes into the state's Tuesday primary with the hope of clinching his first win. The trio of governors vying for second place — Ohio Gov. John Kasich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — campaigned with a more personal touch. ...
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US Senator Calls For Investigation Of Cruise Ship In Storm

US Senator Calls For Investigation Of Cruise Ship In Storm
Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. Sen. Bill Nelson has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the voyage that forced frightened passengers into their cabins overnight Sunday as their belongings flew about, waves rose as high as 30 feet, and winds howled outside. "The thing about this storm was that it was forecast for days. So ...
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Intelligence Chief: North Korea Restarts Plutonium Reactor

Intelligence Chief: North Korea Restarts Plutonium Reactor
North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said Tuesday in delivering the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country. He also said Islamic militants and those inspired by the Islamic State group will continue to pose a threat to Americans at home and abroad, al-Qaida remains an enemy and the U.S. will ...
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TERROR: Israeli Man Jogging On Road Stabbed In Gush Etzion [VIDEO AND PHOTOS]

TERROR: Israeli Man Jogging On Road Stabbed In Gush Etzion [VIDEO AND PHOTOS]
[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDS ARTICLE] A Palestinian terrorist stabbed a Jewish man in Gush Etzion near the Neve Daniel community, Tuesday afternoon. According to initial reports from the scene, the victim arrived at the entrance of the settlement and told the guard he had just been stabbed. According to Channel 2, the victim was jogging on the road when he was attacked. The man was treated on the scene by Magen David Adom Paramedics along with United Hatzalah Volunteers. His ...
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Lapid: The Religious Tzibur is Receiving Funding at the Expense of Israeli Public

Lapid: The Religious Tzibur is Receiving Funding at the Expense of Israeli Public
Yair Lapid on Monday, 29 Shevat was interviewed by Channel 2 correspondent Amit Segal as Lapid attended the Jerusalem Conference. Lapid began by commenting on how he has moved closer to the religious and chareidi communities on the one hand and to the right-wing on the other. “What a surprise, what I did in recent months. I came from the national camp. My father was appointed by Begin. I am in a comfortable place, both politically and my Jewishness” he commented. Regarding the ...
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Obama Administration Plans New High-Level Cyber Official

Obama Administration Plans New High-Level Cyber Official
The Obama administration is creating a new high-level federal official to coordinate cybersecurity across civilian agencies and to work with military and intelligence counterparts, as part of its 2017 budget proposal announced Tuesday. The $19-billion increase in cybersecurity funding across all government agencies — up more than from 35 percent from last year — is entitled the "Cybersecurity National Action Plan" and is an effort touted by the White House as the "capstone" of seven ...
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PHOTOS: Charedim Overtun Police Vehicle In Ashdod as they Seek to Arrest a Yeshiva Bochur Who is Absent from IDF Service

PHOTOS: Charedim Overtun Police Vehicle In Ashdod as they Seek to Arrest a Yeshiva Bochur Who is Absent from IDF Service
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The IDF regularly arrests people absent from military service. In this latest case, which took place early Tuesday morning 30 Shevat (Monday night to Tuesday), military police arrived at Chalafta Street in Ashdod to arrest a Yeshiva Bochur who has failed to report for military service. A crowd of bnei torah quickly gathered outside and police found themselves extremely outnumbered. The crowd began singing songs in support of the boy slated for arrest. As ...
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Trump, Sanders Look To Emerge From New Hampshire With Wins

Trump, Sanders Look To Emerge From New Hampshire With Wins
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hope to emerge from New Hampshire's primary Tuesday with their first wins of the 2016 presidential election, victories that would boost credibility for both of these breakout campaigns. Trump leads a Republican field that has been in flux in the final days of campaigning across snowy New Hampshire. A rocky debate performance by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has jeopardized his chance to pull away from a trio of governors and firmly establish himself as the chief ...
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NYC Area: More Snow On The Way; A Few Inches In Tri-State Area

NYC Area: More Snow On The Way; A Few Inches In Tri-State Area
Snow showers through Tuesday could bring at least 1-3 inches of snow to the area and even more south and west. In New York, there were several schools that announced a delayed start on Tuesday. WABC Meteorologist Bill Evans said we are looking at snow showers Tuesday but no accumulation. Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, we are looking at accumulating snow, and expect very bitter Arctic air for the weekend -- the coldest of the season. A winter weather advisory is in effect through ...
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Obama To Release $4 Trillion-Plus Budget For 2017

Obama To Release $4 Trillion-Plus Budget For 2017
President Barack Obama is unveiling his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that's freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his presidency. The budget will be released Tuesday morning, the same day as the New Hampshire primary when it's likely to get little attention. It comes as the deficit, which had been falling over the duration of Obama's two ...
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The Latest From NH: Trump Says Campaign Is $45 Million Under Budget

The Latest From NH: Trump Says Campaign Is $45 Million Under Budget
Donald Trump says his campaign is $45 million under budget as he enters the second race of the presidential nomination process. Speaking to MSNBC's Morning Joe as polls opened in New Hampshire Tuesday, Trump acknowledged that he's polled well in the Granite State but urged people to go out and vote. Trump also addressed a possible third-party run by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, calling Bloomberg his friend, but acknowledging some of his shortfalls as mayor with regard to ...
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