February 16, 2018

JAC met with Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17) in Chicago. Rep. Bustos recently
introduced legislation to address sexual harassment in the workplace.
(Around the table l-r: Hollis Wein, Linda Rae Sher, Arielle Imber, Lisa Imber,
Jacki Parmacek, Rep. Bustos, Robin Wasserman,
Kristine Schanbacher, Gail Eisenberg, Marcia Balonick)

Week In Review Commentary


He was assisted by the President,
51 GOP Senators,
236 GOP House Members,
the NRA, and gunmakers that fund their campaign.


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Israel's War with Iran Comes out of the Shadows
The Israeli air strikes that targeted an alleged Iranian drone base near Palmyra were hardly Israel's first foray into the Syrian civil conflict.  The difference is now Iranian military forces are themselves at Israel's door and Israel is engaging them directly, as opposed to playing cat-and-mouse with Iranian proxies and arms convoys.  
Haley Defends Israel's Downing of Iranian Drone at U.N.

Nikki Haley said "Iran was once again doing what it does - risking conflict and testing the will of its neighbors and opponents to resist its aggression.  Israel rightly took action to defend itself. The U.S. will always stand by our ally when confronted with provocations from Iran, Hezbollah or the Assad regime," she said.
As Gaza Deteriorates, Israel Turns to World for Help

Four years ago, Israel inflicted heavy damage on Gaza's infrastructure during a bruising 50-day war with Hamas militants. Now, fearing a humanitarian disaster on its doorstep, it's appealing to the world to fund a series of big-ticket development projects in the war-battered strip. 
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Holocaust Survivors Not Exempt from Prosecution Under Polish Law
Advocates of the World War II remembrance legislation warned Holocaust survivors they could find themselves on the wrong side of Polish law.  "If a Holocaust survivor falsifies Polish history, and says there were Polish concentration camps during World War II, his status as a survivor is irrelevant in the context of the lie," according to a government to official. The law prohibits any public discussion of Polish collusion with Nazi authorities. 
The Alt-Right Is Killing People
There have been at least 13 alt-right related fatal episodes, leaving 43 dead. And more than 60 injured in these incidents (see list). Nine of the 12 incidents counted here occurred in 2017 alone, making last year the most violent year for the movement. These perpetrators were all male and, with the exception of three men, all under the age of 30 at the time they are alleged to have killed. The average age of the alt-right killers is 26. While some certainly displayed signs of mental illness, all share a history of consuming and/or participating in the type of far-right ecosystem that defines the alt-right.
Planned Parenthood Announces Nationwide Push for Abortion, Birth Control Legislation
Planned Parenthood will roll out legislation in more than a dozen states this week to expand access to sexual and reproductive care, with a plan to advance initiatives in all 50 states by the end of the year.  The group is pushing for the passage of a bill in Maine that would require all nurse practitioners to provide the abortion pill to patients upon request. And in Missouri, a bill would repeal the state's 72-hour waiting period for abortions. 
Women Living in States with Insurance Restrictions Lack Abortion Coverage Options

For many women, the extent of their abortion coverage under their health insurance plan is now dependent on the state in which they reside. Today, 10 states restrict abortion coverage in state-regulated private plans. In contrast, three states require most plans to cover abortion services in the same manner that health insurance covers pregnancy-related care.  
Google Search Results for Abortion Services Promote Anti-Abortion Centers

Responding to question "Where can I get an abortion near me?", Google Maps frequently suggests "crisis pregnancy centers", non-medical facilities that discourage women from having abortions.  "It's definitely a problem that Google should be aware of. The internet should be a place where you can get full information, not be deceived,"  said Molly Duane, Center of Reproductive Rights attorney.
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Virginia Republicans Call for Ouster of Party Official Who Said Christians Should Oppose Non-Christians Running for Office

"Having a preference for Christians over non-Christians as political leaders is not bigoted," Fredy Burgos said promoting candidate, Tim Hannigan, for chairmanship of the Fairfax County Republican Committee against Mike Ginsberg. Burgos made anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant comments during presidential campaign.
It's Time To Bring Back the Assault Weapons Ban, Gun Violence Experts Say

Easy-to-obtain assault weapons, once banned under U.S. law, are a common thread connecting many of the deadliest mass shootings that have occurred in the past few years. Many gun violence experts believe that it's time to bring back the federal assault weapons ban - or at least something like it. One expert said there'd be a drastic reductions in gun massacres with the return of the 1994 federal assault weapons ban.
We Know What Will Happen Next

Parkland. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. Newtown. On and on: In America, mass shootings have become so familiar that they seem to follow the same sad script. There are only three things we don't know about the next time: who, where and how many? 
As Washington Splits over Trump, Four Justices Seek Consensus

The Supreme Court will be tested during a divisive stretch when the court reconvenes after a month-long recess. Between now and June, they will rule on partisan gerrymandering, voter-database purges, mandatory union fees, Trump's travel ban and possibly his effort to rescind a deferred-deportation program.   
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What's Next for 'Dreamers' After Senate Immigration Bills Fail?

This week's U.S. Senate rejection of President Donald Trump's hard-line immigration package and two more moderate bipartisan plans has left "dreamers" with dwindling options as lawmakers scramble to salvage an expiring program to shield them from deportation. 
Three Big Takeaways from Mueller's Stunning New Indictments

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III just indicted 13 Russian nationals for participating in an alleged criminal plot to undermine the 2016 presidential election. Until today, we knew that our intelligence services had concluded that Russian meddling in the election had occurred. But details were very sketchy. We also did not know whether that sabotage rose to the level of alleged criminality.  
RFK's Visit to Appalachia, 50 Years Later: How Kennedy Country Became Trump Country 
Beginning in 2004, the six counties Kennedy visited began to shift Republican in presidential races. And in 2016, Donald Trump carried each with 70-80 percent of the vote. What was once Kennedy country is now Trump country. Children of Kennedy Democrats are Trump Republicans. And for those inspired by RFK in 1968, what should be a happy anniversary is instead an occasion to puzzle a drastic reversal of political fortune.
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Duckworth: 'I Can't Technically Take Maternity Leave'

Tammy Duckworth, expecting her second child this spring, will be the first sitting senator to give birth in office. She plans to take 12 weeks of paid leave and is working with party leadership so she can still take important votes while out. 
Senators Michael Bennet & Cory Gardner Try Curling in Honor of Coloradan Olympic Athletes
The Last Word
"The scourge of school shooting after school shooting only happens here not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity."

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)
JAC 2018 Annual Meeting
Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, March 13th - Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Special Pre-Conference VIP Tour
Monday, March 12th, 2018
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Coffee with  
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)
Friday, February 23rd
8:30 AM
Chicago, IL
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Talking Points
Jill Wine-Banks
MSNBC Contributor and Legal Analyst 
Topic: Russian interference in the 2016 election,  
the Mueller investigation and other subjects
Wednesday, February 28th
Highland Park, IL
Reception for Senate Candidate
Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
featuring Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Tuesday, March 6th
6 pm - 7:30 PM
Chevy Chase, MD
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