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US Attorney Warns Gov. Cuomo Of Possible Investigation In Morelandgate

cuomo-moreland-commissionAs Gov.Andrew Cuomo brushed off the attacks on him in the moreland case as ‘entertaining,’ United States attorney in Manhattan Preet Bharara has reportedly threatened to investigate the Cuomo administration for possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering.

The warning, first reported by the NY times, came in a sharply worded letter from Mr. Bharara’s office after several members of the panel issued public statements defending the governor’s handling of the anti-corruption panel, which Cuomo created last year with promises of cleaning up corruption in Albany. Read more »

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Perry: America Must End ‘Ambivalence,’ Renew Commitment to a Strong Israel

Perry Israel rallySpeaking at a pro-Israel rally outside Dallas’ city hall, Texas Governor Rick Perry strongly supported Israel’s right to defend itself, and criticized an American “policy of calculated ambivalence” toward Israel, a nod toward conservative voters as he considers a second run for president.

Perry mostly refrained from attacking American policy in a five-minute speech, but said America must continue to wholeheartedly support Israel and that Israel was justified in defending itself. Several hundred people at the rally waved white-and-blue flags and cheered as he spoke. Read more »

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Suing Obama: GOP-led House Gives the Go-Ahead

Speaker John Boehner(AP) - A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

Just a day before lawmakers were to begin a five-week summer recess, debate over the proposed lawsuit underscored the harshly partisan tone that has dominated the current Congress almost from its start in January 2013. Read more »

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Survey: Jewish Israelis Almost Unanimously Support IDF Gaza Attack, Adore Netanyahu

Binyamin Netanyahu with cabinet ministers in JerusalemA just-published survey has reported that an overwhelming 91% of Israeli Jews support Israel’s defensive military campaign against Hamas terrorism in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, with a mere 4.2% believing the operation is a “mistake.”

More than 1,000 people were polled by Dr. Yuval Feinstein, a Sociology and Political Science researcher at University of Haifa, on their opinions about the operation. Read more »

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NYGov – Cuomo In Talks With Israeli Gov’t Over Logistics of Israel Trip

CuomoFor the second time in days, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday publicly issued a strong statement in support of Israel fighting Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“The State of New York stands in solidarity with the State of Israel,” Cuomo told reporters during a visit to Long Island.

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Poll: Turks Divided on Erdogan Ahead of Presidential Election

Recep Tayyip Erdogan(AP). Turks are divided on how they feel about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of his bid to become president in an upcoming election, and about their country’s direction, according to an opinion poll published Wednesday.

The Aug. 10 ballot will be the first time Turkish voters directly elect their president, and Erdogan, whose moderate Islamist AKP party has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade, is a strong favorite. Read more »

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NYGov – Astorino Calls for Impartial State Prosecutor To investigate Gov. Cuomo on Morelandgate

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Wednesday charged that Governor Andrew Cuomo likely broke New York State law by failing to refer criminal evidence gathered by the state Moreland Commission to the Superintendent of State Police and other law enforcement authorities before abruptly shuttering the Commission.

A Moreland Commission source confirmed in a July 24 New York Post story that an investigation into a criminal “no-show patronage scam” involving “multiple targets” had been underway before Mr. Cuomo shut the Commission without warning. Read more »

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WaPo/ABC Poll: 52% of Americans Disapprove Obama’s Handling of Israel/Hamas Fighting

obama in Israel #1President Obama’s low approval ratings has once again taken another toll in another Foreign Policy crisis that he can’t seem to solve, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll

When it comes to President Obama’s handling of the increasing tensions in Gaza, the poll shows 39 percent approve and 52 percent disapprove, including 33% who “strongly disapprove.” Read more »

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Senate Passes Cruz’ Naftali Frenkel Reward Bill by Unanimous Consent

cruz frenkelThe U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) bill that would require the Secretary of State to offer rewards totaling up to $5,000,000 for information on the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, a dual United States-Israeli citizen, on June 12, 2014.

The bill passed without amendments by unanimous consent. Read more »

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Speaker Boehner Calls Impeachment Talk a ‘Democratic Scam’

Obama-BoehnerHouse Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday that the idea that Republicans want to impeach President Obama is a ‘scam’ by democrats to help them fundraise off it.

“This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election,” Boehner said at a news conference. Read more »

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NYGov – Astorino Knocks Christie for Planned Appearance With Cuomo

rob astorino govAs reported by Capital New York, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino has taken another verbal potshot at Chris Christie, saying that a planned appearance by the New Jersey governor at a whitewater rafting event hosted by Andrew Cuomo would have been “a roundabout endorsement” of the Democratic incumbent governor.

Christie, a Republican who serves as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, was scheduled to appear as a special guest, but pulled out at the last moment. Sources stated that Christie had a “family obligation.” Read more »

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Reuters/IPsos Poll: 49% Of Jewish Voters Disapprove Obama’s Job Performance

Obama - KipahPresident Barack Obama’s job approval among Jewish voters is at a 45/49 negative, according to the latest data from Reuters/Ipsos monthly poll.

A similar poll published earlier this month by Gallup showed President Obama’s approval rating among Jewish American voters at 55 percent, a significant drop of 22 percentage points from the 77% at the start of his presidency. Disapproval of Obama among Jews stood at 41 percent. Read more »

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Poll: 80% of Israeli Jews Oppose Unilateral Cease-Fire Periods

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As many as 80 percent of Israeli Jews are currently opposed to a cessation of the ground operation in Gaza, even temporarily, as long as the rocket fire on Israel from Gaza continues, according to a to a poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute.

An average of 80 percent were opposed to a unilateral ceasefire lasting up to 48 hours if the rockets did not stop, and an average of 65 percent disagreed with an immediate ceasefire so as to negotiate a long-term calm. Read more »

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Polls: Cuomo’s Favorable Ratings Going Down

CuomoAs explored in a lengthy article in the Wall Street Journal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was facing a decline in support from voters in public opinion polls for several months before his administration conceded that it had wielded influence with an anti-corruption panel that had been presented as independent. In the two most recent statewide public polls, Cuomo’s favorable ratings fell to their lowest levels ever. Read more »

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Jason Carter Keeps Distance From Grandpa in Race for Georgia Gov.

Jim CarterWhen Jason Carter, the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia, stated that he feels a “powerful connection” to Israel, he was clearly trying to distance himself from part of the legacy of his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, who is known to be harshly critical of the Jewish state.

As the New York Times outlines, the gubernatorial hopeful is attempting to walk a fine line as he both embraces his famous lineage and separates himself from its more controversial aspects. Read more »

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Election Tracker: GOP Likely To Win Senate in November

A new CBS News/New York Times Battleground Tracker estimate has determined that the Republicans are well-positioned to take control of the Senate this year, with a likely 51-49 seat edge if the November election were to be held right now.

The margin of error on that current seat estimate, at plus or minus 2 seats, does mean that Democrats still have a real possibility to keep the chamber and that the country goes into campaign season with Senate control still technically up for grabs — with a closely-divided Senate inevitable in 2015 in either case.

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NYGov – Cuomo Confirms He’s Planning Israel Trip

CuomoNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed on Monday that he is weighing a trip to Israel, marking his first international travel since he took office on January 2010.

“I have not yet set a plan to visit, but it’s not out of the question,” Cuomo told reporters at an unrelated news conference in Buffalo, NY. “I have been corresponding with Israeli officials on the current situation that is going on in the Middle East.”

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GOP State AG Hopeful John Cahill Releases Statement in Support of Israel

john cahillSince political candidates are not called to address pro-Israel rallies, John Cahill, Republican candidate for New York State Attorney General, released Monday a strong statement in support of Israel’s self defense war in Gaza.

“Today, I stand with the Jewish community in support of Israel during its unending struggle with terrorism. What is happening in Gaza is a tragedy of the greatest magnitude and my heart goes out to those innocent families and individuals living in constant fear for their lives,” Cahill said in a written statement, as 10,000 New yorker gathered in Manhattan to stand in solidarity with Israel. Read more »

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Senators Cruz, Gillibrand Introduce Pro-Israel Resolution, Condemning Hamas

gillibrand-and-cruz-Texas Senator Ted Cruz and New York’s  Kirsten Gillibrand teamed up on Monday to introduce a bipartisan resolution condemning Hamas for targeting Israeli civilians and for using “innocent civilians as human shields” in their war against Israel.

“Hamas is undoubtedly guilty of violating international humanitarian law through its deliberate, repeated, and consistent use of civilians as human shields,” Cruz said in a statement. “The United States of America, along with the entire international community must expose and denounce Hamas’ barbaric tactics and unequivocally support Israel’s right to self-defense.” Read more »

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PEW Survey: Partisan, Racial and Age Divides In Support Of Israel’s Gaza Operation

Flags US-IsraelSupport for Israel in the United States is still strong, yet a deep partisan and racial divide between Democrats and Republicans, White, Black and Hispanic Americans are recorded in regards to Israel’s ground operation in Gaza, a new PEW Research poll shows.

40% of American adults say Hamas is responsible for the current violence in Gaza, while 19% blame the escalation on Israel. Just 25% believe that Israel has gone too far in responding to the Hamas terror activities. 35% believe Israel’s response has been about right, while 15% think Israel has not gone far enough to crush Hamas. Read more »

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Conservative-GOP Consultants Rake In Big Bucks

A report by Politico reveals that the highest-profile Republican insurgents of 2014 all share several common aspects: They have all run against longtime incumbents whom they accused of going native in Washington; they have all relied on super PACs (political action committees) to boost their campaigns; and in three of this year’s biggest primaries, hard-right candidates have hired the same general consulting firm to guide their campaigns: Cold Spark Media, a small, Pittsburgh-based company operated by former advisers to Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey.

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Gov. O’Malley Steps Forward In Iowa As Potential 2016 Clinton Competitor

omalley(AP). Martin O’Malley’s latest foray into Iowa begins, appropriately, in a place called Clinton.

The Maryland governor is filling the void in Iowa, New Hampshire and beyond during the early stages of the 2016 presidential race, campaigning for fellow Democrats and making personal appeals while former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton remains the prohibitive — if yet undeclared — favorite. Read more »

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Report: The Williamsburg Armory Is Not For Sale

wsbg armoryThe two Satamr factions’ dream of getting the Williamsburg armory for their own use – some hoping for affordable housing units – from Governor Cuomo has been laid to rest, The Daily News’ Reuven Blau reported Monday.

The state’s push to bid out the 165,000-square-foot venue, announced last April, has been abolished due to an increased use of the space for movie shoots and large community events, Empire State Development spokesman Jason Conwall said. Read more »

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Michigan US Senate Candidate’s Campaign Contributions Raise Questions

terry lynn landAs reported by the Detroit Free Press, the campaign of Terri Lynn Land – a Republican United States Senate candidate from Michigan – insisted on Thursday that the nearly $3 million in contributions she made to herself are legal and proper, even as Michigan Democrats urged state and federal authorities to investigate.

Land’s campaign this week filed a correction to her federal financial disclosure, which showed a previously undisclosed joint checking account she controls with her husband Dan Hibma from which she has taken out $2.9 million for her race. Read more »

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NY04 – JP INTERVIEW: Kathleen Rice Talks Israel Trip and Jewish Issues

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Nassau District Attorney and Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice just returned from an uplifting 3-day visit to Israel, a tradition for many congressional and gubernatorial candidates, especially those vying to represent a large Jewish constituency.

Rice, running in NY’s 4th congressional district that includes the Five Towns with a prominent Jewish population, said she initiated the visit before the recent escalation between Israel and Hamas. “After I won the primary, I said, if and when I win the primary I’m going to plan a trip to Israel,” she told JP. Read more »

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