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Billionaire Israeli-American Haim Saban, a major Democratic Party supporter who has been dubious of Obama’s attempts at making peace in the Middle East, told the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent that Republicans shouldn’t act like his wallet is going to open up for them: “If solicited, I will absolutely write a check to the level allowed by law,” he said about Obama’s re-election campaign. “I don’t agree that [Obama]’s anti-Israel.”

Obama won 77% of the Jewish vote in 2008–more than John Kerry’s 74% but less than Al Gore’s 79%–and there’s no sign that there will be a serious drop-off in 2012. But Saban notes that he’s not the only major Jewish donor who isn’t especially enthusiastic about the president, which means that Obama might have to work a little bit harder for financial support. [ The Plum Line/Washington Post]

 

Former Navy Secretary Sean O'Keefe

Photo Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Almost 500 national security experts — including 22 four-star military officers — slammed Donald Trump in a public letter released Thursday, calling him unfit for his role as commander in chief and endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The letter, simply addressed "To Our Fellow Citizens," is a bipartisan effort signed by prominent Republicans and Democrats alike who say they "fear" for their country under Trump. Signatories include former Navy Secretary and NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe, who served in both Bush administrations, and former Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta, and Ash Carter.

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