November 20, 2015

Talking Points HP with Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2). (l to r: Faye Morgenstern, Merle Levenstein, Linda Ruder, Burt Ruder, Joanne Bernstein, Marcia Balonick)

Our host at Talking Points, Faye Morgenstern with our guest speaker Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2)

JAC member Debby Gitchell with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) at an event in Iowa.  

 Detroit Membership Event
Gary Peters (D-MI) and
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) 
Monday, November 23 
11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
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December 10
Hannukah with
Brad Schneider
(Candidate for IL-10) 
Glencoe, IL
7:00 - 8:30 pm

December 17
A Celebration of Families
Hillary & Chelsea Clinton

hosted by
Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman
New York, NY
4:00 pm 

For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or
Meet the Members
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Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Sen. Bennet believes that Congressional support for Israel must be bi-partisan. He met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during Netanyahu's recent visit to discuss the U.S.-Israel relationship. Bennet supports joint cooperation between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to cyber, intelligence, and research and development for tunnel detection and mapping technologies. He also supports more missile defense funding for Israel.

Bennet has been a staunch supporter of women's health care as well. He co-sponsored the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act, which would restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act. He is up for reelection in 2016 and faces a tough race. Bennet will need JAC's support to win re-election.

From 2001 - 2014 
 2,000 suspected terrorists
bought guns in the U.S.
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Denying Firearms & Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015
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Israel & the Middle East
US Student Among 5 Dead in Palestinian Terror Attacks
Three people were killed in a shooting attack in the West Bank, including an American yeshiva student, hours after two Jewish men were stabbed to death in Tel Aviv at a prayer service.  
A Note from Jerusalem to Paris, by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat
As Paris Mayor Hidalgo and the people of France grapple with the aftermath of this past weekend's attacks and attempt to comprehend their new reality moving forward, I would like to humbly share five pieces of advice that are based on our own experiences in Jerusalem: 
The Islamic State's Trap for Europe 
The Islamic State's strategy is to polarize Western society - to "destroy the grayzone." They hope frequent, devastating attacks will provoke overreactions by European governments against innocent Muslims, alienating and radicalizing Muslim communities throughout the continent.
Israel: Assad Used 90% of Syria's Missiles on Rebels 
Syria has used over 90 percent of its ballistic missile arsenal over the five-year civil war on fighting opposition rebels but some missiles have made their way to Hezbollah in Lebanon. 
Anti-Semitism & BDS
Israel Considers Lawsuit Over Settlement Product Labels
While ministers want to file suit with the World Trade Organization, diplomatic and economic officials fear a lawsuit could backfire.
Professor Ousted Over Anti-Israel Tweets Wins Settlement
A professor whose tenured job offer was revoked after he posted controversial anti-Israel tweets has reached a settlement with the University of Illinois for $600,000.
Reproductive Rights
Why I Provide Abortions, by Dr. Willie Parker
In public health, you go where the crisis is. If there is an outbreak and you have the ability to relieve suffering, you rush to the site of the need. This is why, a year and a half ago, I returned to Birmingham, LA to provide abortions.
SCOTUS Abortion Ruling Could Wreak Havoc in States
In total, 22 states have specific licensing standards for abortion clinics, although not all are as strict as Texas', according to the Guttmacher Institute. [I]f the Texas law is upheld, "copy cat laws around the nation will proliferate, creating disparities in access to care."
Catholic Hospital Says Religion Allows Denial of Care to Women
In response to a lawsuit, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country filed a brief arguing state and federal laws allow them to refuse performance of abortions on hospital premises in cases of emergency miscarriage treatment when the woman's life or health is at risk.
Why Are Abortions Performed in Clinics?
There were many benefits to clinics. They were less expensive than hospitals and could hire a staff that was enthusiastically pro-choice. By contrast, many hospitals or hospital staff refused to provide abortion care. There was just one downside: The stand-alone clinics made things easier for anti-abortion picketers, hecklers, and, in some cases, violent terrorists.
Separation of Religion & State
Kasich: US Needs Agency to Promote "Judeo-Christian Values"
Ohio Gov. and GOP presidential candidate John Kasich is proposing a new federal agency to spread Judeo-Christian values throughout the world as a way to combat the Islamic State.
Gov. John Kasich is proposing a federal agency that would promote "Judeo-Christian Values" around the world. | source: NBC News
Beyond the Core
No, State Governors Can't Refuse Syrian Refugees
Just in case there is any doubt, President Obama has explicit statutory authorization to accept foreign refugees into the United States. The Refugee Act of 1980 says the president may admit refugees to the U.S. who face "persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion."
Quick Guide to GOP Bills to Bar Middle East Refugees from U.S.
As the House of Representatives passed legislation to increase the scrutiny of refugee resettlement - a bill the White House has threatened to veto - a growing number of Republicans are introducing even tougher bills.
Over 2,000 Terror Suspects Legally Purchased Guns in U.S.
Given France's strict gun laws, the terrorists who attacked Paris on Friday may have turned to black market sources for the weapons they used. But in the United States, known and suspected terrorists are allowed to purchase firearms under federal law.
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Poll Details Divisions Between NRA and Gun Owners At Large
Only 29% polled believe the NRA represents their views on universal background checks; 56% of Republican gun owners said they would support a candidate who favors universal background checks.
The Myopia on Coal
Coal's would-be friends in Washington have decided to bash the administration and defend the status quo rather than offer a way forward. They've also largely ignored legislative attempts to help the industry comply with incoming climate standards. It's worth examining why.
Political Byte
Donald Trump Doubles Down on Registering Muslims
Trump sure doesn't lack political courage. It's not uncommon for politicians and operatives to accuse their rivals of espousing Nazi-like ideologies, but it's hard to remember a time when a supposedly mainstream candidate had no interest in differentiating ideas he's endorsed from those of the Nazis.
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Senate Women Strike Up Friendships With Bipartisan Bowling
The women of the Senate took part in some bipartisan bowling at the White House Tuesday night, hoping to strike up more camaraderie. And, by all accounts, there were plenty of laughs to spare.
Jewish Congressman Slams Bias Against Syrian Refugees
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Click to watch Rep. Engel frame refugee crisis against the Holocaust.
Click to watch Rep. Engel's remarks.
Loud, Proud & at the Heart of America
This is a year when American Jews are deeply, loudly and passionaely embedded in some of the most pressing political and social issues in the nation. Fro the debate over a nuclear deal with Iran, to the emergence of transgender identity in synagogues and on screen, to the groundbreaking acceptance of marriage equality, American Jews are playing a starring role.

Jonathan Pollard Freed After 30 Years

Jonathan Pollard, the former Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, was freed from a federal prison in North Carolina. Pollard was released on parole early Friday after serving 30 years of a life sentence for passing classified documents to Israel.

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