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Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
How will coronavirus impact the 2020 US presidential race?

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Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
Political rivals Biden, Trump may talk about coronavirus

"Our teams will be in touch and we will arrange a call," Biden's deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, said in a statement.

By REUTERS
02/04/2020
Republican Jewish Coalition targets GOP congressman in primary

Massie insisted that Congress adhere to a rule that a majority of House members are present to do business. Most members had returned home in order to avoid contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
01/04/2020
Biden widens lead over Trump despite coronavirus halting campaign – poll

The poll showed that the coronavirus had rattled the entire country, with 89% saying they were "very" or "somewhat" concerned by the respiratory disease.

By REUTERS
01/04/2020
Coronavirus: Nearly 50% of Americans say Donald Trump is doing a good job

There are more than 100,000 cases of the novel virus in the United States.

Historic $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill passes US House, becomes law

"He just wants the publicity. He can’t stop it, only delay," President Trump wrote in a series of tweets. ."... throw Massie out of Republican Party!"

By REUTERS
28/03/2020
US President Donald Trump holds a news conference in Washington DC
Trump’s dilemma: Balancing a slowing economy with stopping coronavirus

He is torn between the damage that the coronavirus is causing to the economy and the fact that as of writing, over 50 thousand people in the US already tested positive for a disease with no vaccine.

President Barack Obama speaks about Syria next to VP Joe Biden at the White House, August 31, 2013.
Biden to start considering running mates, consulted Obama

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden said on Sunday he needed to start vetting possible running mates "in a matter of weeks."

By REUTERS
23/03/2020
US President Donald Trump holds a news conference in Washington DC
NY, California, Washington to receive emergency coronavirus assistance

Ohio, Louisiana, Dallas issue stay at home orders; 32,000 U.S. cases, over 400 deaths; 10% of quarter million tested have the virus. Trump: 'We are at war, and we are fighting an invisible enemy.'

23/03/2020
Rand Paul
Rand Paul becomes first US senator to test positive for coronavirus

The arrival of the coronavirus in the US Senate threatens to complicate lawmakers' efforts to pass the spending bill aimed at shoring up the nation's economy.

By REUTERS
22/03/2020
US partisanship evident in coronavirus views - survey

Rhode Island ranks ‘most aggressive’ at combatting COVID-19

Coronavirus fake news sparks confusion in US as death toll rises

US Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, told Fox News that 'If you’re healthy, you and your family, it’s a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant, likely you can get in easy.'

20/03/2020
Trump replaces G7 coronavirus meeting at Camp David with video conference

The decision comes as nations around the world seal their borders and ban travel to stop the virus' spread.

By REUTERS
20/03/2020
Congress passes bill for over $100b. in coronavirus aid package

The bill, passed by a vote of 90-8, now goes to President Donald Trump for signing into law

By REUTERS
18/03/2020
Good news and bad for Israel in Tuesday’s US primaries - analysis

The November US election is quickly shaping up as a race between former vice president Biden and US President Donald Trump.

18/03/2020
COLORADO RESIDENTS vote in the US midterm elections last week
Coronavirus prompts Ohio to postpone primary election

Ohio's Republican governor, Mike DeWine, in calling for a delay, said at-risk populations would be unable to vote.

By REUTERS
17/03/2020
Democrats press Trump on US equipment used by Israel to demolish homes

It’s not clear whether Israel currently uses American equipment in home demolitions, which Israeli officials say target illegally built units.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
17/03/2020
US President Donald Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner leave the World Economic Forum, 2020.
White House peace team focuses on helping Trump combat the coronavirus

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that gatherings of 50 people or more be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks.

The Jewish case for a President Joe Biden

Now that the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination in America is narrowing to a two-person race, the case for Joe Biden is even more compelling and urgent.

By JTA STAFF
16/03/2020
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden smiles as Senator Be
Former vice president Joe Biden pledges to have woman as running mate

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, he bumped elbows with fellow contender Sen. Bernie Sanders instead of shaking hands – in a debate with no audience.

Bernie Sanders is 'proud to have the support of IfNotNow'

IfNotNow organizes protests against Israel and pressures Jewish institutions to be less supportive of the country.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/03/2020
Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi watch as President Donald Trump deli
US House passes coronavirus bill funding free tests, sick leave

President Donald Trump said he supported the package, raising the likelihood that it will pass the Republican-controlled Senate next week.

By REUTERS
14/03/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump departs after delivering his State of the Union address to a joint sessi
US gov't respond to Reuters report on secrecy of coronavirus discussions

SCIFs are intended to be used for classified matters and include restrictions on attendees such as prohibiting most cell phones.

By REUTERS
13/03/2020
Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C
US Capitol ends public tours as House leaders unveil coronavirus bill

The legislation would guarantee free coronavirus testing for anyone who requires it, including uninsured people.

By REUTERS
12/03/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the U.S response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic durin
President Donald Trump announces suspension of flights from Europe

The president announced on Wednesday night that the US will suspend all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days.

Azerbaijani Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov attending AIPAC's annual policy conference
The impact of AIPAC’s ‘international’ pro-Israel advocacy

The packed event attracted 18,000 people, including 4,000 students, and presidents from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Columbia, Estonia and Serbia.

Democratic presidential primary results and state delegate counts

At stake on Tuesday were 352 delegates. Based on early partial results, Biden has won at least 132 delegates and Sanders at least 73, according to Edison Research.

By REUTERS
11/03/2020
US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an appearance in Boston
In crushing blow to Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden scores big Michigan win

Sanders' loss in a state he won in the 2016 Democratic primary will increase pressure on the democratic socialist US senator from Vermont to exit the race and help Democrats prepare to face Trump.

By MICHAEL MARTINA , JOHN WHITESIDES/REUTERS
11/03/2020
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 2019 Second Step
Centrist pro-Israel PAC endorses Biden for president

DMFI endorsing Biden at this stage means the PAC is positioned to help him keep Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Biden’s only serious rival, from getting the nomination.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
10/03/2020
4 years ago Michigan made Bernie Sanders, now it might break him

Michigan appears poised to put a major dent in his White House run.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
10/03/2020
The ceremonial swearing in of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the Old Senate Chambers at the U.S. Capitol
Ted Cruz to self-quarantine after meeting coronavirus patient at CPAC

The senator said, "[I was] informed that ten days ago at CPAC I briefly interacted with an individual who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19."

US lawmakers propose bill promising paid sick days due to coronavirus

Many workers are advised to stay home if they exhibit symptoms of the virus, but workers who lack paid sick days will essentially forfeit a day's pay.

08/03/2020
US President Donald Trump
Trump campaign sues media outlet over alleging possible Russia collusion

The lawsuit aims “to hold the publishers accountable for their reckless false reporting and also to establish the truth.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/03/2020
Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday sweep changes the Jewish 2020 campaign

So what does the Jewish campaign look like if Biden is the nominee?

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
07/03/2020
US Senator Mitt Romney announces his intention to vote to convict US president Donald Trump for abus
Romney says US Senate Republican probe of Biden appears political

"There's no question but that the appearance of looking into Burisma and Hunter Biden appears political. And I think people are tired of these kind of political investigations," Romney said.

By REUTERS
06/03/2020
Trump signs $8.3 billion bill to fight coronavirus, expand testing

"We're doing very well," the president said. "But it's an unforeseen problem ... came out of nowhere but we're taking care of it."

By REUTERS
06/03/2020
Kathy Manning
Kathy Manning, former chair of a major Jewish group, wins NC primary

Manning, 62, a former immigration lawyer who is well known in the 6th District for her philanthropy, defeated four candidates with 48 percent of the vote.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
05/03/2020
Bernie Sanders, AIPAC and his dangerous obsession with Israel

While Sanders criticizes the Israeli government any chance he gets, rarely will you hear him criticize the PA and Hamas for their human rights abuses.

Supporters of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden hold up a H
What do the Super Tuesday results mean for Israel? - Analysis

Super Tuesday has winnowed the Democratic candidates. What does this mean for Israel?

04/03/2020
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg addresses supporters at his Super Tuesday n
Michael Bloomberg suspends Democratic presidential campaign

The former New York City mayor spent hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money in a bid to secure the candidacy.

Biden's Super Tuesday surge reboots Democratic presidential race

He not only won the states in the American South that he was expected to win, but also Massachusetts, Minnesota and Texas, where he had not been predicted to do as well.

By REUTERS
04/03/2020
Trump to speak at Republican Jewish Coalition conference for second time

President Donald Trump will speak at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual conference on March 14, for the second consecutive year.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
04/03/2020
Biden rides momentum to big Super Tuesday wins, Sanders ahead in California

Bernie Sanders was projected to win his home state of Vermont

By REUTERS
04/03/2020
Virginia Democrats say their priority is who can beat Trump in November

14 States will get to vote today, which is equal to some one-third of the delegates needed to win the nomination at the Democratic convention in Milwaukee in the summer.

Michael Bloomberg says he needs more gun protection than average citizen

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg made the case Monday that he requires more gun protection than the average citizen due to persistent threats against his life.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/03/2020
Trump to name Nikki Haley as running mate, CNN analyst predicts

He "guaranteed" that Trump with throw Pence "under the bus" due to his handling of the coronavirus, saying that the task is an unwinnable battle for the vice president.

Democratic Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT)
Bernie Sanders says pro-Israel lobby has ‘a lot of money’ and ‘a lot of power’

Sanders, currently the front-runner in the Democratic race, told Brennan he is not anti-Israel and is concerned about the suffering of the Palestinian people.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/03/2020
A member of the audience looks on wearing a United States-Israel themed custom suit during the AIPAC
Sanders and Trump skip AIPAC, but take center stage anyway

The names that loomed largest at AIPAC this year were the ones that did not make an appearance: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
03/03/2020
Beto O'Rourke, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar endorse Joe Biden

Klobuchar of Minnesota will announce the suspension of her White House campaign in Dallas, Texas, where she will publicly back Biden, a campaign aide said.

By REUTERS
03/03/2020
Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Buttigieg to suspend his campaign for president

“Pete is heading back to South Bend and will give a speech tonight suspending his campaign,” the campaign aide told Reuters.

By REUTERS
02/03/2020
First Shi'ite country: Azerbaijan’s historic speech at AIPAC conference

Recorded history shows that Jews have lived in Azerbaijan for 2,600 years; an estimated 30,000 currently live there.

Attendees stand and turn their backs on Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg as
Congregants in Alabama church turn their backs on Bloomberg

"The people of Selma will struggle for the soul of the nation," Bloomberg told his audience, as a number of those in attendance silently stood and turned their backs.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 2019 Second Step
Big South Carolina win gives Joe Biden campaign new life

With 99% of the precincts reporting, Biden had 49% of the vote and Sanders was a distant second with 20%, according to official state results.

By REUTERS
01/03/2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington in March.
Pence, Pompeo, Bloomberg and Biden to address AIPAC conference

Vice President Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker this year. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, will address the conference as well.

Taliban accord hopeful moment but road ahead not easy - Pentagon chief

The United States signed a historic deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan over the next 14 months.

By REUTERS
29/02/2020
NEW YORK City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at AIPAC in Washington
Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar to address AIPAC by video

In 2016 the group rejected an offer by Bernie sanders to message through video, explaining that they barred all video speeches that year.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
01/03/2020
Hundreds of Jews sign a public declaration of support for Elizabeth Warren

Among the some 850 signatories to the #JewsforWarren declaration are Joshua Malina, the “Scandal” actor, Representative Andy Levin and more than 40 rabbis.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
29/02/2020
Jewish Americans will vote for any Democrat over Trump, says new survey

The survey, released Friday by the Jewish Electorate Institute, found that two-thirds of Jewish voters said they would choose any Democratic candidate over President Donald Trump.

By LAURA E. ADKINS/JTA
29/02/2020
Children, belonging to a caravan of migrants from Honduras en route to the United States, wait with
Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' immigration policy allowed to proceed

About 60,000 people have been sent back to Mexico to await the outcome of their cases in often dangerous border towns.

By REUTERS
29/02/2020
 Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes first-in-nation domestic terrorism law

The law would classify mass violence motivated by hate as a felony punishable by up to life in prison without parole.

By LAURA E. ADKINS/JTA
28/02/2020
Americans think Sanders is the least religious of four Dem candidates

Americans view Bernie Sanders as the least religious of four Democratic presidential front-runners, a survey released Thursday found.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
28/02/2020
How would Israel-US relations change under President Bernie Sanders?

Israel-US Politics: Is Israel about to get ‘Berned’?

Alan Dershowitz spoke at a meeting of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on February 27, 2020.
Dershowitz: Nominating Sanders as Democratic candidate would boost BDS

"He (Sanders) called Netanyahu a racist, but he did not address comments by Ilhan Omar," Dershowitz said.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar will not attend AIPAC conference

Vice President Mike Pence will be among the speakers at AIPAC.

By BEN SALES/JTA
27/02/2020
Ted Cruz
Washington reacts to recent wave of rocket attacks in Israel

"We strongly support Israel's right to defend itself and its people against acts of terror," the progressive Jewish group J Street said.

Republican Jewish Coalition Victory Fund: Voting for Sanders would be insane

The fund will run an anti-Sanders ad during tomorrow's Democratic debate in key swing states such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Arizona.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington in March.
Pence, Pompeo, Friedman to attend AIPAC

Announcement comes amid public clash between pro-Israel lobby and leading Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has announced he will not attend

Week to confab, AIPAC stuck in the mud - analysis

With politics in Israel and the US became so polarized, it seems impossible to be both an influential and bipartisan organization in Washington these days.

Sanders panders to progressive base - Analysis

Sanders wants to pander to his progressive base in the Democratic party, and to supporters like his surrogate Linda Sarsour, an anti-Israel activist, and anti-Israeli congresswomen Ilhan Omar.

24/02/2020
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders takes the stage for an outdoor campaig
Sanders wins Nevada caucus, pulling ahead of rivals

The Vermont Senator is projected to win at least 17 delegates

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks an outdoor campaign rally in Au
Bernie Sanders: AIPAC provides a platform for leaders who express bigotry

The senator from Vermont has said that he will not be attending this year's conference.

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is accompanied by his wife Jane O’Mear
Sanders scores decisive win in Nevada, Biden headed for second place

For Biden and other moderates who argue that Sanders is too liberal to beat Trump and who have been trying to blunt his momentum, however, the job has become much harder.

By REUTERS
23/02/2020
Twitter suspends pro-Bloomberg accounts over 'platform manipulation'

The action was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

By REUTERS
22/02/2020
Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) talks as former South Bend M
Sanders blasts Russia for reportedly helping his presidential campaign

It was not clear what form the Russian assistance had taken, the paper added.

By REUTERS
22/02/2020
Expletives spray-painted on Bloomberg offices, campaign blames Sanders

In the past week, two Bloomberg offices in Ohio were defaced with the spray-painted words “oligarch.” In Michigan, offices were vandalized with “corporate pig” and “Eat the rich.”

By REUTERS
21/02/2020
Judge handling Roger Stone case responds sternly to Trump attacks

"The defendant lied about a matter of great national and international significance," the judge added. "This is not just 'Roger being Roger'."

By REUTERS
21/02/2020
Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) talks as former South Bend M
Pete Buttigeig wrote an essay praising Bernie Sanders while in high school

The essay netted a young Pete Buttigeig $3,000 after it won first prize in a national competition.

Michael Bloomberg
Who ‘murdered’ Mike Bloomberg?

On the live site it read: “Died: February 19, 2020. Cause of death: Senator Elizabeth Warren.”

The rise of Trump’s new pro-Israel and anti-Iran intel director - analysis

Richard Grenell took the lead in Europe by highlighting Iran’s genocidal antisemitism targeting Israel.

Iran elections
US designates five Iranians for 'preventing free and fair elections'

"The unelected Guardian Council has purged sitting parliamentarians, reformists, and even select traditional conservatives from this election." Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior fellow at FDD, said.

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg attends a campaign event in Houston
Mike Bloomberg hires controversial meme-maker to promote campaign

Teenagers, including many who aren't yet of voting age, expressed interest in creating sponsored content for Bloomberg. "I would be down - bread is bread," said one teenage Instagram user.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/02/2020
A busker dressed in a showgirl costume walks past the Paris Las Vegas hotel & casino, the site of We
In Nevada, Jewish leaders weigh up their options in the Democrat primaries

"We [Jews] are very diverse in our opinions," said former Congresswoman Shelley Berkley.

An ‘empire of influence’: Mike Bloomberg makes his debate debut

Bloomberg will join Bernie Sanders and the rest of the remaining Democratic presidential hopefuls on stage Wednesday in Nevada, the next state to hold a nominating contest.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
19/02/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr participate in a presentation ceremony
US A-G may quit over Trump's tweeting about the Justice Department

William Barr is growing increasingly exasperated with the president commenting on ongoing Justice Department investigations on the social media platform.

AG Barr considering quitting over Trump tweets - Washington Post

More than 1,000 former department officials and legislators have now called for Barr to resign following Trump's twitter interference into the sentencing of Roger Stone.

By REUTERS
19/02/2020
Mike Bloomberg defensive against campaign rivals

Some of his rivals have made clear they see the televised debate as their best opportunity to subject Bloomberg, who has been rising fast in the polls, to greater public scrutiny.

By REUTERS
18/02/2020
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders talks to supporters in Denver, Colorad
Bernie Sanders releases new ‘proud to be Jewish’ video

Sanders has emphasized his Jewishness throughout this year's race for the Democratic nomination.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
18/02/2020
The motorcade carrying U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump drives on the NASCAR
Trump kicks off Daytona 500 race with limo loop, Air Force One flyby

Trump served as grand marshal at the annual National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing event

By REUTERS
17/02/2020
Stephen Miller
Stephen Miller, controversial Trump advisor, weds VP's press secretary

US President Donald Trump also attended the wedding of immigration hard-liner and advisor Stephen Miller to Katie Waldman, VP Mike Pence's press secretary.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/02/2020
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Behind Bloomberg: Wall Street in the 1960s. Behind
Bernie Sanders: Mike Bloomberg will not excite voters

"The simple truth is that Mayor Bloomberg, with all his money, will not create the kind of excitement and energy we need to have the voter turnout we must have to defeat Donald Trump," Sanders said.

By REUTERS
16/02/2020
J Street calls Democratic Majority for Israel to take down anti-Sanders ad

"DMFI, in reality, represents a minority of pro-Israel Democrats, who seem more concerned with targeting progressives over Israel policy than with confronting the destructive agenda of Donald Trump."

In push for Trump peace plan, Avi Berkowitz met with Arab state officials

Avi Berkowitz, representative for international negotiations, traveled to participate in the Munich Security Conference and met with senior officials from four Arab countries.

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump speaks as National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien listens in the Oval Off
White House quietly trims dozens of national security experts

White House adviser Robert O’Brien denied that his downsizing of the National Security Council was an effort to dismantle what Trump has called the “deep state.”

By NOAH BIERMAN
15/02/2020
Nikki Haley speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Nikki Haley to be presented with Emet award

Prior years has seen the award given the Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer and the Republic of Guatemala.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/02/2020
The backdrop of the stage at last year’s AIPAC conference in Washington, DC
AIPAC: Bipartisan congressional leadership will address conference

The announcement that Hoyer would speak comes amid an organized campaign from the left pressuring Democrats not to attend the conference.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/02/2020
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