Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Rabbi Steve Gutow to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Council brings together leaders in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations in order to provide recommendations to the Administration on identifying avenues to improve the partnerships it forms to assist people in need.
Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio holding dueling Dallas fundraisers
(Dallas Morning News, 9/22)
Rubio's Dallas Fundraiser Draws Democratic Ire
(Texas Tribune, 9/22)
Daily Kickoff: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
(Jewish Insider, 9/22)
Marco Rubio's Yom Kippur fundraiser held at Nazi memorabilia collector's mansion
(Houston Chronicle, 9/23)
Marco Rubio blasted for fundraiser at home of Texas donor and art collector
(Fox News Latino, 9/23)
Marco Rubio fundraiser held at mansion of Nazi items collector
(Times of Israel, 9/24)
In the hours before evening services marking the start of Yom Kippur, President Barack Obama released a statement offering reflection and hope to Jews across America and the world.
The health and well-being of the body, the Jewish scholar Maimonides teaches us, are “part of one’s service of God.” Judaism places a high value on health care, and we are commanded to take care of the sick, both Jewish and non-Jewish.
That’s why as Jews, we should see the attacks on Planned Parenthood — one of the most important organizations providing comprehensive, quality health care to millions of women — and moves to cut funding for it as particularly distressing.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and wealthy donors will gather Tuesday night at the home of real-estate investor Harlan Crow and his wife, Kathy for a big-money fundraising reception, hosted under the personal historical collection of Mr. Crow—which includes two landscapes by Adolf Hitler and a signed copy of Mein Kampf.
Presidential candidate and failed CEO Carly Fiorina has not been shy in discussing her contempt for the Iran nuclear agreement, even criticizing the way the deal was reached. During an interview on CBS This Morning, she commented that “I've never negotiated an Iran nuclear deal, but I've negotiated a lot of high-stakes deals, and there are a couple of rules and every rule has been broken. If you want a good deal, you've got to walk away sometimes. We never did."
However, Vox News recently been reported that while Fiorina was CEO at Hewlett-Packard, the company “sold hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of equipment — mostly printers — in Iran.” And while she claims that she was unaware of these sales, and therefore didn’t commit any sanctions laws violations, the company under her direction was involved in breaking the same sanctions she now insists should not be lifted now under the agreement.
Recent months have been worrisome for anyone paying attention to the calculated, manipulative and deceptive attacks by some in the Republican Party on women’s rights and health care needs. The ongoing effort to defund Planned Parenthood, one of the most important organizations providing comprehensive, quality health care to millions of women, is a strong demonstration of where many in the Republican Party stand on issues regarding women, reproductive freedom and accessible health care. Some Republican members are so concerned with portraying this organization as a bad actor, a claim that has no basis in fact, that they are willing to, once again, shut down the government, using women’s rights as a political tool.
Last night during the Republican presidential debate, conservative pundit Ann Coulter posed a question to her over 600,000 Twitter followers, asking “How many f---ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?” In response, the National Jewish Democratic Council issued the following statement, seeking to answer Coulter’s query.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)'s short speech, which notes the Iran agreement is a "chance to make the world a safer place now for our children and grandchildren," is a great summation of why this deal makes sense for all of us, both in the United States and Israel.
Ahead of the coming High Holy Days, President Barack Obama today released a video extending warm wishes for Rosh Hashanah. You can watch the entire video here.