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  • Suspect in shooting at Republicans baseball practice was Bernie Sanders backer

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — James T. Hodgkinson, the suspect in the shooting at a Republican team’s baseball practice for a charity game against congressional Democrats, backed Bernie Sanders, according to his social media account. Police say it is too early to determine a motive in the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.,…

  • Trump’s Israel intel leak involved ISIS laptop bomb plan

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Israeli cyberintelligence reportedly uncovered detailed Islamic State plans for bomb attacks aboard aircraft that led to the U.S. ban on laptops on flights from eight Muslim-majority nations. The revelation appeared Monday in a New York Times article about the difficulties facing the United States in using cyber warfare to contain the influence…

  • Chuck Schumer parodies Trump’s awkward Cabinet meeting in video

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump convened his first full Cabinet meeting on Monday, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the Senate minority leader, quickly transformed it into farce. In his opening remarks, in a meeting held in full view of the media, Trump focused on his accomplishments. “We have done about as much as anybody ever in…

  • San Antonio elects progressive mayor who celebrates Jewish heritage

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — San Antonio elected Ron Nirenberg, an insurgent progressive and the son of a Jewish father, as mayor. Nirenberg, a councilman, defeated Ivy Taylor, the incumbent mayor, 55-45 percent in voting in the south-central Texas city on Saturday. Taylor had establishment backing and outspent Nirenberg in the race. Nirenberg, 40, celebrated his diverse…

  • Ivanka Trump decries ‘viciousness’ of Washington

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ivanka Trump said she did not expect the level of “viciousness” her father’s presidency would bring her, but also felt “blessed” by moments, including a private visit to the Western Wall. “There is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting, I was not expecting the intensity of this experience,” she…

  • Hearing Bannon praise at ZOA, Sherrod Brown denounces Trump adviser

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, denounced Stephen Bannon after hearing praise for President Donald Trump’s senior strategist at a Zionist Organization of America meeting. Brown, speaking Tuesday at the conservative pro-Israel group’s annual Washington conference, appeared upset that the room had applauded the mention of Bannon’s name by a prior speaker, Sebastian Gorka,…

  • Jewish groups join call to mayors to denounce ‘anti-sharia’ marches

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — An array of liberal Jewish groups has signed on to letters to 29 mayors urging them to denounce planned “anti-sharia” marches this weekend. “Timed during the Islamic month of Ramadan, when Muslims around the world fast during the daylight hours, these protests have been disingenuously branded ‘March Against Sharia’ and explicitly target…

  • 2 US men charged with finding Israeli and American targets for Hezbollah

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Two men living in the U.S. have been charged for working for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. A release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan on Thursday said Ali Kourani, 32, and Samer El Debek, 37, were arrested on June 1 for providing material support to and receiving military training from…

  • Some of James Comey’s best friends are Jewish (legal scholars)

    (JTA) — We now know that James Comey, the FBI director President Donald Trump fired last month, thinks the president is a liar. (It’s mutual, by the way.) Comey was asked in a Senate testimony Thursday why he wrote memos immediately after each conversation he had with Trump, particularly about the FBI’s investigation into ties…

  • J Street founder mounts congressional bid

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A founder of J Street and a scion of a famed Wisconsin family is running for Congress as a Democrat in a district seen as solidly Republican. Dan Kohl in announcing his candidacy on Wednesday emphasized his role in helping to start J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East lobby. “Seeking to…