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February 18, 2022

What's On Our Mind ...

We have had 46 presidents since the birth of our nation. These men have each had a tremendous impact on America in a variety of ways.

George Washington unified a new nation. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. Theodore Roosevelt built the Panama Canal. Woodrow Wilson drafted the Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI. Harry Truman made the fateful decision to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Lyndon B. Johnson enacted sweeping anti-poverty programs and civil rights laws. Barack Obama gave millions of Americans access to health insurance.

On Presidents' Day, we honor our nation’s highest leaders and their achievements. Their tenure in the Oval Office was sometimes marked by conflict and controversy, but the office of the Presidency has always been a symbol of our democracy.

Donald Trump left the White House having tattered the reputation of the Presidency. There is still a cloud hanging over our nation as Congress works to unravel his ethical violations and the insurrection of the Capitol that clearly points back to him.

No President is above oversight. The President is in the Oval Office because of the will of the people — to whom he owes his allegiance and loyalty. The goal of the House Committee charged with investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol is to hold Trump accountable. In their pursuit of justice, they will show the country that our democracy does not belong to one President to use for his own personal gain.

President Joe Biden pledged to restore the soul of America, yet he is also striving to restore the public's faith in government.

The office of the President is just as important as the individual who occupies it. Each President owes it to our country to hold that office with the dignity, respect, and honor our founding leaders intended it to represent. In doing so, we can ensure that on Presidents’ Day we can truly celebrate the men — and one day soon women — that make this country great.


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February 16, 2022

Nancy Pelosi spoke to Israeli government officials at the Knesset today, reiterating American commitments to safety and security.

Speaking about the nature of this trip, Pelosi said: “As threats to democracy grow more alarming and urgent, American leadership remains committed to advancing security and stability, economic prosperity and democratic governance around the world.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed 'ironclad' U.S. support for Israel amid potential missile threats from Iran. Egypt takes on a greater role in Gaza after brokering a truce in the May 2021 war. Israeli officials and relief groups are readying plans to help Ukraine’s Jewish community in the event of a war between Ukraine and Russia.


Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and the CEO of JFNA penned an op-ed calling on Congress to increase funding for nonprofits' security measures. As France assumes the presidency of the EU, now is the time for it to address the problem of antisemitism domestically and across Europe. On the surface, China claims to be free of antisemitism, but antisemitic tropes have been propagated by Chinese state media.

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Surveillance researchers and reproductive rights advocates increasingly see our data as the next big front in the war on abortion. Red states are implementing fifteen-week bans as a trial balloon to see what voters will tolerate. Florida's state House is the latest to pass a bill banning abortions after fifteen weeks. Gov. DeSantis is expected to sign it into law.


The Supreme Court will reconsider a request from NYC teachers to block a vaccine mandate due to religious objections, despite an earlier denial by Justice Sotomayor. Unvaccinated medical workers are turning to religious exemptions. Indiana Democrats aim to expose national anti-LGBTQ groups behind anti-trans bills.

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Sandy Hook families reached an 'historic' settlement with a gunmaker. What's next for similar cases? A Black woman justice could make a significant impact on the Supreme Court. The furor over ‘inappropriate’ books in schools is frightening. But there’s a thrilling subtext.


Here's where Democrats and Republicans stand as the midterms approach. Republican lawmakers are barring journalists from statehouse floors, making it easier to dodge the press. Peter Thiel, one of Trump’s biggest donors in 2016, has re-emerged as a prime financier of the Make America Great Again movement.

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Ivan Reitman, ‘Ghostbusters’ director and son of an Auschwitz survivor, dies at 75. A popular Klezmer composer and clarinetist recently poked fun at Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene's viral "Gazpacho Police" comment by turning it into the title of a klezmer song. In Ukraine, young Jews are torn between fighting for their country — and leaving for another.

The Last Word

"For the gun industry, it's time to stop recklessly marketing all guns to all people for all uses and instead ask how marketing can lower risk rather than court it."

The Sandy Hook families' Lawyer Josh Koskoff


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