November 4, 2016
Make a Plan to Vote - Be Like Joe!
First Lady Michelle Obama on Voting for Hillary Clinton

Getting out the vote in Florida.

Former-JAC president Gail Yamner Getting out the vote in Florida.

Canvassing with future voters in Florida.

 Calling voters at the JAC office. (l to r: Jacki Parmacek,
Penny Keeshin)

Calling voters to get out the vote at the JAC office.
(l to r: Art Levenberg, Claire Levenberg, Kathy Emanuel)

JAC members attended a Women for Hillary event in Florida featuring guest speakers Ann Lewis and Linda Rae Sher.

Guest speaker Ann Lewis at the Jewish Women for Hillary event in Boca Raton with Sara Bard.

Getting out the vote the weekend before the election in Florida! (l to r: Miriam Gagerman and Hollis Wein)

Abe Goldsmith at rally for Hillary for America in Milwaukee, WI.

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Feingold Spokesman Slams Johnson Over Trump Rally Appearance 
Russ Feingold
A spokesman for Democratic Senate candidate Russ Feingold says it's "sad but expected" that Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has decided to appear at a Donald Trump rally. Johnson was to appear for the first time with Trump at a rally Tuesday night in Eau Claire, adding Johnson is "showing that he'll say or do anything in his desperate attempt to stay in Washington.".
McCain Pledges to Block Any Clinton Nominee for SCOTUS  
Ann Kirkpatrick
Newspaper editorial boards are sharply criticizing Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for promising that he and his fellow Republican senators would block any and all nominees for the Supreme Court put forth by a President Hillary Clinton, noting that McCain's promise upends the GOP's stated reasons for refusing to even hold a vote on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.
Kander: One of Many Candidates Who Could Change the Senate 
Jason Kander
Jason Kander, the millennial Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, has been making waves in America's heartland. "You can turn on cable news right now and see a Democrat or Republican on TV and either one of them will say Washington is broken. And what bothers me is it seems to be the only thing they agree on," Kander said. "And for my generation, this is the only version of American politics a lot of people in my generation has ever seen."
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Debate Shows Murphy Has What It Takes to Unseat Rubio 
Patrick Murphy
The race for the Senate in Florida is still wide-open after Wednesday night's debate, in which Democrat Patrick Murphy reminded voters that they had an absentee senator in Marco Rubio, who is eking out a lead in the polls by virtue of "name recognition and superior financial support." Murphy landed real hits on two of Rubio's biggest vulnerabilities-his bad attitude toward actually being a senator and his ongoing support for Donald Trump.. 

Obama Blasts Richard Burr at UNC Rally 
Deborah Ross
Obama said he once worked out with Burr while both were senators and he found Burr to be a "decent guy," but he finds the Republican's campaign rhetoric troubling. He slammed Burr for joking about a "bull's-eye" on Clinton in a leaked recording published this week. Burr has apologized for the comment. "You don't talk about violence against public officials, even in a joke," Obama said. "This is becoming normal. This is the red meat they're throwing their audiences, and it's not normal, and it's not who North Carolina is."
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A Closer Look at Cortez Masto & Heck 
Catherine Cortez Masto
The résumés of Nevada's two major-party candidates for the U.S. Senate, Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican Joe Heck, have gotten somewhat lost in the noise surrounding the presidential race. Here's a quick primer on who stands for what, drawn from their campaign websites and public statements.

Hassan Is the Principled Leader New Hampshire Needs 
Maggie Hassan
More than ever, amid all the antagonism and vitriol, we need principled leaders off the field. We need to identify those leaders. We need to cultivate and encourage them. We need to make our views known to them. We need to hold them accountable. Most importantly, we need to elect them to office and to keep them there. In New Hampshire, Gov. Maggie Hassan has been one of those leaders, bringing together Democrats, Republicans and independents to improve the lives of all Granite Staters.
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Katie McGinty on Immigration Reform 
Katie McGinty
As a nation of immigrants, we are strongest, most prosperous, and best equipped to take on the challenges of the 21st century when we embrace our diversity instead of fear. I am the proud granddaughter of four immigrants who came to this country from Ireland, seeking a better life. That's why, in the Senate, I would be honored to fight for commonsense immigration reforms that create meaningful pathways to opportunity and citizenship while keeping our communities safe.  
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Kirk Loses Two Key Endorsements Over Duckworth Insult 
Tammy Duckworth
Following a gaffe at a Senate debate, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk on Sunday was confronted with the loss of endorsements from organizations devoted to gay rights and curbing gun violence, handing another advantage to his Democratic challenger, Rep. Tammy Duckworth. The two groups revoking backing - The Human Rights Campaign and the Americans for Responsible Solutions political action committee, founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., after she was seriously wounded in a shooting spree - represent key groups in the Kirk coalition. 
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Israel & the Middle East
A Worried Israeli's Perspective on the U.S. Presidential Battle 
I'm used to visiting stable, dependable America from an ostensible basket-case nation with a perpetually threatened democracy, endless irresponsible populists challenging our legal and political system, and a shrill, superficial and untrustworthy media. Boy, is the role reversal in full swing.

Why No Jew Should Vote for Donald Trump 
I call on American Jews to vote their self-interest and the self-interest of Israel. Do not undermine 300 years of American Jewish history. Do not undermine 75  years of American-Israeli friendship. Do not vote for Donald Trump.
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Hillary Clinton & Israeli Leaders: A Strong History 
With less than a week before America concludes its most divisive election in recent memory, the National Jewish Democratic Council's super PAC, Jews for Progress, is unleashing an advertising campaign that seeks to broaden Hillary Clinton's appeal to American Jews. The method: by showing Israeli leaders from across the political spectrum praising the Democratic presidential hopeful for her leadership skills and concern for the Jewish state. 
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World leaders discuss what makes Hillary Clinton a true leader.

Political Byte
16 Places that Shaped the 2016 Election: From Flint to Moscow 
By Nov. 9, the votes will have been cast and counted, there will be a winner and a loser, and the country will begin a slow return to normal. Historians will have their say on the outcome, but all of us who have lived through this election will carry away indelible memories of a shocking year in American history: of a handful of ordinary people, swept up in the rush of history; of a series of moments on which the fate of the nation seemed, at least briefly, to turn; and of places on the map that became symbols of a divided nation. As we count down to Election Day, we have identified 16 unforgettable people, moments and places.
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Republicans Are Vowing War; Consequences Could Be Immense 
The election is just five days away, and something truly frightening is happening, something with far-reaching implications for the immediate future of American politics. Republicans, led by Donald Trump but by no means limited to him, are engaging in kind of termite-level assault on American democracy, one that looks on the surface as though it's just aimed at Hillary Clinton, but in fact is undermining our entire system
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America's Best Hope 
A quarter of Americans born since 1980 believe that democracy is a bad form of government, many more than did so 20 years ago. If the two main parties had set about designing a contest to feed the doubts of young voters, they could not have done better than this year's presidential campaign. The choice is not hard. The campaign has provided daily evidence that Mr Trump would be a terrible president.
Even With the Emails, Clinton Is the Only Alternative on Nov 8 
Almost six week ago we enthusiastically endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, calling her "an experienced, thoughtful and deeply knowledgeable public servant" while warning that Republican opponent Donald Trump was a "thin-skinned demagogue who is unqualified and unsuited to be president." Since then, we have been fortified in our opinion by Clinton 's commanding performances in three presidential debates and daily evidence that Trump utterly lacks the ability - or even the attention span - required by the high office he is seeking. 

The Presidential Candidate Who Best Reflects Jewish Values   
Hillary Clinton has strong backing from American Jews. Nationwide, Hillary leads Trump 61 percent to 19 percent among Jewish voters. A major reason Clinton has such widespread support is because she exemplifies the values of the Jewish people. We seek leaders who are dedicated to the societal responsibilities embedded in Jewish law and teachings, such as equality for all, assisting the less fortunate, treating strangers with kindness and alleviating the afflictions in our world.
Trump Watch
All The Insane Things You Forgot About Trump's Campaign 
It's not unusual for a presidential candidate to ... massage a position or two over the course of a campaign. But the malleability of Trump's platform was unprecedented: By NBC News' count, Trump took 138 distinct positions on 23 major issues between the launch of his candidacy and the final week in ­October. Here are a few of his most whiplash-inducing:
KKK Paper Embraces Trump in Front-Page Article 
The Ku Klux Klan recently offered praise for Donald Trump, lauding the GOP presidential nominee's pledge to "make America great again" in a front-page newspaper article.In the article in The Crusader, the group's official paper, KKK national director Thomas Robb argues that Trump's popularity is a result of people recognizing that the country's greatness has declined as it became more diverse.
Clinton Blasts Trump: 'Degrading, Insulting, & Assaulting Women' 
Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that she's been a public servant, a wife, a mother and a churchgoer for the past thirty years. And as for her opponent? Clinton said he's "spent a lot of time demeaning, degrading, insulting and assaulting women."
As Trump's Odd of Victory Rise, Financial Markets Get Nervous 
For the first time in history, the financial markets seem to prefer the Democratic candidate for president over the Republican, and anything that lessens her chances of victory is likely to hurt asset prices, according to a new paper. he paper says a victory by Trump would have a much bigger impact on stock, energy and currency prices than previous elections. The Standard & Poor's 500 index, as well as British and Asian stock markets, would see a decline of 10 to 15 percent under Trump, the paper says. Oil prices would fall by $4 a barrel and the Mexican peso would lose 25 percent of its value, it says. 

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