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

Showing support for Trump at a pre-election rally in Beit Shemesh
Trump's remarkable Middle East legacy

There is no denying the Trump team has done more than any previous administration to bolster Israel and its future.

Reema Dodin to be first Palestinian-American White House staffer

During the Second Intifada in 2002, Dodin stated that "suicide bombers were the last resort of a desperate people."

25/11/2020
Joe Biden formally introduces his foreign policy team

Nominated Secretary of State Anthony Blinken recounted his late stepfather's experience as a Holocaust survivor.

DAVID DINKINS
David Dinkins, New York's first and only Black mayor, dies at 93

It was his role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot that would most define his mayoralty.

By REUTERS
25/11/2020
MAGA 2024? Majority of Republicans say they would vote Trump in primary

The poll reveals the degree by which Trump continues to maintain political influence in the Republican Party.

24/11/2020
White House plans holiday parties as Americans urged to stay home

Health professionals within the administration have advised against large indoor gatherings.

By REUTERS
24/11/2020
Joe Biden names his foreign policy team

Antony Blinken, John Kerry and Jake Sullivan are among the appointees.

Blinken is ‘a friend of Israel,’ ex-officials say

“I think he's worth investing time in and I think he can be a very positive influence.”

Campaigners place flowers on a multicoloured flag as they protest for LGBT rights in Chechnya outsid
Florida court overturns ban on conversion therapy

Conversion therapy aims to change people's sexual orientations or gender identities.

By REUTERS
21/11/2020
Little Trump fires everywhere: President fuels problems for successor

Trump is setting what one official called “fires”: plunging the United States into controversies that it will be hard for Biden to exit.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
20/11/2020
Many Jews of color are politically conservative — and many voted for Trump

Despite progressive conventional wisdom that as America became more diverse the Democratic Party coalition would grow, Trump’s share of ethnic and racial minority votes increased.

By MIJAL BITTON
20/11/2020
US Catholic bishops express concern over Biden presidency

Biden has been open about his Catholic faith, and regularly attends church services.

20/11/2020
Republican senators: Allow West Bank goods to be labeled 'Made in Israel'

"This decision would be yet another achievement by your administration that would support Israel and would push back against antisemitism and the BDS movement.”

US DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL candidate Joe Biden arrives at a campaign event in Hermantown, Minnesota,
Biden says US agency is blocking transition, slowing coronavirus efforts

Murphy is relying on precedent, her office said, citing the five weeks delay in the 2000 election before Republican George W. Bush was declared the winner.

By REUTERS
19/11/2020
US President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 US presidential election in the E
Why it matters that Trump fired US election cybersecurity chief – analysis

This may be the most problematic firing Trump has carried out in his entire presidency.

Trump fires Cybersecurity director for security inaccuracy of elections

Krebs headed up the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

By REUTERS
18/11/2020
Rudy Giuliani delivers remarks before Donald Trump rallies with supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa,
Rudy Giuliani claims voter 'fraud' in long-shot Pennsylvania case

A loss in the case would likely doom Trump's already-remote prospects of altering the election's outcome.

By REUTERS
17/11/2020
The possible future Biden administration: A Jewish guide

A comprehensive list of the names you need to know who are possible candidates for the Biden Administration

Before Biden inauguration, 70,000 more Americans could die from COVID-19

Infectious disease experts say the US federal government should be doing much more right now.

By REUTERS
14/11/2020
Over 130 Secret Service officers test positive for COVID-19

In addition to White House officials, eight staffers at the Republican National Committee, such as Chief of Staff Richard Walters, have contracted the virus.

13/11/2020
Biden to bring in national security experts after briefings denied

Biden's team is pressing ahead with a transition despite President Donald Trump's refusal to concede.

By REUTERS
13/11/2020
Biden taps Ezekiel Emanuel to coronavirus task force, faces controversy

Concerns were raised that Emanuel doesn't value saving those over the age of 75, with some equating his views to eugenics.

12/11/2020
Alejandro Mayorkas
Alejandro Mayorkas, the Cuban-Jewish attorney who may head Biden's DHS

Mayorkas' ties with Israel extend beyond his family. In 2016, he spearheaded a deal to automate the sharing of cyber-data between Israel and the US.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) gives US President Donald Trump a look after he suggested the
Ezra Cohen-Watnick promoted to key Defense Dept. post

He made headlines in 2017 for leaking intelligence that bolstered President Trump's claims that Obama had him wiretapped.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
12/11/2020
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
Ivanka, Jared pull their kids from DC Jewish school amid COVID-19 concerns

Three parents of children who attend the school said the withdrawal came after parents raised concerns that Kushner and Trump were seen at events not complying with coronavirus protocols

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/11/2020
United States Supreme Court
Justices Kavanaugh, Roberts suggest Obamacare might not be repealed

Roberts and Kavanaugh appeared to agree that the mandate to buy insurance can be severed from the rest of the law.

By REUTERS
10/11/2020
American and Israeli Jews [Illustrative]
How can Israeli gov't repair relationship with liberal US Jews?

Netanyahu’s close personal relationship with the US president, who is anathema to liberal Jewish America, has created real divisions between the two sides.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks to reporters at the Pentagon on March 5
Trump says he has fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper

Trump publicly split with Esper in recent months over a range of issues.

By REUTERS
09/11/2020
General view of the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, US, July 6, 2020.
Conservative US Supreme Court prepares to hear Obamacare challenge

Biden and other Democrats have criticized Republican efforts to strike down the law in the midst of a deadly coronavirus pandemic.

By REUTERS
09/11/2020
Michèle Flournoy
Biden’s likely secretary of defense Michèle Flournoy and Israel - Analysis

In a 2018 interview with the Post, Flournoy slammed Trump for abandoning Syria to Bashar Assad’s regime and Iran.

DONALD TRUMP has said on many occasions that he will be president for life.
Is Donald Trump the richest US president of all time?

Trump has always been well-known for his reputation as a businessman, and has not been shy about having made a fortune outside the political stage.

Trump administration advances $10 billion defense sale to UAE

The ordnance sale was first reported by CNN.

By REUTERS
07/11/2020
Head of US agency overseeing nuclear weapons stockpile resigns

The action drew criticism from Senator James Inhofe, Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee who praised Gordon-Hagerty and harshly criticized Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette.

By REUTERS
07/11/2020
Warren G. Harding - a forgotten Zionist hero‏

One hundred years ago this week, a new US president came in who would change history.

Lois Frankel defeats Laura Loomer in South Florida

The race pitted two Jews at different poles of the sociopolitical culture wars against each other.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
05/11/2020
Mississippi voters replace old Confederate state flag

The new flag will replace the flag the state had flown for 126 years

04/11/2020
New Jersey, Arizona legalize recreational marijuana

Oregon also legalized the use of magic mushrooms for therapeutic use.

By REUTERS
04/11/2020
The Orthodox and the unorthodox appeal to pardon comedian Ari Teman

Chabad Rabbis and prominent comedians have joined forces to plea for a pardon for Jewish comedian Ari Teman.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
01/11/2020
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally in St Louis, Missouri, U
Bernie Sanders calls Israel 'authoritarian' at Pittsburgh memorial

"All over the world... in Israel... We see intolerant authoritarian political leaders attacking the very foundations of democratic societies," said Sanders.

By BEN SALES/JTA
30/10/2020
US President Donald J. Trump introduces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to be an Associate Ju
Amy Coney Barrett joins the Supreme Court - Jewish leaders react

“President Donald Trump made a wise choice in nominating her, and we are pleased that the Senate moved swiftly to confirm her to the Court,” Senator Norm Coleman said.

Trump calls Borat's Sacha Baron Cohen a 'creep' after Giuliani scandal

The plot of the Borat sequel revolves around his attempts to marry off his 15 year-old daughter to Vice President Mike Pence or, failing that, Giuliani.

Adam Schiff: Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise 'amplify' antisemitism

Schiff is the Jewish Democratic congressman from California who led the House’s impeachment inquiry of Trump last year.

By BEN SALES/JTA
24/10/2020
US may file antitrust charges against Facebook as soon as Novermber - WaPo

Facebook said in August that Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg was interviewed at an FTC investigative hearing as part of the government's antitrust probe into the company.

By REUTERS
24/10/2020
Mexico's ex-defense minister detained in the US at request of DEA

Multiple members of Pena Nieto's cabinet and party have been implicated in high-level corruption cases, sometimes involving allegations of links to organized crime.

By REUTERS
16/10/2020
Sec. guard who fatally shot Denver protester to be charged with murder

Keltner, 49, died from a single gunshot wound, authorities said. Keltner's son told the Denver Post his father was not affiliated with any group, but was at the rally to support police.

By REUTERS
16/10/2020
A militia group from Ohio protests against the state's extended stay-at-home order to help slow the
Fourteenth suspect arrested in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor

Higgins is the eighth man charged by Michigan authorities in the case, all of them described by prosecutors as members or associates of an anti-government militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen.

By REUTERS
16/10/2020
New World Order redux

McMaster, key to Trump administration’s first year, paints gloomy future picture

US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett reacts as US President Donald Tr
Trump's SCOTUS pick Amy Coney Barrett dodges questions on LGBT, abortion

Barrett also declined to say whether she would consider stepping aside from an upcoming Obamacare case, as Democrats have requested.

By REUTERS
13/10/2020
US REP. Keith Ellison speaks during the first session at the Democratic National Convention in Phila
Ellison, first Muslim elected to Congress, to speak at Rabin memorial

The participation of Ellison has added significance because Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez withdrew her commitment last week to attend the event.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
03/10/2020
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Bipartisan bill would give Israel a veto on Middle East arms sales

The bill “would require the President to consult with the Israeli government to ensure [qualitative military edge] concerns are settled.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
03/10/2020
The Hague
Human rights lawyers sue Trump administration over ICC sanctions

he filing argues that the executive order violates constitutional rights, including freedom of speech.

By REUTERS
01/10/2020
AOC considering withdrawal from event memorializing Rabin

Kane later quoted a source as saying that that the invitation to Ocasio-Cortez was not framed as a memorial, but as a review of the Oslo peace process.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/09/2020
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett reacts as US President Donald Tr
Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as Trump's nomination for Supreme Court

If confirmed, Barrett will replace the late Justice Ginsburg.

By REUTERS
27/09/2020
Protestors demonstrate outside the US Supreme Court after President Donald Trump announced US Court
Jewish progressives and Democrats: Barrett nomination a step backwards

Jewish progressives have criticized Amy Coney Barrett over her stance on abortion and healthcare, among other issues.

US President Donald J. Trump introduces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to be an Associate Ju
What are the steps to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court?

Trump wants Barrett seated before the Nov. 3 election.

By REUTERS
27/09/2020
Kentucky legislator among 24 arrested in protests over Breonna Taylor

Taylor, 26, a Black emergency medical technician and aspiring nurse, was struck by six bullets.

By REUTERS
25/09/2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a wish and Jewish tradition can guide our response

Since the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, I’ve been thinking about this question a lot.

By MICHAEL WEINER/JTA
24/09/2020
US SUPREME COURT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, delivers remarks during a discussion hosted by the Geo
Trump-appointed justice could signal major Supreme Court shift on abortion

"Roe v. Wade is on the line in a way it never has been before," said Julie Rikelman, a lawyer with the Center for Reproductive Rights, which regularly challenges abortion restrictions.

By REUTERS
23/09/2020
U.S. House of Representatives votes on Trump impeachment on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 1
House passes bill that requires government act against domestic terrorism

“Groups like the Boogaloos, Rise Above Movement and White Nationalist militias across the country are organizing. And so must we.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
23/09/2020
Meet the 3 Jewish candidates on Trump’s Supreme Court justice shortlist

All three are men, making them unlikely to be Trump’s choice when the president unveils his pick, which he said would happen by Saturday.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
22/09/2020
Bader Ginsburg to be first Jew and woman to lie in state at the Capitol

The plan to have Ginsburg lie in state means that the Jewish period of mourning, called shiva, could be cut short.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
21/09/2020
Trump's promise to vaccinate all Americans by April unrealistic - experts

New research shows the fear that the vaccine approval process is being fast-tracked is causing Americans to worry the vaccine won't be safe, and as a result, they are less likely to get vaccinated.

20/09/2020
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, first Jewish woman on Supreme Court, dies at 87

“I am a judge, born, raised and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice, for peace and for enlightenment runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition."

By SARAH WILDMAN/JTA , CELIA JEAN
20/09/2020
US Senator Lindsay Graham in Jerusalem
Sen. Graham faces backlash after reversal on filling RBG's SCOTUS seat

Graham asked that Americans “use my words against me” adding they “can say Lindsey Graham said” that the president in his last year should not make the nomination.

20/09/2020
Trump will nominate a woman next week to succeed Ginsburg on Supreme Court

Trump named Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible nominees for a lifetime appointment to the highest US court.

By REUTERS
20/09/2020
Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, a progressive icon on the Supreme Court.
Death of Ruth Bader-Ginsburg raises stakes in battle for Senate control

For liberals who considered Ginsburg a heroine, the grief they have expressed over her death was tinged with fear over what happens next.

By REUTERS
19/09/2020
Trump to name SCOTUS successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg 'without delay'

Even before Ginsburg's death, Trump had made public a list of potential nominees.

By REUTERS
19/09/2020
Mourners honor Ginsburg on US Supreme Court steps with candles, flowers

Several hundred people clutching candles, flowers and signs quietly gathered on the steps of the US Supreme Court.

By REUTERS
19/09/2020
Trump plans panel to promote 'patriotic education'

Trump said the commission would "encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history."

By REUTERS
18/09/2020
Democratic super PAC mailers show Jewish candidate clutching dollar bills

David Richter, a Jewish Republican House candidate, said that the ads were antisemitic and called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to apologize.

By BEN SALES/JTA
17/09/2020
US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Middle East peace at the Department of State in
Why John Kerry and others were wrong about peace and Israel - analysis

Kerry said in 2016 that “there will be no advanced and separate peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process and Palestinian peace. Everybody needs to understand that."

US Senate Democrats to offer their own China plan

Prospects for passing the legislation were not clear because President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans hold a majority of seats in the Senate and control which legislation is considered there.

By REUTERS
17/09/2020
Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccines: 'he was confused'

Redfield, head of the federal government's disease control agency, made his comments in testimony before a US Senate panel.

By REUTERS
17/09/2020
Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., Ju
Biden outlines COVID-19 vaccine plan: I trust scientists, not Donald Trump

"Let me be clear: I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump," Biden said. "At this moment, the American people can’t either."

By REUTERS
17/09/2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visiting Sudan, 2020.
Democrats attack Pompeo aides on Saudi weapons, cite war crimes concerns

Trump abruptly fired Steve Linick from the State watchdog position oas he probed the administration's decision to approve billions of dollars in military sales to Saudi Arabia.

By REUTERS
16/09/2020
Bolton's book under criminal investigation by Department of Justice

“Ambassador Bolton emphatically rejects any claim that he acted improperly, let alone criminally, in connection with the publication of his book,” Bolton’s lawyer Charles J. Cooper said.

16/09/2020
US watchdog to investigate forced-sterilization claims at ICE facility

"A lot of them said that they didn't understand what was being done to them. Nobody explained it to them," Wooten, a former nurse at the facility told Reuters.

By REUTERS
16/09/2020
From left, Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., Lois Frankel, D-Fla., and Nita Lowey,
In a South Florida congressional race, Jewish culture wars erupt

Frankel says Loomer’s rhetoric not only is offensive on its face, it’s a potent fundraiser.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
11/09/2020
Democrats to propose bill requiring response to reported Russian bounties

The bill adds to pressure on Trump, who is already under fire for what critics say is a pattern of disrespect for the military after a media report that he denigrated fallen soldiers in France.

By REUTERS
10/09/2020
Democrats drew support from various sources to make 2018 gains - report

The Democrat Party widened a two point lead in 2016 to a nine point lead in 2018 by picking up voters from a range of demographics, Pew Research has found.

US President Donald Trump
Donald Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize following Israel-UAE deal

Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who nominated US President Donald Trump, told Fox News that he is nevertheless "not a big Trump supporter."

09/09/2020
Leading US Democratic Rep: F-35 sales to UAE puts Israel in danger

Wasserman Schultz, a past chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, wrote that the sale of the jets to the UAE would erode Israel’s qualitative military edge.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
09/09/2020
Jewish former Marine wins Massachusetts Democratic congressional primary

He links to a full position paper on Israel and other Jewish issues on his website; in it he notes that he experienced antisemitism in the military.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
09/09/2020
GWU Professor faking Afro identity won't teach fall semester

The university made the announcement in a statement Friday, a day after Krug confessed her decades-long deception in a Medium post.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/09/2020
 ALCATRAZ PRISON cells
Rapper Kodak Black said he is being denied access to a rabbi in prison

In 2017, the rapper announced that he identifies as Hebrew Israelite after studying biblical texts while serving a three-month jail sentence in Florida.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/09/2020
US Senator Kamala Harris in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 14, 2019
Kamala Harris says Trump not credible on possible COVID-19 vaccine

At least 6.2 million people have been infected in the US coronavirus outbreak, which has taken 187,833 lives.

By REUTERS
06/09/2020
Trump administration weighs blacklisting China's chipmaker SMIC

SMIC said in a statement on Saturday it was "in complete shock" over the news but was open to communication with U.S. government agencies in hopes of resolving any misunderstandings.

By REUTERS
05/09/2020
Congresswoman denied access to mailing facility, hints at electoral fraud

“If DeJoy thinks he can just throw a bed sheet over what’s going on behind these doors, he is sadly mistaken. It looked like the post master had something to hide.”

How are Republicans, Democrats reaching out to Jewish voters?

AMERICAN AFFAIRS: The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) are already in election mode and are focused mostly on Jewish voters in swing states.

Supporters hold signs as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a campaign speech at Arnold Palmer Reg
Americans increasingly pessimistic, divided over state of US democracy

A Pew Research Center poll has found a sharp increase in pessimism among Democrat supporters in particular.

Biden meets Blake’s family, media points to dad’s antisemitic posts

As Joe Biden prepared to meet Thursday with the family of Jacob Blake, right-wing websites alit with scrutiny of social media posts by Blake’s father.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
04/09/2020
Trump encourages supporters to try to vote twice, sparking uproar

Voting more than once in an election is illegal and in some states, including North Carolina, it is a felony not only to vote more than once but also to induce another to do so.

By REUTERS
03/09/2020
Up close with the Obamas and their cute pooches in ‘Uncommon Grace’

This new book is neatly and thoughtfully divided into 17 chapters, modestly and judiciously embellished with previous spoken words by Obama and others.

By RICK KOGAN
03/09/2020
Jewish progressive Morse loses bid to oust incumbent in Massachusets race

In the state’s 8th Congressional District, Robbie Goldstein, a 36-year-old progressive political newcomer, lost to incumbent Rep. Steven Lynch, one of the House’s more conservative Democrats.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
03/09/2020
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