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  • DNC chair: Perception of division on Israel within Democratic Party is totally untrue

    By Jared Sichel

    April 18, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    Jewish values and Democratic Party values are in sync; there is no split among elected Democratic officials when it comes to Israel; the rise in anti-Israel movements on American campuses must be fought; and the Republicans are going to give Democrats a run for their money in...

  • Supreme Court’s rejection of U.S. campaign funding limits opens door for big-money donors

    April 3, 2014 | 10:40 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a key pillar of federal campaign finance law by allowing donors to give money to as many political candidates, parties and committees as they wish.

    In the latest in a series of decisions by the high court that have given big-money...

  • This is how you’ll feel when the GOP wins the Senate

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 24, 2014 | 10:06 am

    It’s the morning after.

    You stayed up late watching election results on TV.  By the time you went to bed, the Republicans had won five of the six Senate seats they needed to take control of both houses of Congress.  As the networks called each state for the GOP, it felt like a...

  • Over 70 House Dems sign letter to Obama opposing sanctions

    February 4, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    More than 70 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to President Obama supporting his opposition to new Iran sanctions.

    The letter, initiated by Reps. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) and David Price (D-N.C.), expresses support for talks now underway between Iran...

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  • Henry Waxman to retire from Congress after 40 years

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 30, 2014 | 10:30 am

    Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills), who was first elected to Congress in 1974 in a post-Watergate wave of fresh candidates, announced on Thursday morning that he will not seek reelection in the fall and will retire from Congress at the end of this year.

    In a statement, Waxman...

  • Why won’t liberals defend Israel?

    By David Suissa

    December 18, 2013 | 11:53 am

    As I was reading about “engagement” — the new buzzword regarding Israel that came out of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial this past weekend in San Diego — I wondered: Did anyone at the convention notice the other hot word circulating regarding the Jewish state?

    This...

  • Media tycoon Saban Says dreams of Hillary Clinton as U.S. president

    November 29, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    Israeli-American media tycoon Haim Saban, a major donor to the U.S. Democratic party, said on Friday he would back former secretary of state Hillary Clinton with his "full might" should she run for president in 2016.

    Clinton, 66, whose four-year tenure as U.S. secretary of state...

  • Pew finds Jews mostly liberal

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 23, 2013 | 11:46 am

    One of the most interesting findings of the respected Pew Research Center’s poll of American Jews was the continuing theme of Jewish liberalism and approval of Barack Obama’s performance — a vote of confidence in the president exceeded only by that of African-American Protestants...

  • Deadlocked Congress brings U.S. gov’t to edge of shutdown

    September 30, 2013 | 11:37 am

    The U.S. Congress, still in partisan deadlock on Monday over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, was on the verge of shutting down most of the U.S. government starting on Tuesday morning.

    With the law funding thousands of routine government...

  • California: the left’s laboratory

    By Dennis Prager

    June 6, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Our state of California has become a laboratory. The progressive party, the Democrats, holds every statewide office, from governor on down, and they hold super-majorities in both houses of the state legislature. Even if every Republican legislator in Sacramento votes against a...

  • Character references: Eric Garcetti

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 15, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    In a few weeks, Eric Garcetti might become Los Angeles’ youngest mayor in more than a century. When Eric was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University from 1993 to 1996, we were close friends and he was a regular at my L’Chaim Society.

    In this age of extreme political partisanship,...

  • Reps. Royce, Engel talk Iran, Syria with Netanyahu

    May 2, 2013 | 9:40 am

    The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee discussed the potential Iranian threat and instability in Syria with Israel's prime minister. 

    Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman of the committee and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), its...

  • Can’t we all just not get along?

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 29, 2013 | 10:07 am

    Maybe the problem with Washington isn’t that there’s too little comity  – there’s too much.

    Old hands lament the passing of the era when, by day, partisans went after one another red in tooth and claw, but when the sun hit the treetops the enmity took a breather.  Thanks to the...

  • Disgraced ex-congressman Weiner considering N.Y. mayoral run

    April 10, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    Ex-New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was forced out of office by a scandal, is considering a run for New York City mayor.

    Weiner, 48, and his wife, Huma Abedin, submitted to an extensive profile in this weekend's New York Times Magazine in part because Weiner is testing the...

  • Congress introduces bill to make Israel ‘major strategic ally’

    March 5, 2013 | 8:06 am

    A Republican and a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would make Israel a "major strategic ally," a unique designation.

    The bill, introduced Monday by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), was timed for the annual...

  • Senate confirms Hagel as secretary of defense

    February 26, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    The Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense on Tuesday, after an unusually acrimonious confirmation fight that threatened to complicate his work as civilian leader at the Pentagon.

    The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm the former Republican...

  • Obama to governors: Tell Congress to stop spending cuts

    February 25, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    President Barack Obama urged state governors on Feb. 25 to pressure Congress to prevent $85 billion in across-the-board government spending cuts from going into effect on March 1, saying he is willing to reach a compromise with Republicans.

    But the president gave no indication...

  • Another Republican senator backs Hagel for Pentagon chief

    February 21, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    Chuck Hagel's path to confirmation as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense became more secure on Thursday when Republican Senator Richard Shelby said he would support the nomination.

    Shelby joined almost every other Republican senator a week ago in delaying a vote on...

  • Netanyahu, Rubio in water-bottle toast to U.S., Israel ties

    February 20, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toasted their nations' close ties on Wednesday with a click of plastic water bottles reminiscent of the Republican's sip seen 'round the world in Washington last week.

    Photographers captured the cross-table...

  • Jewish groups praise Senate on Violence Against Women Act

    February 14, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    Three Jewish groups praised the U.S. Senate's reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and urged the House of Representatives to follow suit.

    The Senate on Tuesday approved by a 78-22 vote the bill that would reauthorize the act first passed in 1994 for another five...

  • Senate Democrats pave way for full Senate vote on Hagel

    February 13, 2013 | 2:04 pm

    Senate Democrats filed a motion on Wednesday to end debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense after Republicans refused to allow a vote, setting up a showdown vote by Friday.

    Democrats are expected to muster the 60 votes needed...

  • Senate panel sets Tuesday vote on Hagel nomination

    February 11, 2013 | 10:58 am

    A U.S. Senate panel plans to vote on Tuesday afternoon on the bitterly contested nomination of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense, the committee said on Monday.

    Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which must approve...

  • Jan Perry, “tough” mayoral candidate, faces challenging route

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 6, 2013 | 9:22 am

    This is one in a series of profiles of the five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates running in the March 5 election. See below for a video analysis.

    Following a recent televised debate featuring the five top candidates running for mayor of Los Angeles, some campaign watchers...

  • Senators assail Obama’s Hagel nomination, question judgment

    January 31, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Republican lawmakers harshly attacked Chuck Hagel on Thursday at a contentious hearing over his nomination to become the next U.S. defense secretary, questioning his judgment on war strategy and putting him broadly on the defensive.

    In one of the most heated exchanges,...

  • William Kristol — Bad for Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    January 30, 2013 | 2:39 pm

    Someone has to say it: William Kristol is hurting Israel.

    He doesn’t mean to. He has spoken and written so often about the importance of supporting the Jewish state that I’m sure the harm he is doing is unintentional. His primary focus over the years has been securing U.S. power...

  • Giffords opens Senate hearings on gun control

    January 30, 2013 | 10:47 am

    Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who survived a shooting that killed six people, opened U.S. Senate hearings on gun violence.

    "OK!" Giffords began brightly at her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning.

    Then, assisted by her husband...

  • CUFI role in Hagel opposition shows conservatives’ resolve to stop confirmation

    January 29, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    Chuck Hagel has made strides in his bid to secure Senate confirmation as defense secretary, winning the endorsement of leading Jewish Democratic senators and meeting with the leaders of major American Jewish groups.

    But conservative pro-Israel opposition remains fierce, bolstered...

  • Senate votes to confirm Kerry as secretary of state

    January 29, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Senator John Kerry received enough Senate votes on Tuesday to be confirmed as President Barack Obama's new secretary of state, succeeding Hillary Clinton.

    The five-term senator and 2004 unsuccessful presidential candidate had broad support from fellow Democrats and Republicans in the Senate. As voting continued, he had received well over 60 votes in favor of his confirmation, and just two against it.

    Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Will Dunham

  • John Kerry says he hopes to revive Israeli-Palestinian talks

    January 24, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Senator John Kerry, nominated to be the next U.S. secretary of state, said on Thursday he hopes for a revival of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    The comment by the Massachusetts Democratic senator, whose Senate confirmation is regarded as a virtual certainty, suggests the United...

  • Is God a Democrat or a Republican?

    January 23, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    With President Obama having just taken the oath for his second term in office, we can allow ourselves the luxury of thinking about substantive issues in ways that transcend party affiliations and divisions. We no longer have to debate how and for whom Jews should vote, and instead...

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