Sept. 9, 2016
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JAC member Wendy Nathan (l) with Jon Carson (r), former Director of Organizing for America, at a Talking Points event. 

JAC members attend a Talking Points event to hear about the 2016 election. 

JAC showed its support at an interfaith rally in Chicago to end gun violence.
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Michigan Membership Meeting
October 10th
details to follow 

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

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

Conversation with
Vice Presidential Candidate 
Tim Kaine
September 14
Chicago, IL
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Dinner Reception with 
Vice Presidential Candidate 
Tim Kaine
September 14
Chicago, IL
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Girls Get Loud for HiIllary
September 25
for ages 8-18
2-4 pm
Call the JC office for details

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

Monday, September 26, 2016 

"I believe the future holds far more opportunities than threats if we exercise creative and confident leadership that enables us to shape global events rather than be shaped by them."

As president, Hillary will:
  • Take out ISIS's stronghold in Iraq and Syria
  • Work with our allies to dismantle global terror networks
  • Work hand in hand with European intelligence services to identify and go after enablers who help jihadists forge documents and travel undetected
  • Work with tech companies to fight jihadist propaganda online, intercept ISIS communications, and track and analyze social media posts to stop attacks-while protecting security and privacy
  • Harden our defenses at home
  • Support first responders, law enforcement, and intelligence officers with the right tools, resources, intelligence, and training to prevent attacks before they happen
  • Launch an intelligence surge to get security officials the tools they need to prevent attacks
  • Keep assault weapons and other tools of terror out of terrorists' hands 
Meet the Candidate
PA Senate Candidate Katie McGinty 
Katie McGinty is facing one-term Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), who supports defunding Planned Parenthood. This is an extremely close, competitive race. The Democrats need this seat if they are to regain control of the Senate. Conservative, extreme SuperPACS are planning on spending millions of dollars on this race to keep the seat. 
Katie has an impressive record of accomplishments and would bring a common-sense approach to government to the Senate. She will fight to ensure that women have access to reproductive health care. 
President Bill Clinton recognized her leadership abilities when he asked Katie to become the first woman to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She drove an agenda that delivered historic gains in renewable energy, ecosystem protection and ensured clean air and water.
Katie shares JAC's commitment to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.  She has said that as Senator she will "do all that (she) can to guarantee Israel's security and ensure (Israel) continues to prosper. Israel's security is America's security."
We can't afford to let this race slip through our fingers. With your help we can send a solidly pro-Israel, pro-choice candidate to the Senate. Join JAC in supporting Katie McGinty,
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Israel & the Middle East
U.N. Nuclear Agency Says Iran Sticking to Nuclear Deal
Iran has kept to a nuclear deal it agreed to with six world powers last year limiting its stockpiles of substances that could be used to make atomic weapons, a report by the U.N. nuclear agency found.

US, Israeli Defense Chiefs Talk Iran, ISIS at London Meeting
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, and discussed Iran, a signal that the Obama administration was moving past Lieberman's likening of the Iran nuclear deal to the Munich pact.

A Historic Turning Point for Israel and the ICC
For the first time since the 2014 Gaza war, and in some ways the first time in decades, a major international body and Israel seem about to take cooperation on war crimes issues to a new level.

Palestinian Court Postpones Long-Awaited Local Elections
A Palestinian court postponed municipal elections set for October 8 following disputes between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements over candidate lists, as well the lack of participation of Jerusalem in the vote.
Bill Clinton Could Play Role in Mideast Peace Process -- Again
IHillary Clinton takes office, her best adviser in mediating Israel and Palestine's century-old conflict might be the man who came closest to doing it before. No one has come closer to achieving peace than Bill Clinton, and it is at least somewhat plausible that, had Rabin lived, and had the Palestinians been led by someone other than Arafat, Clinton would today be known as the man who brought an end to the Middle East's 100-year war.
Anti-Semitism & BDS
A Vote for Trump is a Vote for Mainstreaming Anti-Semites
Earlier this week, Donald Trump, Jr., a key coordinator of his father's presidential campaign, sparked controversy when he retweeted a notorious anti-Semite to his 631,000 followers on Twitter.
Chicago-Area Colleges 'New Hub' of Anti-Israel Activism
According to the "2015-2016 Campus Trends Report," conducted and released by the Israel On Campus Coalition (ICC), anti-Israel activity declined or remained constant in every region of the country except the Midwest, where campuses experienced a sharp increase in anti-Israel activism.
Hatred of Jews at 'Highest Level of Our Lifetime'
"Over 1/3 of European Jews are afraid to wear a yarmulke or Star of David in public," said an Israeli diplomat. "More than half of French Jews have considered emigrating because they don't feel safe living as Jews in France. Today we hear things about Jews and the Jewish people that we thought belonged to the pages of history... Antisemitism is returning to everyday life without shame."
Reproductive Rights
Senate Rejects Zika Funding
A divided Senate on Tuesday again rejected a funding bill to fight the Zika virus, proving that Congress's months-old stalemate went resolved over its lengthy summer recess.

Sex Ed Without the Sex
Misty Stewart gave the worksheet to every student in the class: "The purpose of sex is for bonding and babies," it read. Then she stood before a white board and began to tell the sophomores "a little story" about a fictional girl named Sarah and how she's "affected by having sex outside of marriage."

Texas Maternal Mortality Rate Soars
The maternal mortality rate in Texas doubled within a two-year period "levels not seen in other U.S. states," according to a report. The obvious culprit for the startling death rate is the Texas Legislature's deep and politically motivated slashes to family planning in 2011, which led to the closure or reduction in services of more than 80 health clinics. 

Bill Aimed at Anti-Choice Videos Clears California Legislature
California lawmakers have passed a bill that would make it a crime to distribute secret recordings of health-care providers like the ones an anti-choice front group used in its smear campaign against Planned Parenthood.
Separation of Religion & State
Government Agency Seeks Proof of God's Identity
Someone calling himself God filed a statement of candidacy for president in February. God initially filed to run as a Republican, though in a hand-written follow-up filing with the FEC, the candidate asked to change his name to God-Father.

History Class Prompts Federal Lawsuit in AZ
A history class taught at three Mesa area charter schools has prompted a federal lawsuit. A national organization that advocates for the separation of church and state filed a lawsuit against the school claiming the publicly-funded institution promotes religious principles in its history curriculum.
Beyond the Core
GOP Is in a Panic to Suppress the Vote
Donald Trump's phony prayer for the black vote at an African-American church in Detroit should not distract us from the truth. Ever since Barack Obama was elected as our first black president in 2008, the GOP-controlled state legislatures have been passing laws to block black and brown voters from voting.
Native Americans Unite Over Oil Pipeline
Over the past few weeks, thousands of Native Americans representing tribes from all over the country have traveled to this central North Dakota reservation to camp in a nearby meadow and show solidarity with a tribe they think is once again receiving a raw deal at the hands of commercial interests and the U.S. government.

Chicago Area Residents Want to Show 'Everything is Not Bad'
Over the weekend, a group of 75 organizations, block clubs and churches staged pop-up events in the areas of the city most impacted by the violence - the southern and western neighborhoods that have been home to most of the increase in killings, police say. The surge in violence has given an urgency to the block parties, cookouts, chess matches, gospel concerts, stage plays and pickup basketball games.
Political Byte
Statewide Pessimism about Impact of the Election
The presidential campaign has intensified long-standing political divisions, but there is one area of broad agreement among voters in both red states and blue states - a pervasive pessimism that no matter the outcome, the election will do little to unify the country, according to a Washington Post-SurveyMonkey survey of all 50 states.

On His Way Out, Obama Poised to Act on His Own Again 
White House officials see little reason to believe Congress will have a productive run during President Barack Obama's final months in office, forcing him to issue more executive actions on his way out.

9 Senate Seats Most Likely to Flip
Democrats must net five seats - or four and retain the White House - to regain control of the upper chamber. They are defending 10 seats, while Republicans face a more challenging path, needing to defend 24 seats.

How to Read Polls From Now Until November
Those different numbers will be confusing. They can confound even the most savvy poll followers. And even when polls show the same numbers, they can be interpreted differently depending on analysts' biases and what they want you to see. So how do you navigate this crazy world of numbers?
Dallas Morning News Endorses Clinton for President
Breaking with decades of encouraging readers to vote for the Republican presidential candidate in the general election, The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, who the editorial board previously suggested is not a real Republican. This is the first time in 75 years the paper has endorsed a Democrat.
Clinton Skewers Trump Over Israel Policy
Hillary Clinton criticized Trump's flip-flopping on Israel, saying "there is no rhyme, no reason to his comments on Israel" and says his only experience regarding Israel is marching in the Israel Day parade in New York City.

Others Laid the Groundwork for Gun Issue 
When Hillary Clinton decided that gun violence would become a signature issue of her presidential campaign, she was warned by all the 'experts,' including husband Bill, that she was making a big mistake. She was able to put gun issues on the top of her campaign agenda because organizations pushing for more sensible gun regulations are now equal, if not ahead of the NRA when it comes to the number of feet on the ground. 
9/11 Tapes Reveal Raw, Emotional Hillary Clinton
Surrounded by firefighters and the doctors who were treating them for respiratory and other illnesses incurred when they worked on the massive mound of Ground Zero rubble, the junior senator from New York, Hillary Clinton, was incandescent. Audiotape recorded at the time by a public radio affiliate, captures a Clinton quite unlike the controlled public figure who is now a step away from the White House.

Hillary Clinton is on "Humans of New York" 
Hillary Clinton explained why she veils her emotions on Humans of New York, a  Facebook page which publishes short interviews with ordinary people as well as the occasional celebrity.

6 Questions on Clinton's Emails, Zero on Trump's Iraqi Lies
Some journalists have responded by tossing out the conventions of automatic equivalence, a phenomenon I wrote about here. But other journalists have tried to bring the candidates into rough alignment, no matter how absurd the result. On Wednesday, NBC's Matt Lauer showed how that's done - by recasting Clinton's tawdry, but fundamentally normal, behaviors as shocking, while recasting Trump's shocking behaviors as normal.
Trump Watch
Trump Voters Should Be Held Accountable
Donald Trump for more than a year has pitched his loathsome message to the voters' worst instincts (bigotry, resentment) in the most vulgar terms we have witnessed in a presidential election in at least a century.
Trump's Best Example of Political Corruption is Himself
In retrospect, it's remarkable that Republican primary voters seemed to reward Trump for saying that he bought off politicians right and left, as if admitting to soft bribery was a sign of what a great reformer he would be.

Trump Wants to Lead a Culture War, Not the Country
Perhaps one reason Trump has been able to get away with being so absurdly vague, vulgar, and uninformed is that he has positioned himself squarely as a culture warrior, not as a politician. The culture wars aren't about the specifics of foreign policy or climate change or budget concerns. They are waged as performative skirmishes-symbolic, visual, and visceral.  
'We're the Only Plane in the Sky'
Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001. But for a tiny handful of people, those memories touch American presidential history. This is the strange, harrowing journey of Air Force One, as told by the people who were on board.
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What Phyllis Schlafly Might Have Been
Painful as it is to acknowledge, Phyllis Schlafly, who died at the age of 92, was one of the most important American political organizers of the second half of the 20th century. 

The Subtle Misogyny in Matt Lauer's Interview
Misogyny caused Matt Lauer to continually interrupt Hillary Clinton's sharp, specific answers to his questions in the Commander in Chief Forum on NBC also prompted him to allow Donald Trump to ramble on in incoherent sentence fragments about secret plans for defeating ISIS in thirty days. Would our "fair-minded" journalist have treated a male candidate the way he treated Hillary Clinton? 

50 Most Beautiful on Capitol Hill
Welcome to The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful! We received more than 500 nominations this year so it was tough to choose just 50. See who made the cut on our 2016 list!

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