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  • The Second Amendment and the Golden Calf

    By Aryeh Cohen

    March 15, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    Yesterday during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a ban on 157 different types of assault weapons, and magazines containing more than ten bullets, Ted Cruz, Republican Senator from Texas, lectured Diane Feinstein on the Constitution. Cruz archly asked Feinstein, the author...

  • After lavish Chavez funeral, Maduro sworn in as interim president of Venezuela

    March 11, 2013 | 6:56 am

    Nicolas Maduro, the handpicked successor of the late Hugo Chavez, was sworn in as the interim president of Venezuela amid opposition calls that the choice was unconstitutional.

    Maduro, the former foreign minister, took the oath of office on Friday night promising to uphold the...

  • Egypt’s contentious Islamist constitution becomes law

    December 26, 2012 | 9:19 am

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi signed into law a new constitution shaped by his Islamist allies, a bitterly contested document which he insists will help end political turmoil and allow him to focus on fixing the economy.

    Anxiety about a deepening political and economic crisis...

  • The speech President Obama should have given after the Connecticut school shooting

    By Rob Eshman

    December 14, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    When news of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School first broke, President Barack Obama stood before the nation, felt our grief and shed a tear.

    It was a beautiful, touching moment — and I resented it.

    I’m all for grown men crying. I’m all for presidents, in times of...

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  • Egypt’s opposition protests draft constitution

    December 9, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    Egypt's opposition said it would continue to protest an upcoming referendum on a draft constitution even after President Mohammed Morsi cancelled decrees that gave him virtually unlimited power.

    Late Saturday night Morsi withdrew the decrees that gave him immunity from judicial...

  • Bosnian politicians mull ending constitutional discrimination of Jews, Roma

    July 16, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Politicians from Bosnia and Herzegovina discussed changing the country’s constitution to end discrimination against Jews and other minorities.

    The politicians met on July 13 but did not come up with a concrete plan. Two days earlier, an Irish minister had urged Bosnia’s government...

  • Proposition 8 and ‘the will of the people’—an historical perspective

    November 26, 2008 | 7:05 pm

    Californians are acutely aware that to many political observers, our initiative and referendum process remains a mystery at best and a menace to democracy at worst.

    Take the hard-fought battle over a proposed discriminatory amendment to our state Constitution. It has been called the...

  • There's too much religion in presidential campaign, says ADL's Foxman

    September 9, 2008 | 1:46 am

    NEW YORK (JTA)—The political campaign season is now in high gear as the curtain falls on the Democrats in Denver and the Republicans in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

    While much of the media’s focus has been on handicapping the candidates and their chances in November, we would like to...

  • AUDIO: Iranian American Jews —Knesset Member Ophir Pines-Paz

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 2, 2008 | 12:00 am

    Exclusive interviews with Israeli Knesset Member Ophir Pines-Paz and Iranian Jewish philanthropist Parviz Nazarian. Topic: changing Israel’s form of government

    http://jewishjournal.com/audio/IAJPodCast20080331.mp3

    From Karmel Melamed’s Iranian American Jews blog.

  • AIPAC trial judge throws out government’s secrecy motion

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Alleged secrets are the "heart of the case" against two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) staffers, a federal judge said -- and that's why the government must not keep them from public review.

    In his most sweeping ruling yet in the case against Steve Rosen, the...
  • Moves to reform Israel’s political system on the rise

    By Tom Tugend

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Are Israelis constitutionally incapable of agreeing on a constitution to govern their country?
     
    Possibly.
     
    "Throughout Jewish history, we have always been a disputatious people, and in Israel, everyone thinks he or she is a prime minister. It's part of our nature," observed...
  • Alito Protects Minority Rights

    By Jeffrey N. Wasserstein

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's axiomatic that Jews tend to view all news through the lens of "but is it good for the Jews?" It's therefore no surprise that this filter now is being brought to bear on my former boss and mentor, Judge Samuel Alito Jr., who has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Based...

  • Right the Wrongs

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last January, I breathed a sigh of relief. The new domestic partnership law went into effect in the state of California, giving senior citizen and same-gender couples a range of state rights nearly equal to the rights given married couples in California.

    In so doing, California...

  • Court May Tackle

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court may tackle questions regarding the legal rights of religious prisoners this session, as well as whether the public display of the Ten Commandments violates the separation of church and state.

    In what may be the last year of the current makeup of the court,...

  • Peace ‘Map’ Fears

    By Matthew E. Berger

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israel backers are raising numerous concerns about the latest version of the U.S. "road map" for Middle East peace.

    Analysts and Jewish leaders say the latest version, currently being hammered out in Washington, diverges from President Bush's June 24 speech, in which he called for...

  • Jesus Day Flap

    By Eric Fingerhut

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The dust-up over Jesus Day is turning into a firestorm. Thanks to the Internet, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush cannot shake continuing criticism for the role that his religious faith might play in his presidency.

    Bush, the governor of Texas, signed a proclamation...

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