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September 21, 2012  

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This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:
  • Anyone concerned with President Obama's support of Israel must read his speech to the UN.
  • An Illinois court has ruled that pharmacists may deny Plan B.     
  • A proposed constitutional amendment in Florida would allow parochial schools access to public funds.  



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 
obamaPresident Obama's UN Speech: A Must-Read for Supporters of Israel
Especially in light of a new heavy-handed $6.5 million ad campaign by the Republican Jewish Coalition targeted at the Jewish communities in South Florida, Ohio and Nevada, all voters who are concerned about President Obama's position on Iran or continued U.S. support for Israel should -- no, must -- read the address he delivered this Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly.

Netanyahu Appears to Be Shifting Israel's Iran Policy Toward More Sanctions

Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, plans to travel to Europe before the end of the year, among other things to press for a toughening of sanctions against Tehran, Israeli officials said Tuesday.

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Our Jerusalem

A week ago, just days before his U.N. speech, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met a small number of so-called American Jewish leaders. It wasn't the first time he tried to talk with a group that supposedly holds sway with both American and Israeli audiences.

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Rial plunges to all-time low as Iran sanctions bite

Reproductive Rights
Study: Free Birth Control Leads to Fewer Abortions
Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concludes.

Supreme Court won't hear challenge in Nebraska abortion case
The Supreme Court won't reconsider a decision stopping a Nebraska anti-abortion group from fighting for an abortion law that requires health screenings for women seeking abortions.

Republicans vote to ban contraception in Missouri for religious reasons 
Republicans in Missouri have voted to overturn the veto of Democratic Governor Jay Nixon that will now legally allow "religious" and "moral" exemptions in health insurance policies.
planbCourt: Illinois can't force pharmacists to give 'morning after' pill
An Illinois appellate court Friday affirmed a lower court finding that the state cannot force pharmacies and pharmacists to sell emergency contraceptives - also known as "morning after" pills - if they have religious objections. 
Separation of Religion & State
separationOpponents of Amendment 8 rally in Plantation, FL

Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow religious schools to receive public money rallied Saturday to uphold the separation of church and state.

Political Byte
obamareganPresident Obama: The Democrats' Ronald Reagan
With his first term behind him, Obama is poised to be as significant a president as Reagan-tackling the deficit, spearheading immigration reform, and jolting the GOP back to sanity.


Is the Religious Right damaging Romney?

Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times best-selling author and a former evangelical, who broke with the fundamentalist ranks and has become one of the movement's most outspoken critics. Schaeffer tells The Morning Shift why he thinks the religious right might cost Mitt Romney the election.

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Supreme Court Faces Weighty Cases and a New Dynamic

The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday to confront not only a docket studded with momentous issues but also a new dynamic among the justices.

Voter Registration Laws
A voting issue that isn't 

When Michelle Obama called voting rights "the movement of our era" in a speech Saturday night, she didn't specifically mention the Republican-led crusade for restrictive voter identification laws. She didn't have to.

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Protect Your Vote! Deadlines for Voter Registration Are Nearing in 7 Crucial Swing States

There are all sorts of scenarios for how the GOP might steal the 2012 election, but this much is certain: that becomes much harder to do if there is higher voter turnout, which hinges on voter registration. In seven of the ten swing states , registration deadlines for the November election are quickly approaching-in early October.

pavotesHUGE Voting Rights Win: Pennsylvania's New Voter ID Law Suspended for Presidential Election 

The toughest provisions of Pennsylvania's tough new voter ID law-requiring voters to present state-issued photo IDs to get a ballot-has been suspended for 2012's presidential election, under an order by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson issued Tuesday.

Black Sabbath
Yiddish Jive? Sit down and relax or sing along and dance... Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations is a musical journey through a unique slice of recording history-the Black-Jewish musical encounter from the 1930s to the 1960s.  

mossadWomen warriors of the Mossad

For the first time, women who command some of the Israeli secret service's most daring operations speak about their work and their lives.

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Samuel L. Jackson tells Obama fans: 'Wake the f*** up!' in new viral video

ACTOR Samuel L. Jackson has a new message for voters unsure of whether to vote President Barack Obama again: "Wake the f*** up!"

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Marcia Balonick, Executive Director
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