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Ex-Rep. Patrick Kennedy Battles Pot Legalization

By Reuters

Retired Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy is taking aim at what he sees as knee-jerk support for marijuana legalization among his fellow liberals, in a project that carries special meaning for the self-confessed former Oxycontin addict.Read More


Jewish Museum May Hold Looted Nazi Art

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Vienna’s Jewish Museum holds hundreds of books and works of art that may have been stolen by Nazis, a newspaper reported on Saturday.Read More


Netanyahu Rivals Mull Grand Coalition

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Israel’s main centre-left parties may join forces against conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Jan. 22 election that he is currently forecast to win easily, one of the challengers said on Saturday.Read More


Obama Poised To Pick Hagel for Pentagon Chief

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President Barack Obama appeared poised on Friday to pick former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as the next U.S. defense secretary and the announcement may come early next week.Read More


Chuck Hagel Nod Could Spark Battle on Israel

By Haaretz/Chemi Shalev

There are increasing indications that U.S. President Barack Obama plans to push ahead with the appointment of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, setting the stage for a fierce political confirmation battle in which Israel will play a central role.Read More


Palestinian Authority Changes Name to State of Palestine

By JTA

The Palestinian Authority officially changed its name to the State of Palestine.Read More


Gabby Giffords Meets With Newtown Families

By Reuters

Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a mass shooting in her Arizona district two years ago, met with Newtown officials on Friday afternoon before heading to visit with families of the victims of last month’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.Read More


Ancient Jewish Texts From Afghanistan on Display in Israel

By JTA

Israel’s National Library has unveiled a trove of ancient Hebrew manuscripts that were rescued from Afghanistan.Read More


Livni Calls on Yacimovich, Lapid To Form United Front Against Netanyahu

By Haaretz

Hatnuah chairwoman Tzipi Livni on Friday called on Israel’s centrist parties to come together and form a united front against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-Beiteinu.Read More


Egyptian Jew Mocks Call for Return From Israel

By JTA

A Cairo-born Israeli has grabbed headlines in leading Arab media with a letter mocking a top Egyptian official’s call for the return of Egypt’s Jews from Israel.Read More





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