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Netanyahu Stars In New Likud Web Ad: ‘The Bibi-sitter’

bibisitterAfter coming under fire for violating campaign regulations by using children in a political ad, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a new campaign video on Saturday that portrays him as a baby sitter.

The video features a young couple that are about to leave for a night out when the baby-sitter knocks at the door. “You asked for a babysitter? You got a Bibi-sitter,” Netanyahu is shown saying. Read more »

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Sheldon Silver Resigned As Assembly Speaker On Friday

Sheldon Silver(AP). New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced his resignation as two lawmakers jockeyed for his position Friday following federal charges that the longtime leader took nearly $4 million in kickbacks.

The Manhattan Democrat filed a letter with the clerk of the Assembly making his resignation effective as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, spokesman Michael Whyland said. Read more »

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Likud Charges Zionist Union is Behind Foreign-Funded Campaign Against Netanyahu

herzogThe Likud Party is charging the left has turned to foreign funding in an attempt to buy an election victory, after it was reported that a former Obama campaign strategist has joined a movement aimed at replacing Netanyahu as Prime Minister with millions of dollars of outside funding.

V15, an organization dedicated to bringing political change in the upcoming election, has partnered with OneVoice Israel, which works with Israelis and Palestinians to pressure their political leadership to bring about a two-state solution based on pre-1967 lines. Read more »

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Mayor De Blasio Says He Has Moved Past Police Crisis

Courtesy of Breaking911

Courtesy of Breaking911

(AP). Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with a strategy to stay above the fray and public opinion that eventually soured on the cops’ behavior.

While he acknowledged much work remains to repair the hard feelings over the chokehold death of Eric Garner, de Blasio told The Associated Press he has regained the footing to move on to other matters, including an agenda he plans to outline in next week’s State of the City address. Read more »

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Former German President Richard Von Weizsaecker Dies At 94

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(AP). Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany’s World War II surrender a “day of liberation” for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.

Weizsaecker died in Berlin overnight, President Joachim Gauck’s office said Saturday. Weizsaecker, a patrician and eloquent figure who was president from 1984 to 1994, raised the profile of the largely ceremonial presidency and established himself as a moral conscience for the nation. Read more »

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Anti-Semitic Group Plans Rally Against The ‘Jewification’ Of Britain In Stamford Hill

liberate-stamford-hill-2-1-384x400An anti-Semitic group is planning a rally in March against the “Jewification of Great Britain” in North London’s largest ultra-Orthodox neighborhood – Stamford Hill.The announcement, posted on Twitter, was accompanied by anti-Semitic images and slogans.

The rally, set for March 22, is organized by a group called “Liberate Stamford Hill”, aiming a district with the highest concentration of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Europe. Read more »

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ISIS Releases Video Showing Beheading Of 2nd Japanese Hostage

Kenji Goto Jogo, Haruna Yukawa(AP). An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiaions to save the man and heightening fears for the life a Jordanian fighter pilot also held hostage.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage at the video that was released on militant websites. Read more »

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Rep. Nadler Calls On GOP, Israel To Mitigate Damage Done By Boehner’s ‘Reprehensible Act’

nadlerWalking a fine line between toeing the Democratic party line and his support for Israel, especially with regards to Iran, Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Friday criticized House Speaker John Boehner for undermining the bipartisan US-Israel relationship by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the Congress without consulting with the WH. Read more »

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Pelosi Suggests Netanyahu Should Swap Congress Speech With Sunday Talk Shows

pelosi netanyahu(AP). House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans’ decision to ask the leader of Israel — an archenemy of Iran — to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.

Asked Friday if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be well-advised to speak out in favor of heavier sanctions on Iran somewhere other than a joint meeting of Congress, Pelosi said “the opportunities are great,” and noted that the Israeli leader often appears on Sunday talk shows in the U.S. Read more »

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Shocking Report: Obama Has Agreed To 80% Of Iran’s Demands During Nuke Talks

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President Barack Obama’s negotiators have conceded to as much as 80 percent of Iran’s demands in the P5+1 negotiations over their nuclear program, Israel’s Channel 10 quoted Israeli officials on Friday.

According to the unnamed officials, the Obama administration “has given the Iranians 80 percent of what they want” out of the negotiations. Read more »

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ADL Praises NJ State Senate For Adopting Resolution Against Antisemitism

ADL no place for hateThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Friday praised the New Jersey State Senate for introducing a resolution condemning the global surge in anti-Semitism, which was unanimously approved today by the Senate committee.

ADL submitted testimony to the State Senate in Trenton, underscoring the significant timing of this legislative initiative, particularly in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris and sobering figures on global anti-Semitism. Read more »

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Israel Issues 450 West Bank Building Tenders

Israel settlements(AP). Israel’s settlement watchdog group said Friday that the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state, a move that comes several weeks before Israel’s national election.

Peace Now said on Friday that 450 tenders have been issued. Read more »

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Nasrallah Warns Israel: Hezbollah Won’t Tolerate More Air Strikes

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(AP). The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Friday that this week’s deadly cross-border attack on Israeli soldiers was a message that it will no longer tolerate any Israeli attacks against its members.

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of supporters in south Beirut that Hezbollah does not fear war and is ready if Israel provokes further violence. Read more »

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Democrats React to Koch’s $889 Million Donation To GOP for 2016 Elections

05963230-afa9-11e3-8787-d7e40bfa09ff_koch_brothersThe reaction of Democrats from the news that the billionaire Koch brothers are planning to donate $889 million to the GOP for the 2016 presidential elections, has ranged from shoulder shrugs to utter outrage.

It is expected that outside groups and campaign committees favoring the Democratic Party will be heavily increasing their attacks on the Koch brothers heading into the next election, possibly the most highly anticipated one yet.

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NY Assembly Speaker’s Race: Majority Leader Morelle Bows Out, Backs Heastie

joe morelleAssembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle has decided to drop out of the race for speaker of the NY State Assembly and is throwing his support behind Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie, as first reported by this reporter.

“Over the past several days Assemblyman Heastie and I have discussed at length how to advance the best interests of the citizens of our state by making the New York Assembly more inclusive and member-driven,” Morelle said in a statement Friday morning. Read more »

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Jeb Bush Welcomes Romney’s Decision To Pass On 2016 Race

Jeb Bush RomneyFormer Florida governor Jeb Bush on Friday welcomed Mitt Romney’s decision to let go of another presidential run, amid reports of donors fleeing to Bush.

After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney told supporters during an am conference call. Read more »

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Israeli President Rivlin Pays Condolences To Families of Wednesday’s Fallen Soldiers

Photo credit: Haim Zach/GPO

Photo credit: Haim Zach/GPO

Upon his return from a 4-day in New York, President Reuven Rivlin paid condolence visits to the families of Staff-Sgt. Dor Chaim Nini and Maj. Yochai Kalangel, who were killed when their patrol vehicle was hit by an anti-tank missile fired into Israel on the northern border on Wednesday.

Sitting with the family of Dor, the President said, “I want you to know, that from the moment I received the news, while in New York, I spoke with each leader I met, about the great loss that we had suffered as a country. I felt that we were their emissaries as they were all of ours.” Read more »

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BEST VIDEO EVER: Christie Falls Off Chair In Radio Studio

Photo credit: Tommy Avallone/WIP

Photo credit: Tommy Avallone/WIP

Video footage of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie falling off his chair during an in-studio appearance at a radio station in June was published online Friday morning by Philly’s SportsRadio 94WIP.

The video shows Christie falling off of his chair upon entering the 94WIP studio for an interview on its morning show. Read more »

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UPDATED: Mitt Romney Announces: I Will Not Run For President In 2016

Mitt Romney(AP). Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016.

Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering a third campaign for the White House, the former Massachusetts governor told members of his staff during a Friday conference call that he is out of race. Read more »

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Polls: Netanyahu Now Favored To Be Reelected As Prime Minister

Photo: Motti Kimchi

Photo: Motti Kimchi

Benjamin Netanyahu is not anymore the persona non grata among Israeli voters in his bid for a 4th term as Israel’s Prime Minister, a new poll, conducted after the security events on the northern border occurred, shows.

According to a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister newspaper, Ma’ariv Sof Hashavua, the percentage of Israeli voters who want Netanyahu to remain prime minister rose from 38% last week to 44%, tying the highest- ever result since elections were announced. Read more »

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Mayor De Blasio Fights Leaks By Replacing Gracie Mansion Roof

gracie_mansion_large(AP). New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting a new roof over his head, city officials said Thursday, but he’s not moving.

Instead, the city’s official mayoral residence, Gracie Mansion, will be getting a replacement for its leaky roof, officials told The Associated Press. Read more »

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Report: Senate Leader Dean Skelos Under Investigation By Bharara

Dean-SkelosSenate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has become the latest victim of Albany’s watchdog U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, according to a new report by NBC4 New York.

According to the report, Bharara is investigating Skelos’ sources of income and ties to the real estate industry, citing unnamed “people familiar with the investigation.” Read more »

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Dermer Responds To Criticism About Netanyahu’s DC Trip

ron dermerMore than a week into the current rift between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama, Israeli Ambassador is still trying to clean up the mess, after it was reported that he coordinated the invitation extended to the Israeli prime minister by the office of House Speaker John Boehner.

In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Ambassador Dermer insisted that Netanyahu never meant to disrespect Obama by agreeing to speak before a joint session of congress. Read more »

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American Shot And Injured In Saudi Arabia

Obama Saudi Arabia(AP). The official Saudi Press Agency says an American citizen was injured when his car came under fire in Saudi Arabia’s eastern al-Ihsaa province.

It said another American was in the car but he was not harmed and that the source of the gunfire on Friday afternoon has not been determined. Security officials are conducting an investigation. Read more »

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Mitt Romney To Update Supporters On Plans For 2016 Campaign

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(AP). Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering another run for president, Mitt Romney plans to update supporters about his plans for the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Republican Party’s 2012 nominee will host conference calls for staff and supporters late Friday morning. Read more »

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