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July 2, 2020 

Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July. 

We can never take our democracy and the freedoms it offers us for granted. The best way to ensure that our democracy thrives for all is to vote for candidates in November who embrace the values set forth in the Declaration of Independence.
   Wednesday, July 8
Virtual Conversation with
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
2:00 pm ET | 1:00 pm CT | 11:00 am PT

Wednesday, July 15
JAC's Virtual Power of Women Luncheon
Celebrating 40 years of JAC Making History with
 the History-Making
 Speaker Nancy Pelosi
12:00 pm ET | 11:00 am CT

Monday, July 20
Rep. Jan Schakowsky's 19th Annual
Ultimate Women's Power Lunch
Keynote Speakers Include:
Jill Biden, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico,
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago
12:30 pm
Note invited by JACPAC in the RSVP box
Virtual Events to Support Joe Biden for President
Thursday, July 9
Virtual Reception with Hillary Rodham Clinton
7:00 pm ET | 6:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm PT
Please note: Login links for Biden for President events are sent out directly by the campaign. 
Watch your inbox for more online events.
Why Israel's Annexation Plans Matter for the Region

The world is awaiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision on whether to annex up to 30% of the West Bank as soon as July 1 - likely further eroding relations with Arab governments and sparking a new wave of protests in the territory. If Israel moves forward with annexation, decades of tensions could explode across the region, and progress toward a peace agreement - two-state or otherwise - could be stalled indefinitely.
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The New Grassroots Movement That Is Fighting Antisemitism Worldwide

A series of panels at The Jerusalem Post's virtual conference, "COVID-19 and the Jews: Challenges and Opportunities," provided viewers with a close-up look at the fight against antisemitism, both among interfaith groups and among supporters of grassroots campaigns. The Combat Antisemitism Movement is a non-partisan, global, grassroots movement of individuals. Since its launch in February 2019, some 260,000 people have signed the campaign's pledge. 
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Roe v. Wade Isn't Safe
On the surface, the ruling seems like a clear victory for abortion rights advocates. It's the second time in five years that the Court has struck down a law requiring abortion doctors to get admitting privileges at a local hospital. The ruling will likely make it much harder for states to pass - or defend - such laws in future. But it doesn't mean Roe v. Wade is safe in the long term. Nor does it mean that people around the country can actually get an abortion when they seek one.
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The Supreme Court's Big Decision on the Separation of Church and State, Explained

The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Espinoza v  Montana Department of Revenue, as Justice Sonia Sotomayor writes in dissent, "weakens this country's longstanding commitment to a separation of church and state." Yet Chief Justice John Roberts' majority opinion, which held that Montana may not exclude religious institutions from a program that provides scholarships to private schools, also reads like the next incremental step in a line of cases permitting the government to fund religious education.
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NRA Has Shed 200 Staffers This Year as Group Faces Financial Crisis

After spending over $30m to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, the National Rifle Association faces a deepening financial crisis with over 200 staff layoffs and furloughs in 2020, according to three NRA sources, gun analysts and documents.  The situation is likely to hinder efforts by the gun rights group to help Trump and other Republicans win in November's election.
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Republicans Fear D.C. Voters.  That's Why They're Blocking Statehood.

What united Republicans in their opposition to D.C. statehood was not a credible argument. It was a cynical determination to suppress the votes of people who might, for reasons of history and current circumstance, be inclined to back Democrats-especially progressive Democrats. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell claims the statehood push is "full-bore socialism on the march in the House" and asserts that "as long as I'm the majority leader of the Senate, none of that stuff is going anywhere."
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How Joe Biden Would Tackle the Coronavirus
If Joe Biden wins in November, his coronavirus response would feature a no-expenses-spared federal approach to mitigating the virus and a beefed-up safety net for those suffering its economic consequences. It's nearly inevitable that the U.S. will still be dealing with the pandemic come January 2021, meaning voters in America will choose between two very different options for dealing with it.
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Vice President Biden delivers remarks on Trump's failure to protect the American people
Vice President Biden delivers remarks on Trump's failure to protect the American people

Trump's Favorite Weapon in the Coronavirus Fight: Deregulation
Since Trump declared the coronavirus a national emergency in March, the White House has signed off on or is reviewing 247 temporary or permanent regulatory actions - only 33 of which were classified as pandemic-related - according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The administration's moves represent a larger push for deregulation as Trump nears the end of his first term and as the pandemic continues to grab headlines. Deregulation has long been a priority for Trump and his appointees, but until recently, they've had mixed success - with many of their moves mired in the courts.
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Why Comedy Was the Perfect Career for a Bronx-Bred Jewish Boy Like Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner, who died on June 28 at age 98, was that most unusual of performers, a funny straight man. A collaborative artist of uncommon skill, he is perhaps most celebrated for having created and written  the 1960s sitcom "The Dick van Dyke Show,"  originally intended for himself to star in. Dismissing rumors that producers found him "too Jewish" in the autobiographical role of a comedy writer, Reiner always accepted that a different actor, Dick van Dyke in this case, would be more suitable. Everywhere else, Reiner was ideal playing the part of himself.
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Introducing JACII, a JAC group for young professionals, advocates, and those young at heart who are looking to get involved. Groups have started in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Events will feature elected officials and speakers in lively settings. JACII is by and for young people. Now is the perfect time to get involved.

Know someone who would be interested in joining or hosting a meeting? Let us know at We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.

The Last Word
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Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a pro-Israel PAC with a domestic agenda. We support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and advocate for reproductive health and the separation of religion and state and incorporate other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including gun violence prevention and climate change. In addition to providing financial support for U.S. Senate and House campaigns, JACPAC educates our membership with outreach events designed to inform and activate their participation in the political process.
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