Why America Must Stand with Israel Right Now

October 8, 2015 Over the past month, Palestinians have staged a series of riots and terrorist attacks targeting Israelis. Last week, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed two Israelis to death in Jerusalem and injured two others, including a two-year old boy. Several days earlier, a terrorist ambushed an Israeli family driving through the West Bank, murdering…

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Shep Smith: Freedom Caucus ‘Demands’ Washington Grind To Halt, Wants ‘Disarray’

The Fox News Channel’s “Shepard Smith Reporting” host Shepard Smith argued the Freedom Caucus “demands” Washington grind to a halt and wants “disarray” while discussing House Majority Leader Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pulling out of the race to become House speaker on Wednesday. Smith said the Freedom Caucus wants “one of their own. Can those 40 members hijack the entire process, and if so, can our government function at all?” He added that McCarthy was one of current Speaker Representative John Boehner’s (R-OH) “right hand men. He hadn’t been around in Washington very long. In fact, he’d sponsored just two bills, both to re-name buildings, nothing else in the way of legislative accomplishments, nothing. Yet he is too mainstream, too establishment, for the Freedom Caucus. So, they, reflecting the rants of their constituents, decided yesterday to support somebody else, as a unit.” Later, Smith stated, “Unless Congress acts, our government will shut down. Members of the Freedom [Caucus] say that’s what they want, no compromise, without one, disarray, a level of government dysfunction virtually unprecedented in American history.” He concluded, “Washington has officially ground to a halt, just as the Freedom Caucus demands.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Trump on Kevin McCarthy’s Exit: ‘They’re Giving Me A Lot of Credit for That’

Thursday at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said people are giving him “a lot of credit” for House Majority Kevin McCarthy dropping out of the race to be the next Speaker of the House. Trump said, “You know, Kevin McCarthy is out – you know that, right. And they’re giving me a lot of credit for that, because I said you really need somebody very, very tough and very smart. I know tough people, they’re not smart – that’s the worst, okay? That’s the worst. You got to be smart. But we need smart, we need tough – we need the whole package.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Josh Earnest: Next Speaker Needs to ‘Tame the Forces’ of ‘Extreme Ideologues’

Thursday, commenting on the news that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has dropped out of the race to become speaker, press secretary Josh Earnest said the next speaker will have to, “tame the forces” of the “extreme ideologues” in the Republican Party. Earnest said, “It certainly is easy to poke fun at the chaos, but the fact is, the challenge that is facing the next Republican Speaker of the House, regardless of who it is, is the same challenge John Boehner faced, the same challenge Kevin McCarthy would have faced, and that is simply to unite a divided Republican caucus. There is a minority group of conservative Republican politicians that places their own extreme ideology ahead of everything else. And certainly ahead of effective governance of the country. But also, as of today, ahead of the  effective governance of the House Republican caucus. Somebody among the House Republicans will have to step forward and demonstrate an ability to either tame the forces of that, again small but vocal, group of extreme ideologues, or buck up the mainstream, or at least more mainstream, majority within the House Republicans.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Carson: Murdoch’s ‘Not a Racist,’ Tweet Controversy, ‘Much To Do About Nothing’

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson stated that Rupert Murdoch is “not a racist by any stretch of the imagination” and that the controversy over his tweet about the president is “much to do about nothing” on Thursday’s “Wolf” on CNN. Carson, was asked about Murdoch’s tweet that stated, “Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.” He said, “Well, I know Rupert Murdoch. He’s not a racist, by any stretch of the imagination. He’s just expressing his opinion. I think it’s much to do about nothing.” Carson added, “Everybody’s entitled to their opinion. I believe what he was making reference to was the fact that here was a man who is a black president that the black community was very excited about, who came in, and whose policies have not really elevated the black community, has not been beneficial. There’s more unemployment, more poverty, and I believe that’s what he was really referring to.” When asked if he believe President Obama is “a real black president” Carson declined to get into the “semantics” of such a discussion, but did say, “he’s the president and he’s black.” He
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Carson: Schools Should Have ‘Someone’ Who Is Armed, Open For ‘Discussions’ on More Gun Laws

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson stated that schools ” should have someone there who is armed” and that “as long as we don’t compromise the Second Amendment, I’m open for all kind of discussions” on new gun laws on Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Wolf.” Carson stated, “many of the places where these mass shootings occur are gun-free zones. So, these people who are crazed, but not so crazy as to go into a place where they’re likely to get shot, they select these places because they know that they’re not going to meet resistance. So, whether it’s the kindergarten teacher who is well trained, or a retired policeman, or someone who can stop the carnage. I think that makes a lot of sense.” When asked if he was recommending armed guards or teachers at schools, Carson said, “I am saying that they should have some mechanism whereby they can defend themselves.” After anchor Wolf Blitzer asked what said mechanism would be, Carson responded, “It means not allowing this person just to come in and have free reign. We should have someone there who is armed, who is trained, and who can handle the weapon.” Blitzer then asked, “you don’t
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Russia’s Largest Search Engine Yandex Interested in Integrating Bitcoin

Russia’s largest search engine and Internet-based services provider Yandex is interested in integrating bitcoin to its financial platform Yandex.Money, to allow its merchants to accept payments in bitcoin.

At the Finnopolis FinTech Forum held in Kazan, Yandex.Money CEO Maria Gracheva announced that the company is looking forward in supporting bitcoin payments. In an interview with Bitcoin Magazine , Nora Kirkizh, media relations manager of Yandex.Money further explained that bitcoin fits perfectly with the payment solutions offered by Yandex.Money, ranging from the online payment solution used by more than 76,000 online stores, e-wallets, online banking services, etc.

“We are definitely paying close attention to cryptocurrencies,” the Yandex team told Bitcoin Magazine.

“The technology on which they are based can be used as the foundation for lots of different products,” said Kirkizh. “For example, Yandex.Money offers online stores Yandex Payment Solution. With this service they can accept payments from customers via bank cards, e-wallets, online banking accounts and other possible payment methods. Currently, over 76,000 online stores use Yandex Payment Solution to process their payments. Indeed, bitcoin would fit this range of methods perfectly. If it was one of the options in Yandex Payment Solution, users could easily use it to pay for goods on any website. Nevertheless, until cryptocurrencies are regulated by Russian law, we cannot work with them viably.”

Legality of Bitcoin

Despite the company’s interest in bitcoin and its advantages, the legality of bitcoin in the country is still undecided. While the Russian Central Bank prohibits the use of bitcoin, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced that bitcoin can probably be used in “some account.”

Due to this uncertainty, the Yandex team plans to wait until the authorities and the government approve the use of bitcoin for corporations and organizations.

“Different institutions have different attitude to bitcoin. Russian Central Bank prohibited this currency in the country, for instance, although other organizations were interested in bitcoin and suggesting to know it better. We still do not know what bitcoin will be in the near future, and there is not an opportunity to work with it legally,” said Kirkizh.

Yandex.Money currently has more than 22 million users, with more than 12,000 new accounts opened daily. Yandex believes that bitcoin’s efficiency in processing payments and transactions could greatly benefit its financial platform and could be offered as an alternative to credit card and bank payments.

“Cryptocurrencies have their pros and cons. On the one hand, it’s an inexpensive technology and it’s very easy to implement, and so as soon as it becomes legal to work with them, basically any payment service will be able to quickly implement the technology,” continued the Yandex team.

However, the Yandex.Money team is still worried that most of their users will not want to take the initiative to convert fiat-money to cryptocurrencies. Yandex will consider integrating bitcoin across their platforms as soon as bitcoin becomes legal and the bitcoin industry in Russia starts to grow.

“The audience for cryptocurrencies is still quite small and it seems like making simple and easy-to-understand products based on “real” money will still be the logical thing to do for some time to come. In order to convert live money to cryptocurrency, users will need some sort of extra motivation and a good amount of time. That will hold back the growth of blockchains,” said Kirkizh.

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