January 17, 2020 
"When we're dancing with the angels, the question will be asked ... what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact?" asked the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).

The 230 members of the House that voted for President Trump's impeachment heeded that call. It was not the politically popular thing to do since many hold seats in districts Trump won in 2016. But it was their moral obligation.

Throughout our nation's history men and women have stood up against great challenges to protect our democracy.

It is important to ask ourselves what role each of us play in ensuring the continuation of our republic. Congress can not do it alone.

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The Constitution was written for all of us more than 230 years ago. Our founding leaders had unbelievable foresight to craft a document that would still protect our rights in a world that they never could have imagined.  

However, they did understand the dangers of a government that grants unchecked powers to a leader and the ensuing threats that would have on individual freedom.

As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday on Monday, let us remember that the civil rights struggle and King's effort to change our country was rooted in the belief that the rights and protections of the Constitution are universal.

"When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir," King said.

We can not take the inheritance of our Constitution for granted. We need to do something. We must stay involved and ensure that we elect candidates that will appreciate, cherish and protect our Constitution.

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JAC met with Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) in Chicago. (l to r: Linda Rae Sher, Katie Porter, Marcia Balonick)
JAC met with Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) in Chicago. (l-r: Abby Finkenauer, Marcia Ross)
King Abdullah: Annexation Talk Absence of Gov't Harms Israel-Jordan Ties                   
Israeli annexation plans and its absence of a government are harming Jordan's relations with the Jewish state, according to King Abdullah. He plans to hold talks with the Europeans on Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While in Strasbourg, he will deliver a special address to the European Parliament. Jordan and the European Union believe the resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 lines, with east Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.
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Former Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY): With Surge in Antisemitism, Political Leaders Need to Be Aggressive and Reflective in Response

After the recent rallies, the vigils, the press conferences condemning anti-Semitism- then what? It is not enough to condemn the surge of hate crimes in America. Bigotry is an infection in the American bloodstream which a few doses of palliative rhetoric won't cure. Like any disease, it needs early detection and constant monitoring. And it requires a tough look at why in our current political climate it seems so contagious.
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Republicans Are Trying to Ban Abortion Even in States Where They Have Little Chance        
Republican state lawmakers aren't only pushing near-total abortion bans in states with dominant GOP majorities. Even in New Hampshire, a state where pro-choice Democrats hold a majority in the state legislature, a near-total ban was introduced last week. Anti-choice politicians in state legislatures across the United States enacted a record number of abortion restrictions in 2019As states begin their 2020 legislative sessions, pro-choice legislators and advocates expect more of the same.  
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Trump's School Prayer Push Is an Attack on Church-State Separation

"The 'religious freedom' regulations announced by the White House regarding prayer in school and at nine federal agencies represent a concerted attempt to chip away at the critically important separation of church and state.  
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In Policy Shift, FBI Will Now Notify State Officials About Election Hacking

The FBI says it will now notify state officials about any attempts to hack their election systems, even when those breaches only affect one county. Why it matters: The FBI has traditionally only notified the direct victims of cyber breaches, which in this case would be counties since that's who administers U.S. elections. An FBI official told reporters that "traditional policy did not work in the election context."
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Five Takeaways From the Democratic Debate 
The debate, which featured six candidates battling for support in the Hawkeye State, highlighted some rising tensions between the progressive heavyweights in the race. The event in Des Moines also included muted performances from the more moderate candidates in the field, such as former South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Here are five takeaways from the debate.    
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Old English, Pelosi's Many Pens and Special Walks: Your Weird Impeachment Questions, Answered
The House voted Wednesday afternoon to formally send the impeachment charges against Trump to the Senate. Trump's fate sits with the Senate, where a conviction would mean removal from office. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named seven House members to serve as "managers," essentially prosecutors, or the trial.  Some of the unusual impeachment things explained. 
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Code Name 'Angel': Mossad Agent Who Handled Israel's Greatest Spy Speaks Out                   
What led him to betray his country, how did he make contact with the Israelis, was he a double agent? In an exclusive interview, the man who ran the Egyptian spy Ashraf Marwan tells all.     
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Introducing JACII, a JAC group for young professionals, advocates, and those young at heart who are looking to get involved. Groups have started in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Events will feature elected officials and speakers in lively settings. JACII is by and for young people. Now is the perfect time to get involved.

Know someone who would be interested in joining or hosting a meeting? Let us know at info@jacpac.org. We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.

The Last Word
"I understand that the politics of impeachment are difficult for many Senators. But I have not written off the Senate. Each Senator still has the power to do the right thing. I know that as each Senator considers whether to side with justice or corruption, the voices of the American people will matter."
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), an impeachment manager    
In support of
Kristine Schanbacher
Candidate for U.S. House (IL-7)
Tuesday, January 21
6 - 8 pm
Offshore Rooftop
Chicago, IL
Call the JAC office for details

Reception for
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Sunday, January 26th
1:30 pm
Lake Forest, IL

An Afternoon at the Theater with JACPAC
What the Constitution Means to Me
Sunday, January 26th
Brunch & Political Update: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Showtime: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Los Angeles, CA

An Evening at the Theater with JACPAC
What the Constitution Means to Me
Wednesday, March 11th
Dinner & Political Update with Jill Wine Banks: 5:30 pm
Showtime: 7:30 pm
Chicago, IL

April 21-23, 2020
JAC's 2020 Annual Meeting
Celebrating 40 years of JAC
Washington, DC

Want to host a JAC event? Contact the office and we will help organize it.
info@jacpac.org or 847.433.5999

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