What We’re Following
AIPAC is losing hold of a uniform narrative on Israel. At the organization’s conference this week, political leaders such as Mike Pence tried to convey that American support for Israel is as strong as ever, but outside the confines of the Israel lobby, the political winds are shifting. A vocal cohort on the left, including Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, have criticized Israel and its leaders, and anxiety over how the left has soured on Israel was keenly felt by attendees, Emma Green reports. President Donald Trump and his allies have tried to capitalize on that trend by courting Jewish voters, but most recent research points to the fact that Jews overwhelmingly favor the Democratic Party.
The Supreme Court heard two cases on partisan gerrymandering. Though the Court has repeatedly outlawed racial gerrymandering—when district lines are drawn to negate the franchise of minority voters—it has hemmed and hawed on partisan gerrymandering. In one case, Republican voters in Maryland allege that the state’s congressional maps were drawn to diminish their voting power. In another case, Democratic voters in North Carolina allege the same. It can be difficult to suss out whether a partisan-skewed map arose by accident or not, though computer-based map simulations might be able to show beyond a statistical doubt whether that’s the case. It’s not clear whether the Supreme Court will really adopt any of these techniques as it ponders its decision, writes Sam Wang.