Sept. 1, 2016


JAC at a pro-Israel event for IL Congressional candidate Brad Schneider (IL-10). (l to r: Lois Zoller, Linda Ruder, Kathy Emanuel, Linda Sher, Nancy Spivak)

JAC members with Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-21). (l to r: Marcia Balonick, Evie Fisher, Lauren Beth Gash, Rep. Deutch, Dana Gordon, Brad Schneider, Janna Berk, Jacki Parmacek, Renee Kahn, Deanna Drucker, and Fran Levy.)
A campaign planning session with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) and IL Senate candidate Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8).

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Talking Points Highland Park
Election 2016
featuring Jon Carson
former Director of Organizing for America
Tuesday, September 6
10:00 am
Highland Park, IL


Michigan Membership Meeting
October 10th
details to follow 

For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847.433.5999 or

Lunch with
Senate Candidate
Rep. Patrick Murphy 
September 16th

Reception with
Rep. Tammy Duckworth
Candidate for U.S. Senate - IL
September 19th
details to follow

For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847.433.5999 or
Featuring Guest Speaker 
Andy Borowitz

Monday, September 26, 2016 
We Are an Exceptional Country

"If there's one core belief that has guided and inspired me every step of the way, it is this. The United States is an exceptional nation. I believe we are still Lincoln's last, best hope of Earth. We're still Reagan's shining city on a hill. We're still Robert Kennedy's great, unselfish, compassionate country.

"And it's not just that we have the greatest military or that our economy is larger than any on Earth. It's also the strength of our values, the strength of the American people. Everyone who works harder, dreams bigger and never, ever stops trying to make our country and the world a better place. "
Rep. Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Rep. Patrick Murphy (Fl-18)

Patrick Murphy won his primary on Tuesday and will now face Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in November. Murphy has been an excellent advocate for JAC's issues in the House and he will continue that work in the Senate.

Murphy is pro-Israel and 100 percent pro-choice. He also understands the urgency to pass gun safety legislation. Murphy is in a tough Senate race against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). He needs your support. Let's send Patrick Murphy to the Senate.


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Israel & the Middle East
Ex Mossad Chief: Israel's Biggest Threat is Potential Civil War
In his first public appearance since leaving office in June of this year, former Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo said the most pressing threat to Israel is not Iran, but rather it is the increased polarization within Israeli society.

In Saudi Arabia, Signs of an Effort to Break the Israel Taboo
Saudi state-run media appears to be softening its reporting on Israel, running unprecedented columns floating the prospect of direct relations, quoting Israeli officials and filling its newsholes with fewer negative stories on Israel's relationship with the Palestinians.

Deja Vu and the Coming Palestinian Elections
Municipal elections are scheduled for October 8th in the West Bank and Gaza. Hamas has reversed its previous position and is now participating, and may win--not as Hamas, per se, but by putting forth "fellow traveler" candidates known to be close to Hamas. The elections will likely be close.
Anti-Semitism & BDS
Documentary Project Highlights Anti-Semitism in Europe
A new, crowdsourced documentary project on xenophobia in Europe features clips discussing anti-Semitism, among other stories."Strangers at Home," a project of the Global Reporting Center, features nine clips, each from a different country, in which locals share their experiences.

California Passes Anti-BDS Bill
The State of California dealt another blow to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement  Wednesday following the passage of a bill aimed at hampering businesses from participating in "discriminatory boycotts" against Israel, according to weekly publication The Jewish Journal.
Reproductive Rights

Cash-Strapped States Spend Millions Defending Anti-Abortion Laws 
As states lose court battle after court battle over the hundreds of anti-abortion laws they've passed in the last five years, taxpayers are being forced to pay millions of dollars that are desperately needed for other purpose.

Supreme Court Decision Keeps KY Abortion Clinic Closed
The Kentucky Supreme Court has denied an appeal that would reopen a Lexington abortion clinic. EMW Women's Clinic on Burt Road has been closed since June, when the Court of Appeals overturned a Fayette Circuit court ruling that allowed it to stay open after a legal challenge by Gov. Matt Bevin. The Court of Appeals' ruling meant Bevin's request to temporarily close the clinic until it received a license from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services was granted.

What Is It Like to Provide Abortions in an Anti-Choice State?
In Utah, Dr. Leah Torres has to contend with a slew of medically unsound regulations to care for her patients. And that's before the death threats. 
The Fight for Women's Equality
The U.S. Constitution guarantees women across this country, including my daughters, the right to choose for themselves when and how to start their families. Yet, more than forty years after Roe v. Wade, women's reproductive rights remain in jeopardy.

We Need Abortion Laws Based on Science
Sixteen years ago next month, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first "abortion pill," and today medication abortion accounts for about a quarter of all non-hospital abortions in the United States.
Separation of Religion & State
Signs of God
How a mayor's campaign to keep a Jesus sign brought discord to a God-fearing east Texas town.

A New Effort to Protect Kids Bullied for Their Faith
Dapinder Ahluwalia's 14-year-old son starts high school next month. Like many parents, she'll spend the last days of summer ensuring he has the right school supplies and a copy of his class schedule. Unlike other moms and dads, she'll also print write-ups for teachers and school leaders that explain the family's faith. Ahluwalia and her son are Sikh, and confusion about their religion has led to bullying in the past.
Beyond the Core
NFL Adds Gun Responsibility to Conduct Training for Players
This is the third year the NFL has had social responsibility training, but it's the first time the league added a discussion about gun ownership and the importance of safe storage of weapons.

Grassley Hints at SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing in Lame Duck
Senate Republicans could relent on their hard-line stance in opposition to granting Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a confirmation hearing this year, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said. 

Supreme Court: NC Can't Enforce Voting Restrictions
"The Supreme Court was correct to deny North Carolina's last-ditch effort to undermine African-American voter participation in the November election," said an official with the the American Civil Liberties Union's Voting Rights Project. "This ruling means that thousands of voters who would have been disenfranchised will now be able to participate in the presidential election."
Political Byte
Kaine's Wife, Anne Holton, No Stranger to Political Stage
Anne Holton first stepped into the spotlight in 1970 as a white student enrolling in a predominantly black middle school in Virginia's capital as part of a push for school integration by her father, the state's governor at the time.

Green Party Candidate Wants to End Military Aid to Israel
Jill Stein has said she would end military aid to Israel since it would be "decisively against our common values, to support apartheid, to support home demolitions, to support occupation, to support violations of international law."

Wasserman Schultz Wins Primary
Wasserman Schultz dispatched a challenge from law professor Tim Canova, who sought to capitalize on the controversies surrounding her tenure at the DNC and ride on the popularity of Sanders's Democratic presidential campaign. With 81 percent of the vote counted, Wasserman Schultz had 57 percent to Canova's 42 percent.

Could McCain Lose?
Ann Kirkpatrick earned the title of John McCain's toughest Democratic opponent ever through 15 months of preparation, eight years of grueling House races and a lot of luck with Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket. But she'll need all that and much, much more to pull off a stunner and unseat McCain.
103-Year-Old Women Explains Why She is Voting for Hillary.

Jewish Voters Favor Hillary Clinton to Trump by 52%-to-23% 
Jews tend to favor the Democratic nominee by 10-15 points more than the general population, and this polling is no different; Gallup's latest general population favorability ratings, for the week Aug. 24-30, show Clinton at 39 percent and Trump, the Republican nominee, at 33.

Clinton Just Made a Very Important Announcement
The Democratic presidential nominee released a wide-ranging mental-health strategy - and, unlike much of what she has proposed this election season, it has a real chance of becoming law.

Hillary Clinton Reveals Her Ocean Plans 
In response to a letter sent by 115 Ocean Leaders to the leading presidential candidates Secretary Clinton has released a two-page response on what she will do to protect our coast and ocean if elected.

Actors' Equity Makes Historic Endorsement of Hillary Clinton
For the first time in its 103-year history, Actors' Equity Association, the union for stage actors and stage managers, has endorsed a candidate for President of the United States. The union's National Council voted at its August meeting to endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton for Commander-in-Chief.
Trump Watch
What Donald Trump Wants to Do Now on Immigration
With calls to end so-called sanctuary cities, create a deportation task force and maintain "zero tolerance for criminal aliens," Donald J. Trump laid out a 10-point immigration plan on Wednesday in Phoenix that reverted to the tough, uncompromising talk on the issue that has powered his appeal to his strongest supporters. 
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New Campaign Boss: Trump Is the Alt-Right Choice
The term "alt-right" is a fairly new one in the political lexicon. It encompasses a grab bag of anti-establishment, alternative right-wing folks who have bedeviled Republican Party leaders at least since they capsized House GOP Leader Eric Cantor's reelection run in 2014. 

The 258 People, Places and Things Trump Has Insulted
Since declaring his candidacy for president last June, Donald Trump has used Twitter to lob insults at presidential candidates, journalists, news organizations, nations, a Neil Young song and even a lectern in the Oval Office.

Trump's New TV Ad Lies About Social Security
The Trump Presidential campaign rolled out its first major television ad last week, aimed at voters in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. For Social Security experts and advocates, it wasn't worth waiting for.
Gene Wilder Helped Recall a Fading Black-Jewish Alliance
"Blazing Saddles" is, perhaps, a movie about what could have been and what might still be: a better world in which Jews and African-Americans win out over racism, xenophobia, ignorance and a rapacious tycoon through the power of friendship, cunning, some bloodless gun play - and an epic fart joke.

U.S. Didn't Really See the Yom Kippur War Coming
It's long been established that the CIA and the broader U.S. intelligence apparatus didn't really believe that the Middle East would erupt in war in October of 1973. Now, a couple of newly declassified CIA documents have exposed the true depth of the U.S.'s cluelessness during the run-up to the conflict.

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