July 22, 2016
From l to r: JAC member Judith Bloom and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

From l to r: JAC summer intern Emily Small meets Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) at an event in Chicago.

An Afternoon with Rep. Ami Berra (CA-7 )
July 31st
2 -3:30 pm
 Berkley, CA

 Pro-Israel Reception with Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
7-8:30 pm
Northbrook, IL

Will you be in Philadelphia on July 25th?

For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847.433.5999 or [email protected]

Featuring Guest Speaker 
Andy Borowitz

GOP Convention 'Fun Facts'
  • The RNC displayed in the convention hall a tweet from a white supremacist as Trump accepted the nomination.
  • Rep. Steve King (IA-8) questioned the contributions of non-white people during his remarks.
  • Ted Cruz refused to endorse Trump -- an unprecedented move by a prime time speaker. Cruz said he's not "in the habit" of backing politicians who attack his family.
  • Convention speakers don't like the truth -- fact checkers confirmed more than 170 lies, including that Hillary Clinton will abolish the 2nd Amendment and end medicare.
  • There were only 3 African American GOP delegates out 2,472.
  • Only 17 women showed up for a "Women Vote Trump" event.



  • OUTLAWING abortion
  • DEFUNDING Planned Parenthood
  • DENYING abortion coverage for women in the health exchange
  • BANNING women with fetal anamolies from having abortions
  • FORCING abortion providers to bury/cremete the fetus 
  • REQUIRING women to endure painful waiting periods before have an abortion
  • FORCING women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound
Hillary's Resume vs. Donald's Resume
Early 70's
Attended Yale Law School; focused on how to use the law to help children & families.
Received a "small" loan - $1 million - from his father. (Roughly $6 million in today's dollars.)
1997As first lady of the United States, worked
 with both parties to create Children's Health Insurance Program, which insures 8 million kids today.

Ran the Miss Universe Pageant; suggests requiring bathing suits be smaller and heels higher. Called previous year's Miss Universe "Miss Piggy" and makes her go to the gym in front of the media.

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Israel & the Middle East
UNESCO: Jerusalem Sacred to All Three Monotheistic Faiths
Jews, Muslims and Christians all have the right to claim historical ties to the Old City of Jerusalem, the head of the UN's cultural body said. The organization postponed a vote on a resolution that seeks to downplay the Jewish connection to the ancient city.

Turkey to Thank Israel for Support During Coup Attempt
Turkey thanked Israel for its stance during this past weekend's failed coup attempt and will continue with the process of normalizing ties, a senior Israeli official said Sunday following talks with a Turkish counterpart. 
Failed Turkey Coup Won't Affect Reconciliation with Israel
"Israel and Turkey recently agreed on a reconciliation process between them. This process will continue without any connection to the dramatic events in Turkey over the weekend," Netanyahu said Sunday at the weekly Cabinet meeting.
Jihadis Want 'Lone Wolf' Terrorist to Attack Israel Athletes 
Al-Qaida-influenced terrorists have issued directives to "lone wolf" attackers to carry out attacks against the Israeli Olympic delegation at the upcoming Rio Olympics. The jihadis reportedly published a list of athletes to be targeted.
Anti-Semitism & BDS
RNC Shuts Down YouTube Comments Due to Anti-Semitism 
The Republican National Convention shut down comments on its YouTube livestream after anti-Semitic abuse appeared during a speech by Linda Lingle, the Jewish former governor of Hawaii. 

CNN Adds Palestinian Attacks to Terror List After Criticism
Media watchdog organizations blasted CNN on Friday for failing to include terrorist attacks in Israel on list of terror incidents that occurred around the world in the last 30 days. 

David Duke Blames Melania Trump's Plagiarism on the Jews
Melania Trump sparked an uproar at the Republican National Convention when it was revealed that an entire section of her speech had been plagiarized from Michelle Obama's 2008 convention address. Some blamed the speechwriters. Others blamed Melania herself. And then there was David Duke, who blamed the Jews.

Trump Doubles Down on Term that Makes Jews Uneasy 
After Trump used the term "America First," the Anti-Defamation League sent him a letter urging him to drop the historically tainted slogan - speaking for Jews and others who remember it as the name of the isolationist movement championed by a notorious anti-Semite to keep the United States out of World War II.But Trump to rabandon the slogan.
Reproductive Rights
Indiana Court Tosses Purvi Patel's 2015 Feticide Conviction
The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned the feticide conviction of a woman found guilty of killing her premature infant by taking abortion-inducing drugs. Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015, two years after her self-induced abortion at her family's home. This Case marks the first time a state feticide law was used against a woman because of an alleged self-induced abortion.
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Doctors Urged to Discuss Risks of Abstinence-Only Sex Ed 
The country's largest organization of pediatricians call for doctors to use their time with patients to combat the potential health consequences of abstinence-centric sex education. The American Academy of Pediatricians issued a denunciation of sex education programs that fail to offer comprehensive information on topics such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy prevention.

Comedians in Car Getting Abortions
Comedians in Car Getting Abortions

"Comedians in Cars Getting Abortions"-NARAL Video 
It's so hard to get an abortion in many parts of the United States, it's almost laughable - or at least, it would be if the situation weren't so dire. 

Lousiana: Latest Front in Battle Over Abortion Rights 
The Louisiana legislature used a special session to pass seven abortion-restricting laws. The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) has filed suit against all seven. CRR is challenging the laws as unconstitutional, both individually and collectively, saying that they create an undue burden on patients and providers throughout the state.
Separation of Religion & State
GOP Platform: Christianity as Official American Religion 
The platform also advocates for English as the official American language, replacing sex education with abstinence-only advice for teenagers, privatizing almost all areas of federal services, cutting taxes and regulations for the rich and titans of industry and, imposing a belligerent foreign policy and military build-up.

Trump Will Lead a Theocratic Party Into the Election
The Republican platform is theocratic in its language and spirit, employing arguments never before considered by a major American political party. It's extremism is such that People for the American Way's "Right-Wing Watch" team has observed, "Four years ago, we called the GOP platform 'a far-right fever dream' Yet this year's platform is even further to the right."
Beyond the Core
Wisconsin Can't Enforce GOP's Voter ID Law in November
A federal judge in Wisconsin on Tuesday ruled that voters unable to comply with the state's photo ID requirement be allowed to vote in November, striking a blow to conservative efforts to drive down Democratic voter turnout in the state.

$30 Million for Injury Prevention, Nothing for Gun Violence 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $30 million in grants to 23 state health departments to tackle pressing injury and violence issues. None of the funding went toward programs addressing gun violence, even though shootings are a chronically understudied major public health issue

Merrick Garland has Longest Wait for Confirmation
With Congress entering the first days of a seven-week summer recess, Chief Judge Garland is now poised to break the official record for the US Supreme Court nominee to wait the longest for a confirmation hearing. As of Tuesday, he has pulled even with Justice Louis Brandeis, who was confirmed after a half-year wait in 1916
Political Byte
Democrats Aim to Reduce 30-Seat House Deficit 
The party is optimistic that with Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket, they can make a serious dent in their 30-seat House deficit by contesting seats that wouldn't be otherwise competitive in a presidential election year.

Experience vs. Outsider Poll Poses a Challenge for Trump 
Americans prefer experience to outsider status in the next president and also give it a higher priority in an ABC News/Washington Post poll, a potential challenge for Donald Trump as he builds toward the general election campaign.

Democracies Don't Lock Up Political Opponents 
The theme of this year's Republican National Convention was visible early. The "lock her up" motif rightly heightens fears of how Mr. Trump would govern. It's a bad sign for the next four years even if Mr. Trump loses. When the critique of political opponents becomes so disproportionate and divorced from reality, democracy, which requires goodwill and compromise, cannot function.
Hillary Clinton's Ad Features Donald Trump Praising Her
The ad features the words, "Donald Trump reveals the truth about Hillary Clinton" and shows Trump saying on FOX News, "Hillary Clinton, I think, is a terrific woman." In another clip, Trump praises her and Bill Clinton, saying, "I know her very well and I know her husband very well, and I like them both...They are just really terrific people."

Hispanic Business Group Endorses Clinton 
In a first, the nonpartisan U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, saying it believes that Donald Trump's campaign is "the antithesis of American values." Several members of the organization's board of directors are prominent Republicans.
Trump Watch
Trump's RNC Address: Fact or Fiction? 
In his prepared remarks, Trump makes his case with a string of eye-opening statistics. But while some of those stats are spot on, others are misleading due to a lack of context - or are outright falsehoods.Here's POLITICO's fact check of Trump's Republican National Convention address.

Trump Doesn't Read Much
Presidents have different ways of preparing to make decisions. Some read deeply, some prefer to review short memos that condense difficult issues into bite-size summaries. But Trump, appears to have an unusually light appetite for reading.

Trump Adviser Endorses Violence Against Clinton 
A New Hampshire state representative who advises Donald Trump on veterans' issues called for Hillary Clinton to be "put in the firing line and shot for treason" for her handling of the Benghazi terror attack. He is now being investigated by the Secret Service.
Donald Trump is a Con Artist
Marco Rubio dubbed Donald Trump a "con artist."Trump's convention speech Thursday proved Rubio so very right. In more than an hour of unremitting darkness, Trump wove a narrative with the chief purpose of convincing swing voters that the United States is on the verge of collapse from "crime and violence" - and that the only way to avert that collapse is to elect him president.
EU Eyes Israeli Technologies for Spotting Militants Online 
European powers are looking to Israeli-developed technology to develop better means for spotting "lone-wolf" militants based on their online activity. Last week's truck rampage in France and Monday's axe attack aboard a train in Germany have raised concern about self-radicalised assailants who have little or no communication with militant groups that could be intercepted by spy agencies.

JAC members and staff with Rep. Mark Takai 

JAC Friend Rep. Mark Takai Dies at 49
Rep. Mark Takai (D-Hawaii) has died at age 49. Takai was diagnosed in October with pancreatic cancer. JAC had the privilige of getting to know him. In his short time in the House, he proved to be a strong advocate for JAC's issues.

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