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Taking stock of U.S. aid to Israel

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-03-03 02:00

Political tensions are high around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress Tuesday, but that shows no sign of impacting aid agreements between the U.S. and Israel.  

In 2007, the Bush administration agreed to give Israel $30 billion in military aid over ten years. 75 percent of that money comes back to the U.S.—Israel uses it to buy weapons systems from American defense contractors.

“So it’s everything from Hellfire missiles to airplanes," says Haim Malka, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “U.S. aid to Israel accounts for about 20 percent of Israel’s total defense budget.”

The U.S. also gives Israel supplemental aid for things like its Iron Dome anti rocket system. And the U.S. allows tax breaks for donations and investment in Israel. 

“U.S. funds invest in Israel, annually, roughly $1.5 billion,” says Avner Cohen, a professor of nonproliferation studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. 

The U.S. mainly gives Israel military aid. Non-military economic aid dried up as Israel’s economy grew.

Evans faces men in world qualifiers

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:59
Ladies' champion Reanne Evans accepts an invitation to take on the men in qualifying for the World Snooker Championship.

Aston Martin targets female buyers

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:59
Aston Martin plans to broaden its range of cars to include new sportscars and a small SUV, to attract younger and female buyers.

Cancer drug patient's England move

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:49
A cancer patient describes his battle for a potential life-extending drug as "degrading" as he is forced to move to England to get treatment.

Quit your job, become a longshoreman

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:30
55,000 pages

That's how many pages of emails were turned over to the State Department by Hillary Clinton's aides in order to comply with new federal requirements. As the WSJ reports, Clinton's extensive use of a private email account goes against current rules that emails be archived on department servers as part of the Federal Records Act.

-130.05 points

The Dow was down by triple digits at noon eastern time Tuesday. GM, Ford, Chrysler and Nissan all missed sales expectations, CNBC reported, driving the drop.

$1,500

In a recent study on the efficiency of two drugs, patients were told the two cost $100 and $1500 respectively. The group treated with the more expensive drug saw much more improvement. The catch? Both medicines were placebos, with the only difference being the perceived price. In fact, the people who thought they were getting the expensive drug did almost as well as when they were on a real drug. What the patients experienced was real, but it was entirely due to the placebo effect.  

$100,000 per year

About half of West Coast union longshoremen make at least that much, and some make more than three times that. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union's power and influence was felt last month when a labor dispute that nearly shut down ports along the coast, and this week the LA Times is looking into how dockworker wages have remained so high.

130,000

In 2008, the number of "non-domiciled" residents in the UK — that's citizens who can show their fathers were not born in the UK, or that they have a home elsewhere they plan to return to — surged to 130,000. That's because non-dom status also comes with an Edwardian-era tax break on foreign income, which has attracted the uber wealthy of Britain. As reported by the NY Times, the wake of the HSBC scandal in Switzerland has called the antiquated tax loophole into question.

50 percent

The portion of Americans who think it's important the U.S. be number one economically, up from 39 percent in 2007. That's according to a new Gallup poll, which also showed that priority was slightly split along party lines. Republicans were more likely than Democrats to think economic supremacy was important. 

VIDEO: Volcano eruption puts Chile on alert

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:27
The Villarrica volcano in central Chile has been throwing out jets of lava from its crater, putting the town of Pucon on high alert.

Conductor Simon Rattle to lead LSO

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:26
Sir Simon Rattle, one of the world's leading conductors, is to take over at the London Symphony Orchestra from September 2017, it is announced.

Body parts found in Becky search

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:23
Police investigating the disappearance of Bristol teenager Becky Watts find body parts.

Chile's Villarica volcano erupts

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:23
The Villarica volcano, one of the most active in South America, erupts in southern Chile, spewing ash and lava into the air.

£20m fund for artists in schools

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:18
Artists, musicians and actors are to head into schools to work directly with disadvantaged pupils as part of a £20m arts strategy.

Webb defends maligned referees

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:09
Former World Cup final referee Howard Webb says he has acted as a de facto counsellor to Premier League match officials.

A&E waiting time targets missed

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:06
Scotland's A&E departments treated 87% of people within the Scottish government's target of four hours in January, NHS statistics show.

VIDEO: Detained plane spotters 'knew rules'

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:04
The relatives of three British men who say they were arrested while plane spotting in Dubai have spoken to BBC Breakfast.

Controverisal Netanyahu Speech Is Latest Glitch In U.S.-Israel Relations

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:03

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday. The speech highlights differences between the U.S. and Israel on how to stop Iran from going nuclear.

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In pictures: Dealing with addiction

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 01:01
David Stewart's pictures of people coping with addiction

Richie wants a roof for Glastonbury

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 00:58
Headliner Lionel Richie suggests a roof might be the solution to a rainy Glastonbury festival.

What people see instead of darkness

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 00:51
What do you see when you close your eyes?

Alonso 'will win title' at McLaren

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 00:41
Former McLaren driver Gerhard Berger believes two-time champion Fernando Alonso will win the world title again at the team.

VIDEO: Emwazi audio recording emerges

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 00:39
A recording has emerged in which the Islamic State fighter Mohammed Emwazi denied being an extremist and complained about UK security services.

Cilic & Wawrinka to play at Queen's

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-03 00:33
Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka will join Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov in playing at Queen's Club this summer.

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