Adam in the News

10.23.14

Crescenta Valley Weekly Op-Ed: Monumental Step for the San Gabriels and Open Space Preservation

As Californians, we're used to Presidents of both parties coming to town - especially Los Angeles - to raise campaign funds, but rarely do they make large policy announcements. They save those for the coveted swing states. But something special happened this month. President Obama came to town and used the authority granted to him by Congress through the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate a large portion of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument. That relatively unknown Act of Cong… Continue Reading


10.23.14

Los Angeles Times: Islamic State making millions despite U.S. bid to halt money flow

Brian Bennett of the Los Angeles Times reports on efforts to limit money flow to ISIS: Islamic State still generates tens of millions of dollars a month in illicit income despite a U.S.-led effort to cut the financing streams that have helped turn the once-obscure militant group into a terrorist organization unlike any previously seen, a senior U.S. counter-terrorism official said Thursday. U.S. and allied airstrikes have pounded small oil refineries that the Sunni militants captured in easter… Continue Reading


10.23.14

LA Daily News: Local Armenians proud ?orphan rug' will be displayed at White House Visitor Center

Brenda Gazzar of the LA Daily News reports on White House display of the Armenian Orphan Rug: Sarkis "Steve" Manoukian's father was 6 years old when Ottoman Turk forces and their proxies brandishing swords and sledgehammers ambushed his family and others in the Syrian Desert nearly a century ago. Manoukian's mother told him that the horsemen brutally chopped off heads and limbs of Armenian women, children and the elderly who were forced to march for weeks in a caravan in 1915, leaving a sea of… Continue Reading


10.22.14

The Hill: Schiff: Ottawa shooting 'consistent' with terror

Martin Matishak of The Hill reports on the shooting in Ottawa: A senior member of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday the shooting in Ottawa is "consistent" with calls from Islamic militants for "lone-wolf" attacks against the U.S. and its allies. "We don't know yet ... whether this was a terrorist-inspired attack. But if it was, it's certainly consistent with what [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS] has been urging," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in an interview with… Continue Reading


10.16.14

Crescenta Valley Weekly: Candidates Share Similarities, Differences at Forum

Jason Kurosu of the Crescenta Valley Weekly reports on the candidates for California's 28th congressional district, which Congressman Schiff currently represents: 28th Congressional District candidates Adam Schiff and Steve Stokes discussed their views on current issues and policies Friday night at a candidates' forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank. Incumbent Schiff has held a seat in the House of Representatives since 2001 while challenger Steve Stokes is an Indepe… Continue Reading


10.16.14

Pasadena Weekly: Every Second Counts

Kevin Uhrich and Rebecca Waer of Pasadena Weekly report on the Great Shakeout drill: Are you prepared for the next big earthquake? At 10:16 a.m. today, the Great California ShakeOut will help people across the state duck, cover and work on their emergency preparedness plans. Margaret Vinci, manager of Caltech's seismology laboratory, said the Great California ShakeOut started in 2008 as a way to make people earthquake-ready. The statewide effort is part of a global earthquake preparedness eve… Continue Reading


10.15.14

Glendale News-Press: White House will display Armenian Orphan Rug next month

Mark Kellam of The Glendale News-Press reports on the Armenian Orphan Rug: The White House will be displaying the Armenian Orphan Rug, also known as the Ghazir Rug, as part of an exhibit at the White House Visitors Center from Nov. 18 to 23, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced on Wednesday. The exhibit - titled "Thank You to the United States: Three Gifts to Presidents in Gratitude for American Generosity Abroad" - will showcase the rug, as well as the Sèvres vase, given to President… Continue Reading


10.15.14

Los Angeles Times: White House plans exhibition of rug linked to Armenian genocide

Matt Hansen of the Los Angeles Times reports on the Armenian Orphan Rug: A historic rug tied to the Armenian genocide will go on display at the White House Visitor Center in November after several failed attempts to display the piece. For elected officials representing Armenian American communities, the decision is a welcome relief after years of negotiation. "It's a powerful symbol of American generosity to victims of the Armenian genocide," Rep. Adam Schiff (D- Burbank) said. "I'm thrille… Continue Reading


10.14.14

My Burbank: YMCA Cheers To 90 Years Raises $30,000

Lisa Paredes of My Burbank reports on the YMCA's 90th year anniversary fundraiser: The Burbank YMCA Cheers To 90 Years fundraising event held Thursday, October 9, raised approximately $30,000 for the nonprofit organization's financial assistance program. The party also celebrated 90 years of the Burbank Community YMCA's work and outreach in the city. Hundreds of people turned out for the event, held on the Nickelodeon Animation Studios campus, including Congressman Adam Schiff, Assemblyman Mik… Continue Reading


10.11.14

Los Angeles Times: Tuskegee Airmen join final leg of 450-mile bike ride for injured vets

Corina Knoll of the Los Angeles Times reports on bike ride for injured veterans: Two Tuskegee Airmen are expected to join more than 200 injured veterans and their supporters for the conclusion of a seven-day, 450-mile bicycle ride that ends Saturday in Los Angeles. Robert Friend, 94, plans to bike the last several miles of UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery, an event that kicked off last Sunday in Palo Alto. Participants cycled along the coast, stopping in cities along the way. They are now head… Continue Reading


10.10.14

The Foothill Record: OBAMA ANNOUNCES NEW SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT

The Foothill Record reports on the creation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument: "Today I am using my executive authority to designate the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument," President Barack Obama told a crowd gathered in Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas early this afternoon. The proposal originated in US Representative Hilda Solis's office, and Representative Judy Chu inherited part of the mantle. When Chu's congressional district shifted from 32 to 27, Representative… Continue Reading


10.10.14

The Hill: House Dem: 'Airport Ebola checks ?may have to be expanded'

Keith Laing of The Hill reports on airport screenings for Ebola: A Democratic House member said Friday that increased Ebola screenings that have been implemented at five major U.S. airports may have to be expanded to other cities as officials struggle to calm fears about the deadly disease being spread among airline passengers. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said during an interview on MSNBC that the Obama administration's decision to add additional Ebola screenings at airports in New York, New … Continue Reading


10.10.14

MSNBC: Obama considers moves to close Guantanamo prison

Steve Benen of MSNBC reports on Guantanamo Bay: As we last discussed in May, President Obama has received a fair amount of criticism from the left about the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. The president vowed to close the prison, and though he's had success reducing its population, the facility remains open. That's not for lack of presidential effort. Obama has tried, repeatedly, to pursue a policy that used to enjoy bipartisan support, but Congress - including members from both parties … Continue Reading


10.09.14

Park Labrea News Beverly Press: Tides have turned in marriage equality effort

Aaron Blevins of the Park Labrea News Beverly Press reports on gay marriage rulings: Although advocates are still trying to determine how many states will be affected by this week's court rulings, same-sex marriage is now legal in most U.S. states for the first time in the country's history. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear cases from Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Indiana, Utah and Virginia, enabling same-sex marriage in those states. On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled… Continue Reading


10.08.14

Los Feliz Ledger Op-Ed: Students Deserve Fair Shot at Affordable College Education

I recently experienced the joy-and anxiety-of seeing my daughter earn her driver's permit. And as much as I try to deny it, I know that the day when she heads off to college is not far off. That reality for both parents and students is daunting. (No, not learning to drive or trusting their child behind the wheel, though that's daunting too.) But, rather the prospect of earning an expensive degree, graduating into an uncertain job market and bearing an increasingly unmanageable level of student… Continue Reading


10.08.14

Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers Seeking Use of Force Authorization See Their Moment

Michael Crittenden of The Wall Street Journal reports on Authorization to Use Military Force bills: Two summers ago, Rep. Adam Schiff's calls for Congress to reassert itself in determining whether and how the U.S. goes to war was met with consternation and questions from colleagues. "Why are you doing this? It's something the leader of the progressive caucus would do, not you?" Mr. Schiff remembers a colleague asking him on the House floor. Mr. Schiff had recently introduced a measure putting… Continue Reading


10.02.14

The Hill: Lawmakers form new congressional caucus for 'Quiet Skies'

Cristina Marcos of The Hill reports on the Quiet Skies caucus: Four New York Democrats have established a new congressional caucus for lawmakers with constituents affected by loud noises from airplanes and helicopters. "Airports can never be perfect neighbors, but we can take steps to make them better neighbors," one of the founders, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), said in a statement. "I look forward to working with my fellow caucus members to continue pressuring the Federal Aviation Administratio… Continue Reading


10.01.14

LA Daily News: Re-elect Adam Schiff to House in 28th District: Endorsement

The Los Angeles Daily News endorses Congressman Schiff for re-election: Adam Schiff is just the kind of member of Congress Southern California needs and sometimes is lucky enough to get, and he very much deserves re-election to his seat. The outline of his district, now the 28th, has changed dramatically in the 13 years since Schiff was first elected to the House. Though its base remains in Burbank, where Schiff resides, a district that formerly was mostly in the San Gabriel Valley now include… Continue Reading


09.30.14

The Hill: Dem: Critics trying to ‘stoke a conflict' between Obama, intel officials

Kristina Wong of The Hill reports on the intelligence community and ISIL: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Tuesday defended President Obama from critics who say the commander in chief is trying to shift blame to the intelligence community for the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, in a statement accused critics of "attempting to stoke a conflict between the President and the Intelligence Community that does not exist." He ma… Continue Reading


09.29.14

Jewish Journal Op-Ed: Gaza, and Europe's new wave of anti-Semitism

For weeks, the images filled the world's television screens - of collapsed buildings, weeping parents and widows, and anguished calls for vengeance. It was these scenes, of the genuine suffering of Palestinian civilians caught up in a war provoked by Hamas that have been seized on by some commentators to explain the wave of anti-Semitism that is sweeping across much of the globe. It is certainly true that as the fighting raged on, demonstrations have broken out across Europe to protest Israel'… Continue Reading

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