February 26, 2016

JAC members were on hand for the opening of the Hillary for America HQ in Chicago. (l to r: Carole Boron, Marcia Balonick, Linda Rae Sher)

JAC met with Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17) in Chicago. (l to r: Jacki Parmacek, Hollis Wein, Rep. Bustos, Nancy Levun, Renee Kahn) 

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Gov. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
U.S. Senate Candidate for NH
February 29
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Reception with
Rep. Steve Israel (NY-3)
Brad Schneider
Candidate for IL-10
March 7
Highland Park, IL
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Reception with
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23)
March 17
Boca Raton, FL
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Reception with
Rep. Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
U.S. Senate Candidate for FL
March 20
West Palm Beach, FL
Details to follow

  For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected]

Exclusive for JAC Members
Supreme Court Briefing 
Professor Geoffrey Stone
University of Chicago Law School 
 Tuesday, March 8th
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  For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected]
Meet the Candidate
  NH Gov. and Senate Candidate Maggie Hassan

JAC is proud to support New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, who is running for the U.S. Senate. The outcome of this race could decide which party controls the Senate.

Hassan has earned a reputation for working across the aisle - a skill which will serve her well in Washington.  She believes that the U.S. and Israel have an "unshakable alliance built on shared values" and that the U.S. should be Israel's strongest reliable ally.  As a Senator, she has promised to do everything in her power to strengthen the U.S.  commitment to Israel's security and well-being.

When it comes to reproductive rights, Hassan is solidly pro-choice. She will fight to protect a woman's right to make her own health decisions and fight any and all efforts that would restrict access to reproductive health care services. This will be a very competitive race and Hassan will need your support.

JAC will be meeting with Hassan in Chicago on Monday, Feb. 29.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected].

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Israel & the Middle East
Israel, U.S. Kick Off Large-Scale Missile Defense Drill 
Over 1,700 U.S. service members, civilians and contractors will take part in the multi-day drill, the eighth such exercise since the Juniper Cobra program began in 2001.
Obama: Important to Give Hope to Israelis and Palestinians 
President Obama said this week that it is important to give both Israelis and Palestinians hope, as violence continues to wrack the region.  

After Seven Years of Obama, Israel is Still Here 
We were warned in 2008 that Barack Hussein Obama would abandon Israel at the U.N., force Israel back to the 1967 lines, cut aid to Israel and legitimize anti-Semitism. With less than a year left in Obama's presidency, he's got a lot of work to do.   
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Martyrs? Desperate? Crazy? Palestinians Struggle to Define Attackers
The Israelis are clear. They call it "terrorism." Yet after five months of near-daily violence against Israelis, Palestinian society struggles with how to describe the wave of knife, gun and vehicular attacks targeting Israeli soldiers and civilians.

Israel Thwarts Attempt to Smuggle Drones into Gaza 
Crossings Authority inspectors together with the Shin Bet intelligence agency recently foiled an attempt to smuggle commercial multicopter drones earmarked for 'terrorist elements' in Gaza, authorities announced. 
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'Happy & proud' to be here, Egypt's 1st ambassador since 2012 
Egypt's new ambassador to Israel hailed bilateral relations Thursday, expressing hope that the two countries' "constructive" relationship would bring peace to the region.  
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Iran Pledges Thousands of Dollars for Palestinian Terrorists 
Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon said Tehran will give $7,000 to families of "martyrs of the intifada in occupied Jerusalem" and a further "$30,000 to every family whose home the occupation has demolished for the participation of one of its sons," according to local news reports.   
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Anti-Semitism & BDS
Chicago: Billboard Calling for Israel Boycott Coming Down 
An advertising company announced that it will take down an anti-Israel billboard in Chicago, following complaints from supporters of the Jewish state calling for a removal of the offensive sign.    
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Before You Join the BDS Movement, Read This 
I realize that the hardcore BDS crowd is animated by the kind of Jew hatred that is impervious to reason. However, there are others, especially college students, who might consider aligning themselves with BDS to fulfill a noble intention - justice for Palestinians - without understanding how radical and hate-filled the BDS agenda truly is.
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Reproductive Rights
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Abortion Laws

OK Supreme Court's Bizarre Reason for Restricting Abortion Pill
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld restrictions on the abortion pill, but the justices also noted that "by the state's own evidentiary materials, more restrictions on abortions result in higher complication rates and in decreased women's safety."

Quarter of U.S. Abortion Clinics Have Closed in Last 5 Years 
One quarter of U.S. abortion clinics, at least 162, have closed in the last five years affecting access for 30.5 million women, according to a new report. Why? New legislation. 
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It's Time for Jews to Pray & Preach About Abortion
On March 2, the eight-person Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Whole Woman's Health v. Cole, the most significant abortion case in a decade. Before any case like this, Christian conservatives gather at prayer vigils all around the country. This year, however, they won't have their usual monopoly on God. That's because the Religious Institute, an interfaith progressive organization, is organizing a National Weekend of Prayer for Reproductive Justice February 26-28.
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Illinois Bill Would Make Life Even More Difficult for Single Moms 
If a father is not listed on a birth certificate to a newborn child, the bill says a birth certificate would not be issued for that child and any hopes of receiving financial assistance, if needed, would be dashed.  
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Separation of Religion & State
The Politics of U.S. Religious Groups
Mormons are the most heavily Republican-leaning religious group in the U.S., while a pair of major historically black Protestant denominations - the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and the National Baptist Convention - are two of the most reliably Democratic groups, according to data from Pew Research Center.
Beyond the Core
Can Sandy Hook Families Hold Gun Industry Accountable? 
A lawsuit against Bushmaster threatens to expose the marketing practices of the consumer assault-weapons industry. 
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The State of Gun Violence in the U.S. 
Here are some fact you need to know while debating gun control.
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Iowa Law Would Allow Children to Use Handguns  
The state's House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would permit children under age 14 to use "a pistol, revolver or the ammunition" while under direct parental supervision.
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Lawmakers: EPA Doesn't Have Power to Enact Climate Rule 
Lawmakers opposed to President Obama's climate rule for power plants told a federal court Tuesday that Congress has not given the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to institute the rule.
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Congress Honors Selma Marchers, But Won't Restore VRA 
Veterans of the Selma movement are receiving the Congressional Gold Medal, but would rather see the Voting Rights Act fixed.
Election 2016
The 10 States Millennials Could Sway the Election 
Millennials (born between 1982 and 2000) are the largest generation in the country. With an estimated population of 83.1 million, they now outnumber baby boomers. But in the last election, they had the lowest voter turnout. 
Where Politics Meet Hate: Antisemitism in the 2016 Campaign 
In its annual report on hate in America, the Southern Poverty Law Center noted a 14% increase in hate groups - from 784 in 2014 to 892 in 2015. The growth in hate groups, as well as hate speech in main stream politics has not been seen in decades. 

Nearly 20 percent of Trump's supporters disapprove of Lincoln freeing the slaves
The New York Times decided to look at whether Donald Trump's supporters are unusually racist. They came up with a stunning statistic: nearly 1 in 5 didn't approve of freeing slaves in the Confederacy. Another 17% weren't sure. 
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What Is a Superdelegate? 
The Democratic nomination process differs from the GOP process in that it has 712 wildcards with an outsizes amount of power: the superdelegates. They make up roughly 15% of the 4,763 delegates a the Democratic National Convention. Here's what they do. 
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Political Byte
Obama's Scotusblog Post: Reading Between the Lines 
President Obama's Wednesday morning post on Scotusblog was more notable for the forum than for its message, which we have heard before as he considers a nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. But it was nonetheless a valuable summary of what Mr. Obama is looking for in a justice as well as a glimpse of his view of the constitutional responsibilities of the president and the Senate.
Supreme Court Battle Renews Focus on Other Nominations  
President Barack Obama's effort to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be the nomination fight of the year, but just below the surface lies a continuing battle in the Senate over nominations to lower courts, as well as federal departments and agencies.

Four Paths Obama Could Take with his Supreme Court Nominee 
The person the president eventually picks will reveal a great deal about how he plans to confront Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) plan to block anyone Obama sends up. Below are four potential strategies the White House may deploy.   
Joe Biden & Lady Gaga to Highlight Sexual Abuse at Oscars
Vice President Joe Biden will join pop star Lady Gaga on stage at the Oscars on Sunday to spotlight the issue of campus sexual assault.
The "Only in Israel" Experience!
Traveling across Israel, we asked Israelis from all walks of life, "How does Israel inspire you?"
Fabric From the Time of Kings David & Solomon Discovered
In an unprecedented discovery, Tel Aviv University archeologists recently uncovered an extensive collection of ancient fabrics in the Arava Valley dating back to the era of King David, shedding unparalleled light on the historical fashions of the Holy Land.

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Marcia Balonick, Executive Director
Joy Malkus, Research Director

Dana Gordon, Membership & Outreach

Hollis Wein, Communications Director 

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Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a pro-Israel PAC with a domestic agenda. We support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and advocate for reproductive health and the separation of religion and state and incorporate other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including gun violence prevention and climate change. In addition to providing financial support for U.S. Senate and House campaigns, JACPAC educates our membership with outreach events designed to inform and activate their participation in the political process.