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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.

Trump’s taxes and the Middle East - analysis

The expose, the first of a series that read at certain points as if geared for advanced accounting students, painted a picture of a president who used tax loopholes.

29/09/2020
Jewish Democrats release campaign ad comparing Trump and 1930s Germany

The 30-second ad will strategically target American Jews living in vital swing states.

29/09/2020
US intelligence reports warn of extremist threat around election

FBI and US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos say threats by domestic extremists to election-related targets will likely increase.

By REUTERS
29/09/2020
Pelosi eyes possible US House role in calling presidential election

Pelosi called on Democrats for "an all out effort" to capture additional Republican-held House seats, which they might need if a decision on the presidential election spills over into next year.

By REUTERS
28/09/2020
Democrats attack Trump on taxes ahead of first debate with Biden

A New York Times report said Trump paid no federal income tax in 10 of the previous 15 years through 2017, despite receiving $427.4 million through 2018.

By REUTERS
28/09/2020
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump gestures during a campaign event in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Septembe
Trump says he paid millions in taxes, plays down concerns about debt

The New York Times reported that President Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his business enterprises.

By REUTERS
28/09/2020
Bloomberg raises millions to help restore Florida felon voting rights

In 2018, Florida approved an amendment allowing felons, not convicted of murder or sex crimes who served their time and paid fines and restitution, to regain their right to vote.

Protestors demonstrate outside the US Supreme Court after President Donald Trump announced US Court
Jewish progressives and Democrats: Barrett nomination a step backwards

Jewish progressives have criticized Amy Coney Barrett over her stance on abortion and healthcare, among other issues.

US President Donald J. Trump introduces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to be an Associate Ju
What are the steps to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court?

Trump wants Barrett seated before the Nov. 3 election.

By REUTERS
27/09/2020
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett reacts as US President Donald Tr
Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as Trump's nomination for Supreme Court

If confirmed, Barrett will replace the late Justice Ginsburg.

By REUTERS
27/09/2020
Meet the top 15 Jewish political donors in this election cycle

They include Tom Steyer, No. 1 on the list, and Donald Sussman, who have joined Soros in the litany of Democratic donors criticized by Republicans.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
26/09/2020
AOC considering withdrawal from event memorializing Rabin

Kane later quoted a source as saying that that the invitation to Ocasio-Cortez was not framed as a memorial, but as a review of the Oslo peace process.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/09/2020
John Legend
Musician John Legend says Americans will leave the US if Trump reelected

"I think [Trump's] handling of the pandemic has been embarrassing to the entire nation and has caused so much loss of life that was preventable," he said.

26/09/2020
Kentucky legislator among 24 arrested in protests over Breonna Taylor

Taylor, 26, a Black emergency medical technician and aspiring nurse, was struck by six bullets.

By REUTERS
25/09/2020
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump gestures during a campaign event in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Septembe
Primary sub-source behind Steele dossier likely a Russian agent FBI admits

A declassified footnote reveals that the FBI was aware of the source's links to Russia, yet moved ahead with applications to the FISA court on the back of the Steele dossier.

Facebook suspends fake Russian accounts, warns of US election threat

"Our team watches for the threats and trends that we need to be ready for, and one that we are very aware of ... is a hack-and-leak operation, particularly in the next 6-8 weeks."

By REUTERS
25/09/2020
Mary Trump, niece of Donald Trump, sues US president, family for fraud

The complaint retraces some allegations that Mary Trump made in her recent tell-all book "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man."

By REUTERS
24/09/2020
Trump quoted as saying that Jews are ‘only in it for themselves’

The quotes are in a lengthy article quoting anonymous current and former officials describing how Trump treated race in private conversations.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
24/09/2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a wish and Jewish tradition can guide our response

Since the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, I’ve been thinking about this question a lot.

By MICHAEL WEINER/JTA
24/09/2020
Hazem Farraj, a Palestinian convert to Christianity who hosts an Evangelical TV show.
Gay Palestinian-American man comes out swinging for Donald Trump

"I know terrorists fear [Trump], that's why I support him."

Voters check in at Whittier Community Center during the primary election in Minneapolis, Minnesota,
US absentee voters working hard to make sure ballots are counted

One country where Trump is popular is Israel, home to 250,000-300,000 Israeli Americans, whose votes could affect the outcome in at least one big swing state.

By REUTERS
23/09/2020
US SUPREME COURT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, delivers remarks during a discussion hosted by the Geo
Trump-appointed justice could signal major Supreme Court shift on abortion

"Roe v. Wade is on the line in a way it never has been before," said Julie Rikelman, a lawyer with the Center for Reproductive Rights, which regularly challenges abortion restrictions.

By REUTERS
23/09/2020
U.S. House of Representatives votes on Trump impeachment on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 1
House passes bill that requires government act against domestic terrorism

“Groups like the Boogaloos, Rise Above Movement and White Nationalist militias across the country are organizing. And so must we.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
23/09/2020
Hillary Clinton is launching a new interview podcast ahead of election

The 24-episode "You and Me Both with Hillary Clinton," produced by iHeartMedia, will premiere Sept. 29, available on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms.

By REUTERS
22/09/2020
Meet the 3 Jewish candidates on Trump’s Supreme Court justice shortlist

All three are men, making them unlikely to be Trump’s choice when the president unveils his pick, which he said would happen by Saturday.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
22/09/2020
Trump tax return subpoena justified by 'mountainous' allegations

Vance's lawyers also justified the subpoena by pointing to "numerous" reports of possible financial improprieties involving the Trump Organization and its affiliates.

By REUTERS
22/09/2020
Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
Biden ahead in Wisconsin, a close race in Pennsylvania - poll

Wisconsin voter see Biden as better on coronavirus, though Trump leads ahead of him on economic issues.

By REUTERS
22/09/2020
Bader Ginsburg to be first Jew and woman to lie in state at the Capitol

The plan to have Ginsburg lie in state means that the Jewish period of mourning, called shiva, could be cut short.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
21/09/2020
Hungary PM Orban endorses US President Trump in Nov. election

The vote would be decisive as the international liberal elite was out to destroy Christian conservatives in Europe, he wrote in the pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet.

By REUTERS
21/09/2020
THE US Supreme Court
Democrats smash fundraising records after death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

According to ActBlue's executive director Erin Hill, the $91 million stemming from 1.5 million donations broke the record for dollars raised both in one day and in one hour by the non-profit.

21/09/2020
US shoe company Foot Locker to turn stores into voter registration hub

Other private companies have also sought to use their facilities as polling stations or voter registration sites.

21/09/2020
Trump's promise to vaccinate all Americans by April unrealistic - experts

New research shows the fear that the vaccine approval process is being fast-tracked is causing Americans to worry the vaccine won't be safe, and as a result, they are less likely to get vaccinated.

20/09/2020
Majority of Americans say wait for election to replace Ginsburg - poll

The poll found that 62% of American adults agreed the vacancy should be filled by the winner of the November 3 election

By REUTERS
20/09/2020
Biden blasts Trump's plan to push Supreme Court nominee ahead of election

Biden said that if he wins the November 3 election, he should have the chance to nominate the next Supreme Court justice.

By REUTERS
20/09/2020
US Senator Lindsay Graham in Jerusalem
Sen. Graham faces backlash after reversal on filling RBG's SCOTUS seat

Graham asked that Americans “use my words against me” adding they “can say Lindsey Graham said” that the president in his last year should not make the nomination.

20/09/2020
Trump will nominate a woman next week to succeed Ginsburg on Supreme Court

Trump named Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible nominees for a lifetime appointment to the highest US court.

By REUTERS
20/09/2020
Trump to name SCOTUS successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg 'without delay'

Even before Ginsburg's death, Trump had made public a list of potential nominees.

By REUTERS
19/09/2020
Mourners honor Ginsburg on US Supreme Court steps with candles, flowers

Several hundred people clutching candles, flowers and signs quietly gathered on the steps of the US Supreme Court.

By REUTERS
19/09/2020
Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate and major backer of pro-Israel causes.
Adelsons pledge up to $50 million in final Trump campaign push - report

Both campaigns and their allies are focused on getting out the Jewish vote, particularly in Florida, in what is expected to be a tight race.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
19/09/2020
Fires and floods hurl climate change to fore of US election - analysis

"What's very clear is that the record-setting extreme events of the past couple of months have captured the entire nation's morbid fascination," said Anthony Leiserowitz.

By REUTERS
19/09/2020
Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, a progressive icon on the Supreme Court.
Death of Ruth Bader-Ginsburg raises stakes in battle for Senate control

For liberals who considered Ginsburg a heroine, the grief they have expressed over her death was tinged with fear over what happens next.

By REUTERS
19/09/2020
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, first Jewish woman on Supreme Court, dies at 87

“I am a judge, born, raised and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice, for peace and for enlightenment runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition."

By SARAH WILDMAN/JTA , CELIA JEAN
20/09/2020
Trump plans panel to promote 'patriotic education'

Trump said the commission would "encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history."

By REUTERS
18/09/2020
Former Pence aide who helped organize coronavirus response backs Biden

Pence described Troye as a disgruntled employee who was playing politics during an election year.

By REUTERS
18/09/2020
US judge temporarily blocks 'politically motivated' USPS changes

"The states have demonstrated that the defendants are involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the postal service."

By REUTERS
18/09/2020
Democratic super PAC mailers show Jewish candidate clutching dollar bills

David Richter, a Jewish Republican House candidate, said that the ads were antisemitic and called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to apologize.

By BEN SALES/JTA
17/09/2020
US Senate Democrats to offer their own China plan

Prospects for passing the legislation were not clear because President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans hold a majority of seats in the Senate and control which legislation is considered there.

By REUTERS
17/09/2020
US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Middle East peace at the Department of State in
Why John Kerry and others were wrong about peace and Israel - analysis

Kerry said in 2016 that “there will be no advanced and separate peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process and Palestinian peace. Everybody needs to understand that."

Trump ad featuring Sanders as a puppet master for Biden faces backlash

“There’s a long, dangerous history of Jews being scapegoated as all-powerful puppet masters,” Bend the Arc tweeted Tuesday. “Trump is using this antisemitic lie to spread fear & division.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
17/09/2020
Democratic PAC mailers depict Jewish GOP House candidate clutching money

“The mail pieces have nothing to do with David Richter’s religion, and everything to do with the fact he ran a company into the ground,” Komar, the super PAC’s independent expenditure director said.

By BEN SALES/JTA
17/09/2020
Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccines: 'he was confused'

Redfield, head of the federal government's disease control agency, made his comments in testimony before a US Senate panel.

By REUTERS
17/09/2020
Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., Ju
Biden outlines COVID-19 vaccine plan: I trust scientists, not Donald Trump

"Let me be clear: I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump," Biden said. "At this moment, the American people can’t either."

By REUTERS
17/09/2020
Trump tells American Jews ‘We love your country,’ asks for their vote

Trump’s comments on the call also blurred the line between White House events and campaigning. Until his presidency, campaign appeals have been seen as unethical, if not illegal.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
16/09/2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visiting Sudan, 2020.
Democrats attack Pompeo aides on Saudi weapons, cite war crimes concerns

Trump abruptly fired Steve Linick from the State watchdog position oas he probed the administration's decision to approve billions of dollars in military sales to Saudi Arabia.

By REUTERS
16/09/2020
Bolton's book under criminal investigation by Department of Justice

“Ambassador Bolton emphatically rejects any claim that he acted improperly, let alone criminally, in connection with the publication of his book,” Bolton’s lawyer Charles J. Cooper said.

16/09/2020
Abraham Foxman at an Anti-Defamation League event at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Cali
Abraham Foxman endorses Biden, calling Trump a ‘demagogue’

“When our democracy is weakened, and when nativism is stoked, the rights of Jews and other minorities will be diminished too.”

By JTA STAFF
16/09/2020
US watchdog to investigate forced-sterilization claims at ICE facility

"A lot of them said that they didn't understand what was being done to them. Nobody explained it to them," Wooten, a former nurse at the facility told Reuters.

By REUTERS
16/09/2020
What do the Abraham Accords mean for Trump politically?

Even with normalization success, economy still top priority for US voters

Trump campaign calls Mike Bloomberg an ‘elitist globalist’

Bloomberg is Jewish. The terms “globalist” and “elitist” are sometimes used to invoke bigoted tropes about Jewish control and a lack of Jewish roots.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/09/2020
Biden leads Trump 67-30 among Jewish voters, survey finds

Nonetheless, 88 percent of respondents said they were pro-Israel.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/09/2020
US President Donald Trump rallies with supporters at a campaign rally in Minden, Nevada, September 1
Trump to hold campaign rally indoors despite coronavirus concerns

“If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets, you can gather peacefully to hear from the president of the United States.”

By REUTERS
14/09/2020
Trump once again claims Biden is using debate performance enhancing drugs

Then in a separate interview, the president called for both himself and Biden to be drug tested before their debates.

Michael Bloomberg to spend $100 million in Florida to help elect Joe Biden

The Republican president, who trails Biden in national opinion polls before the Nov. 3 election, told reporters last week that he would spend his own money if needed.

By REUTERS
13/09/2020
Trump administration accused of 'siphoning' 9/11 fund money - report

The US Treasury Department allegedly withheld close to $4 million from the New York City Fire Department WTC Health Program.

By LEON SVERDLOV
12/09/2020
Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
Biden maintains lead, voters don't trust election accuracy - poll

Biden leads by nine points * only 22% of voters are very confident that the election will be conducted “fairly and accurately.”

12/09/2020
J Street Biden
Biden says Trump’s foreign policy is bad for Israel

Biden said that Trump has "put Israel in danger by tearing up the Iran nuclear deal and replaced it with nothing,” and allowing "Israel’s foes to take residence in Syria."

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/09/2020
People take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement outside the US Supreme Court in Was
Democrat voters fuelling increasing divide over race in America - poll

America has grown increasingly polarized over the last four years thanks to Democrats hardening their stance on race relations and equality.

Microsoft believes Russians that hacked Clinton targeted Biden

U.S. intelligence agencies have raised alarms about possible efforts by foreign governments to interfere in the November presidential election.

By REUTERS
11/09/2020
From left, Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., Lois Frankel, D-Fla., and Nita Lowey,
In a South Florida congressional race, Jewish culture wars erupt

Frankel says Loomer’s rhetoric not only is offensive on its face, it’s a potent fundraiser.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
11/09/2020
US PRESIDENT TRUMP is not one to hold back on Twitter.
Twitter expands misinformation rules ahead of US election

Twitter said its rules would be "applied equally and judiciously for everyone."

By REUTERS
10/09/2020
Democrats to propose bill requiring response to reported Russian bounties

The bill adds to pressure on Trump, who is already under fire for what critics say is a pattern of disrespect for the military after a media report that he denigrated fallen soldiers in France.

By REUTERS
10/09/2020
US Election 2020 - To vote or not to vote when you’re an American expat

We asked a cross-section of olim from the US about their reasons to vote, or not, in the presidential election this coming November.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
11/09/2020
US intel official told to halt Russian 2020 election meddling threat assessments

US officials say Russia, China and Iran have been working to influence the 2020 election between Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

By REUTERS
10/09/2020
Democrats drew support from various sources to make 2018 gains - report

The Democrat Party widened a two point lead in 2016 to a nine point lead in 2018 by picking up voters from a range of demographics, Pew Research has found.

US President Donald Trump
Donald Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize following Israel-UAE deal

Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who nominated US President Donald Trump, told Fox News that he is nevertheless "not a big Trump supporter."

09/09/2020
Leading US Democratic Rep: F-35 sales to UAE puts Israel in danger

Wasserman Schultz, a past chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, wrote that the sale of the jets to the UAE would erode Israel’s qualitative military edge.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
09/09/2020
Jewish former Marine wins Massachusetts Democratic congressional primary

He links to a full position paper on Israel and other Jewish issues on his website; in it he notes that he experienced antisemitism in the military.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
09/09/2020
Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
Trump calls Biden 'stupid,' demands apology for 'anti-vaccine rhetoric'

The president also hailed the US labor market's recovery from the pandemic-fueled recession and suggested Biden would undo that progress.

By REUTERS
07/09/2020
GWU Professor faking Afro identity won't teach fall semester

The university made the announcement in a statement Friday, a day after Krug confessed her decades-long deception in a Medium post.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/09/2020
 ALCATRAZ PRISON cells
Rapper Kodak Black said he is being denied access to a rabbi in prison

In 2017, the rapper announced that he identifies as Hebrew Israelite after studying biblical texts while serving a three-month jail sentence in Florida.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/09/2020
Trump blasts media, Democrats over report he disparaged US troops

Representatives for the White House had no immediate comment on the Bloomberg report, which cited several people familiar with the episode. Reuters could not confirm the report.

By REUTERS
06/09/2020
Osama bin Laden's niece endorses Trump for reelection in November

“You do have a situation now in America where you have people like Ilhan Omar who actively hate your country,” bin Ladin told the 'New York Post.'

US Senator Kamala Harris in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 14, 2019
Kamala Harris says Trump not credible on possible COVID-19 vaccine

At least 6.2 million people have been infected in the US coronavirus outbreak, which has taken 187,833 lives.

By REUTERS
06/09/2020
Trump administration weighs blacklisting China's chipmaker SMIC

SMIC said in a statement on Saturday it was "in complete shock" over the news but was open to communication with U.S. government agencies in hopes of resolving any misunderstandings.

By REUTERS
05/09/2020
Congresswoman denied access to mailing facility, hints at electoral fraud

“If DeJoy thinks he can just throw a bed sheet over what’s going on behind these doors, he is sadly mistaken. It looked like the post master had something to hide.”

Supporters hold signs as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a campaign speech at Arnold Palmer Reg
Americans increasingly pessimistic, divided over state of US democracy

A Pew Research Center poll has found a sharp increase in pessimism among Democrat supporters in particular.

Biden meets Blake’s family, media points to dad’s antisemitic posts

As Joe Biden prepared to meet Thursday with the family of Jacob Blake, right-wing websites alit with scrutiny of social media posts by Blake’s father.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
04/09/2020
How are Republicans, Democrats reaching out to Jewish voters?

AMERICAN AFFAIRS: The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) are already in election mode and are focused mostly on Jewish voters in swing states.

Trump encourages supporters to try to vote twice, sparking uproar

Voting more than once in an election is illegal and in some states, including North Carolina, it is a felony not only to vote more than once but also to induce another to do so.

By REUTERS
03/09/2020
Up close with the Obamas and their cute pooches in ‘Uncommon Grace’

This new book is neatly and thoughtfully divided into 17 chapters, modestly and judiciously embellished with previous spoken words by Obama and others.

By RICK KOGAN
03/09/2020
Jewish progressive Morse loses bid to oust incumbent in Massachusets race

In the state’s 8th Congressional District, Robbie Goldstein, a 36-year-old progressive political newcomer, lost to incumbent Rep. Steven Lynch, one of the House’s more conservative Democrats.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
03/09/2020
Model Karlie Kloss poses during a photocall before the French fashion house Christian Dior
Karlie Kloss, Joshua Kushner’s wife, will join Biden campaign event

Kloss, the supermodel who converted to Judaism in the process of marrying, will join Biden and Reshma Saujani, founder of the Girls Who Code nonprofit, for an event Thursday on young women and STEAM

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
03/09/2020
A resident drops off a mail-in ballot during the special election for Maryland's 7th congressional d
Trump campaign sues Democratic Montana governor to limit mail-in voting

The Trump campaign has also taken legal action to block mail-in voting procedures in Nevada and New Jersey. Election experts have said there is scant evidence of fraudulent postal voting in the past.

By REUTERS
03/09/2020
Trump threatens to cut federal funds to 'lawless' cities

"He is not a king. He cannot 'defund' NYC," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "It's an illegal stunt."

By REUTERS
03/09/2020
Edward Snowden speaks via video link during a news conference in New York City, U.S.
US court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal

"I never imagined that I would live to see our courts condemn the NSA's activities as unlawful and in the same ruling credit me for exposing them," Snowden said.

By REUTERS
03/09/2020
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