on Yom HaShoah, we solemnly remember the six million Jews and the
millions of others murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
this day, we honor the memory of the millions of individuals – the
mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, friends and neighbors – who
lost their lives during a time
of unparalleled depravity and inhumanity. We reaffirm our ongoing
responsibility as citizens and as a nation to live out the admonition,
“Never forget. Never again.” And we commit ourselves to preserving the
memories of those who lived through the horrors
of the Shoah, so that their experiences are not forgotten by our
generation or by our children or grandchildren.
also honor those who survived the Holocaust, many of them spared from
death because of the righteous individuals who risked their lives to
save Jews and other victims
from Nazi persecution. The stories of these survivors and their
protectors remind us to confront persecution wherever it arises, and
that silence can be an accomplice to evil. They remind us of our duty
to counter the rising tide of anti-Semitism, bigotry
and hatred that threaten the values we hold dear—pluralism, diversity,
and the freedoms of religion and expression.
and every day, we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community both at
home and abroad. We stand with those who are leaving the European
cities where they have
lived for generations because they no longer feel safe, with the
members of institutions that have been attacked because of their Jewish
affiliations, and with the college students forced to confront swastikas
appearing on their campuses. And we call upon
all people of good will to be vigilant and vocal against every form of
we recognize our interconnectedness and the fundamental dignity and
equality of every human being, we help to build a world that is more
accepting, secure and free.
This is the best way to honor the legacy we recognize on Yom HaShoah
and to fulfill our responsibilities to repair our world from generation
Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
The Heritage Foundation’s James Jay Carafano discusses news that a Navy
SEAL was killed in Iraq Tuesday, the third U.S. service member to die in
the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) since 2014.
Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner briefs reporters and responds to their
questions on a variety of international topics, including calls by
Secretary Kerry for a reaffirming the cessation of hostilities in the
war in Syria.
Former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader discusses his upcoming book, Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think, as well as the latest developments in the 2016 presidential election.
New York Law School professor Nadine Strossen and David Rivkin, with the
Foundation for Defense of Democracies, discuss Internet privacy and
government surveillance, as well as surveillance carried out by
No more Lyin’ Ted—with
the path to the nomination clear, both Trump and the GOP know the fun
and games are over. So what do they do now?
On the night he got everything he said he wanted, Donald Trump looked miserable.
entered the lobby of Trump Tower through the hallway, wearing a blue
suit and royal blue tie. His wife, Melania, and his three older
children, Ivanka, Eric, and Don Jr., and their respective spouses were
by his side. He had just won Indiana and with that, effectively, the Republican presidential nomination itself, but he was acting like a loser.
spoke quietly and slowly. His eyes squinted more than usual. It seemed
as though the gravity of the position he now finds himself in—leader of
the Republican Party, rival to Hillary Clinton, possible president of
the United States—was weighing directly on his face, which was, in the
patriotic red, white, and blue light, a pale shade of orange. Click here for the full article. Source: The Daily Beast
Halfway through my interview with Efraim
Zuroff, famed Nazi hunter and head of the Jerusalem office of the Simon
Wiesenthal Center (SWC), we took a 10-minute break. He left to participate in
afternoon prayers at a synagogue across the road. When he returned, we resumed
our conversation and I asked what he plans to do when he retires.
“Oh, I’m going to move to Tahiti, sit under a coconut tree, and drink Piña
Coladas,” he smiled, easing back in his chair.
“But you wouldn’t find a minyan there for prayers, would you?” I ventured to
“OK,” he says with a hearty laugh. “Now that’s a problem. Listen, I’m 67, and I
consider myself very lucky as I’m one of those people who enjoy what they are
doing and feel they are doing something important.”
He has no intention of being sent out to pasture just yet.
Few would argue with the statement that the task of attempting to bring Nazis
to justice has been tremendously important, but enjoyable? Is it a vocation one
can enjoy? Surely, you have to be somewhat obsessive to dig and dig, ferreting
out mass murderers.
“I may be a lot of things,” he tells The Jerusalem Report, “but obsessive is
not one of them. I realized from the get-go that this is the kind of subject
that can destroy a person. If you let this subject take over your life, you are
in big trouble. I’ve managed to avoid that ‒ until last summer.”
In summer 2015, Zuroff co-authored a groundbreaking book “Our Own,” together
with popular Lithuanian writer Rūta Vanagaitė. The book, dealing with Lithuanian
complicity in the mass murder of Jews during the Holocaust, was published on January 26.
It caused a sensation in Lithuania and the original 2,500 copies sold out within 48 hours
of its release. A much bigger reprint has been ordered and the signs are it
could prove an unexpected best seller in a country that at last may be ready to
look at itself in the mirror.
Zuroff has worn his heart on his sleeve for almost 40 years, ruffling feathers
in the highest places, determinedly taking on governments and figures of
authority, many of whom wanted nothing more than to sweep the crimes of their
society under the carpet and get on with creating a new order.
Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced
that he is advancing legislation to bring more aggressive enforcement tools,
tougher penalties and greater transparency to the oversight of child care
programs throughout the state. The bill will also create more consistent legal
enforcement standards for state- and New York City-regulated programs and
improve parents' access to child care centers' compliance and violation
"Parents deserve to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that their child care
providers are responsible and that their children are in good hands," said Governor Cuomo. "These
reforms will help ensure that every child care program in this state is held
accountable to the highest standards of safety, and with tougher laws we will
be better able to crack down on bad actors. These are common sense measures
that will make a difference across the state, and I urge the legislature to
pass them this session."
Under the Governor's proposed legislation, penalties for state-regulated child
care providers cited for serious violations and for providers operating
illegally would be increased. The maximum fine for serious violations would
increase from $500 to $5,000 a day. Enforcement standards for state- and New
York City-regulated child care programs will also be better aligned, enabling
the state to take more immediate enforcement action. New York City-regulated
child care programs will be required to prominently post inspection reports and
violation histories, as state-regulated programs already do.
Additionally, the state would be able to suspend or revoke a center’s license
for a wider range of violations, including inadequate supervision, failure to
maintain proper staff-to-child ratios and failure to cooperate with an
inspection, as well as the injury or death of a child, or the use of corporal
punishment against a child. The suspension or revocation of an operator's
license at one location will trigger an immediate examination of all the
operator’s other state-regulated programs and an evaluation of potential
enforcement action against them. The moratorium on child care providers
applying for a new license after revocation will be extended from two years to
The legislation will also provide parents with the data they need to make
informed choices about their child's care by improving access to compliance and
violation histories through the launch of a statewide registry. Access to
information is a key element in transforming the child care system and sending
a strong warning to providers who would jeopardize the safety of New York's
New York State Office of Children and
Family Services Acting Commissioner Sheila J. Poole said, "Passage
of this legislation will serve to strengthen NYS's position as having one of
the most stringent and comprehensive oversight systems of inspection and
enforcement in the country."
There are 11,000 child care programs in New York City, including approximately
9,000 Family Day Care, Group Family Day Care and School-Age Child Care programs
that the Office of Children and Family Services oversees, and some 2,000 Child
Care Centers that are regulated by the New York City Department of Health and
The NY State of Health, the State's
official health plan Marketplace, and the New York State Athletic Commission
are working together to enroll uninsured members of the State's boxing
community in affordable health plans. Health insurance enrollment events will
be held throughout New York concurrent with scheduled boxer weigh in dates this
"Boxing is a sport with a rich
history in New York, but also one that carries clear risks for men and women who
step into the ring," Governor Cuomo said. "This effort will help
ensure competitors across this state have access to the health coverage and the
proper medical treatment they need."
Many professional boxers and other
members of the boxing community living in the State are currently uninsured and
unprotected in case of injury or illness. NY State of Health certified
in-person assistors will be on hand at weigh-ns to enroll boxers and trainers
in health plans on the spot.
NY State of Health Executive Director
Donna Frescatore said, "This partnership means boxers, coaches and
trainers can easily get information about health insurance options and enroll
in a health plan immediately if eligible. We thank the New York State Athletic
Commission for their efforts, and for their commitment to making information
about affordable health insurance readily available to those in New York’s
New York State Athletic Commission
Executive Director David Berlin said, "We believe it is vital for boxers
to have the ability to see a doctor and maintain good health with a yearly
physical. This partnership gives boxers and others in the boxing community the
opportunity to enroll in health insurance plans through the NY State of Health
Marketplace. This is a simple, common sense effort to promote good health and
NY State of Health in-person assistors
will hold enrollment sessions at the following events:
18 – 5 P.M. – Rochester – Diplomat Party House and Diplomat Banquet Center,
1956 Lyell Avenue, Rochester, NY 14606
3 – 5 P.M. – Whitehall – Whitehall Athletic Club, 62 Poultney St, Whitehall, NY
24 – 5 P.M. – Syracuse/Liverpool - Holiday Inn, Exit 37, 441 Electronics Pkwy,
Liverpool, NY 13088
13 - 3-7 P.M., Mendez Boxing, 23 E. 26 Street, New York, NY 10010
17 - 3-7 P.M., John's Boxing Gym, 1703 Jerome Ave, Bronx, NY 10453
24 - 3-7 P.M., Morris Park Boxing Club, 644 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 10460
27 - 3-7 P.M., Gleason's Gym, 77 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The panelists at the event were Senator James Sanders Jr., a Bernie
Sanders delegate; Joel James, a college student; and Donnie Whitehead, a
community activist and Bernie Sanders supporter. (Click on the images to increase their size.)
Senator James Sanders, Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) hosted a “Bernie &
the Blacks” post-primary discussion on Saturday, April 30, at the Black
Spectrum Theatre in Jamaica, to discuss why Senator Bernie Sanders under
performed among black voters in New York. Panelists included the
senator, who is a Bernie Sanders delegate; Donnie Whitehead, a community
activist and Bernie Sanders supporter; and Joel James, a college
Moderator A.U. Hogan, associate director of StudentsFirstNY and
president of the Baisley Houses, asked a series of thought provoking
questions seeking to determine why black voters did not "Feel the Bern."
For example, although Bernie Sanders’ economic message was inherently
related to civil rights, should he have made a more direct appeal to
Senator James Sanders Jr. thought so. “Bernie is from the school that
believes classism created racism, and therefore classism is the real
problem to solve,” the senator explained. “While there may be truth to
that idea, racism is a beast in itself, and Bernie should have done more
to address it.”
Other suggested reasons why Bernie Sanders fell short included black
voters having a longstanding loyalty to the Clintons. Also, if elected,
former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be viewed as continuing
President Obama’s legacy and would be another historic step for our
country by following the election of the first black president with the
election of the first female president.
When asked if Obama should have done more to appear neutral, Whitehead
responded, “The president was not neutral,” adding that Obama strongly
implied Hillary Clinton was his preferred candidate.
Members of the audience chimed in, adding their own theories and asking
what could be done to achieve desirable outcomes in the future.
Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders by a margin of 58% to 42% in the
April 19 New York Democratic presidential primary. Among black voters,
it was around 75% to 25% in favor of Clinton.
Source: The Office of State Senator James Sanders, Jr.
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Trump's immediate challenge -- uniting a fractured party
So Donald Trump essentially wrapped up the
Republican presidential nomination last night by winning in Indiana and
forcing Ted Cruz's exit, while the Democratic contest will march on for
another month after Bernie Sanders' narrow victory over Hillary Clinton
in the Hoosier State. (Though you could make a strong case that Sanders
would still be marching on to California even had he lost.)
That reality raises an immediate question for
both Trump and Clinton. We'll start with Trump's: Can he unite a
fractured party? There were some signs of progress here last night. RNC
Chair Reince Priebus declared Trump the "presumptive GOP nominee" (even with John Kasich still in the
race), and asked Republicans to "unite and focus on defeating Hillary
Clinton." John McCain, the party's 2008 presidential nominee, told NBC's
Kasie Hunt that he'd advise Trump on foreign policy if he asked. "I
would advise anyone who asks," McCain said.