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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.

Biden calls off Syria strike after woman, children seen at site - report

The F-15E war planes were already en route when they received the orders to proceed on the first target, but scratch the second.

05/03/2021
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks to the press

Nikki Haley condemns Biden decision to rejoin Human Rights Council, UNRWA

"If China, Russia, and Cuba started an organization that celebrated their tyranny in the name of human rights, would the United States want to join?"

By HADASSAH BRENNER
05/03/2021
CNN host Jake Tapper

For Jake Tapper, being the rabbi of TV news comes easy

The CNN anchorman is explaining a tweet because who isn’t these days.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
05/03/2021

Amy Coney Barrett authors first US Supreme Court ruling

In the 7-2 ruling, the justices sided with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, thwarting the Sierra Club's bid to obtain documents concerning a regulation finalized in 2014 relating to power plants.

By REUTERS
04/03/2021

US House cancels session amid threat of possible militia attack on Capitol

The Capitol Police statement added that it is working with local, state and federal agencies "to stop any threats to the Capitol," adding, "We are taking the intelligence seriously."

By REUTERS
04/03/2021
NEW YORK Governor Andrew M. Cuomo holds his daily COVID-19 press briefing at the New York Stock Exch

Cuomo apologizes in wake of harassment allegations, says will not resign

"I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it," Cuomo said.

By REUTERS
03/03/2021
Wendy Sherman

Sherman: Biden interested in rejoining Iran nuclear agreement

“We are in a very different place, the geopolitics are different” in 2021 than in 2015, Sherman said.

Donald Trump considering 2024 presidential run without Pence

The report added that his advisors want him to choose someone other than former Vice President Mike Pence when he does.

US senators offer bill to rein in Biden war powers after Syria strike

The measure, led by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine and Republican Senator Todd Young, would repeal 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq.

By REUTERS
03/03/2021

Biden: I am proud that Israel has no greater friend than the US

"The Jewish people and their history have always held a special place in my heart," Biden wrote in a letter to the Tel Aviv museum.

Trump's nominee for US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson

Ronny Jackson suspected of 'inappropriate conduct' as White House doctor

Jackson is an active-duty rear admiral in the Navy who has served for the last three administrations as a White House physician.

Trump supporters who stormed Capitol are domestic terrorists - FBI head

"That siege was criminal behavior, pure and simple. It's behavior that we, the FBI, view as domestic terrorism."

By REUTERS
02/03/2021

NY Governor Cuomo hires defense lawyer after sexual harassment accusations

Before entering private practice, Abramowitz worked as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan, where he served as chief of the criminal division of the US Attorney's office.

By REUTERS
01/03/2021

Trump declares himself future of Republican Party, claims election win

"With your help, we will take back the House, we will win the Senate and then a Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House. I wonder who will that be?" he said, smiling.

By REUTERS
01/03/2021
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers remarks at a news conference. New York City, New York, U.S.,

New York attorney general to oversee Cuomo sexual misconduct probe

"We will hire a law firm, deputize them as attorneys of our office, and oversee a rigorous and independent investigation," New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.

By REUTERS
01/03/2021
US President Joe Biden visits the State Department, Washington

The limits of Biden’s ‘I’m not Trump’ strategy on Iran

The question is whether Washington has more up its sleeve to gain Iranian cooperation than “I’m not Trump,” or whether another round of an extended nuclear standoff.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham arrives with Max Miller for a State Dinner

Trump backs Max Miller as he challenges rep. who voted for impeachment

Gonzalez, who currently represents Ohio’s 16th District, was one of 10 Republicans in the US House of Representatives who voted to impeach Trump.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
27/02/2021

Mitt Romney claims Trump would win Republican nomination in 2024

“He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,” Romney lamented.

FBI pinpoints suspect in probe of US Capitol policeman's death

Well over 100 officers were injured in the riot and five people died.

By REUTERS
27/02/2021
mexico border

US moves to speed up releases of unaccompanied migrant children

President Joe Biden earlier this month reversed a policy put in place by former Republican President Donald Trump that allowed US authorities to rapidly expel migrant children.

By REUTERS
26/02/2021

LGBT+ Americans inch closer to 'freedom' as House passes Equality Act

US House of Representatives passes landmark bill by 224 to 206.

By REUTERS
25/02/2021

Israel's transitional gov't needs to manage US overtures to Iran -analysis

Unfortunately, the world does not stop until Israel gets its political house in order.

23/02/2021
JAMES CLAPPER, director of US National Intelligence.

Ex-US intel chief: US needs tougher laws to address domestic terrorism

Ex-Shin Bet official: PM should not make calls on foreign digital influence.

Trump may dangle possibility of 2024 run in post-White House speech

The former US president has signaled that he intends to play a role in the 2022 midterm elections.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021
Merrick Garland

Biden's attorney-general nominee Garland vows to prioritize civil rights

The Justice Department's mission to enforce the 1957 Civil Rights Act "remains urgent because we do not yet have equal justice," said Garland, whose confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin Monday.

By REUTERS
21/02/2021
U.S. President Trump speaks with Congressional Republicans at the White House in Washington

Companies slash donations to politicians after Trump election challenge

None of the political action committees of 10 major companies reviewed by Reuters, including Microsoft Corp, Walmart Inc, and Comcast Corp, donated to any of the 147 congressional Republicans.

By REUTERS
21/02/2021
US President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to

Trump to make first public post-presidency speech, discuss party's future

The former US president plans to speak to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on February 28, the last day of their meeting

By REUTERS
21/02/2021
Black Lives Matter

DCCC adviser scrutinized for tweets about police brutality, racism

Dyjun Tatro is a legal reform activist who completed his degree while serving time for his involvement with the Original Gangsta Killas street gang.

Trump political donor sentenced to 12 years in prison

Imaad Zuberi was sentenced by US District Judge Virginia A. Phillips and ordered to pay over $15 million in restitution and a criminal fine of $1.75 million.

Ivanka Trump won’t run for Florida Senate seat in 2022

Ivanka Trump served as a senior unpaid adviser to her father, as did her husband, Jared Kushner.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
19/02/2021

What should President Biden focus on during his first 100 days? - poll

68% want the newly elected American president to focus on the coronavirus, while only 13% said their focus was climate change.

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U

Biden: White supremacists are ‘the most dangerous people’ in America

Biden has tapped Merrick Garland, a Jewish judge, to be his attorney general.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
18/02/2021

Trump lashes out at McConnell in deepening feud between top Republicans

The gap between them widened last Saturday, when McConnell declared on the Senate floor that Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for the deadly Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Washington at Capitol

Trump, Giuliani accused in lawsuit of conspiring to incite Capitol riot

The civil lawsuit accuses them of violating the Ku Klux Klan Act, an 1871 law passed to crack down on the white supremacist organization.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U

Biden’s pick for ambassador to Israel expected by summer

Psaki also noted that Biden “values foreign policy experience,” and when asked about the time-frame for naming ambassadors, she would not commit when the process could start.

How was a lack of diversity the sign for the Lincoln Project’s downfall?

From the heights the group once had, it appears to have rapidly imploded.

RNC official deletes comment comparing Trump trial to Nazi show trials

In the show trials, Nazi prosecutors tried people accused of political offenses; virtually all were convicted, most receiving death sentences.

By BEN SALES/JTA
15/02/2021

Nearly 30% of Republicans believe central tenet of QAnon conspiracy - poll

The conspiracy theory has also been endorsed in the past by two Republican congresswomen, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, though both have since disavowed it.

By BEN SALES/JTA
15/02/2021

Acquitted by Senate, Trump still a powerful force in Republican politics

That leaves Republicans in a precarious position as they try to forge a winning coalition in the 2022 elections for control of Congress and a 2024 White House race that might include Trump.

By REUTERS
14/02/2021

Biden, reflecting on Senate acquittal of Trump: 'Democracy is fragile'

"While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute."

By REUTERS
14/02/2021

Impeachment: McConnell says Trump 'morally responsible' for Capitol riot

McConnell was not the only Republican to castigate Trump for his behavior after voting for acquittal.

By REUTERS
14/02/2021

Impeachment Trial: Who are the 7 Republicans who voted to convict Trump?

While the majority of Republican senators sided with Trump and backed his acquittal, seven Republican senators joined the Democrats and voted to convict the Republican former president.

By REUTERS
14/02/2021

Senate acquits Trump of incitement charge in impeachment trial

The final vote was 57 guilty and 43 not guilty.

13/02/2021

NYC mayoral candidate hints at hands-off approach to yeshivas

Yang is perhaps the first in a crowded field of candidates to broach the yeshiva issue, which has embroiled the haredi Orthodox community since the administration of Mayor Bill De Blasio.

By HANNAH DREYFUS/JTA
13/02/2021

Biden is 'looking forward' to speaking with Netanyahu

Unsure when the US, Israeli leaders will speak

U.S. House of Representatives votes on Trump impeachment on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 1

Trump impeachment trial could wrap up Saturday, conviction seen unlikely

Trump is the first US president to be impeached twice and the first to face trial after leaving office. If convicted, the Senate could then vote to bar him from running for office again.

By REUTERS
13/02/2021
Former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke at the Israel Center on Addictions even

Nikki Haley's break with Trump could make her a favorite among GOP Jews

She has also been a star among pro-Israel Republicans for her pledge as UN ambassador to “take names” of countries that go against the US when it backs Israel.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
13/02/2021

Biden launches review, aims to close Guantanamo before leaving office

Trump kept the prison open during his four years in the White House. Now, 40 prisoners remain, most held for nearly two decades without being charged or tried.

By REUTERS
13/02/2021

US Senate honors police officer who saved Romney, lawmakers during riot

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed a measure to give the Congressional Gold Medal to officer Eugene Goodman of the US Capitol Police force.

By REUTERS
13/02/2021

Trump lawyers portray impeachment trial as Democratic witch hunt

Democrats were unimpressed by the presentation.

By REUTERS
13/02/2021

Republican enthusiasm for Trump 2024 lags as impeachment trial nears end

"Let me decide if he's guilty or not," Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy told reporters when asked if he could vote for Trump again.

By REUTERS
13/02/2021
Former UN ambassador from the US Nikki Haley looks on ahead of the final 2020 US presidential campai

Nikki Haley distances herself from former US President Donald Trump

Haley said that Trump will not run for federal office again, and she doesn't believe he could even if he wanted to. "He’s fallen so far," she said.

Trump's impeachment lawyer David Schoen covering his hand with his head before drinking water

Trump impeachment lawyer wears kippah on Senate floor

While addressing the chamber, Schoen repeatedly covered his head with his hand when he drank water, leading to an explosion of social media questions.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/02/2021

Anti-Trump Republicans face major challenge in launching third party

The resistance to a third party among some of Trump's toughest Republican critics underscores the extreme difficulty of such a political revolt.

By REUTERS
12/02/2021

Climate change is near the top of President Joe Biden's priorities

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS: Preempting a catastrophe is an essential element of Biden's foreign policy and national security.

Democrats to focus on 'terrible toll' of riot during Trump impeachment trial

The House managers who are prosecuting the case in the US Senate spent much of Wednesday recounting the events that led to the riot.

By REUTERS
11/02/2021
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U

Human rights back on US agenda under President Biden - analysis

Biden made it clear human rights is part of the “America is back” approach, which is very different than the “America first” approach of his predecessor.

Presidents Biden & Xi hold first phone call amid tense US-China relations

The Chinese leader maintained a hardline tone regarding Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan, which Xi told Biden were matters of "sovereignty and territorial integrity."

By REUTERS
11/02/2021
Josh Mandel

Ohio’s Josh Mandel announces third run for Senate

Mandel, 43, said Wednesday on Twitter that former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, taking place this week, made his “blood boil.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
11/02/2021

Judge orders detention for alleged Proud Boy involved in Capitol riots

Pezzola and another alleged Proud Boy, William Pepe, were indicted after prosecutors said they have evidence to suggest the pair conspired to impede police from defending the US Capitol.

By REUTERS
11/02/2021
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Washington at Capitol

Democrats: Trump initiated Capitol attacks with false election claims

The House of Representatives has charged Trump, a Republican, with inciting an insurrection by exhorting thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol.

By REUTERS
10/02/2021
US President Donald Trump taps the screen on a mobile phone at the approximate time a tweet was rele

Donald Trump permanently banned from Twitter, even if he wins in 2024

"The way our policies work, when you're removed from the platform, you're removed from the platform."

Alan Dershowitz arrives at Manhattan Federal Court in September

Dershowitz sought freedom for lobbyist imprisoned for child pornography

The Times presented the Dershowitz story as an example of Trump’s transactional approach to pardons.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
10/02/2021

Senators vote to proceed with Trump's impeachment trial

Trump's lawyers plan to open the trial by questioning whether the US Constitution allows the Senate to hold an impeachment trial for a president after he has left office.

By REUTERS
10/02/2021

House Republicans: 'Do not allow history to repeat itself with Iran Deal'

Biden said on Sunday that the US would not lift sanctions on Iran to get the Islamic Republic back to the negotiations table.

After Capitol riot, Trump impeachment to open with fight on Constitution

Trump's lawyers plan to open the trial on Tuesday by questioning whether the U.S. Constitution allows the Senate to hold an impeachment trial for a president after he has left office.

By REUTERS
09/02/2021

As impeachment begins, NY accelerates probes of Trump's property dealings

Both the district attorney and the attorney general are focused in part on whether Trump’s businesses improperly falsified values on real-estate assets to secure tax breaks, loans or other benefits.

By REUTERS
09/02/2021
US President Donald Trump during a phone call at the Oval Office of the White House, June 27, 2017.

Georgia opens investigation into Trump’s effort to overturn election

The call's transcript quotes Trump telling Georgia's Republican Secretary of State: "All I want to do is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes," which is the number Trump needed to win the state.

By REUTERS
09/02/2021
Screenshots from Madison Cawthorn's Instagram account show pictures from a 2017 visit to the site of

Following controversies, Madison Cawthorn meets with Jewish constituents

Cawthorn, 25, is a freshman Republican congressman from North Carolina who has established an outspoken presence on social media.

By BEN SALES/JTA
09/02/2021

Scholar says Trump misrepresented his research for impeachment defense

In the brief, Trump's lawyers denied he had encouraged the deadly attack on the US Capitol by hundreds of his supporters on Jan. 6, while disputing the constitutionality of the trial.

By REUTERS
09/02/2021
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U

Review of security screening for immigrants to US awaits completion

President Joe Biden repealed the so-called Muslim ban on immigration, but has instructed a review of the immigrant vetting process, the stated reason for the Trump Administration’s policy.

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/THE MEDIA LINE
08/02/2021
US President Joe Biden visits the State Department, Washington

Biden: US will not lift Iran sanctions until it stops enriching uranium

Last quarterly estimates by IAEA show Iran's stock of enriched uranium has risen to 2.4 tons, more than 10 times the amount allowed under the JCPOA.

Schumer: Trump impeachment trial will not occur over Shabbat

The request was made by Trump's lead defense lawyer David Schoen, and Senator Chuck Schumer, who is also Jewish, agreed to accommodate him.

07/02/2021
The "Field of flags" is seen on the National Mall in front of the US Capitol building ahead of inaug

More Americans are expatriating in 2020 than ever before

"If this trend continues," PRNewswire noted, "renunciation numbers will be world breaking."

Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas vows to fight domestic terror

Mayorkas was sworn in after the January 6 Capitol riot by supporters of Donald Trump.

By REUTERS
07/02/2021

Israel, Iran take backseat in Biden’s foreign policy speech - analysis

"[Biden] is making a mistake in not yet reaching out personally to Israeli and Arab leaders to reassure them that he has their back."

U.S. House of Representatives votes on Trump impeachment on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 1

Congress removes Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees

Some 11 Republicans joined every Democrat in voting to remove Greene from the committees.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
06/02/2021

Biden says Trump should not receive intelligence briefings

"What value is giving him an intelligence briefing? What impact does he have at all, other than the fact he might slip and say something?" Biden said.

By REUTERS
06/02/2021

Biden to raise current US refugee cap from historic lows

Biden said he plans to set the limit for fiscal year 2022, which begins on Oct. 1, 2021, at 125,000 refugees.

By REUTERS
06/02/2021

Majority of Republicans would join a Trump-led third party

All told, some 37% of US voters from all parties said they were likely to join a Trump third party.

Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio official who faced antisemitic backlash, considering a Senate run

Acton resigned as health director in June after her stay-at-home orders to stem the coronavirus crisis sparked threats and protests.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
05/02/2021

Bill backed by Jewish vets would join US, Israel in PTSD research

The bill would establish a grant program for American universities and nonprofits to team up with Israeli counterparts to research post-traumatic stress disorder.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
05/02/2021
Donald Trump

Trump quits US actors union. Union responds 'Thank you'

Trump resigned his membership in the American actors union before it met to decide whether to expel the former TV reality star.

By REUTERS
05/02/2021

Trump rejects call to testify at his impeachment trial

Several senators said it would have been a bad idea for Trump to testify.

By REUTERS
04/02/2021

US charges Seattle-based Proud Boys member for role in Capitol riots

The FBI has been looking particularly closely at the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers and other far-right groups and anti-government militias as they investigate the Capitol riots.

By REUTERS
04/02/2021
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Washington at Capitol

Canada puts Proud Boys on terror list, cites active security threat

The group's founder, Gavin McInnes, is Canadian who lives in the United States.

By REUTERS
04/02/2021
 The Pentagon (Aerial view)

Pentagon, stumped by extremism in ranks, orders stand-down in next 60 days

The decision to a hold a stand-down was made by Lloyd Austin, who made history by becoming the military's first Black defense secretary after a long career rising in the ranks of the Army.

By REUTERS
04/02/2021

Biden may call Netanyahu 'in weeks ahead'

US-Israel relationship is "long and abiding," says press secretary • Netanyahu, Biden to discuss "a range of issues when they do connect"

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner's financial disclosures shows loss of income

Although they are still considered super-rich, it was found that Ivanka Trump did not receive any income from businesses she ran prior to entering the government during her final year.

Congresswoman Kathy Manning: Bombs from Gaza prepped me for Capitol mob

“As my heart started to race, I thought to myself, ‘I’ve been through much worse," she said.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
03/02/2021
Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana

First openly gay cabinet secretary confirmed by US Senate

Buttigieg will face questions about how to oversee the introduction of more drones, self-driving cars and other advanced technologies.

By REUTERS
02/02/2021

'Patriot Party' Trump supporter groups grow rapidly on Facebook - study

Amid a rift with several Republican leaders over the Capitol riot, Trump has talked about forming a new political party, his advisers say.

By REUTERS
02/02/2021

AOC recalls Capitol siege, opens up about experience with sexual assault

Ocasio-Cortez recorded an Instagram live post condemning the Capitol siege and calls from Republican lawmakers to move past the event - likening the strategy to those used by abusive partners.

Mitchell Silk

Silk’s Road: How a global infrastructure gap spurred Abraham Accords

Mideast peace achieved with the help of a Hasidic Jew in Washington tasked with shrinking infrastructure funding gaps in Latin America and Asia

By MIKE WAGENHEIM / THE MEDIA LINE
02/02/2021

House Dems. mull removing Marjorie Taylor Greene for antisemetic comments

Last week, reporters unearthed a 2018 in which Greene posted an antisemitic conspiracy theory blaming "the Rothschild family" for starting California wildfires using a laser from space.

By REUTERS
01/02/2021
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