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  • President Elect Donald Trump

    By Ilana Angel

    November 9, 2016 | 6:17 am

    It is a very sad day for America. I understand how last night happened, but I will never understand why it happened. I cannot wrap my head around Trump as President, nor can I imagine his wife as First Lady. I went to bed last night before the official winner was announced because...

  • Senate committee passes protective measure to fight BDS

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 30, 2016 | 11:30 am

    The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed the first protective measure to empower states fighting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the state of Israel.

    The bipartisan “Combating BDS Act of 2016,” introduced by Senator Mark Kirk...

  • Marco Rubio decides to run for reelection, citing intention to kill Iran deal

    June 23, 2016 | 8:41 am

    Sen. Marco Rubio cited his intention to kill the Iran nuclear deal in his decision to run for reelection to the Senate.

    The Florida Republican, first elected in 2010, opted out of running to keep his seat when he announced his candidacy last year for the Republican...

  • Barbara Boxer’s gloves come off

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 26, 2016 | 8:58 am

    Politics isn’t for sissies.

    That’s the essential message of California Sen. Barbara Boxer’s new memoir “The Art of Tough,” a 270-page reflection on her 40-year career in politics — from the Marin County Board of Supervisors to the House of Representatives, and ultimately, the...

  • Top general, without citing Trump, warns on troops’ morale

    March 17, 2016 | 11:48 am

    The top military officer told the Senate on Thursday that it would harm the morale of U.S. forces to order them to carry out activities such as waterboarding or targeting civilians, options previously cited by leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    Marine General...

  • Reactions to Obama’s Supreme Court nominee

    March 16, 2016 | 11:21 am

    President Barack Obama nominated veteran appellate court Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, setting up political showdown with Senate Republicans who have vowed to block any Obama nominee. 

    Following is a selection of reaction to the decision:


  • Key senator undecided on hearing for Obama high court pick

    February 16, 2016 | 2:19 pm

    The Republican head of the Senate panel that weighs U.S. Supreme Court nominations said on Tuesday he will wait until President Barack Obama names his pick to fill the vacancy left by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia's death before deciding whether to hold confirmation hearings....

  • GOP hopefuls stick to positions on NSA surveillance amid spying on Israel report

    December 30, 2015 | 12:51 pm

    Republican presidential candidates – from both sides on the aisle on the issue of NSA surveillance – on Wednesday protested the Obama administration’s spying on Israel’s government and the collecting of their communications with members of Congress, after the Wall Street Journal ...

  • Dems push resolution on two-state solution in memory of Rabin

    October 29, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    Several House and Senate Democrats are pushing for a resolution to commemorate 20 years to the November 4th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

    The partisan resolution, introduced to the Senate by Senator Dianne Feinstein, not only...

  • Bill to avert government shutdown clears main Senate hurdle

    September 28, 2015 | 3:22 pm

    Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown and provide temporary funds for federal agencies in the fiscal year beginning on Thursday cleared an important procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday.

    With the 60 votes needed, the Senate limited debate on the stopgap funding bill that would extend current agency spending until Dec. 11.

    The Senate is expected to pass the bill on Tuesday or Wednesday, sending it to the House for passage before a midnight Wednesday deadline.

  • Senate blocks Republican bill denying Planned Parenthood funds

    September 24, 2015 | 11:30 am

    The Senate on Thursday stopped an effort by Republicans to deny federal funding for women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood as part of a bill keeping government agencies operating on Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

    The vote was still continuing.

    The Senate is next expected to advance the same federal funding bill, but without the provision stopping Planned Parenthood funding. Planned Parenthood denies allegations that it has improperly used fetal tissue from abortions.

  • Obama hails Senate vote protecting Iran nuclear deal

    September 10, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    President Barack Obama welcomed a Senate vote blocking a Republican-backed measure to derail the Iran nuclear agreement, saying it was a victory for diplomacy and U.S. and international security.

    "I am heartened that so many senators judged this deal on the merits, and am gratified by the strong support of lawmakers and citizens alike," Obama said in a White House statement after Senate opponents of the pact failed to get the 60 votes necessary to advance a resolution of disapproval.

  • Senate Democrats block effort to kill Iran nuclear deal

    September 10, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    President Barack Obama achieved perhaps the greatest foreign policy victory of his six years in office on Thursday, when a Republican-backed effort to kill the Iran nuclear agreement was narrowly blocked in the U.S. Senate, clearing the way for the deal's implementation.

    42 and...

  • Obama musters more Senate votes for Iran nuclear deal

    September 8, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday secured 42 votes in the U.S. Senate for the international nuclear deal with Iran, more than enough to keep Congress from passing a resolution disapproving of the pact.

    Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal, Gary Peters, Ron Wyden and Maria...

  • White House encouraged by latest U.S. Senate support for Iran deal

    September 2, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    The White House welcomed the growing support in the U.S. Senate for the Iran nuclear agreement and will keep working with lawmakers to secure as much backing as possible on Sept. 2.

    "We are encouraged by the latest tally," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. "When the stakes are this high, every vote is important."

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday secured the 34th Senate vote needed to sustain a veto of any congressional resolution disapproving the nuclear deal with Iran, ensuring the accord will not fail in the U.S. Congress.

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

    September 2, 2015 | 9:31 am

    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...

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

    August 23, 2015 | 6:33 pm

    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

    August 19, 2015 | 11:21 am

    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

    August 18, 2015 | 4:06 pm

    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

    August 6, 2015 | 7:16 pm

    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.

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

    August 6, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    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...

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