NYC Elects: With Anthony Weiner about to pop into the race for mayor any minute, one of his Democratic rivals demanded yesterday that he pay up $350,000 for the cost of the election required to fill his vacated congressional seat two years ago, after resigning for tweeting lewd pictures of himself.
NPR: After destructive tornados ripped through Oklahoma towns, President Barack Obama made a statement Tuesday regarding the federal government’s commitment to recovery efforts. He said, “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma and we will back up those prayers with deeds as long as it takes.” See Video
Haaretz reports: Justice Minister Tzipi Livni leveled criticism on Monday at the statements made by Yair Lapid on the topic of negotiations with the Palestinians in an interview for The New York Times.
“Lapid’s texts do not coincide with his party’s elections promises,” NRG quoted her as saying. “[His] comments, made on such a delicate week, do not promote the peace process. I hope Yesh Atid will eventually also join the push for peace,” she said.
The Washington Post reports: Rescue crews were searching Tuesday for survivors and victims of a massive tornado that had devastated a suburb of Oklahoma City, grinding up entire neighborhoods and pulverizing two elementary schools.
The swath of destruction in Moore, Okla., was up to a mile wide and 20 miles long. The state medical examiner’s office told the Associated Press early Tuesday that at least 40 more bodies were expected, in addition to the 51 people already confirmed dead as a result of Monday afternoon’s storm.
Via Under30CEO: Israel is widely known as the Start-up Nation. With countless incredible characteristics and statistics, this small and young country, surrounded by war, has produced more productive high-tech startups than everyone else. For example, Israel hosts more NASDAQ-listed companies per citizen than any country. According to PWC’s MoneyTree survey, in 2012, 660 Israeli high tech companies received $1.9 billion in venture capital. To put this in perspective, in 2012 that amount was 17% of the $10.9 billion funnelled to Silicon Valley start-ups and 59% of the $3.2 billion that New England startups received.
Stephen Pierson, candidate for City Council in the 33rd District, who raised more than 10 times as many dollars as Levin during the most recent campaign finance filing period, castigated his opponent for choosing to speak publicly against Vito Lopez only after Governor Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had called for Lopez’s expulsion from the New York State Assembly due to sexual harassment of interns.
A monstrous tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) May 20, 2013
BREAKING – KFOR-TV reporting some 2 dozen kids are dead at Plaza Tower Elem in Moore, OK
— Shawn Reynolds (@WCL_Shawn) May 20, 2013
The pair of stay-on-the-sidelines statements came as Weiner is set to declare his candidacy by video this week, likely on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Haberman.
The Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, founded by a 31-year-old Mr. Lopez in 1973, is a multi-service nonprofit providing everything from affordable housing subsidies to education to emergency shelter for homeless youth.
Excerpts via NYTimes Jodi Rudoren’s Facebook page: Lapid:”I’m a Zionist. I think the two-state solution is the only real idea on the table.”
“The issue on the table is not borders, it’s not Jerusalem, it’s not the right of return. The real issue is hatred, fear, anxiety, suspicion….What we need now is first and foremost to break this circle of suspicion and hatred.
CNN: As a major tea party group plans protests Tuesday at Internal Revenue Service offices across the country Tuesday, a new national poll indicates that the IRS controversy has given the four-year-old movement a shot in the arm.
After recent reports that Councilman David Greenfield may be writing in Yeshiva world News under the Alias Dov Gordon, NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind publicly speculated on his radio show that Dov Gordon of Yeshiva World News, might actually be NYC Councilman David Greenfield. Hikind released a presser inviting Greenfield to “Clear his name” on the Dov Gordon issue.
The Following is the Hikind press release:
1) Obama personally oversaw the OBL mission but he was not involved when White House staff were directly emailing the Energy Department to fund Obama-Donor-Run Solyndra despite the warnings of the Energy Department that the company will go bust.
2) Obama personally oversaw the OBL mission but was not involved in the deadly mess up (to put it mildly) known as Fast and Furious whose plan was to give guns to criminals in Mexico.
3) Obama personally oversaw the OBL mission but was not involved when the Department of Justice (DOJ) leaked documents to smear a whistel blower in Fast and Furious.
RT Reports: A Boeing 737-400 passenger plane’ landing gear has caught fire just after the landing at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport. Emergency crews rushed to the scene and quickly managed to bring the flames under control. Passengers fled the plane on shutes, while others were forced to jump off the wings. None of the 129 passengers and 7 crew members were injured in the incident, which caused a brief closing of the air harbor. – See Video
Politicker: Ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s resignation became effective at 9 a.m. this morning, and Assembly officials wasted little time scrubbing all traces of the disgraced legislator online and in Albany.
Mr. Lopez’s official government website has already been removed, as has his official Assembly email address. (“Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently,” a message read.) By 10:30 a.m., the nameplate outside his Legislative Office Building had also been removed–apparently forcibly, per a photo tweeted by The New York Times‘ Thomas Kaplan. His name will also be removed from his floor seat, an official said.
Forward: Robert Kaiser, a science teacher from New Hampshire with an interest in finding ethically produced kosher food, was excited when he learned of Magen Tzedek, a seal that would combine Jewish values and social justice in food production, spanning from the treatment of workers to environmental impact.
But almost four years after the Magen Tzedek Commission drafted its first standards, not one product bears the initiative’s seal. Kaiser recently voiced his complaints on the organization’s Facebook page, which displayed only two posts by the group since last May.
JNO: A wig wearing alleged US spy has left Moscow after he was caught trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer to work for the CIA. Authorities found disguises, special equipment and wads of cash in Ryan Fogle’s possession. See Video
LoHud: Six candidates are vying for three seats on the East Ramapo Board of Education, but few have spoken publicly about their goals and qualifications. Only two of the six, Robert Forrest and Margaret Tuck, responded to interview requests by The Journal News.
Forrest, Tuck and Eustache Clerveaux are running with the support of the Save Our Schools Coalition, a group of activists who advocate for the interests of East Ramapo’s 9,000 public-school students.