February 2, 2018

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JAC met with Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), who is working in Congress to find common-sense solutions to the important issues facing our country. He has been a strong voice for JAC's issues. (l to r: Hollis Wein, Rep. Kildee, Marcia Balonick)
Week In Review Commentary
Today, in an unprecedented move, the White House released a highly sensitive intelligence document for political gain. Donald Trump's aim is to discredit his critics. There is a dark shadow hanging over Trump and his associates with alleged ties to Russia and other unconstitutional actions, and a dark cloud over the country.

The Mueller and FBI investigations, the government shutdown, and the overall gridlock in Washington, D.C. does not give the public a great deal of confidence in Congress and our elected officials.

It is easy to give up hope and to become eternally pessimistic. The voters in Flint, Michigan did not turn out in numbers great enough to push Hillary Clinton to victory. Many stayed home, despite their horrific water crisis, brought on by Republican officials and mismanagement. They lost confidence in government whether candidates where GOP or Democrats.

Helen Keller, who experienced in her life unimaginable struggles, said, "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."

We all need to believe that we can change the direction of this country. We have the constitutionally protected right to do that in November when we vote. We need to be optimistic.

There are great leaders, like Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) who every day are motivated by their fundamental commitment to improve and protect the lives of Americans. They fight to bring health care to millions, keep our air clean, end gun violence, and ensure that women have the right to make their own health care decisions.

They, too, may feel frustrated, but they don't give up; and we can't give up on them.

This year there are more women running for elected office than ever before. They want to serve their country in Congress and work to make a difference in peoples' lives.

JAC-supported candidates like Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), and Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) who is running for the Senate, are willing to do the work it takes to get to Congress. These women offer promise, hope and the willingness to make changes in Washington.

Let's not just believe in them. Let's help them get to Washington.

Take Action
Tell your Representative to 
The House Has 3 Bills Regarding Immigration:
  • The SAF Act has NO path to citizenship for immigrants
    • Bans permanently family reunification
    • Slashes overall number of immigrants and limits immigration to certain education levels, English-language ability, and work history
    • Eliminates Diversity Visa Program
Tell Congress to OPPOSE the SAF Act  
Instead urge them to SUPPORT the bipartisan Dream Act or USA Act, both of which grant permanent residence status and provides a path to citizenship for Dreamers who graduate from high school and attend college, enter the workforce, or enlist in the military.  


We are a nation of immigrants. If not for this country's history of welcoming the stranger, many of us would not be here today. It is critical we maintain this standard of American life.  


After you call, tweet #DefendDACA   
* Source: JCPA, GovTrack  
Israel's Strategic Situation Is Best It's Ever Been
As Israel approaches its 70th anniversary, the Jewish state's strategic situation is almost the strongest it's ever been.  "The assessment of the strategic situation of Israel is almost the best since the state was founded," stated Brig.-Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel. "But," he stressed, "We have gone from the threat posed by Iran as a source of undermining stability to the Shi'ite axis, which is spreading across the Middle East." 
Does Europe Really Want Peace Between Israel, Palestinians?

In place of adopting one-sided positions, the EU could strive to be unbiased. Rather than condemning Israel and overlooking Palestinian rejectionism, the EU could assist the Palestinians to build the transparent and stable institutions which are the foundation of any sustainable state. There is definitely a role for Europe in the peace process but only if Europe rises above domestic politics and the imagined obligations of its past and restores its credibility with Israelis. Unfortunately, the EU shows no signs of making such revisions.
In State of Union, Trump Vows to Punish Countries That Criticized His Jerusalem Decision

President Donald Trump called on Congress to pass a law that would extend foreign assistance only to "friendly" nations, a dig at the countries that voted in the United Nations to censure the United States for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In the General Assembly vote last month, 128 countries voted to censure the United States, nine voted against and 35 abstained. Among the majority were many U.S. allies, including some - like Egypt and Jordan - that the Trump administration has cultivated to combat terrorism and which receive substantial U.S. assistance. 
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Poland Approves Holocaust Bill Condemned by Israel
Poland passed a contentious law that could punish anyone who accuses the country of complicity in the crimes of Nazi Germany. Warsaw's government insists the law is designed to defend Poland's reputation following widespread historical inaccuracies. Israel feels the law could deny the responsibility of some Poles in crimes against Jews, even if guilt has already been proven.
How Much Does BDS Threaten Israel's Economy?
Today, the Israeli economy itself is far less susceptible to boycotts. A look at international trade data suggests that Israeli exports have evolved into being more unique and of higher quality, which implies that Israeli products cannot be substituted that easily by consumers. This means that successfully boycotting Israeli exports would be much harder today.
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The Terrifying Truth About What Happens When Abortion Is Illegal
The Trump administration announced two new anti-abortion policies.  One, a letter to states aimed at making it easier for them to exclude Planned Parenthood facilities from their Medicaid programs; the other is a proposed regulation to allow health care providers to refuse to perform services that conflict with their "religious or moral beliefs."  Let's look at what could happen if women aren't given access to legal abortions conducted by medical professionals in a safe environment.  
Is It Too Late to Save Abortion Access?

Senate Republicans failed to secure the 60-vote filibuster-proof majority necessary to advance a federal 20-week ban on abortion. Although this might feel like a victory it is not the prize. The real battle for abortion rights is taking place in state houses, too scattered to garner anything more than fleeting national attention. 
Why Are Jews So Pro-Choice?

The Senate voted this week on a bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks; it failed along party lines. Just a few days earlier, the latest Pew data estimated that a whopping 83% of Jews believe that in all or most cases, abortion should be legal, putting us at the fourth most pro-choice group surveyed. 
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White Supremacists Are Targeting College Students 'Like Never Before'

"They see campuses as a fertile recruiting ground, as evident by the unprecedented volume of propagandist activity designed to recruit young people to support their vile ideology," said the ADL. The groups belong to the so-called "alt-right," a newer generation of organized racists and fascists. 
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Public Outrage Over Mass Shootings Is Running on Empty

Twenty years ago a story on Columbine High School was front page news for over two weeks. Mass shootings have become commonplace they no longer inspire protests.  Part of the issue is how the media covers the story - "readers get the sense that nothing can be done, we've seen this  before."  Reporters need to move beyond the "who, what and where" and focus more on the "why and how."  
Every Climate Denier in Trump's Cabinet

The Trump cabinet contains more public climate science deniers than any administration in modern history. According to an analysis by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, at a full meeting of President Donald Trump's cabinet, more than half the room denies the reality of climate science. 
Court Orders New PA Congressional District Map
The PA Supreme Court threw out the state's congressional map ruling that Republican-drawn districts "clearly, plainly and palpably" violate the state's constitution and ordered hat the map be redrawn within three weeks. This could have a major impact on the 2018 races.      
Trump's Saturday Night Massacre Is Happening Right Before Our Eyes

The aim of the campaign against the Mueller investigation and the FBI is clear: Obstructing justice. The FBI issued a statement pushing back on the release of a partisan congressional memo alleging the bureau used improper evidence to obtain legal permission to surveil a Trump campaign adviser.  
The 9 Biggest Questions About Nunes Memo

The biggest issue in American politics right now is something called the "the Nunes memo." The four-page document, prepared by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), alleges serious abuses of power by the FBI during its investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. House Republicans and conservative media see it as proof of President Donald Trump's long-running allegations of FBI bias against him; Democrats say it's deeply misleading, twisting and cherry-picking classified intelligence to make the president seem right.
More House GOP Deciding They Want Out in 2018  
Two high-profile House committee heads - Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) chair of the Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) chair of the Oversight Committee - announced they're retiring. This totals 21 House Republicans and 3 GOP senators. These retirements are revealing of our national political environment. 
Fact-Checking 2018 State of Union Address
President Trump's speech had soaring rhetoric - and many dubious facts and figures. Many of these claims have been fact-checked repeatedly, yet the president persists in using them. 
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How Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg Uses Fashion for Political Statements

On November 9, 2016, members of the United States Supreme Court met, wearing their somber black robes. But fastened around Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's neck was something different: a beaded, scalloped necklace that she wears on those days when she cannot express her dissent verbally. This necklace is infamously known as her dissent collar.
NFL Owners to Make History
The ubiquity of Jewish owners during the 2018 Super Bowl is a symbol of the growth in the number of affluent Jews in NFL ownership ranks, which is another signpost along the road of Jewish assimilation into U.S. sporting culture.
The Last Word
"Bullies may land a punch. They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United Staes, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future."

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA)

JAC 2018 Annual Meeting
Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, March 13th - Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Special Pre-Conference VIP Tour
Monday, March 12th, 2018
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Talking Points
featuring Jill Wine-Banks
MSNBC Contributor and Legal Analyst 
Topic: Russian interference in the 2016 election,  
the Mueller investigation and other subjects
Wednesday, February 28th
Highland Park, IL
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