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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 signs Juneteenth bill, creating holiday marking US slavery's end

Biden said the day is a reminder of the "terrible toll that slavery took on the country and continues to take."

By REUTERS
17/06/2021
Tali Farhadian Weinstein entered the race for Manhattan district attorney earlier this month. The la

Leading Manhattan DA candidate reportedly paid no federal income taxes

Tali Farhadian Weinstein – who, if elected, would take over the investigation relating to former President Trump’s taxes – reported income as high as $107 million but paid no federal income taxes.

17/06/2021
U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN)

Republicans likelier to see antisemitism when connected to Ilhan Omar

The poll found that 47% of Republican respondents viewed a tweet as antisemitic when they knew it was said by Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
17/06/2021
US Deputy Secretary of State Thomas R. Nides (C) talks to South Korea's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hw

Biden picks Thomas Nides as ambassador to Israel

Biden also named his ambassador picks to NATO, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Gambia, Guinea, Paraguay and Costa Rica.

What does Biden admin mean for antisemitism, Israel, tech industry?

The new US strategy will encourage and support American intelligence agencies studying social media trends in order to help analyze and prepare for domestic terror threats.

Biden administration unveils plan to tackle domestic terrorism

The issue took on new urgency after the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by supporters of former president Donald Trump who were trying to overturn Joe Biden's election victory.

By REUTERS
15/06/2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene tours Holocaust museum, apologizes for comments

Last month, Greene compared a supermarket’s decision to add a logo to the badges of vaccinated workers to the yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi-occupied Europe.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/06/2021

Biden calls Bennett, world leaders congratulate new Israeli gov't

The US "remains unwavering in its support for Israel's security," Biden said, saying that the US government is committed to working with the new Israeli government

By MAAYAN GILOH
14/06/2021

Biden says Putin was right that US-Russian relations are at low point

Biden said he had told Putin before being elected he would look at whether the Russian leader had been involved in trying to interfere with the US election

By REUTERS
13/06/2021

Justice Dept watchdog to probe seizure of Democrats' communications data

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office was beginning a review of the department's "use of subpoenas and other legal authorities to obtain communication records

By REUTERS
12/06/2021
A general view of Kabul January 31, 2010.

US says diplomatic presence in Kabul requires 'secure airport'

The Taliban's position poses serious questions for the United States, other countries and international organizations with missions in Kabul

By REUTERS
11/06/2021

US attorney general vows to aggressively defend voting rights

Garland said the Justice Department will prosecute threats against election officials, double the number of prosecutors devoted to voting rights and closely examine how states conduct their elections

By REUTERS
11/06/2021

US to aid UNWRA on condition of new curriculum

Secretary of state Antony Blinken, will report to the US congressional committees on whether UNRWA followed the new guidelines and requirements before the release of the funds.

11/06/2021

Jewish Democratic lawmakers may condemn Ilhan Omar for likening Hamas to Israel and US

Ilhan Omar, a Democratic member of Congress, tweeted a video in which she compared Israel and the US to Hamas and the Taliban.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
10/06/2021

Republican lawmakers urge Biden to stop reopening of PLO Washington office

The lawmakers said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s announcement about the move to reopen the two offices “is deeply concerning.”

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin

State Dept., Trump officials vie over using 'Abraham Accords' terminology

A State Department official claimed there was no internal effort to stop using "Abraham Accords," and simply uses "normalization agreements" as a description of what they are.

By MIKE WAGENHEIM / THE MEDIA LINE
09/06/2021

Ilhan Omar compares Israel to Taliban in conversation with Blinken

Omar shared a video of a conversation between herself and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, where she called for "accountability and justice," for victims of crimes against humanity.

Biden’s support for Israel gets mixed results among voters, poll finds

Biden during the May 10-21 conflict backed Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets fired by Hamas.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
09/06/2021
Oregon State Capitol

Oregon state rep. filmed instructing people how to access state Capitol

In the video, Nearmen stressed "if you accuse me of knowing anything about it, I will deny it."

Can Israel's political upheaval provide solid footing in US? - analysis

“Netanyahu decided to go all-in with Republicans. He has undermined the trust of Democrats.”

By MIKE WAGENHEIM / THE MEDIA LINE
07/06/2021

Benny Gantz meets with US security officials on regional threats, aid

Gantz is the first Israeli politician to visit the White House and the US State Department since the beginning of Biden’s term as President

New York Senate candidate encourages Americans to protest Hamas

Salem stresses that any humanitarian or financial aid that enters Gaza will manifest into weapons to fire upon Israel

Rep. Ted Deutch blames anti-Israel colleagues for spike in antisemitism

Deutch called out “people in the United States who hear that the entire state of Israel is some unacceptable creation”

By BEN SALES/JTA
05/06/2021

Facebook suspends former US President Trump's account until 2023

The company also said there would be a set of escalating sanctions that would be triggered if Trump broke further rules that could lead to his permanent removal.

By REUTERS
05/06/2021

Pentagon not to allow pride flags to be flown on installations

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the decision was made because it could open the door for other challenges to the rule set in place in July

By REUTERS
04/06/2021

Bernie Sanders says he 'will not be mourning' Netanyahu's departure

"I think, over the years, the coalition that he has put together has become more right-wing, and in some cases, part of that coalition is overtly racist."

Vienna

US sees sixth round of Iran nuclear talks

The European Union envoy coordinating the talks on Wednesday said he believed a deal would be struck at the next round starting next week

By REUTERS
03/06/2021

Netanyahu changed the way Americans view Israel for better and worse

“For decades, Israel wisely cultivated relations with both Democrats and Republicans...Bibi broke that tradition and threw his lot in with the Republicans"

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
03/06/2021

Bipartisan letter urges Austin to provide emergency funding for Iron Dome

Meanwhile, a group of 17 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, urging him “to immediately take steps to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.”

Florida’s Jewish agricultural commissioner announces run for governor

In 2019, she traveled to Israel in part to research Israeli agricultural technology advances, but also to demonstrate that Democrats remained in the pro-Israel camp.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
02/06/2021

How will the Biden admin handle the new Israeli gov’t? - analysis

What we can expect from the Biden administration if Bennet and Lapid manage to form a unity government.

US SOLDIERS stand in the background next to Israeli and American flags during an exercise in Israel.

Majority of Americans side with Israel, favor aid, arms sales - poll

For the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 59% of respondents they sided more with Israel, while 24% said they support more the Palestinians.

Biden: Antisemitic attacks 'despicable, unconscionable, un-American'

“We must all stand together to silence these terrible and terrifying echoes of the worst chapters in world history, and pledge to give hate no safe harbor"

Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Or

US government seeks to dismiss suit against Trump, Washington Post says

The lawsuit sought an order declaring that Trump, Barr and other officials violated the constitutional rights of the demonstrators

By REUTERS
29/05/2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene compares Democrats to Nazis

Greene, a firebrand ally of former President Donald Trump, was broadly denounced by her fellow Republicans on Tuesday for likening COVID-19 masks and vaccinations to the Holocaust.

29/05/2021
Rudy Giuliani delivers remarks before Donald Trump rallies with supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa,

Rudy Giuliani on antisemitism: 'This should not happen in America'

Giuliani also states that the recent rise in antisemitic hate crimes would not have happened had former US President Donald Trump won the 2020 election.

Biden budget drops Hyde Amendment to allow public funding of abortion

Women's and civil rights groups, who say the amendment disproportionately impacts low-income women, hailed its omission in Biden's proposal on Friday

By REUTERS
29/05/2021
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington

US Senate Republicans block bill on probe of deadly Capitol riot

Republicans are concerned that the commission would focus attention on the violence and on Trump's persistent false claims about the 2020 election until well into next year.

By REUTERS
28/05/2021
US President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving address at his transition headquarters in W

What to watch for in Biden's first budget: Israel, Medicaid student loans

The Democratic president in April provided a partial wish list for about $1.5 trillion in government spending for the fiscal year that starts on Oct. 1, just a sliver of the total budget.

By REUTERS
27/05/2021

Jewish House Democrat pushes GOP Senator to lift hold on Palestinian aid

Senator Jim Risch reportedly is behind a hold on $75 million in congressionally approved aid President Joe Biden wants to send to NGOs administering humanitarian assistance in the Gaza Strip.

By JTA/RON KAMPEAS
27/05/2021
 The Pentagon (Aerial view)

Pentagon may tell troops to look for suspected 'Havana Syndrome' cases

The State Department has already issued a memo on the issue, asking staff to immediately report any symptoms.

US to allow citizens abroad to travel on expired passports

The expired passport rule will only apply to people traveling to the US from abroad, and can only be used once.

Marjorie Taylor Greene doubles down on comparing mask rules to Holocaust

The American Jewish Congress called on Greene to apologize.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
25/05/2021
Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Or

53% of Republicans view Trump as true US president - poll

The national Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found that 53% of Republicans believe Trump, their party's nominee, is the “true president” now, compared to 3% of Democrats & 25% of all Americans.

By REUTERS
25/05/2021

Blinken: US not jump-starting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks now

“I don’t think we’re in a place where getting to some kind of a negotiation for what ultimately, I think, has to be the result, which is a two-state solution."

Senate Republicans introduce bill to resupply Israel's Iron Dome

“US assistance headed to areas under Hamas control should be redirected to Israel to resupply the Iron Dome,” said Arizona Senator Tom Cotton.

Biden promises to replenish Israel's Iron Dome supply, help rebuild Gaza

The president also expressed hope that the ceasefire would develop into potentially bigger movements towards progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

US Rep. Chip Roy: Biden must stand with Israel against terrorism

"We should encourage the killing of terrorists, not negotiating with them," United States Representative Chip Roy said at a Stand with Israel conference on Thursday.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Washington at Capitol

House approves Capitol riot probe; many Republicans buck leadership

The bill to establish an independent commission to probe the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was passed by 252-175 in the US House of Representatives.

By REUTERS
20/05/2021

Meeks drops plan to ask for delay of transfer of weapons to Israel

Meeks, a New York Democrat who just months ago pledged to leave sacrosanct defense assistance to Israel, promised greater oversight of arms sales, including to Israel.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
19/05/2021
Sen. Marco Rubio speaks with reporters in Washington in July

Senate Republicans to Biden: End negotiation with Iran

In a letter led by Senator Rubio, the senators wrote: “In light of these recent attacks by Hamas against Israel, the United States should take all steps necessary to hold Tehran accountable."

Lacking personnel, Biden’s administration tries to de-escalate tensions

As the recent round of escalation is unfolding, the administration finds itself with no ambassador in Israel and with no special envoy to the region, with a limited ability to make an impact.

Blinken calls Hezbollah 'threat,' US blacklists 7 Lebanese nationals

The Treasury Department said in a statement that it had blacklisted Ibrahim Ali Daher, who it described as chief of Hezbollah's Central Finance Unit, as a specially designated global terrorist.

By REUTERS
11/05/2021
Supporters of US President Donald Trump rally and march on the Ellipse and the streets around the Wh

White House releases first visitor logs since Obama

Biden, a Democrat, committed during the transition to making White House visitor logs public, after Trump, his Republican predecessor, refused to release the names of people coming and going

By REUTERS
08/05/2021

Bipartisan US senators pen support for funding of F-35 jet

Lockheed plans to deliver between 133 and 139 of the jets this year.

By REUTERS
06/05/2021
Robert Wexler

Jewish Biden backers push for Robert Wexler to be ambassador to Israel

Underpinning the pressure to name Wexler is the hope among traditionally pro-Israel Democrats that Biden maintains a close relationship with Israel

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
06/05/2021

US backs giving poorer countries access to COVID-19 vaccine patents

Biden voiced his support for a waiver - a sharp reversal of the previous US position - in remarks to reporters

By REUTERS
06/05/2021
Joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden as the next US president in the US Capitol in Was

143 US lawmakers support doubling religious institution security grants

Several Jewish organizations advocated in the past two years to increase the project’s funding in light of antisemitic attacks in several states across the US.

Biden heeds complaints, lifts refugee cap to 62,500

A Democrat, Biden formally reversed himself just 2 weeks after his administration announced it would keep the cap at the 15,000 level set by his Republican predecessor, an immigration hawk.

By REUTERS
03/05/2021

Florida to fine social media for banning politicians, just not Disney

State will not account for temporary bans or bans earned from violating a platform's terms of service.

Biden on Jewish heritage month nods to Chuck Schumer and Doug Emhoff

Kamala Harris’s husband is Douglas Emhoff, who is Jewish and Chuck Schumer is a Jewish Democrat from New York, who became Senate majority leader in January when Democrats retook the Senate.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
03/05/2021
The Idaho House of Representatives Room in Idaho State Capitol Building

Idaho and West Virginia pass anti-Israel boycott laws

Idaho’s Anti-Boycott Against Israel Act states that public entities cannot do business over a total of $100,000 with companies that do not expressly oppose the BDS movement

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
01/05/2021

Next major war will be 'very different,' US defense secretary says

Austin called for harnessing technological advances and better integrating military operations globally to "understand faster, decide faster and act faster"

By REUTERS
01/05/2021
 The Pentagon (Aerial view)

Pentagon to cancel Trump border wall projects using military funds

President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on January 20, his first day in office, ordering a freeze on border wall projects

By REUTERS
30/04/2021
U.S. House of Representatives votes on Trump impeachment on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 1

Republican Jewish Coalition PAC endorses reps from diverse backgrounds

The RJC-affiliated political action committee endorsed a number of Latino and Asian relative newcomers to the US House of Representatives.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
30/04/2021
A MAN plays with a soccer ball in a field at Central Park on spring equinox, in the Manhattan boroug

Scott Stringer, Jewish candidate for NYC mayor, denies abuse allegations

Denying sexual assault allegations against him, Scott Stringer says he will not be dropping out of the NYC mayoral race.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
30/04/2021

Biden talks tough on China in first speech to Congress

"China and other countries are closing in fast. We have to develop and dominate the products and technologies of the future," Biden said.

By REUTERS
29/04/2021
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to US President Donald Trump, speaks dur

US investigators raid Giuliani apartment in New York, seize electronics

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have been investigating Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine.

By REUTERS
29/04/2021

Small crowd planned for Biden's first speech to Congress

Just 200 people, mostly lawmakers plus a handful of representatives of other arms of government and select family members, will attend the masked, socially distanced speech.

By REUTERS
28/04/2021
Protesters rally outside of the state capitol building before the vote on the extension of Governor

WMD charges added against men who plotted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer

In the new indictment, Fox, Croft and Harris were accused of planning to destroy a bridge near Whitmer's vacation home in order to hinder the response by law enforcement.

By REUTERS
28/04/2021

Likely candidate for new ambassador to Israel emerges in Washington

Thomas R. Nides emerges as a likely candidate for ambassador to Israel ahead of President Biden's nominee announcements.

US Justice Dept. ends Trump-era limits on grants to 'sanctuary cities'

The policy reversal marks a major victory for states and cities that have been unable to access awards they received for police funding without first cooperating with ICE.

By REUTERS
28/04/2021

Laura Moser felt more Jewish after Congress run. So she moved to Berlin.

In Berlin, she is relieved from deciding whether she wants to be inside, one of them. She is not one of them.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
28/04/2021

Biden pick for key appeals court gets a Jewish group’s endorsement

The National Council of Jewish Women is endorsing two of President Joe Biden’s nominees to appeals courts.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
28/04/2021

Joe Lieberman is lobbying Republicans to make DC a state

Lieberman, whose last acts in Congress included a DC statehood bill in 2012 that went nowhere, told Forbes he “would be glad” to make the case.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
24/04/2021
GOP Convention July, 2016

Virginia Republicans won’t move convention voting off Shabbat

A majority of the State Central Committee voted Thursday for a religious exemption to voting at the convention taking place on May 8, a Saturday.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
24/04/2021

328 Congress members support full funding of Israel security assistance

The move comes three days after Democratic senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders said during the J Street conference that the administration should consider conditioning aid to Israel.

US House passes bill to make Washington, DC, the 51st state

By a vote of 216-208, the Democratic-controlled House approved the initiative with no Republican support.

By REUTERS
22/04/2021

Gun control bill named after Jewish Parkland Victim reintroduced

A gun control bill named after a Jewish Parkland shooting victim is reintroduced after a spate of mass shootings across the US.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
22/04/2021
Armenian Genocide

Biden expected to recognize massacre of Armenians as genocide - WSJ

US President Biden is expected to formally recognize the genocide of the 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children who lost their lives under the Ottoman Empire.

By REUTERS
22/04/2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gestures after the Congress certified the Electoral College votes of the

Congress: bipartisan support grows for bills expanding Israeli-Arab ties

It’s a sign of increasing bipartisan support for the initiative launched by former President Donald Trump.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
22/04/2021
Matthew McConaughey stars Guy Richie's  'The Gentelmen'

Actor Matthew McConaughey beats incumbent for Texas governorship - poll

Despite half of the poll respondents saying they approve of Governor Greg Abbot's handling of his job, only a third said they would vote for him over McConaughey.

Senate Democrats seek oversight of F-35 sales

US senators Dianne Feinstein and Bob Menendez introduced a bill requiring the president to certify that F-35 sales to other countries will not "undermine Israel’s qualitative military edge"

US President Joe Biden speaks at the White House

White House: No guarantees on Afghanistan's future after US troops leave

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the United States will withdraw its remaining 2,500 troops from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the al Qaeda attacks.

By REUTERS
18/04/2021

After nearly 100 days in office, what do Americans think of Biden? -poll

Currently, 59% approve of the way Biden is handling his job as president, while 39% disapprove.

Conservative US House Republicans to form 'America First' caucus

Republican lawmakers Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar are involved in the caucus, Representative Louie Gohmert, who is considering joining, confirmed to reporters.

By REUTERS
18/04/2021

US pressuring Israel to stop commenting on Iran - report

According to the report, the Biden administration feels 'uneasy' regarding the recent Israeli operation in Natanz.

Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Or

Man sues Trump for US coronavirus deaths, seeks $1 trillion

75 co-plaintiffs are suing the former president in a class action lawsuit for the United States' coronavirus death toll and for economic and psychological problems.

Tucker Carlson takes aim at ADL with Israeli immigration policy - analysis

After the segment, the Anti-Defamation League called on Carlson to be fired. But Fox declined to act, citing Carlson’s claim that he wasn’t talking about race, and Carlson isn’t backing down.

By BEN SALES/JTA
17/04/2021

How is America’s Jewish refugee aid agency doing after 3 months of Biden?

On Friday, Biden made it official: He would not be raising the cap on refugees above the limit set by Trump.

By BEN SALES/JTA
17/04/2021
Roger Stone departs a status conference in the criminal case against him brought by Rober Mueller

US sues Trump ally Roger Stone for approx. $2 million in unpaid taxes

Stone was indicted by Robert Mueller, the former special counsel tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump granted him a presidential pardon in December.

By REUTERS
17/04/2021
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to The Jerusalem Post, November 20, 2020

Pompeo violated ethics rules, asked state employees to do personal tasks

"The Pompeos made over 100 requests to employees in the office of the secretary to conduct work that appeared to be personal in nature," the report said.

By REUTERS
17/04/2021

Capitol Police leadership held back some equipment during riot-official

Protesters during last summer's anti-racism demonstrations were injured by such weapons.

By REUTERS
15/04/2021

Andrew Yang films campaign ad in Orthodox Brooklyn toy store

Yang visited Toys 4 U, a Borough Park toy store that caters to the local Orthodox community, calling it “the heart of Borough Park,” according to local news site BoroPark24.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
12/04/2021

US diplomat criticizes China, 'need to get to the bottom' of COVID origin

The top US diplomat's sharp words underscored criticism from other members of the Biden administration over Beijing's lack of transparency in the crucial early days of the pandemic.

By REUTERS
11/04/2021
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