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The Iran Nuclear Deal Resources
White House Iran Deal Fact Sheet

The White House has assembled fact sheets, a Twitter account (@TheIranDeal) and more to answer your questions about the Iran Nuclear Deal.
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JCRC Washington Iran Nuclear Deal
Resource Page
Statements, fact sheets, articles and analysis about the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Don't miss the extended interview with President Obama on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
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It's been a busy summer for JAC members meeting with candidates around the county.


JAC met with Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) in
Chicago this week.
(l to r: JAC Membership & Outreach Director Dana Gordon, Susan Berk, Sen. Hirono, JAC Executive Director Marcia Balonick, JAC Director Special Projects Linda Rae Sher)


JAC met with Rep. Joe Kennedy (MA-4) and Congressional Candidate for IL-10 Brad Schneider.
(l to r: David Golder, JAC Membership & Outreach Director Dana Gordon, Brad Schneider, Rep. Joe Kennedy,
JAC Research Director Joy Malkus, JAC Communications Director Hollis Wein)  
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Fundraising Lunch with
Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36)

August 12
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Northbrook, IL

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Talking Points Los Angeles 
August
Details to come
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Detroit Membership Event 
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MEET THE CANDIDATES
 

 

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)   

 

Sen. Mazie Hirono, the first and only Asian-American woman in the Senate, is a champion for education, women's issues, and the environment. This session she has been working to improve the Pell Grant program for college students, pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, and work to make family medical leave available to all workers. A member of the Armed Services, Energy & Natural Resources, Intelligence, Small Business, and Veterans' Affairs committees, she is a strong advocate for JAC's issues.   
  
 
 
 

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Protect Planned Parenthood

Funding 

 

(202) 224-3121 

   

Anti-abortion opponents recently released two new videos aimed at discrediting and ultimately eliminating Planned Parenthood. Anti-choice members of Congress have taken up the banner and are again calling for investigations and for a halt to all federal funding that support the crucial preventative health services its clinics provide to over 2.7 million people a year.

These videos are part of a decades-long smear campaign to shut down clinics around the country that provide women, young people and others with affordable health care.   

Call your Representative today and tell them you stand with Planned Parenthood.

(202) 224-3121 
  


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Israel & The Middle East 
The Iran deal and the hubris of certainty
Yes, you have a strong view about whether the nuclear deal signed with Iran last week will spell catastrophe for Israel, or whether it's the best of a range of bad options for dealing with Iran's apparent pursuit of a nuclear weapon. But we can't predict the future, so we can't know for sure whether this deal will be more or less effective at slowing Iran's path to a bomb than the other options: a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, or rejecting this deal and hoping the world upholds sanctions and a more yielding Iran returns to the negotiating table before it can build a bomb.

Ex-Intel Chief: Iran Deal good for Israel
I spoke recently with Ami Ayalon, a former head of Shin Bet, the Israeli internal security service, and a former chief of the Israeli Navy. Even as he explained that the issue "is not black and white," he reeled off a list of former defense ministers and chiefs of Shin Bet and Mossad who agree with him that "when it comes to Iran's nuclear capability, this [deal] is the best option."
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John Kerry and Ernest Moniz: The case for the nuclear deal with Iran
The deal reached in Vienna this month is not only the best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon, it is the only durable and viable option for achieving this goal. This comprehensive diplomatic resolution has the unified support of the world's leading powers.

If the Iran Deal Fails...
Let us assume that Congress overrides the president's veto of a resolution disapproving the deal. What happens the day after?
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Backing Up Our Wager With Iran
[T]here are degrees of imperfect, and the diplomatic option structured by the Obama team - if properly implemented and augmented by muscular diplomacy - serves core American interests better than any options I hear coming from the deal's critics.
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Pro-Israel caucus in US House of Representatives aims for Jerusalem recognition
Allies of Israel in the US House of Representatives submitted a bill Monday that would enable Congress to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on American documents.
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Reproductive Rights

Bill would allow single women to be fired for getting pregnant

After the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, Republican lawmakers are firing back by pushing the First Amendment Defense Act which would allow employers to fire single women for getting pregnant.  

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Appeals court strikes down state abortion ban
While the trend among conservative policymakers has been to impose abortion bans after 20 weeks of pregnancy, North Dakota passed a "fetal heartbeat" bill - which banned abortions after just six weeks of pregnancy.
The Planned Parenthood controversy may have killed a veterans bill 
The burgeoning controversy over Planned Parenthood's fetal-tissue practices may have claimed its first victim: a bipartisan bill to help wounded veterans have children.

Father who sued to keep his adult daughters from getting birth control wins key court fight 
Missouri state Rep. Paul Joseph Wieland (R) does not want his daughters' health plan to cover birth control - even though two of those daughters are adults. So he and his wife sued the Obama administration. Though this lawsuit was rejected on jurisdictional grounds by a federal trial court, a panel of three appellate judges reinstated the suit on Monday.
Separation of Religion & State
Creationists Take Down Another Top Professor
Bethel College in Indiana is just the latest battlefield between evangelicals and evolution. Unfortunately, it won't be the last.
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A Religion Case Too Far for the Supreme Court?
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, the case that identified a constitutional right to birth control. At issue now is not only the right of women who happen to work for a religious employer to receive, on par with other women, a benefit the government deems an essential part of health care. At stake is the health of civil society in an increasingly diverse country.
Beyond the Core
Obama: Inaction on guns biggest frustration of my presidency
President Obama said Thursday the failure to pass new gun laws has been the most frustrating part of his presidency. "If you ask me where has been the one area that I feel that I've been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient, common-sense gun safety laws," he said.  
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President Obama discusses frustration at failure to address gun violence prevention.

Women Lawmakers Revive Gun-Control Effort-By Making It About Domestic Violence
Gun control's weary warriors have been searching for a way to appeal to Republicans and give the issue a pulse in Congress. A couple of Midwestern women Democrats may have found a way to do it, by tying it to domestic violence. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Michigan Representative Debbie Dingell are pressing legislation to take guns out of the hands of men who abuse women.
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There have been 204 mass shootings - and 204 days - in 2015 so far

The headlines all start to sound the same after awhile. Seven people shot inside Louisville nightclub. Four men shot in Suffolk early Sunday morning. Two dead, two hospitalized in Brice Street shooting. The shootings happen so often, the circumstances become so familiar, that we tune them out. The Mass Shooting Tracker, a crowd-sourced project of the anti-gun folks at the Guns Are Cool subreddit, lists 203 mass shooting events so far in 2015. Add in the shooting at a Louisiana movie theater last night and you get 204. Incidentally, yesterday was the 204th day of the year. 

 
Milwaukee is drowning in a sea of gun violence - and Scott Walker want to make it worse  
What do you do when the largest city in your state is quickly drowning in a sea of violent shootings? If you're Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the answer is simple: water down your existing gun laws. 
Political Byte
GOP Presidential Hopeful John Kasich Has Overseen Closure of Half of Ohio's Abortion Clinics
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who on Tuesday jumped into the pool of GOP presidential candidates, has spearheaded a targeted effort against legal abortion access, leading to the closure of half of the state's outpatient abortion clinics.
 


Free from Fear

The last decade has seen huge progress in the recognition and attainment of LGBT rights. But in 31 states, LGBT Americans are at risk of being fired from their jobs, refused service from a business, and much more, just because of who they are. LGBT Americans deserve to live free from fear. The Equality Act will ensure that they can.
13 Undecided Democrats to Watch on the Iran Deal
Thirteen Democratic senators. That is all President Obama needs to ensure that the nuclear deal with Iran does not get derailed by Congress. And the battle over the votes of these 13 Democrats is about to overwhelm Capitol Hill.
FYI
Theodore Bikel, Master of Versatility in Songs, Roles, and Activism, Dies at 91
Theodore Bikel, the multilingual troubadour, character actor and social activist who created the role of Baron von Trapp in the original Broadway production of "The Sound of Music" and toured for decades as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

Theodore Bikel passed away this week at the age of 91.

US and Israel sign agreement to swap data on digital intruders
U.S. and Israeli officials committed to their joint cybersecurity work after a three-day swing through Israel by Department of Homeland Security officials.

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Janna Berk, President
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Joy Malkus, Research Director 

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