Record Online: The Bloomingburg Planning Board has voted against a proposed private girls’ school in a meeting Thursday at the village firehouse.
Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the budget committee, defended moments ago his bipartisan budget deal up for a vote in the house, telling Republicans “elections have consequences.”
“We tried defeating this President, I wish we would have. Elections have consequences,” Mr. Ryan said in his closing remarks on the house floor. “And I fundamentally believe that to really do what needs to be done, we are going to have to win some elections. In the mean time, lets try and make this divided government work.”
President Obama and world leaders speaking at the Nelson Mandela memorial Tuesday were potential targets by a panicking guy standing steps away from them. The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside President Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, explained his fake/gibberish interpretation as a moment of disorder, an illness he’s suffering of.
Thamsanqa Jantjie insisted in an interview with The AP that he was doing proper sign-language interpretation of the speeches of world leaders but had suddenly hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium while he was interpreting and that he tried not to panic because there were “armed policemen around me.” He added that he was once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than one year.
Mike Huckabee today ended his daily radio show heard on 200 stations across the nation, the first predictable sign that he is considering another presidential bid in 2016
Below is Huckabee’s Facebook announcement about leaving his show:
The most recent rebellion withing the GOP over the bipartisan Ryan/Murra budget has caused House Speaker John Boehner to come swinging against the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. The speaker flew off the handle and bitterly criticized groups like Heritage Action and FreedomWorks for threatening GOP lawmakers who vote for the Murray-Ryan budget pact.
Israel’s Finance minister Yair Lapid was named #31 of the most influential global thinkers of 2013, in The Foreign Policy Magazine’s list of 100 global thinkers, for challenging “Israel’s powerful Orthodox bloc.”
In explaining the choice of Mr. Lapid’s status, Foreign Policy magazine writes, “Yesh Atid contested its first election in January 2013 and pushed the campaign conversation to include not only matters of peace and security, but also socioeconomic and group privilege. For instance, Lapid challenged Israel’s powerful Orthodox bloc—a practice Yesh Atid politicians have continued in office, cracking down on military service exemptions and instituting education standards for Orthodox schools. Lapid also urged a moderate approach to the peace process and advocated for a two-state solution—”a divorce agreement we can live with,” as he told voters.”
NEW YORK, NY – Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of Lilliam Barrios-Paoli as Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. Barrios-Paoli will oversee City agencies that the Mayor-Elect has charged with moving New Yorkers from homelessness to stable housing, expanding community health clinics and cutting red tape in social services.
Barrios-Paoli is an experienced leader known for innovating big ideas. She has managed five City agencies under three mayors, where she spearheaded major reforms like the opening of 10 innovative senior centers – including those servicing the visually-impaired and LGBT populations. She also brings a deep background in working with New York’s nonprofit community, which will play a critical role in delivering on the incoming administration’s agenda.
Israeli website Ynet News interviewed some ultra-Orthodox immigrants who have left Israel for New York and believe the United States has much more to offer than their own homeland.
“In Israel I studied at Derech Hashem, which is known as a yeshiva of boys who work and study half the day,” Yohanan Gorelik, who now lives in New York, told Ynet. “In Israel, people automatically look at whoever studies as ‘second-class goods.’ Here, in the United States, people look for someone with the financial means to make a living, who will not necessarily sit and study all day, who will find time for Torah but will earn a good living.”
A year before voters head to the polls again, it is starting to look all gloom for Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm. While he’s battling the DOJ and energized Democrats from one side, the infighting in the Republican party is causing him some headache too.
According to a Wednesday night report by The NY Post, Republicans are so nervous about Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm’s re-election chances that they’ve quietly reached out to former GOP Congressman Vito Fossella — who quit five years ago after confessing to having an out-of-wedlock family — to make a comeback for his old seat.
Politico: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are in a dead heat in a hypothetical 2016 presidential matchup with the recently reelected governor leading by 1 point in a new poll.
Christie leads Clinton 42 percent to 41 percent in a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. Christie’s 1-point lead is the same as Quinnipiac’s poll in November, but a far cry from the 13-point lead Clinton held in October.
RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks stated, “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson are preventing the Senate from considering legislation to impose stronger sanctions on Iran. In August, the House passed a bill that would impose stronger sanctions on Iran’s energy sector and limit Iran’s access to money in overseas accounts, among other provisions, to reduce the funds Iran has available for its nuclear program. Senate action on similar language has been promised but has been delayed repeatedly by the senior Democrat Senators who control the agenda.
Senator Mary Landrieu a Democrat from Louisiana that voted for the Affordable Care Act, just released an ad where she clearly distances herself from Obama, Obamacare and the now infamous ‘if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it’ promise.
Haaretz Reports: Palestinian sources in Ramallah said Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s return to Ramallah and Jerusalem would be decisive with regard to whether the talks with Israel will continue.
The Al-Ayam newspaper, which is considered the mouthpiece of the Palestinian Authority, quoted Palestinian sources who accused the United States and Kerry of adopting the Israeli position with regard to security arrangements, and that this would have implications for all the issues under discussion, including the core issues.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan forged the deal with his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray.
On Wednesday’s Thomas Roberts program on MSNBC, the host and his panel discussed the coverage of President Obama’s “selfie” with the British and Danish Prime-Ministers, and the speculation that the First Lady was glaring at the merry trio, calling it racist and sexist, Truth Revolt reports.
The segment began with Roberts showing the front covers of the New York tabloids, the conservative New York Post and the liberal New York Daily News. Thomas however blamed the negative reaction on conservatives.
Almost 8 in 10 Americans — 77 percent — believe further economic sanctions and financial pressure are the best way to get Iran to abandon its alleged nuclear weapons program, according to a poll of 900 likely voters released Wednesday, as reported by The Hill. The poll found that most voters, 77 percent of Democrats and 96 percent of Republicans, would rather vote for a senator who approves new sanctions.
On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded that when the one-year exemption for businesses with more than 50 employees expires next year, even more Americans may lose health insurance plans which they were promised they could keep, Breitbart Reported.
Close to 200 people, including prominent community leaders and elected officials, gathered at the Canal Jeans Building in Flatbush today to join Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn) in paying tribute to outgoing Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at an Appreciation Breakfast held in his honor.
The photographer who took the picture of the three leaders posing for the “selfie” at the Mandela funeral, Roberto Schmidt of news agency AFP, defended the act Wednesday, saying he felt the three leaders were “simply acting like human beings”.
“At the time, I thought the world leaders were simply acting like human beings, like me and you. I doubt anyone could have remained totally stony-faced for the duration of the ceremony, while tens of thousands of people were celebrating in the stadium,” Schmidt wrote in a blog post on the AFP website. “For me, the behaviour of these leaders in snapping a ‘selfie’ seems perfectly natural.”