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Democrats Try to Avoid Fight in Speaker’s Race, But Pelosi’s Opponents Try to Create Chaos

Call it the chaos theory for picking the next House speaker.

Those Democrats trying to stop California Rep. Nancy Pelosi from reclaiming the job say they don’t need a rival candidate just yet. Instead, they plan to show that Pelosi lacks the votes to win the race. And then, they say, new challengers will emerge.

It’s strategy that has other Democrats cringing at the prospect of their new House majority in disarray.…

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Chicago: Judge To Hear Arguments On Plea Change By Terror Suspect

A suburban Chicago man who pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to detonate what he believed was a bomb in Chicago is hoping to change his plea, despite opposition from the prosecution.

A Chicago federal judge hears arguments Monday on a defense motion to let 25-year-old Adel Daoud enter an Alford plea, in which he doesn’t admit guilt but concedes evidence will lead to his conviction.…

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IAEA Calls On North Korea To Re-Admit Nuclear Inspectors

The head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog on Thursday called on North Korea to allow inspectors back into the country to monitor its nuclear program.

Speaking at a board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Director General Yukiya Amano noted that Pyongyang had in September talked about denuclearization measures including the “permanent dismantlement of the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon” — a reactor where it produces plutonium.…

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Deri Signs Order Banning Hamas Official From Leaving Israel

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Thursday, 14 Kislev, signed an order prohibiting Hamas official Muhmad Fawzi Suleiman Arnout from leaving the country.

According to the intelligence material presented to Minister Deri, he was a senior Hamas activist for many years, whose trips abroad were used to promote terrorist activity.

Minister Deri was convinced that Arnout’s departure from the country was liable to cause serious damage to state security, and therefore forbade his departure.…

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NYC: Balloons, Blankets At Frigid Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Bystanders are refusing to let cold temperatures put a damper on watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, breaking out the blankets and sleeping bags to watch the giant balloons go by.

Forecasters say it could be the coldest Thanksgiving in well over a century on Thursday, with the National Weather Service projecting temperatures in the low 20s (-4 to -7 Celsius) and sustained winds of up to 20 mph (32 kph) with gusts to 30 mph (48 kph), just inside the safe zone for the balloons to fly.…

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US Sanctions Firms In Iran, Russia For Shipping Oil To Syria

The Treasury Department on Tuesday added a network of Russian and Iranian companies to its blacklist for shipping oil to Syria in violation of sanctions.

The network helps fuel the Syrian war effort of President Bashar Assad while providing revenue for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in announcing the sanctions.…

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As Facebook Faces Fire, Heat Turns Up On No. 2 Sandberg

For the past decade, Sheryl Sandberg has been the poised, reliable second-in-command to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, helping steer Facebook’s rapid growth around the world, while also cultivating her brand in ways that hint at aspirations well beyond the social network.

But with growing criticism over the company’s practices, or lack of oversight, her carefully cultivated image as an eloquent feminist leader is showing cracks.…

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Pakistan Summons US Envoy Over Trump’s Remarks On Bin Laden

Pakistan summoned the top U.S. diplomat in Islamabad on Tuesday to protest President Donald Trump’s allegation that the country had harbored al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden despite getting billions of dollars in American aid.

According to a statement, Foreign Secretary Tahmina Janjua told the U.S. diplomat, Paul Jones that “such baseless rhetoric … was totally unacceptable.” The statement also claimed that the cooperation from Pakistan’s intelligence service had provided initial evidence that helped Washington trace bin Laden.…

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MEASLES HITS KIRYAS JOEL: The First Case Confirmed On Monday Night

The first case of measles has been confirmed in Kiryas Joel.

Sources have confirmed to YWN that the case was confirmed on Monday night. The child was examined by a doctor a few days ago, and authorities are attempting to reach those patients who were at the same doctor at that time.

The Orange County health Department is aware of the case, and is working with local authorities to prevent further spread of the illness.…

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In Threat To Pelosi, 16 Dems Say They’ll Back New Leadership

Sixteen Democrats who’ve opposed Nancy Pelosi’s quest to become speaker released a letter Monday saying they will vote for “new leadership” when the House picks its leaders in January, underscoring a significant threat to her effort to lead her party’s House majority in the next Congress.

The letter’s release suggests that rather than spending the next six weeks focusing on a fresh agenda to present to Americans, House Democrats could be consumed with a bitter and attention-grabbing internal leadership fight.…

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Trump Sets Off Storm By Criticizing Retired Navy Admiral For Not Capturing Bin Laden Sooner

President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner.

Trump took shots at retired Adm. William McRaven in a Fox News interview Sunday in which he also asserted that the former Navy SEAL and former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command was a “backer” of Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, and supporter of President Barack Obama.…

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ROUND TWO: White House Again Threatens Acosta’s Pass

The Trump administration is threatening to again suspend White House press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

After a federal judge ordered that Acosta’s credentials be temporarily restored Friday, the White House sent Acosta a letter saying they had made the “preliminary decision” to suspend his pass when the judge’s order expires.

The White House argues Acosta did not follow “basic standards” at a news conference when he scrapped with President Donald Trump.…

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Swastika Found Inside 6 Train In Manhattan

The NYPD is looking for the public’s help identifying a man wanted for questioning in connection to an aggravated harassment in lower Manhattan.

Just before noon on Nov. 4, an unidentified man placed a sticker of a swastika on a southbound 6 train as it entered the Bleecker Street station. The man exited the train at the station and fled in unknown direction.…

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Former Nazi Guard Claims He “Wasn’t Involved In Killings”

A former Nazi concentration camp guard on trial on hundreds of counts of accessory to murder has testified he was aware that inmates were dying but says he didn’t know they were being killed.

Johann Rehbogen told the Muenster state court Thursday he knew the conditions of the Stutthof camp were “miserable” and had attributed the deaths primarily to “diseases and epidemics.”

More than 60,000 people were killed in Stutthof in a gas chamber, by lethal injection, shootings and other methods.…

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SCAM: Couple, Homeless ‘Good Samaritan’ Raised $400K With Viral Fake Story

A feel-good tale of a homeless man using his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman buy gas was actually a complete lie, manufactured to get strangers to donate more than $400,000 to help the down-and-out good Samaritan, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Burlington County prosecutor Scott Coffina announced criminal charges against the couple who told the story to newspapers and television stations along with the homeless man who conspired with them to tell the story.…

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Postal Service’s Red Ink For 12th Year As Letter Mail Drops

The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday reported a financial loss for the 12th straight year, citing declines in mail volume and the costs of its pension and health care obligations, as the agency braces for an upcoming report ordered by President Donald Trump to address its “unsustainable financial path.”

Postal officials said they expected next year’s finances to be helped by a strong holiday season of package deliveries and a just-approved increase to the price of its first-class stamp, from 50 cents to 55 cents.…

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WEATHER ALERT – Winter Storm Headed To Tri-State Area On Thursday

The first snow of the season will be a nuisance for some before changing to rain, but the snow could accumulate several inches north and west of the city, especially in higher elevations.

Winter weather advisories have been issued for some parts of the Tri-State area ahead of the storm.

Temps drop into the 30s on Thursday, though the wind chill will make you want to keep your hands in your pockets most of the day.…

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B&H Photo Slams NY Post For “False Article” Alleging Gifts Only To Jewish Employees Who Have Babies

The NY Post published an article on Wednesday, that B&H Photo is calling outright lies, and defamation.

The article claims that B&H is being sued for giving Jewish workers a $2,000 bonus when having a baby, but gives nothing to non-Jewish/Mexican workers.

The article made sure to stress that the owner of B&H, Mr. Herman Schreiber, is a Satmar Chosid, and employees many Satmar Chassidim.…

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WHITE HOUSE DRAMA: President Trump Mulls Wide-Ranging Cabinet Shake-Up

President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shake-up as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was thought to be out as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the issue, but she is now likely to remain in the post for a longer period because there is no obvious successor in place.…

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