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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Haley Kalil talks unveiling her bikini body, befriending Camille Kostek

If there’s one person who’s proud of Haley Kalil’s sizzling photos for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, it’s her husband.

The 26-year-old model made a major splash in 2018 when the magazine announced that she, along with former Patriots cheerleader Camille Kostek, were the winners of the first-ever #SISwimSearch and officially rookies for SI Swimsuit 2019.

SI MODEL NINA AGDAL UNVEILS BIKINI BOD IN THROWBACK SNAP

The former Miss Minnesota 2014 originally frolicked on the beaches of Belize for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit where she rocked a barely-there bikini that perfectly flaunted her famous features. Her spouse, Houston Texans football player Matt Kalil, was all too eager to show off his wife.

The pair tied the knot in 2015.

“… He was going to put up his favorite photo of me in his office, and he was going to have this big blown-up photo of me,” Kalil told Fox News. “And after last year’s shoot [editor] MJ [Day] and I were like, ‘I wonder which outfit it’s gonna be?’ He picked the tiniest bikini I was in! I was like, ‘Baby, if people walk into the house, like my grandma’s in the house, and here I am blown up in your office.’ So, now he’s actually getting the photo blown up. It’s happening. The dream came to life.”

Kalil shared that her husband is her biggest cheerleader who happily encouraged her to pursue what would become the opportunity of a lifetime and her first modeling gig ever.

SI MODEL: ‘I SCREAMED AND I CRIED’

“My husband is an incredible human being because when he married me, I was working in an immunology lab,” she explained. “So, my life has completely shifted from being this little nerd that would go into the lab every day… hair and makeup was a thing that I never did. I never had fancy clothes. I just wore the same thing every day with my lab coat. … That man has been by me through all of it… He’s the greatest, and I don’t think I could have done any of this without him.”

The dream certainly came to life for Kalil, who graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Cloud State University with a 4.0 GPA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in medical biology and psychology, as well as a minor in chemistry. Kalil, whose parents are engineers, was diving into the science world when Sports Illustrated Swimsuit launched an open casting in 2017. It was in 2018 when she was invited to model for the magazine as a model search contestant.

Kalil said when she first saw the magazine’s announcement on social media about an open casting call were anyone can participate in hopes of becoming the publication’s newest pinup, the decision was a no-brainer.

“When I saw it, I thought, ‘This is my chance,’” Kalil recalled. “It’s always something that I wanted to do, [but] never knew how to get into it. And I submitted a video via Instagram and here I am.”

CAMILLE KOSTEK IS THE NEW ROOKIE FOR 2019

While Kalil was already well-versed with the pageant world, she prepared in the best way she knew how to strip down in front of cameras.

“I am a huge nerd, so before I shot for Sports Illustrated, I studied,” Kalil explained. “I watched all of the best models. I watched Kate [Upton], I watch Chrissy [Teigen], I watched Heidi [Klum]. I watched all of these old videos to see how they moved their bodies and how they posed. That was my way of getting ready for the shoot because before you take a big test, you gotta study. So, I studied right before I shot my spread for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.

But it wasn’t just the chance to soak up the sun that Kalil was grateful for. The sultry redhead is also thankful to have blonde bombshell Kostek for a pal.

“… To be announced with Camille as the winners of the SI Swim Search, it’s been incredible because we’ve gone through this journey together, so we know exactly what’s it like to go from not working in the industry to working in the industry,” she explained. “And now to see what she’s doing, it’s so cool.”

SI MODEL: ‘THIS IS MY GOD-GIVEN BODY’

Kalil also noted that it’s been an empowering experience to pose for a magazine where the team is primarily women.

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Models Haley Kalil (L) and Camille Kostek (2nd L) attend Sports Illustrated Swimsuit new issue launch and model search winners celebration at Encore Beach Club in Wynnn Las Vegas on March 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Nightlife)

“When you go on set, it’s an entire group of women,” she shared. “They’re making sure that you feel good, you feel comfortable. They won’t put you in anything you don’t want to be put into. They don’t let you pose in a way that you don’t want to pose in. You really have the creative rights to whatever you’re making for Sports Illustrated, which in this industry is very rare.”

“Usually a model doesn’t get to decide what they want, but for Sports Illustrated, it’s all about what you want, so that kind of helps your confidence because you’re in the driver’s seat,” Kalil continued. “You’re the only making the decisions. So it’s easy to be confident when you have these cheerleaders in front of you… And you get to decide what to do. It’s an amazing, empowering environment to be in.”

Kalil insisted she “had no clue” what she was doing when it came to her first photo shoot. However, she said the newest issue, which is expected to hit newsstands in May, will immediately captivate readers. For this year, Kalil headed to the beaches of Kenya while several other models all jetted off to other tropical locations. And Kalil noted that this year’s issue will continue to celebrate body diversity.

SI MODEL: I WAS REALLY NERVOUS

“Sports Illustrated was one of the first to put what is considered to be a curvy model on the cover,” said Kalil. “First, it was Kate Upton, then it was Ashley Graham. They’re changing the game with what people see as beautiful because they like to celebrate every type of beauty. And in this year’s issue, you’re going to see every single type of beauty represented.”

“I mean, we have Paulina Porizkova… and she’s over the age of 50,” continued Kalil. “My God, I wanna look that good at her age. She’s incredible. You have some wonderful people coming in that’ll change the game, so I cannot wait for people to see the launch. You really have every type of beauty represented in this year’s issue.”

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UFC fighter says he mistakenly gave blood sample to stranger

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UFC featherweight Dan Ige said on Thursday that a case of mistaken identity led him to supply a blood sample to a stranger earlier that morning.

Ige, 27, told ESPN that he initially thought the woman who visited his Las Vegas home at 6 a.m. was from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). But this blood collector wasn’t with the agency, which subjects all active UFC athletes to random, year-round drug-testing.

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“I was half asleep and just went through with it,” Ige told the sports outlet. “She took my blood, and after she was like, ‘What’s your name?’ I told her my name, and she goes, ‘Oh, you’re not John?’ I’m like, ‘What the f—? No, I’m not John.’”

The woman left—with Ige’s blood sample—to collect from “John,” who lives up the street, according to ESPN.

“The crazy thing was she walked out of my house with my blood. At the time, I wasn’t thinking. I was just like, ‘You’re not here for me, get out of my house.’ My main thing now is I want to get my blood back, or get proof that it was destroyed. I don’t want my blood just floating out there.”

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Ige, who has won the last three bouts of his 11-2 pro career, told the outlet he had contacted the lab but hasn’t received an update on his blood.

“I don’t want to get anyone in trouble, but this is for my peace of mind,” Ige said. “I don’t want to have a clone somewhere out there, or end up in a crime scene.”

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Mueller’s report reveals Russia investigation was tainted by ‘Clinton dirt’, Devin Nunes says

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California Republican Devin Nunes told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday evening that the Robert Mueller report shows “Clinton dirt” compiled by former British spy tainted the Russia investigation.

The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said the report on page 11 confirms that the salacious Steele dossier was used as part of the memo that established a scope of the investigation into the supposed collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“When you look at what happened today, remember we talked a lot about the scope memo. What were the directions given to the special counsel?” Nunes said on “Hannity”.

“Well, we now know hidden on page 11, very thinly, still veiled, but we now know they used the Steele dossier, the Clinton dirt, the Clinton-paid-for dirt as part of the memo for the special counsel that directed the special counsel what to do.”

“Well, we now know hidden on page 11, very thinly, still veiled, but we now know they used the Steele dossier, the Clinton dirt, the Clinton-paid-for dirt as part of the memo for the special counsel that directed the special counsel what to do.”

— Devin Nunes

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Nunes alluded to the August 2017 “scope memo” issued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that was released to the public last year, albeit heavily redacted, that appears to feature allegations made only in the unverified dossier.

The Republican says Mueller’s report now shows that former Trump campaign staffers Carter Page and Paul Manafort were targeted in the probe in part due to the dossier compiled by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele, whose efforts were funded in part through an opposition research group, Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

“On Carter Page and Paul Manafort, that information came from political opponents, the Clinton campaign fed right into the FBI, directed to the special counsel to go investigate what was in the infamous Steele dossier,” Nunes said. “That is the only thing of relevance that was in today’s 450-page report.”

He added: “Rosenstein then directed them to use that dirt, that dossier, which I think makes up the bulk of what is in the scope memo, that we have still yet to be able to see.”

“Rosenstein then directed them to use that dirt, that dossier, which I think makes up the bulk of what is in the scope memo, that we have still yet to be able to see.”

— Devin Nunes

MUELLER REPORT REVEALS CLASHES IN TRUMP’S INNER CIRCLE OVER RUSSIA PROBE

The page 11 of the report details how Mueller was appointed to the special counsel and how Rosenstein directed the scope of his investigation, including targeting Trump’s team members such as Page, Manafort,  George Papadopoulos, and Michael Flynn.

In the same interview on Thursday, Nunes went on to praise Attorney General William Barr for his handling of the release of the report.

But he also stressed the importance of ensuring that the FBI won’t abuse its powers in the future, urging to take “real action.”

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The Republican earlier this month announced that he’s preparing to send eight criminal referrals to the Department of Justice this week concerning alleged misconduct from “Watergate wannabes” during the Trump-Russia investigation, including the leaks of “highly classified material” and conspiracies to lie to Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.

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New Mexico militia detains migrants at gunpoint until Border Patrol arrives: report

An armed right-wing militia group operating along the U.S.-Mexico border posted several videos to social media this week, including one in which they held about 200 asylum-seeking migrants at gunpoint near Sunland Park, N.M., until U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived, according to a report.

THOUSANDS MORE CENTRAL AMERICAN MIGRANTS APPROACH U.S.-MEXICO BORDER

The militia group, which calls itself the United Constitutional Patriots, said it is determined to monitor the border until President Trump fulfills his campaign promise of a border wall or until Congress enacts stronger legislation to make it more difficult for migrants to request asylum, Jim Benvie, a spokesman, told The New York Times in a phone interview.

“It should go without saying that regular citizens have no authority to arrest or detain anyone,” the governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, said in a statement to The New York Times, adding that it is “completely unacceptable” that migrants be “menaced or threatened” upon entering the U.S.

The American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement that “the Trump administration’s vile racism” emboldened these groups.

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Carlos A. Diaz, a spokesperson for Customs and Border Protection, would not divulge specific details about the scene in the video or about the United Constitutional Patriots, but said in a statement that Border Patrol “does not endorse private groups or organizations taking enforcement matters into their own hands.”

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Journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland rioting

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Police in Northern Ireland say the dissident republican group the New IRA was probably responsible for the fatal shooting of a journalist during overnight rioting in the city of Londonderry.

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A car burns after petrol bombs were thrown at police in Creggan, Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said Friday morning that 29-year-old investigative journalist Lyra McKee died after she was shot during rioting in the Creggan area.

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Police guard a crime scene during unrest in the Creggan area of Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said a gunman fired a number of shots at police during the unrest.

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Armed police stage at the scene of unrest in Creggan, Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, Thursday, April 18, 2019.

“We believe this to be a terrorist act. We believe it has been carried out by violent dissident republicans,” he said.

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There has been an increase in tensions in Northern Ireland in recent months with sporadic violence.

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Vice President Mike Pence: Congress must act to end the crisis on our border

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This week, Mayor Douglas Nicholls of Yuma, Arizona, declared a state of emergency as thousands of illegal immigrants poured into the city and pushed it to its breaking point. As the mayor warned, the sudden influx of people is “above our capacity as a community to sustain.”

I saw firsthand the humanitarian and national security emergency that we face on our southern border last week, while meeting with the men and women of Customs and Border Protection in Nogales, Arizona. As those brave officers told me, we have a real crisis on our hands, and what’s driving it is the loopholes in our immigration laws that Congress has refused to close.

This crisis is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Nearly 3,000 aliens are stopped trying to cross our southern border each day. In the last six months alone, Customs and Border Protection has apprehended more than 360,000 aliens – close to the total number apprehended in all of fiscal year 2018.

BORDER PATROL SPOTS DRONE TRYING TO HELP MIGRANTS ILLEGALLY ENTER AMERICA

For the first time ever, a majority of these immigrants are families and unaccompanied minors. And their numbers are only growing, as we’ve seen a 370 percent increase in the number of family units apprehended at the border this fiscal year to date.

These vulnerable people face incredible danger from the criminal smugglers who ferry them to our southern border. Nearly 70 percent of illegal immigrants report being victims of violence, and Doctors Without Borders reports that nearly one-third of women are sexually assaulted.

But this humanitarian crisis is also endangering our national security.

Forty percent of Border Patrol agents have been diverted from guarding our borders to care for these families and children, leaving many areas along the border exposed. Drug cartels take advantage of these vulnerabilities to smuggle in their poison, fueling an overdose epidemic that took more than 70,000 American lives in 2017. And as Border Patrol agents in Nogales told me, in addition to stopping gang members, human traffickers, and other violent criminals, they apprehended two Iranian nationals attempting to cross our border illegally just two weeks ago.

This crisis is threatening lives on both sides of the border – and to end it, Congress must act to close the loopholes that drug cartels and human traffickers use to entice vulnerable families to make the long and dangerous journey north to our southern border.

That begins with changing the federal asylum laws that encourage so many immigrants to try to cross our border illegally. Our asylum system was created after World War II to protect all those who feared persecution by their home countries – but today, tens of thousands of aliens are taking advantage of the law by presenting themselves to law enforcement and claiming a “credible fear” of persecution without evidence of a credible threat.

In fiscal year 2018, more than 90,000 aliens claimed to have a credible fear after being stopped at our border – a 2,000 percent increase from just a decade before. Nearly 90 percent of them were simply released into our country to wait for a court date. Yet ultimately less than one out of ten illegal immigrants from Central America claiming credible fear receive asylum.

Every month this year, nearly 1,500 removal orders were issued after an illegal immigrant claiming a credible fear didn’t show up to court – three times the average from just three years ago. And today, more than one million people remain in our country illegally even though they’ve been ordered by a judge to leave.

This rampant abuse of our immigration system is also being driven by the Flores settlement agreement. Under this court precedent, minors who are apprehended crossing our border generally cannot be kept for more than 20 days in detention centers – requiring law enforcement to either separate children from their family members or release the entire family into the United States.

As President Trump made clear, the United States does not have a policy of separating children from their families – but Flores encourages adults to cross the border with a child in the hope of entering and staying in the United States. And it encourages childless adults – including gang members and drug traffickers – to use children to pose as families, in order to enter our country illegally and avoid deportation.

Finally, current law forces our federal law enforcement agencies to treat every unaccompanied minor from a non-neighboring country who crosses our border illegally for any reason as a victim of human trafficking – resulting in thousands from Central America being released into the United States.

Each of these loopholes is contributing to the humanitarian and national security crisis at our southern border – and each of them requires Congress to act. Congress must return our asylum laws to their original purpose of helping victims of government persecution by raising the standard of proof for credible fear. And it must extend the period of time minors can be detained with their families so that they can remain together throughout the adjudication process.

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President Trump promised the American people that we would secure our border, and he’s a man of his word. We’ve secured from Congress more than $1.3 billion to build 55 miles of a physical barrier in highly dangerous areas along the southern border, as well as funding for 5,000 more beds in ICE detention facilities and an additional 600 Customs and Border Protection officers. And in February, the president declared a national emergency to secure an additional $8.1 billion to build a wall on the southern border of the United States.

President Trump is doing his job. The men and women of law enforcement are doing their jobs. Now it’s time for Congress to do its job and close the loopholes in our immigration laws that are driving the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border.

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Why the Mueller report, for all its meticulous detail, fell flat

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If you’ve watched cable news or read newspapers for the last two years, you know most of what’s in the Mueller report.

That was perhaps the biggest surprise in poring over it. Even the president’s lawyers were surprised by that.

On issue after issue, the special counsel’s report describes what we already know — about President Trump and Michael Cohen, Trump and Paul Manafort, Trump and Michael Flynn — and ultimately says no collusion with Russia and only inconclusive evidence of possible obstruction of justice.

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To be sure, there’s a text message here or a voice mail there that paints a fuller picture. But for the most part, the report consists of lengthy legal arguments as to why the president could have obstructed justice, might arguably have obstructed justice — only to say that Mueller’s office makes no recommendation.

That means, in my view, there’s no one anecdote or admission that political and media critics can seize upon to change the overarching narrative, that Mueller is bringing no further charges.

In fact, the best single scene is when Jeff Sessions told Trump that a special counsel had been appointed, the president replied: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f—ed.” Then he demanded to know how Sessions could let this happen.

But of course, he railed against Sessions and his recusal so many times, until the AG was forced out, that we sort of knew that (minus the F-bomb).

MUELLER MADE 14 CRIMINAL REFERRALS, INCLUDING MICHAEL COHEN AND GREG CRAIG

All this is great fodder for the press, and for legal scholars, and for historians. But there’s very little that will change people’s minds as to whether Donald Trump engaged in misconduct.

Some examples:

— When Trump called Paul Manafort, during jury deliberations, a “very good person” and said “it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort,” the comments could “engender sympathy for Manafort among jurors” if they learned of the remarks. But there are “alternative explanations,” such as that he “genuinely felt sorry for Manafort” or was trying to influence public opinion, not the jury.

— “There is evidence” that the president knew Michael Cohen had testified falsely before Congress about continuing efforts during the campaign to win approval for a Trump Tower in Moscow. But the available evidence “does not establish that the president directed or aided Cohen’s false testimony.”

It’s like a legal seminar, as the report rehashes the mostly known facts, floats the most damaging interpretations, offers the counter-argument and concludes there is insufficient evidence.

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Less flattering for Trump:

— His firing of Jim Comey, request to his White House counsel to have Bob Mueller fired, and direction to Corey Lewandowski to ask Sessions to limit the scope of Mueller’s probe all could be viewed as trying to undercut the investigation. But these efforts were largely unsuccessful because the people around Trump “declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”

— When a reporter said the vast majority of FBI agents supported the just-fired Comey, Sarah Sanders said: “we’ve heard from countless members of the FBI who say very different things.” She told Mueller’s office this was a “slip of the tongue” that occurred “‘in the heat of the moment’ that was not founded on anything.”

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— Trump told Mueller in written answers that he had no advance knowledge of the infamous Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and a Russian lawyer. In 2017, Hope Hicks and another aide — after discussions with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump — said the emails involved would inevitably leak and should be released. Hicks was shocked by the emails and thought they looked “really bad.” Jared, Ivanka and Hope urged the president to release the emails — Hicks said they could do it as part of an interview with “softball questions” — but he disagreed that they would leak.

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When The New York Times got onto the story, the president dictated that they should just say the meeting was about Russian adoptions. Don Jr. objected, asking that the word “primarily” be added because there was briefly a discussion about Hillary Clinton: “If I don’t have it in there it appears as though I’m lying later when they inevitably leak something.” The Times soon obtained the emails, leading to a wave of bad press.

But all this is pretty down in the weeds. And that’s in part because so much of what the president said and did in battling Mueller played out in public.

What is muting the report’s impact, in my view, is that expectations were so sky-high. The media, having invested so much capital in this probe for two years, only to be let down by the lack of criminal charges, were betting that the actual report would be explosive. And yet it was more popgun than big-time bomb.

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Ancestry.com apologizes, removes ad amid backlash it ignored horrors of slavery

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Ancestry.com on Thursday pulled a controversial slavery-era themed ad published to its YouTube channel amid criticism the genealogy company romanticized the horrific period.

The 30-second spot, called “Inseparable,” appeared to depict a white man and black woman in 1800s clothing running through an alley before stopping to talk. The man holds a ring and tells the woman  that “we can escape to the north.”

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“Will you leave with me?,” he asks her before it cuts to a blank screen and reads “Without you, the story stops here.”

The ad appeared in Canada earlier this month and was widely criticized online, with some claiming it ignored the subjugation many black female slaves endured at the hands of white slave owners.

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In a statement to various media outlets on Thursday, Ancestry.com apologized and said it removed the ad from YouTube and television.

“Ancestry is committed to telling important stories from history,” the website said in a statement. “This ad was intended to represent one of those stories. We very much appreciate the feedback we have received and apologized for any offense that the ad may have caused.”

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Rabbi Abraham Cooper: Passover mixes recollections of Jewish history and awareness of today’s challenges

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Friday night marks the start of Passover, when Jews around the world hold a Seder – a feast that includes special foods, prayers, songs and other traditions to mark the exodus of our ancestors from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.

Passover – Pesach in Hebrew – is the Jews’ holiday of liberation. And while the festive meal is replete with joy and comradery, a large part of our Seder discussions revolve around our earliest difficult days as a people, when we were hopelessly trapped in dehumanized slavery and endless suffering.

Yet this ancient holiday is also as contemporary as today’s headlines. Discussions at the Seder table will deal with today’s developments as well as those in the long-distant past.

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The awful images of the raging fire engulfing Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday are sure to be discussed at many Seders. The destruction of a house of worship is particularly painful to us, regardless of the faith of the worshippers.

Many of us will discuss how over $1 billion has already been raised to repair the cathedral, and how the president of secular France announced Notre Dame will be rebuilt within five years. We will pray for the success of this endeavor.

We will pray for the ever-elusive peace Israel longs for with the Palestinians. We will pray that Palestinian leaders will do what is best for their people and sit down to make real compromises that will lead to that peace – unlikely as it seems.

We will also discuss other terrible fires – not accidental – that claimed innocent lives and destroyed our own houses of worship. These include the arson attacks by the Nazis – first on Kristallnacht in Germany and Austria in 1938 – and then across the European continent by German soldiers and Nazis driven to mass murder by their all-consuming hatred of our people.

The fires Nazis deliberately set destroyed thousands of synagogues, often with the Jewish faithful trapped inside. And these horrible murders were just one aspect of the Holocaust that killed some 6 million innocent Jewish men, women and children across Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.

Many of us will recall the last Seder celebrated in 1943 in the Warsaw Ghetto amidst an amazing uprising against the Nazis who had already murdered millions of Jews.

This year our intergenerational gathering at Seders will also feature discussions about the current state of the Jewish people around the world and here in the U.S.

Most of us alive today were born after the Holocaust. But in 2019 we can’t take our safety for granted. It is far from certain that Jewish people can leave their homes on a Sabbath morning for prayers and come home unhurt.

And it isn’t only last October’s Pittsburgh synagogue massacre – when 11 Jews gathered for prayer were gunned down by a neo-Nazi white supremacist. There have been at least three other attacks on synagogues – in Ohio, Georgia, and Montana – that were thankfully thwarted by authorities since the Pittsburgh attack.

Jewish New Yorkers are on edge, as the world’s largest Jewish community was the target of more violent hate crimes than all other groups combined last year.

Most American synagogues already deploy off-duty police officers to provide security and are forced to plan for armed attacks.

And this Passover, Jewish Americans have to deal with a new source of anti-Semitism emanating from the U.S. House of Representatives. First-term Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has unleashed verbal assaults against American Jewry, including invoking the screed of dual loyalty.

President Trump and some members of Congress have denounced Omar, but many in our community are troubled by the failure thus far of the Democratic Party’s top leadership to hold her accountable for her bigotry.

Overseas, the situation of Jews in Europe remains unsettled and precarious. In Berlin, a just-released report by a watchdog group reveals that “bolder and more brutal” anti-Semitic attacks soared by 155 percent in 2018.

Authorities seem to be at a loss about how to deal with the anti-Jewish attacks that span the full political and social spectrum of society.

Rabbis and their families have been regularly threatened in Amsterdam and Utrecht in the Netherlands.

In France, synagogues in the heart of Paris were forced to cancel Sabbath services for fear of violence from Yellow Jacket protesters.

In Britain, beyond the Brexit debacle, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party – once home to most Jewish voters – stands accused of mainstreaming anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers.

Many of us will also pause to remember the 50 Muslims who were recently murdered during Friday prayers at a mosque in New Zealand by a gunman embracing the same deranged white supremacist ideology that motivated the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter. Their tragic deaths are a horrific reminder that the flames of hatred still burn strong among some.

And we recall that New Zealand’s Jews were told by their government to shutter their synagogues the day after the shootings, for fear of attacks.

At many Seders we will celebrate that the Jewish state of Israel is stronger than ever – thanks in large measure to its amazing high-tech leadership and its strong alliance with the United States.

But there will be robust debate on Israel’s future with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent re-election victory. And regrettably, many of us will discuss how the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah are certain to continue deadly attacks on Israel, and how Iran is sure to continue its genocidal bombast calling for Israel to be wiped off the map.

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We will pray for the ever-elusive peace Israel longs for with the Palestinians. We will pray that Palestinian leaders will do what is best for their people and sit down to make real compromises that will lead to that peace – unlikely as it seems.

Finally, Friday night we will also celebrate the gift of memory. Remembering our failures, trials and tribulations, remembering the sting of a slave master’s whip, remembering the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto who died so we could live – all of this is as crucial to our future as all the celebrations of past miracles and promise in the years ahead.

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Texas cops find 275 pounds of pot next to baby in car seat, women arrested: report

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Texas Border Patrol officials said they discovered a baby in a car seat next to 275 pounds of marijuana after they pulled a vehicle over last Friday, a report said.

Ashley Renee Resendiz, 22, and Carla Michelle Resendiz, 47, both of Texas, were arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute, according to Dallas Morning News.

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A witness called Border Patrol Friday after allegedly seeing the suspects’ vehicle being loaded with what looked like drugs.

Agents released the baby into the custody of a relative and confiscated the five bundles (totaling 275.36 pounds) of marijuana, Dallas Morning News reported.

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Carla Resendiz’s bail was set at $75,000 Thursday. Ashley Resendiz’s hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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