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April 16, 2012  

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This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:
  • The Quartet has called for a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. 
  • A new Arizona law says life begins two weeks before conception.  
  • A new law in Tennessee is being described as opening the door for creationism in school among other things.  
  • Recent arguments about the Affordable Care Act show the importance of moderate Justices
  • A special guest may be at the Democratic National Convention.



Remember to check out our blog to keep up with current issues and opinion and to sort fact from fiction on the Internet.  Be sure to read Presidential Ponderings, thoughts and observations from JACPAC President Gail Yamner. 

Israel & The Middle East
U.S.-Israeli Political Ties
To the editor by Ambassador Michael Oren
quartetQuartet calls on Palestinians, Israelis to return to talks
The Middle East "Quartet" called on Israel and the Palestinians to return to direct negotiations and also called for Palestinian development in areas Israel still may claim.

Last Chance Saloon with Iran?
Iran still has it within its power to avoid military action. But it must show tangible signs that it's changing positions.
Reproductive Rights

arizonaGovernor Jan Brewer Signs Arizona's Extreme New Abortion Law
Life now starts earlier in Arizona: In practice, the state has banned abortions after about 18 weeks.

Abortion bill caps off busy session for Georgia legislature
State Rep. Doug McKillip, R-Athens, capped off a busy and sometimes contentious legislative session late Thursday by bringing up what may have been the most controversial bill of the year.

Bill Baird, Birth Control Pioneer, Says Battle Had a Cost

Taunts of "baby killer" and "butcher" still echo in Bill Baird's ears, nearly five decades after he began fighting for birth control and abortion rights.


Not All "20-Week" Bans Are Created Equal: A Closer Look at How Abortion Bans Diverge from Medical Protocol and Put Women at Risk
One of the most recognized accessories of the expecting mother is the "pregnancy ticker." It's that little timeline that she often puts on her facebook page, her personal website, baby page, or home page of her computer that shows where she is in her pregnancy during the long 40 weeks waiting to give birth.
Separation of Religion and State

tenneseeTennessee Evolution Bill Becomes Law After Governor Bill Haslam Declines To Act

A Tennessee bill meant to protect teachers who allow students to question and criticize "controversial" subjects such as evolution and climate change became law on Tuesday after Gov. Bill Haslam (R) declined to act.
Political Bytes
courtThe Supreme Court Is Ruled by Right-Wing Extremists -- Can the Court's Moderate Women Counteract Their Radical Bent?
The healthcare debate showed why the Supreme Court needs more moderate women -- and men -- on the bench.

Predicting the Latino Vote in 2012
The Latino vote will matter in the 2012 election. So say Republicans and Democrats, and even the cover of TIME magazine. But just how much it will matter is not clear at this point.

American Crossroads vs. President Obama
The biggest news of the 2012 presidential election on Tuesday wasn't Rick Santorum dropping out of the Republican primary. It was American Crossroads, a conservative super PAC, launching television ads in six swing states hitting President Obama.

Amid mainstream success, Regina Spektor stays true to Jewish roots     

Regina Spektor has a cold -- or as she calls it, "a nondescript New York disease." The singer is onstage at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York headlining a benefit concert for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, or HIAS, which helped resettle her family in New York more than 20 years ago.  


giffordsGabrielle Giffords May Make Appearance At Democratic National Convention
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) may make an appearance at the Democratic National Convention this summer, according to a local TV station in Charlotte, N.C., where the convention is being hosted.

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Gail Yamner, President
Marcia Balonick, Executive Director
Joy Malkus, Research Director 

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