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  • The refugee dilemma: Fighting to defend the defenseless

    By Danielle Berrin

    4 days ago

    On Nov. 19, less than a week after the deadly series of terrorist attacks in Paris, Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the 134-year-old refugee resettlement organization, was summoned to the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress. The...

  • Wasserman Schultz: Iranian nuclear threat has been ‘pushed backward’

    3 weeks ago

    The Iranian nuclear threat has been considerably lessened in light of the nuclear deal signed with Iran in July, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Thursday.

    “We have successfully pushed backward the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran,” the Florida congresswoman said...

  • Bernie Sanders unveils climate change bill

    3 weeks ago

    Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders on Wednesday unveiled a climate-change bill that would crack down on fossil fuel extraction, a move sure to please activists who want party front-runner Hillary Clinton to make the same commitment.

    Sanders, a U.S. senator from...

  • Jewish leaders welcome Ryan as House Speaker

    October 29, 2015 | 9:28 am

    U.S Jewish leaders welcomed the newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan as he took over the gavel from outgoing speaker John Boehner by congressional vote Thursday morning.

    Speaking of Boehner’s contribution to the welfare of the Jewish-American community...

  • Clinton defends her Benghazi record in face of Republican criticism

    October 22, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday deflected harsh Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, and urged her questioners in Congress to put U.S. national security ahead of politics.

    At a sometimes heated hearing,...

  • House Republicans in chaos as favorite McCarthy quits Speaker race

    October 8, 2015 | 10:37 am

    Republicans in Congress were plunged into turmoil on Thursday when California Representative Kevin McCarthy, considered the favorite to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, surprisingly dropped out of the race, throwing the party's ability to govern into question.

    McCarthy, the...

  • Iran deal, J Street activism prompts Joel Rubin to pursue congressional bid

    October 7, 2015 | 2:45 pm

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    A former State Department official and a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal has joined the crowded field of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Congressman Chris Van Hollen in 2016.

    Joel Rubin, 44,...

  • Joel Rubin, who helped pass Iran nuclear deal, running for Congress

    October 6, 2015 | 9:01 am

    Joel Rubin, the former U.S. State Department’s chief liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives who worked for the successful passage of the Iran nuclear weapons deal in Congress, is running for Congress.

    Rubin announced Monday that he would mount a Congressional candidacy to...

  • Jewish groups urge passage of gun control legislation

    October 2, 2015 | 10:38 am

    This post was originally published on jewishinsider.com.

    Major Jewish organizations are lining up behind President Barack Obama’s call on Congress to pass effective gun control legislation in wake of the horrific shooting and the killing of at least nine students at Umpqua...

  • Republicans and Planned Parenthood square off in Congress

    September 29, 2015 | 12:00 pm

    Congressional Republicans on Tuesday challenged Planned Parenthood's U.S. taxpayer support, while the health organization's president said defunding it would disproportionately hurt low-income women.

    Allegations that Planned Parenthood improperly sells fetal tissue to researchers...

  • Senate blocks Republican bill denying Planned Parenthood funds

    September 24, 2015 | 11:30 am

    The Senate on Thursday stopped an effort by Republicans to deny federal funding for women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood as part of a bill keeping government agencies operating on Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

    The vote was still continuing.

    The Senate is next expected to advance the same federal funding bill, but without the provision stopping Planned Parenthood funding. Planned Parenthood denies allegations that it has improperly used fetal tissue from abortions.

  • ‘No justification whatsoever’ for homelessness, Pope Francis says in Washington

    September 24, 2015 | 11:12 am

    Pope Francis met for lunch with 200 people who are homeless or living in poverty in Washington on Thursday and told them there was no social or moral justification for homelessness.

    Francis, after delivering a speech to the Congress in which he urged lawmakers to do more to help...

  • Jon Stewart lobbies for 9/11 first responder benefits on Capitol Hill

    September 17, 2015 | 1:26 pm

    Jon Stewart lobbied members of Congress to extend benefits to workers and first responders who were injured or sickened by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

    The former host of “The Daily Show” spoke to Ground Zero first responders, advocates and other Sept. 11 survivors at a rally...

  • Senate Democrats block effort to kill Iran nuclear deal

    September 10, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    President Barack Obama achieved perhaps the greatest foreign policy victory of his six years in office on Thursday, when a Republican-backed effort to kill the Iran nuclear agreement was narrowly blocked in the U.S. Senate, clearing the way for the deal's implementation.

    42 and...

  • Clinton: I’d bomb Iran if it closed in on nukes

    September 9, 2015 | 11:34 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton said that as president she would strike Iran should it appear to be closing in on a nuclear weapon.

    “I will not hesitate to take military action if Iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon,” Clinton said in a foreign policy speech Wednesday delivered at the...

  • Congress need not endorse Iran deal

    September 8, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    On coming to Congress in 1997, I said on the House floor that Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons represented the “greatest threat to the physical security of Americans.” I’ve been working to stop that threat for 19 years.

    The Iran deal includes the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In...

  • It’s time to work together, focus on strengthening constraints on Iran

    September 8, 2015 | 2:26 pm

    Several days ago, Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th senator to announce support for the agreement reached by the representatives of the P5+1 nations and Iran over its nuclear program, thus assuring that a presidential veto of a bill of disapproval in the Congress...

  • Fla. Jewish congresswoman opposes Iran nuclear deal

    September 8, 2015 | 9:33 am

    Rep. Lois Frankel, a Jewish congresswoman from South Florida, came out against the Iran nuclear deal.

    Frankel, a Democrat whose district includes West Palm Beach, said in a statement that the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal reached in July between Iran and six...

  • Bid to stop Iran deal likely buried by backing of two more Jewish senators

    September 8, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Two Jewish senators announced their backing for the Iran nuclear deal, bringing the total of senators supporting to 41 — enough to block Republicans from advancing a vote against it.

    Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., among the 28 Jewish lawmakers in...

  • Cory Booker among three more senators to back Iran deal

    September 4, 2015 | 9:04 am

    Three more U.S. senators have thrown their support behind the Iran deal, bringing President Barack Obama to within four votes of blocking a congressional vote of disapproval on the nuclear agreement.

    The three additional senators were Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mark Warner of...

  • Senate Democrats line up behind Iran nuclear deal

    September 2, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Another senator declared support on Wednesday for the U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran, providing a crucial 34th vote to protect it from being killed by Republicans in Congress.

    Democrat Barbara Mikulski provided the pivotal commitment to defending the deal negotiated by the...

  • What monkeys can teach us about politics

    September 2, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    Whenever I find myself in a contentious academic meeting or I see clips of Congress trying to pass (or kill) a bill, I am reminded of capuchin monkeys.

    Don’t get me wrong –I respect my colleagues, and don’t consider politicians to be sub-human. It’s just that the monkeys I have...

  • What America will offer Israel after the nuclear deal

    September 1, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    The moment the Iran nuclear deal becomes law, as seems increasingly likely given growing congressional support for the agreement, the focus of the U.S.-Israel conversation will shift to the question of what’s next.

    What more will Washington do to mitigate the Iranian threat and...

  • Two more Democratic senators back Iran deal, leaving Obama one vote shy of victory

    September 1, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    Two more senators said they will support the Iran nuclear deal, leaving President Barack Obama just one vote shy of the number needed to stop any efforts to quash the agreement in Congress.

    The announcements on Tuesday by Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Chris Coons of...

  • Could a ‘broken windows’ policing strategy work for the Iran deal?

    August 28, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    As Congress weighs the Iran nuclear agreement, confidence that Tehran will comply must be high on its agenda. Because the revolutionary regime has a history of cheating on nuclear deals, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany have tried to ensure compliance...

  • Opposition to Iran deal grows among U.S. Republicans

    August 27, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    Opposition to a nuclear pact between Iran and major powers grew among U.S. Republicans over the past month, a Reuters poll showed, reflecting a partisan struggle in Congress as President Barack Obama sought to win approval for the deal.

    The poll, taken from Aug. 20-27, showed...

  • Israelis aren’t unified on Iran deal

    By Rob Eshman

    August 26, 2015 | 2:35 pm

    One of the strongest arguments the Jewish opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have wielded is that Israelis are unified in their opposition to it.

    If the famously fractious Israelis all agree that the Iran deal is bad, they argue, it must really be awful. This line of reasoning...

  • Chris Christie, appearing with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, slams Iran deal

    August 25, 2015 | 3:58 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie at a news conference alongside Jewish leaders including Rabbi Shmuley Boteach urged Congress to block the Iran nuclear deal.

    Christie, the governor of New Jersey, at the Rutgers University Chabad House in New Brunswick, New Jersey,...

  • Obama’s Democrats face intense pressure as they weigh Iran deal

    August 21, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    As he weighed whether to support President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, Representative Donald Norcross was showered with the sort of attention rarely shown to junior members of the U.S. Congress.

    The New Jersey Democrat, a former labor union leader, met with Obama and...

  • Obama builds Iran nuclear deal support one vote at a time

    August 21, 2015 | 11:28 am

    President Barack Obama is gradually building support in Congress for an international nuclear deal with Iran, working the phones to counter lobbying against the pact and sending a letter to lawmakers urging them to support it.

    Obama needs to win the backing of one-third of either...

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