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  • These Jewish women are running for office because of Donald Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Emily’s List, the organization that encourages women to run for office, reported in April that inquiries from women about running for office on the local, state and national level have skyrocketed — from 900 during the 2016 election cycle to 11,000 since Donald Trump’s election as president. How many of these would-be lawmakers…

  • Sen. Charles Schumer joins sponsors of bill cutting payments to Palestinian Authority

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer added his name as a co-sponsor of a bill that would substantially cut U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority as long as it maintained payments to the Palestinians killed in or jailed for attacks on Israelis, all but assuring it becoming law. “I am a proud co-sponsor…

  • Bernie Sanders says Sheldon Adelson brags about being greedy. Here’s what Adelson really said.

    (JTA) — Bernie Sanders may hope to be seen as the true face of the Democratic Party, but he doesn’t have to get there by playing fast and loose with the truth. With Hillary Clinton out of the way, the Independent from Vermont is still in the Senate and pushing the grassroots fundraising offshoot from…

  • Cape Verde lists Jewish cemeteries as heritage sites

      WASHINGTON (JTA) — The government of Cape Verde listed the island nation’s Jewish cemeteries and some other structures as heritage sites. A Washington-based group, the Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project, announced the June 29 designation of the sites as part of the country’s “National Historical Patrimony” this week in an email to its members….

  • David Cohen, former top spy, warns Trump not to ‘politicize’ Iran intelligence

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — David Cohen, the former CIA deputy director, said President Donald Trump’s tasking a team whose goal is to justify a pullout from the Iran deal posed a “grave danger” to the U.S. ability to face international threats. “The president’s reported demand for intelligence to support his policy preference to withdraw from the…

  • Trump calls McMaster ‘pro-Israel’ as national security adviser comes under fire from far right

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an unusual statement, President Donald Trump called his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, “very pro-Israel,” an apparent bid to end a barrage of attacks from the far right that has depicted McMaster as hostile to Israel. “General McMaster and I are working very well together,” Trump said in a message relayed…

  • Why Debbie Wasserman Schultz stood by an IT staffer facing a police investigation

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said one of the reasons she would not fire a staffer under investigation for alleged information technology violations was that she believed he was being profiled because he was a Muslim. Wasserman Schultz spoke to her hometown newspaper, the Sun-Sentinel, for the first time this week about an…

  • Senate panel advances bill that would penalize Palestinian Authority for payments to attackers’ families

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A key Senate panel has advanced a bill that would reduce U.S. payments to the Palestinian Authority if it continues to pay subsidies to the families of Palestinians jailed for or killed in attacks on Israelis. The Taylor Force Act, named for an American who was stabbed to death in a 2016…

  • Rex Tillerson: US wants Iran out of Syria

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A condition of U.S. cooperation with Russia in the Syria arena is the removal of Iranian forces from the country, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. “The direct presence of Iranian military forces inside of Syria, they must leave and go home, whether those are Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces or whether those…

  • McMaster pushes Cohen-Watnick, Iran hard-liner, out at National Security Council

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, removed from the National Security Council Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a controversial aide, in what appeared to be a sweep of Iran hard-liners. The White House late Wednesday confirmed a report on a conservative news site, Conservative Review, that Cohen-Watnick, the point man for coordination between…