American Politics

American politics are conducted within the framework of a presidential republic in which the President of the United States is the head of state and of an elected bipartisan system. Since the American Civil War, American politics has been dominated by two parties, the Republican Party (the GOP) and the Democratic Party.

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN listens to former vice president Joe Biden during the fourth US Democratic pre
Democratic debate highlights: Freeloading billionaires and Clinton's legacy

Here are some highlights from the stage in Atlanta, where 10 of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to take on Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020 are debating.

By REUTERS
21/11/2019
A police officer stands next to a police cordon after a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso
Mexicans sue Walmart over Texas shooting that left victims on both sides of border

A spokesman for Walmart said the company had yet to see a copy of the complaint and would respond appropriately in court.

By REUTERS
21/11/2019
Can he 'ride it out'? Pompeo future uncertain after impeachment testimony

"Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret," Sondland testified. "We kept the State Department leadership and others apprised of what we were doing."

By REUTERS
21/11/2019
U.S. diplomat says top Trump administrators in on Ukraine pressure

Sondland depicted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as engaged in the efforts to get Ukraine to carry out the investigations.

By REUTERS
20/11/2019
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a NATO foreign ministers meeting at the Alliance's headq
Mike Pompeo may resign in order to run for Senate - report

Pompeo had planned to stay on as secretary of state until next spring, said three Republicans, but developments such as the House impeachment inquiry have strained his relationship with Trump.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , HERB KEINON
20/11/2019
240 Congresspeople to UN: Hezbollah threatens Israeli security

"As Republicans and Democrats, we are united in our concern about the continuing, serious violations of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701."

Jewish Democrats: Trump is biggest threat to American Jews

Jewish Democrats have “an obligation to work to defeat Donald Trump in 2020."

Ukraine asked Vindman to be its defense minister - testimony takeaways

“Every single time, I dismissed it,” said Vindman, a Ukraine native. “Upon returning, I notified my chain of command and the appropriate counterintelligence folks about the offer.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
20/11/2019
White House expert: 'Trump made improper 'demand' of Ukraine'

"Frankly, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was probably an element of shock that maybe, in certain regards, my worst fear of how our Ukrainian policy could play out was playing out."

By REUTERS
20/11/2019
A demonstrator holds signs during a rally in response to the Charlottesville, Virginia nazi
Michelle Malkin shunned by conservatives over support for antisemites

Malkin has been a vocal supporter of Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, prompting the Young America's Foundation to distance itself from her.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
20/11/2019
Ilhan Omar under fire for paying alleged romantic partner nearly $150,000

“Our question is whether this was necessary travel or whether she was just bringing her boyfriend along for the company,” said Peter Flaherty, chairman of the NLPC, three months prior.

The California state capitol in Sacramento
Calif. Democrats vote down anti-Israel amendment to party platform

The Democrats for Israel Los Angeles chapter said in a statement that it coordinated the efforts to defeat the “highly flawed anti-Israel” amendment.

By MARCY OSTER
20/11/2019
Danon slams Sanders: “We will fight against these radical voices"

Sanders suggested military support should be given to Gaza as well as Israel, prompting Danon to question whether he was aware of Israel's 2005 disengagement from the region.

U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to address conservative activists at the Values Voter Summit in
Trump considers testifying in impeachment inquiry, denies wrongdoing

Denying any wrongdoing, the Republican president has railed on Twitter and elsewhere against the inquiry and attacked witnesses by name in recent days.

By REUTERS
18/11/2019
Trump should testify in impeachment investigation: Schumer, Pelosi

Schumer and Pelosi on same page regarding Trump impeachment process

By REUTERS
18/11/2019
Denver talk radio host fired mid-show after criticizing Donald Trump

Craig Silverman has told his radio audience that he voted for Trump in 2016, and for Mitt Romney in 2012.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
18/11/2019
Storm clouds pass over a Roman Catholic church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. August 14, 2018
Americans believe religious influence waning, that’s bad for the country

Only a quarter of Democrats think that decline of religious influence bad, compared to two thirds or Republicans who regret religion’s declining sway.

A man holds up a sign as he and several thousand other protestors demonstrate during a rally
Republicans introduce legislation to block sanction waivers for Iran

The bill seeks to revoke waivers for civil nuclear projects with Iran that were established under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal/

Virginia governor lands in Israel for trade mission

Northam will visit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem before continuing to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

16/11/2019
The Jewish players in Trump's impeachment saga

In the hearings Wednesday, and in their aftermath, there were some new and familiar Jewish wrinkles. Here are a few:

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
16/11/2019
Former New York City Mayor and possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg spe
Michael Bloomberg apologizes for being ‘disrespectful’ to women

“Mike has come to see that some of what he has said is disrespectful and wrong,” Stu Loeser, the spokesman, said in the statement Thursday.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
15/11/2019
Bernie Sanders says that as president he’d give AOC ‘very important’ role

Ocasio-Cortez has drawn considerable admiration and criticism for her recent insistence on calling migrant detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border “concentration camps.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
15/11/2019
Trump impeachment hearings focus on Ukraine pressure campaign in first day

Impeachment proceedings against Trump grabs the attention of American public, heightening partisan divisions

By REUTERS
14/11/2019
Bipartisan bill seeks to enhance US-Israel alliance against 'killer drones'

The bill also asks to express the sense of Congress that the United States "should enhance cooperation with Israel in developing mutually beneficial counter unmanned aerial systems technologies."

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg misses courtroom arguments due to illness

Ginsburg underwent surgery to remove a tumor in August.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
14/11/2019
U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan hold a joint news conference
Trump pushes Erdogan to not buy Russian defense system at meeting

After the much anticipated meeting at the White House to address a crisis in relations, Trump said he was "a great fan" of the Turkish leader and that they had a "productive" encounter.

By ARSHAD MEHMOOD / THE MEDIA LINE
14/11/2019
Alan Dershowitz
Jewish Congressman calls Alan Dershowitz a Nazi collaborator

Attacks like this only further divide the nation, Dershowitz said.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
12/11/2019
Police sappers inspect site of a rocket that landed on Road 4 in Israel
After 24 hours of rockets, U.S. politicians condemn Islamic Jihad

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that the U.S. is standing by Israel.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , OMRI NAHMIAS
13/11/2019
Bernie Sanders to Bloomberg: ‘Sorry, you ain’t going to buy this election’

Sanders threw down the gauntlet on Friday in Iowa, location of the first nominating contest of the 2020 presidential campaign.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
12/11/2019
Rep. Luria holds Hebrew bible in ad supporting Trump impeachment inquiry

For Jews, the video is a big deal for another reason: in it, Luria is seen multiple times clearly holding a Hebrew bible as she recites the oath of office.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/11/2019
Ilhan Omar calls Peter King 'Islamophobe'

Long-time GOP Rep. Peter King announced he will not be seeking reelection.

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy
Ukraine expects U.S. military aid to keep flowing despite impeachment

Trump calls the impeachment probe a witch hunt.

By REUTERS
11/11/2019
As Trump fumes, public impeachment hearings set to grab spotlight

Democrats are likely to call further witnesses after this week.

By REUTERS
11/11/2019
Alabama man arrested for stabbing, deflating 'Baby Trump' balloon

Supporters have raised nearly $50,000 in 24 hours to cover legal fees – much more than expected.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
11/11/2019
Trump: Iran returning missing FBI agent is good, enriching uranium is bad

Iran’s Foreign Ministry denied that the case was re-opened and said that Levinson's whereabouts were still unknown.

11/11/2019
Nikki Haley accuses John Kelly, Rex Tillerson of scheming against Trump

In the book, which is due to be released on Tuesday, November 12, Haley touches on her behind-the-scenes interactions with then-top Trump officials.

11/11/2019
Dan Shapiro
Dan Shapiro: Military assistance to Israel also serves U.S. interests

Halie Soifer, executive director of JDCA, said that it was important to host the conversation to understand better where Democrats stand on Israel.

Young Muslim women surge to success in American elections

Politics expert: Women of color are "next generation of leaders"

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
08/11/2019
Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg to enter 2020 presidential race?

The former New York City mayor is reportedly considering submitting his paperwork for Alabama this Friday.

08/11/2019
Ilhan Omar: The amount of hate speech online is at a crisis level

"We get these sort of attacks that are designed to intimidate us," Omar explained, adding "It's a regular feature of being a Muslim member of Congress."

08/11/2019
BERNIE SANDERS speaks during a rally in Detroit last month
What would a Bernie Sanders presidency mean for Israel?

Despite his provocative statements, the Vermont senator says he is committed to the security of the Jewish state.

Are Jared and Ivanka taking the gloves off?

“A lot of the work that the president’s had me doing over the last three years has actually been cleaning up the messes that Vice President Biden left behind,” Kushner said.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
07/11/2019
Iranian armed forces members march during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Ir
Two plead guilty to spying in U.S. for Iran

Their targets included American and Israeli Jews

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/11/2019
LGBT flag on Jerusalem's King George Street, July 31, 2018
Former LGBTs 'repent on behalf of nation for sin of homosexuality'

The "formers" are lobbying against two House bills: H.R. 5, the Equality Act - and H.R. 3570, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act.

U.S. House committee to kick off public impeachment hearings next week

William Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent will testify on Nov. 13.

By REUTERS
06/11/2019
Testimony from 2 of Donald Trump's Ukraine 'three amigos' will be public

Witnesses have testified that Volker and Sondland, with Trump's secretary of energy, Rick Perry, were responsible for Trump's unofficial channel to Ukrainian government officials.

By REUTERS
05/11/2019
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to members of the media
AOC says 'sorry' for blocking former New York assemblyman on Twitter

In a statement AOC said, "I have reconsidered my decision to block Dov Hikind from my Twitter account."

Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren vows to halve veterans' suicide rate in four years

She said she would tackle the problem in her first term by investing in mental healthcare, research into the causes of military suicides and providing annual mental health checks for service members.

By REUTERS
05/11/2019
Trump administration begins Paris climate pact exit

Once it exits, the United States - the top historic greenhouse gas emitter and leading oil and gas producer - will become the only country outside the accord.

By REUTERS
05/11/2019
Ilhan Omar emphasizes Bernie Sanders’ Jewishness in endorsement

Sanders is one of the few Democratic candidates who has worked to reach out to Muslim Americans.

By MARCY OSTER
05/11/2019
Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas speaks to media following his arraignment
Giuliani associate willing to comply with Trump impeachment inquiry

Parnas, who helped Giuliani look for dirt on Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, is a key figure in the impeachment inquiry.

By REUTERS
05/11/2019
SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT Twitter
Rep. Gottheimer to ‘Post’: Glad that Twitter changed foreign terror policy

“There is no place on Twitter for illegal terrorist organizations and violent extremist groups,” a Twitter spokesperson told AFP.

Former US president Jimmy Carter speaks at the opening of a new exhibit in New York
Former president Carter 'completely at ease with death'

On October 1, Carter celebrated his 95th birthday making him the oldest living former US president.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
04/11/2019
WHY DO they hate?
Racially and ethnically motivated terrorism rose alarmingly in 2018

White supremacist and other racially motivated terror organizations were copying strategies from armed Islamist groups.

By REUTERS
04/11/2019
Pelosi warns Democratic contenders of left-wing lurch

Pelosi alleges that internal party divisions threaten Democrats’ chances against Trump in 2020.

By CODY LEVINE
04/11/2019
Paula White, televangelist, latest addition to ever-changing Trump admin.

Her role will be to advise Trump’s administration on its Faith and Opportunity Initiative.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/11/2019
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a dinner to honor evangelical leadership at the White House
25 spiritual advisers pray over Trump's 'unjust' impeachment hearings

Among the faith leaders was Paula White, Donald Trump's spiritual adviser and a new adviser to the Office of Public Liaison's Faith and Opportunity Initiative.

04/11/2019
Beto O'Rourke: My service to the country will not be as a candidate

"Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully," he wrote on a post on social media.

Could AOC work in presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders' administration?

Senator Bernie Sander’s endorsement videos with AOC and Rashida Tlaib take different approaches.

02/11/2019
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Warren details Medicare for All plan with no new taxes for middle class

Instead, she said, it would save American households $11 trillion in current out-of-pocket spending.

By REUTERS
01/11/2019
Elizabeth Warren
What exactly is Elizabeth Warren’s policy on Israel?

Overall, Warren’s Israel policy typifies how she straddles the party’s center, exemplified by Vice President Joe Biden, and its left, whose current flag-bearer is Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
31/10/2019
U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House following reports that U.S. forces
Trump impeachment effort passes first test in split U.S. Congress

"It's a sad day. No one comes to Congress to impeach a president," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

By REUTERS
31/10/2019
Former CIA Director Brennan: Votes were swayed by Russian influence

Former CIA Director John Brennan said he was “sure, personally, that those Russian efforts changed the mind of at least one voter.”

By REUTERS
31/10/2019
Pause with Pittsburgh, a moment of silence in memory of the lives lost in the mass shooting
Judge strikes down gun control laws passed by Pittsburgh City Council

City residents who own guns and accessories outlined in the bills would be grandfathered. Violators of the laws could be fined $1,000 or face up to 90 days in prison for each offense.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
31/10/2019
WILL THERE be another peace push from Jared Kushner and the White House?
Jared Kushner responds to Joe Biden's dig that he shouldn't have been appointed

In the interview, Kushner says that a lot of the work the White House has had to do was to clean up "the messes that Vice President Biden left behind."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
30/10/2019
Facebook employees criticize company over political ads policies

"Misinformation affects us all. Our current policies on fact-checking people in political office, or those running for office, are a threat to what FB stands for."

Ilhan Omar blasted for voting against Turkey sanctions bill

"It would be a humanitarian and geopolitical disaster."

 Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Presidential hopeful Michael Bennet: I think about my family during the Holocaust every day

The son of a Holocaust survivor mother, Bennet, 54, was the superintendent of Denver public schools prior to being tapped in 2009 to fill the vacated Senate seat.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
30/10/2019
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S.,
At J Street, military assistance to Israel became a campaign issue - analysis

Outside the convention center’s main hall, a merchandise stand offered items including a sticker stating “This Jew is disloyal to bigots” depicting a caricature of US President Donald Trump.

U.S. adviser testifies about alarm over Zelensky call

Vindman, who appeared after receiving a subpoena from lawmakers, recounted listening in on the call.

By REUTERS
29/10/2019
Rudy Giuliani
Why is Rudy Giuliani close with this Hassidic Ukrainian rabbi?

Azman’s Giuliani connection appears to predate the May meeting. A video published on Anatevka’s Facebook page in September 2018 featured greetings from Giuliani, Parnas and Frumin.

By SAM SOKOL/JTA , ANNA MYRONIUK/JTA
30/10/2019
U.S. House to debate bill to make impeachment hearings public

A senior House Democratic aide said the hearings could begin within the next month.

By REUTERS
29/10/2019
Missouri’s abortion clinic to challenge shutdown

The commission granted a stay in June allowing the clinic to continue providing abortion services until the hearing, which is scheduled to run several days.

By REUTERS
28/10/2019
U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event to sign executive order
World Series fans greet Trump vision with boos, chants

The president, along with First Lady Melania Trump and several lawmakers, appeared live on the screen as part of a video package thanking U.S. troops for their service.

By REUTERS
28/10/2019
Klobuchar at J Street: Trump chose Russia over Israel

Pro-Israel presidential hopefully Amy Klobuchar would not commit to conditioning military aid to Israel on a building freeze in the settlements but didn’t rule it out.

Democratic US congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib before Election Day in Michigan, 2018.
Rashida Tlaib becomes the latest 'squad' member to endorse Sanders

“We deserve someone who writes the damn bill,” Tlaib said, echoing a Sanders' catchphrase about his Medicare for All legislation. “We deserve Bernie Sanders.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Jared Kushner in Israel
Jared Kushner back to gauge political climate to determine plan rollout...again

Former French envoy surprisingly gives some support to plan in Lebanese paper

28/10/2019
U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House following reports that U.S. forces
Trump announces death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: He died like a dog

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated US President Donald Trump on the assassination of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Chuck Schumer: We don't shut our gates, immigrants made America

The rally was a kick-off in Battery Park which intends to march to the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

27/10/2019
Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer
US-Israeli officials discuss AI collaboration, solving space mysteries

More than 80 officials from Israel and the US participated in the 34th meeting of the U.S. – Israel Joint Economic Development Group (JEDG) at the State Department earlier this week.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks after the senate voted on a resolution ending U.S. military sup
Bernie Sanders reveals 100-day plan to legalize marijuana

“Too many lives were ruined due to the disastrous criminalization of marijuana," the Democratic presidential hopeful tweeted when he released his plan.

26/10/2019
White House national Security Advisor John Bolton listens as U.S. President Donald Trump
John Bolton submits affidavit to congressional committees - report

Trump fired Bolton from office, after he made it clear that he was "strongly opposed" to much of his proposals. However, Bolton later insisted that he resigned and was not ousted.

By MAARIV ONLINE
26/10/2019
Ted Danson, Jane Fonda arrested at climate crisis protest

Danson joined Fonda, who was arrested for the third week in a row.

U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to address conservative activists at the Values Voter Summit in
U.S. House Dems get legal boost, seek more witnesses in impeachment probe

Howell said the House did not have to approve a resolution formally initiating the effort for the impeachment inquiry to be valid.

By REUTERS
26/10/2019
A Turkish military helicopter flies over as Turkish and U.S. troops return from a joint U.S.-Turkey
Fewer Republicans think their party has better plan for Syria, 'War on Terror'

According to an October 18-22 poll, only about half of all Republicans - 54% - said their party has a better plan than others for dealing with Syria. That is down 12 points from a similar April poll.

By REUTERS
25/10/2019
U.S. Representative Cummings to be eulogized by Obama, Clintons in Baltimore

The funeral was being held in Cummings' congressional district, which Trump vilified earlier this year as "disgusting, rat and rodent infested."

By REUTERS
25/10/2019
Ilhan Omar slams 'Times of India' reporter over her 'version of events'

Omar challenged the veracity of what she claimed to be a dubious version of events.

25/10/2019
2 Jewish Giuliani associates plead not guilty to Ukraine scandal charges

Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas allegedly conspired to use foreign money to buy political influence.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
25/10/2019
Joe Lieberman is giving strategic advice to IAI

"TheMarker" first reported on Tuesday that the former vice presidential nominee was hired to promote the company's interests in the administration and in Congress, to increase sales in the U.S.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright delivers her speech during the 20th anniversary of
Madeleine Albright: U.S. should be a 'force for good'

Speaking at The Aspen Institute and Mastercard Global Inclusive Growth Summit in Washington, Albright spoke about American foreign policy.

Trump says he was kidding about 'building a wall in Colorado'

"We're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we’re building a wall in Colorado. We’re building a beautiful wall."

By SAVANNAH BEHRMANN/TNS , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/10/2019
Rhode Island governor supports ban on private prisons

Rhode Island has no private prisons, according to Josh Block, Raimondo’s press secretary.

By BEN SALES/JTA
24/10/2019
ICE officer who drove truck into Jewish protesters , no charges

The grand jury voted not to indict other ICE officers on the scene.

By BEN SALES/JTA
24/10/2019
5 Democratic presidential candidates to address J Street conference

On Tuesday, conference participants will visit Capitol Hill to discuss advocacy priorities with members of Congress.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/10/2019
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