News Briefs: Republicans react to State of Union, German anti-immigrant group leader steps down

School board works to fill vacant spot

KNOXVILLE, ILL. — After the death of Knoxville School Board President Bob Bogard earlier this month, the District 202 Board of Education formally recognized the board’s vacant seat and discussed plans to fill it in their meeting Tuesday. Superintendent Steve Wilder handed out documents to board members that detail the steps the board needs to take in the event of a member’s death. Wilder said he will notify the regional superintendent of schools within five days to begin the process of filling the vacancy. Vice President Patrick Callahan will step in as president until Bogard’s unexpired term is up in 2017. The board is not required to take action on the open vice president seat until the April election. (Source: Galesburg Register-Mail)

Republicans to fight Obama’s State of Union plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republicans reacted to President Obama’s State of the Union by inviting the prime minister of Israel to speak out against Obama’s plans for Iranian foreign policy. John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in tradition of inviting a foreign leader into a national political debate without having addressed Obama first. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, under Republican control, held a hearing to discuss the possibility of imposed sanctions on Iran, at which New Jersey Senator Robert Mennedez criticized the Obama administration for being too easy on Iran. (Source: Washington Post

German anti-immigrant group leader steps down

BERLIN — The leader of a German anti-immigrant group stepped down Wednesday when a photo was found of him on social media posing as Adolf Hitler. The image was found on his Facebook wall and appeared on the front page of Bild magazine Wednesday, and soon went viral. This comes after weeks of the leader, Lutz Bachmann, denying Nazi sympathies. His anti-immigrant group Pegida, which stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, has been gaining support in eastern Germany. Dresden prosecutors are investigating whether the photos violate German law, which prohibits Nazi symbols and punishes incitements and hate speech. (Source: New York Times)

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