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  • A congressman tweeted about North Korean nukes and marijuana. It didn’t go over well.

    (JTA) — On Wednesday, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif, attended a classified briefing with Vice President Mike Pence on the North Korea nuclear threat. By the next day, he’d become a target of Twitter snark, for a hypothetical challenge that sounded like something out of a Seth Rogen-James Franco movie. Sherman, who comes from what he…

  • New Republican pro-Israel caucus wants Palestinians to admit defeat

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of conservative Republicans in Congress have launched a pro-Israel caucus predicated on getting the Palestinians to acknowledge defeat. The co-chairs of the new Israel Victory Caucus, Reps. Bill Johnson of Ohio and Ron DeSantis of Florida, were among those on hand for Thursday’s launch. A number of other Republicans stopped…

  • Minnesota Legislature approves anti-BDS measure

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Both houses in the Minnesota Legislature passed laws banning state dealings with companies that participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The state Senate bill passed Monday in a 57-8 vote will be reconciled with a similar bill passed earlier by the state House, 98-28, before going to Gov. Mark Dayton,…

  • On Jews and the Holocaust, Trump signals that he finally gets it

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Donald Trump got the memo on the Holocaust and the Jews. In a barrage of statements this week from the president and his aides, the Trump administration wants you to know, he gets it, he really gets it: The Holocaust describes a genocide committed only against one people, the Jews. It’s…

  • Trump vows to combat Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump pledged to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denialism, and to defend Israel in a speech marking the national days of Holocaust remembrance. “Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil,” he said Tuesday at the annual ceremony organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in the…

  • Trump’s State Dept. budget gives the Palestinians a slight increase amid major cuts elsewhere

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Assistance to the Palestinians is one of the few areas that will remain untouched in the Trump administration’s plans for massive cuts at the State Department. Foreign Policy magazine on Monday posted 15 pages of proposed cuts it obtained as part of the Trump administration’s plan to roll the U.S. Agency for…

  • Trump says it’s ‘possible’ he will ditch Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — It’s “possible” that the United States will not remain in the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump said. “I believe they have broken the spirit of the agreement,” Trump told The Associated Press. “There is a spirit to agreements, and they have broken it.” Asked by the AP whether that meant the…

  • Bernie Sanders, pressed on Jon Ossoff, says it’s ‘imperative’ that Dems win Georgia seat

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders said it was “imperative” to elect Jon Ossoff congressman from Atlanta’s suburbs, pushing back against the perception that Sanders was unenthusiastic about what is seen as a critical election targeting the policies of President Donald Trump. “Let me be very clear,” Sen. Sanders, I-Vt., said Friday in a rare email…

  • Larry David is upset that his hard work made Steve Bannon rich — but did it?

    (JTA) — The New Yorker’s Connie Bruck has written perhaps the deepest dive into what forces shaped Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s top strategic adviser. We already know lots about Bannon: He helmed Breitbart News before he joined Trump’s campaign last year, and he called the outlet a platform for the “alt-right,” the loose assemblage…

  • What the North Korea crisis tells us about the Iran nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Trump administration last week endorsed a narrative long promoted by critics of the Iran nuclear deal: It’s North Korea all over again. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea, and take the world along with it,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday at a press…