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Netanyahu Rebuffs a Challenge From Within, Despite Graft Charges

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel easily brushed off a challenge for the leadership of the conservative Likud party early Friday, a crucial victory for Israel’s longest-serving leader but one that may only harden the country’s yearlong political standoff.

For Mr. Netanyahu, the landslide in a party primary on Thursday reaffirmed his political prowess and staying power despite his indictment last month on corruption charges, and it gives a jolt of fresh energy to his campaign for Israel’s next general election in March.

But it also assures that one of Israel’s most polarizing issues will be on the ballot in that election: Mr. Netanyahu himself.

Israel has already had two inconclusive elections this year, each ending in deadlock with voters nearly evenly divided on whether the corruption cases against Mr. Netanyahu should disqualify him from serving a fourth consecutive term.

And though support for Mr. Netanyahu has been slipping since his indictment, recent polls suggest that a third election may not resolve anything. Once again, neither Mr. Netanyahu nor his main opponent, Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White party, may have the votes to form a majority government.

In the party primary on Thursday, the most serious internal leadership challenge Mr. Netanyahu had faced in years, he handily beat a rival party veteran, Gideon Saar, by a vote of 72.5 percent to 27.5 percent, according to an unofficial final count.

“A giant victory!” Mr. Netanyahu declared on Twitter just after midnight, barely more than an hour after the polls closed. “With the help of God and with your help, I will lead Likud to a great victory in the upcoming elections and we will continue to lead the country to unprecedented achievements,” he added.

Mr. Saar congratulated Mr. Netanyahu and conceded defeat in a televised statement an hour later. He said he and his colleagues would stand behind Mr. Netanyahu in the party’s campaign for the general election.

“I am content with my decision to have run” in the primary, Mr. Saar said, adding, “Those who are unwilling to take a risk for what they believe in will never succeed.”

But the fact that there even was a battle exposed cracks in Likud’s long-united front as it prepares for an eventual post-Netanyahu era.

Despite fears of a low turnout because of stormy weather and the Hanukkah holiday, about half the 116,000 paying Likud members came out to vote, a fairly typical number for Likud party primaries.

Though those eligible to vote in the Likud leadership primary were only a small fraction of those who vote for the party in general elections, Thursday’s contest may serve to allay broader concerns ahead of the March election that Israelis are suffering from voter fatigue and may give up on the democratic process.

Mr. Saar, a hawkish ideologue and technocrat, had argued that only he could return Likud and its right-wing allies to power and that Mr. Netanyahu was “blocked” after failing to form a government after the two previous elections, in April and September.

In those elections, neither Mr. Netanyahu nor Mr. Gantz was able to muster a majority to build a viable coalition.

Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Gantz both professed interest in joining forces in a unity government, which polls showed most Israelis wanted, but Mr. Gantz said he would refuse to serve in a government with a prime minister who is under indictment, and Mr. Netanyahu insisted that under any agreement to rotate the prime minister’s job, he must serve first.

Mr. Netanyahu had little incentive to yield on that demand. He remains prime minister until a new government is formed, and retaining the job leaves him in better position to fight his legal battle.

He could, for instance, try to negotiate a plea deal with law enforcement authorities in which the charges are dropped in return for his departure from public life. A sweeping victory in the next election could even get him enough support to grant him parliamentary immunity from prosecution.

Mr. Netanyahu is accused of trading official favors worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Israeli media moguls for lavish gifts and positive news coverage. He has denied any wrongdoing, casting himself as the victim of a witch hunt by a left-wing elite that he says dominates the news media and has pressured the law enforcement authorities to pursue criminal investigations against him.

Fighting for his political survival, Mr. Netanyahu left nothing to chance in the Likud primary contest. He attended campaign rallies in up to five different towns a night and appealed to voters in Facebook Live videos, re-establishing his popularity within the Likud and firing up the party’s rank and file ahead of the more fateful contest against Mr. Gantz.

Mr. Netanyahu, 70, has brought Likud to power four times and has led the party for the past 14 years, and for a total of 20 years in all. Known to all as “Bibi,” he has inspired a cultlike devotion, with supporters at his rallies chanting “Bibi, King of Israel.”

At age 53, Mr. Saar is one of the next generation of Likud leaders vying to succeed Mr. Netanyahu. He, too, pulled out all the stops in his bid to lead the party, even pledging to work to secure a new job for Mr. Netanyahu as the president of Israel. That post, high profile but mostly ceremonial, is meant to be apolitical and unifying.

Other would-be Netanyahu successors have preferred to wait in the wings, saying they would seek the Likud leadership only once the Netanyahu era is over. Likudniks pride themselves on their fierce loyalty to their leader and challenging Mr. Netanyahu risks being cast into the political wilderness, the fate of some other former Likud ministers who bucked his control. The party has only had four leaders since its formation and rise to power in the 1970s, and has never unseated an incumbent.

It remains to be seen whether Mr. Saar’s bid for the job will position him as a front-runner in the post-Netanyahu era, or if he will pay for his perceived disloyalty in challenging Mr. Netanyahu in a time of trouble.

Mr. Netanyahu’s political and legal path forward remains far from clear, even with the Likud battle over. A clear election victory in March could keep him in office and give him a chance of seeking parliamentary immunity from prosecution, but nothing is guaranteed.

Israel’s Supreme Court will hold a hearing this week in response to a petition requesting a ruling on whether a candidate charged with serious crimes may be asked to form a new government.

Under current Israeli law, a prime minister under indictment can continue to serve until a final conviction. But the law does not address what to do in the case of a candidate for prime minister who has been charged.

The judicial authorities have so far tried to avoid ruling on the matter, hoping it would be decided in the public and political realm, through elections.

So far, though, as Thursday’s contest showed, the charismatic Mr. Netanyahu still commands a strong and emotional following.

Ben Caspit, a political columnist, wrote in the Maariv newspaper on Thursday that the Likud voters’ choice between Mr. Saar and Mr. Netanyahu was one “between the head and gut; between cold logic and the warm heart.”

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Moroccan YouTube star sentenced to 4 years in jail for ‘insulting the king,’ lawyer says

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A YouTube star from Morocco was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday for “insulting the king” during a live video stream, according to his lawyer.

Mohamed Sekkaki, who goes by “Moul Kaskita” on YouTube, was sentenced in the city of Settat, about 100 miles south of the country’s capital, Rabat, Mohamed Ziane told AFP.

Sekkaki, whose channel has nearly 350,000 subscribers, was arrested earlier this month after posting a video during which he allegedly called his fellow Moroccans “donkeys” and criticized King Mohammed VI, according to AFP.

Per Morocco’s criminal code, “insulting magistrates” carries a prison term of between one month and one year.

Ziane says he plans to appeal the decision on behalf of his client.

MOROCCAN KING PARDONS JOURNALIST IMPRISONED FOR EXTRAMARITAL SEX, ABORTION, AFTER OUTCRY

Sekkaki’s case comes after other similarly harsh measures against activists and journalists who have spoken out against the government.

A 33-year-old journalist, Omar Radi, is currently being prosecuted for a 9-month-old tweet that criticized a judge, AFP reported.

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In July, the Moroccan Human Rights Association deplored what it regarded as an “escalation of violations of human rights and public and individual freedoms.”

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New York DA touts state’s largest MS-13 crackdown

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Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini on Thursday touted New York law enforcement arresting nearly 100 MS-13 members and associates, a sophisticated operation that is considered the largest crackdown on the gang in the state’s history.

However, “they will attempt to recalibrate and that’s why we need to remain vigilant,” Sini told “America’s Newsroom.”

Sini was part of the two-year investigation involving law enforcement from the local to the federal level in Suffolk County, one of the gangs’ longtime hotbeds.

MS-13 CRACKDOWN — THE LARGEST EVER IN NEW YORK — ENSNARES NEARLY 100 MEMBERS, ASSOCIATES

Sini told reporters last week that investigators arrested 96 members and associates of the gang, who have been charged with crimes ranging from conspiracy to commit murder to drug trafficking to weapons sales. The ages of those arrested ranged from 16 to 59 and included U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants, he added.

Sources told the New York Post that most of the arrests took place last Thursday and Friday morning.

MEXICAN MS-13 GANG MEMBER ARRESTED CROSSING BORDER INTO ARIZONA, WAS PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED

Sini said throughout the investigation, crews recovered drugs in gang members’ possession such as cocaine and fentanyl, as well as handguns and over $200,000 in cash. Investigators’ efforts resulted in the arrests of the leaders of nine cliques of the gang operating in Suffolk County — and foiled seven alleged murder plots, he added.

Sini said that during the course of the investigation, law enforcement was able to obtain wiretaps in more than 215 phones, “generating an enormous amount of intelligence.”

He also said that the MS-13’s Parkview clique tried to develop more leaders and recruit members. He also said the group sent money to El Salvador, indicating that the crime organization was “alive and well” on Long Island.

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“We targeted those members and that clique for strategic prosecutions and we decimated that clique,” Sini said.

He also warned that MS-13 remained an international transnational gang engaging in violence for sport.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and Leland Vittert contributed to this report.

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Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Targeted In Police Raid

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures while speaking to the media as a security officer guards an entrance of the Anti-Corruption Foundation office in Moscow, Russia, Thursday. The federal court bailiffs’ service that conducted the Thursday raid later said he had not been detained. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures while speaking to the media as a security officer guards an entrance of the Anti-Corruption Foundation office in Moscow, Russia, Thursday. The federal court bailiffs’ service that conducted the Thursday raid later said he had not been detained.

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The offices of Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, have been raided by security forces in Moscow.

Video of the Thursday raid posted online, shows a shower of fiery sparks as the door to Nalvany’s Anti-Corruption Foundation office is forced open with power tools.

As NPR reported, once inside officers in face masks ordered the staff to stand against a wall while they confiscated office and broadcasting equipment.

“With each search, more and more is being taken out of our studio,” Navalny wrote in a tweet following the sweep. In addition to a computer, he said officials seized “monitors, tripods, a mixer and a server room.”

Nalvany said he was dragged out of the office but he was not detained. He added that it is the fourth time security forces have descended on the network since August.

Photos posted to social media by Navalny show the office was left in disarray.

The anti-corruption activist and host of a popular online investigative YouTube channel, said the latest raid was carried out by the Federal Bailiffs Service (FSSP) and is connected to the refusal to delete a video from the internet originally posted in March 2017.

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The 50-minute investigation, called He is not Dimon For You … The Secret Life of Dmitry Medvedev, accuses the Russian Prime Minister, as well as other high-ranking government officials, “of a huge, multi-level corruption scheme.”

According to that report:

“The head of the ruling United Russia party [Medvedev] owns real estate throughout the country, he owns huge tracts of land in the most elite areas, he manages yachts, apartments in old mansions, agricultural complexes and wineries in Russia and abroad,” Navalny wrote. “All this property was acquired on the bribes of the oligarchs and loans from state banks.”

Medvedev has adamantly denied the allegations levied by Nalvany.

A court ordered Nalvany to remove the video from the internet after Medvedev won a libel lawsuit. But it remains on YouTube in defiance of the ruling. And on Thursday he vowed once again not to take it down.

The Federal Bailiffs Service said investigations were “being carried out by the directorate of the FSSP in the Anti-Corruption Foundation as part of a criminal investigation,” according to the BBC.

The 43-year-old lawyer has been one of loudest and most visible critics of President Vladimir Putin’s government. In 2018, Navalny attempted to run for president but was barred from doing so after a Russian court convicted him of embezzlement.

He routinely posts videos on his YouTube channel seeking to expose graft and corruption. That has earned him a large following on social media — the Medvedev video has been viewed nearly 33 million times.

Another, lobbing corruption charges against Denis Popov, who was recently appointed as Moscow’s chief prosecutor by Putin, garnered almost 2.5 million views in its first three days on YouTube.

NPR’s Lucian Kim reported that state-run media in Russia have been prohibited from speaking Nalvany’s name on the air.

Thursday’s raid came days after one of Navalny’s employees mysteriously disappeared.

Ruslan Shaveddinov was last seen on Monday.

“His phone was switched off by his mobile operator and the police came to his apartment and took him away,” Kim told Here & Now.

Shaveddinov eventually turned up about 1,000 miles away from his home on a restricted island in the Arctic Ocean where there is a Russian military base. Kim said the 23-year-old was drafted into the army.

Navalny has accused the government of kidnapping and says that Shaveddinov’s forced conscription is illegal imprisonment.

“They really believe and have once again demonstrated that the army and the prison are one and the same,” Navalny tweeted. “They equated the army with a peripheral pre-trial detention center.”

For several months, the anti-corruption foundation has been the subject of a money laundering investigation.

The criminal case was opened in August after Navalny called for people to participate in anti-government demonstrations protesting the exclusion of opposition candidates from local elections.

The foundation has also been branded a “foreign agent” by the government, which means its office is subject to surprise inspections.

But Navalny has vowed to stay in Russia to continue railing against Putin’s government.

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Lizzo bashes author’s claim that she’s only popular due to ‘obesity epidemic’: ‘Keep my name out ya mouth’

Lizzo continues her reign as the master of being unbothered after she effortlessly deflected criticism aimed at her ever-growing popularity, just days after debuting for the first time on “Saturday Night Live.”

The “Truth Hurts” singer, 31, issued a stout response to a claim made by author Dr. Boyce Watkins last week in which he maintained that Lizzo is popular only because “there is an obesity epidemic in America.”

“Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are,” the writer tweeted. “Unfortunately, many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease.”

MACAULAY CULKIN DANCES WITH LIZZO ONSTAGE, SOCIAL MEDIA GOES WILD

It took Lizzo three days to retort via Twitter, responding to Watkins, saying: “I’m popular because I write good songs and I’m talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love. The only person who needs to do better is you.”

She concluded: “Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me. Here’s the attention you ordered.”

In an additional tweet, Watkins referred to Lizzo as “Tiffany Fattish” while responding to a Twitter account. However, he walked back his remarks on Wednesday, amending his argument to say his real gripe with the pop star is her behavior, calling the performer a “minstrel show.”

LIZZO RECALLS TIME SHE NEARLY QUIT MUSIC: ‘I WAS LIKE, F–K IT, I’M DONE’

The eight-time Grammy nominee has yet to respond to the follow-up comments.

Earlier this month, the singer-songwriter addressed a social media outrage that quickly commenced after she was seen twerking in a thong while sitting courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers game.

LIZZO SHARES ‘TRUTH HURTS’ WRITING CREDIT, SLAMS PLAGIARISM ACCUSATIONS

The few seconds of Lizzo’s dance that were captured by cameras quickly went viral with social media users sharing both cheers and jeers for the music phenom.

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Musical artist Lizzo performs at The Hollywood Palladium, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“Never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself,” she said in a late-night livestream. “This is who I’ve always been. Now everyone’s lookin’ at it, and your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me.”

“Nothing really breaks my joy,” she continued. “I’m a really solid, grounded person, and I know that I’m shocking because you’ve never seen in a long time a body like mine doing whatever it wants to do and dressing the way that it dresses and moving the way that it moves.”

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She later explained the reasoning behind her groove session, putting a lid on the spectacle.

“The Laker Girls came out and they started dancing to ‘Juice’ and I just got so excited. And I wanted to show them how much I appreciate and support and love that they wanted to do that for me,” Lizzo explained. “So, I stood up and danced.”

Fox Business’ Cortney Moore contributed to this report.

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Prisoners take ‘Christmas Carol’ to the public, selling out almost immediately: ‘Like a dream’

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The set is professional, the costumes are intricate and the melodies are masterfully arranged.

From the outside, all aspects of the show resemble a standard holiday performance. But, as soon as the final number concludes and the curtains close, members of the all-woman cast swap their colorful costumes for prison uniforms and head back to their temporary home: the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.

Nearly 40 inmates spent the holiday season rehearsing Christmas carols and dance ensembles for their performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The first group traveled in restraints to the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver for three separate performances of the show, all of which sold out almost immediately.

The historic redemption-themed performance was a collaboration between the Colorado Department of Corrections and the university’s Prison Arts Initiative — a program founded in 2017 by Ashley Hamilton, providing therapeutic and creative outlets for prisoners through art-based workshops, focusing on empowerment and fostering a healthy community.

“What gave me the idea is that I’ve been working inside with incarcerated folks for the past ten years,” Hamilton said Thursday on “The Daily Briefing.” “I think in our society, we tend to have a very specific stereotype of who is in prison. And, my experience these last 10 years have really shown me that the majority of people who are inside are really ready to make a major change in their lives and really want an opportunity to shift… and I think that the arts are one way that they can do that.”

The experience was “like a dream,” Patrice Pullie told Colorado Public Radio. Pullie has been in prison since April and could be eligible for parole this spring. “I just feel honored and privileged, and I think it’s so awesome that our [Department of Corrections] has enough trust in us and enough faith in us to bring us out here into the public.”

Hamilton, an assistant director of theater at the University of Denver, added that the public nature of the performances allowed the inmates to “show who they are and who they want to be” upon their release.

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“There have been plays and education happening in prisons for decades and I have had the opportunity to direct and create quite a bit of theater inside, but this opportunity to actually bring the production out into the public was truly historic,” she said.

In addition to the sold-out public performances, the inmates also put on a private show inside the prison exclusively for their family members.

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“Specifically with our large theatrical productions, there is something that happens for people when they have to work on a large project and make it come to life,” Hamilton said of the initiative. “We see major changes not only within the group… in their ability to work through conflict, to strengthen their interpersonal communication… but we also see shifts start to happen within the whole prison culture that we’re working in.”

“A Christmas Carol” marked the second time the Colorado Department of Corrections has partnered with DU’s Prison Arts Initiative to take performances on the road. In October, inmates of the Sterling Correctional Facility reportedly performed “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” for other Colorado prisons.

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QB Jacob Eason leaves Washington early, will enter NFL draft

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Washington quarterback Jacob Eason announced Thursday he will skip his final year of college and enter the NFL Draft.

Eason started 13 games for Washington last season after beginning his college career at Georgia and transferring following his sophomore season. He threw for 3,132 yards and 23 touchdowns for the Huskies in a season where at times he looked like a sure first-round pick and at other times it appeared that another season of college would help his draft status.

“I want to thank everyone at the UW — my teammates, the coaching staff and the fans — for making these last two years so memorable,” Eason said in a statement. “I’m very happy that I was able to come home and play for the Dawgs, and will always be grateful.”

Eason’s decision caps weeks of debate about his future. He chose to play in Washington’s bowl game victory over Boise State rather than follow the path of NFL-bound teammates Hunter Bryant and Trey Adams, who skipped the game.

Washington’s coaching change from Chris Petersen to Jimmy Lake and the subsequent decision to fire offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan added another layer to Eason’s decision.

Ultimately, the draw of the NFL won out.

“The opportunity to play quarterback in the NFL has been a lifelong dream and my heart is set on the challenge ahead,” Eason wrote in a social media post announcing his decision.

Eason was a five-star recruit out of nearby Lake Stevens, Washington, who opted to go across the country to play at Georgia. He started as a freshman for the Bulldogs but lost the job to Jake Fromm during his sophomore season after suffering an injury in the season opener.

Eason sat out the 2018 season after transferring to Washington and beat out Jake Haener for the starting job during fall camp.

Eason completed 64.2% of his passes and had standout games early in the season against Eastern Washington, BYU and Arizona. His best game may have come in a loss to Oregon, in which Eason was 23 of 30 for 289 yards and three touchdowns.

Eason has the prototypes of an NFL quarterback, standing 6-foot-5 with one of the strongest arms in college. But issues with consistency popped up during his collegiate career.

“We wish Jacob nothing but the best,” Lake said. “He was a terrific teammate who worked very hard in his two years as a Husky. I’m looking forward to watching him succeed at the next level.”

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Pistons guard Luke Kennard out 2 weeks with knee tendinitis

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Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard is expected to be out of the lineup for two weeks because of knee tendinitis.

The team made the announcement Thursday, saying Kennard will be evaluated again before returning to play in early January.

The third-year pro is averaging nearly 16 points per game, tied with Blake Griffin and trailing only Andre Drummond in scoring on the team. Kennard is making a team-high 2.6 3-pointers per game and 4.1 assists to rank second on the team.

The former Duke star averaged fewer than 10 points per game during his first two NBA seasons after Detroit drafted him No. 12 overall in 2017.

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Bernie Sanders Explains Why Low Unemployment Doesn’t Mean Americans Are Better Off

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yeah I don’t buy that at all…

purchasing power has fallen significtanly since the late 70’s

take home ownership, average wage in 1979 16,200 average home price 62,900…meaning the average worker would need to labor for 3.88 years to pay that house off (assuming no other expenses)

Fast forward to 2018 the average wage is 52,145, while the average home in the US costs 383,500…meaning they’d need to labor for 7.39 years

That’s a huge decline in purchasing power in my book, its even worse if you look at things like education and healthcare, food is probably the one area where purchasing power has remained similar, on the backs of Trillions of dollars of farm subsidies

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