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California Capitol Update – April 3, 2014

In This Issue Legislative Update Bill of the Week Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Contraceptive Mandate Cases Did You Know? News Clips and Articles City on the Hill Legislative Update Last week several bills were considered in the Assembly to address truancy in public schools including AB 1643, AB 1672, and AB 2141. These […]

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Northeast Braces for Monster Blizzard of 2015

Blizzard warnings are in effect Monday from New Jersey through Maine as the worst winter storm in years hits the Northeast. More than 50 million Americans can expect to be affected by the monster storm moving in from the Midwest. The system brought a normal amount of snow to cities like Chicago, but for the […]

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PA Poll Links Israel to Paris Terror Attacks

JERUSALEM, Israel — A poll conducted by the Palestinian Authority’s semi-official Ma’an News Agency showed nearly 85 percent of Arab respondents believe Israel may have been involved in the terror attacks in Paris that killed 17, including four French Jews at a kosher supermarket, earlier this month. The P.A.’s official newspaper, al-Hayah al-Jadida, posted results […]

PA Wages Diplomatic War against Israel

JERUSALEM, Israel — Despite a recent flare-up on the northern border, Israel has been relatively quiet since the Gaza war ended last summer. But the Palestinians are now waging a diplomatic war against Israel, one they hope will end with a Palestinian state and war crime charges against Israeli leaders. For months now, Palestinian Authority […]

Same-Sex Marriage Put on Hold in Alabama

It appears gay marriage will now be allowed in Alabama.      On Friday, a judge overturned the ban on same-sex marriage in one of the most socially conservative states in the country, often called “The buckle of the Bible Belt.”     However, gay couples in Alabama who were hoping to get married Monday are being told, […]

Wood Corp. Triumphs in Abortion Pill Mandate Case

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The president of Yemen has resigned under pressure from Shiite rebels who confined him to his home for the past two days. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was a close U.S. ally. His ouster raises fears Yemen could split apart again, severely complicating U.S. efforts to combat al Qaeda’s powerful branch in Yemen. On Thursday, […]

Deadline Lapses, Japan Hostages’ Fate Unknown

Military officials in Japan say they still haven’t heard anything from Islamic State jihadists as the deadline to ransom two Japanese hostages lapsed on Friday. ISIS threatened to behead Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa unless they received a $200 million ransom. The Japanese government estimates that the ultimatum expired at 2:50 p.m., CNN reports. […]

Israel Extends Condolences on King Abdullah’s Death

JERUSALEM, Israel — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin posted a statement following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, who passed away at 1 a.m. Friday. “I was saddened to hear of the passing of King Abdullah. He was an example of grounded, considered and responsible leadership, with a deep religious tradition,” Rivlin said. “As ‘Guardian […]

Commentary: Why Won’t Obama Meet with Netanyahu?

JERUSALEM, Israel — Not long after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted the invitation to speak to a joint session of Congress next month, the White House and State Department announced that neither President Barack Obama nor Secretary John Kerry would meet with him. They cited the proximity of upcoming Israeli elections, saying top-level meetings […]

Oil Prices Spike on News of Saudi King’s Death

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, a powerful U.S. ally in the fight against al Qaeda, passed away Friday. He was 90 years old.     News of his death comes during a time of turmoil throughout the region, and it even sent oil prices rising.         More than his guarded predecessors, Abdullah was known for assertively throwing his oil-rich […]