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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to begin work on a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan, acting with sudden speed after weeks of fits and starts once the White House and a bipartisan group of senators agreed on major provisions of the package that’s key to President Joe Biden’s agenda. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to begin work on a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan, acting with sudden speed after weeks of fits and starts once the White House and a bipartisan group of senators agreed on major provisions of the package that’s key to President Joe Biden’s agenda.
President Joe Biden announced last Friday he would nominate Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt to be the U.S. Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
It's a pick that would have been phenomenal in another era and unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Unfortunately, as a Biden surrogate during the 2020 election, Lipstadt severely undermined her credibility in ways that should disqualify her from this role. In September, Lipstadt defended Biden, then-Democratic presidential nominee, for comparing then-President Donald Trump to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
Biden unveils picks for key religious freedom roles
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday announced his picks for four key religious freedom roles, including Khzir Khan, the Muslim-American father of a slain U.S. soldier who became an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump throughout both of his campaigns. Khan was appointed to be a commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a body that investigates and monitors religious freedom issues across the globe and makes recommendations to the administration on how to address abuses.
Lipstadtthat "had VP Biden — or anyone else — compared him to what Hitler, Himmler, Heydrich, or Eichmann did, she/he would have been wrong. But a comparison to the master of the big lie, Josef Goebbels? That's historically apt. It's all about historical nuance."
Donald Trump lied inexcusably. But that lying was nothing remotely close to stirring up anti-Jewish animus and an eventual genocide. Such a comparison disrespects the memory of the Holocaust and those who perished and survived, including my grandparents. In December, ahead of the Georgia Senate runoffs, Lipstadtto Democrat Raphael Warnock for his history of antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment and activity. Yet, Lipstadt criticized incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her friendship with the far-right, now-Republican Rep. .
Optimism grows that infrastructure deal will get to Biden's desk
The Senate voted to begin debate on a bipartisan infrastructure package that has yet to be turned into legislative text, and that many senators have yet to see.Yet plenty of Democrats, Republicans and outside groups have been pressing for decades for such a deal, believe the big votes this week will pave the way for the long-sought-after package to win Senate approval, and eventually get to the White House for President Biden's signature."I'mYet plenty of Democrats, Republicans and outside groups have been pressing for decades for such a deal, believe the big votes this week will pave the way for the long-sought-after package to win Senate approval, and eventually get to the White House for President Biden's signature.
Lipstadt said Warnock had come around on Israel-related issues — never mind that he did not apologize or repudiate his past statements and activities on that issue — such as opposing conditioning U.S. assistance to the Jewish state. She argued, "It would be hard for Warnock to repudiate his most recent views as expressed in his Israel policy paper and numerous interviews."
Except it would not have been hard to offer a sincere apology. But when it came to Loeffler and Taylor Greene, Lipstadt wrote, "I do not think that Loeffler is an antisemite. But she has made common cause with those who are. She is an enabler."
Instead of condemning both Warnock and Loeffler, Lipstadt decided it would be politically convenient to be on Team Biden no matter what. Even if doing so meant shredding her credibility as one of the world’s foremost Holocaust scholars.
As someone who knows Lipstadt professionally and personally, it pains me to write in opposition to her nomination. Her scholarship is widely respected in the Jewish community. Her win in a libel suit filed against her by British Holocaust denier David Irving reaffirmed the Holocaust happened. That matters.
Biden nominates Trump critic Khizr Khan to religious freedom commission
Khan gave a blistering speech during the 2016 Democratic National Convention attacking Trump for his remarks about Muslim Americans.Khan's son, Humayun Khan, was an Army captain killed in 2004 while serving in Iraq. Khizr Khan gave one of the most memorable speeches of the 2016 conventions, along with his wife, Ghazala, in which he questioned whether Trump, then the Republican presidential nominee, had ever read the Constitution. Khan pulled his own pocket-sized copy out of his suit jacket for emphasis — and said Trump had “sacrificed nothing and no one.
However, antisemitism should be a nonpartisan issue. Period, end of. This ambassador position requires someone who will not be partisan and will unequivocally fight antisemitism in all its forms: far-left, far-right, radical Islamist, and all others. Amid the rise in antisemitism globally, including from the movement to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel, America needs someone who stands above the partisan fray.
Deborah Lipstadt is not that person.
Jackson Richman is a journalist in Washington, D.C. Follow him @jacksonrichman.
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Here are the 19 GOP senators who defied Trump by voting for the $1 trillion infrastructure bill .
Ahead of the vote, Trump repeatedly bashed the bill, pressured Republicans not to support it, and threatened to primary the lawmakers who did. As details of the bill were being finalized over the weekend, Trump blasted it as a "disgrace" and told Republicans to "think twice before you approve this terrible deal." Last month, while negotiations were underway, Trump warned in a statement: "Don't do it Republicans - Patriots will never forget.