Jewish Journal

  • Senate panel advances Iran sanctions bill

    by Patricia Zengerle, Reuters

    4 hours ago

    The U.S. Senate Banking Committee voted 18-4 on Thursday to advance a bill that would toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators fail to reach an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program by the end of June.

    However, the bill is not expected to come for a vote in the full...

  • Keystone XL likely to pass Senate Thursday, faces Obama veto

    by Timothy Gardner, Reuters

    5 hours ago

    The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House has said President Barack Obama would veto.

    Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of...

  • Pelosi says Netanyahu speech to Congress could hurt Iran talks


    5 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration's attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday.

    "Such a...

  • Sheldon Silver to step down as N.Y. State Assembly speaker


    1 day ago

    Longtime New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is facing corruption charges, will resign from his position.

    Silver will be replaced on Monday by majority leader Joseph Morelle, a Rochester-area assemblyman, according to The New York Times. Morelle will serve as...

  • Obama: Netanyahu meeting before Israel election ‘inappropriate’ - CNN interview

    by Doina Chiacu, Reuters

    1 day ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama said he declined to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu during the Israeli leader's visit to the United States in March because it would be "inappropriate" two weeks before an election in that country.

    Netanyahu's trip has become a diplomatic sore point with...

  • Netanyahu’s planned speech roils Jewish lawmakers, pro-Israel community

    by Ron Kampeas, JTA

    2 days ago

    When Israel wants something from the United States, it typically makes three stops: the pro-Israel lobby, Jewish members of Congress and the White House.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ignored all three when he accepted an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to...

  • Northeast U.S. braves ‘crippling’ blizzard

    by Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg, Reuters

    3 days ago

    A massive blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, canceling thousands of flights, curtailing mass transit and closing hundreds of schools, as officials warned that the storm could dump as much as 3 feet of snow on the region.

    New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and...

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