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  • Donald Trump: Debating trailing Bernie Sanders would be ‘inappropriate’

    May 31, 2016 | 12:48 pm

    Donald Trump said he would not debate Bernie Sanders because it would be “inappropriate” in light of Sanders trailing Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary fight.

    Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, addressed the possibility of debating the Vermont...

  • Trump warns of riots, pulls plug on Republican presidential debate

    March 16, 2016 | 2:22 pm

    Republican front-runner Donald Trump warned on Wednesday of riots if he is denied the party's presidential nomination and pulled the plug on a scheduled debate among candidates, raising the temperature even more in a heated White House race.

    The outspoken New York businessman...

  • Clinton, Sanders clash over trade and auto bailout in Michigan debate

    March 6, 2016 | 7:10 pm

    Democratic presidential contenders Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton clashed angrily over trade, the auto industry bailout and Wall Street in a Michigan debate on Sunday, with Sanders accusing Clinton of backing trade deals that robbed the state of jobs.

    In a debate in Flint,...

  • Trump will ‘definitely not’ participate in Thursday Fox debate

    January 26, 2016 | 4:55 pm

    Donald Trump will "definitely not" participate in Thursday's Fox News U.S. Republican presidential debate, Trump's campaign manager told the Washington Post. 

    "He's definitely not participating in the Fox News debate," the Post quoted campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as saying. "His word is his bond." 

    He said Trump would remain in Iowa as planned and would instead host a event in the state to raise money for wounded warriors and other veterans groups, the Post reported.

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  • GOP debate analysis: Rubio earns top spot

    October 28, 2015 | 11:58 pm

    Republican presidential candidates showed up on Wednesday to yet another audition in front of millions of Americans as they were supposed to debate each other and present their vision for the future in constricted soundbites for the third GOP debate on CNBC.

    But instead of being...

  • Clinton tacks to the left ahead of Democratic debate

    October 13, 2015 | 11:36 am

    Hillary Clinton has veered hard to the left ahead of Tuesday's first Democratic presidential debate, hoping to inoculate herself from criticism by rival Bernie Sanders and woo the union members and liberal activists who have been slow to embrace her.

    But in a Democratic race so...

  • Iran deal debate rages on throughout L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    August 26, 2015 | 3:34 pm

    Activist Sam Yebri and USC lecturer Josh Lockman have read every page of the controversial Iran deal, but they’ve come to very different conclusions.

    “Iran wants this deal. They need it. We can do better than this deal,” Yebri said, garnering applause during a community debate on...

  • Trump draws boos as he bristles at ‘war on women’ question

    August 6, 2015 | 6:59 pm

    White House contender Donald Trump, known for his inflammatory rhetoric, reacted with pique at a Republican presidential debate on Thursday when asked about his past comments calling women "fat pigs," "dogs," "slobs" and "disgusting animals."

    Trump dismissed as "political...

  • Iran: What Now? A Panel Discussion on the Nuclear Deal

    August 5, 2015 | 11:39 am

     

    The Jewish Journal held a debate on the Iran nuclear deal on Aug. 2, 2015.

    Speakers

    Mel Levine / Former U.S. Representative
    Dalia Dassa Kaye / Iran Expert, RAND
    Omri Ceren / The Israel Project

    Moderator

    David Suissa / TRIBE Media Corp. & Jewish Journal President

    Sponsored by The Jewish Federation, Beth Jacob and the Jewish Journal

  • Conversation drives community

    By Zev Hurwitz

    July 6, 2015 | 5:11 pm

    One of my favorite Torah lectures from my time in middle school at Maimonides Academy, (okay, the only one I remember) was where our principal delivered an address entitled “If Jews had a Christmas Tree.”

    The concept for a shiur on Christmas Trees in Judaism seems comical at...

  • Israel needs fans, not cheerleaders

    January 28, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    As the New England Patriots qualified for yet another Super Bowl, my thoughts went to my late father-in-law, Harvey Kirstein, z”l, a huge fan of the team and season-ticket holder who died tragically before they became successful and never saw any of their triumphs.

    It was Harvey...

  • J Street, StandWithUs debate best way to support Israel

    By Ryan Torok

    January 22, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    Representatives of StandWithUs (SWU) and J Street — two Jewish organizations with very different takes on Israel — faced off Jan. 13 in a debate on why their respective group is a better friend to the Jewish state.

    The free event, at Temple Judea in Tarzana, featured attorney,...

  • The Ferocious Battles for Israel on Western Campuses

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 1, 2014 | 9:40 am

    The Jewish State is fighting wars for its very survival against barbarous, genocidal foes like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran. But far outside the Middle East ferocious battles are being fought on the campuses of the world’s great Universities for Israel’s reputation and good name. The...

  • Sotloff family mourns, challenges Islamic State leader to Koran debate

    September 4, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    The family of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist beheaded by Islamic State militants, said on Wednesday he was "a gentle soul," and challenged the group's leader to a debate on the peaceful teachings of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

    The group, which has captured...

  • A community of arguers

    June 11, 2014 | 11:09 am

    Jewish day schools have a curious relationship with speech and debate programs. Argumentation is central to the Jewish tradition and to enduring stereotypes of the Jewish people — two Jews, three opinions — but speech and debate as an extracurricular activity has not been...

  • Front-runners differ in county supervisor debate

    By Ryan Torok

    April 9, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    Four candidates for the 3rd District seat of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors — Bobby Shriver, Sheila Kuehl, John Duran and Pamela Conley Ulich — sat on the bimah at Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) on the evening of April 6, grappling with the many challenges facing...

  • The debate of the year: David Suissa vs. Peter Beinart

    December 30, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Jewish Journal President David Suissa debates political author Peter Beinart spar about Israel in the debate of the year.

    Moderated by Sinai Temple's Rabbi David Wolpe.

  • Beinart, Suissa face off on Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    December 6, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Peter Beinart is no stranger to the accusation that for a self-proclaimed passionate supporter of Israel, he treats the Jewish state too harshly.

    Since the release of his book “The Crisis of Zionism” in 2012, he has traveled the country debating ardent Zionists such as Daniel...

  • The Conservative gay marriage debate

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 2, 2013 | 10:49 am

    On Rosh Hashanah in 1992, Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis stood before his Conservative congregation at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino and declared that despite the words of Leviticus, homosexuality is not an abomination. He argued that the same understanding and compassion Jews...

  • Greuel, Garcetti spar in L.A. mayoral debate at AJU

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 11, 2013 | 9:26 pm

    In the first debate between the two remaining candidates running to be the next mayor of Los Angeles, City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti attempted to convince voters that there were significant differences between them even as the two veteran politicians...

  • J Street, StandWithUs heads tangle at Temple Isaiah

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 13, 2013 | 8:43 am

    These are tough times for people hoping for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

    A recent cover story in The New Republic optimistically called the prospects for a two-state solution “not altogether hopeless.” President Barack Obama has made clear that he...

  • L.A. mayoral candidates keep things friendly at Sinai Temple

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 29, 2013 | 11:18 pm

    If the candidates alone got to select the next mayor of Los Angeles, City Councilwoman Jan Perry would win the city’s top job in a landslide.

    Asked by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, who moderated a forum with the five leading candidates at his synagogue in Westwood on Jan....

  • Mayoral debate at Beth Jacob

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 9, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    On Jan. 3, in the first mayoral debate of 2013, Congregation Beth Jacob hosted five candidates seeking to become the next mayor of Los Angeles. 

    Speaking to a crowd of about 350, the candidates answered questions about how they would manage the city’s public safety services,...

  • Candidates for L.A Mayor face off in debate at Beth Jacob

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 3, 2013 | 11:24 pm

    At a debate held on Thursday evening at Congregation Beth Jacob in Beverly Hills, five candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles may have been addressing a Jewish audience in an Orthodox synagogue, but the subjects they covered were anything but sacred.

    Questions about economic...

  • Is cutting Big Bird kosher?

    October 29, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    When Governor Mitt Romney talked about ending funding for PBS – and Big Bird – during his first debate with President Obama, he was describing only one of the deep cuts in Romney-Ryan budget.

    But it’s not just Big Bird. And it hits us hard, at home, in the Jewish community.

    ...
  • The space between

    October 24, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Is it the individual citizen who is more important in a free society, or is it the government? It’s easy to see this as the philosophical choice during this election season: One side seems to favor the liberty of the individual, while the other favors the primacy of the government....

  • A week on the Florida campaign trail

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 24, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Day One: Departing Israel

    Spending a week in Florida on the eve of a presidential election has become a habit for me — one I cherish. Meeting the elderly women who suddenly become interested in politics; attending synagogues, to which the candidates flock in droves to speak;...

  • Israeli debate of political party heads waiting for Bibi’s answer

    October 23, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    Leaders of Israel's major political parties accepted an invitation to an American-style debate, except for Likud leader and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The debate sponsored by the Citizens' Empowerment Center is scheduled for Jan. 1 at Tel Aviv University, according to the...

  • At final debate, Israel and Iran take center stage—and the candidates find common ground

    October 23, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Israel, a heated issue throughout the campaign, finally took center stage at the final presidential debate.

    It was mentioned a total of 29 times by President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney at Monday night's foreign policy debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla....

  • Once upon a time: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney agree on Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    October 23, 2012 | 11:18 am

    Israel had a starring role in the third and final presidential debate last Tuesday night. How big? China, a country of 1 billion people to which America owes $1 trillion and whose military and economic decisions will affect us for years to come, rated 32 mentions. Israel, a country...

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