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  • ‘With Jews we lose,’ reads one Senate candidate’s slogan in Ky.

    By tessc

    2 weeks ago

    Robert Ransdell, a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate from Kentucky, is campaigning with the slogan “With Jews we lose.”

    Campaign lawn signs with the slogan began appearing in the Cincinnati suburb of Florence, Ky., in recent days. Ransdell said his campaign has posted about 20...

  • Senate confirms Stanley Fischer to Fed board

    May 21, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    Stanley Fischer was confirmed as a member of the Federal Reserve, clearing the way for the former Bank of Israel governor to become the Fed’s vice chairman.

    The U.S. Senate voted 68-27 in Fischer’s favor on Wednesday afternoon, four months after President Obama nominated the dual...

  • 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...

  • Sen. Feinstein says CIA spied on Senate panel, possibly broke law

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    March 11, 2014 | 10:59 am

    A dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and a U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when a top senator accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law.

    Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered a scathing critique of the...

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  • Are Feinstein’s fears about the Iran sanctions bill overblown?

    January 16, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), in a half-hour speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday, made her case against proposed new Iran sanctions. And she provoked some controversy with her take on some Israel-related language in the legislation.

    Feinstein left the Israel component for...

  • Iran sanctions have majority backing in Senate, but not enough to override veto

    January 10, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    More than half the United States Senate has signed on to a bill that would intensify sanctions against Iran. But in a sign of the so-far successful effort by the White House to keep the bill from reaching a veto-busting 67 supporters, only 16 Democrats are on board.

    The number of...

  • Senate confirms Yellen as Fed chairwoman

    January 7, 2014 | 9:39 am

    The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, making her the first woman and the third consecutive Jewish top U.S. government banker.

    Yellen was confirmed in a 56-26 vote on Monday evening. She succeeds Ben Bernanke, who followed Alan Greenspan in 2006.

    ...
  • Senators, after Obama meeting, ready to delay new sanctions

    November 19, 2013 | 11:01 am

    Senate leaders appeared ready to delay intensified sanctions targeting Iran while President Obama seeks a deal to roll back that country’s nuclear program, although several warned not to yield on demands that Iran end its uranium enrichment.

    In comments after the meeting, Sens....

  • Cory Booker, close to N.J. and national Jewish communities, wins Senate seat

    October 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Cory Booker, the Newark mayor who headed two Jewish student societies while in university, was elected to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.

    Booker, a Democrat, coasted to a win in a special election Wednesday to succeed the late Frank Lautenberg, defeating Republican Steve...

  • 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...

  • BREAKING: Gunfire forces brief lockdown at U.S. Capitol

    October 3, 2013 | 11:37 am

    The U.S. Capitol was locked down briefly on Thursday after gunshots were fired outside the building following a car chase across central Washington and a number of people including a law enforcement officer were hurt, officials said.

    A female suspect was killed by police at the...

  • Reid links Assad’s attacks to Nazi gas chambers

    September 10, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    Harry Reid, the majority leader in the U.S. Senate, compared Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attacks against his citizens to the Nazi gas chambers.

    “Millions and millions of civilians and prisoners of war were murdered by gas in Nazi death camps,...

  • House overwhelmingly votes to add new Iran sanctions

    August 1, 2013 | 9:02 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to add new sanctions on Tehran that would drastically reduce Iran’s trade.

    The bill, which passed Wednesday evening by a vote of 400-20, would expand sanctions to shut down U.S. trade with any entity that trades substantively...

  • Senate resolution backing peace talks is introduced

    July 31, 2013 | 10:23 am

    A resolution supporting the Obama administration’s efforts to arrive at a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal was introduced in the U.S. Senate.

    “A two-state solution is the only outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which can ensure the State of Israel’s survival as a...

  • After career in Congress, Peter Deutsch finds new life in Israel

    July 17, 2013 | 10:34 am

    When U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch lost his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2004, forcing him out of Congress for the first time in 12 years, he didn’t quite know what to do with himself.

    So he did something not entirely uncommon among American Jews who haven’t quite figured out their...

  • The proposed reforms, rights and regulations

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 2, 2013 | 10:43 am

    Immigration Reform: Officially called “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” the Senate bill passed on June 26 with bipartisan support from 68 senators. The bill increases the number of temporary visas available for high- and low-skilled...

  • Immigration bill: For nannies and caregivers, legal status isn’t enough

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 2, 2013 | 10:13 am

    At 2 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, Amelia Barnachea waited in a copy shop in downtown Los Angeles, shifting her weight from one foot to the other. "I’m exercising," the diminutive Filipina-American home health aide explained, looking very spry for her 72 years. 

    Barnachea, who...

  • An Irreplaceable Legacy

    by 30 YEARS AFTER

    June 4, 2013 | 5:10 pm

    Most Iranian-American Jews would not recognize the name Frank Lautenberg. But they should.

    Senator Lautenberg was the Senate's oldest member, its last-surviving WWII veteran, a staunch advocate of Israel, and personally responsible for the entry of thousands of Jews from the...

  • In Senate, Lautenberg maintained commitment to the Jewish community

    June 3, 2013 | 9:23 am

    In 1982, Frank Lautenberg was running for New Jersey’s U.S. Senate spot at a time when  Democrats in the state were down on their political fortunes.

    The Jewish community knew and liked Lautenberg, a data processing magnate who died Monday at 89 after serving more than 30 years...

  • Gun violence in America: Scandal!

    By Rob Eshman

    May 22, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Two years after his mother was shot and killed, Dallas Sonnier received a phone call from the police: His father had just been shot and killed.

    Sonnier’s parents had divorced long before. That both were murdered was sheer coincidence — as if gun violence in America isn’t common...

  • The US Should Not Grant Visas To Israeli Citizens Unless Israel Grants the Privilege to US Citizens

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 30, 2013 | 7:39 am

    Senator Barbara Boxer has introduced a bill co-sponsored by 18 Democrats and Republicans that would enable Israel to join a group 37 other favored nations whose citizens need not carry visas to enter the United States.

    Now, any Israeli who wants to travel to the US needs to...

  • Berkeley student senate passes divestment bill SB 160 11-9

    April 18, 2013 | 11:36 am

    In a dramatic vote that was emotional for all sides, the ASUC Senate voted 11-9 to divest from companies affiliated with Israel’s military early Thursday morning.

    The heated debate began Wednesday evening and carried on for 10 hours, continuing into Thursday. Anna Head Alumnae...

  • April 17, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 17, 2013 | 3:35 am

    The US

    Headline: US Senate: Will back Israeli attack on Iran

    To Read: Aaron David Miller writes about the effects that the US’ convenient geographical location has always had on its attitude toward foreign policy:

    The luxury of America's circumstances -- particularly its...

  • Jewish groups urge Senate to pass gun control legislation

    April 11, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Twenty-three national Jewish organizations signed on to a letter to the U.S. Senate urging members to pass gun control legislation.

    In the letter addressed to Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the minority leader, the Jewish groups...

  • Congress passes more expansive Violence Against Women Act

    March 1, 2013 | 9:07 am

    Congress approved the more expansive version of an extension of the Violence Against Women Act that an array of Jewish groups had backed.

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Senate version of the bill after it had rejected a Republican rewrite that omitted...

  • Senate clears way for vote on Pentagon nominee Chuck Hagel

    February 26, 2013 | 10:06 am

    The Senate cleared the way on Tuesday for the likely confirmation of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense.

    The Senate voted 71-27 to end debate and move forward, almost two weeks after Republicans launched a filibuster to block Hagel's nomination. It...

  • Biden to address AIPAC conference

    February 26, 2013 | 7:43 am

    Vice President Joe Biden will address the upcoming AIPAC policy conference.

    Biden will speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on the morning of Monday, March 4, officials in the White House and with AIPAC told JTA.

    His speech comes ahead of President...

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