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September 11, 2020 
WEEK IN REVIEW
Today the nation marks the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th that killed nearly 3,000 people. In the aftermath, we pulled together as one nation united in grief and resolute to find those responsible.

The military engaged in a war of terror to find and capture Osama Bin Laden and his operatives responsible for the deadly attacks. Those American soldiers that gave their lives in that quest for justice were heroes.

On this grim milestone, while we pause and reflect, hanging over us is the dark cloud of Trump's recent disparaging comments made about our veterans. His offensive comments underscores his lack of commitment and honor to the brave men and women who defend our country and democracy daily and at great peril.

If that wasn't harmful enough, this week Trump, our nation's commander in chief, lashed out at the Pentagon's top leaders. Peter Feaver, an expert on civilian military relations at Duke University, said Trump's comments and his actions amount to an effort to politicize an institution that's supposed to be nonpartisan.

Trump has even threatened to use the military to silence protestors over the summer. This prompted more than 280 retired diplomats, generals and senior national security officials called on Trump not to use the U.S. military for political ends, warning American democracy was at risk. According to Gallup, the U.S. military is, the most trusted institution in the country.

For Rep. Mikkie Sherrill (D-NJ), a navy pilot and her combat veteran colleagues like Rep. Max Rose (D-NY), who earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart in Afghanistan, Trump's remarks and actions are deeply personal.

"I served and took the oath to the Constitution not because I was a loser or because I was a sucker. I took that oath because I believe in something bigger than myself," Sherrill said. 

This election is about what Sherrill and Rose fought for and many others died for - our American values. We need to also fight, but with our votes. This November we must defeat  Donald Trump to repair the damage he has done to our country and values.

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UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS
 
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Meet Amy Kennedy
Candidate for NJ-2
Wednesday, September 16
2:00 pm ET | 1:00 pm CT | 11:00 am PT
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Thursday, September 24
Zoom with the Bad Ass Women of Congress
Reps. Elaine Luria (VA-2), Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), & Abigail Spanberger (VA-7)
4:00 pm ET | 3:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm CT
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Thursday, October 1 
2020 JAC Michigan Membership Meeting
Guest Speaker - Amb. Dan Shapiro
& Legislator Forum featuring
Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8), & Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11) 
12:00 pm ET | 11:00 am CT | 9:00 am PT 
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Virtual Events to Support Joe Biden for President
 


** LOW DONATION EVENT **
Sunday, September 13
Joe-Ga!
with Yoga Instructor Erin Jacques, Jane Dibbet, & Jessica Hecht
1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT | 1000 am PT
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**LOW DONATION EVENT**
Monday, September 14
Grassroots Fundraiser with Sen. Kamala Harris & Hillary Clinton
6:00 pm ET | 5:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm PT
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**LOW DONATION EVENT**
Tuesday, September 15
Virtual Discussion on Principled Foreign Policy in the Middle East & Arab World
7:00 pm ET | 6:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm PT

 

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ISRAEL
Jared Kushner: 'We'll Do What We Can' to Preserve Israel's Military Superiority While Selling Combat Jets to UAE

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner pledged to "do what we can" to preserve Israel's qualitative military edge if the administration works out a deal to sell advanced combat jets to the United Arab Emirates. U.S. law mandates that Israel's qualitative military edge in the region must be preserved, including in any U.S. arms sales to the region. Israel's government opposes the sale of the F-35s to the UAE.
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ANTI-SEMITISM & BDS
A California State Senator Is Facing Antisemitic and Homophobic Attacks
 
This has been a difficult month for Scott Wiener, who represents San Francisco in the California State Senate, and not just because he's running for reelection. Because he's Jewish and gay, Wiener has borne the brunt of unrelenting anti-Semitic and homophobic comments and posts. One that has made the rounds in recent days before being removed from Instagram featured a crudely doctored image showing Wiener with an elongated nose and wearing the garb and hairstyle of an Orthodox Jew.
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CHOICE
 
Tom Cotton After Trump Names Him Potential Supreme Court Nominee: 'It's Time for Roe V. Wade to Go'
 
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Wednesday reiterated his support for overturning Roe v. Wade after President Trump named him a potential Supreme Court justice nominee. "It's time for Roe v. Wade to go," Cotton tweeted. Cotton said in a statement he was "honored" Trump named him on a list of potential Supreme Court candidates, and indicated he would accept a nomination to the court.
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SEPARATION
Trump's Overtures Struggle to Register With Religious Voters
 
It is no secret that most white evangelical Christians in the country voted for Donald Trump in 2016. But one recent survey finds that, if the election were tomorrow, his margin of victory with white evangelical voters would be just 38 points, dramatically down from his advantage of 61 points over Hillary Clinton. Evangelical voters are having second thoughts.
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BEYOND THE CORE
Trump's New List of Supreme Court Nominees Includes a Judge Who Served in His White House and Three Republican Senators
 
President Donald Trump on Wednesday released the latest version of his US Supreme Court short list, hoping to once again make the courts an issue that even his critics on the right can rally behind in November. The latest additions are a who's who of the conservative legal world, a mix of federal judges confirmed during his first term, and current and former Justice Department officials.
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POLITICAL BYTE
Is Puerto Rico the Next Senate Battleground?
 
It has become a talking point for Republican senators: If Democrats win in November, they'll make Puerto Rico a state, adding two solidly blue seats to the Senate and preventing the GOP from ever winning a majority. But talk to political experts in Puerto Rico-and look at the underlying data-and you'll see something else: Republicans might have it totally backwards.
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BIDEN ROUNDUP
NEW VIDEO: Barack Obama speaks with Kamala Harris about Joe Biden and life on the campaign trail
Barack Obama speaks with Kamala Harris about Joe Biden and life on the campaign trail



Statement by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Ensuring a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine 
 
"We are deeply grateful to scientists working around the clock to deliver a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. Their work has the potential to save countless lives. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence see a COVID-19 vaccine as a political took. We see it as a product of science and research. Its timing, approval, and distribution should be without regard to political calculation." 
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CORONAVIRUS
'Play It Down': Trump Admits to Concealing the True Threat of Coronavirus in New Woodward Book
 
President Donald Trump admitted he knew weeks before the first confirmed US coronavirus death that the virus was dangerous, airborne, highly contagious and "more deadly than even your strenuous flus," and that he repeatedly played it down publicly, according to legendary journalist Bob Woodward in his new book "Rage."  
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FYI
Kamala Harris Goes Viral - for Her Shoe Choice
 
It took roughly eight seconds of on-thr-ground campaigning for the first Black woman to be nominated on a major party's ticket to go viral. At first glance, little seemed noteworthy as Sen. Kamala D. Harris deplaned in Milwaukee on Monday. She was wearing a mask. She didn't trip. Instead what sent video pinging around the Internet was what was on her feet: her black, low-rise Chuck Taylor All-Stars.
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The Last Word
"What the president said about our veterans was shocking, but the silence from his party is heartbreaking."

- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
JAC II
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.
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Know someone who would be interested in joining or hosting a meeting? Let us know at info@jacpac.org. We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.

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