Jim Phillips, a senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at The Heritage Foundation, underscored that on Monday, the IDF announced that it had foiled an attempt to infiltrate Israel's border with Syria to plant explosives – a suspected Hezbollah operation – and it retaliated by striking targets in Syria. Earlier Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hezbollah and other terrorist groups operating in Syria that Israel would not hesitate to take further action if needed. … [Read more...] about Beirut blasts likely accidental – but Hezbollah activities at the port under scrutiny
Dr. Firer is Director of Orchestra and Opera at Northern Illinois University, where he conducts the NIU Philharmonic, Opera Theatre, and teaches music courses. At NIU, Firer helped design a new Master's in Conducting degree program, and he has built a thriving graduate orchestral conducting studio. Firer is also conductor of the Northeastern Illinois University and the Chicago Chamber Music Festival. Firer led the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra during their 50th anniversary season, which culminated a side-by-side concert with the acclaimed Minneapolis Youth Symphony. A committed educator, he was engaged as a teaching artist through the Yale University Music in Schools Initiative, providing instruction at the John C. Daniels Magnet School while serving as Music Director of the Yale-Saybrook College Orchestra. Dr. Firer has held posts as Interim Associate Director of Orchestras at the Pennsylvania State University, Summer Philharmonic Conductor at the Merit School of Music, Director of … [Read more...] about MYSO Orchestra Announces New Director & 2020-21 Season Auditions
Judge Lawrence Marks testified about proposed changes in the closed-door grand jury process, noting most states don’t use it and simply have public preliminary hearings to consider criminal charges. He defended a proposal by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman that would put a judge in grand juries investigating police killings and permit public disclosure of grand jury transcripts in cases of significant public interest. He said secrecy can be important to protect grand jury witnesses and their proposal would allow that. … [Read more...] about Mother Of Sean Bell, Unarmed Man Shot Dead By Police, Calls For State Special Prosecutor
Sarah: He’s limited himself to a pretty restricted shortlist by pledging to pick a woman VP. I just think it was silly to come out and say, “I will pick someone based on the following identity characteristics.” (A) You’re not going to make up for your hideous legislative record by picking the right token, and (B) now you’ve got an extremely short shortlist. … [Read more...] about Should Susan Rice’s Benghazi Past Matter to Biden?
“He’s not wavering,” Skelos insisted to the present reporters, who were very unruly by the time he, Espada, and Monserrate emerged. “Show us the keys!” one journalist shouted, apparently doubting that they’d have even been able to enter the Senate Chamber in the first place. Espada waved a set of keys before getting heckled even more. As the trio departed back to the conference room, a woman in a clown costume hooked up with them. “Can I join the circus with you?” she asked merrily. She turned out to be an employee of the New York Post. … [Read more...] about Senate Showdown Disappointingly Diffused