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  • Billionaire philanthropist Paul Singer, one-time Trump opponent, attends Trump fundraiser

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Paul Singer, the hedge fund billionaire, Republican fundraiser and major pro-Israel giver, attended a fundraising breakfast for President-elect Donald Trump after leading an effort during the primaries to keep him from the presidency. Singer attended the breakfast Wednesday at Cipriani, a New York City restaurant, CNBC reported. During the primaries, Singer helped…

  • Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, using Trump-style rhetoric, mounts second bid for Senate

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Josh Mandel, Ohio’s state treasurer, launched his second campaign for the U.S. Senate noting his Jewish grandparents and using Donald Trump-style rhetoric. Mandel, a Marines veteran who served in Iraq, announced his bid this week with a 2-minute YouTube video that starts by noting that one grandparent served in the U.S. military…

  • Obama in final national security address: Sustaining diplomacy on Israeli-Palestinian front is critical

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama in his final speech on national security said diplomatic engagement is “required” to resolve Middle Eastern conflicts, including between Israel and the Palestinians. The remarks came as top officials in the outgoing administration hope to influence President-elect Donald Trump to maintain its diplomatic initiatives, particularly regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

  • Ellison vows to quit Congress if he becomes DNC chair

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said he would quit Congress should he be elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, addressing one of the principle objections to his candidacy. “In order to further their commitment and maximize my effectiveness, I have decided to resign as a member of Congress if I win the…

  • 8 liberal Jewish groups to skip Conference of Presidents party at Trump’s DC hotel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Eight liberal members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations will not attend its Hanukkah party because it is being held at a hotel owned by President-elect Donald Trump. The Union of Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the National Council of Jewish Women, Americans for Peace Now,…

  • Maryland Lt. Gov. raises hackles for response to hate crime spike

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Maryland’s lieutenant governor is raising hackles for saying he was glad haters are coming out into the open. Boyd Rutherford, a Republican, speaking last week at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, had been asked by a local rabbi about a spike in hate crimes in Maryland directed at Jews….

  • 4 liberal Jewish groups join call on Trump to nix national security adviser choice

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Four liberal Jewish groups have joined a drive calling on President-elect Donald Trump to rescind the choice of Mike Flynn as his national security adviser, citing the general’s hostility to Islam and his retweeting an anti-Semitic tweet. “He has written that ‘fear of Muslims is rational’ and said that ‘Islam is a political…

  • Trump’s defense chief pick said Israel can be a pain, but few in pro-Israel camp seem to care. Why?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for defense secretary is on the record decrying the burdens that Israel places on the United States and warning that the Jewish state could be headed toward apartheid. And with one notable exception, the right-wing pro-Israel community is enthusiastically on board. In 2013, Gen. James Mattis, then recently retired…

  • House introduces version of Senate bill targeting campus anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan slate of leading House members introduced a bill that would expand how the Department of Education defines anti-Semitism in advising learning institutions on how to identify discrimination. The bill introduced Friday by Reps. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., replicates a similar bill passed last week by the Senate,…

  • Netanyahu will take up ‘bad’ Iran deal with President Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he looked forward to speaking to Donald Trump about what to do about the “bad” Iran deal once Trump is president. “As far as President-elect Trump, I look forward to speaking to him about what to do about this bad deal,” Netanyahu said Sunday, addressing the…