Friday, February 15, 2019

Dave Chappelle Hand-Delivers Tickets to Couple Who Were Scammed on Craigslist

CBS News: A North Carolina couple thought they were buying wheelchair-accessible tickets to Dave Chappelle's show – but they ended up being fake. Then, Chappelle surprised them by hand-delivering real ones.

10-Year-Old Addresses UN on Artificial Intelligence and Empathy

United Nations: This video showcases Anya Daneez Khan, age 10, on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February). 

February 11 marked the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The theme for 2019 is “Investment in Women and Girls for Inclusive Green Growth”. The two-day event was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York and brought together global experts and leaders to evaluate the economic and social impact of women’s participation in science-based sustainable development programs. 

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Tribute to a President: 8 Years Of 'Bushisms'

This video was published on YouTube on January 8, 2009.

Make-A-Wish: Liam Meets Michael Phelps

This video was published on YouTube on February 14.

From the Archives: Cancer Survivor Celebrates by Dancing with Scripps Doctor

This video was published on YouTube on June 27, 2017.

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Source: Scripps Health

Tony Adkins: The Dancing Neurosurgeon

This video was published on YouTube on October 21, 2018. 

Source: Be You Fully

Touring the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

FDA Approves Device to Help Babies with Heart Defects

Candy Store Employs Special Needs Students

Group of Guys Deliver Valentine's Day Flowers to Single Women, Widows and Military Wives

Beagle Adopts Orphaned Possum After Losing Litter of Puppies

Universal Hip Hop Museum is Coming to the Bronx

This report was published on YouTube on February 12. 

The Universal Hip Hop Museum is coming to the Bronx. South of Yankee Stadium, the museum plans to break ground in hip-hop`s home borough in December 2019. Funders recently secured $20 million in initial funding, and they are going into their next phase of critical fund raising and want to get the message out that the work is not done yet and that they need support.

Seven-Year-Old ‘Blaze’ May Be the Fastest in the World

A seven-year-old boy is aiming to one day smash Usain Bolt's 9.58 seconds 100m World Record.

Rudolph Ingram from Florida, known as Blaze, shocked onlookers when he took just 13.48 seconds to complete a 100m sprint. 

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Source: BBC News 

Climate Change: UK Children Demand Government Action

Berlin Film Festival: A Stellar Year for Women and French Cinema

Melania Trump Visits Children Undergoing Treatment on Valentine's Day in Washington

This report was published on YouTube on February 14. 

Global News: First Lady Melania Trump visited children at the National Institutes of Health on Feb. 14 for Valentine's Day and met with patients and their families who are currently undergoing treatment. 

The First Lady worked at different craft stations with the children and even received a necklace from one child which matches a bracelet he has, which she called a "special gift." 

Rock Icon Sting Shows Support for Laid Off Auto Workers in Oshawa, Ontario

This report was published on YouTube on February 14.

A Grand Opening: $1.5 Million Supportive Housing Project for Veterans on Long Island

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Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Governor Cuomo on Amazon Pull Out: 'The New York State Senate Has Done Tremendous Damage'

"Amazon chose to come to New York because we are the capital of the world and the best place to do business. We competed in and won the most hotly contested national economic development competition in the United States, resulting in at least 25,000-40,000 good paying jobs for our state and nearly $30 billion dollars in new revenue to fund transit improvements, new housing, schools and countless other quality of life improvements. Bringing Amazon to New York diversified our economy away from real estate and Wall Street, further cementing our status as an emerging center for tech and was an extraordinary economic win not just for Queens and New York City, but for the entire region, from Long Island to Albany's nanotech center. 

"However, a small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community -- which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City -- the state's economic future and the best interests of the people of this state. The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity. 

"The fundamentals of New York's business climate and community that attracted amazon to be here - our talent pool, world-class education system, commitment to diversity and progressivism - remain and we won't be deterred as we continue to attract world class business to communities across New York State." 

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

House Democrats Are Taking Real Steps Toward Impeaching Donald Trump

 “Every day it becomes more and more difficult to say we’re not interested in impeachment,” said one member of Congress.

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Source: The Huffington Post

Kansas’ Abortion Uncertainty Fuels Response to New York Law

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Source: Associated Press

Senate Confirms William Barr as U.S. Attorney General

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Source: Reuters

J.P. Morgan Chase Becomes First U.S. Bank With a Cryptocurrency

By Erik Sherman 

How the mighty have taken a u-turn.

J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called bitcoin a fraud in September 2017 and said, “You can’t have a business where people can invent a currency out of thin air and think that people who are buying it are really smart,” By January 2018 he had walked the remarks back but said he still was “not interested that much in the subject at all.” In February 2018, J.P. Morgan called cryptocurrencies “risk factors” to its business, something it never previously said.

And now J.P. Morgan (jpm, -0.50%) has become the first bank to offer its own cryptocurrency, CNBC reported. But don’t expect it to become an investment vehicle—at least for now. The cryptocurrency, called “JPM Coin,” is intended for the bank’s wholesale payments business that moves $6 trillion around the world daily.

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Source: Fortune

Former Trump Officials Are Supposed to Avoid Lobbying. Except 33 Haven’t.

The former officials — including ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke — have found ways to sidestep the administration’s ethics pledge. At least 18 of them are now registered federal lobbyists and the rest work in jobs that closely resemble lobbying.

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Source: ProPublica

Rep. Ilhan Omar Went After Elliott Abrams for Lying to Congress. Then He Did It Again.

Elliott Abrams, President Donald Trump’s special envoy for Venezuela, appeared before the House Committee on Foreign Relations on Wednesday.

About two hours into the hearing, committee member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., noted that Abrams pleaded guilty in 1991 to withholding information about the Iran-Contra affair from Congress. “I fail to understand,” Omar said, “why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful.”

Omar’s skepticism was well-founded: Just moments later, Abrams told her several egregious lies.
Abrams’s most notable lies occurred during this exchange about his actions as assistant secretary of state in the 1980s during the Reagan administration:
OMAR: On February 8, 1982, you testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about U.S. policy in El Salvador. In that hearing, you dismissed as communist propaganda reports about the massacre at El Mozote in which more than 800 civilians, including children as young as 2 years old, were brutally murdered by U.S.-trained troops. During that massacre, some of those troops bragged about raping a 12-year-old girl, girls, before they killed them. You later said that the U.S. policy in El Salvador was a “fabulous achievement.” Yes or no, do you still think so?
ABRAMS: From the day that President Duarte was elected in a free election, to this day, El Salvador has been a democracy. That’s a fabulous achievement.
Abrams’s words were “not only factually, demonstrably untrue, but grossly so,” according to Alejandro Velasco, a professor of modern Latin American history at New York University. His testimony, said Velasco, “continues a pattern he has shown since the 1980s of hubristically rejecting out of hand any suggestion that defeating social justice struggles in the 1980s, through the most brutal means, should in any way be seen as anything other than a resounding victory for the U.S.”

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Source: The Intercept_ 

1 in 3 American Families Struggle with Financial Insecurity

Navy SEALs Review Allegations of Drug Abuse

The Debrief: Parkland Shooting Anniversary, Battle for ISIS Stronghold in Syria, VP Pence in Poland

Air Force Counterintelligence Officer Charged with Spying

Death Toll Rises in Haiti Protest Crackdown

Indian Security Forces Killed in Kashmir Blast

Thousands of South Africans March Against 'Jobs Bloodbath'

Russia, Iran, Turkey to Hold Fourth Round of Syria Talks in Sochi

Committee Hearings on SNC-Lavalin Allegations a 'Kangaroo Court': Democracy Watch

Rudy Giuliani: 'There Has to Be an Overthrow' of Iran's Regime

This report was published on YouTube on February 13. 

Global News: U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Iran's government "has to go" during an interview at a major Middle East conference in Warsaw, Poland.

New Jersey Catholic Bishops List Names of Nearly 200 Priests Accused of Abuse

The disclosures come as the latest made by dioceses and religious orders as the church grapples with a sex abuse crisis. “I beg your forgiveness,” Newark’s archbishop said.

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Source: The New York Times 

Governor Cuomo Signs the Child Victims Act

Manhattan - Governor Cuomo fulfills his promise to sign the Child Victims Act, a key component of his 2019 Justice Agenda, within the first 100 days of the new legislative session.

Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Rep Deliver Remarks at a Rally Against Anti-Semitism

From The G-Man has received calls asking if the mayor's remarks were prompted by an editorial posted on the news site on February 13, which was titled Hitler's Ghost: Anti-Semitism Spreading in NY and Around the World. The site urged "all political leaders, law enforcement agencies and church officials, from Albany to Zimbabwe, to do whatever it takes to quell the increasing level of racial discord and unbridled rage before humanity reaches a point of no return." 

From The G-Man has no idea if Mayor de Blasio read the post or if today's comments were based on the information presented in the editorial, but the site applauds the mayor for taking action.

‘Friendly Fire’ Killing of Detective: 42 Shots, 7 Officers, 11 Seconds

Seven officers opened fire toward a man holding what appeared to be a gun in the doorway of a Queens store he had been trying to rob, the police said.

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Source: The New York Times 

Amazon Cancels Plans to Open Headquarters in New York

An Amazon spokeswoman told the New York Times Thursday the company decided not to move forward with its plans to open a facility in Long Island City, which would have brought an estimated 25,000 new jobs to the city. 

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Source: The New York Daily News 

Five Ways to Guard Against Identity Theft this Tax Season

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today shared important tips to help New York taxpayers guard against identity theft and prevent related tax fraud.

Scam artists are continually altering their tactics to steal sensitive information used in their fraud schemes.

“While the Tax Department constantly adjusts its analytics-driven processing systems to stop schemes as they emerge, it’s vital that taxpayers take precautions to protect the personal information these criminals rely on,” said Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion. “These tips can help you avoid being victimized by identity thieves.”

Tips to prevent identity theft and fraud

File promptly. Filing your tax return as soon as possible can reduce the likelihood that an identity thief will be able to claim a fraudulent tax refund using your stolen information.

Protect data and documents used to prepare your return. Keep sensitive personal information and documents safe during and after the filing process, and delete or shred once no longer needed.
If you hire a tax preparer, do your research to ensure they’re competent and ethical. Avoid preparers who boast that they can obtain refunds larger than their competitors can, who don’t provide you with their IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), or who base their fee on a percentage of your refund.

Make sure your tax preparer is willing to sign your return. The preparer must also provide you with a copy of your return.

Carefully review your return. You’re responsible for the return’s accuracy. If you hire a paid preparer, never sign a blank return.

Report it

If you are a victim, or believe you may be a potential victim of tax-related identity theft, alert us immediately. We will track your information to help keep it private and protected. Visit the Tax Department’s Report fraud, scams, and identity theft webpage. 

Source: The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

EANY: Trump's EPA Drops the Ball on PFOA, PFOS in Drinking Water

Today the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made an announcement regarding the toxic chemicals PFOA and PFOS. Maureen Cunningham, Senior Director for Clean Water for Environmental Advocates of New York (EANY), issued the following statement on the EPA decision. 

“Today, EPA could have protected people’s health by announcing a plan to strongly and swiftly regulate PFOA and PFOS. Instead, they chose a path that will lead to years of bureaucratic red tape, leaving our most vulnerable populations exposed to these dangerous chemicals. Sadly, New York has a tragic history with these chemicals contaminating drinking water supplies in places like Hoosick Falls, Suffolk County, and Newburgh. EPA has dropped the ball -- New York must now pick it up and run with it. Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health should take notice and immediately regulate these chemicals in drinking water.”

Source: Environmental Advocates of New York 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Secretly Shipping Arms After Weapons Found on Plane with Possible CIA Ties

Atlanta School Cheating Scandal: The Untold Story of Corporate Greed and Criminalization of Teachers

'Critical Thinking' Vital to Public Trust in U.S. Elections, Homeland Security Official Says

PBS NewsHour: Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., asked election officials in a House committee hearing on election security what issues keep them up at night, in terms of both actual security and public perception. Christopher Krebs, a top cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, said the U.S. needs to do more to reinforce critical thinking as Americans are deluged with information and misinformation about their voting rights.

Hitler's Ghost: Anti-Semitism Spreading in NY and Around the World

From The G-Man has located several news reports that confirm incidents of intolerance and hate continue to  increase all over the world, with Jews being the central targets of physical and verbal assaults. Currently, it's Jews. There's no telling who'll be victimized next. 
This news and information site urges all political leaders, law enforcement agencies and church officials, from Albany to Zimbabwe, to do whatever it takes to quell the increasing level of racial discord and unbridled rage before humanity reaches a point of no return.

New FBI Data Shows Rise in Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

Source: CBS News 

NYPD: NYC Saw Significant Uptick In Anti-Semitic Crimes In 2018
Source: WCBS NewsRadio 88

Upstate New York Yeshiva Set on Fire and Painted with Swastikas
20 Swastikas Spray-Painted Near Bondi Beach in Australia
UK Anti-Semitism Breaks Record High for 3rd Year in a Row, Says Watchdog
Source: The Times of Israel

Why is France Facing an Upsurge in Anti-Semitic Attacks?
Source: France 24

Push Back Against Anti-Semitic Incidents in France

Warsaw Conference on Middle East: Many Influential Players Missing from the Table

Venezuelan Children Cross the Colombian Border for School, Amid Political Crisis

Catalan Trial: Will Spanish Socialists Survive Snap Polls?

Growing Calls to Acknowledge African Troops Who Served UK Army

Apple, Google Urged to Remove App That Lets Saudi Men Track Wives

Global Outcry Against Detention of Uighur Muslims in China

Haiti Sees Deadly Crackdown on Anti-Government Protests

Philippines: Rappler Journalist Maria Ressa Arrested for Libel

Mayor de Blasio Issues Comments to Kick Off the Elections for the Community and Citywide Education Councils

Albany and Madison County Achieve State Emergency Management Accreditation

Albany and Madison Counties have achieved accreditation as part of the Local Emergency Management Accreditation Program. First proposed in the Governor's 2017 State of the State, the accreditation program is the first of its kind at the state-level for local emergency management agencies in the nation. Albany and Madison Counties join New York City and Broome, Livingston, Montgomery, and Oneida Counties as those that have achieved state accreditation.

"The safety of New Yorkers is our number one priority, and this first-in-the-nation program ensures local emergency management offices can efficiently respond to any disaster and protect the public," Governor Cuomo said. "By putting procedures in place to respond to unpredictable emergency situations, we are creating a stronger, safer and more secure New York."

The program, developed in partnership with the New York State Emergency Management Association (NYSEMA), is designed to highlight and promote proactive local emergency management agencies in New York State. To become accredited, the locality must meet a series of standards and best practices that promote a coordinated and integrated approach to emergency management. The localities must engage "Whole Community" stakeholders, including government and private partners, and consider the needs of those that may require specific attention during an emergency or disaster, like the homeless, elderly, or disabled. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) administers the program on behalf of the Local Emergency Management Accreditation Council, which serves as the governing body for the program. Accreditation is valid for five years, with an opportunity to obtain reaccreditation after the five-year period.

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Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

NYPD Detective Killed In Queens Robbery

CBS New York: BS2's Valerie Castro has the latest on the death of an NYPD officer who authorities say was likely killed by friendly fire during a robbery in Queens.

Update: (February 13 @ 11:37 AM EST) 

Cuomo Directs Flags to Half-Staff in
Honor of Detective Brian Simonsen 

Governor Andrew Cuomo today directed flags to half-staff on all State government buildings in memory and honor of New York Police Department Detective Brian Simonsen, who was shot and killed yesterday responding to a robbery in Queens. Detective Simonsen was a resident of Calverton and served with the NYPD for 19 years. Flags will be flown at half-staff from Thursday, February 14 until interment. 

"I am deeply saddened by the shooting of NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen," Governor Cuomo said. "This tragedy is a heartbreaking reminder of the risks the brave men and women in law enforcement face every day to keep us safe. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my deepest sympathies to Detective Simonsen's loved ones and fellow members of the NYPD." 


Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Hunters Beware!! Experts Warn Fatal ‘Zombie’ Deer Disease Could Spread To Humans

By Nina Golgowski

Health experts are warning that a fatal infectious disease that is spreading across the country among deer, elk and moose may be transmittable to humans.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is described as a progressive, fatal disease that affects the brain, spinal cord and other tissues of animals, has been documented in at least 24 states as of January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The disease, which can take years for symptoms to appear after infection, is believed to spread through bodily fluids like feces, saliva, blood, or urine, by both direct and indirect contact in the environment. There are no treatments or vaccines.

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for the full article. 

Source: The Huffington Post

Mexican Druglord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán Found Guilty on All Counts

Chicago Public Schools Monitored Social Media for Signs of Violence, Gang Membership

School officials say the monitoring was about keeping students safe, not punishing them. But critics say it expanded the role of police in schools and increased surveillance of children.

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Source: ProPublica

President Trump Expresses Unhappiness with Border Security Compromise

C-SPAN: During a meeting with his Cabinet, President Trump expresses unhappiness with a tentative deal on border security reached by a bipartisan group of congressional. "I can't say I'm happy. I can't say I'm thrilled. But the wall is getting built," the president says. The deal provides $1.37 billion for barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border and cuts the number of beds ICE would use for detaining those who cross the border illegally. 

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(Bonus Report) 

Rep. Jim Himes Discusses the War Powers Act and Government Funding Deadline


C-SPAN: Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) talked about his legislation reclaiming Congress' role in the War Powers Act and negotiations over the upcoming February 15, 2019, government funding deadline.

General Abrams Warns North Korean Military Capabilities Remain Unchecked Despite Reduced Tensions

C-SPAN: General Robert Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, echoes similar remarks made by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats two weeks ago about North Korean military and nuclear capabilities. "Despite a reduction in tensions along the DMZ, and a cessation of strategic provocations, coupled with public statements of intent to denuclearize, little to no verifiable change has occurred in North Korea's military capabilities, the commander says. He also warns that the U.S. and its allies will need to remain on alert to deter "possible aggressive actions" by the North Koreans. 

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Click here to watch the full hearing. 

Ann Coulter's Wall and Trump's Continuing Drive Towards Fascism

By Steven Jonas

The history of "Trump's Wall" is well known. Big item on the campaign trail. Big rouser of crowds. Big focus of back-and-forths from History's Greatest Con Man. And of course, really big focus, big back-and-forth, with the punch line: "Who is going to pay for the Wall? Mexico" (which could have been followed by a rhyming "ho, ho, ho," but the crowd might have really believed it and Trump-the-Con-or in this case might actually have believed it too). Of course, when he was turned down immediately by even the right-of-center Mexican President Pena Nieto, he came up with an idea that would have been criminal under international law, that is sequestering remittances of private persons to pay for a U.S. government project. 

But Trump stayed with The Wall as a prime crowd-booster at his, some might say, fascist-style rallies, after he became President. But, in terms of the reality of a Wall-from-sea-to-shining-sea, as has been pointed out by many observers, nothing happened during the two years that the Repubs. controlled the Congress as well as the Presidency. Now one might say "filibuster rule" in the Senate but wily ol' Mitch McConnell might have found a work-around for that one, if he had really wanted to. But he didn't and it's likely that he didn't even want to try. 

For The Wall has been becoming less-and-less popular politically over time, outside of "Trump's base." It has also been becoming less popular for practical reasons, such as: many places on the border where a wall could not be built, physically; many places on the border, especially along the Rio Grande, where property owners, many of them usually staunch Repubs., would fight as hard as they could against giving up their property, and their views, for it; the cost, which could get up into the $70 billion range. And so on and so forth. 

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National Action Network Leadership Appointments Announced

New York, NY - Rev. Al Sharpton today announced that Rev. Steffie Bartley, the senior pastor of New Hope Baptist Church and Director of NAN Newark Tech World, has been appointed Interim Northeast Regional Director of National Action Network (NAN), the organization he founded in 1991. 

Rev. Bartley is a well-respected clergy leader and also serves on the Juvenile Task Force for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. He will oversee all of the Northeast Region Chapters of NAN along with NAN Newark Tech World, the Harlem NAN Tech Lab and the NAN Tech Bus, all initiatives through NAN to further technology in the community.

Further, Rev. Sharpton announced the hiring of Derek Perkinson and District Leader William Allen to National Action Network’s (NAN) New York office. Perkinson has been named NYC Field Director and Allen will assume the role of Crisis & Service Director.

Perkinson, who joins NAN from the Black Institute – a think tank and nonprofit advocacy organization – will oversee NAN advocacy and organizing efforts in all five boroughs, as well as the staff and volunteer leaders at the House of Justice and the individual New York City chapters. In addition to grassroots organizing, Perkinson comes to NAN with experience in campaign coordination, Criminal Justice Reform, Voting Right and community engagement.

As Crisis and Service Director, District Leader Allen will coordinate national crisis response and service efforts for victims of civil rights violations. He will oversee crisis operations for NAN’s offices in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit and Washington, D.C. and will ensure real-time monitoring of city and state services to protect against violations. Allen brings decades of experience in community organizing, advocacy and service to the underserved. 

“Derek and William bring decades of experience to NAN and both have impressive records of results when it comes to advocating for underserved communities and agitating for change,” said Rev. Sharpton. “We’re very excited to welcome them to the NAN team here in New York.”

Both Perkinson and Allen will work out of NAN’s “House of Justice,” the organization’s headquarters in Harlem. 

Source: Mercury

US-Ukraine Security Dialogue to be Held at the National Press Club

The following information was submitted by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA).

Dear Friends of Ukraine:

You are cordially invited to attend the Tenth US-Ukraine Security Dialogue, entitled Taking Measure of Russia’s Hybrid War Against Ukraine. The forum will be held on February 28 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


The full day event will bring together key senior defense officials and authorities from Ukraine and Europe along with leading US defense experts and select members of Congress and the Administration to discuss Russia’s “voina bez mezh” (war without boundaries) as practiced against Ukraine. The study will examine the phenomenon along five dimensions: landed military operations; sea/air military operations; political disruption efforts; economic disruption efforts; information warfare.The gathering will also give prominence to reflections by senior Ukrainian and US government officials aimed at considering why Ukraine’s security matters both to its neighbors and the world at large. In total, over two dozen featured speakers are expected to address the conference.

The complete program of the day's event, along with a list of invited speakers, is included below.  You can read more about the 9th Security Dialogue in the Ukrainian Weekly:

And view past livestreams of that event at

Due to the time constraints involved with organizing such an affair, the co-sponsoring organizations (the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the US-Ukraine Foundation and the American Foreign Policy Council) kindly ask that you RSVP no later than February 25 concerning your participation. Please note that seating is limited, therefore we encourage you to RSVP at your earliest convenience to assure participation.


For further information or to register for the event,  kindly contact either Tamara Gallo Olexy, at UCCA's National Office either by phone (212) 228-6840 or by e-mail:, or else contact Walter Zaryckyj, the UA Historical Encounters Series Program Coordinator, by phone at (212) 476-1221 or by e-mail at

NY Renews Coalition Members Testify at First-Ever New York Senate Hearing on Climate Change


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Source: NY Renews

Ohio Teen Defies Mother and Gets Vaccinated

Women Claiming Sex Harassment at Yale Fraternities Take Legal Action

Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Comments Deemed 'Anti-Semitic Tropes'

Bonus Report - Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby and AIPAC is Not Anti-Semitic


IRS Responds to Outrage Over Smaller Tax Refunds

Negotiators Reach Agreement 'in Principle' to Avoid Another Shutdown

Cyber Harassment in France: Several Journalists Dismissed for Harassing Women

The Challenge of Reforming Pakistan's Islamic Schools

‘Instilling Terror’: Women in Zimbabwe Allege Rape by Security Forces

Trial of Catalan Separatist Leaders Puts Spanish State on the Defensive

Spate of Anti-Semitic Acts Sparks Outrage in France

UK Economy Slowest Since 2012

This report was published on YouTube on February 11.

US Iran Sanctions: 'The US Doesn't Care for Human Rights'

This report was published on YouTube on February 11.

Happening in Harlem: Race, Music, Film + VR at the Apollo Theater

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Source: ImageNation

Monday, February 11, 2019

Time Running Out to Avoid Government Shutdown as Talks Falter

'Empire' Star Says Black Communities Aren't Getting the Mental Health Care They Need

An Op-Ed by Taraji P. Henson

People in the African-American community have long been afraid to talk about our mental health; we just don't do it. We're told to pray it away, we're told to be strong, we're told it's a sign of weakness or, a lot of times, mental health issues comes off as "rage" and is dismissed or ignored. There’s shame and taboo around the topic.

We have to break that silence.

What made me comfortable with talking about it was that my father had issues with mental illness, and he was very vocal about it. So I never thought there was something "wrong" with either having mental health challenges or talking about it. But then, when I grew up and had my own hardships — my own traumas — and it was time to deal with them head on, there was an issue: I couldn't easily find a therapist who really understood my challenges as an African-American.

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Source: NBC News 

AP Exclusive: Undercover Spy Exposed in NYC Was 1 of Many

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Source: Associated Press

Top U.S. Lawmakers to Resume Border Talks, Avert Shutdown

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Source: Reuters

Analyzing Legislative Efforts to Preserve Social Security

Reuters columnist Mark Miller provides details. 

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Source: C-SPAN

The Week Ahead in Washington

John Bennett and Mike Lillis previewed the week ahead at the White House and in Congress.

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Source: C-SPAN