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  • Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announces support for Iran nuclear deal

    6 days ago

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced his support for the Iran nuclear deal.

    Reid (D-Nev.) called the deal the “best way” to curtail Iran’s military ambitions in an interview Sunday with the Washington Post.

    “This is the best way, the only way, to keep Iran from getting a...

  • Dear Congressman Sherman: Your ‘no’ vote on Iran deal threatens Israel

    1 week ago

    In the least plausible alternative version of my life, I would have stayed in the San Fernando Valley rather than leaving more than 40 years ago and moving to Jerusalem. In that scenario, I’d be represented in Congress by Democrat Brad Sherman — and I might be less infuriated by...

  • Senate Democrats stake out both sides of Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) blasted the U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, vowing to oppose it in defiance of President Barack Obama, who picked up much-needed support for the deal from two other Senate Democrats.

    As September voting on the agreement in...

  • Report: Schumer to oppose Iran deal

    3 weeks ago

    A top Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer, will come out against the Iran deal on Friday, according to a report from The Huffington Post.

    The report quotes three unnamed sources familiar with the senator’s thinking.

    Schumer, a Jewish lawmaker from New York who is poised to become his party’s leader in the Senate in 2017, has come under intense pressure from the White House and critics of the deal.

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  • U.S. Senate leader McConnell: Obama’s choice on Iran deal ‘absurd’

    3 weeks ago

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected President Barack Obama's pitch for the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was "absurd" to argue that lawmakers must essentially choose between the agreement or going to war.

    Obama made a "huge mistake" with that argument,...

  • Right, Left and Center Condemn the Iran Deal

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 28, 2015 | 11:28 pm

    With more and more voices from the right, left and center decrying the deal with Iran, it is not surprising that a majority of American's in recent CNN poll are against the deal. The more you read the agreement, and study the issues, the more you cannot help but realize that this...

  • Chessmasters: Israel and the Iran deal

    By Rob Eshman

    July 22, 2015 | 10:39 am

    Critics of the Iran deal unfailingly say that the American negotiators, including President Barack Obama, were no match for their wily Iranian counterparts.

    The Persians, they remind us, excel at the culture of the bazaar. The Persians, they point out, invented the game of chess....

  • 22 senators sign letter to Obama urging Israel support

    June 29, 2015 | 11:36 am

    Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. Senate signed on to a bipartisan letter urging President Barack Obama to support Israel around the world.

    Twenty-two senators signed the letter, which was written “in response to your welcomed recent remarks at Congregation Adas Israel” on May 22...

  • President Bernie

    By Rob Eshman

    May 29, 2015 | 4:31 pm

    Just because he looks like Larry David’s angry uncle, and just because he is the only Democratic socialist in the United States Senate, and just because he represents a heavily forested state best known for a breakfast condiment, doesn’t mean you should dismiss Bernie Sanders.

    ...
  • 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.

  • 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...

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