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The Tell by Ron Kampeas

Peace, what could go wrong?


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Call it the deal of the century, the ultimate deal, the vision for peace: President Donald Trump and his Middle East team unveiled their long-awaited peace plan on Tuesday. My colleague Gabe Friedman runs down the highlights (you can also read all 181 pages here and judge it for yourself).

The plan has its supporters, but it was also criticized and declared dead on arrival by numerous...

It’s Campaign Endorsement Season


WASHINGTON (JTA) — It’s less than two weeks to the first nominating contest, the Iowa caucus, which means that congressional endorsements of presidential candidates are beginning to trickle in.

A lawmaker backing a candidate this early in the race may reflect a desire to tap into the White House wannabe’s support system or a bid to be considered for a top job in the next administration. If...

Where the top 7 Democratic candidates stand on Iran


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The post-debate analysis this week focused largely on the ongoing spat between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. While we hope they can sort that out soon, the debate featured something else more relevant to JTA readers: Everyone on stage thought that President Donald Trump made a huge mistake in 2018 when he pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and said outright or implied...

The Iran Flare-Up, Winners and Losers Edition


WASHINGTON (JTA) —Welcome 2020. Is it December yet? Can you set my alarm for December? No? Then how about a dive into how Iran tensions are playing out in D.C. and in the Jewish community.

Badass on the frontline Democrats are seeking to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to engage Iran in a war in a bill which came to the floor on Thursday.

Nancy Pelosi tapped...

How to fight anti-Semitism in 2020, DC edition


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Unfortunately, the new year began much like it ended. After a machete attack in Monsey wounded five people seriously on Chanukah, a woman in Brooklyn was punched in the throat on New Year’s Day.

What can be done about it, especially from Washington?

Here are some of the emerging ideas from experts and lay leaders:

Beef up security Congress increased funding for nonprofit security grants by 50 percent last year, to $90 million...

This year in Jewish politics was bananas


WASHINGTON (JTA) — What a year 2019 has been for, well, everyone, but especially for watchers of Jewish politics — and Jews in politics.

Two elections in Israel (with a third to come), three Jewish candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination (Bernie Sanders, Marianne Williamson and Michael Bloomberg) and two of Jewish heritage (Tom Steyer and Michael Bennet). Not to mention the too many to mention...

The Impeachment Chronicles


WASHINGTON (JTA) — For the third time in the Republic’s history, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached a president.

There were a number of firsts on Wednesday: Donald Trump became the first elected president to be impeached in his first term — Andrew Johnson had assumed the presidency following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln — and a female speaker, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA., was leading the House during the proceedings.

And two Jewish lawmakers, both Democrats, led the 10 hours or so of debate on the pro-impeachment side: Rep....

Executive order disorder


WASHINGTON (JTA) — ‘Tis the season for so much news!

In addition to another deadly attack on U.S. Jews, a much anticipated British election and the announcement that Israel is going to have a third election in less than a year, President Trump issued an executive order on anti-Semitism.

Let’s break down that last one.

Defining Jews, defining anti-Semitism President Donald Trump issued an executive order on...

Three of the impeachment witness lawyers were Jewish, and it matters


WASHINGTON (JTA) – On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee launched impeachment hearings just hours after the Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA., concluded its own impeachment inquiry.

The 300-page Intelligence Committee report concludes that President Donald Trump “placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States” in asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, calling it “the...

Buttigieg and the moderate majority


ATLANTA (JTA) — As I sat in the Spin Room of the enormous Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta waiting for the fifth Democratic debate to start, it felt like deja vu.

The debate used the same format, again scrunched 10 candidates on a stage (having one nominee feels light years away) and produced a lack of in-depth treatment of the issues — especially those that interest JTA...