Jewish Journal

James Besser

  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council distances itself from Prager

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Leaders of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, ensnared in a raging controversy over one of its members, this week moved to distance themselves from the cause of the furor.

    Conservative commentator Dennis Prager, a member of the Council that oversees the Holocaust Museum on...

  • Ed Koch wants Prager out—will ask him to resign from Holocaust Memorial Council next week

    December 11, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 12) The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council faces continuing questions over recent statements by one of its members, local commentator and writer Dennis Prager.

    But the panel, which oversees the Holocaust Museum on Washington's Mall, has no answers, since it had...

  • Budget Crisis Stirs Organizations’ Fears

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The stakes for Jewish groups in the Capitol Hill budget crisis are increasing by the day as lawmakers and the administration try to figure out where to find hundreds of billions of dollars for Iraq, Afghanistan and New Orleans, without exploding an already huge federal deficit.

  • Faith-Based Hurricane Relief

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Bush administration is dramatically expanding funding for faith-based groups as part of its hurricane relief efforts, and some Jewish groups are warning that it could blow a big hole in the church-state wall.

    "It's like the levees; once the church-state wall is breached, it's...

  • Jewish Groups Lose on Three Judges

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Senate didn't go nuclear this week, which was good news for those worried that a proposed rule changing barring filibusters on judicial nominations could produce congressional chaos. But the news wasn't as good for the handful of Jewish groups that have been fighting against some...

  • AIPAC and Sharon Get What They Need

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A troubled but still potent American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) got a boost this week from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who addressed its largest-ever policy conference in Washington, with a record 4,500 delegates gathered for three days of speeches, workshops,...

  • Few Surprises in Congressional Races

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The next Congress will look a lot like the last one, which was marked by unprecedented partisan strife and legislative gridlock.

    The reason: the vast majority of incumbents were easily returned to office. Of hundreds of contests nationwide, only a small handful were genuinely...

  • State of the Union Aftermath

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    President Bush signaled the start of a new battle over faith-based health and social service programs in a State of the Union address that included a firm defense of his war in Iraq, a call to make his controversial tax cuts permanent and not a single mention of the Arab-Israeli...

  • Jews’ Support Spans Political Spectrum

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Will Jewish Democrats line up behind Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), now that the veteran lawmaker's campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination has been resurrected by Monday's blowout victory in the Iowa caucuses?

    Perhaps, but Kerry would be wise not to start sending out...

  • Joe’s Dark Days

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    With the startling victory of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in the Iowa caucuses and the dismal third-place finish of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the Democratic presidential deck has been drastically reshuffled.

    And the joker could go to Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), who opted out...

  • Crystal Ball Sees

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It seems like we've been on the verge of 2004 for ages -- presidential election years always seem to distort the space-time continuum -- but now it's really upon us, and a lively year it is certain to be.

    Congress and the White House are up for grabs, the war on terrorism is...

  • A Look at Dean’s Jewish Problem

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Question: What's behind Howard Dean's ongoing problems in the Jewish community?

    Answer: No-holds-barred partisanship, especially among the anonymous attackers who are clogging the e-mail inboxes of Jewish leaders around the country, warning -- without much evidence -- that Dean...

  • Pressure on Israel Grows After Summit

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If you're confused about this week's developments in U.S.-Israel diplomacy, don't worry; you're not alone.

    Only days after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon seemed to score a decisive victory in the Battle of the Mideast Summits, reports emerged that the administration is cranking up the...

  • Politics on Rye

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nationally, the big question is whether Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) can parlay his strong performance on the 2000 campaign trail into primary wins if he runs for the presidency in 2004. Locally, the big question is this: corned beef or pastrami?

    Lieberman is just one of the...

  • Report from Washington D.C.

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Rep. Peter King (R-NY) isn't Jewish, but this week's political about-face by the Long Island lawmaker reflected a mounting problem for Jewish backers of Texas Gov. George Bush.

    King, who had endorsed the GOP presidential frontrunner, abruptly switched horses and announced his support...