Obama: No Justification For Murder of NYPD Officers

two cops killed(AP). President Barack Obama says he unconditionally condemns the murder of two police officers shot in broad daylight on Saturday in New York.

Obama says there’s no justification for the slayings. He says police offers risk their own safety to serve and protect their communities and that they deserve the public’s respect and gratitude. Read more »

Shocking: Balitmore Police Alerted NYPD Of Shooter At 2:10PM

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The Baltimore police department said Saturday that they alerted the NYPD’s 70th precinct at around 2:10pm, 50 minutes before 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley murdered two New York Police Department officers in Brooklyn.

“At about 2:10 p.m., BCoPD made a phone call to the 70th precinct in New York, advising NYPD that the phone of a suspect wanted for a shooting in Owings Mills was pinging at a location in the 70th precinct. NYPD and BCoPD discussed the threatening Instagram posts during that phone call,” Baltimore police said. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEXT: Full Statements By Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton

bratton de blasio nypd shootingThe following is a transcript of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statements at a press conference following the assassination of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn:

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton: The Mayor and I have just come from visiting with the families of our two murdered police officers. Read more »

UPDATED: NYPD PBA: De Blasio’s Hands ‘Dripping With Our Blood’

de-blasio-sharpton-apA statement circulating online by the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio for the assassination of two NYPD cops in Brooklyn earlier today.

“The mayor’s hands are literally dripping with our blood because of his words, actions and policies and we have, for the first time in a number of years, become a “wartime” police department. We will act accordingly,” the statement, posted on the PBA’s Facebook page, read. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elected Officials Call NYPD Assasiniation ‘Unspeakable Act Of Barbarism,’ ‘Deplorable’

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Attorney General Eric Holder condemned the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers as senseless and an “unspeakable act of barbarism.”

In a statement Saturday night, Holder calls the attack “cowardly” and says it underscores the dangers that are routinely faced by those who protect and serve their fellow citizens. Read more »

Commissioner Bratton: Two Cops ‘Were, Quite Simply, Assassinated’ While Protecting NYers

bratton de blasio nypd shooting(AP). New York City’s police commissioner says the two officers who were ambushed and killed in their cruiser “were, quite simply, assassinated.”

Police Commissioner William Bratton spoke Saturday at a news conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio. He identified the two officers killed in Brooklyn as Wenjin Liu and Raphael Ramos. He says they were shot without warning or provocation. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Son Mugged Near Home In Chicago

rahm emanuel with yarmulka(AP). A spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the mayor’s 17-year-old son was mugged near the family’s home.

Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Saturday that the mayor’s son, Zach, had “injuries that required medical treatment, but was able to join the family for a long planned trip.” She says the mayor is focused on his son’s well-being and requested the news media respect the family’s privacy. Read more »

Gunman Who Killed Two NYPD Officers Identified As Ismaaiyl Brinsley

cop shooterPolice have identified the suspect who shot two NYPD officers today as Ismaaiyl Brinsley. He boasted about wanting to kill cops hours before he ambushed the officers in their car in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 3:00pm Saturday.

“I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs,” Brinsley wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of a silver handgun. Read more »

Obama Signs Bill Deepening US-Israeli Cooperation

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(AP). President Barack Obama has signed a bill deepening U.S.-Israeli cooperation and says the legislation reinforces “critical defense and security programs.”

Obama says the legislation also lays the groundwork for increased trade and cooperation between the U.S. and Israel. Read more »

ADL ‘Appalled’ At Threatening Letter Sent To Legislator Aron Wieder

Ahron WiederThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Saturday said it was “shocked and appalled” by a threatening letter that was mailed earlier this week to Spring Valley legislator Aron Wieder, containing a photograph that superimposed his face on the body of an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded.

“We are shocked and appalled at the horrific letter mailed to Mr. Wieder,” Evan Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director, said in a statement. “This was a threatening and hateful act designed to intimidate a Jewish elected official as well as members of the broader community in Rockland County.” Read more »

Israel Elections – Knesset Jeremy’s Weekly Average – Poll of Polls + Analysis

knessetThe following is Knesset Jeremy‘s weekly average of 7 polls from 4 polling companies (3 Panels, 2 Smith, 1 Geocartography, 1 Dialog, 0 Midgam, Maagar Mochot, Teleseker, New Wave, Sarid) conducted this week in the Israeli elections .

(Last Week in brackets), current Knesset seats in [brackets] Read more »

Israeli Jets Strike Hamas Terror Site In Response To Rocket Fire

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(AP). Israel’s military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer’s war.

The Israeli military said the airstrike on what it called a “Hamas terror infrastructure site” in the southern Gaza Strip was in response to a rocket fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Friday. The rocket fire caused no injuries. Read more »

Two NYPD Officers Shot Dead In Brooklyn

NYPD officer(AP). An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, killing one and critically injuring a second before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.

The shooting took place in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull hospital, where one was pronounced dead. Police had said at least one of the officers was shot in the head. Read more »

Obama Declares 2014 ‘A Breakthrough Year For America’

Obama Dance(AP). President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been “a breakthrough year for America,” putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress.

“My presidency is entering the fourth quarter. Interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter,” Obama said at a year-end news conference before leaving on a two-week vacation to Hawaii. Read more »

FBI To Examine Threatening Letter Sent To Rockland Jewish Legislator Aron Wieder

wieder isis 2Rockland County authorities have handed over the threatening letter that was sent on Monday to Rockland legislator Aron Wieder – in in which his face is was doctored on the body of an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded – for a DNA and fingerprints test at the FBI’s lab in NY, JP has learned.

The FBI and (JTTF) Joined Terrorism Task Force are now assisting in the investigation in order to determine who was behind the horrendous act,  Rockland County Sheriff Louis Faico, told JP. Read more »

Welcome To 2016: Rand Paul Castigates Marco Rubio On Twitter Over Cuba Deal

Rand PaulIt started with the announcement by Jeb Bush earlier this week, but the real GOP presidential primary has kicked off on Friday, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) challenged his Republican colleague Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) – also considered to be mulling a presidential run – over his criticism of the US-Cuba deal, in a series of hard0bitting tweets.

Senator @marcorubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat. I reject this isolationism,” Paul tweeted Read more »

Fidel Castro Remains Silent Amid Historic US-Cuba Shift

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(AP). Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro

The larger-than-life retired leader of Cuba so far has made no public comment about the announcement that the U.S. will restore diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of hostility. His brother, President Raul Castro, broke the news to the nation in a TV address and may appear again Friday as the Cuban National Assembly holds one of its twice-annual sessions. Read more »

Greenfield’s Yeshiva Security Bill Gains Super-Majority Support In City Council

greenfield affordableAs many as 45 members of the New York City Council have signed on in support of Councilman David Greenfield’s proposed legislation that would place security safeguards at non-public schools and Yeshivas throughout the City of New York, granting it a super majority, the Councilman announced on Friday.

Introduced in 2013, Greenfield’s bill, Introduction 65, requires the presence of an NYPD School Safety officer in every school, be they public or private. Read more »

Breaking: Hasidic Jewish Community In Bloomingburg Wins In Dissolution Referendum Vote

IMG-20140930-WA037The Hasidic community residing in the small village of Bloomingburg, NY, celebrated on Friday the news that the opponents of the village’s dissolution defeated the anti-Hasidic proponents of the dissolution in a referendum vote in September.

According to the results, certified by NYS Supreme Court Judge Stephen Schick, the NO’s received 107 votes, while YES got only 85 votes. Read more »

Liberal Jewish Comedian Sarah Silverman To Star In New HBO Comedy

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Liberal Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman will star in an HBO pilot “as a pathologically honest woman having a modern mid-life crisis,” Variety reported.

Silverman, who recently received the Emmy award for Best Writing for a Variety Show for her HBO comedy special “Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles.,” got the news while visiting Israel. Read more »

Visiting Israel, Ben Carson Says He Supports A Palestinian State – In Sinai

carson tunnel israel gazaPotential GOP presidential candidate, neosurguen Dr. Ben Carson, who visited Israel this week, expressed his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state for the Palestinian people, but not on the land that is currently the West Bank and Gaza.

“I know that Egypt in the past has made some overtures in terms of providing a place for the Palestinians. That seems to me something worth exploring,” Carson told the Jerusalem Post in an interview published Thursday. Adding, he was not opposed to a two-state solution, “but would not be in favor of a two-state solution that would put Israel’s population at risk.” Read more »

Indian Prime Minister Modi Tweets Happy Hanukkah In Hebrew

Credit: @Yair_Rosenberg via Twitter

Credit: @Yair_Rosenberg via Twitter

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted Friday a happy Hanukkah in both English and Hebrew to Jews around the world celebrating the festival of lights.

“I wish my friends of the Jewish faith a Happy Hanukkah! May this Festival of Lights and this period of celebration herald peace, hope and well-being for all,” Modi wrote on Twitter. Read more »

Obama To Give State of The Union Address on Jan. 20

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(AP). Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

The House Republican leader sent a letter to Obama on Friday formally inviting him to deliver the prime-time speech. Read more »

Pakistan Kills 77 Militants In Operation After School Terror Attack

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(AP). Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani prosecutor said the government will try to cancel the bail granted to the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks — a decision that outraged neighboring India and called into question Pakistan’s commitment to fighting militancy. Read more »

Auschwitz Victims’ Suitcases Get High-Tech Storage At Warsaw Museum

auschwitz suitcases(AP). The Auschwitz museum says some of the victims’ 3,800 suitcases have been put into a state-of-the-art protective storage room partly funded by the European Union.

Spokesman Pawel Sawicki told The Associated Press on Friday that 1,800 suitcases have been placed into air-conditioned, fireproof storage cupboards tailored to fit the various sizes of luggage. Another 2,000 suitcases are on display but will be rotated into the storage room. Read more »

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