US Politics

United States political news and analysis with a focus on the connection between American policy and the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

black lives matter
Black Lives Matter, the Jews and Palestinian nationalism

It is wrong to overlook the Judeo-phobic bigotry that pollutes the worldview of Black Lives Matter and its political allies.

By TED LAPKIN
13/07/2020
Can America come back from calamity and crisis?

American legend is built on highly imperfect people who strove to create a more perfect union.

Donald Trump and his management of the rule of law

This bellicosity has given rise to the narrative that Trump is not just lawless, but a dictator.

By WILLIAM COOPER
13/07/2020
Religious leader Louis Farrakhan gives the keynote speech at the Nation of Islam Saviours' Day conve
Has Farrakhanism become mainstream in the US?

This form of American antisemitism is more mainstream today.

General view of a farewell event at Disney World on the final night before closure due to coronaviru
Disney World reopens, anti-mask protests as COVID-19 surges in Florida

Anti-mask activists organized a protest on Saturday at a grilled cheese restaurant and bar in Windermere, Florida, which is in Orange County about 12 miles (19 km) from Walt Disney World.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at a Conference in Washington
Education Secretary wants US schools open, offers no safety plan

DeVos did not offer any details on how her department would advise or help school districts and states with their reopenings amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases across the country.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
In first, Trump dons masks in visit to a military medical facility

At the medical facility, Trump walked by media gathered for a carefully staged photo opportunity wearing a navy blue mask emblazoned with a presidential seal embossed in gold.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
Right to asylum, recognized after Holocaust, may be at its end

On June 15, the Trump administration proposed exhaustive new asylum regulations that, if implemented, could mark the end of asylum as we know it.

By MARK HETFIELD/JTA
11/07/2020
Roger Stone departs a status conference in the criminal case against him brought by Rober Mueller
Trump commutes longtime adviser Roger Stone's prison sentence

A Washington jury in Nov. convicted Stone on all seven criminal counts of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and tampering with a witness

By REUTERS
11/07/2020
Ghislaine Maxwell denies charges she aided Epstein, says she deserves bail

She also said she is not a flight risk, citing her lack of a prior criminal record and her having remained in the United States after Epstein's arrest last July.

By REUTERS
10/07/2020
Sara Gideon could flip Susan Collins’ Senate seat blue

Democrats nationwide think Gideon has momentum (first she has to clear a primary on Tuesday, but she is the favorite).

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
10/07/2020
Sen. Susan Collins is facing a major challenge in Maine

Sara Gideon, who is favored to win the Democratic primary on Tuesday, is drawing support from Maine’s 10,000-15,000 Jews and from national political Jewish organizations.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
10/07/2020
US Supreme Court defied Trump at key moments in blockbuster term

The court ended its nine-month term on Thursday by rejecting Trump's sweeping assertions of presidential immunity.

By REUTERS
10/07/2020
How did TikTok become the focal point of US-China tensions?

"We have been engaged in a constant evaluation about ensuring that we protect the privacy of American citizens and their information as it transits," Pompeo added on Wednesday.

Supreme court grants NY prosecutor access to Trump's financial records

However, the court sidestepped a major ruling on whether three House committees could also obtain Trump financial documents under subpoena, giving Trump at least a short-term win.

By REUTERS
09/07/2020
Kanye west
What does Kanye West need to do to launch a late White House bid?

It is unclear if West, who is also known for his marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, has filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots.

By REUTERS
06/07/2020
Trump's brilliant move on July 4th - analysis

With Independence Day addresses, the US president uses scare tactics to boost lagging poll numbers. Democrats should take note

05/07/2020
Kanye West
Kanye West announces 2020 presidential bid

While West may be entering his name in the race only months away from November 3, he has already received his first celebrity endorsement: Elon Musk.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/07/2020
Trump repeats vow to defeat 'radical Left' in July 4th speech

While criticism mounted over his handling of the pandemic, Trump said China must be "held accountable" for failing to contain the disease.

By REUTERS
05/07/2020
Kimberly Guilfoyle appears at a press conference in Des Moines
Kimberly Guilfoyle tests positive for coronavirus

She is "doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she's asymptomatic, but as a precaution will cancel all upcoming events."

05/07/2020
CA Gov: Local gov'ts to lose state funding if COVID-19 orders not enforced

California dramatically rolled back efforts to reopen its economy as COVID-19 infections surge.

By REUTERS
04/07/2020
Colorado officers fired over photos mocking death of Elijah McClain

The officers who were terminated were named as Jason Rosenblatt, Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich. The fourth officer, Jaron Jones, resigned on Tuesday.

By REUTERS
04/07/2020
US President Donald Trump holds up a Bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church, June 1, 2020.
Protesters block road to Mt Rushmore ahead of Trump speech

At the event, Trump plans to lament “the left wing mob” and so-called “cancel culture.”

By REUTERS
04/07/2020
Washington Redskins to explore future of football team's name

In a statement, the team said the organization has held "initial discussions" with the league recently about the name.

By REUTERS
03/07/2020
A member of the audience looks on wearing a United States-Israel themed custom suit during the AIPAC
13 Senate Democrats: US assistance shouldn’t be used for annexation

The group filed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prohibit Israel from using US security assistance for the annexation of parts of the West Bank

Bolton: A second term for Trump could be dangerous for Israel

"I think he has his own definition of what amounts to honesty. He definitely has different versions of facts, they tend to come and go as they suit him," Bolton said of his former employer.

US to react 'strongly' if bounty reports confirmed - White House adviser

After Trump over the weekend said he was not briefed on the matter, the White House said Trump was not "personally" briefed but did not address whether he had received a written report.

By REUTERS
01/07/2020
Seattle police clear protest zone after flares of violence

Police moved to retake the zone after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan declared the gathering in and around the police department's East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park an "unlawful assembly," police said.

By REUTERS
01/07/2020
Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
Pew poll: Biden more honest, better role model, but Trump more courageous

The headline figures for the poll put Biden on 54%; Trump on 44%.

Biden attacks Trump's handling of COVID-19 as US cases rise

Biden released an updated plan to tackle the pandemic, which would include more COVID-19 testing and hiring at least 100,000 contract tracers.

By REUTERS
30/06/2020
THE US Supreme Court
US aid recipients could be forced to follow American policy on Israel

Foreign nonprofits must hew to US government dictates to receive the money, the high court ruled.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
30/06/2020
AIPAC condemns letter by AOC, Tlaib: 'Threatens US-Israel relationship'

According to AIPAC, the letter, which is yet to be released, “threatens the US-Israel relationship in ways that would damage American interests... and makes a two-state solution less likely."

Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
There's still a long time until the US elections - analysis

One-hundred-and-twenty-six days. More than four months. In political terms, that is an eternity.

29/06/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump deplanes Air Force One on his way back to the White House
Republicans fear Trump could drop out of race if polls remain low

"It’s too early, but if the polls continue to worsen, you can see a scenario where he drops out."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/07/2020
Mississippi lawmakers vote to remove Confederate emblem from state flag

The flag is the latest symbol of racism to come down amid outrage at the police killing of George Floyd.

By REUTERS
29/06/2020
SOME OF THE thousands of Christian supporters of Israel at the CUFI Summit in Washington last week.
The CUFI confab: strong support from one side of the US culture wars

For Israel's long term good, it also needs to make stronger inroads and connections on the other side of the US ideological and cultural divide.

28/06/2020
‘Banners of Hate’ placed by US white supremacist groups
Trump deletes retweet of supporter shouting 'white power' after backlash

"It was so profanity laced, the entire thing was offensive. Certainly, the comment about the white power was offensive. It's indefensible. We should take it down." Republican Senator Tim Scott said.

By REUTERS
28/06/2020
Trump denies being told about Russian bounties on troops in Afghanistan

Democrats said the report and Trump's denial were the latest evidence of the president’s wish to ignore allegations against Russia and accommodate President Vladimir Putin.

By REUTERS
28/06/2020
A man rides a subway in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., June 25, 2020.
Republican and Democrat supporters increasingly split on coronavirus

A new poll from the Pew Research Center has shown a clear partisan divide when it comes to opinions on the coronavirus pandemic.

Princeton to drop Woodrow Wilson's name from school over 'racist thinking'

The policy school will be renamed The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

By REUTERS
27/06/2020
New US coronavirus cases hit 45,242, biggest one-day increase of pandemic

Florida issued its new rules after recording a startling 8,942 new cases of COVID-19, eclipsing the state's one-day record of 5,511 reached on June 24.

By REUTERS
27/06/2020
A HEZBOLLAH supporter beams at a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a rally on the a
US Congress urges EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

The lawmakers commended Germany’s April 30 designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, and Austria’s efforts with a similar proposed resolution.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer speaks with volunteer lawyers set up outside the arrivals area
Jewish Progressive Mike Feuer envisions LA 2.0 as he makes mayoral bid

Los Angeles City Attorney since 2013, Feuer's focus is on building inclusive communities.

US House passes Democratic police reform bill as impasse deepens

An initial tally showed three Republicans breaking ranks to join Democrats in voting for the bill.

By REUTERS
26/06/2020
Trump admin. considers ending Congress' review of arms sales - sources

A year ago, Trump infuriated lawmakers by declaring a national emergency in order to complete $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

By REUTERS
26/06/2020
Binyamin Netanyahu
Eliot Engel: Israel lost a key ally on Capitol Hill - analysis

Engel's absence in Washington will be missed by Jerusalem.

25/06/2020
Jamaal Bowman declares victory in NY congressional race

The former middle school principal leads incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel two-to-one, but the mail-in votes have not been counted.

People wearing protective face masks take part in a protest following the death of African-American
Oregon county mask order exempts people of color due to profiling concerns

Some people of color have expressed concerns over wearing face coverings in public.

Black challenger Bowman leads in bid to oust veteran congressman Engel

Bowman, 44, was leading Engel, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, by 59.48% to 35.31%, the New York state elections board said, with 627 of 732 election precincts reporting.

By REUTERS
24/06/2020
Hezbollah militants/Barack Obama
Trump accuses Obama administration of treason without any evidence

Trump trails the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, who was Obama's vice president, by 13 percentage points ahead of the November 3 presidential election.

By REUTERS
24/06/2020
US President Trump holds photo opportunity in front of St John's Church in Washington
Trump to issue executive order on toppling US historical monuments

The president first threatened arrest late Monday night when protesters tried and failed to topple a statue of former president Andrew Jackson near the White House.

By REUTERS
23/06/2020
Pro-Israel organizations trying to help embattled Eliot Engel

To a larger extent, this election seems like another aspect of the power struggle between moderate Democrats and progressive Democrats.

US President Donald Trump
RJC launches $50,000 pro-Trump campaign with 8-minute video

The video features statements from prominent Israelis, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and ordinary citizens touting Trump’s record on Israel.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/06/2020
Biden blasts BDS: Why it matters

Biden's firm rejection of BDS contrasts with the views of several members of Congress led by Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), both of whom have explicitly endorsed BDS.

By TOBY DERSHOWITZ , ORDE KITTRIE
21/06/2020
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump walk outside the venue for Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahom
TikTok users, K-pop fans credited with helping to sabotage Trump rally

The Trump campaign said that the entry was 'first-come-first-served' and that no one was issued an actual ticket.

By REUTERS
21/06/2020
Trump urges slowdown in COVID-19 testing to register fewer cases

"When you do testing to that extent, you're gonna find more people you're gonna find more cases. So I said to my people slow the testing down, please"

By REUTERS
21/06/2020
Trump's Tulsa rally crowd underwhelms despite early expectations

Trump campaign officials had said prior to the event that demand far outstripped the capacity of the venue.

By REUTERS , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/06/2020
6 on Trump campaign staff test positive for COVID-19 ahead of Tulsa rally

The Trump campaign has required everyone attending the rally to sign a digital waiver that absolves Trump and the campaign of any liability if they get sick.

21/06/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump departs after delivering his State of the Union address to a joint sessi
US prosecutor who has investigated Trump lawyer refuses to resign

The standoff marks the latest in a series of unusual actions by Attorney General William Barr that critics say are meant to benefit Trump politically.

By REUTERS
20/06/2020
Judge allows release of Bolton book despite White House objections

"While Bolton's unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns, the government has not established that an injunction is an appropriate remedy," US District Judge Royce Lamberth said.

By REUTERS
20/06/2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a news conference at the State Department in Washington,
Pompeo accuses UN of hypocrisy after condemnation of US police brutality

"The United Nations Human Rights Council, now comprised of Venezuela and recently, Cuba and China, has long been and remains a haven for dictators and democracies that indulge them."

By REUTERS
20/06/2020
Max Blumenthal
Trump un-retweets left-wing anti-Zionist Max Blumenthal

On Thursday morning, Trump retweeted Blumenthal’s critique of Bolton, even though Blumenthal is a strident critic of Israel and of American foreign policy.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
20/06/2020
A Jewish ‘Dreamer’ breathes a sigh of relief after SCOTUS preserves DACA

“It felt good” to receive the support, Rosenfeld said. “It’s important for Jewish leadership to be involved in this issue.”

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
20/06/2020
Chuck Schumer and 2 other key pro-Israel Democrats warn against annexation

Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sens. Ben Cardin and Robert Menendez said they were “compelled to express opposition to the proposed unilateral annexation of territory in the West Bank."

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
20/06/2020
Eliot Engel asks pro-Israel PAC to take down its ad slamming his opponent

The Democratic Majority for Israel PAC came under fire this week for running an ad in the district showing that Jamaal Bowman failed in the past to pay his taxes.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
20/06/2020
Facebook removes Trump campaign ads for using a ‘Nazi symbol’

According to the Anti-Defamation League the triangle ”is practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime” to mark political prisoners in the concentration camps.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/06/2020
Jamaal Bowman’s Israel policy is too questionable for me - opinion

I am alarmed that he made no mention of the threats facing Israel, including murderous acts that have not even spared our own district.

By RABBI AVI WEISS/JTA
18/06/2020
Bowman is the candidate for Jews wanting justice, equality - opinion

This is a critical moment for our democracy and our hopes for a more just world. Liberal and progressive Jews have a meaningful role to play in the fight for justice.

By BRAD LANDER/JTA
18/06/2020
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping stand side by side at the G20 leaders sum
Republican group says ‘China made Trump roll over like a dog’ in new ad

On The Lincoln Project’s website its stated mission is to “defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box.”

18/06/2020
White House national Security Advisor John Bolton listens as U.S. President Donald Trump
Bolton: Trump asked China to help him win in 2020, offered 'favors'

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in Senate testimony that Bolton's account was "absolutely untrue."

By REUTERS
18/06/2020
AHLAM TAMIMI greeted by relatives in Jordan
Conference of Presidents calls on King Abdullah to extradite Ahlam Tamimi

“The United States has multiple options and different types of leverage to secure Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi’s extradition,” Wooster replied.

J Street initiative calls on Democrats to oppose 'occupation, annexation'

18 College Democrat chapters and 70+ College and Young Democrat leaders have backed J Street's calls for Palestinian rights to be enshrined in the Democratic Party platform.

Who are Joe Biden's top six running mate contenders?

While Biden has already vowed to choose a woman as his running mate on the ballot, he has faced increased calls to choose a woman of color.

14/06/2020
FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting with Russia's For
Iran's Zarif says Trump will win the US election in 2020

"Don’t wait until after US Election to make the Big deal. I’m going to win. You’ll make a better deal now!," Trump tweeted, addressing Iran.

By REUTERS
13/06/2020
Ted Cruz slams Ilhan Omar for 'opposition' to antisemitism resolution

The Twitter battle between the opposing politicians began when Cruz retweeted a video posted by ABC News of protesters tearing down a statue of Christopher Columbus.

13/06/2020
Ohio state senator blames COVID-19 on 'colored' pop not washing hands

Huffman was fired from his job as an emergency room physician following his highly controversial remarks.

By LEON SVERDLOV
13/06/2020
Seattle mayor says it would be illegal for Trump to send military to city

'We have to make sure we don't re-create the entire cycle we were able to disrupt'

By REUTERS
12/06/2020
Men wear Trump yarmulkes while waiting for U.S. President Donald Trump to address the Republican Jew
RJC announces 'major lobbying effort' in support of Israeli sovereignty

JTA reported on Wednesday that AIPAC, the leading pro-Israel lobby in the United States is telling lawmakers that they are free to criticize Israel’s looming annexation plans.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019
Trump faces backlash from African-American leaders on Tulsa rally

In 1921, Tulsa was the site of one of the country’s bloodiest outbreaks of racist violence, when white mobs attacked black citizens and businesses with guns and explosives dropped from airplanes.

By REUTERS
11/06/2020
White House's top lawyer at the Supreme Court to resign

Since 2017, Francisco has led the Office of the Solicitor General, a division of the Justice Department that defends government policies against legal challenges.

By REUTERS
11/06/2020
Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
Biden: Army would intervene if Trump loses election but refuses to leave

Biden has often said publicly he worries Trump would try to cheat, but his rhetoric has escalated recently as most national polls show the former vice president leading the president.

By REUTERS
12/06/2020
Senate panel would bar use of military against peaceful protests

Trump had threatened to deploy the armed forces after clashes between police and protesters and looting in some cities.

By REUTERS
11/06/2020
Trump administration sued over COVID-19-related border restrictions

The border expulsions rely on an obscure public health law which grants US officials authority to prohibit "persons and property" from entering the United States in situations of "serious danger."

By REUTERS
10/06/2020
Trump may use executive order to address police reform - White House

"We do believe that we'll have proactive policy prescriptions, whether that means legislation or an executive order," White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said.

By REUTERS
10/06/2020
Tim Scott, the Senate's only black Republican, leads police reform push

Scott has talked about being stopped and questioned by police even during his seven years in the US Senate.

By REUTERS
10/06/2020
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sits in a tank as he talks to U.S. soldiers based in Grafenwoehr
22 House Republicans oppose reducing US force's posture in Germany

“We believe that such steps would significantly damage US national security as well as strengthen the position of Russia to our detriment,” the letter reads.

Contract drivers collect bags of free groceries to deliver from Bread for the City
Congress discusses bigger tax deduction amid coronavirus

'The public need is soaring for their help, at a time when charitable giving and other revenue streams have declined drastically as a result of the pandemic'

Bernie Sanders endorses Eliot Engel’s opponent Jamaal Bowman for Congress

Engel is a moderate Democrat and a leading pro-Israel voice in Congress who voted against the Iran nuclear deal in 2015.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
09/06/2020
Trump wanted to deploy 10,000 troops in Washington DC, official says

Trump's bid to militarize the US response to the protests has triggered a rare outpouring of condemnation from former US military officials, including Trump's first defense secretary, Jim Mattis.

By REUTERS
07/06/2020
Could Trump benefit from mass US protests?

Trump has proven adept at taking what seem like failures or threats and turning them into opportunities.

From small towns to cities, US sees biggest rallies yet for racial justice

A common message of the day was a determination to transform outrage generated by Floyd's death last month into a broader movement seeking far-reaching reforms to the US criminal justice system.

By REUTERS
07/06/2020
US President Donald Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner leave the World Economic Forum, 2020.
Republican optimism at its lowest rates since Charlottesville - poll

Thirty-seven percent of Republicans said the country is on the wrong track; 17% of those said they would vote for Biden if the election were held now, while 63% still plan to cast ballots for Trump.

By REUTERS
07/06/2020
LGBTQ flag
Trump administration argues adoption orgs. allowed to refuse LGBT couples

The Justice Department, under the administration of US President Donald Trump, has weighed in heavily in the past on LGBTQ issues.

07/06/2020
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