April 15, 2016

A full house at Talking Points Highland Park to hear Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8), candidate for U.S. Senate.

JAC members Terry Kass and Amy Small with
Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

With Senator Amy Klobuchar in Philadelphia for a Hillary for America Speaker Series hosted by JAC's Betsy Sheerr.   

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
David Plouffe 
Campaign Manager for Obama for America
April 18
Chicago, IL
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Hillary for America Speaker Series
Governor Ed Rendell
Former Governor of PA
April 20
Horsham, PA
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 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 

Highland Park Council Meeting
Proclamation of Support for
Wear Orange Campaign 
supporting Gun Violence Awareness Monday, May, 23
7:30 pm
Highland Park, IL

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]
GOP Candidates vs. Hillary Clinton on Choice


Women's personal health decisions should be made by a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor. Hillary will stand up to Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, which would restrict access to critical health care services, like cancer screenings, contraception, and safe, legal abortion. She will fight to protect the Affordable Care Act, which bans insurance companies from discriminating against women and guarantees 47 million women and counting access to preventive care.

#HillaryClinton #JACPACSupportsHillary 
Let's Get Out the Vote for
Upcoming Primaries! 

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

#GOTV #ElectionsMatter
Take photos of your call-party and send them to JAC to be featured in upcoming EZ Reads!  [email protected]
Chris Van Hollen
MD Senate Candidate and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD-8)

Chris Van Hollen was elected to Congress in 2002 and quickly earned a reputation as an active, engaged, and effective member of the House of Representatives. 

He has co-sponsored legislation that enhances the relationship between the U.S. and Israel.  He has said, "We need to maintain this special relationship based on shared values, common strategic interests and moral bonds of friendship."  As a strong proponent of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, Van Hollen is committed to helping Israel better meet the new security challenges it faces in the region. 

Throughout his time in Congress, Van Hollen has earned a 100 percent pro-choice rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.  JAC can count on him to protect reproductive freedom for all women.  He has worked to improve access to contraception. 

As a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Van Hollen is a leader in the fight for common sense measures to protect our communities. He has authored legislation to help states implement handgun purchaser licensing laws - measures that have sharply cut gun violence and suicides.

Van Hollen is running for the Senate seat that will be vacated by longtime JAC-friend Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). The Maryland primary is April 26. Van Hollen will be an important voice in the Senate on JAC's issues. 

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Israel & the Middle East
Clinton: Israel Has Right to Self-Defense Against Hamas 
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has taken a differing stance on Israel to fellow presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, saying that the Jewish state is entitled to protect itself against Gaza's terror group ruler, Hamas. 

White House Rules Out Iran Access to U.S. Dollar 
The Obama administration will continue to block Iran's access to the dollar on the U.S. financial system, its top sanctions official said amid speculation to the contrary.
Over 90% of House Urges Rejection of Anti-Israel UN Moves 
An overwhelming majority of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to reject any actions by the United Nations that are biased against Israel.
U.S. Confirms Israel Support at United Nations 
The U.S. remains opposed to one-sided action on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the United Nations Security Council, the State Department said when faced with questions on its stance over two fresh initiatives.

Saudis Signal They're Warming Up to Israel in New Deal 
In the most tangible sign yet of a detente with Riyadh, Jerusalem shows it is untroubled by prospect of strategically crucial islands, Tiran and Sanafir, changing hands.

Will Israel Reach Age 100? by Aaron David Miller 
Is Israel doomed? Will bad demography, bad neighbors, and bad Israeli behavior turn the once hopeful and idealistic notion of a thriving Jewish democratic state into a veritable Middle Eastern Sparta? I'm more convinced than ever that Israel is here to stay. I may not be around to mark Israel's 100th birthday. But Israelis will. And here's why.
Anti-Semitism & BDS
Hundreds of Top British & Israeli Scientists Meet at Oxford 
Boycott efforts did not deter 250 British researchers from 33 institution across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from attending the BIRAX medical conference with their Israeli counterparts.
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U of Chicago Student Government Passes BDS Resolution 
UChicago Coalition for Peace, a group that had spearheaded efforts to oppose the resolution, immediately stated that the vote was "a stain" on UC, and did not "represent the values of this University, including freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and commitment to intellectual curiosity."
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Reproductive Rights
What's At Stake for Women This Election 
Question: What's at stake for women in the 2016 presidential election? Answer: Basically everything.
The Abortion Map Today 
Since 2011, 10 states, from the Canadian border to the Great Lakes to the Southwest, have each imposed 10 or more new barriers to access to legal abortion. An additional 21 states have enacted between one and 10 restrictions - the lower number in some cases simply reflecting a state's creativity in having already adopted a long menu of anti-abortion measures.

A New Way to Shame Women for Getting an Abortion 
Enacting burial requirements is just the latest state-led effort to humanize fetuses. From misleading overly-graphic imagery, to demands of a "Vietnam Wall type" memorial for aborted fetuses, anti-abortion lawmakers have worked hard to embed the illusion of a tiny human baby being "ripped limb from limb" in voters' minds.  
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What States Can Do on Birth Control
by Rhode Island Gov. Jack Markell 
By helping women choose when to become pregnant, we can improve health, save millions of dollars and help restore economic opportunity to more of our citizens.  
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Abortion Rights Advocates Rally at Indiana Statehouse
Hundreds of abortion rights supporters gathered at the Indiana Statehouse to protest an anti-abortion law signed by Gov. Mike Pence that is among the most restrictive in the U.S.  
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Religious Non-profits Press for Full Exemption from SCOTUS
The Supreme Court ordered the Obama administration and religiously affiliated nonprofits to work out a solution to the challenges to the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit. Not surprisingly, the religiously affiliated nonprofits refuse to do so.  
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Separation of Religion & State
NBA Cancels 2017 All-Star Game Over Anti-LGBT Law 
"We are giving the state of North Carolina 30 days to repeal this law or they can expect the 2017 All-Star game to be held elsewhere. I want to make it clear that the NBA will not stand for this type of intolerance and hate." 
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Bigotry in the Bathroom 
Yes, extreme and ignorant "religious" fanatics are at it again, with a new wave of legislation to allow discrimination against certain Americans in the name of religion, just as earlier generations of Christians used the Bible to justify the practice of slavery. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now.   

SCOTUS Church-State Case Could Impact Religious Schools
The U.S. Supreme Court has granted review of a church-state case that could hold major implications for government aid to religious schools.

TN Governor Vetoes Bill to Make Bible State Book
The governor of Tennessee vetoed legislation on Thursday that would have made the Christian Bible the state's official book, saying it would violate the U.S. Constitution, but lawmakers vowed to hold a vote to overrule his decision.  
Beyond the Core
Sean Payton Rails Against Guns After Will Smith's Death 
In the aftermath of the senseless shooting Saturday night that left former defensive end Smith dead and Smith's wife, Racquel, wounded  amid a beef linked to a traffic accident, the New Orleans Saints coach is pleading for more gun control.

Does Carrying a Pistol Make You Safer? 
There is a pistol-packing revolution going on in America. Nearly 13 million Americans have permits to carry concealed handguns - triple the number just nine years ago - and that figure is low because not every state reports. 
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Gun Provisions Snag Mental Health Reform Bill 
The fight over gun control is threatening to scuttle a bipartisan mental health reform effort in the Senate as lawmakers rush to get the issue to the floor. 
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What Happens When You Gut the Voting Right Act - Map 
This year marks the first presidential election in 50 years without a functioning Voting Rights Act - and it's not going well.
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Bono: Time to Think Bigger About Refugee Crisis 
Hope is not lost in the Middle East and North Africa, not yet, not even where it's held together by string. But hope is getting impatient. We should be, too.
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Judge Rules Kids Can Sue U.S. Gov't Over Climate Change 
In an unprecedented move, a US judge has given a group of 21 youths permission to sue the federal government for threatening their future health and security by failing to take sufficient action against climate change, despite being aware of the risks.
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Election 2016
Only Hillary Clinton Truly Understands Being "Pro-Israel" 
by Rabbi Eric Yoffie
I am not saying that only Hillary is "pro-Israel."  All of the candidates can claim to be pro-Israel, more or less.  But being pro-Israel has little meaning if it is not related to a broader view of the world.  The question is:  Does the candidate have a reasonable approach to shaping the international political system in a way that advances American values and interests? 
In NY, Hillary & Bernie Spar over Meaning of 'Pro-Israel' 
Bernie Sanders accused Hillary Clinton of neglecting the Palestinians, and Clinton said her rival was more prone to criticizing than solving problems when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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16 Questions & Answers About 2016 GOP Delegate Fight 
Once upon a time, it seemed so simple: The Republican candidates would compete in primaries and caucuses, delegates would be awarded, and whoever got to 1,237 delegates would be the party's presidential nominee. But somewhere, things got complicated. 

It'll Be Cruz or Trump, Like It or Not 
Whenever I hear Republicans wax on about the possibility of nominating someone other than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, it makes me wonder: Exactly how would that happen?

The GOP Must Stop Trump 
Donald J. Trump's vision for the future of our nation is as deeply disturbing as it is profoundly un-American. The toxic mix of violent intimidation, hostility to criticism, and explicit scapegoating of minorities shows a political movement is taking hold in America. If Trump were a politician running such a campaign in a foreign country right now, the US State Department would probably be condemning him.

The People Behind NCs Anti-Gay Law: Ted Cruz's Advisers 
For years, Harris and the Benhams have been at the forefront of every battle to oppose gay rights in North Carolina. In February, Cruz appointed them to his campaign's advisory council for religious liberty, along with 16 other conservative Christian leaders. 
When John Kasick Linked Jesus' Blood to Passover 
If Ohio Gov. John Kasich's visit to Hasidic Brooklyn this week had yielded only one amusing moment, Dayenu - it would have been enough. Talking about Christ's blood during a visit to Borough Park? Oy vey. 
Political Byte
He Saved Gabby Giffords. Can He Save Arizona? 
In late January of this year, Daniel Hernandez filed to run for the state House of Representatives as a Democrat. If he wins, he plans to continue advocating for the issues he has always cared about: Gun violence, reproductive justice, gender equality, gay rights, and youth involvement in politics - an intersection of human rights issues.
Grassley Firm that Garland Won't Move This Year
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's breakfast summit with Merrick Garland came and went with no change at all to the Iowa Republican's stance that hearings should not be held for the Supreme Court nominee this year.
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Sen. GOP Ready to Block Next SCOTUS Appointee, Too
At least some GOP senators believe an eight-member Supreme Court is no big deal, and it's entirely possible that Garland won't be the last nominee to be treated in a ridiculous way..

Dems, Clinton Campaign Sue Arizona for Election Mess
The complaint accuses Arizona of having an "alarmingly inadequate number of voting centers" that "resulted in severe, inexcusable burdens on voters county-wide, as well as the ultimate disenfranchisement of untold numbers of voters who were unable or unwilling to wait in intolerably long lines."
Navy Will Name Destroyer for Carl Levin
The Navy is naming a destroyer for Carl Levin, the dean of Jewish senators prior to his retirement and once the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Time Hillary Clinton Came to Seder & Stayed for Hours
How was Helene and Bob Fine's family seder in 2000 different from every other Passover night? First lady Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea came. (President Bill Clinton would have joined, too, if not for Yasser Arafat, but we'll get to that.)
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What Did Americans Know About the Holocaust? Quite a Bit 
Growing up in Lowell, Mass., in the 1950s and '60s, Andrea Hoffman learned about the Holocaust at Hebrew school and later married into a family that included Holocaust survivors. Along the way, certain questions haunted her. "I've always wondered what people knew. When did they know it? How did they know it?"

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