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  • Congress defers ‘anti-Semitism’ bill to 2017

    December 9, 2016 | 11:41 am

    The story originally appeared on jewishinsider.com.

    The House of Representatives failed to pass a bill targeting campus anti-Semitism, delaying the legislation until 2017, according to two informed Congressional staff members who spoke with Jewish Insider. On December 1, the...

  • Donald Trump, the Jewish savior

    By Rob Eshman

    August 31, 2016 | 11:27 am

    Think back to a year ago. 

    The Jewish wars were raging. Israel’s prime minister brought the fight over the Iran nuclear deal to the floor of Congress, directly confronting the American president. Israeli Jews stood with Bibi. American Jews were split. A slim majority backed the...

  • Wasserman Schultz challenger ties himself to anti-Iran deal Democrats

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    August 8, 2016 | 3:01 pm

    In an invitation to a meet and greet in Hollywood on Tuesday, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s challenger, Tim Canova, tied himself to top Democratic representatives who voted against the Iran nuclear deal.

    “When called upon to protect Israel some legislators step up,”...

  • White supremacist David Duke planning congressional bid

    July 13, 2016 | 3:13 pm

    White supremacist leader David Duke is gearing up to run for Congress, saying his decision was bolstered by the killing last week of five white Dallas policemen at the hands of a black gunman.

    Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, told the Daily Beast on Tuesday that...

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  • Westside congressman facing first re-election bid discusses Israel

    By Eitan Arom

    June 29, 2016 | 11:41 am

    Los Angeles Rep. Ted Lieu is quick to shoot off a friendly tweet. With a computer science degree from Stanford University, he’s one of the more tech-savvy members of Congress. 

    After a panel on cybersecurity at Politicon, a political convention held June 26 in Pasadena, Lieu...

  • Both Jewish 25-year-olds bidding to be youngest member of Congress come up short

    June 8, 2016 | 12:18 pm

    Erin Schrode and Alex Law, Jewish 25-year-olds running to become the youngest lawmakers in Congress, both lost to incumbents in their respective Democratic primary races Tuesday for a House of Representatives seat.

    Schrode, an environmentalist and entrepreneur, garnered 7 percent...

  • Congress to block Obama’s proposed cuts to anti-terror funding

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 26, 2016 | 8:44 am

    Congress is moving towards passing a Homeland Security budget that will restore $270 million in funds for the Urban Area Security Initiative in the 2017 budget, back to the 2016 funding level of $600 million, Senator Chuck Schumer announced on Thursday.

    Since February, Schumer ...

  • In Nevada primary, a Muslim facing a Jew says he was passed over for his faith

    April 26, 2016 | 1:49 pm

    Come November, Nevadans in this suburban Las Vegas district may well elect to Congress Jacky Rosen, a software developer and president of her synagogue.

    A Jordanian-American lawyer says her win would be at his expense, and it’s because of his Muslim faith.

    But Jesse Sbaih isn’t...

  • Shots fired in Capitol complex, gunman caught

    March 28, 2016 | 12:25 pm

    A police officer may have been injured by shrapnel on Monday in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center when a man fired a gun, media reports and congressional sources said.

    There was confusion in early accounts about what occurred but police said a suspect was taken into custody with...

  • Obama makes final attempt to persuade Congress to close Guantanamo

    February 23, 2016 | 10:05 am

    President Barack Obama launched a final push on Tuesday to persuade Congress to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but lawmakers, opposed to rehousing detainees in the United States, declared his plan a non-starter.

    In White House remarks, Obama, a Democrat,...

  • Israeli kibbutz can ‘feel the Bern’ of forgotten volunteer Sanders

    February 17, 2016 | 2:20 pm

    An Israeli kibbutz is taking considerable pride in a former volunteer, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, even though no one on the communal farm can quite remember him.

    In 1990 Sanders, then running for Congress, told Israel's Haaretz newspaper he had volunteered...

  • Shkreli insults Congress on Twitter after refusing to testify

    February 4, 2016 | 11:05 am

    Former Turing Pharmaceuticals Chief Executive Officer Martin Shkreli on Thursday called members of Congress "imbeciles" on Twitter, moments after he refused to testify before a House of Representatives committee on why his company raised the price of a lifesaving medicine by 5,000...

  • Obama: New gun control measures are legal, could save lives

    January 4, 2016 | 4:19 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Monday his new executive actions to tighten gun rules were "well within" his legal authority and consistent with the U.S. right to bear arms, a warning to opponents who are likely to challenge them in court.

    Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office,...

  • Obama’s gun control measures to spark political, legal fights

    January 4, 2016 | 11:29 am

    President Barack Obama is igniting a political firestorm this week by bypassing Congress with new measures to tighten U.S. gun rules that are likely to redefine what it means to be a gun dealer and possibly spark legal challenges during his final year in office.

    Shares in gun...

  • Congress passes bill targeting Hezbollah’s finances

    December 16, 2015 | 3:57 pm

    Legislation targeting the financing of Hezbollah passed both houses of Congress.

    The House of Representatives unanimously approved the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 on Wednesday. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it into law.

    The act directs...

  • President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address or: ‘The Plot Against America II’

    By David N. Myers

    December 9, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    January 16, 2018

    “My Fellow Americans, Vice President Palin, distinguished members of Congress, and esteemed guests, I am deeply honored to offer this State of the Union address, my first since being elected your president in November 2016. 

    I must commence with a warning. ...

  • The refugee dilemma: Fighting to defend the defenseless

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 24, 2015 | 6:57 pm

    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’

    November 6, 2015 | 10:00 am

    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

    November 4, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    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...

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