April 8, 2016

JAC volunteers are furiously labeling invitations for our 6th Annual Power of Women Luncheon. Watch your mailbox and inbox for more information soon! (l to r: Jacki Parmacek,
Janna Berk, Lisa Rubinstein)

JAC GOTV in Wisconsin for Secretary Hillary Clinton 
(l to r: Julia Mati and Hollis Wein with a Wisconsin voter)

JAC getting out the vote in Wisconsin. (l to r: Marcia Balonick, Wendy Abrams, Dana Gordon, Hollis Wein, and Julia Mati)  

Have you been out working on JAC issues? Send us photos of you and your friends at candidate events, out campaigning, or advocating for JAC issues and will will post them!

Hillary for America Speaker Series
Senator Amy Klobuchar

April 15
Philadelphia, PA
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Watch for more upcoming events in the
Philadelphia area before the April 26 primary!
  For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected]

Mark your calendars for the  
2016 JAC Power of Women Luncheon 
Monday, June 6 
Lincolnwood, IL 
with Special Guest 



Mark your calendars!
JAC Luncheon honoring
Betsy Sheerr
September 26th
Watch for details.
Want to host an event in your area? Give us a call! 
  For more information, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected]org
Hillary Clinton on Israel:
A 30-year record of friendship, leadership , and strength
#HillaryClinton #JACPACSupportsHillary 

Let's Get Out the Vote for
Upcoming Primaries! 

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Make calls for the upcoming
presidential primaries in
NY and PA!
Then tweet and share. Ask your friends to do the same. Elections matter.

#GOTV #ElectionsMatter
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Israel & the Middle East
Netanyahu: 'I'll Clear My Schedule This Week To Meet Abbas'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to Jerusalem for talks, four days after Abbas said in an interview that he was waiting for such an invitation. "A few days ago on Israeli television, I heard President Abbas say that if I invited him to meet, he'd come," Netanyahu said before a meeting with Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek. "So, as I said this morning to an American congressional delegation, I'm inviting him again. I'm clearing my schedule this week. Any day he can come, I'll be here."

Report: US Army Building Secret Missile-Proof Base in Israel
Iran's recent ballistic missiles tests, which have led to concern and consternation in Israel, apparently have the United States military worried as well. In late February the US military took part in a five day joint military exercise with Israel code named "Juniper Cobra".
U.S.-Israel Energy Pact Expands Cooperation
Israel and the United States agreed to enhance energy cooperation between the two countries. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Yuval Steinitz, Israel's minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, signed an amendment on Monday in Jerusalem to an existing agreement between the two energy departments, the U.S. Energy Department said in a statement.

Turkey, Israel Meet In New Bid To Repair Damaged Ties
Turkey and Israel held a fresh round of talks Thursday in an effort to normalize ties after relations were partially frozen five years ago, said Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Israel Hopes to Renew Ties with Havana
Israel looks favorably on the recent US-Cuba reconciliation and hopes that in the future it, too, will re-establish ties with the Caribbean country, Modi Ephraim, the head of the Foreign Ministry's Latin America and Caribbean division, said this week.  
Anti-Semitism & BDS
BDS Activists Are Not Neutral, Objective, Or Know the Facts
At the age of 92, former president Shimon Peres is a kind of cultural asset for the Jewish people. A legend still walking among us. Last month, Peres received international recognition from UNESCO for his work in advancing peace, dialogue and science across the world. The organization, which hosted Peres at its headquarters in Paris, announced that it would adopt projects initiated and led by the Peres Center for Peace and implement them in conflict zones all over the world.
Reproductive Rights
Cruz Makes His Case Against Abortion Rape Exceptions
Last year, Marco Rubio raised a few eyebrows when he argued that if a woman is impregnated by a rapist, the government has the authority to force her to take the pregnancy to term, regardless of her wishes. This week, Ted Cruz made clear he has the same position.
The War on Planned Parenthood
One frigid night this past February, I flew to Ohio to watch democracy in action. The next day, the Ohio state Legislature was voting on whether to defund Planned Parenthood, a fallout of the by then entirely discredited videos that purported to show that the organization sold fetal tissue for profit. I didn't want to go. The city looked cold, unwelcoming, though maybe that had more to do with what was going on inside my head than outside it. I was, it seemed, in the midst of having a miscarriage.

Women are Calling Indiana's Governor to Talk About Their Periods
For the past week, women have been calling and emailing the office of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to tell him about their periods. In detail. The epic trolling effort comes from members of the Facebook group 'Periods for Pence,' launched after Pence recently signed a new anti-abortion bill into law.  
Separation of Religion & State
Charles Barkley Urges NBA To Move All-Star Game From North Carolina Due To Anti-LGBT Law 
Basketball legend Charles Barkley is not happy with HB2 - the new North Carolina law that prevents cities from enacting LGBT protections and requires transgender people to use the bathrooms that align with their birth certificate, not their gender identity - and he wants the NBA to take action. The NBA has already expressed that it is "deeply concerned" about the anti-LGBT law, which "runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect," but said it doesn't yet know what impact it will have on the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.
Beyond the Core
Report: White Resentment Fuels Opposition To Gun Control
Racial prejudice could play a significant role in white Americans' opposition to gun control, according to new research. The paper found that whites were significantly less likely to support gun control measures when they had recently looked at pictures of black people, than when they had looked at pictures of white people. The study, which surveyed 1,000 white respondents, also found that the higher they scored on a common measure of racial prejudice, the stronger negative effect the photos of black people had on the respondents' support for gun control.

Dems Amp Up Charges for Voter Suppression in Wisconsin
Democratic campaign leaders are boosting charges that Wisconsin Republicans adopted tougher election rules for the express purpose of blocking voters' access to the polls. Democrats have long accused the GOP of pushing stricter voting laws - including photo ID requirements - in order to discourage participation by minority and low-income voters who tend to support Democrats. 
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Supreme Court Upholds 'One Person, One  Vote' 
The Supreme Court refused Monday to change the way state and municipal voting districts are drawn, denying an effort by conservatives that could have increased the number of rural, mostly white districts at the expense of urban, largely Hispanic ones. 
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North Dakota Keystone Pipeline Spill Larger than Thought 
A leak in the Keystone pipeline is worse than first believed, spilling much more oil than first reported. Nearly 17,000 gallons of oil has leaked in South Dakota since Saturday, pipeline owner TransCanada says - up from the 187 gallons the company initially reported to federal authorities.
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Feinstein Meets with Supreme Court Nominee
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland "the right man for the time". Speaking to reporters after the approximately 40 minute closed-door meeting, Feinstein said that of the seven Supreme Court nominees she has met with since joining the Senate, Garland is the first she hasn't heard criticism of.
Obama Returns to Law School, Presses for SCOTUS Nominee
President Barack Obama decried a partisan and polarized system that has stymied the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in an address at the University of Chicago aimed at pressing the jurist's case. "The process is so broken, so partisan that an eminently qualified jurist can't even get a hearing," Obama told the gathering at the university's law school adding that the tenor of such political fighting threatens to seep into the judicial process and undermine public trust. "Our democracy can't afford that," Obama said.
Election 2016
GOP Ticket is Already Helping Senate Democrats
Democrats are gaining ground in six Senate races, and it has everything to do with it becoming increasingly clear that Donald Trump or Ted Cruz will be the Republican Party's presidential nominee. According to a newly released analysis by the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, senate races in Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Missouri and North Carolina are looking to be more favorable for Democrats than previously predicted as moderate and independent voters grow disillusioned with the GOP.
Obama Emerges as Key Anti-Trump Messenger
Obama has held a 50 percent or higher approval rating in several recent polls, his highest numbers in months. Party strategists primarily credit a series of strong employment reports and rising wages, but grudgingly acknowledge that the daily news coverage of Trump is benefiting Obama - possibly by making him look more presidential. 
Jewish AT&T Girl Creates 'I Am a Refugee' Video
You know Lily. You do. She's that chipper, slyly witty girl who works at the AT&T store - not a real one, but the one you see in those ubiquitous TV ads. What you may not know is that the actress who plays her, Milana Vayntrub, is a nice Jewish girl. She's a former Soviet refusenik who, between acting gigs, stand-up spots and the comedy webisodes she writes and produces is trying to change the world.

When First Ladies Meet: An Awkward Post-Election White House Tradition
Mamie Eisenhower hated moving out of the White House. She loved the perks and the power, surely. But with her husband having served overseas through World War II, what she really relished was the companionship. Never had she spent so much time with Ike as she did during their eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It was no surprise, then, that the outgoing first lady resented her successor.
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After 83 Years, Hitler Loses German Citizenship
The 16 members of the Tegernsee City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to strip Hitler of the honor bestowed upon him in 1933, when he was named chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg, the Tegernsee Voice reported Wednesday.

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