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GOP Bill Would Discipline Hecklers At College Speeches

University of Wisconsin students who disrupt speeches and demonstrations could be expelled and campuses would have to remain neutral on public issues under a bill Republican legislators are pushing this week. The bill comes as free speech issues have grown more contentious on college campuses across the country. Conservatives are worried that right-wing speakers aren't given equal treatment as liberal campus presenters and some students have complained about free expression fanning racial ...
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White House Wants To Push Tax Overhaul Without Democrats

A senior administration official said Thursday the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats. It's a sign of the intense partisanship over President Donald Trump's outlines for cutting tax rates in hopes of stimulating faster economic growth, increasing business activity and helping the middle class. The proposal unveiled Wednesday would also repeal several taxes that target the wealthy but eliminate many deductions they use. Democratic ...
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WATCH: PM Netanyahu Meets With Independence Day Torch Lighters

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife along with Minister of Sport & Culture Miri Regev met with the Israelis selected to light the Independence Day torches this year ahead of the ceremony. Next week, on Independence Day 69, they will light the torches in the official state ceremony. While 5 Iyar falls on Sunday night and Monday, festivities are pushed off a day since Independence Day is preceded by Memorial Day and if the latter began on motzei Shabbos, this would result in ...
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Senate Confirms Alex Acosta As Trump's Secretary Of Labor

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as Labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The 60-38 vote confirms Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the nation's 27th Labor secretary, the son of Cuban immigrants will lead a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 10 million employers and 125 million workers. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., spoke for many Republicans with a statement issued just after the ...
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American Heart Association Taps United Hatzalah To Be Official Training Partner In Israel

The American Heart Association (AHA) boasts some 700 international training centers throughout the world. According to Glenn Vanden Houten, the AHA’s Regional Director for Europe and Africa, “United Hatzalah became one of our authorized training centers. We are proud that you have become part of that family.” The new authorization provided by the AHA recognizes the United Hatzalah education and training of its EMTs and paramedics as well as other community-based training initiatives ...
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PA Announces It Won't Pay For Gaza Electricity

Officials in Ramallah have officially informed the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) that it will no longer pay for electricity used by residents of Gaza. The announcement comes amid a growing power struggle dispute between Abu Mazen and the Hamas-controlled Gaza regime. Israel Electric Company supplies about 30% of Gaza’s electricity, costing about NIS 40 million monthly. The amount is deducted from tax revenue funds which Israel transfers to the PA ...
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House Delays Obamacare Vote, Denying Trump 100-Day win

House Republican leaders have delayed a vote on an Obamacare replacement plan until next week at the earliest, denying President Donald Trump a major victory during his first 100 days in office. At least 15 House Republicans remain solidly opposed to a revised leadership health-care plan, and another 20 are leaning no or still undecided, according to GOP lawmakers and aides. House GOP leaders can only lose 22 votes. (AP)
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Ural Airlines Inaugurates Moscow-Tel Aviv Flight

The Tourism Ministry is working with airlines in Russia to incentivize them to open new routes into Israel, using grants and marketing assistance, while at the same time working with tour operators and wholesalers. Most of the large and medium-size tour operators in Russia are already offering vacation packages to Israel. The Tourism Ministry in Russia recently launched the Two Cities One Break campaign, designed to encourage incoming tourism to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in particular. Half of ...
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NYPD Deploys Body-Worn Cameras In The Washington Heights Neighborhood Of Manhattan

Today the New York City Police Department began the rollout of its police officer body-worn camera (BWC) pilot program in the 34 Precinct, covering the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The Vievu cameras will initially be worn by each of the approximately 50 officers on patrol assigned to the 4 P.M. to midnight shift. The rollout will continue to additional precincts through the end of 2017, with a total of 5,000 cameras deployed through 2018, and approximately 22,000 by the end of ...
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Driver Questioned By Israel Police After Forgetting 4-Year-Old In Vehicle

A driver who transports small children to daycare was questioned by Tel Aviv police on Wednesday, 30 Nissan, after forgetting a 4-year-old onboard. The driver told police “Certainly I forgot him because he fell asleep”. The child’s mother, who lives in a community in the Gezer Council, is accustomed to receiving a notification from the kindergarten teacher regarding her son being picked up for the trip back home. She received such an alert last Friday, which happened to be accompanied ...
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Southwest Airlines To End Practice Of Overbooking Flights

Southwest Airlines plans to stop overbooking flights — an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public. Last year Southwest bumped 15,000 passengers off flights, more than any other U.S. airline. Carriers say they sometimes sell more tickets than there are seats because often a few passengers don't show up. The practice of overbooking flights has come under intense scrutiny since April 9, when a ...
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WATCH: Ari Goldwag - Ve'ahavta - A Cappella Video

Ari Goldwag and friends are back with a fun and entertaining story to accompany Meilech Kohn's mega-hit song Ve'ahavta - the A Cappella version. You will enjoy watching as they search out opportunities to help others, while at the same time having a great time with their fun choreographed moves. They are also joined by a mysterious old man who seems to be on some kind of mission, as well. Enjoy the fun and don't forget to get the album A Cappella Soul 4 - fresh for this Sefirah season.
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IDF Chief Rabbi Responds To Allegations He Took Part In Arranging Mixed Units

According to a report appearing in dati leumi BaSheva weekly last week, IDF Chief Rabbi Eyal Karim and his predecessor Rabbi Rafi Peretz were both partners in the formulation of the plan to integrate combat units to permit women and men to serve side-by-side. The new plan has led to widespread condemnation among the overwhelming number of rabbonim including the dati leumi community. A number of prominent poskim in the dati leumi community have already announced religious soldiers may not serve ...
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NYS Launches 'Operation Safe Stop' Enforcement Campaign; Cracking Down On Motorists Passing Buses

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an enforcement and public education campaign aimed at motorists who pass stopped school buses. State and local law enforcement agencies from across the state will participate in "Operation Safe Stop" on Thursday, April 27, 2017, and drivers passing school buses that are stopped and flashing their red lights will be ticketed. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the New York Association for Pupil Transportation have collaborated on the ...
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Trump Repeats Criticism Of Court That Halted 1st Travel Ban

President Donald Trump is once again taking aim at a federal appeals court district that covers Western states, saying he is considering breaking up a circuit that is a longtime target of Republicans and is where his first travel ban was halted. Yet it would take congressional action to break up the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Republicans have introduced bills this year to do just that. Asked Wednesday during a White House interview by the Washington Examiner if he'd thought about ...
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Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter Bars - The Easiest No-Mixer Dessert You Can Make Today! Bonus: It Involves Lotus

Remember the Great Lotus Craze of 2016 when everyone bought this awesome cookie butter by the case? Check out this super easy and delicious cookie bar dessert recipe by Naomi Nachman on her Sunny Side Up cooking show on Kosher.com. You can make them in batches and put them in the freezer "because you never know when someone might pop in"! Get the recipe here: www.kosher.com/shows/video/100/the-easiest-no-mixer-dessert-you-can-make-today-bonus-it-involves-lotus
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Histadrut National Labor Federation Accused Of Retaliating Against Shas

MK (Machane Tzioni) Shelly Yacimovich is running for the leadership of the Histadrut National Labor Federation, as reported by YWN-ISRAEL. Yacimovich enjoys the backing of the Shas party in her bid for the top labor spot, and this allegedly is resulting in the labor union retaliating against Shas. During her address before the Chareidi Institute for Policy Studies, Yacimovich spoke of the "Attempts to de-legitimize my candidacy for the chairmanship of the Histadrut are surprising me every ...
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Amtrak Accelerating Penn Station Work, Rail Delays Expected

Accelerated repair work in the wake of recent breakdowns at New York's Penn Station will begin next week and cause delays this summer for rail travelers who already have endured major disruptions recently, Amtrak officials said Thursday. Work on tracks and signals will begin in May and continue through the summer, Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman said. Some work will be done on weekends but a significant part will be done on weekdays, Moorman said. He didn't specify how service on Amtrak, the Long ...
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WATCH: Enforcers Increase Compliance With PA General Strike

As seen in the accompanying video, enforcers walk the streets of PA (Palestinian Authority) occupied Beit Lechem, compelling businesses not complying with the general strike ordered by Ramallah to do so. PA leaders in Ramallah called for a general strike to show solidarity with the hunger strike being held by some terrorists imprisoned in Israel, an effort headed by Fatah Tanzim faction leader Marwan Barghouti. Barghouti himself is serving five life sentences for his acts of terror. (YWN ...
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Jerusalem Light Rail Preparations For Memorial And Independence Days

Jerusalem light rail officials announce they have completed preparations for next week’s observance of Memorial and Independence Days. Persons traveling to the official Mt. Herzl Memorial Day ceremony will be able to use the light rail free of charge. The light rail will run through the entire night on Independence Day. Persons traveling to the official memorial may obtain a free light rail pass at the light rail station at the central bus station between 8:00AM and 1:00PM. Officials ...
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Why Trump Tax Cut May Not Deliver The Boost White House Says

President Donald Trump's team boasted Wednesday that its tax-cut plan would lighten Americans' financial burdens, ignite economic growth and vastly simplify tax filing. Yet the proposal so far remains short of vital details, including how it would be paid for. And based on the few specifics spelled out so far, most experts suggest that it would add little to growth while swelling the budget deficit and potentially handing large windfalls to wealthier taxpayers. Trump's plan would replace ...
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IDF Tank Fire Eliminates Hamas Position In S. Gaza

IDF tank fire late Thursday morning 1 Iyar targeted a Hamas position in southern Gaza. The attack was in retaliation for gunfire directed at IDF personnel along the border from that area earlier in the day. The Arab media reports a motorized two-wheeled vehicle was hit by the tank fire. B’chasdei Hashem no one was injured or killed in the Hamas attack into southern Israel. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Send A Kvittel To Kerestir By "Reb Shayala" – FOR FREE Through Yad L'Achim

(COMMUNICATED CONTENT) This Shabbos is the yahrtzeit of the holy tzaddik Reb Shaya Steiner of Kerestir, who was affectionately known as “Reb Shayala”. Thousands of yidden will be traveling to Kerestir, Hungary to daven at the kever of this great tzaddik as many people tell over stories of the wonderful miracles they experienced in Kerestir. Due to many requests, Yad L’Achim has arranged for you to be able to submit your names for a kvittel at “Reb Shayala” FOR FREE BY CLICKING ...
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Congress Aims For Friday Vote On Bill To Avoid Shutdown

Lawmakers are giving themselves a one-week extension on spending legislation to keep the lights on in government, after the White House backed off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans pay their medical bills. It was the latest concession by the White House, which had earlier dropped a demand for money for President Donald Trump's border wall. Even with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, the Trump administration is learning that ...
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Ramat Shlomo And Pisgat Ze'ev Apartments Approved

The Jerusalem Planning Board on Wednesday, 1 Rosh Chodesh Iyar, approved additional construction in the Ramat Shlomo and Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhoods of the capital. Planning board chairman, Meir Turgeman told Noam Zeigman of Kol Berama Radio that the committee approved 212 apartments of which 112 will be constructed in Ramat Shlomo. “I have always argued that construction in Jerusalem is not problematic. It is not beyond the Green Line because Jerusalem is not a Green Line; not Pisgat ...
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US Admiral Says N. Korea Crisis Is At Worst Point He's Seen

The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific said Thursday that the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he's ever seen, but he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban missile crisis decades ago. "It's real," Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Harris said he has no doubt that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un intends to fulfill his pursuit of a ...
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Chareidim Represent 9 Percent Of Jewish Population In Israel Ahead Of Independence Day 69

The growing chareidi tzibur in Israel now represents 9% of the Jewish population in Israel, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports ahead of Independence Day 69. 11% of the Jewish population of the state identify themselves as religious; 12% religious/traditional; and 24% view themselves as traditional but not really religious. According to the numbers, most of the world’s Jews do not live in Israel as only 43% of world Jewry live in Israel today. According to the pre-Independence ...
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Spy Chief Urges German Firms To Take Cybersecurity Seriously

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says companies aren't taking cybersecurity seriously enough at a time when the threat of electronic attacks is rising. Hans-Georg Maassen says cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns cost German companies up to 50 billion euros ($55 billion) a year. Maassen said Thursday at a business seminar in Berlin it would be good if authorities were given the power to stop such attacks, and that may mean acquiring the ability to strike back ...
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President Rivlin Intervenes And Pardons Jailed Holocaust Survivor Whose Health Is Deteriorating

President Reuven Rivlin used his authority to pardon prisoners to release an 81-year-old Holocaust survivor from jail due to his deteriorating condition. Real estate magnate Shaul Lagziel in 2015 was convicted of bribing former Ramat Gan Mayor Tzvi Bar and he was sentenced to an 11-month jail term along with a NIS 300,000 fine. The former mayor, also a man in his 80s, was sentenced to 5.5 years for accepting bribes from Lagziel and others. Lagziel’s attorney took his case to the High ...
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Former Trump Adviser Mike Flynn Under DoD Investigation, Had Been Warned Not To Take Foreign Payments

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was personally warned by the Pentagon against receiving payments from foreign governments in 2014 after leaving the Defense Intelligence Agency, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., revealed today. The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee released three new documents on Flynn, included a letter from the DIA counsel’s office in response to an inquiry from Flynn in October of 2014. The letter, a primer on ethics restrictions that apply to retired military ...
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4 Cargo Planes From Iran Landed In Syria Just Before 'Israeli Strike' On Nearby Military Compound

According to a report by Haaretz, as many as four cargo planes from iran landed at an airport near Damascus a short while before an alleged Israeli air strike hit a military compound nearby. Hours before the blasts, which took place at 3:25 A.M., two Iranian 747 cargo planes, an Iranian Ilyushin il-76 and a Syrian Ilyushin il-76 landed in Damascus, according to the flight radar tracking site Flightradar24.com. (Dov Gefen - YWN)
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Northern Israel: Patriot Missile Intercepts Target Above Golan Heights

Israel's military says it deployed its Patriot missile defense system to intercept a projectile incoming from Syria above the Golan Heights. The military did not elaborate on what it described as a "target" in its message on Thursday night. An Israeli defense official says the military's Patriot missile that was deployed had struck an incoming drone from Syria. The official says the military is checking to see if it was a Russian aircraft that had entered the Israeli side on Thursday ...
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Arab Rock Attacks Continue: Stones Can Kill! [PHOTOS]

Arab Rock Attacks Continue: Stones Can Kill! [PHOTOS]
Rock attacks against Jewish motorists by PA (Palestinian Authority) residents continue, and despite the Siyata Dishmaya in this case and many others, these attacks have the potential of being fatal or at the very least, lead to serious injuries. One can see the whole created by the large stone that pierced the windshield of the car in Gush Etzion. The second photo shows just how large the stone is and hope this could easily R”L kill or seriously injure passengers inside. (YWN – ...
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