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  • Trump names Jewish billionaire Stephen Schwarzman to head economic advisory team

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump named Stephen Schwarzman, a leading money manager and a contributor to Jewish and Catholic causes, as chairman of a group of leading businessmen who will advise him on economic policy. Schwarzman, a billionaire who founded the Blackstone Group, an equity management firm, will lead a 16-person “strategic and policy…

  • Donald Trump condemns bigotry ‘in all its forms’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump condemned bigotry while speaking at a victory rally. “We condemn bigotry and prejudice in all its forms,” Trump said Thursday in Cincinnati in a rare address since defeating Hillary Clinton several weeks ago. “We denounce all of the hatred and we forcefully reject the language of exclusion and separation….

  • Senate joins House in extending Iran sanctions, handing Trump a tool to pull out of nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate joined the House of Representatives in extending Iran sanctions for a decade, preserving a tool should President-elect Donald Trump seek to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The Senate approved the extension Thursday by a 99-0 vote. The House overwhelmingly extended the sanctions last month. The sanctions were due…

  • Trump’s defense pick is dividing right-wing pro-Israel groups

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump said he would nominate as defense secretary Gen. James Mattis, a pick that has already divided right-wing pro-Israel groups, with some lamenting the choice and others praising it. “We are going to appoint ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as our secretary of defense,” Trump said Thursday at a post-election rally, in Cincinnati,…

  • ADL chief sees ‘organized’ campaign to discredit group

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt urged the organization’s leading activists to counter what he said was an “organized, concerted effort” to delegitimize the group. The 900-word email sent Wednesday was a bid to counter what has been at times a fierce assault on the venerable civil rights group for its criticism of President-elect…

  • Elie Wiesel’s son excoriates Trump rhetoric, calls for political reconciliation

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The son of the late Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel son excoriated the rhetoric and policies associated with President-elect Donald Trump, but also cautioned Americans to respect each other however deep the political divide. “He believed strongly in the role of this museum and broadcasting the dangers of viewing the other with distrust…

  • John Kerry: There are ‘things we can do’ to preserve two-state solution

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry signaled in a speech that the Obama administration was still considering action on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in its final days, although it might fall short of a direct intervention on the issue. There’s no way to “force-feed” peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Kerry said in a lengthy speech delivered Tuesday…

  • Treasury pick Steven Mnuchin was mentored by two of Trump’s ‘global’ villains

    Like the post-credits bonus scene in a Marvel superhero movie, Donald Trump’s final pre-election ad added three surprising villains to his usual rogues’ gallery (Hillary and Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, assorted foreigners): Lloyd Blankfein, George Soros and Janet Yellen. All three deal with money: Blankfein as CEO of the Goldman Sachs investment back, Soros as…

  • Trump said to name Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary reportedly is Steven Mnuchin, the banker and movie producer who was his campaign’s finance chief. Mnuchin, who is Jewish and in his mid-50s, made his fortune as a banker for Goldman Sachs, and has also helmed smaller banks and produced blockbusters like “Avatar” and the…

  • Betsy DeVos, Trump pick for education, pleases Orthodox, spooks church-state separationists

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Add sweeping school reforms – and with them, funding for private schools that Orthodox groups embrace and secular Jewish groups fear — to the campaign promises that Donald Trump plans to fulfill. Last week, just before Thanksgiving, the president-elect named Betsy DeVos, a billionaire education reform activist and champion of charter schools and…