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  • Sequester shenanigans

    September 30, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    The federal budget for fiscal year 2013 expires September 30, and a new one is nowhere in sight. The arbitrary and capricious cuts of the sequester begun in March are slated to continue for ten years unless Congress acts. The national debt ceiling must be raised in mid-October, and...

  • Sequester cuts White House Jewish heritage reception

    April 4, 2013 | 12:26 pm

    The White House will not hold a Jewish History Month event this year because of the sequester.

    A White House official confirmed to JTA that the reception, which usually takes place toward the end of May, would not take place this year because of the congressionally mandated...

  • Sequester cuts to Israel expected to be $155 million

    March 5, 2013 | 4:08 pm

    The sequester is expected to cost Israel $155 million in defense assistance.

    A senior staffer on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee told JTA that defense assistance to Israel would likely be cut by 5 percent, or between $150 million and $160 million of the...

  • At AIPAC confab, sequester looms large

    March 5, 2013 | 8:53 am

    Imminent threats threading through the rhetoric at AIPAC conferences is hardly new, but this year’s alarm raising had a unique wrinkle: In addition to the prospect of a nuclear Iran, the other danger AIPAC targeted was domestic -- sequestration.

    The message hammered home...

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  • Hagel to meet Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak in D.C.

    March 3, 2013 | 7:47 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is scheduled to be the first foreign defense minister to meet with newly confirmed U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

    The two men will meet at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed U.S. official.

    The meeting will take...

  • A gridlock bypass in Congress?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    February 27, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    A remarkable thing happened in Washington, D.C., last week. National leaders of business and labor hammered out an outline on immigration reform. This might not only give a major boost to a new immigration policy; it might also show a path around the gridlock that has driven the...

  • Just say no: Sequestration hurts families

    February 25, 2013 | 11:37 am

    The sequester principle  that a sword of Damocles hanging over Congress and the White House would produce good public policy that reasoned debate could not — never made any sense. It hardly matters who thought of it at this point. The good news is that it is a man-made disaster...

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