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  • Harry Reid cites Jewish fears in blasting Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid cited fears expressed by minorities, including Jews, in a message excoriating President-elect Donald Trump. “The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America,” Reid, D-Nev., said in a message posted Friday, three days after Trump’s surprise victory, and which has since…

  • Trump’s transition team includes Jewish daughter, son-in-law

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump’s presidential transition team includes his Jewish daughter and son-in-law, among other family members. Three of the president-elect’s four adult children are on the team, including Ivanka Trump. Her husband, Jared Kushner, a publisher and, like Ivanka, an heir to a real estate fortune, is also on the team. Kushner became one of…

  • Does Trump want to scrap the Iran deal? If so, this is how he does it.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Enforce the Iran deal. Violate the Iran deal. Leave it to Congress. Do nothing. President-elect Donald Trump has an array of options before him when he assumes the presidency on Jan. 21, according to supporters and opponents of the deal. Reached last year between Iran and six major powers led by the…

  • Schumer, Sanders back Muslim lawmaker for top Democratic Party post

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two top Jewish figures associated with the Democratic Party, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer, are backing the candidacy of a Muslim, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, for the party chair. Schumer, of New York, in line to be the next party leader in the Senate, is backing Ellison’s candidacy, according to…

  • Leonard Cohen, whose Jewish-infused poetry and songs inspired generations, is dead at 82

    (JTA) — Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist Leonard Cohen has passed away,” his Facebook page said late Thursday. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.”…

  • J Street, Republican Jewish Coalition claim victory in battle of the ballot box

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In dueling election recaps on Wednesday, J Street and the Republican Jewish Coalition claimed they beat the other when it came to supporting like-minded candidates. The arena was Congress and the weapon of choice was Iran: RJC campaigned against candidates associated with the nuclear deal, J Street against those who opposed it. J…

  • Republican Jewish Coalition, silent on Trump during campaign, now blasts ADL for slams on nominee

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The top official of the Republican Jewish Coalition said the Anti-Defamation League had potentially compromised itself with its criticism of President-elect Donald Trump’s words and actions during the campaign. The attack by the RJC on the venerated Jewish civil rights group — and an implied warning of more to come — signaled…

  • 70 percent of Jewish voters favored Clinton, poll finds

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Seventy percent of Jewish voters favored Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, with 25 percent opting for Donald Trump, according to a poll. The national survey, which was commissioned by J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, again showed a community that trends more Democratic than the general population. Clinton…

  • Hillary Clinton in concession speaks of ‘painful’ loss, urges ‘open mind’ on Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary Clinton urged Americans to lend President-elect Donald Trump “an open mind and the chance to lead,” while also vowing to fight for the diversity she had claimed during a bitter campaign that Trump was trashing. Clinton delivered her public concession speech at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan about seven hours…

  • Jewish contingent in House grows from 19 to 22

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Jewish contingent to the U.S. House of Representatives grew from 19 to 22 in Tuesday’s elections, doubling its Republican representation from one to two. Five Jews overall were newly elected to the House, while one Jewish congressman each in Florida and in New York is retiring. The Senate Jewish contingent dropped…