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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.

Warren, Sanders try to move past feud as early voters sound alarm

"Bernie and I have been friends a long time. We fight for the same issues," Warren said.

By REUTERS
19/01/2020
The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau
Senior US State Dept. diplomats note commitment to Holocaust commemoration

Elan Carr, the US special envoy for monitoring and combating antisemitism, also weighed in on the upcoming 75th anniversary, saying that there are three “primary sources” of hatred toward Jews.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/01/2020
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden smiles as Senator Be
'Simply a lie,' Biden accuses Sanders campaign of releasing 'doctored' video

The Sanders campaign has refused to back down.

By REUTERS
19/01/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019
Trump Team: Impeachment a 'dangerous attack' on right to vote

"We are on strong legal footing. The president has done nothing wrong, and we believe that will be borne out in this process," sources have said.

By REUTERS , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/01/2020
U.S. President Trump speaks with Congressional Republicans at the White House in Washington
Donald Trump says the 2nd Amendment is under 'serious attack' in Virginia

The Virginia Senate passed bills to require background checks on all firearms sales, limit handgun purchases to one a month, and restore local governments' right to ban weapons from public spaces.

By REUTERS
18/01/2020
Democratic Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT)
Bernie Sanders backed a party that supported Iran during hostage crisis

Pulley often condemned “[US President Jimmy] Carter’s war drive against the Iranian people,” claiming the US “was on the brink of war with Iran.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/01/2020
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 2019 Second Step
Joe Biden mocks Donald Trump’s claim to speak against antisemitism

“This is the same guy who watched antisemites, their veins bulging, coming out of fields, literally carrying torches,” Biden said, referring to the deadly neo-Nazi protests in 2017.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
18/01/2020
Jewish Democrats push to reverse Trump migration ban on Muslim countries

The letter sent Thursday was signed by 32 moderate Democrats, many who represent districts won by Trump in 2016. Trump’s restrictions on immigration impact migrants from a number of Muslim countries.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
18/01/2020
Alan Dershowitz (L) and Donald Trump (R)
Trump adds legal heavyweights Starr, Dershowitz to impeachment team

The White House also said Jane Raskin, one of Trump's private lawyers, and Eric Herschmann, another former independent counsel, would be on the president's legal team.

By REUTERS
19/01/2020
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
US Supreme Court takes up presidential Electoral College dispute

The Supreme Court will take up appeals in two cases involving electors who decided to vote in the Electoral College process for someone other than Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

By REUTERS
17/01/2020
Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar speaks at her election night party in Minneapolis.
Republican Muslim former refugee launches bid to take Ilhan Omar's seat

Dalia al-Aquidi is tired of Ilhan Omar playing identity politics. "Muslims, Christians, Jews are all Americans," she said.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
18/01/2020
Trump impeachment trial opens; White House faulted on Ukraine aid freeze

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump called the whole impeachment process a "big hoax."

By REUTERS
17/01/2020
House Intelligence Committee Holds Hearing On Impeachment Inquiry Of President Trump
US Senate to take up impeachment in a day of ceremony and formality

The Democratic-led House of Representatives on Wednesday sent two formal charges against Trump to the Republican-led Senate.

By REUTERS
16/01/2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Elizabeth Warren,
Ahead of Iowa caucuses, only 40% of voters have made up their mind

The poll interviewed 700 likely caucusgoers between January 2 and January 8.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks after the senate voted on a resolution ending U.S. military sup
In 1987, Sanders said JFK made him nauseous; now he praises him in new ad

The Democratic president hopeful was appalled by Kennedy's position on the Cuban Revolution.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/01/2020
Elizabeth Warren told Bernie Sanders he called her a liar on national TV

Sanders disputed that claim before and during the debate but Warren insists it's true.

By REUTERS
16/01/2020
U.S. House of Representatives votes on Trump impeachment on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 1
US House committee holds hearing on antisemitism

"This is not the time for thoughts and prayers. We need resources and action," said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League.

Bernie Sanders organizer: Cities will burn if Trump is re-elected

"The cops are going to be the ones that are getting f***ing beaten in Milwaukee."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/01/2020
Pelosi appoints Schiff, Nadler to be among 7 Trump impeachment managers

“The emphasis is on litigation. The emphasis is on comfort level in the court room,” Pelosi said.

By SARAH D. WIRE / LOS ANGELES TIMES / TNS
15/01/2020
Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the sixth 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates campaign
Democrats debate tensions with Iran, nuclear deal

"Right now... we have a president who is lying again and could drag us into a war that is even worse than the war in Iraq."

Protesters hold abanner that reads "Boycott Israel" during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Paris
Rep. Zeldin brings anti-boycott act to Congress

Unlike laws in the 1970s, the bill does not include criminal penalties, but it preserves the earlier laws’ monetary punishment.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA , OMRI NAHMIAS
15/01/2020
Elizabeth Warren
Obama’s Middle East policy team has a new home in Warren’s campaign

Warren has been uncharacteristically silent about her foreign policy, delivering only one speech and an article about it in the year or so she’s been campaigning.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/01/2020
Last-minute evidence added to Trump impeachment case before Senate trial

The Senate is expected to acquit Trump, as none of its 53 Republicans have voiced support for ousting him, a step that would require a two-thirds majority in the 100-member Senate.

By REUTERS
15/01/2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Elizabeth Warren,
60% of Iowan Democrats undecided over which candidate can beat Trump

"It's a mess" say local democrats, as the four front runners cluster in the polls.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
14/01/2020
Trump criticized for 'Islamophobic' retweet featuring Pelosi, Schumer

People are outraged as Trump retweets a doctored photo depicting Sen. Chuck Schumer in a turban and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wearing a hijab standing in front of the Iranian flag.

14/01/2020
Michael Bloomberg
Moderate Democrat Max Rose set to endorse Michael Bloomberg for president

Rose, a Jewish army veteran, is one of at least nine Democrats with national security backgrounds who flipped seats from Republican to Democratic in the 2018 presidential election.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
14/01/2020
New York to reform yeshiva system, grads can barely speak English

Gene Steinberg was born and raised barely an hour outside New York City, but well into adulthood he could barely speak the language of his native country.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
14/01/2020
Senator Van Hollen alongside community leaders
US politicians support raising security grants for houses of worship

Senators, community leaders, supporting quadrupling security grants program for houses of worship

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker speaks during the fifth 2020 campaign debate a
Democrat Cory Booker drops out of 2020 US presidential race

The New Jersey Democrat had immediately been seen as a top contender when he launched his campaign in February 2019.

By REUTERS
14/01/2020
Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dalla
Texas first state to stop refugee resettlement under Trump exec order

Republican governor Greg Abbott has written to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to opt out of the refugee resettlement scheme, arguing that Texans should take priority for public spending.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
13/01/2020
U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduces Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S
'Ilhan Omar's hypocrisy on Iran sanctions reveals her anti-Israel bias'

Omar has slammed Trump for imposing sanctions upon the Iranian regime, yet was happy to introduce a House resolution in support of the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
13/01/2020
Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the sixth 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates campaign
Bernie Sanders picks up backing of influential New Hampshire union

New Hampshire will hold the second primary contest in February and victory in the state has historically helped fuel candidate momentum.

By REUTERS
13/01/2020
Progressive Democratic candidates US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders
Warren, Sanders campaigns spar in rare show of discord

The spat underscores the rising stakes for Warren, Sanders and the 11 other Democrats seeking their party's nod to take on Republican President Donald Trump in November's election.

By REUTERS
13/01/2020
A participant wears a Trump "Make America Great Again" yarmulke as they attend a White House Hanukka
Why Trump’s Iran moves matter for Florida’s Jewish voters

Iran has complicated the picture even more.

By ALEX DAUGHERTY/ TNS
12/01/2020
A security officer watches Code Pink protestors
Anti-Israel group Code Pink listed for upcoming Women’s March

The organization was originally founded by Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans in 2002, the former of whom is herself Jewish, and is known for protesting pro-Israel events on Capitol Hill.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/01/2020
Larry David and Bernie Sanders appear together on the ‘Today’ show

The two are distantly related, a 2017 episode of 'finding your roots' revealed.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
12/01/2020
Michael Bloomberg
Bloomberg pledges to donate staff to Democrat nominee, even if isn't him

The billionaire has pledged to fund 500 staffers across the country to work for the Democratic nominee, whoever it is.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
12/01/2020
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) hosts a town hall in Rochester, Michigan, U.S., December 16, 2019.
Iran resolution splits Jewish members of 'gang of nine' Democrats

Divisions are forming among a close-knit group of nine Democrats over American policy on Iran.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/01/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019
Trump: You cannot let Iran have a nuclear weapon

In the interview, the president also criticized Ilhan Omar: "She hates Israel. She hates Jewish People."

Author Marianne Williamson speaks on the first night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential
Marianne Williamson drops out of 2020 presidential race

The Jewish writer and self-help guru made the announcement in a message to supporters on Friday, The New York Times reported.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
11/01/2020
CONTENTIOUS TIMES in America are bringing out antisemitism.
Congressmen introduce resolution aimed at reducing antisemitism

Three Republican congressmen, reps. Ted Budd from North Carolina, Lee Zeldin from New York and David Kustoff from Tennessee, introduced H. Res. 782 to combat antisemitism in the United States.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/01/2020
‘WHAT ARE the effects, in Israel, in the US, and the rest of the world, of the perceived opinions of
US to give Israel $3.3 billion in aid

A bill formalizing the figure gained support from both Republican and Democratic senators.

By REUTERS
09/01/2020
Capitol Hill security briefing on developments with Iran after attacks by Iran on US forces
Ilhan Omar 'stricken with PTSD' amid US-Iran tensions

Rep. Jim Banks called Omar's PTSD comments a "disgrace," and "offensive to our nation's veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
09/01/2020
Ahead of US election, Facebook gives users some control over political ads

Facebook is struggling to quell criticism of its ads policies. In particular it has come under fire after it exempted politicians' ads from fact-checking standards applied to other content.

By REUTERS
09/01/2020
Michael Bloomberg spends $10 mil. on Super Bowl presidential campaign ad

Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and billionaire media mogul, is financing his run for president out of his own pocket.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
09/01/2020
Nancy Pelosi: US House will vote to limit Trump's military actions on Iran

"Members of Congress have serious, urgent concerns about the Administration's decision to engage in hostilities against Iran and about its lack of strategy moving forward," Pelosi said.

By REUTERS
09/01/2020
Former New York City Mayor and possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg spe
Bloomberg says business experience is key to beating Trump

Bloomberg, a late entrant in the Democratic contest to take on President Donald Trump in the November election, said nominating someone without business experience would help Trump.

By REUTERS
08/01/2020
A man walks into an US army recruiting center in Hollywood
Fake text messages call up US citizens for military draft

The draft was last in effect in 1973 and the military has been an all-volunteer force since then.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/01/2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo rescues man from car crash

Cuomo cut the man free from the seatbelt and helped him climb out of the vehicle.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/01/2020
Bolton says he is willing to testify in Trump impeachment trial

Bolton strongly objected to an effort by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to pressure Kiev outside of regular diplomatic channels, according to witnesses

By REUTERS
07/01/2020
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
AOC admits to being one of the 'most hated' people in the US

Finishing her first year in Congress, the leader of "The Squad" looks back on the hate against her, as well as the vocal support she's received.

06/01/2020
Judge Judy
Judge Judy endorses Bloomberg for US president

Celebrity endorsements don't usually make or break an election, but Judge Judy could be an exception.

06/01/2020
Former Rhode Island governor to run for US presidency as Libertarian

Chafee will make his formal announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Cooke told the Providence Journal.

06/01/2020
Sen. Sanders seeks to block funding for US military strike against Iran

While a serving US president usually needs Congress to officially declare war, the US has not declared war against any nation since 1942

Protesters and militia fighters throw stones towards the U.S. Embassy during a protest to condemn ai
Trump: Soleimani plotted 'imminent' attacks

"I believe there was a threat, but the question of how imminent is still one I want answered," Senator Mark Warner said.

By REUTERS
04/01/2020
AN IMAGE of IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani.
Ted Cruz: Soleimani assassination is justice for Israel, Trump tweets flag

US Senator for Texas Ted Cruz: Killing Soleimani was long-overdue justice for Israeli allies who have suffered from terrorism at the hands of Hezbollah terrorists commanded by IRGC Quds Force.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion (R) with Avi Berkowitz, Assistant to the President and Special Representa
Avi Berkowitz to arrive in Israel Sunday, first trip since taking office

The peace team originally planned to roll out the political part of the plan last summer but decided to wait until a new government in Israel is sworn in.

US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an appearance in Boston
Joe Biden: My plan to fight antisemitism

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has sent five questions on antisemitism and Jewish issues to all of the registered American presidential candidates from both parties.

By JOE BIDEN / JTA
02/01/2020
White House hopeful Bernie Sanders raises $34.5 million in fourth quarter

Campaign manager Faiz Shakir said Sanders' "grassroots movement" showed he was he best placed candidate to defeat Trump.

By REUTERS
02/01/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the P
The US chief justice who will preside over Trump's trial

The normally reserved and mild-mannered Roberts, 64, will have the largely symbolic role of presiding officer, with senators casting the crucial votes.

By REUTERS
01/01/2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Jerusalem, October 1
Is Pompeo running point on Israel as Trump moves away from Netanyahu?

Pompeo’s rise as a central figure in the US-Israel relationship comes as US President Donald Trump seems to be distancing himself from Netanyahu.

How Trump's impeachment trial would differ from a criminal one

In the unlikely event he is found guilty, Trump would be removed from office.

By REUTERS
31/12/2019
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 2019 Second Step
Biden would consider Republican running mate for 2020

Speaking at an event in Exeter, New Hampshire, the former vice president added that he "can't think of one right now."

By REUTERS
31/12/2019
  Representative John Lewis stands to applause, seated next to Daniel Pearl's sister, Tamara.
Jewish lawmakers and groups laud John Lewis' legacy after cancer diagnosis

“This is not an exaggeration: Mr. Lewis has transformed our country through his struggle and leadership,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, the Anti-Defamation League’s CEO.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
31/12/2019
US House to discuss recent spike in antisemitic incidents

The hearing would focus on increase of "antisemitic domestic terrorism attacks."

John Bolton is back as Chairman of Gatestone advocacy group

Bolton sent an email to subscribers on Sunday, asking supporters to contribute to the institution, citing what he described as censorship in social media.

Christianity Today's split with Trump highlights American divide

Napp Nazworth resigned over the Christian Post's plans to criticize Christianity Today for its anti-Trump editorial.

By REUTERS
30/12/2019
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 2019 Second Step
Facing blowback, Biden clarifies stance on impeachment trial testimony

Ross Garber, a Washington lawyer specializing in impeachment proceedings, said it was "incredibly unlikely" that Republican senators would back an effort to push for Biden's testimony.

By REUTERS
28/12/2019
Spotify bans political advertisements ahead of 2020 US election

“At this point in time, we do not yet have the necessary level of robustness in our process, systems and tools to responsibly validate and review this content,” Spotify said in a statement.

Trump in a corner after rockets kill US contractor, wound forces

Any response will have regional impact that can affect Syria, Israel and the Gulf

Trump signs bills officially recognizing Little Shell Tribe

The Federal recognition is a first for the century old community of Montana Chippewa Native Americans.

Trump and Alan Dershowitz chat at Mar-a-Lago Christmas Eve party

The two men were spotted by reporters chatting at a Christmas Eve dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. The White House did not comment on the conversation.

By JORDAN FABIAN/BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS
26/12/2019
U.S. President Trump speaks with Congressional Republicans at the White House in Washington
'The Christian Post' editor resigns, says editors are on 'Team Trump'

An editor at 'The Christian Post' announced on twitter he is leaving the paper: "They decided to publish an editorial that positions them on Team Trump."

Former New York City Mayor and possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg spe
Michael Bloomberg: My White House campaign unknowingly used prison labor

Bloomberg entered the Democratic presidential race in November and is vying against candidates such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

By REUTERS , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/12/2019
AOC: Trump is a corrupt politician afraid of 'strong women'

'I think that if the president is calling me crazy, that's good. It'd be a problem if he said he agreed with me, because he has a lot of issues,' Ocasio-Cortez said in the interview.

White House policy adviser Stephen Miller
Stephen Miller says Democrats are trying to demonize him

Miller responded to the letter sent on Friday by 25 Jewish Democratic House members urging President Donald Trump to dismiss Miller, focusing on his hard-line views on immigration.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/12/2019
ICC
Evangelical group rejects ICC probe of Israel: simply absurd

"There is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation into the situation in Palestine, pursuant to Article 53(1) of the [Rome] Statute," ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Friday.

Muslim American activist Linda Sarsour prepares to perform "Maghrib" sunset prayers
'Elle' Magazine slammed for including Linda Sarsour in top 20 people list

In a statement, CAMERA slammed the inclusion of Sarsour on the list, and accused Elle's editors of publishing a piece without thoroughly vetting it.

23/12/2019
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019
180 Evangelical leaders reject editorial calling for Trump removal

In a letter published on Sunday by the Christian Post, the faith leaders wrote their own editorial “to express dissatisfaction” from the editorial that was featured by Christianity Today.

U.S. House of Representatives votes on Trump impeachment on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 1
The Impeachment Chronicles: What does it have to do with Israel?

For the third time in the Republic’s history, the US House of Representatives impeached a president.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
22/12/2019
White House policy adviser Stephen Miller
25 Jewish Democrats in Congress call on Trump to fire Stephen Miller

“Weaponizing antisemitism is incredibly dangerous – by muddying the waters, we are no longer able to see and fight against the real anti-Semites in our midst,” the letter reads.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
21/12/2019
Trump creates US Space Force – first new military branch in 70 years

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper: “Maintaining American dominance in that domain is now the mission of the United States Space Force”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/12/2019
Trump slams Christianity Today magazine after it calls for his removal

"No President has done more for the evangelical community, and it’s not even close," Trump tweeted.

By REUTERS
21/12/2019
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a campaign rally at the Giant Center in Hershey,
US lawmakers gift-wrap an impeachment impasse ahead of holiday break

Trump stands little chance of being convicted by the Republican-controlled Senate, which is due to take up the two impeachment charges that the Democratic-controlled House passed in a historic vote.

By REUTERS
20/12/2019
Bernie Sanders: In my view, Netanyahu is a racist

Speaking at the sixth Democratic debate in Los Angeles, the Vermont senator also said that regarding US foreign policy, "It's not just being pro-Israel. We must be pro-Palestinian, as well."

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a campaign rally at the Giant Center in Hershey,
Less than half of Americans want Trump ousted – poll

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, had been initially hesitant to bring impeachment charges against Trump because she was concerned there would not be enough public support.

By REUTERS
20/12/2019
American Jewry and the Trump impeachment

Polls show most Israelis appreciate Trump even as the majority of American Jews cannot stomach him

19/12/2019
Actor Chadwick Boseman and Director Ryan Coogler arrive at the premiere of Marvel's 'Black Panther'
USDA removes free trade agreement with Marvel's Wakanda

A spokesman told The Washington Post that the inclusion of the mythical African nation from the universe of Marvel superheroes was a mistake made as part of a test officials were running.

By REUTERS
19/12/2019
U.S. President Donald Trump attends Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House in Washington,
Republican: Trump treated less fairly than Jesus ahead of crucifixion

"During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than Democrats have afforded this president in this process," the lawmaker said.

By REUTERS
19/12/2019
At campaign rally, Trump gives withering review of impeachment vote

"They're the ones who should be impeached, every one of them," he said of Democrats.

By REUTERS
19/12/2019
Democrats that voted no: Party didn't make impeachment case against Trump

Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who represents a safely Democratic district in Hawaii, voted "present" on both charges.

By REUTERS
19/12/2019
U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House following reports that U.S. forces
The impact of impeachment on Israel? - analysis

The only impact the process could have is if Trump tries to change the conversation around America by focusing on foreign policy.

Mexican children shiver in tents at US border as temperature freezes

Weather forecasts predict freezing temperatures in the Ciudad Juarez-El Paso area through the weekend.

By REUTERS
19/12/2019
Will VP Pence lead the American delegation to the World Holocaust Forum?

The event will take place on January 23, 2020, with the participation of dozens of world leaders.

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