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  • Amid declining Jewish caucus in Congress, rising concerns over communal influence

    6 days ago

    From 31 in 2009 to a likely 19 in January, the unofficial Jewish caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives is shrinking fast.

    Jewish lawmakers have traditionally been the first stop for Jewish lobbyists seeking inroads for their issues, including Israel, preserving the social...

  • Obama administration to brief members of Congress on Islamic State

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama's administration is dispatching senior intelligence officials to provide an in-depth briefing on the Islamic State militant group to key members of Congress and staff, a congressional aide said on Thursday.

    The briefing from the Office of the Director of...

  • In Tennessee, Steve Cohen trounces primary challenger

    By tessc

    August 8, 2014 | 2:00 pm

    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) easily survived a primary election challenge, making it likely he will continue to represent Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District.

    Cohen defeated challenger Ricky Wilkins by a more than 2-to-1 margin in Thursday’s primary, winning 66 percent of the...

  • In race for Congress, how different are candidates Elan Carr and Ted Lieu?

    By Jared Sichel

    August 6, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Democratic State Sen. Ted Lieu and Republican District Attorney Elan Carr may be competing to fill longtime Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman’s seat in November, but in an era in which the two parties rarely work together, the similarities between these two candidates are one of...

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  • Obama administration presses for $225M addition to Iron Dome funding

    July 23, 2014 | 4:03 pm

    The Obama administration asked Congress to fast-track Israel’s request for an additional $225 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

    The administration cited Israeli needs arising from the Gaza war in pressing for the extra funding.

    “The Government of Israel has...

  • U.S. bill would offer $5M reward for capture of Frenkel’s murderers

    July 11, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Legislation introduced in Congress would post a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Naftali Frenkel, the Israeli-American teen abducted with two others and murdered last month in the West Bank.

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Co.) authored...

  • Obama tells Congress U.S. deploying up to 275 troops to Iraq

    June 16, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    President Barack Obama told Congress on Monday the United States was deploying up to 275 military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the country's embassy in Baghdad after militants seized control of the north of the country.

    "This force is deploying...

  • Can Elan Carr split the
    blue sea?

    By David Suissa

    May 21, 2014 | 10:54 am

    The last word I would use to describe my friend Elan Carr, an Iraq war veteran and criminal gang prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, is “dreamer.” For the many years I’ve known him, Carr has struck me as Mr. Reality— a straight shooter who sees things...

  • Zev Yaroslavsky won’t run for Congress

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 7, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will not make a bid for the seat currently held by retiring Congressman Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills).

    Yaroslavsky’s announcement, emailed to the Journal early Friday afternoon, brings to an end wide speculation over the past week...

  • Henry Waxman: Not quite the last of the just, but close

    February 7, 2014 | 10:58 am

    I don't fault Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) for leaving Congress. The House of Representatives is a terrible place these days, with the Senate only marginally better. The overwhelming majority of members from both parties have only one goal: it is to be re-elected. Henry Waxman's...

  • Who’ll succeed Henry Waxman?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 5, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel was the first to announce her bid to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman, throwing her hat into the ring on Jan. 30, the day the 20-term Congressman announced he will not seek re-election. California State Sen. Ted Lieu joined the fray the...

  • Henry Waxman:
    Governed by tikkun olam

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 5, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The rain during Noah’s flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The Torah was given to Moses during a 40-day stay at the top of Mount Sinai. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert.

    And so it seems fitting that Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills), who announced last week...

  • Henry Waxman: The show horse / work horse

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 30, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    One of the most famous ways political scientists divvy up members of Congress is to call them either “work horses” or “show horses.”  Work horses are the wonks who dig into the details of committee work and legislation, get little public recognition, but get a lot done.  Show...

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Rep. Henry A. Waxman announces plans to retire from Congress

    January 30, 2014 | 11:04 am

    33rd Congressional District of California
    Rep. Henry A. Waxman

    For Immediate Release:  January 30, 2014

    
Rep. Henry A. Waxman Announces Plans to Retire from Congress

    WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a senior Democrat from California, who has played a leading...

  • AIPAC’s tough sanctions choice

    January 23, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    In previous AIPAC versus White House dustups, the pro-Israel lobbying group’s strategy was to speak softly and let Congress carry the big stick.

    But in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s face-off with the Obama administration over new Iran sanctions, congressional...

  • Jon Stewart: After Congress, Iran and Israel, Justin Bieber doesn’t seem so bad

    by Jewish Journal staff, via Ron Kampeas, JTA

    January 16, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    Jon Stewart last night talked about the congressional push for Iran sanctions, Moshe Yaalon, Hassan Rouhani and Justin Bieber.

    Watch:

     

  • Obama to Congress: Now isn’t the time for new Iran sanctions

    January 15, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    President Obama urged Congress not to pass new Iran sanctions as jockeying continued among groups that favor and oppose the sanctions.

    “My preference is for peace and diplomacy, and this is one of the reasons why I’ve sent a message to Congress that now is not the time for us to...

  • For lone socialist in Congress, pet issue finds the spotlight

    January 14, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont and the only self-described socialist in Congress, has long been an outspoken voice in Washington on issues of economic inequality.

    But with the vanishing middle class figuring prominently in the campaign for mayor of the...

  • Interim deal on Iran splits Congress on new sanctions

    November 25, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    They want to brandish a new stick against Iran, but hawks in Congress aren’t going to use it — yet.

    For all the disappointment they expressed following the deal on Iran’s nuclear program, skeptics in Congress appear to be willing to give the agreement brokered by the Obama...

  • Barack or Bibi? Trust, loyalty and Iran

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 20, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    On Rosh Hashanah 2012, just a few weeks before the presidential election, Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe offered his congregants a sermon titled “The Most Important Question in the World Today.” In it, he told his congregation he was, at that moment, a single-issue voter: “I will...

  • Obama: Lies and Consequences

    By David Suissa

    November 13, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    We teach our kids two things about honesty: One, that “honesty is the best policy,” which means that, ultimately, it’s in one’s interest to be honest. An honest reputation is good for business, telling the truth will keep you out of trouble, and so on.

    Parents who aim even higher...

  • The Obamacare Apocalypse

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 11, 2013 | 10:32 am

    Last week, a professor of physics and astronomy told the New York Times that the probability of an asteroid hitting the earth ----  it happened over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February, with the energy of 30 Hiroshimas ----  isn't once in a century or two, it's once in a decade or...

  • Re-elect Shlump to Congress (again)

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 1, 2013 | 1:16 pm

  • White House presses Congress not to intensify sanctions

    October 24, 2013 | 10:17 am

    The Obama administration reportedly is asking Congress to delay passing new Iran sanctions.

    The National Security Council on Thursday hosted top staffers from congressional committees dealing with Iran sanctions at a White House briefing.

    According to BuzzFeed, the thrust of...

  • Where’s my check, Mr. Boehner?

    October 21, 2013 | 10:16 am

    Oh, thank you soooooo much! Some Republican members of Congress suddenly remembered they were Americans. Whoa, guys, that one was way too close. But thank you for postponing the end of this country for a few months. That way, holiday sales won’t suffer from wary consumers, just...

  • Government shutdown over, Iran sanctions force back at full strength

    October 17, 2013 | 9:54 am

    The U.S. government returned to work, and officials who track Iran sanctions compliance were working at a full complement.

    Hundreds of thousands of government employees who had been furloughed since Oct. 1 returned to work on Thursday after Republicans in the House of...

  • Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill

    October 16, 2013 | 9:41 pm

    Congress approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world's biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity on Wednesday.

    Capping weeks of political brinkmanship that had unnerved...

  • U.S. lawmakers close to deal on debt ceiling, reopening government

    October 16, 2013 | 9:31 am

    The U.S. Senate appeared ready to announce a last-minute deal on Wednesday to avert a historic lapse in the government's borrowing ability and a potentially damaging debt default.

    But even if the Senate and House of Representatives manage to overcome procedural hurdles to seal...

  • Obama administration warns: Gov’t shutdown undermining Iran sanctions

    October 15, 2013 | 11:50 am

    Is the U.S. government shutdown undermining the sanctions that helped bring Iran to Geneva this week for talks aimed at ending the standoff over its nuclear program?

    Top administration officials have been emphatically making the case that it is.

    Wendy Sherman, the third-ranked...

  • AIPAC calls for intensification of sanctions if Iranian nuclear program continues

    October 8, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    AIPAC joined Israel’s government and some congressional leaders in calling on the Obama administration to intensify sanctions should Iran continue its uranium enrichment during negotiations.

    “To avoid any misunderstanding in Tehran, America must clearly signal that it will...

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