Donald Trump’s speech to America’s largest pro-Israel lobby did not help his standing among Israelis, a new poll shows. The March Peace Index, a monthly poll of Israeli attitudes by the Israel Democracy Institute think tank, showed that 40 percent of Israeli Jews thought Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton would be “better for Israel,” versus 30 percent for Trump, the Republican front-runner. In addition, 43 percent of Israeli Jews feel Clinton would better serve American interests, as opposed to 24 percent for Trump. The poll was taken from March 28 to 30, about a week after Trump addressed the national conference of AIPAC. His speech, which struck traditional pro-Israel notes, drew an enthusiastic response from the crowd amid scattered protests. Previously, Trump had said he would be “neutral” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israelis also favored Clinton over Trump before the AIPAC conference. A survey in early March by the Israeli news website Walla found that Israelis preferred ...

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Photo credit:Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images Obama will first present a long-awaited plan to Congress about how to close the facility, and seek its approval, McDonough said in an interview. If Congress fails to act, the White House will determine what steps to take, he said. McDonough's reply, according to TIME, came after he was pressed about how Obama was going to accomplish that goal, especially given some Congressional lawmakers’ aversion to letting the detainees go. "He feels an obligation to the next president. He will fix this so that they don't have to be confronted with the same set of challenges," McDonough said. Obama pledged during the 2008 presidential election campaign that he would close the military prison, which housed foreign terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. That pledge, still unfilled, has been a feature of his annual State of the Union addresses to the nation ever since. Obama ...

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President Barack Obama on Friday won the Congressional legislation that averts a national default on government debt and sets the spending priorities for the next two years. After a hard struggle in Congress, the Senate voted 64-35 in approval of the measure. The measure was negotiated by President Obama and the White House and the congressional leaders, both Democrat and Republican, including the former House Speaker John Boehner. The deadline for the measure was the 3rd of November and if it was not met, the Treasury Department would have used its borrowing capacity and risk a national default on U.S. obligation that could stir global financial markets. With this measure Congress is set for new spending levels for the fiscal year starting on the 1st of October and ending on the 1st of October, 2016. The budget caps are raised and an additional $80 billion in military spending, as well as domestic spending ...

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After weeks of struggling to compromise on a spending bill, Congress voted on Wednesday to avert a government shutdown and extended funding for government agencies until the 11th of December. Just hours before the midnight deadline, the House of Representatives passed a bill that was passed by the Senate a couple of hours earlier with a vote of 78-20. The House passed the bill with a bipartisan vote of 277-151. A Republican majority voted against the bill, because conservatives urged for defunding the women’s healthcare organization Planned Parenthood. However, in a mostly partisan vote the House passed a separate measure with a defunding provision for Planned Parenthood, but Senate is not expected to pass it, making it a symbolic House vote. According to Reuters, the funding bill reached President Barack Obama’s desk later on Wednesday and he signed it into law. He stated “The good news is that it looks like the Republicans will just barely avoid shutting down the ...

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The nuclear deal with Iran faces a setback with top Democrats announcing opposition in Congress. Despite their rejection of the agreement, Democrats are sure that it will pass Congress. The U.S. led nuclear deal with Iran along with five other global powers announced on the 14th of July is facing debate in the House of Representatives and the Senate after the August recess and it is due for vote on the 17th of September. Many Democrats have voiced their support for the deal, including Democrat House Leader Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Tammy Baldwin and others’ however Jewish Democrats have started coming out in opposition of the deal with top Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Eliot Engel of the Foreign Affairs Committee have issued statements that they would oppose the agreement. According to Reuters, Schumer wrote a statement in which he said “Advocates on ...

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The White House stated on Thursday that President Barack Obama would reject every Republican effort to defund Planned Parenthood, the health organization that performs abortions. The reproductive health organization has been under Republican fire for a long time, but gained a lot of media coverage in the previous weeks with the emergence of videos of alleged selling of aborted fetal tissue and body parts. The video that got immense exposure on the Internet was produced by the Center for Medial Progress, an organization of journalists that monitor medical ethics. It received a lot of attention and reactions from Republican Presidential candidates. According to Reuters, Rick Perry said that the video was a reminder of “the organization’s penchant for profiting off the tragedy of a destroyed human life.” The video shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola discussing the sale of body part to a biological company. According ...

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Credit photo - AP U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated on Tuesday that if Congress rejects the Iran deal that would mean that Tehran would be able to develop a nuclear weapon. Just a couple of days after his Senate Committee hearing and testimony, John Kerry made stronger comments to blast the criticism from Republicans that say that the nuclear deal would allow Iran to construct a nuclear weapon. He said that the provisions of the agreement were only temporary and that it would have greater long-term importance. According to Reuters, Kerry spoke in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and said “Iran has agreed to refrain from producing or acquiring highly enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium for nuclear weapons forever. When it comes to verification and monitoring, there is absolutely no sunset in this agreement. Not in 10 years, not in 15 years, not in 20 years, not in ...

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The debate of the confederate flag in the southern states has been brought to Congress on Thursday when Democrats proposed a resolution to remove it from the Capitol, which was faced by a strong opposition of Republicans. The issue has been put on the agenda after the infamous massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, when a 21 year old gunman killed nine black Americans during a Bible study at the Mother manuel Church. The hate crime has racial implications and the suspect, Dylann Roof, has been posting photos on social networks holding the Confederate battle flag and on website that includes a racist manifesto, emphasizing his white supremacy. The Confederate flag is a part of U.S. history and for many Americans it signifies the heroism of American soldiers killed 150 years ago. However, others see it as a symbol for oppressions, primarily because 11 Confederate states have rebelled and wanted to keep black people under slavery. The resolution was introduced in the ...

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The House of Representatives has rejected the resolution on Wednesday with which President Barack Obama would be forced to pull out all American troops from Syria and Iraq in one month. The bipartisan resolution was co-sponsored by Democrats Jim McGovern of Massachusetts and Barbara Lee of California and Republican Walter Jones of North Carolina. The measure was supposed to withdraw 3,500 U.S. troops that have been working with the Iraqi army in that region against the fight of the Islamic State. The resolution would have forced the President to pull out all American troops in one month since its approval or by the end of 2015 if the President deems that the abrupt removal of troops is not safe. The resolution failed with 288-139 vote with the support of 120 Democrat and 19 Republican votes and block from 222 Republican and 66 Democrat votes. Barack Obama started air strikes against the Islamic State ...

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The U.S. Senate has voted in favour of passing a bill which would allow Congress to review and potentially reject and international agreement with Iran regarding nuclear weapons. The vote passed with an overwhelming majority and has now been sent on the House of Representatives for them to consider the contents of the bill there. According to a report by Reuters, the White House said President Barack Obama would sign it into law if it also passes the House, as expected, without significant changes. "I look forward to House passage of this bill to hold President Obama's administration accountable," John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the House, said in a statement supporting the bill shortly after the Senate vote. Within the bill it states that Congress is allowed to have 30 days to review a final nuclear deal after international negotiators reach such an agreement.  The bill also includes the stipulation that during that ...

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