Iran Troubled by Signs of Emerging Israeli-Arab Reconciliation

As Israel’s government senses emerging, historic opportunities for understandings with former Arab enemies, the regime in Iran – whose regional actions are seen as a key catalyst in that rapprochement – is deeply troubled by the prospect.

Source: Iran Troubled by Signs of Emerging Israeli-Arab Reconciliation

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Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses

Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses

Marc Morial – CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization.

“Ivanka visited the Raymond V. Haysbert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Greater Baltimore Urban League, where she participated in a roundtable discussion with minority business owners, mostly from the Baltimore area.

National Urban League President Marc Morial invited Trump, who has stressed her interest in working on policies to benefit women in business. He said he wanted to show her “a highly successful program that is supported by the federal government that makes a difference in the success of small entrepreneurs.”

…During the roundtable, the business owners shared stories about the challenges they had overcome to achieve their business goals — two said they had previously been homeless — and discussed the public and private programs that helped them achieve,…

Also participating in the roundtable were Linda McMahon, who heads the Small Business Administration, and Dina Powell, an assistant to the president and senior counselor for economic initiatives.”

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European welfare benefits help fund ISIS fighters

European welfare benefits help fund ISIS fighters

ISIS gaming the EU welfare system, but there isn’t an immigration problem.

“Governments across Europe have accidentally paid taxpayer-funded welfare benefits such as unemployment funds, disability pensions and housing allowances to Islamic State militants who have used the money to wage war in Iraq and Syria, authorities and terrorism experts say.

Danish officials said this week that 29 citizens were given $100,000 in public pension benefits because they were considered too ill or disabled to work, and they then fled to Syria to fight for the radical group.

Denmark has one of the world’s most generous social-welfare systems, which provides eligible unemployed people up to $120 a day. In addition to trying to reclaim the benefits accidentally disbursed, the government is trying to tighten legislation for welfare claims made by suspected militants.”

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Alt-right leader expelled from Conservative Meeting after organizer denounces It As a ‘left-wing fascist group’

Alt-right leader expelled from CPAC after organizer denounces ‘left-wing fascist group’ – The Washington Post

“There is a sinister organization that is trying to worm its way into our ranks,” said Dan Schneider, the executive director of the American Conservative Union, which runs CPAC. “We must not be deceived by [a] hateful, left-wing fascist group.”

Over a few confusing minutes, Schneider argued that the alt-right, a term coined then popularized by the National Policy Institute’s Richard Spencer, was philosophically left-wing because it departed from his definition of conservatism, in which “the individual” is sovereign.

“They hate the Constitution. They hate free markets. They hate pluralism,” Schneider said. “Fascists tend to want big government control.””


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Teen shot dead defending mother in shooting at Houston Subway – Sad End For a Brave Son, Tragedy for Mother

Teen shot dead defending mother in shooting at Houston Subway – CBS News

“family members have since identified the victim as Javier Flores, a student at Cesar Chavez High School

According to the Houston Police Department, it was around 8 p.m. when the 18-year-old was working at the restaurant and was shot in the neck by one of two robbery suspects.

Police said the victim’s mother was also working in the restaurant when the suspects walked in.

“During the robbery, it appears the black males entered the store, pointed a gun at a female employee who ended up being the victim’s mother. (The victim) tried to intervene and when he confronted the guy with the gun, he was shot.” said Detective David Crowder. “

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Some Risk, More Reward for CEOs Embracing Trump’s Sit-Down Meetings

Some Risk, More Reward for CEOs Embracing Trump’s Sit-Down Meetings | Fox Business

““Today we have 24 CEOs from the largest manufacturing companies in the country and even in the world. They represent–people in this room–nearly $1 trillion of sales and two million employees, large majorities of which are in the United States. They share our commitment to bring manufacturing back and to create jobs in this country,” Trump said.

Since Inauguration Day, Trump has made a weekly habit of meeting with heads of industry, business owners and economic advisers. The president’s C-suite get-togethers are already proving to be much more frequent than those of his most recent predecessors. In his first two months in office, Trump has gathered business leaders from a range of sectors seven times,…

Following Thursday’s meeting, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris told reporters he and other leaders in attendance were “very encouraged” by Trump’s pro-business policies.

“Some of us have said this is probably the most pro-business administration since the founding fathers. There is no question that the language of business is occurring here at the White House,” Liveris said, adding that the country needs to offer more apprenticeship programs and technical education programs for students who want to work in the manufacturing industry.  “

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California Is Flush With Water

The Morning Glory Spillway was once so dry that it became an unofficial skateboard park — now it’s become a bit of a tourist destination

Source: California’s punishing rain creates rare spectacle – CBS News

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