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  • 5 Jewish Democrats among 60 from House who plan to skip Trump inaugural

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Five Jewish Democrats in Congress are among 60 of the party’s House delegation who will not attend Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. The five are Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York; Jamie Raskin of Maryland; John Yarmuth of Kentucky; Steve Cohen of Tennessee, and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois. The movement to boycott the…

  • Trump’s education pick Betsy DeVos stirs mixed reaction of Jewish groups as confirmation begins

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — An Orthodox Jewish umbrella group urged the Senate to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary and another expressed enthusiasm for her agenda, while the Reform movement expressed concerns about her support for government funding of religious schools. Agudath Israel of America said in a letter Tuesday to the Senate Education Committee as it…

  • Obama won the Jewish vote without winning over the pro-Israel mainstream

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Fraught record on issues of race and anti-Semitism? Check. Much-hyped meeting to get Benjamin Netanyahu’s hechsher? Check. Stirring speech at AIPAC to quiet the naysayers? Check. Jewish validators galore? Check. Administration top-loaded with Jewish staffers? Check. Welcome to Inauguration Day 2009. President-elect Barack Obama walked into the White House eight years ago…

  • Obama on nuclear deal anniversary: Defense of Israel against Iran has been ‘steadfast’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Barack Obama said his administration had remained “steadfast” in countering Iranian threats to Israel in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal. Obama and his secretary of state, John Kerry, in their final week in office, marked the anniversary Monday of the implementation of the deal reached between Iran and six…

  • Cruz, Graham introduce bill to cut UN funding until anti-settlements resolution repealed

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two Republican U.S. senators introduced legislation that would cut funding to the United Nations until it repeals an anti-settlements resolution passed last month by the Security Council. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina went on morning shows Thursday to announce the resolution, which is newsworthy in part…

  • Trump’s defense pick: Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of defense said at confirmation hearings that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital, although the president-elect has said he intends to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. “The capital of Israel that I go to, sir, is Tel Aviv, sir, because that’s where all their government people are,”…

  • Ivanka Trump to take a leave of absence from business to settle family into DC

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ivanka Trump said she will take a leave of absence from the Trump Organization and her branding business to settle her family into Washington, D.C., as her father assumes the presidency and her husband takes on a senior White House role. “When my father takes office as the 45th President of the…

  • Barack Obama’s 2 farewells: Urging Americans and Israelis to defend their values

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Barack Obama got his kishkes back. The president, whose alleged aloofness was the signature flaw cited by his rivals, his critics and at times his friends, ended his presidency with an impassioned appeal for the preservation of democracy — his lower lip trembling, a tear streaking his cheek. For sure, Obama could be…

  • DC-area rabbis urge Trump to ‘reconsider’ his campaign’s rhetoric as he starts presidency

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Dozens of Washington-area rabbis urged President-elect Donald Trump to “reconsider” his campaign’s rhetoric and extend his agenda to all Americans. The full-page ad appearing in Tuesday’s Express, a subway giveaway newspaper published by the Washington Post, welcomes the incoming administration “to our great city.” “We expect that, first and foremost, your victory…

  • Evangelicals to push pro-Israel moves in DC as Trump presidency nears

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Leaders of the country’s largest evangelical pro-Israel lobby are flying in to Washington, D.C., to back bills that slam the recent U.N. anti-settlements resolution and force the president to move the Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem. Some 260 members of Christians United for Israel are coming from 49 states to push the measures…