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NYC Police Commissioner: Attack On Cops Was Terror

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police Commissioner William Bratton says the hatchet attack on four rookie officers was a terrorist act by a homegrown radical.

Bratton said Friday the suspect, Zale Thompson, was a Muslim convert who ranted online against America, but had no clear ties to international terrorism. He believes Thompson was self-radicalized. Read more »

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Iraqi Officials Say ISIS Militants Used Chlorine Gas

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(AP). Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said Friday.

The disclosure comes on the heels of similar reports from the Syrian border town of Kobani, indicating that the extremist group may have added low-grade chemical weapons to an arsenal that already includes heavy weapons and tanks looted from captured military bases. Read more »

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NY04 – Kathleen Rice Pulls Out Of Islamic Event After Radical Imam Was Added To Speakers List

schumer riceNassau County District Attorney and a Long Island Congressional candidate, Kathlee Rice announced on Friday that she is pulling out from her initial intention to attend an event at the Islamic Center of Long Island on November 23, 2014, after it was revealed that she would be speaking alongside a controversial Imam, a co-conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Read more »

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Nassau County – Poll: Jewish Democratic Senatorial Candidate Trails Incumbent By 15 Points

adam haber senateTwo-term incumbent Republican State Senator Jack Martins leads his Democratic challenger Adam Haber by 15 points (52-37), according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College poll of likely voters in the 7th Senate District, located in Nassau County.

Haber, who’s Jewish, has a large lead among Jewish voters – who make up 17% of the electorate – by a 63-24 percentage margin. However, Martins lead with independent voters has increased from 57-30 percent to now 68-19 percent, the poll shows. Read more »

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Report: US Consulate In Jerusalem Referred To Terror Attack As ‘Traffic Incident’

chaya ziselHours after a Palestinian terrorist drove his car into a crowd waiting at a light rail station in Jerusalem, killing 3-months old Chaya Zisel Braun HY”D, the US consulate in the city issued a memo referring to the attack as a “traffic incident,” Ynet reported Thursday.

The memo was sent to employees of the American consulate, which is based in East Jerusalem. It asks staff to report “any emergency.” Read more »

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MAGov – Republican Baker Opens 9 Point Lead Over Coakley

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Photo: Jaime Bennis/Daily FDree Press

Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has opened up a 9-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley (45-36), according to a new Boston Globe poll published on Thursday.

Baker has moved from 38 percent support to 45 percent since late August, almost entirely from voters who have made up their minds since the beginning of September, the pollster noted. Coakley dropped 5 points in one week. Read more »

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Poll: Bennett At Top in Approval Ratings, While Netanyahu Remains Only Candidate for PM

bibi bennettEconomics Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of Bayit Yehudi Party, edged ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time in the approval rating of the government ministers.

According to the Panels poll conducted for the Knesset Channel, 38% of the public expressed satisfaction with minister Bennett’s performance, compared to 36% who expressed satisfaction with Netanyahu’s performance as prime minister. Read more »

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Obama Offers Cuomo, De Blasio Federal Help With Ebola Case

IMG_0891.JPG(AP). President Barack Obama is offering federal support to New York as it responds to its first Ebola case.

Obama spoke Thursday night to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The White House says some officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were already on the ground, with another team expected to have arrived late Thursday. Read more »

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Mayor de Blasio: New Yorkers Should Not Be Alarmed About NYCE bola Case

ebola nyc(AP). An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday urged residents not to be alarmed by the doctor’s Ebola diagnosis. De Blasio said all city officials followed “clear and strong” protocols in their handling and treatment of Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders. Read more »

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Kiryas Joel, NY – Feds Settle With NY Slaughterhouse Over Pollution

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Kiryas Joel, NY – Federal prosecutors say a New York slaughterhouse that supplies kosher chicken to Orthodox Jews discharged chicken parts and other waste into storm drains and sewers.
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The U.S. attorney’s office announced a civil lawsuit and proposed settlement Thursday. It said the Kiryas Joel Poultry Processing Plant Inc. admitted violating the federal Clean Water Act between 2008 and 2012. Read more »

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Jeb Bush Receives High Praise from SC Gov. Nikki Haley During Campaign Appearance

Jeb BushFormer Florida Governor Jeb Bush received high praise from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as he was in the state with the Governor campaigning for her reelection.

Gov. Haley told a crowd that  she would never be leading South Carolina without former Bush’s help. Read more »

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Sen. Warren ‘Doesn’t Think’ She’ll Run for President in 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren(AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tends to stick to the script when she’s asked about a potential 2016 presidential campaign: “I am not running for president.” So her latest response has touched off new speculation about her future.

When asked if she will run in 2016, the first-term Democrat and liberal favorite told People magazine, “I don’t think so.” Read more »

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister: No Anti-Semitism in Our Country

Pavlo Klimkin UkrainePavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine, said that despite the rise of anti-Semitism across the globe in recent months, his country hasn’t seen any significant incidents.

Speaking with Israel’s i24 News ahead of Ukraine’s parliamentary elections set to be held this Sunday, Foreign Minister Klimkin said that anti-Semitism in his country is so low that it doesn’t cause a significant threat to the Jewish community. Read more »

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Sen. Cruz: US Stands Unshakably With Israel, Canada

terror jerusalemIn light of the recent terror attacks in Israel, where a Hamas associate drove his car into pedestrians waiting at a Jerusalem train station, thereby killing a 3-month-old baby and injuring many others, and in Canada where a soldier was gunned down on Wednesday while guarding a war memorial, Sen. Ted Cruz said that the United States stands in solidarity with Israel and Canada. Read more »

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Director Defends Screening ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Opera Despite Protests

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In a wide ranging interview, Tom Morris, the english director of the controversial opera “The Death of Klinghoffer,” defends screening the opera, despite resistance from Klinghoffer’s two daughters and many public officials.

The opera is based on the 1985 killing of passenger Leon Klinghoffer on the Achille Lauro, an Italian cruise ship hijacked by four members of the Palestinian Liberation Front. The 69-year-old was shot in his wheelchair and pushed overboard. Read more »

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Brooklyn, NY – Former NYPD Jewish Liaison Arrested: Sources

sholom lipschitzA former NYPD Jewish liaison was arrested on Thursday and is being held at the 66 precinct, sources told JP.

Shulem “Sol” Lipschitz, 37 years old, a community affairs Jewish representative at the 62nd precinct in Brooklyn, was arrested at around 3:00pm on Thursday in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, and was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property,

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Jewish Institutions Heighten Security Following Recent Terror Attacks in Canada

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Over the past few days, Canada, a country that until recently felt immune to terror attacks, has come under attack twice by suspects who appear to have links to Islamic extremism.

On Monday a young convert to Islam killed a Canadian soldier after hitting him with his vehicle. Authorities said that they feared the suspect had Jihadist ambitions and had seized his passport. Read more »

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UPDATED: Midwood – Hikind Charges Job Seekers Entry Fee To Joint OU Job Fair

dov hikind Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) charged job seekers a fee of $20 to attend a joint job fair on Thursday in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

The fair was organized by the OU Job Board in conjunction with Yachad, the Jewish Union Foundation (JUF), and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, in order to connect job seekers with employers and create a network of communication between those seeking to fulfill the skills they have and employers looking to hire. Read more »

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Billionaire Adelson May Focus $$ on Former Gov. Huckabee For 2016 GOP Nomination

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Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam laid out an unprecedented $98 million to bankroll politically conservative Republican candidates during the 2012 election cycle. More than a fifth of that amount was sunk into Winning our Future, a super PAC supporting Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. As the current crop of potential GOP candidates for the White House likely looks to Adelson for future support, word has it that the mogul may focus his financial sights on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is renowned for his passionate support of Israel.

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Breaking: Doctor Who Treated Ebola Patients in Guinea Rushed to NYC Hospital With Disease Symptoms

The dreaded Ebola virus may have now emerged in New York City. A 33-year-old physician who works for Doctors Without Borders – who had provided medical care to Ebola patients in Guinea and returned to the city 10 days ago was hurriedly taken by ambulance with police escorts from his Harlem home to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday.

Insiders reported that Craig Spencer was suffering from symptoms very similar to Ebola — a 103-degree fever and nausea.

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NYGov- Cuomo Releases Policy Book That Outlines 2nd Term Agenda

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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday released a detailed245-page policy book, outlining a comprehensive agenda for a second term in office. The  book included more than sixty policy proposals, several of which have already been announced by Governor Cuomo in the past months.

The book was released 11 days before voters head to the polls to choose to reelect Governor Cuomo or replace him with Republican candidate Rob Astorino. Read more »

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Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Vows To Calm City Amid Recent Arab Violence

terror jerusalem(AP). Jerusalem’s mayor on Thursday called for a crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest, as police beefed up security after a Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded light rail train station and killed a baby girl.

The crash Wednesday night escalated already heightened tensions in east Jerusalem, the section of the holy city captured by Israel in 1967 and claimed by the Palestinians as their capital. Read more »

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Israeli Cabinet Approves $34.7M Funding For Settlement Development

Israel settlementsThe Israeli cabinet approved a proposal on Wednesday to allocate $34.7 million to the World Zionist Organization’s settlement division for the purposes of “developing agricultural and rural settlement,” despite the fact that the proposal does not detail how the money would be divided among West Bank settlements and Negev and Galilee towns.

Danny Kritzman, the head of the settlement division, declined to state exactly where the money would be allocated, but he did disclose that the majority of the funds would be disbursed to towns located near conflict zones.

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Gov. Cuomo Closes Door On 2016 Run, Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

cuomo hillaryFollowing his pledge during a televised debate on Wednesday to fill out a full 2nd term, if reelected in November, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday put to rest any speculation that he might run for president against Hillary Clinton, technically endorsing her candidacy.

“I hope she does something really, really, really big,” Cuomo told a crowd of a few hundred supporters at a ‘Women’s Equality’ rally in Manhattan aside former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. Read more »

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AD48 – Caller Hits Hikind On Education Tax Credit Bill: ‘You Had Your Time’

2014-10-21 21.28.25On Thursday, the campaign of R’ Nachman Caller for State Assembly issued a blistering attack on Assemblyman Dov Hikind for campaigning on a promise to fight in Albany for the Education Investment Tax Credit, thus admitting nothing has been done over the past 3 decades to solve the tuition crisis.

In recent campaign events and in print ads, Hikind touted his record of acquiring TAP and Special Education legislation as a reason to re-elect him in November. Read more »

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