Adam Dickter |
Assistant Managing Editor
David Weprin, a Queens Democrat who served in the City Council and now the State Assembly, has been named by his party as the candidate in September’s special election to fill the seat of ex-congressman Anthony Weiner.
(JTA) -- Israel was included erroneously on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security terrorist watch list, a U.S. official said.
Gillian Christiansen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the department, said Israel's recent appearance on a list compiled by the department's office of the inspector general was a mistake.
The Obama re-election campaign reportedly is assembling a team to fight back against conservative critics of the president's position on Israel, and a visit to Israel may soon be in the works.
The campaign is assembling a group of high-profile figures who are respected in the Jewish community to counter criticism against Obama and to push back against attacks, Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent reported Saturday in his The Plum Line blog.