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  • Senator Mikulski gives Obama key vote to protect Iran nuclear deal

    3 days ago

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski said she will support the Iran nuclear deal, effectively ensuring that the agreement will survive attempts in Congress to overturn it.

    Mikulski, D-Md., who issued her statement Wednesday morning, becomes the 34th senator to back the agreement reached in...

  • Wasserman Schultz reportedly nixed Dems’ vote on backing Iran deal, praising Obama

    5 days ago

    Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz reportedly prevented consideration of a resolution at the party’s summer meeting that praised President Barack Obama and offered backing for the Iran nuclear deal.

    The Washington Post report on Saturday, which cited...

  • Jews still leaning Democratic

    2 weeks ago

    If the 2016 presidential election were held today, Jewish voters nationwide would probably split 70-30 for the Democratic candidate, much as they did in 2012. Including the undecided respondents, 58 percent of American Jews prefer the Democrat, 18 percent the Republican, and 24...

  • Where does Bernie Sanders, the Jewish candidate for president, stand on Israel?

    3 weeks ago

    Bernie Sanders’ best friend is a Zionist who teaches Jewish philosophy, he had a formative experience on a kibbutz and “Saturday Night Live” dubbed him the “old Jew.”

    Still, Sanders can’t get away from the inevitable “But where is he on Israel?” question, especially now that the...

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  • Congress members begin to take sides on Iran deal — sort of

    By Aron Chilewich

    3 weeks ago

    Members of the House from districts across the Greater Los Angeles region — most of them Democrats — largely have remained silent so far on whether they will support the Obama administration on the Iran deal or join Republicans and a small but increasing number of Democrats in...

  • Brad Sherman opposes Iran deal

    By Aron Chilewich

    August 7, 2015 | 12:40 pm

    Brad Sherman, a Jewish Los Angeles Congressman and the second-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced Friday that he plans to oppose the Iran nuclear deal. Sherman represents much of the largely Jewish San Fernando Valley and is widely known as a strong...

  • 3 top Jewish Democrats in House oppose Iran nuclear deal

    August 5, 2015 | 11:29 am

    Three top Jewish Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives came out in opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.

    Reps. Nita Lowey and Steve Israel, both of New York, and Ted Deutch of Florida announced their opposition on Tuesday afternoon. Lowey is the senior Democrat on the...

  • Obama, Jewish leaders exchange concerns about distortions and attacks in Iran deal debate

    August 5, 2015 | 10:44 am

    President Barack Obama and pro-Israel leaders exchanged concerns about how each side distorts the other’s arguments in the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, and how the distortions are creating divisions in the Jewish community.

    The meeting Tuesday evening at the White House...

  • U.S. Democrats see ‘fire wall’ holding to preserve Iran deal

    August 3, 2015 | 11:19 am

    U.S. backers of the Iran nuclear deal are increasingly confident of enough Democratic support to ensure it survives review by Congress, despite fierce opposition by majority Republicans and a massive lobbying drive.

    By the time the House of Representatives recessed for the summer...

  • Congressman Adam Schiff, a Jewish Democrat, announces he will support Iran deal

    By Aron Chilewich

    August 3, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Adam Schiff, a Los Angeles congressman who serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, announced Monday morning that he plans to support the Iran nuclear deal. Schiff, who is Jewish with a record of strong support for Israel, serves a district that stretches...

  • Liberal Jewish U.S. Senator Sanders to challenge Clinton in 2016 race

    May 1, 2015 | 10:40 am

    U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, launched a long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, a move likely to pressure Hillary Clinton from the left on issues from income inequality to corporate governance.

    Sanders, one of the...

  • Kerry to ask Congress for more time and space on Iran deal

    April 13, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry will make the case this week to skeptical Republicans and Democrats that the U.S. Congress should give him another two and a half months to secure a final nuclear deal with Iran.

    In closed briefings with the full House of Representatives on Monday...

  • Clinton launches White House bid with promise to champion everyday Americans

    April 12, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    Hillary Clinton cast herself as a champion for everyday Americans on Sunday, kicking off her long-awaited second run for the White House with a vow to fight for a level playing field for those recovering from tough economic times.

    Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as...

  • Clinton to announce presidential bid on Sunday: Democratic official

    April 10, 2015 | 8:45 am

    Hillary Clinton is expected on Sunday to announce, via video and social media, her intention to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, a Democrat close to the Clinton camp told Reuters on Friday.

    The relatively low-key announcement is a recognition that the former...

  • U.S. regulators vote to set new, tougher net neutrality rules

    February 26, 2015 | 10:20 am

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 along party lines, with Democrats in support, to set new so-called net neutrality rules that would regulate Internet service providers more like traditional telephone companies.

    The rules ban Internet providers from...

  • Netanyahu declines Dems’ invitation for meeting during visit

    February 24, 2015 | 4:41 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week.

    "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit," Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein obtained by Reuters.

    Durbin and Feinstein had invited Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators in a letter on Monday.

  • Senate Democrats invite Netanyahu to meeting during visit

    February 23, 2015 | 3:37 pm

    Two senior U.S. Senate Democrats invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators during his upcoming visit to Washington, warning that making U.S.-Israeli relations a partisan political issue could have "lasting...

  • Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan

    January 23, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership."

    In reality, it was among the...

  • Barney Frank on practically everything

    December 16, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Long a legislative lion for Democrats, Barney Frank retired from Congress two years ago. But he remains famously shrewd and caustic, feisty and funny, as well as the most prominent gay politician in the nation. With current roiling debate over the financial reform that Frank helped...

  • Yaroslavsky, a ‘canny change agent’

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 25, 2014 | 10:00 am

    When we think of Jews involved in Los Angeles politics, we often divide them into two camps: liberal Democrats and Jewish Republicans. Liberal Democrats, as we picture them, are integrated into the broader progressive movements of Los Angeles. They are linked with multiethnic...

  • School-board member battles women’s rights activist for District 26

    October 30, 2014 | 11:30 am

    They’re both young. They’re both Democrats. They’re both up-and-comers on the political scene. 

    In fact, judging by their black-and-crimson outfits at a recent debate in Santa Monica, Sandra Fluke and Ben Allen — the two candidates vying to represent California’s 26th Senate...

  • Warren, in rare Israel foray, defends Iron Dome funding

    August 29, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) vigorously defended her vote for increased funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile-interception system.

    “America has a very special relationship with Israel,” Warren, a leader among liberal Democrats touted as a possible presidential contender, said...

  • Breaking (NOT): GOP hopes Jews vote for GOP

    August 5, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    There may be chaos in the world, with an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the specter of war in Ukraine and a seemingly endless cycle of violence in Gaza, but the earth continues to turn, the sun continues to shine, and Republicans continue to think Jews are about to turn Republican....

  • Has Israel become a left-right issue?

    July 28, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    About a decade ago, my rabbi was promoting congregational AIPAC involvement.  His argument went that AIPAC was not necessary for our local liberal Jewish Congressman, who was a member of our synagogue.  If he ever did anything anti-Israel, the rabbi always had the option of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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