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  • Republican candidate charged with assault on reporter wins special Montana election

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Greg Gianforte, the Republican who allegedly body slammed a reporter on the eve of a special election in Montana, appears to have won the election. Gianforte, a tech millionaire backed by President Donald Trump, defeated folk singer Rob Quist, 50-44, early Friday morning in the race for the at-large — or statewide…

  • Jared Kushner subject of FBI interest in Russia case

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — FBI agents investigating ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia reportedly are focused on meetings that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had with Russian figures. The Washington Post and NBC each reported late Thursday that Kushner’s interactions were of interest to the FBI, but that this did not mean he was a…

  • Israel’s defense minister: Israel tweaked intel sharing after Trump revelations to Russians

    Avigdor Liberman said intelligence sharing with the United States remained “unprecedented.”

  • Appeals court upholds HIAS suit against Trump travel ban

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — HIAS hailed a federal appellate court’s decision upholding its appeal against President Donald Trump’s travel bans. “The groundswell of public protest against the bans has been inspiring and unrelenting,” the lead Jewish group advocating for immigrants rights said in a statement Thursday after the decision by the 4th Circuit Court in Richmond,…

  • Mark Zuckerberg just used a Hebrew prayer to inspire Harvard ’17

    (JTA) — Mark Zuckerberg’s commencement speech at Harvard on Thursday was so, well, Zuckerbergish. Self-deprecating jokes about his awful dating technique? Check. Self-deprecating references to not having completed Harvard? Check. Parent-deprecating jokes about their gimlet-eyed view of his success? Check. A rousing call to the students to commit social justice? Check. A recitation of the…

  • Senate panel passes new sanctions on Iran’s missiles

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – A key Senate committee approved new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program after amending clauses that critics said could scuttle the Iran nuclear deal. On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the bill by a vote of 18-3. It was backed by the committee’s two leaders, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the…

  • Rex Tillerson: Trump ‘putting a lot of pressure’ on Israel and the Palestinians

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Donald Trump is “putting a lot of pressure” on Israel and the Palestinians to restart peace talks, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. “The president was very forceful in his encouragement to both of them to be serious about approaching these discussions in the future and recognize you have to compromise,”…

  • Joe Lieberman reportedly out of contention as Trump pick to lead FBI

    Joe Lieberman, an Independent, must now be confirmed by the Senate.

  • Lawmakers mark Jewish heritage month with award celebration

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Congress members from both parties participated in a celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month in the Capitol. The event Wednesday included remarks by a number of senators and House members, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who in her first term authored the 2006 law creating the heritage month. Among those honored…

  • Fox News removes stories on WikiLeaks link to slain Jewish DNC staffer Seth Rich

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Fox News Channel removed stories based on unfounded allegations that Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer slain last year, was targeted because he was leaking information to WikiLeaks. “On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer…