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BY Marc Shapiro
January 16, 2014

Baltimore County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins (D-6) will be the 2014 council chairperson, making her the third female to lead the council. The council voted unanimously on Monday, Jan. 6 to confirm Bevins as the chair. “I am humbled by the trust and confidence that my fellow council members have expressed by selecting me to serve CONTINUE »

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Isaac Herzog says he will back Netanyahu in case of peace
BY David Holzel
January 16, 2014

Since he became head of Israel’s Labor Party in November, Isaac Herzog has positioned himself as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s safety net. If Netanyahu comes home with a peace deal with the Palestinians and his right wing bolts, Herzog likely will come to the prime minister’s aid. And as the leader of Israel’s opposition, Herzog CONTINUE »

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Decision by Congress to allow the expiration of public transit tax credit could hurt commuters
BY Heather Norris
January 16, 2014

It pays to drive. At least it pays more than taking public transit. With the start of 2014 came the expiration of the credit allowing public transit commuters to claim up to $245 a month as tax exempt. While public transportation users were watching their maximum credit fall to just $130 per month, the credit CONTINUE »

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Soft-spoken and methodical, he investigates claims on behalf of Chief Rabbinate
BY Ben Sales, JTA
January 16, 2014

To be married in Israel, immigrants must prove their Jewish ancestry to the country’s Chief Rabbinate. Couples can solicit a letter from their hometown rabbis or present their parents’ Jewish marriage contracts. Sometimes they even bring a Yiddish-speaking grandmother before a rabbinical court. In the end, every claim has to pass through one man: a CONTINUE »

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Controversial resolution passes after BDS panels
BY By Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
January 16, 2014

CHICAGO — The Modern Language Association (MLA) delegate committee on Saturday passed Resolution 2014-1, which condemns Israel for denying entry to U.S. academics into the West Bank, in a 60-53 vote. The MLA executive committee will now need to approve the resolution before it goes to a vote among MLA members. The original text of CONTINUE »