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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 on 100,000 US coronavirus deaths: 'Nation grieves with you'

"There are moments in our history so grim, so heart-rending, that they're forever fixed in each of our hearts as shared grief. Today is one of those moments."

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
Trump to sign executive order on social media Thursday, says spokeswoman

Trump's latest dispute with social media emerged after Twitter flagged one of Trump's tweets this week.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
US should ‘never, ever’ condition aid to Israel, senator says

The webinar addressed a wide range of topics, including antisemitism and the Never Again Education Act she sponsored.

Trump: Twitter is interfering in the 2020 presidential election

Allegations followed Twitter fact-checking one of Trump’s tweets for the first time

US PRESIDENT Donald U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Israel's
Trump threatens to close down social media platforms

'We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen'

27/05/2020
Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
Biden: Trump 'absolute fool' for not wearing face mask, 'costing lives'

Biden called Trump's behavior "macho stuff" and falsely masculine actions that were costing people's lives.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
Trump: Twitter is interfering in the 2020 presidential election

The allegations came after Twitter fact-checked one of Trump's tweets for the first time, labeling it as false.

27/05/2020
Six Day War
NYC lawmaker: Being a ‘Republican in New York’ is like being IDF soldiers

A New York City lawmaker told a Jewish audience that she knows what it was like for Israeli soldiers to fight in the Six Day War because she’s “a Republican in New York City.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
25/05/2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks on the second night of the second U.S. 2020 presidential Demo
Joe Biden: You ain't black if you can't choose between me and Trump

Biden said on the the US broadcaster Fox News to an African-American co-host that ‘If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain't black.'

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/05/2020
Senate Democrats: Annexation puts Israel’s security at risk

"[Annexation] would betray our shared democratic values by denying Palestinians’ right to self-determination in a viable, sovereign, independent and contiguous state.”

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
Democratic US areas hit three times as hard as Republican ones

In counties that voted for Republican Donald Trump, 13 of every 100,000 people had died from the virus.

By REUTERS
21/05/2020
Pelosi: Trump has 'doggy doo on his shoes'

Trump, famous for his name-calling and insults, told reporters earlier in the week during a visit to Capitol Hill: "Pelosi is a sick woman. She's got a lot of problems. A lot of mental problems."

By REUTERS
21/05/2020
Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
Joe Biden's nickname for US President Trump: 'President Tweety'

Biden also criticized Trump for the latter's calls to reopen the country in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/05/2020
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 2019 Second Step
Biden: Israeli threats of annexation choke off hope of peace

Biden vowed that if elected, he would support the Taylor Force Act while restoring funding to security cooperation with Israel.

Nick Fuentes answers question during an interview with Agence France-Presse in Boston, May 9, 2016.
Trump retweets video by conservative shunned for supporting antisemite

Twitter removed the tweet of the video after the president’s retweet. But America First Clips again tweeted out the video, saying that “Censorship in America is out of control!”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
19/05/2020
THEN-US vice president Joe Biden embraces Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in 2016.
Biden would keep any disputes with Israel out of public view - top adviser

It’s a striking contrast with President Barack Obama, who Biden served as vice president and believed that working through some differences in public helped move Israel.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
19/05/2020
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a news conference in the Press Briefing Room at the St
Trump says Mike Pompeo requested he fire State Dept inspector general

Democratic lawmakers said on Monday Trump might have fired the watchdog, Steve Linick, because he was investigating U.S. military sales to Saudi Arabia.

By REUTERS
19/05/2020
Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine despite FDA warning

Fox News Channel, immediately after Trump's remarks, interviewed Dr. Bob Lahita, who cautioned people not to take hydroxychloroquine.

By REUTERS
19/05/2020
Trump may have fired watchdog for probing Saudi arms sales - lawmakers

The House and Senate both passed resolutions to block the sales. But Trump, a staunch promoter of both US arms sales and the relationship with Saudi Arabia, vetoed them.

By REUTERS
19/05/2020
Trump's firing of State Dept watchdog may be 'unlawful,' Pelosi says

House Democrats claim that Sec. of State Mike Pompeo personally recommended Linick's sacking because the inspector general "had opened an investigation into wrongdoing by Sec. Pompeo himself."

By REUTERS
18/05/2020
Top Trump adviser suggests ousted watchdog was part of 'deep state'

Trump late Friday ousted Inspector General Steve Linick, the fourth inspector general he has fired in two months, following his acquittal by the Republican-controlled Senate in his impeachment trial.

By REUTERS
17/05/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr participate in a presentation ceremony
Trump fires State Dept. inspector general in latest broadside on watchdogs

Trump said in a letter to Pelosi that he no longer had confidence in the inspector general's ability to serve, though he did not give the reason for his loss of confidence.

By REUTERS
16/05/2020
Most Republicans don't view coronavirus as a serious health threat - poll

While they disagree on the risks the disease poses to public health, both Democrats (89%) and Republicans (88%) see the outbreak as a major threat to the US economy.

Mike Pompeo: ICC case against Israel is illegitimate prosecution

Pompeo noted that the seven states that are party to the Rome Statute have made formal submissions to the Court that assert that the ICC does not have jurisdiction to proceed with this investigation.

Audience members practice social distancing during a House of Representatives ruling.
US House passes $3 trillion coronavirus aid bill opposed by Trump

By a vote of 208-199 Democrats won passage of a bill that Republican leaders, who control the Senate, and President Donald Trump have vowed to block.

By REUTERS
16/05/2020
Trump says considering making vaccine available free of charge

"We're looking at that, actually."

By REUTERS
16/05/2020
Congress to Pompeo: ICC has no jurisdiction over disputed territories

The group argued that the court should only be a “last resort for the prosecution of the most serious international crimes.”

The backdrop of the stage at last year’s AIPAC conference in Washington, DC
AIPAC: Annexation shouldn't threaten 'vital' US-Israel relationship

The statement cited Israel’s role as a “pillar of America’s regional security framework” and US-Israel cooperation in a number of areas, including scientific research.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
14/05/2020
Fauci: Ending lockdowns early could cause needless 'suffering and death'

He mentioned a slowing in the growth of cases in hotspots such as New York, even as other areas of the country were seeing spikes.

By REUTERS
12/05/2020
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden a
Sanders’ Jewish outreach director: Our progressive future depends on Biden

'I’m confident that Biden will be able to advance the progressive American Jewish priorities I fought for on behalf of Sen. Sanders.'

By JOEL RUBIN/JTA
12/05/2020
US Jewish group criticizes Joe Biden's call to restore funding to PA

The organization added that Biden's proposal may be “partially illegal” under the conditions of the Taylor Force Act.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/05/2020
Pence spokesman quashes rumors vice president is self-isolating

If Republicans Trump and Pence were both to become incapacitated, Democratic House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi would assume presidential duties under US law.

By REUTERS , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/05/2020
First COVID-19 cases in White House could complicate task force’s work

‘We are taking serious precautions to make sure that everyone has a safe working environment,’ says administration official

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN), December 13, 2019.
Tucker Carlson slams Ilhan Omar as 'loathsome' over Flynn comments

"Can a single human actually be as loathsome as Ilhan Omar? It's hard to believe. She's like a parody of repulsiveness," the Fox News anchor said.

Obama Trump
In leaked call, Obama describes Trump handling of virus as chaotic

'What we're fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy'

By REUTERS
09/05/2020
Pence aide Katie Miller diagnosed with coronavirus

News of Miller’s positive test delayed Pence’s scheduled departure Friday to Des Moines, Iowa, for more than an hour, and several staffers who had been in contact with her left the plane.

By REUTERS , RON KAMPEAS/JTA
09/05/2020
A quick history of Joe Biden’s Middle East policy

On foreign policy, Biden’s through-line is distinguishing himself from Trump and returning to a sense of coherence.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
08/05/2020
THEN-US vice president Joe Biden embraces Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in 2016.
Where Biden would break from Trump on Israel

Biden has made no secret of his opposition to the Trump peace plan.

07/05/2020
Biden leads Trump in national poll as voters split on Tara Reade

A Monmouth University poll released Wednesday found that Biden rose above Trump in a poll among registered voters 50%-41%.

By JEANINE SANTUCCI / TNS
07/05/2020
US President Donald Trump heads to a fundraising event at the home of Louis DeJoy.
Republican donor named US postmaster general

The Postal Service's Board of Governors announced it had chosen North Carolina businessman Louis DeJoy to be the US postmaster general

By REUTERS
07/05/2020
President Trump vetoes Iran war powers resolution

"This indefinite prohibition is unnecessary and dangerous," the president wrote in his letter to the Senate.

07/05/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to Dr Anthony Fauci discuss the Trump administration's guideline
Trump says he did not wear mask after consulting Honeywell facility CEO

Trump, speaking to reporters at a White House event marking National Nurses Day, said he tried some masks on backstage, including one from Honeywell, 3M and about four others.

By REUTERS
06/05/2020
US Senate approves Trump security nominee after nearly two-year hold

One of the senators who voted no, Democrat Ron Wyden, said he opposed Evanina because Evanina had not done enough to protect whistleblowers.

By REUTERS
06/05/2020
Biden: Israel must not make the two-state solution impossible

'I will reopen the US consulate in East Jerusalem, find a way to re-open the PLO’s diplomatic mission in Washington.'

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
06/05/2020
White House to disband coronavirus task force to focus on aftermath

Asked if Trump was proclaiming "mission accomplished" in the fight against the coronavirus, Trump said, "No, not at all. The mission accomplished is when it's over."

By REUTERS
06/05/2020
AMERICAN AND ISRAELI flags fly during a demonstration in support of Israel at the US Capitol in 2002
Polling shows anti-Israel positions of youth fade in US with age

The number of those in the youngest age group saying they sympathize more with the Palestinians tripled from 1997 to 2020, going from 10% to 30%.

05/05/2020
J Street welcomes letter urging DNC to oppose annexation on Party platform

'The actions of the Trump administration have upended decades of bipartisan US support for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict'

The exterior of The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University.
Harvard prof wanted to retain Epstein's gifts even after his guilty plea

Professor Michael Nowak, has now been placed on administrative leave, according to Harvard.

President Donald Trump consults with counselor to the president Hope Hicks and White House Chief of
Trump: more needs to be done to ease economic hit of coronavirus pandemic

"It's not your fault," Trump said in a virtual town hall. "There is more help coming. There has to be."

By REUTERS
04/05/2020
Roger Stone departs a status conference in the criminal case against him brought by Rober Mueller
Roger Stone's assoc. sought damaging info on Clinton from Israel

On August 12, the interlocutor tells Stone, “Roger, hello from Jerusalem. Any progress? He is going to be defeated unless we intervene.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
04/05/2020
Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C
Mitchell Silk to 'Post': Community has been with me through whole process

Silk made history last week when he became the first hassidic Jew to be appointed as Assistant Secretary in the US.

Donald Trump campaign aims to gain Jewish American votes

Trump’s past equivocations in rejecting support from white supremacists have been the prime driver of Jewish unhappiness with his administration.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
02/05/2020
WH Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany tells reporters 'I will never lie to you'

The briefing was both her first as Press Secretary and the first official White House briefing given by a Press Secretary in 417 days.

Vice President Joe Biden listens to President Barack Obama in the White House
Joe Biden says alleged sexual assault 'never happened'

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden denied on Friday that he sexually assaulted a former US Senate aide in 1993.

By REUTERS
01/05/2020
Megan Rapinoe offers to be Biden's running mate

"...if you need a vice president, I'm just saying I'm available for an interview. We can talk logistics and the details. Put it on your list. No pressure," the 34-year-old soccar star said.

By REUTERS
01/05/2020
RAHM EMANUEL, former mayor of Chicago, speaks during the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, in Washing
'The Nation City': When US states step in for federal government

In a nutshell: As our national political conversation has devolved into a rancorous, never-ending partisan feud, mayors are digging in to do the real work of governing.

By JENNIFER DAY
30/04/2020
Palestinian employees of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) take part in a protest again
Lawmakers to US Ambassador to the UN: Restart Palestinian assistance

Among the representatives who signed the letter: Andy Levin, Ro Khanna, Ilhan Omar, Jamie Raskin, Rashida Tlaib, Alan Lowenthal, and Ted Lieu.

US President Donald Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner leave the World Economic Forum, 2020.
Jared Kushner has been ‘de facto president’ during coronavirus crisis

'Jared is running everything. He’s the de facto president of the United States'

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
30/04/2020
Hanukkah observance in Washington
Some Jewish women wonder whether Joe Biden deserves their support

'The problem for the Biden campaign is not that women are uplifting these increasingly well-sourced allegations, the problem is that Biden may have committed sexual assault'

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
30/04/2020
A resident drops off a mail-in ballot during the special election for Maryland's 7th congressional d
Two in three Americans expect coronavirus to disrupt Presidential election

More people thought the election would be disrupted than were at least somewhat confident that the election will be fair and accurate.

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash at the Liberty Political Action Conference, 2013
Palestinian-American Justin Amash pushes forward presidential bid

Amash stated that he believes that the 2020 presidential election is a "winnable race" for the Libertarian Party

30/04/2020
Trump downplayed coronavirus despite warnings in daily briefings - report

US intelligence agencies started tracking coronavirus by early November, weeks prior to that information being used in Trump's briefings.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/04/2020
Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden for president

"This is a moment that we need a leader, a president like Joe Biden," she said during a joint event online with the former vice president.

By REUTERS
28/04/2020
Trump's decision on WHO puts lives at risk, says Rep. Engel

Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs admitted that it is ‘an imperfect organization’

28 US senators request funding increase for antisemitism envoy

The letter was endorsed by the Anti-Defamation League, The Jewish Federations of North America, American Jewish Committee, Hadassah, B'nai B'rith International, and many other organizations.

Dermer: Israel stands tall today, but it came with a heavy price

“With the rebirth of the Jewish state, Israel has transformed us from a downtrodden, weak, and stateless people into a proud, strong, and sovereign nation."

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar speaks during a news briefing on the administrat
White House considering replacing Health chief Alex Azar

The short list of names to replace Azar includes Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus coordinator.

By REUTERS
26/04/2020
These are presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Jews

Who will he turn to for fundraising? What does it mean for his foreign policy?

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
26/04/2020
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 2019 Second Step
Jewish Democrats endorse Joe Biden, ‘shares our values’

In a video that begins with the infamous ‘Jews will not replace us’ march in Charlottesville, the Jewish Democratic Council of America endorses Biden.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/04/2020
Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo arrives to be interviewed by U.S. Senate Intelligence
Trump health spokesman tweets about Soros and Rothschild family ‘control’

"Soros’s political agenda REQUIRES a pandemic,” Caputo said.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
24/04/2020
Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
Support for Biden over Trump growing in battleground states

The poll showed 45% of registered voters said they would support Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, while 39% said they would support Trump.

By REUTERS
24/04/2020
US President Donald Trump
Reform movement condemns Trump’s immigration order

RAC director Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner said the order “is an extension of the xenophobia that has tragically guided our nation’s immigration policies during his time in office."

US Vice President Pence reaches out and grabs the arm of HHS Secretary Azar at coronavirus briefing
Aide with minimal public health experience headed US pandemic task force

Azar’s optimistic public pronouncement and choice of an inexperienced manager are emblematic of his agency’s oft-troubled response to the crisis.

By REUTERS
23/04/2020
What does J Street endorsement mean for Joe Biden? – analysis

Another question that remains open for now is why J Street decided to give their first-ever endorsement for a presidential candidate?

A Jewish judge in Wisconsin made Donald Trump very mad by getting elected

Trump twice had endorsed Karofsky’s opponent, the incumbent Dan Kelly.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
22/04/2020
US replaces head of agency overseeing coronavirus drugs, vaccines

Under Bright's leadership, BARDA recently announced nearly $1 billion in support of vaccine manufacturing efforts by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

By REUTERS
21/04/2020
US House majority leader urges working from home amid coronavirus outbreak

The House is expected to vote on a rule change when it returns that would allow voting by proxy, but Hoyer's proposal would take it further to allow remote votes and committee work.

By REUTERS
21/04/2020
People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo
After racist tweets, RJC withdraws support for Todd McMurtry

Massie’s campaign unearthed recent tweets by McMurtry in which he disparaged Mexicans and transgendered people, and decried the “demonization of white people.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
21/04/2020
Antisemites don't seem to care that Katie Rosenberg isn't actually Jewish

Despite her last name, Rosenberg isn’t Jewish — we asked her about it.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
21/04/2020
Yair Netanyahu
Alabama mayor deleted a tweet thanking Yair Netanyahu for masks donation

A spokesperson for Netanyahu Family said on Sunday that Yair has nothing to do with the donation that was made on his behalf as a pro-Israel PR campaign

Ivanka Trump traveled to New Jersey for Passover despite lockdown

Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, and their three young children traveled from Washington D.C. to the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/04/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to Dr Anthony Fauci discuss the Trump administration's guideline
Trump unveils three-stage process for states to end coronavirus shutdown

"We are not opening all at once, but one careful step at a time," Trump told reporters.

By REUTERS
17/04/2020
US President Donald Trump addresses a gathering of mayors in the East Room of the White House on Jan
Trump administration provides $5m. aid to PA amid coronavirus crisis

This is the first time that the US would provide aid to the PA since US President Donald Trump's decision to cut all its funding.

Elizabeth Warren endorses Democrat Joe Biden for president

"Today, I'm proud to endorse Joe Biden as President of the United States," Warren tweeted.

By REUTERS
15/04/2020
Former aide accuses Biden of sexual assault, campaign denies it

A campaign spokeswoman for Biden, the former vice president, said in a statement on Tuesday that the accusation was false.

By REUTERS
14/04/2020
United States Supreme Court
US courts rule for abortion rights during coronavirus pandemic

Abortion is among a handful of fights on the front lines of America's culture wars that even a pandemic has not stopped.

By REUTERS
14/04/2020
Former US President Obama, former US Vice President Biden and Jill Biden
Barack Obama endorses Joe Biden for Democratic nomination

The endorsement by the first black US president came after Biden's last remaining rival in the Democratic nominating race, Senator Bernie Sanders, backed Biden on Monday.

By REUTERS
14/04/2020
US President Donald Trump holds a news conference in Washington DC
Stanley Chera, coronavirus patient who made pandemic real for Trump, dies

“My deepest sympathies go out to Frieda Chera and the family of the late, great, Stanley Chera, one of Manhattan’s most brilliant real estate minds,” Trump said on Twitter.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
14/04/2020
Supreme Court hears cases over teleconference for first time

The announcement represented the latest way the pandemic has forced changes in American society

By REUTERS
14/04/2020
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden smiles as Senator Be
Foreign policy, Israel, not mentioned In Sanders’ endorsement of Biden

Biden accepted Sanders’ demand for a $15 minimum wage, forgiving student debt and free community colleges, but have yet to agree on the topic of free universal healthcare

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
14/04/2020
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden a
Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden for Democratic presidential nomination

Biden responded by terming Sanders "the most powerful voice for a fair and more just America.”

By REUTERS
14/04/2020
Trump thinks US loss of life from coronavirus will be less than projected

US deaths from the the virus topped 18,100 on Friday, according to a Reuters tally.

By REUTERS
10/04/2020
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