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IRS Head Says Budget Cuts Could Delay Tax Refunds

IRS Head Says Budget Cuts Could Delay Tax Refunds
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year. At a news conference Thursday, Koskinen said taxpayer services will be hurt, and fewer agents will be auditing returns. He said about half the people who call the agency for assistance won't be able to get through to a person. Congress cut the IRS budget by $346 million for the budget year that ends in September 2015. The $10.9 billion budget is $1.2 billion less than the agency ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

Cuomo Gets Kudos, Scorn for New York Fracking Ban

Cuomo Gets Kudos, Scorn for New York Fracking Ban
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his. Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue, and the divisions are clear, pollsters said Thursday. The decision announced Wednesday followed Cuomo's re-election last month, which the Democrat won easily as expected. Quinnipiac University Poll's Mickey ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

EJA Director Slams 'Foolish Decision' to Remove EU Terrorist Designation from Hamas

EJA Director Slams 'Foolish Decision' to Remove EU Terrorist Designation from Hamas
Rabbi Menachem Margolin, of the European Jewish Association, slammed the decision by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to remove Hamas from its list of designated terror organizations. The General Director of the Brussels-based organization issued a statement Wednesday criticizing the "foolish decision" that essentially legitimizes the group, which was outlawed by the EU in 2003. "This foolish decision, will undoubtedly, strengthen international terror that can harm people all ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

Q&A: Drones Might Help Explain How Tornadoes Form

Q&A: Drones Might Help Explain How Tornadoes Form
Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't reach, and they can do it at less cost and with less danger than piloted planes, the scientists say. The University of Colorado and University of Nebraska announced this week that they have formed ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

WATCH: YWN Captures Chanukah Party at The White House - VIDEO

WATCH: YWN Captures Chanukah Party at The White House - VIDEO
[SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO] In what has become a White House tradition since the administration of President George H.W. Bush back in the 90's, a ceremony is held to honor the Jewish community by inviting leading Jewish communal leaders, and individuals who interact with the administration on various levels helping and impacting the community. PHOTO CAPTION: President Obama and Ezra Friedlander Over the years the magnitude of the reception at The White House ‎has evolved into a Glatt ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

Poll: NYC Mayor's Rating Dips After Garner Decision

Poll: NYC Mayor's Rating Dips After Garner Decision
A new poll finds Mayor Bill de Blasio's approval rating is slipping in the wake of protests surrounding the Eric Garner grand jury decision. A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday said that 47 percent of New Yorkers approve of his job as mayor while 38 percent do not. His job approval was 49 percent last month. Fifty-six percent of those polled disapprove of the way de Blasio is handling relations between police and community. De Blaiso's vow to improve those relations is ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

One of Seven Wanted in Connection With NYPD Lieutenant Assault Turns Self In

One of Seven Wanted in Connection With NYPD Lieutenant Assault Turns Self In
One of the men wanted for assaulting two police lieutenants over the weekend has turned himself in. Police say one of the seven people they were looking for in connection to the assault on the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday night is now in police custody. They haven't charged the individual and details on his role in the assault are not yet known. Police say three women interfered with the arrest of Eric Linsker, who was about to thrown a trash can at officers. One lieutenant suffered a ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

NYC: Clergy, Others Hold 'Die-In' Grand Jury Protest

NYC: Clergy, Others Hold 'Die-In' Grand Jury Protest
Dozens of religious leaders and others have briefly blocked a New York intersection with a peaceful 'die-in.' The protests Thursday are the latest demonstrations against grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of a Missouri's Michael Brown and New York's Eric Garner. Many prominent members of the clergy from New York and Ferguson, Mo., were led in song by activist Tara Thompson. The 'die-in' took place at 121st Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Among the ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

U.S. Official: 'Chabad Plays a Big Part in the Ties that Bind the US & Israel'

U.S. Official: 'Chabad Plays a Big Part in the Ties that Bind the US  & Israel'
Hundreds of residents and tourists came to Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv to take part in the traditional lighting of the central Chabad Menorah in in the city. The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s shaliach Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky first invited Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir to usher in the Chanukah festival in Tel Aviv by lighting the first Chanukah candle. He was followed by the spokesman for the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Geoffrey Anisman. Minister Shamir spoke of Chabad’s magnificent activities ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

Report: Secret Service Needs Outsider as Leader

Report: Secret Service Needs Outsider as Leader
An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency. The Homeland Security Department released an executive summary of the assessment on Thursday. The review was led by four former officials, two who served under President Barack Obama and two from the administration of former President George W. Bush. It was launched after a security breach at the White House in September. Many of the recommendations have been made in ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

Yishai Family Receiving Threats - Arrests Begin

Yishai Family Receiving Threats - Arrests Begin
Since holding his press conference and announcing the launch of his new political party,MK Eli Yishai and his wife report they are receiving threats. Mrs. Yishai told the media that B”H most of the calls they receive are from well-wishers, but nevertheless there are threats and police are involved. On Thursday morning 26 Kislev police arrested a 25-year-old chareidi male who is seen making threats at Yishai at the press conference. When asked on camera if he would harm Yishai, the young ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

President Signs Legislation Ending Nazi Benefit Checks

President Signs Legislation Ending Nazi Benefit Checks
President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of dollars in retirement benefits after being forced to leave the United States. Recipients ranged from the SS guards who patrolled the ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

Dow Soars 400 Points, Led by Rally in Tech Secto

Dow Soars 400 Points, Led by Rally in Tech Secto
The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended a rally into a second day. The Dow closed up 421 points, or 2.4 percent, to 17,778 Thursday, its largest gain since December 2011. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 48 points, or 2.4 percent, to 2,061. The Nasdaq composite climbed 104 points, or 2.2 percent, to 4,748. The market built on its surge from the day before, when the Federal Reserve indicated it ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

Police Raid Otzma Yehudit Office

Police Raid Otzma Yehudit Office
The ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) and police are continuing their investigations into the activities of the Lehava organization after some of its members were arrested earlier in the week. While most of the suspects have been released on bail, organization leader Bentzion Gupstein and some others were remanded for an additional day on Thursday, 26 Kislev. Apparently authorities in connection with that investigation raided the office of the Otzma Yehudit office on Wednesday night 25 ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

NY Proposes Rules For Medical Marijuana

NY Proposes Rules For Medical Marijuana
New York officials have proposed regulations for a medical marijuana program expected to start in 2016. The rules, expected to be posted online Thursday by the health department and published Dec. 31 in the state Register, will be subject to 45 days of public comments and possible amendments. The Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized the program under a law signed in July. It authorizes patients with one of 10 diseases to be able to obtain non-smokeable versions of the drug, ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 18 )

Shas Torah Council Divided on How to Deal with Eli Yishai

Shas Torah Council Divided on How to Deal with Eli Yishai
There is disagreement among rabbonim of the Shas party Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael regarding how to deal with Eli Yishai, who this week announced he is leaving Shas and has since launched his own political party. In a nationally televised media event Yishai earlier in the week announced his party. Some of the rabbonim are of the opinion that they should simply ignore Yishai while others feels the proper response is to confront him for his daring to break away and form another party. The Torah ...
(2 opinions  |   December 18 )

AP Analysis: US Was At Odds With World Over Cuba Policy

AP Analysis: US Was At Odds With World Over Cuba Policy
President Barack Obama's decision to pursue new relations with Cuba was driven in part by a stinging realization: Longstanding U.S. policies aimed at isolating Cuba had instead put Washington at odds with the rest of the world. The American economic embargo on Cuba drove a wedge between the U.S. and Latin American nations. In an annual diplomatic embarrassment, the United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to condemn the U.S. policy. And while the U.S. was clinging to its economic ...
(1 opinions  |   December 18 )