Chuck Schumer

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There are valid arguments to be made both for and against the Iran nuclear agreement, but it is sometimes hard to tell because the debate is too often being drowned out by an excess of political obfuscation.

Iran Debate Intensifies, Fault Lines Widen

White House-Jerusalem rift playing out among U.S. Jews as pressure builds on Israel defenders.

07/22/2015
Editor and Publisher

Sen. Chuck Schumer, a major supporter of both President Obama and the State of Israel, has become the focus of intense attention among critics of the Iran nuclear deal. With opponents having launched a major and risky campaign this week to convince 13 Democratic senators to buck the White House and kill the agreement in Congress, Schumer, a Democratic leader in the Senate and self-proclaimed protector of Israel, is seen as the swing vote.

Gary Rosenblatt

Schumer: Canary In The Coalmine

Benjamin Netanyahu declared war on the Iran nuclear agreement and launched a major lobbying campaign to bury the hated deal crafted by his nemesis, Barack Obama. 

The Prime Minister will be meeting every American politician who comes to Israel during the August congressional recess and working the phones with the rest of them.  He's not only mobilized his government but his political allies, particularly the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Is Schumer Bibi's Point Man In The Senate?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a major two-pronged lobbying campaign in Washington to block a big power nuclear agreement with Iran. Track one is killing the deal it outright, and track two is enact legislation giving Congress the power to stop it.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) just announced he is sponsoring the bill introduced by Republican Sen. Bob Corker (Tennessee), which will force the administration to submit the agreement to Congress for approval.

Tracking Devices: Where On The Web

For the last few months, New York City was filled with posters of a missing teenage boy with autism, Avonte Oquendo. This story affected everyone regardless of race, religion, gender or socio-economic status. A child was missing: A child with severe autism, who was non-verbal. Families of a child with special needs or anyone who works with children with special needs was affected even more.

Frances Victory

Tim Boxer At Rory Lancman Swearing In

01/21/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Rory Lancman, who represented Queens in the New York State Assembly for 16 years, recalls the day he was schlepping grocery bags out of the car at his house. At that moment U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer rolls by on his bicycle.

New York City Council member Rory Lancman and wife Morgan at his swearing in. Tim Boxer

'The Best Of The Greatest Generation'

The Senate's last WWII veteran, Frank Lautenberg fought for Soviet Jews and against the tobacco lobby.

06/03/2013

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, whose signature law facilitated a flood of Soviet Jewish emigration just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, has died.

Mr. Lautenberg, 89, died Monday morning at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell of complications from viral pneumonia, his office said.

Senator Frank Lautenberg's legacy endures in major legislation bearing his name.

Schumer, Boxer, Wasserman-Schultz Back Hagel For Defense

01/15/2013

 

Chuck Hagel added three major Jewish Democrats to his list of endorsers, clearing his way to likely confirmation as secretary of defense.

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) each said they were satisfied Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, would advance the U.S.-Israel security relationship and would make a priority of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Jewish Groups See Major Shift In Priority Of Gun Control

Issue returns to communal agenda in aftermath of Connecticut school massacre; consensus reached at JCPA within hours.

12/15/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

For the first time in his more than two decades at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Ethan Felson has been seeing an issue presented, and a consensus reached, in a matter of hours, not days.

A school bus passes a Newtown church where the funeral of a young Sandy Hook victim is taking place on Dec. 18. Getty Images
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