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Experts Say NSA Rules Leave Privacy Vulnerable

Experts Say NSA Rules Leave Privacy Vulnerable
Cyber security experts are questioning whether President Barack Obama can make good on his assurance that U.S. intelligence agencies aren't spying on "ordinary folks." That promise is especially dubious, experts say, in instances where Americans are communicating with U.S. citizens living abroad and other people overseas. "It's very clear there are enormous loopholes," said Jonathan Mayer, a cybersecurity fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 26 )

MK Yogev Calls to Cut Ties with Yesh Atid

MK Yogev Calls to Cut Ties with Yesh Atid
Bayit Yehudi MK Moti Yogev is calling to end the party’s agreement with Yesh Atid. In an open letter the MK calls for a ‘cheshbon nefesh’ in the party regarding the ongoing relationship with the Yesh Atid party. He adds 'לך כנוס את כל היהודים' , a call to achdus in the dati leumi camp. “There are those who posit there is no common ground in the various dati leumi camps – what is there is common in the chareidi dati leumi and the dati leumi light for example. I ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 14 )

President Obama Heading To NYC For A High-Dollar Democratic Fundraisers

President Obama Heading To NYC For A High-Dollar Democratic Fundraisers
President Barack Obama is bolstering his party’s campaign coffers, joining an ally of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to help the Democratic National Committee climb out of a worrisome deficit. It’s the latest alignment of the Obama and Clinton orbits, as the former first lady considers a White House bid in 2016. Obama is traveling to New York Tuesday to raise money for the party at two events, including a high-dollar fundraiser at the home of Alan Patricof, the founder ...
(11 opinions  |   March 11 )

Judge Orders NSA To Stop Destroying Phone Surveillance Records It Collected

Judge Orders NSA To Stop Destroying Phone Surveillance Records It Collected
A federal judge stopped the destruction of millions of telephone records collected by the National Security Agency more than five years ago. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, who is overseeing an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against the agency, issued a nationwide order Monday to safeguard evidence until March 19, when he will hold a hearing on extending the deadline further. The secret federal court that approved the agency’s surveillance has required that documents be purged after ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 11 )

Senate Democrats Aim Ire At Rich, Obscure Brothers

Senate Democrats Aim Ire At Rich, Obscure Brothers
Democratic Senate candidates, facing withering criticism on the national health care law, are gambling they can turn voters against two billionaire brothers funding the attacks — even if few Americans would recognize the pair on the street. In an accelerating counteroffensive stretching from the Senate chamber to Alaska, Democrats are denouncing Charles and David Koch, the key figures behind millions of dollars in conservative TV ads hammering Democratic candidates and their ties to ...
(5 opinions  |   March 10 )

How Can Jet Disappear? In The Ocean, It's Not Hard

How Can Jet Disappear? In The Ocean, It's Not Hard
In an age when people assume that any bit of information is just a click away, the thought that a jetliner could simply disappear over the ocean for more than two days is staggering. But Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is hardly the first reminder of how big the seas are, and of how agonizing it can be to try to find something lost in them. It took two years to find the main wreckage of an Air France jet that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. Closer to the area between Malaysia and ...
(2 opinions  |   March 10 )

Belzer Rebbe Shlita Recited Slichos Following Hallel

Belzer Rebbe Shlita Recited Slichos Following Hallel
Thousands of Belzer Chassidim remained in Yerushalayim on motzei Shabbos to take part in the Million Man Atzeres on Sunday, 1 Rosh Chodesh Adar II. At shachris Sunday morning, there were many surprised chassidim after Hallel was recited as the Rebbe Shlita began saying slichos, pesukim associated with Tashlich. The minhag in Belz is for the rebbe to recite Hallel. Talmidim and avreichim then dedicated the hours prior to the atzeres to limud towards meriting the abolition of the ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 02 )

An Interesting Napoleon Era Coin In Honor Of The 'Grand Sanhedrin'

An Interesting Napoleon Era Coin In Honor Of The 'Grand Sanhedrin'
An antique rare medal which will be up for auction this evening at Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem provides a rare peek into the relationship between Napoleon Bonaparte and the Jewish community in France and throughout the world at the peak of his success. This medal was issued more than 200 years ago in honor of the "Grand Sanhedrin" convened by Napoleon. A portrait of Napoleon appears on one side of the medal surrounded by the inscription "Napoleon, King and Emperor". On the other side, ...
(1 opinions  |   February 26 )

VIDEO: Eli Yishai: Chareidi Draft Won't Happen

VIDEO: Eli Yishai: Chareidi Draft Won't Happen
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Shas MK Eli Yishai explained that the covenant between Yesh Atid and Bayit Yehudi has resulted in a historic reality, the effort to pull bnei yeshivos into the IDF. he stated this effort is most serious and unprecedented. Yishai commented on the many existing programs in the IDF for chareidim today, and how they are now serving in larger numbers, including Nachal Chareidi and Shachar programs. Regarding the planned draft of chareidim, he added “It will not ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 25 )

Chareidi MKs Instructed to Leave Parliamentary Aides Home

Chareidi MKs Instructed to Leave Parliamentary Aides Home
Preparations are underway for the historical meeting on Monday night, 24 Adar I 5774 of the Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael of Shas, Agudas Yisrael and Degel Hatorah. For a first time ever, the three councils will sit in a joint meeting to address the government’s tenacious efforts to pull avreichim into the military. In a letter sent on Shas stationary dated Sunday, 23 Adar I, sent to Shas MKs, they are instructed not to bring parliamentary aides to the Bnei Brak meeting Monday evening. The ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 24 )

Satmar Rebbe Of Kiryas Yoel: We Survived Inquisition & Auschwitz, We Will Survive IDF Draft Gezeira

Satmar Rebbe Of Kiryas Yoel: We Survived Inquisition & Auschwitz, We Will Survive IDF Draft Gezeira
Addressing the tzibur taking part in a hachnasas Sefer Torah in the Satmar Beis Medrash in Bnei Brak, the Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel Shlita addressed the effort to draft bnei yeshivos into the IDF. The rebbe, who arrived last week, was briefed on the Shaked Committee and stepped-up efforts to induct chareidim into the IDF. The rebbe stated “it is time to declare war”, adding that from his perspective, we may not permit chareidim who are not learning to enter the IDF either for the atmosphere ...
(1 opinions  |   February 23 )

Man Pleads Guilty In NYC Pipe Bomb Terrorism Plot

Man Pleads Guilty In NYC Pipe Bomb Terrorism Plot
A New York City man charged with building homemade bombs to attack soldiers, police or even the George Washington Bridge has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge. Jose Pimentel entered the plea Wednesday to attempted criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism. It was less than a week before his scheduled trial in a rare state-level terrorism case. The 29-year-old has been promised a sentence of 16 years in prison. He would have faced a minimum of 15 years to life if convicted ...
(2 opinions  |   February 19 )

Tough Winter Creates Menace: Ice From High-Rises

Tough Winter Creates Menace: Ice From High-Rises
City dwellers facing one of the most brutal winters on record have been dealing with something far more dangerous than snow falling from the sky: ice tumbling from skyscrapers. Streets around New York's new 1 World Trade Center, the nation's tallest building, were recently closed when sheets of ice were seen shearing from the face of the 1,776-foot structure — turning them into potentially deadly, 100-mph projectiles. And sidewalks around high-rises in cities big and small have been ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 19 )

Egypt's Mubarak Faces New Trial Over Corruption

Egypt's Mubarak Faces New Trial Over Corruption
Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are appearing before a Cairo court, facing charges that they wasted millions of dollars in public funds allocated to renovate presidential palaces. Wednesday's session is the first in the case after a months-long pause. The trial initially opened in August, but the court sent it back to the prosecutor general who added four new defendants. The state media says they held management positions in the project. Last year, the ailing ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 19 )

World Worried Over Deteriorating Situation in Kiev

World Worried Over Deteriorating Situation in Kiev
The deadly clashes in Ukraine's capital have drawn sharp reactions from Washington, sparked a rapidly growing push for European Union sanctions and led to a Kremlin statement blaming Europe and the West. A roundup of some of the international reactions: EUROPEAN UNION EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Wednesday expressed "shock and utter dismay" at the violence in Kiev, blamed Ukraine's "political leadership" and predicted the 28-nation EU will impose sanctions as a result. ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 19 )

Flight Turbulence Sends Baby Flying Out of Parent's Arms

Flight Turbulence Sends Baby Flying Out of Parent's Arms
Federal authorities are looking into severe turbulence that triggered "pandemonium" aboard a United Airlines flight into Billings, Mont., and sent five people to hospitals. Passenger Ejay Old Bull of Billings says drinks had just been served and passengers were moving around the cabin when flight 1676 began to lurch violently about 55 minutes after it left Denver. Old Bull says he watched the unrestrained woman next to him crash into the luggage bin overhead and briefly lose ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 18 )

Older Americans Are Early Winners Under Health Law

Older Americans Are Early Winners Under Health Law
For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They're unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis. These luckless people, most in their 50s and 60s, have emerged this month as early winners under the nation's new health insurance system. Along with their peers who are self-employed or whose jobs do not offer ...
(7 opinions  |   February 17 )