Ultra Orthodox Jewish men pray next to the grave of Rabbi Elimelech Weissblum, in Lezajsk (Lizenks), in southern Poland, 15 March 2012. Every year on the 21st day of Adar (the beginning of March), Hasidim from all over the world make pilgrimages to Lizensk to visit the grave of zaddik Elimelech Weissblum and ask him for health and success in business.epa03146040 Ultra Orthodox Jewish men pray next to the grave of Rabbi Elimelech Weissblum, in Lezajsk (Lizenks), in southern Poland, 15 March 2012. Every year on the 21st day of Adar (the beginning of March), Hasidim from all over the world make pilgrimages to Lizensk to visit the grave of zaddik Elimelech Weissblum and ask him for health and success in business. EPA/DAREK DELMANOWICZ POLAND OUT
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The man charged with throwing a cup of bleach in the face of ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg is the son of a man Rosenberg accused of sexual abuse on his blog and call-in line, the New York Times reports. Rosenberg had said he thought the attack was related to the recent conviction of another high-profile member of the Satmar Hasidic community, Nechemya Weberman, but on Wednesday he told the Times, “What exactly triggered him to do that, I have no idea.” Meilech Schnitzler, who turned himself in on Wednesday, owns the fish market Rosenberg was walking by when he was attacked. His father has not been arrested or charged with anycrime.
Are they actually going to do this, or is their supposed willingness to do so a ploy to make things seem relatively benign?
New: The White House is seriously considering whether to release the transcript of President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, sources tell me and @PamelaBrownCNN@JDiamond1. This is despite major concerns from top administration officials about precedent.
Trump just now, asked about his call with Zelensky: “It’s very important to talk about corruption. If you don’t talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?…It’s very important that on occasion you speak to somebody about corruption.”
Climate change protesters shut down some intersections from Capitol Hill to downtown Washington Monday morning in the latest of a series of rallies around the world designed to force policymakers to respond to Earth’s rising temperatures.
Organizers of Shut Down DC urged “climate rebels” to flood the District’s streets Monday to bring “the whole city to a gridlocked standstill,” according to the group’s website. The website included a map of so-called “climate criminals” that includes “corporations, lobbyists, trade cartels, and government institutions that are most responsible for creating the climate crisis.”
By 8:30 a.m. Monday, health-care workers and other activists had gathered at Folger Park on Capitol Hill. Climate protesters had shut down several busy intersections in Washington, including New York Avenue west at Florida Avenue in Northeast, 4th Street and New York Avenue NW — causing traffic at the 3rd Street Tunnel to be diverted by police.
The Softbank and WeWork CEOs are having a falling out
For years, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has been WeWork CEO Adam Neumann’s biggest champion, praising his drive to expand and eccentric personality.
“Masa turns to me and asks, ‘In a fight, who wins — the smart guy or the crazy guy?’” Neumann said in an interview with Forbes in 2017. “I say, ‘Crazy guy,’ and he looks at me and says, ‘You are correct, but you and [co-founder] Miguel [McKelvey] are not crazy enough.’”
Son, who has invested billions of dollars in WeWork, is now leading the brigade to remove Neumann because he has been too crazy, according to people familiar with Son’s thinking.
In a small, all-women focus group, some participants suggested President Trump would win on personality if the contest was between him and Warren — and that their doubts about her aren’t based on substance
What they’re saying:
“I like what she had to say, but I still think she’s — sorry — a bitch,” said Jill T., a 56-year-old Trump voter, who later indicated that she preferred the left-leaning policies to right-leaning policies.
Another woman said Warren may have to be a “bitch” in order “to win and to survive.”
“Everything she said was great, but to me it’s like, right, that’s not going to happen,” said Sandy D., a 62-year-old Clinton voter.
”I think she brought across good points, but it’s whether or not she’ll be able to follow through on what she’s saying,” said Alicia K., 44. She likes Warren “because she seems strong-willed.” But if Trump started talking about helping people pay for student debt and taxing corporations, she said be on the Trump train next year
The Trump administration is looking for new ways to spread its fight against reproductive rights
The US is understood to have written to UN member states urging them to join a “growing coalition” of countries rallying against abortion, in what seems to be the latest attempt by the Trump administration to rollback women’s rights.
A letter, seen by the Guardian, is believed to have been sent to governments deemed sympathetic to the administration’s view on reproductive health.
In the letter, apparently signed by the secretary of state Mike Pompeo and health and human services secretary Alex Azar, governments are encouraged to sign a joint statement opposing “harmful” UN policies that promote sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The statement will be presented to a high-level meeting on universal health coverage at the UN general assembly on Monday, says the letter, which suggests multilateral agreements have been misinterpreted to promote pro-choice policies.
Boris Johnson has repeatedly declined to comment on reported allegations he failed to declare close personal links to an American woman who received thousands of pounds in public business funding while he was mayor of London.
The prime minister, questioned by reporters on his plane en route to the UN general assembly (UNGA) in New York, refused to answer six questions about his links to Jennifer Arcuri, a US technology entrepreneur.
Asked if he wanted to deny any part of the story, or to comment on the nature of his relationship with Arcuri, Johnson also declined to be drawn.
According to the Sunday Times, a company run by Arcuri received access to money to assist her business, as well as places on trade trips, at times following the intervention of mayoral officials.
The paper also reported that Johnson was, at the time, a regular visitor to Arcuri’s east London apartment, and that she described him at the time as “one of my best friends”.
The Trump team doubts he can repeat his 10,704 vote win in Michigan
Donald Trump has long heralded Michigan as the crown jewel of his 2016 victory. But the president’s campaign team is increasingly grim about a repeat performance in the traditionally blue Rust Belt state.
After a midterm election that decimated the ranks of Michigan Republicans, Trump’s campaign is looking to other battlegrounds he lost last time — such as Minnesota and New Hampshire — that they see as more promising.
The assessment illustrates how Trump’s support in the Rust Belt states that propelled him to the presidency has softened, jeopardizing his prospects for a second term. While they say it’s too early to write off Michigan — Trump aides say the campaign still intends to pump resources into the state — a range of public polling has shown Trump in poor shape here.
It’s time for Mitt Romney’s semi-annual Trump critique
If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme. Critical for the facts to come out.
A group including officials tied to SoftBank, the company’s largest investor, wants Mr. Neumann to relinquish his title of CEO of We Co., the parent of the office-sharing company, people familiar with the matter said.
The board is expected to meet as soon as this week and potentially consider a proposal for Mr. Neumann to become We’s nonexecutive chairman, some of the people said. That would allow him to stay at the company he built into one of the country’s most valuable startups, but inject fresh leadership to pursue an IPO that would bring We the cash it needs to keep up its torrid growth. …
Any attempted coup is a gamble: Mr. Neumann still has allies among the directors and the ability to fire the entire board thanks to shares he controls that carry extra votes. But SoftBank, which has invested more than $9 billion into the company and is represented on the board, has considerable influence too, and We needs the Japanese conglomerate to continue pumping in cash.
Trump is once again more than happy to keep talking about an issue he advanced to damage a Democratic presidential candidate
Trump CONFIRMS @wsj report that he discussed Biden w/the Ukrainian president in their July call. Says their conversation was largely congratulatory” and “largely the fact that we don’t want our people like VP Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine.”
The FBI is offering a reward to help identify suspects in arson fires at three Catholic churches in the El Paso area.
Authorities say St. Matthew Catholic Church, St. Patrick Cathedral and St. Jude Catholic Church were targeted with incendiary devices in an attempt to start fires at the churches in May and June. The churches were damaged, but no one was injured. The FBI said Thursday it’s offering a $5,000 reward in the case.
The churches serve a primarily Hispanic community still reeling from a mass shooting targeting Latinos in which 22 people were killed at an El Paso Walmart last month.