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  • Stephen Bannon reportedly calls Jared Kushner a ‘cuck’ and a ‘globalist’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A report on emerging tensions between Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, and Stephen Bannon, his top strategist, said Bannon called Kushner a “cuck” and “globalist,” terms familiar to “alt-right” conspiracy theorists. A Daily Beast report on Thursday detailed Bannon’s alleged use of the pejoratives. “Cuck,” a play on “cuckold,”…

  • Lawmakers press Trump administration anew on bias crimes, anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Lawmakers in Congress continued to press the Trump administration to address perceived spikes in bias crimes in the United States and in anti-Semitism abroad, reflecting bipartisan concern that President Donald Trump remains insufficiently engaged on the issues. The Senate resolution, approved unanimously late Wednesday, urged the Trump administration “to continue Federal assistance…

  • Putin rebukes Netanyahu for blaming Assad regime for chemical attack

    (JTA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin scolded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for blaming Syria’s Assad regime for a devastating chemical weapons attack on civilians. Russian media Thursday quoted Putin as saying “it was unacceptable to make groundless accusations against anyone without conducting a detailed and unbiased investigation.” Reports cited a Kremlin statement that said Netanyahu…

  • Official of US Orthodox groups to advise Trump’s Israel envoy

    (JTA) — Aryeh Lightstone, a longtime official in U.S. Orthodox Jewish organizations, will advise David Friedman, the just installed U.S. ambassador to Israel. The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday that the State Department confirmed that Lightstone, at one time the New York regional director of the National Council of Synagogue Youth, an Orthodox Union affiliate, would…

  • Jared Kushner met secretly with US Muslims prior to Trump’s inauguration

    (JTA) — Jared Kushner had a friendly but secret meeting with Muslim Americans prior to the inauguration of his father-in-law, Donald Trump, but contacts diminished after the president banned entry to refugees and to travelers from seven Muslim majority countries. “We thought discussing our nation’s founding values and freedom for Americans of all faiths was…

  • Leader of anti-BDS group: Israel’s bill gives ammunition to its enemies

    (JTA) — Despite the partisan sniping at this year’s AIPAC conference, one issue that garnered consensus among the lawmakers and lobbyists was the backing of bills targeting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. So it might have been jarring for some of the activists to be approached by an avuncular, kippah-clad fellow who lobbied against an anti-BDS…

  • NSC aide Cohen-Watnick said to have leaked intel to back Trump eavesdropping claims

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A National Security Council aide is reportedly behind a White House leak that is roiling Congress and the Trump administration. The New York Times reported Thursday that Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, was one of two White House aides who leaked information to Rep. Devin…

  • Democratic senators allege Trump deal in Azerbaijan flouted Iran sanctions laws

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Three Democratic U.S. senators are calling for a federal investigation into allegations that President Donald Trump did business with an Azerbaijani family alleged to have busted Iran sanctions. The letter Thursday from Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Dianne Feinstein of California and Ben Cardin of Maryland is based on reporting earlier this…

  • 2 charged with hate crime for attack on Arab teacher outside AIPAC conference

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two men were charged with a hate crime for an assault on an Arab teacher allegedly carried out by members of the Jewish Defense League outside this week’s AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. The report released Thursday by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia listed Kamal Nayfeh as the victim….

  • Steve Bannon’s 25-year-old protege has a liberal bubbe

    Julia Hahn, the onetime Breitbart firebrand who is now a special assistant to President Donald Trump and reports to Trump’s influential consigliere Stephen Bannon, is elusive. Not in her opinions: She became known at Breitbart for policing any signs of moderation among leading Republicans. Her targets included House Speaker Paul Ryan (a “double agent” and “migration enthusiast”),…