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Schumer hopeful on immigration bill

on June 03, 2013 10:20 AM

WASHINGTON — A senator guiding an immigration overhaul bill through Congress says he wants the Senate to pass the measure by July 4 and predicts as many as 70 votes in support.

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday that the bipartisan coalition of lawmakers working on the bill is moving forward over House Republicans’ objections. The New York senator added that the eight lawmakers who developed the legislation would consider amendments to their proposal.

Schumer said that if Republicans oppose an overhaul of immigration laws, they will see their party relegated to minority status for a generation. He predicts voters will punish lawmakers who stand in the way of an overhaul and says House Speaker John Boehner is in a tough spot with conservatives.

Female Israeli soldiers punished

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says it has disciplined a group of female soldiers who posed for photos in underwear and combat gear and posted the images on Facebook.

In a statement, the military said Sunday that the photos were unbecoming of Israeli soldiers.

The statement did not identify the soldiers or give any details about the punishments. Military officials said the base conducted educational lectures to keep soldiers from repeating the offense.

Several times in recent years, the Israeli military has disciplined soldiers for what were considered improper postings in social media sites.

Some were videos of dancing in the West Bank.

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