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Peace talks warning as settlers return to Hebron

Israeli police and medical personnel load the body of an Israeli man into an ambulance after he was shot dead near Hebron on April 14. Photo: AFP

Hebron, occupied West Bank: Israel has been accused of trying to sabotage stuttering peace talks after giving settlers the go-ahead to set up home in one of the most volatile parts of the occupied West Bank.

The charge came after three Israeli families on Sunday moved into a four-storey building on the outskirts of Hebron – long notorious for confrontations between Israeli settlers and its 185,000 Palestinian residents.

An Israeli police officer was fatally shot and his wife and young son were wounded on Monday evening as they drove to a Passover Seder near Hebron, according to a spokeswoman for the Israeli military.

Israeli soldiers help settlers move into a house on the outskirts of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on April 13. Photo: AP

Israeli troops combed several nearby Palestinian villages searching for the gunman or gunmen and imposed a curfew and checkpoints, but they had not made any arrests by midnight.

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It was the first killing of an Israeli civilian in the West Bank since October, the army spokeswoman said

Breaking the Silence, a group of former Israeli soldiers opposed to the military occupation of the West Bank, said the new settlement development was the first to be approved in the city for 30 years.

The settlers assumed residency under the guard of heavily armed soldiers after Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon officially approved their return more than five years after they were evicted following a legal dispute over the building’s ownership. Its previous Palestinian proprietors claimed that they had pulled out of a deal after learning they were selling to settlers through a middle man.

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What's next in gay marriage's legal odyssey?

Thursday's hearing in Denver marks the first time a gay marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Peace talks warning as settlers return to Hebron

Israeli police and medical personnel load the body of an Israeli man into an ambulance after he was shot dead near Hebron on April 14. Photo: AFP

Hebron, occupied West Bank: Israel has been accused of trying to sabotage stuttering peace talks after giving settlers the go-ahead to set up home in one of the most volatile parts of the occupied West Bank.

The charge came after three Israeli families on Sunday moved into a four-storey building on the outskirts of Hebron – long notorious for confrontations between Israeli settlers and its 185,000 Palestinian residents.

An Israeli police officer was fatally shot and his wife and young son were wounded on Monday evening as they drove to a Passover Seder near Hebron, according to a spokeswoman for the Israeli military.

Israeli soldiers help settlers move into a house on the outskirts of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on April 13. Photo: AP

Israeli troops combed several nearby Palestinian villages searching for the gunman or gunmen and imposed a curfew and checkpoints, but they had not made any arrests by midnight.

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It was the first killing of an Israeli civilian in the West Bank since October, the army spokeswoman said

Breaking the Silence, a group of former Israeli soldiers opposed to the military occupation of the West Bank, said the new settlement development was the first to be approved in the city for 30 years.

The settlers assumed residency under the guard of heavily armed soldiers after Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon officially approved their return more than five years after they were evicted following a legal dispute over the building’s ownership. Its previous Palestinian proprietors claimed that they had pulled out of a deal after learning they were selling to settlers through a middle man.

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DAVID ICKE MEETS ALEX JONES FOR FIRST TIME AT BILDERBERG 20131032 – Video



DAVID ICKE MEETS ALEX JONES FOR FIRST TIME AT BILDERBERG 20131032

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What's next in US gay marriage's legal odyssey?

A hearing Thursday marks the first time a U.S. gay marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year's Supreme Court ruling that struck down a law forbidding the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.The…

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After appeals court hearing in Denver, what's next in gay marriage's legal odyssey?

Thursday's hearing in Denver marks the first time a gay marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Robert Bennett: More, rather than less, political speech is a good thing

Last week the Supreme Court overturned existing limits on the total amount of money an individual can donate to political campaigns. (Limits on donations to individual candidates remain in place.) Liberal commentators claim this decision undermines democracy; Conservatives declare it a victory for free speech.

Free speech has not always been seen as an unalloyed good in America. In the early days after the Constitution was ratified, those in office were so offended by what was being said by their opponents that they passed the Alien and Sedition Acts, making it illegal to criticize certain governmental actions.

Fortunately, those laws disappeared after Jefferson became President, but uneasiness with the idea that anyone can say whatever he wants in the political arena remained. During World War I the Wilson Administration prosecuted pacifists, pro-German activists and others seen as either radical or un-patriotic for expressing their views. Few seemed to object at the time.

In 1927, the Supreme Court began to change this. In a concurring opinion that one legal scholar has called extraordinarly influential, Justice Brandeis said that freedom of speech was essential to rational political debate. In the 1950s, the Warren Court went further and included expressions of opinion by cultural radicals. Freedom of speech became a cause that liberal jurists embraced.

After the Watergate scandal, Congress passed laws limiting the amounts of money people could give to political campaigns, as well as the amounts candidates could spend, in order prevent corruption or the appearance of corruption. (Im troubled by that latter phrase. Should we really prohibit things that arent wrong just because, to some, they appear to be?)

James Buckley, a candidate for the Senate who was wealthy enough to finance his own campaign, challenged the Watergate limits on personal expenditures. He argued, Under the First Amendment, I have an unlimited right to free speech. How am I corrupted when I exercise that right by using my own money?

The Supreme Court sided with Buckley in the landmark case of Buckley v. Valeo in 1976, ruling that his constitutional right of free speech trumped the Watergate laws. He could not donate to other candidates in amounts that would give the appearance of corruption, but he could spend his own money to express his own views in whatever amounts he wanted. The author of that opinion was Justice William Brennan, the courts most liberal member. At the time, the ACLU thought it was too weak. Freedom of speech had become a dominant liberal value.

No more. In their attacks against the recent decision, which cites Buckley v. Valeo as precedent, liberals are now insisting that ones free speech rights should decrease as ones net worth increases. Too much free speech, if it is made possible by money, is, for them, a bad thing.

Justice Breyers dissent from the recent decision, about which he felt so passionately that he read it from the bench, makes that clear. He says that corruption by which he means campaign donations derails the essential speech-to-government -action tie. Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard.

He is saying that the voice of the general public is being drowned out by the voices of people who believe the First Amendment gives them the right to say whatever they think, in spite of the fact that they can afford to do it. His quarrel is really not with his current colleagues but with William Brennan, a liberal of the old school who ruled that more, rather than less, political speech is a good thing.

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First Factory Opens in West Bank Industrial Zone – Video



First Factory Opens in West Bank Industrial Zone
A new factory has opened in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. It is the first paper product plant in the history of the ancient city and the first company to open in a new industrial zone set…

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Loss to Devils further complicates Capitals' playoff math

NEWARK, N.J. When the curtain closes on the Capitals 2013-14 season this may be the statistic that stands out the most:

When they have scored two or fewer goals this season the Caps are 0-25-6. Conversely, when theyve scored three or more they are 24-4-7.

Two goals against on the road should be enough, Capitals coach Adam Oates said. We couldnt score.

Actually, the Capitals could score, but just once in Friday nights 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

The Capitals stuck to their game plan of being patient against one of the NHLs stingiest teams, yet still skated away with a defeat that dropped them from 10th to 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, one point behind the Devils, three behind the Maple Leafs and four behind the Columbus Blue Jackets, who still hold the final playoff spot after losing to the Blackhawks 4-3 in the final minute.

You play like, that you give yourself a chance to win, Caps left wing Jason Chimera said, but its late in the season. Bounces sometimes dont go your way and sometimes you play good and you lose. We played pretty good tonight and lost.

Devils left wing Ryan Carter broke a 1-1 tie with 4:54 remaining in the third period, catching a flip pass from Marek Zidlicky and splitting Capitals defensemen Mike Green and Karl Alzner for the game-winning goal.

Obviously, its a great pass, two feet in the air, Oates said. When Carter shot it, Greenie was moving over and maybe his stick affected Jaros vision just a hair. He maybe missed the poke check as he was lunging for it.

The Caps put up one last flurry in an attempt to tie the score, but Devils goalie Cory Schnider [24 saves] got his left pad on a Marcus Johansson scoring chance with just over 2 minutes left.

Its frustrating moment to be honest with you, said Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who gave the Caps a 1-0 lead on his first even-strength goal in 17 games and was a plus player [plus-1] for the first time since Feb. 8 You cant blame on one guy, you cant blame for one play.

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