October 14, 2016

From l to r: Lisa Lis with Congressional candidate
 Gretchen Driskell (MI-7).

From l to r: Nancy Rands with Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI).

JAC knocked on doors in Kenosha, WI for Hillary and Senate candidate Russ Feingold. From l to r: Nicole Chen, Marion Bell Fern, "Hillary Clinton," Martha Fernandez and Dana Gordon.

Detroit JAC members at their annual event. From l to r: Lisa Lis, Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Roz Blanck, Rep. Sandy Levin (MI-9) and Pamela Lippitt.

From l to r: AnnDee Levy and Linda Rae Sher making calls in Nevada for Sen. candidate Catherine Cortez Masto

From l to r: AnnDee Levy, NV Congressional candidate
Jacky Rosen (NV-3), and Linda Rae Sher.

From l to r: Jacki Parmacek, Hollis Wein, and Julie Newman at the Chicago Hillary office waiting to meet former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

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Reception with
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Rep. Tammy Duckworth 
candidate for U.S. Senate
October 18
Chicago, IL
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Reception with
Rep. Cheri Bustos 
Brad Schneider
Candidate for IL-10 
October 19
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Russ Feingold 
candidate for US Senate
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October 19
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Brad Schneider 
Candidate for IL-10
October 27
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Hillary has spent the past five decades fighting for kids and families. Trump has spent five decades lining his own pockets. Shuffle through the years to see what each candidate has been up to since they began their career


MO Senate candidate Jason Kander

MO Secretary of State Jason Kander is running to unseat conservative Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), who has built his entire Senate career on restricting women's access to reproductive health care. 

Kander is a lawyer and a former army veteran; he served as an intelligence officer in Afghanistan. Following his tour of duty, he and his wife, a former refugee from Soviet anti-semitism, joined a Birthright trip to Israel. He is committed to ensuring the security of Israel.

Kander would bring a young, energetic perspective to Washington, DC. His voice in the Senate is needed to stop the further erosion of women's health care. He will also work to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship.

This race is very close and competitive. JAC has thrown its support behind Kander and hope you will too.

Israel & the Middle East
Netanyahu: Israel's Hand is Extended for Peace
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a ceremony marking 43 years since 1973's Yom Kippur War on Thursday, saying that the war had broken out because of "a failure of leadership." Netanyahu said that Israel's leaders had failed to recognize the threat and failed to act against it immediately once it had been identified.
US, Israel, Jewish Groups Condemn UNESCO Vote 
The United States, Israeli officials and Jewish groups reacted with outrage to a preliminary vote by the United Nations cultural agency that denies a Jewish connection to the Old City of Jerusalem. UNESCO at its executive board's meeting Thursday in Paris passed the Palestinian-backed measure with 24 votes in favor and 6 against, with 26 countries abstaining.
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Rivlin Hosts Quiet Meeting of Muslim and Jewish Leaders
The guests who arrived at the Israeli president's home on Thursday evening were an eclectic mix. They included the chief Sephardic rabbi of Israel , the president of the Sharia Court of the Palestinian Authority and two rabbis from a West Bank yeshiva. The highly unusual meeting was intended, according to organizers, to forge a joint effort against religious violence, and to promote peace and coexistence. 
Anti-Semitism & BDS
Trump's Supporters Blame Jews For Sexual Assault Tape 
Donald Trump's supporters in the white nationalist movement have found who is to blame for the tape in which the Republican nominee brags about sexually assaulting women: "The Jews." Trump's racist supporters are claiming that Republican consultant Dan Senor leaked the tape, and are responding with anti-Semitic attacks.
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Neo-Nazi Hit List Targets Jews Online  
A website with the deceptively innocuous name of "Jews in Modern Society" lists the names, photos and professions of almost 400 Jews from academia, social-activism, the financial world and left-wing politics.
Reproductive Rights
Pence Is A Scary Option For Women and Public Health
Now that Donald Trump's campaign is imploding, it's important for voters to know that Governor Mike Pence, suggested by some as the new presidential candidate, is in many ways, scarier than Trump. The big difference between the two is Pence's thin veneer of civility. Here's why either of these men would be a disaster, especially for women, the poor and people of color.
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New Research Eviscerates Widespread Anti-Choice Myth 
New research upends a widely held belief in the anti-choice movement that women feel conflicted about abortion care and need state-assisted intervention, including forced waiting periods and mandatory counseling. 

Fetus Funerals: Latest Dystopian Trend Against Abortion Rights  
Anti-abortion politicians across the country want to mandate burial or cremation services for fetuses-regardless of gestational age, and regardless of whether they're the result of abortion or miscarriage. Although these politicians insist they're advocating for the dignity of "unborn children," critics say they're simply trying to attack women's right to choose. 
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Trump's Comments More than 'Lewd' - They Describe Sexual Assault  
Which he has been accused of before - several times. 
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It's Past Time to Start Believing Victims of Sexual Assault  
It's not just victims of sexual violence who are silenced by society's tendency to ignore women's words and allow powerful men to control the narrative, as Michelle Obama pointed out in a speech in New Hampshire. Trump's words on the video brought up painful, suppressed memories for many women. 
Separation of Religion & State
Roy Moore Wants Justices to Step Away from his Appeal 
Moore on Jan. 6 issued an order telling probate judges they had a "ministerial duty" to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The order came six months after Obergefell and after a decision from U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade saying the ruling was binding on the state.
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Beyond the Core
Handguns Are the New Home Security
A new study of gun ownership in the United States notes a shift: Americans are increasingly interested in handguns, the types of small weapons that are easily hidden and used for self-defense, rather than rifles and shotguns used for hunting and shooting sports.The survey indicates that a growing number of gun owners cite personal safety as a major incentive for owning a gun.
FL Judge Extends Voter Registration Deadline After Hurricane
District Judge Mark Walker issued an order extending the deadline for registration until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) last Thursday refused to extend the state's voting registration deadline in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The Florida Democratic Party sued Scott after he refused to extended the Oct. 11 deadline. The court order issued Monday sets a hearing for Wednesday morning to discuss the possibility of extending it even further.
Political Byte
GOP Lawmakers Unmoved by Latest Trump Groping Claims
The multiple accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against Donald Trump reported during the past 24 hours haven't prompted more elected Republicans to pull the plug - and none are expected to do so, according to operatives working on Senate races.
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Why the Supreme Court Matters More to GOP than Trump 
Conservatives have prized the Supreme Court as much if not more than Congress and the presidency for decades. But the degree to which it is driving activists and party leaders this year is without precedent. In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has kept the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat open for an astonishing eight months and counting just so that a Republican president-any Republican-might have the opportunity to fill it.
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Michelle Obama's Powerful Speech on Donald Trump
First lady Michelle Obama  delivered an emotional speech Thursday responding to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump 's treatment of women. Obama said the recently released audio recording of Trump bragging about sexual assault "has shaken me to my core" in remarks at a New Hampshire campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton . The first lady offered a full-throated take-down of Trump, calling his words and actions cruel and frightening. "Strong men, men who are truly role models, don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful," Obama said.
'Miami Herald' Recommends Hillary Clinton 
Hillary Clinton is by far the best person in this race to lead us to a definition of which we can be proud. She will protect the best interests of this nation, its standing on the world stage and even democracy itself.

Washington Post Editorial Board: Hillary Clinton for President
In the gloom and ugliness of this political season, one encouraging truth is often overlooked: There is a well-qualified, well-prepared candidate on the ballot. Hillary Clinton has the potential to be an excellent president of the United States, and we endorse her without hesitation.

The Columbus Dispatch: Trump Unfit, Clinton is Qualified
Like millions of Americans, The Dispatch editorial board has asked this question more than once: How, in a nation of more than 300 million people, did we end up with two such disliked and distrusted presidential candidates? At the same time, we worry that this dismaying choice will cause some voters to throw up their hands and pass on this election. We urge voters to do their homework, cut through the half-truths and lies, and go to the polls with facts.

Hillary Clinton is Proposing a Policy to Tackle Deep Poverty
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton unveiled what is arguably among the most important policies she's announced during her entire presidential campaign. It is an ambitious but politically attainable plan that will lift huge numbers of families with children out of poverty. It is targeted exclusively at the poor, and the extreme poor in particular, with no money spent on the middle class or rich.

Scandal! WikiLeaks Reveals Hillary Clinton to be... Reasonable
The Hillary Clinton that emerges from these recent leaks is a knowledgeable, balanced political veteran with sound policy instincts and a mature sense of how to sustain a decent, stable democracy.

Hillary Clinton was Born for This Moment by Cyndi Lauper
I think Hillary Clinton was born for this moment, to make the choices that are going to best lead our country through this time. To be clear, I am proud that Hillary Clinton is the first woman to be nominated by her party for president of The United States. But that is not why I am voting for her. I am voting for Hillary Clinton because she is the best person for the job.

Moody's: Clinton Economy Would Create 10 million Jobs
Moody's Analytics estimates that if the Democratic presidential nominee's proposals are enacted, the economy would create 10.4 million jobs during her presidency, or 3.2 million more than expected under current law.The pace of GDP growth would also accelerate to an annual average of 2.7%, from the current forecast of 2.3%.
Trump Watch
A Dad Explained Trump's Words to His Sons and Made A Powerful Point About Masculinity
Rudy Giuliani was on CNN, trying to clean up Donald Trump's mess after a tape leaked of him making disgusting and violent comments about women. "Men at times talk like that," Giuliani said. "This is talk, and gosh almighty, he who hasn't sinned, throw the first stone here," he added. Steele, a Michigan dad of three, including two boys, knew he was witnessing a pivotal moment in political history. He knew that one day his sons - now 4 and 7 years old - might come across these words on their own. If they ever did, he wanted them to understand a few things about what it means to be a man.
He Said, We Said: The Closing Argument Against Donald Trump
On Nov. 8, Americans will elect the next president of the United States. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, is, as we have written, "uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament." Below is just a sampling of his many erroneous, malicious and ignorant comments since he launched his campaign in June 2015, along with commentary from Post Opinions writers and The Post editorial board.
Another Trump Son with Ties to White Nationalists
Earlier this year, Donald Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. appeared on a radio program called "Liberty Roundtable," where he was interviewed by James Edwards, a white nationalist who had been called in as a fellow guest. The younger Trump later claimed he had no idea that Edwards would be interviewing him. The syndicater of Edwards' white nationalist program "The Political Cesspool" disputed that account, saying that the booking agency had actually reached out directly to Edwards.
Trump's "Great Respect for Women" Resulted in Lawsuits
An ongoing USA Today investigation into Donald Trump's litigation history has unveiled at least 20 separate lawsuits that have accused Trump and his associates of discriminating against women, including complaints of sexual harassment. Back in June, the USA Today culled 3,500 legal actions from state and federal courts that named Trump as either a defendant or a plaintiff. At the time, news of these lawsuits focused on Trump's propensity to sue people, but now the court documents provide insight and context to Trump's sexist conduct. 

Trump's 'International Bankers' Speech Leaves Some Uneasy
Donald Trump's star, blunted into a circle, may just have re-sprouted six corners. Trump delivered a speech Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida, that sounded some familiar themes - familiar to his campaign, but also to folks versed in anti-Semitism and in classic conspiracy theories of global control that is its lifeblood. In declaring that his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, is somehow an instrument of a vast conspiracy involving scads of money and "international banks," he entered what many saw as a territory, real and ideological, where hostility to Jews perpetuates and thrives even in their absence.
18 Throwback Photos of President Obama and Hillary Clinton 
Over the last eight years, Hillary Clinton and President Obama have campaigned together, worked together, and through it, developed a friendship. "When I look at President Obama, I see a leader with heart, depth, and humility. Someone who, in spite of the obstruction he has faced, still reaches for common ground and common purpose."

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