• WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 01:  Senior Counselor to the President Steve Bannon helps with last minute preparations before President Donald Trump announces his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump pledged on the campaign trail to withdraw from the accord, which former President Barack Obama and the leaders of 194 other countries signed in 2015 to deal with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance so to limit global warming to a manageable level.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    White House: Stephen Bannon is out as chief strategist

    (JTA) — Stephen Bannon is leaving his position as White House chief strategist.

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Friday was Bannon’s last day in the role.

    “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” Sanders said. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”

    The statement came shortly after The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump had decided to remove Bannon. Two administration officials told the Times on Friday about Trump’s decision.

    A source close to Bannon told the Times that the...
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  • 13 dead, over 50 injured in Barcelona van-ramming attack near kosher restaurant

    Medical staff members and policemen stand in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd, injuring several persons on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017.
Police in Barcelona said they were dealing with a "terrorist attack" after a vehicle ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians on the city's famous Las Ramblas boulevard on August 17, 2017. Police were clearing the area after the incident, which has left a number of people injured. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO        (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

    (JTA) — A van plowed through a crowd of people on Barcelona’s main shopping street, reportedly killing at least 13 people and injuring over 50 others. The driver is still missing, according to authorities, who continue their manhunt for him.

    Police said they were treating the Thursday incident as a...
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    Trump names KKK, white supremacists, neo-Nazis in condemnation of Charlottesville rally

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - AUGUST 14: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement on the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia at the White House on August 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed in Charlottesville when a car allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr. barreled into a crowd of counter-protesters following violence at the 'Unite the Right' rally. Two Virginia state police troopers were also killed when their helicopter crashed while covering events on the ground. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Amid a furor over his delay in denouncing a white supremacists’ rally in specific terms, President Donald Trump condemned the “racist violence” at the Charlottesville event and declared that “racism is evil.”

    “Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs,...
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Multi-faith prayer vigil at Beth Israel Monday night

The East Jefferson Interfaith Clergy Association (EJICA), a group of Metairie and Kenner clergy men and women representing a number of denominations and faith groups including Congregations Beth Israel (Orthodox), Gates of Prayer (Reform) and Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, will...
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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump reportedly urged dad to moderate Charlottesville stance

NEW YORK (JTA) — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s Jewish daughter and son-in-law, tried and failed to convince her father to moderate his comments on the white supremacist rally and subsequent violence in Chancellorsville, Virginia, The New...
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What you need to know about antifa, the group that fought white supremacists in Charlottesville

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Is it OK to punch a Nazi in the face?

That’s the question animating much of the discussion of Saturday’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which quickly devolved into a brawl between rally-goers and...
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5 suspects killed in second Spanish attack

SPAIN — At least five suspected terrorists were killed in a shootout overnight with Spanish police in the coastal town of Cambrils, about 75 miles away from an earlier deadly ramming attack in Barcelona. Police say one woman was killed...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Our president just asked us to be fair to white supremacists

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

NEW YORK (JTA) — There was a moment in his “neo-Nazi, neo-Shmazi” news conference where you might have found yourself thinking, maybe President Trump is right.

On the narrow question of who was responsible for the violence...
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