Jobless claims plunge to 214,000, lowest since May

(Worthy News) – New applications for unemployment insurance benefits dropped 18,000 to 214,000 in the first week of July, the Department of Labor reported Thursday.

Forecasters had expected around 225,000 new jobless claims. Instead, they fell more than expected to the lowest since May, when claims were plumbing the lowest levels since the 1970s.

Low claims are a good sign. They suggest that layoffs are rare and that job creation is high. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More…) ]

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Peter Strzok defiant, apologetic as Congress shows its combative side

(Worthy News) – FBI agent Peter Strzok, whose anti-Donald Trump text messages have become fuel for the Republicans, was defiant and apologetic during a blockbuster hearing on Capitol Hill.

The daylong House Judiciary and House Oversight committee hearing delved into chaos a number of times on Thursday, and Congress put its combative side on full display.

The two committees questioned Strzok, a deputy assistant director at the FBI, for 11 hours last month following a Department of Justice Inspector General report that said he had a “biased state of mind” while working on the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and later when working on the Russia investigation.

Strzok’s text messages with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair, were the subject of much of the chaos on Thursday. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More…) ]

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Donald Trump warns Theresa May a soft Brexit will ‘kill’ any trade deal with the US

(Worthy News) – Theresa May will come under intense pressure to secure a future trade deal with the United States as she sits down with Donald Trump just hours after he warned that her soft Brexit blueprint would “kill” Britain’s chances.

In an extraordinary interview that threatened to undermine her new Brexit strategy, painfully thrashed out with her cabinet last week, Trump questioned whether her plans upheld the referendum result and accused her of ignoring his advice.

Against a backdrop of furious protests across the country, the US president openly humiliated May by suggesting that former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who quit in opposition to her Brexit plans this week, would make a great prime minister. [ Source: UK Guaridan (Read More…) ]

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Ancient city gate uncovered in the Galilee may have tie to biblical King David

(Worthy News) – A 10th century BCE Galilee city gate through which King David may have walked to claim a bride was uncovered by archaeologists at the recently finished 2018 season of the Bethsaida Excavations Project, excavation director Prof. Rami Arav told The Times of Israel.

Standing at 3 meters, “it is the largest and the best preserved city gate [in Israel],” said Arav. Likewise, this year’s excavation provides evidence that Bethsaida, an Aramean settlement, houses one of the earliest towers incorporated in city walls in Israel, he said.

“In the entire archaeology of the Land of Israel from 10-8th century BCE, there are no towers on city walls. Israelites did not have this feature. This is the first example of towers surrounding a city in Israel,” Arav said. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

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Trump stirs up NATO meeting with objection to Russian-German gas pipeline

(Worthy News) – President Trump on Wednesday stoked divisions in Europe by wading into the middle of an intense fight over the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, a project that critics fear will give Moscow new leverage in the region and could create a geopolitically dangerous Russian-German economic alliance.

At a high-stakes NATO summit in Brussels, the president blasted the $9.1 billion pipeline and argued that it is giving Russia undue influence over Berlin and, by extension, fracturing the solidarity of NATO.

Mr. Trump’s concerns about the project — which would funnel gas through the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing Russia’s traditional land routes through Ukraine and other Eastern European nations — are shared by a host of European leaders outside of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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Rosenstein asks federal prosecutors for help in review of Kavanaugh documents

(Worthy News) – Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has asked federal prosecutors to help the Department of Justice (DOJ) review Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s government documents, according to a report in The New York Times that notes the request is an unusual injection of politics into the law enforcement duties of the department.

Rosenstein made the request in an email sent to the nation’s 93 U.S. attorneys, according to a letter obtained by The New York Times.

While lawyers at Justice have previously helped out with past Supreme Court nominees, asking U.S. attorneys to do so is seen as unusual.

Rosenstein said in the email that he expected he would need the equivalent of 100 full-time lawyers to work on Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. The work will reportedly be supervised by the DOJ’s Office of Legal Policy in Washington. [ Source: The Hill (Read More…) ]

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Compassion International Boy among 13 Rescued from Cave; ‘Thank You to God,’ Parents Say

(Worthy News) – The parents of the boys rescued from a Thailand cave were celebrating Monday, and among them were the father and mother of a boy who is sponsored through Compassion International.

“Thank you so much for all prayers and all the encouragement,” the boy’s mother said in a video interview posted by the Christian ministry. “Thank you to God. I’m really thankful that they found my son and all 13 [including the soccer coach] are alive. I’m so happy and so thankful to see my son again. Thank you so much to everyone that has been praying for us and the boys and helping us; thank you.”

The 12 boys and their soccer coach became trapped in the cave in June when it flooded. It required an international effort and a team of expert divers to save them. [ Source: Christian Headlines (Read More…) ]

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20 Indian Christians hurt in attack on prayer meeting

(Worthy News) – Twenty Christians have been injured in an assault on a prayer meeting in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, according to International Christian Concern.

Local reports say 35 Hindu radicals stormed a prayer meeting in Raikashipur village as more than 150 Christians met for prayer.

The attack took place on July 2, according to ICC, when the mob arrived at the prayer meeting in several vehicles and beat the participants with sticks. They also fired a gun into the air. [ Source: Christian Today (Read More…) ]

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Pledging not to oust Assad, Netanyahu urges Putin to ‘get Iranians out’ of Syria

(Worthy News) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that Israel will not seek to unseat Syrian dictator Bashar Assad from power, while urging Moscow to remove Iranian troops from the country, according to an Israeli official.

“We won’t take action against the Assad regime, and you get the Iranians out,” Netanyahu told Putin, the Reuters news agency reported, citing an Israel official who requested anonymity.

According to a report last month, Israel’s willingness to leave Assad in power echoes the US position. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

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Setting out vision for future ties, May presses Brexit plans

(Worthy News) – British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a blueprint on Thursday for what her government calls “a principled and practical Brexit”, putting at its core a plan for a free trade area for goods that has angered many in her party.

May is pressing on with her Brexit plan, shrugging off the resignations of two senior ministers and the anger of eurosceptic lawmakers in her Conservative Party who have accused her of betraying her pledge of a clean break with the EU.

Her government will publish a so-called white paper policy document on the future relationship, just over two years after Britons voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. [ Source: Reuters (Read More…) ]

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