Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas Governor and cable talk show host, announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination today, the second time he has launched such a campaign. The National Jewish Democratic Council criticized Huckabee, stating that the former governor has shown through actions and deeds that he stands against the values and issues most important to American Jewish voters.
In addition to failed CEO Carly Fiorina yesterday, neurosurgeon Ben Carson announced that he will seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in what will be his first campaign for elected office. Over the past few years, Dr. Carson has repeatedly made a number of controversial and often factually incorrect statements - a trend that may well continue in the months to come.
The Senate Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed the Corker-Mendendez Iran Nuclear Review Act, which gives Congress a say in any final deal with Iran. But now some Senate Republicans are trying to kill the bill, and possibly any deal with Iran, by adding inappropriate amendments. That's why AIPAC is urging the Senate to defeat these amendments. Thus far, thanks to Senate Democrats and a few Senate Republicans who put country above party, the amendments have been defeated.
Currently, U.S. elected officials from both political parties are working on legislation that would provide an appropriate level of Congressional oversight over an agreement preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The bipartisan version of the Corker-Menendez bill obtained the unanimous support of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and, as NJDC stated several weeks ago, "allows the framework reached by our diplomatic team to stay on track to keep Israel and the Middle East safe while preventing a nuclear-armed Iran." Unfortunately, Republican officials, including presidential candidate Marco Rubio, have attempted to insert poison pill amendments in an effort to kill the legislation - an act that would only cause harm to Israel and the entire region. These efforts, as Politico noted today, are swiftly being rejected - by Rubio's own party.
Today, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina - who has regularly been named one of the worst chief executives of all time - announced that she will run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Having lost her 2010 bid for the Senate in California to double digits by Sen. Barbara Boxer, Fiorina is running for what would be her first-ever elected office.
Israel has sent more rescue workers to Nepal than any other country. We should all be proud. The BDS people wonder why Israel doesn't provide humanitarian aid to Gaza. In fact, Israel provides tremendous amounts of humanitarian aid to Gaza. The difference between Nepal and Gaza is that Nepalis don't try to murder the people who are helping them. Haviv Rettig Gur writes that Israel is helping Nepal not to win propaganda points, but because "there are people out there who desperately need help."
This May marks the 10th annual Jewish American Heritage Month, a celebration of the important contributions to this country made by members of the Jewish faith. In an official proclamation of the event, President Barack Obama stated that "Jewish Americans represent a link in an unbroken chain of perseverance. During Jewish American Heritage Month, we celebrate the hard-fought progress won through struggle and sacrifice, and we rededicate ourselves to building a world where diversity is cherished and faith is protected."
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced today that he will seek the Democratic Party nomination for President in 2016, adding another strong progressive voice to the campaign. The National Jewish Democratic Council welcomed the candidacy of Sen. Sanders, noting with pride the entry of a longtime Jewish progressive to the race.
President Obama and the White House today released a statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, honoring the memories of the tens of thousands of victims who lost their lives and vowing that "History will not repeat itself."
The National Jewish Democratic Council today condemned Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Louis Gohmert (R-TX) amid reports that the Republicans will host noted bigot Geert Wilders in Washington later this week. The organization called on the invitation to be revoked and for Reps. King and Gohmert to apologize to the Muslim community.