June 12, 2015  

JAC met with Congressional candidate Eric Lynn, running for Florida's 13th district. l to r: J.B. Pritzker,
JAC Executive Director Marica Balonick,
Communications Director Hollis Wein,
Congressional Candidate Eric Lynn (FL-13), Carole Boron
and JAC Special Projects Director Linda Rae Sher

JAC member Lisa Lickstein delivering support to
Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-22).
(l to r: Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD-5),
Rep. Lois Frankel, Lisa Lickstein

JAC attended a DSCC breakfast in Chicago with
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)
and Senate Candidate Rep. Patrick Murphy (FL-18).
(l to r: David Golder, Marcia Balonick, Rep. Patrick Murphy,
Sen. Jon Tester, Dana Gordon.)

Breakfast with the DSCC in Chicago. (l to r: Lynn Cutler,
Dana Gordon, David Golder, Rep. Patrick Murphy,
 Marcia Balonick.)
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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)  
Dick Durbin has been a friend of JAC since his first Congressional win in 1982, when he defeated a staunch anti-Israel and 22-year incumbent. This huge upset launched Durbin's successful Congressional career. He is one of the Senates most forceful and loyal supporters of Israel.

"My support for Israel is strong, as is my commitment to peace in the Middle East. Israel remains an important U.S. ally in the Middle East and the only stable multi-party democracy in the region. The strong and steady friendship between our two countries is built on a solid foundation of shared values, mutual support, and trust, and is in the fundamental interest of both nations."  He has championed women's reproductive freedom and other JAC issues, such as gun safety.

Durbin is the first Illinois Democrat to win four Senate terms. His political involvement goes back to his college days when he interned in the office of former Sen. Paul Douglas (D-IL) during his senior year in college. Durbin has been elected to the Democratic Senate leadership since 2005, serving as Majority Whip and now Minority Whip. The Whip is responsible for mobilizing votes within their party on major issues. 

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2016 Countdown
GOP Presidential Candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Walker recently said  he would sign a ban on all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, without exceptions for rape or incest. He would also allow the father to sue the doctor for "emotional and psychological distress" if he disagrees with the woman's choice, regardless of his relationship with the woman having the procedure. Last month, Walker said that mandatory ultrasounds are "just a cool thing for women." source: TPM 5/27/15
This Week in Legislation

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act (Number pending). Introduced in Senate by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Would make abortion after 20-weeks illegal nation-wide, even in cases of devastating fetal anomalies.

S1532: Access to Affordable Birth Control. Referred to committee. Introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Bill proposes making oral birth control available on an over-the-counter, non-prescriptive basis nationally with coverage through government and private insurance.

Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016. Passed out of Senate Committee. Bill to fund Commerce, Justice and Science programs for fiscal year 2016. Numerous riders to reduce gun safety legislation have failed to be attached.
Israel & The Middle East 

Top U.S. Military Official Seeks to Assure Israel on Security
The Obama administration on Tuesday increased its efforts to ease Israel's opposition to a possible nuclear deal with Iran, as the top American military leader assured Israeli officials that the United States would further strengthen Israel's arsenal of arms, warplanes and cybertechnology.

Study: Israel could gain 120 billion dollars from a two-state solution
A new study published by the American research organization RAND found that Israelis could save 120 billion dollars and Palestinians 50 billion dollars throughout the next decade if a two-state solution were to be achieved.
Supreme Court strikes down law in Jerusalem passport case
The Supreme Court struck down part of a federal statute Monday that allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to record in their passport "Israel" as the place of birth.
The Saudis Team Up with Israel
Saudi and Israeli diplomats jointly announced that they've held five meetings in secret since early last year in India, Italy, and the Czech Republic. The reason? Iran.
Anti-Semitism & BDS
Photo credit: Stand with Us

The common core of BDS and campus anti-Semitism
If you ask proponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement why they single out Israel, they will tell you that you have to start somewhere. But since its beginnings a decade ago, BDS has never been invoked against any other country.
Tony Blair Wants to Fight Anti-Semitism
Ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has a new job and he's using it to fight anti-Semitism in Europe. Last week, Blair revealed that he would be serving as chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, after announcing his resignation as Middle-East Peace Envoy for The Quartet (a group comprised of the UN, United States, EU and Russia) at the end of May.
Reproductive Rights
Lindsey Graham Reintroduces 20-Week Abortion Ban: 'I Am Dying For That Debate'
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reintroduced a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy on Thursday and said he would "insist" that the bill get a vote in the Senate. Graham's bill has no exception if a woman discovers a fetal anomaly.
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A majority of voters said that abortions bans is the wrong issues for Congress and their state legislatures to be spending time on.
Graphic: Planned Parenthood Action

Senator Murray: Don't "Pay Twice" For Your Birth Control
Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, introduced a new bill with a simple goal: To make birth control not just easy to get, but affordable, too. It would do that by making the pill available without a prescription, and ensuring it's covered by insurance under the Affordable Care Act, so most women could get it for free.
How Five Decades Of Legal Birth Control Have Changed Americans' Lives
In 1961, Estelle Griswold opened a Planned Parenthood clinic in Connecticut with the explicit intention of getting arrested. Griswold was handing out prescriptions for birth control in the hopes of challenging a state law dating back to 1879 that criminalized the use of contraception. It worked: Griswold was convicted for disseminating information about birth control to married couples. She appealed her case all the way up to the Supreme Court - which ultimately decided, exactly five decades ago, that state-level bans on birth control violate married couple's right to privacy. (The Court has since expanded the right to use contraception to unmarried couples, too.)
'Griswold' at 50: Contraception Is Legal, But Still Not Universally Accessible
Fifty years ago, birth control was illegal and there was no constitutional right to privacy.
Murder charges dropped against Georgia woman jailed for taking abortion pills
The murder charge against a Georgia woman who ended her pregnancy by taking abortion pills has been dropped, Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said Wednesday. "Although third parties could be criminally prosecuted for their actions relating to an illegal abortion, as the law currently stands in Georgia, criminal prosecution of a pregnant woman for her own actions against her unborn child does not seem permitted."
The Fifth Circuit Just Stuck A Knife In Roe v. Wade
On Tuesday, a panel of three George W. Bush-appointed judges handed down a sweeping endorsement of the tactics anti-abortion lawmakers adopted in recent years in an effort to prevent abortion clinics from operating. With one narrow exception, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit's decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Cole is a total defeat for abortion providers who hoped to overcome a Texas law that will shut down most of the state's abortion clinics.
Separation of Religion & State
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs controversial religious objection adoption bills
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday quickly signed controversial legislation allowing adoption agencies that contract with the state to decline service to prospective parents on religious grounds.

Group objects to TX town's sign offering welcome from Jesus
An anti-religion group has contacted an East Texas city council, objecting to a religious-themed sign at the edge of the city.
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It's official: Louisiana public schools are using the Book of Genesis in high school science classes
There was official confirmation that teachers in at least one Louisiana school districtly use the Book of Genesis in public school science classrooms. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's "science education" law had nothing to do with better understanding science - and everything to do with promoting evangelical Christianity.
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Beyond the Core

Senators Vote To Repeal Clean Water Rule That Protects Millions Of Miles Of Streams
On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee voted 11-9 to pass a bill that would effectively repeal the administration's recently announced regulations for water pollution. The vote was split cleanly among party lines, with only Republicans supporting it.
U.S. top court rejects challenge to San Francisco gun regulation
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge by gun rights activists to a San Francisco regulation that requires gun owners to keep their weapons locked up or disabled when stored at home.
Giffords' group buys gun-control TV ads
The gun-control nonprofit group formed by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, has made a six-figure TV ad buy opposing repealing the current background checks for handgun purchase permits conducted by county sheriffs in North Carolina.
Political Byte

Why so many women are raising money for Hillary Clinton
Energized by the prospect of helping the former secretary of state make history, many women are activating their personal networks for the first time to pool contributions for her campaign, helping Clinton tap into new sources of cash as she assembles what is expected to be a more-than-$1� billion operation.
Political Interference Impedes Effectiveness of U.S. Internatinal Planning Assistance
Attempts by social conservatives to curb U.S. international family planning assistance by re-imposing the global gag rule and defunding the UN Population Fund are back. Considering that the U.S. Senate is more ideologically aligned with the House than in the past, it is now less certain that the Senate can be relied upon to defeat these attacks, as it has done every year since 2011 when social conservatives took control of the House and began writing these restrictions into the annual spending bill for international family planning programs.

Israeli researchers discover shrub that can treat diabetes
Israeli researchers have found that a plant that grows in Israel, as well as in other parts of the Middle East, is effective in treating diabetes.
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Spain passes law of return for Sephardic Jews
Half a millennium after expelling its Jews Spain passed a law granting the right of citizenship to their progeny, known collectively as Sephardim, on Thursday afternoon.
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Robert F. Kennedy on Jerusalem's King David Street in 1948.

RFK's daughter honors her father's legacy and devotion to Israel
As a war correspondent for The Boston Post during Israel's War of Independence, Robert F. Kennedy saw the country as a beacon of hope in a world turned asunder after World War II. To mark the anniversary of his assassination on June 6, 1968, his daughter, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, came to Israel to pay tribute to his legacy and everlasting commitment to peace at the annual Herzliya Conference at the IDC.
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