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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.

How much are Americans divided on voting rights? - survey

According to the Pew Research Center survey, 57% of Americans believe voting is a fundamental right for every US citizen, while 42% believe voting is a privilege that can be limited.

Biden nominates former Jewish federation vice chair ambassador to Canada

US President Joe Biden nominated David Cohen, a former Jewish federation vice chair, as the US ambassador to Canada.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
23/07/2021

State Department: We reject the BDS movement, which singles out Israel

Ned Price, the State Department spokesperson, said the US 'will be a strong partner in fighting' efforts that 'seek to delegitimize Israel'

Citing COVID concern, AIEF postpones two Congressional trips to Israel

AIEF is the charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC that funds educational seminars to Israel for members of Congress. The trips are now expected to take place next year.

In meeting with Abdullah, Biden expresses support for two-state solution

Abdullah is the first Middle East leader to visit the Biden White House, to be followed on July 26 by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

20/07/2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene blocked from Twitter due to COVID-19 posts

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene posted that the coronavirus is not dangerous for non-obese people under 65, and that organizations should not force "non-FDA" approved vaccines or masks.

By REUTERS
20/07/2021

Orthodox community puts weight behind Eric Adams’s mayoral run

The varied local Orthodox Jewish community overwhelmingly supported Adams in the primary, trusting that the moderate Democrat can curb the increasing rates of crime in the city.

19/07/2021

Biden says social media is 'killing people' with COVID misinformation

Undercover satirist and frequent critic of Facebook, Sacha Baron Cohen, reiterated Biden's speech in a tweet bearing the hashtag #StopHateForProfit.

By REUTERS
18/07/2021
Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Or

I wouldn't 'do a coup' with Milley, Trump says of top US general

US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, had privately acknowledged concerns that Trump might attempt to draw in the military to quash dissent.

By REUTERS
16/07/2021

Congress advances Pray Safe Act, Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program

"Protecting the ability of all Americans to live out their faith and gather as a community without fear or harm is one of the most important duties of the federal government."

US Senate democrats roll out draft bill to legalize cannabis

While adult use of cannabis is legal in 18 states, and allowed medically in 37, it remains illegal under US federal law, deterring banks and other businesses from dealing with cannabis companies.

By REUTERS
14/07/2021
Former UN ambassador from the US Nikki Haley looks on ahead of the final 2020 US presidential campai

Ivanka Trump’s in-laws tout Nikki Haley for president, rather than her dad

Vanity Fair reported Monday that as Donald Trump was on Fox hinting that he is likely to run again, Charles Kushner was hosting a brunch for Haley in New Jersey.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
14/07/2021
SACHA BARON COHEN and Roy Moore on 'Who Is America?'

Sacha Baron Cohen, Showtime win dismissal of Roy Moore defamation lawsuit

Baron Cohen was sued for a 2018 broadcast where he, disguised as fictional Israeli anti-terrorism expert Erran Morad, demonstrated a supposed "pedophile detector" that beeped when waved near Moore.

By REUTERS
13/07/2021

Trump beats DeSantis as GOP 2024 presidential favorite in CPAC straw poll

The CPAC poll results are a sharp turnaround from a straw poll taken last month for the Western Conservative Summit.

13/07/2021

Trump-era Jewish Social Security boss fired by Biden, refuses to leave

Saul claimed the move was illegal and vowed to stay in the post. However, the government is able to cut off access to computer networks, so it’s not clear what options he has.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/07/2021
Rashida Tlaib

Rashida Tlaib: Don't use US taxes for 'violent oppression' of Palestinians

House Democrat Rashida Tlaib added a reminder in a tweet condemning the destruction of the home of a Palestinian-American terrorist that "apartheid government is not a democracy.

Biden taps Eric Garcetti to be envoy to India

Eric Garcetti, first elected in 2013 and now tapped to be ambassador to India, is Los Angeles’ first Jewish mayor since 1878.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
11/07/2021
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)

Over two-thirds of federal hate crime suspects not prosecuted for 15 years

Over half of the suspects who weren't prosecuted were declined due to insufficient evidence.

11/07/2021

New book claims Donald Trump said that Hitler 'did a lot of good things'

The supposed statement was revealed in the upcoming book, "Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost."

Police officers stand guard amid supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump

Two-thirds of Americans believe US democracy under threat - poll

Of Trump supporters, 87% feel that US democracy is under threat, while 60% of Biden voters agree.

05/07/2021

Two arrested as armed militia group stands off with police in Boston

In the vehicles were about 10 people wearing military style clothes and carrying rifles and pistols, police said.

By REUTERS
04/07/2021

House Appropriations Committee approves $3.3 billion to Israel security

The Committee also approved $50 million under the Economic Support Fund for the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act.

Trump hosts campaign-style rally in FL aiming to keep Republican focus

This is Trump's second campaign-style event of the summer as he seeks to retain his hold over the Republican Party and bolster allies ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

By REUTERS
03/07/2021

Biden kneels before Rivlin's haredi advisor after learning she has 12 kids

Rivlin had mentioned to Biden that Ravitz, 45, a key adviser for years, runs a household of 13 in addition to her demanding job.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
02/07/2021

Two Republican state lawmakers liken coronavirus protections to Nazi laws

State Rep. Jim Walsh of Washington wore a yellow star over the weekend in a speech to conservative activists in Lacey.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
02/07/2021
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