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  • White House doesn’t say whether Obama will support Senate bill on Iran

    April 14, 2015 | 10:32 am

    The White House said on Tuesday it could not state definitively whether President Barack Obama will support the U.S. Senate's bill on Iran's nuclear capabilities until all changes are made.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said there is reason to think a Senate panel working on the bill may address some areas of concern the White House has had over the bill, which Obama has said threatens to undermine an international deal with Iran to curb its nuclear capabilities.

  • Nuclear pact could end with Obama’s term, 47 GOP senators tell Iran

    March 9, 2015 | 10:27 am

    Any nuclear agreement signed with President Barack Obama could end when he leaves office, a letter to Iran’s leaders signed by 47 Republican senators threatened.

    The letter, first obtained by Bloomberg View, explains that without congressional approval, any agreement concerning...

  • Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL approval

    March 4, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    The Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.

    The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of...

  • 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.

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  • Truth, Transparency, and the Senate

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 12, 2014 | 12:30 pm

    by Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I am sitting in my office this morning, I am thinking about the Senate Report on CIA torture tactics in light of the principle of Truth and Transparency.

    Question: What is too much information when it can harm others?

    My Response: This is a difficult...

  • U.S. under fire over Senate’s report on CIA torture

    December 10, 2014 | 10:37 am

    The United States on Wednesday faced criticism from the United Nations as well as governments that Washington often reprimands for human rights violations over a Senate report on CIA torture techniques in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Some U.S. allies, who could face...

  • Cartoon: THE GOP WINS THE SENATE!

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 12, 2014 | 2:30 pm

  • Lee Zeldin becomes Congress’ sole Jewish Republican as GOP retakes Senate

    November 5, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Results late Tuesday showed Republicans winning control of the United States Senate as well as wins for fresh faces with close Jewish and pro-Israel ties.

    In Long Island, Lee Zeldin, a state senator, was set to become the sole Jewish Republican in Congress, ending a short drought...

  • Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize U.S. Senate

    November 5, 2014 | 9:21 am

    Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to seize control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, dealing a punishing blow to President Barack Obama that will limit his legislative agenda and may force him to make a course correction for his last two years in office.

    The Republican...

  • What a GOP Senate would mean for the Jewish communal agenda

    October 6, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    Should Republicans win the Senate and maintain control of the House of Representatives on Nov. 4 — as many observers expect them to do — the political gridlock that has characterized much of President Obama’s term is poised to intensify.

    Jewish strategies, however, will remain...

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

    September 17, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    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...

  • 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

    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...

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