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  • Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump: A choice between two stark visions of America

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 3, 2016 | 10:27 am

    Our two political parties have never been more different from each other. They inhabit wildly opposite political and social universes. The two party conventions that just ended revealed one party whose view of America is of a hellish dystopia, while the other sees a struggling,...

  • Gone missing: Actual Democrats in Republican Jewish Coalition ad bashing Democrats

    August 2, 2016 | 2:11 pm

    A couple of weeks ago, the Associated Press encountered a “handful” of out-and-proud white supremacists credentialed for the Republican convention.

    The reporter asked Sean Spicer, the spokesman for the Republican National Committee, to explain. Here’s what he said, per the AP:

  • Democratic Party to Jewish voters: Never Trump

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    July 27, 2016 | 10:56 am

    Recovering from their own infighting and disunity on Israel, Democratic Party officials and Jewish Democratic leaders had a message to Jewish voters across the country: Never Trump.

    “I hope that in our Jewish community we recognize this face of authoritarian, this face of fascism...

  • ADL calls on GOP to adopt same Israel language approved by Dems

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 29, 2016 | 10:56 am

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Wednesday praised the Democratic Party’s platform drafting committee for affirming America’s “longstanding commitment to Israel’s security” and the pursuit of the two-state solution.

    “The platform committee rightfully affirmed the Democrats’...

  • Sanders camp introduces ‘occupation’ amendment to Democratic platform

    By Eitan Arom

    June 26, 2016 | 10:02 am

    Party platforms can be somewhat obscure documents with little real-life impact. Nonetheless, they create a space for partisans to engage in ideological proxy wars.

    So when presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appointed two noted critics of Israel to the...

  • Cornel West: Democratic party beholden to AIPAC

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 9, 2016 | 2:40 pm

    Addressing the issue of settlements in the Democratic Party’s platform or calling Israel’s presence in the West Bank as “occupation” would only undermine the “common objective” of reaching a peace settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Hillary Clinton’s...

  • NY Dems blast Sanders for unjust criticism of Israel

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 6, 2016 | 8:16 am

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday expressed his frustration that elements of the Democratic Party are criticizing Israel’s 2014 response in Gaza, without mentioning Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders by name.

    “I am surprised and saddened, in truth, that...

  • Zogby: Changes to Democratic platform not just about two-states

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 3, 2016 | 8:52 am

    The changes Bernie Sanders is pushing for to the Democratic Party’s platform on Israel are not just about the two-state solution but “compassion” for the Palestinian cause, James Zogby, a member of the platform drafting committee, said on Thursday.

    “This is the first presidential...

  • Sanders: Israel’s right to exist not up for debate

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 31, 2016 | 11:10 am

    Israel’s right to exist in “peace and security” will be recognized by the entire Democratic convention and not be up for debate, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sought to assure Jewish Democrats and voters concerned about his appointees to the Democratic Party’s...

  • Clinton appointee vows changes to Democratic platform on Israel

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 27, 2016 | 8:47 am

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign is moving along to satisfy the liberal wing of the Democratic Party by indicating proposed changes to the Democratic Party’s platform on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be addressed by the drafting committee ahead of the convention in Philadelphia.

  • Democrats said to be debating ouster of Wasserman Schultz as party chair

    May 26, 2016 | 1:45 pm

    Feeling the heat over her clashes with Bernie Sanders, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is at the center of a debate among Democratic lawmakers over whether to push for her ouster as party chair.

    The Hill reported Tuesday that about 12 senators have been discussing what to do about...

  • Democrats, seeking unity, give Sanders say in party platform

    May 23, 2016 | 3:18 pm

    The Democratic Party said on Monday it will give U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders a prominent say in writing its platform this year, a gesture that could ease tensions between Sanders' camp and party leaders, whom Sanders has accused of favoring rival Hillary Clinton.

  • What Simone Zimmerman represents about millennial Jewry

    By Jared Sichel

    April 19, 2016 | 2:30 pm

    On April 12, Simone Zimmerman, a Los Angeles Jewish day school graduate and UC Berkeley alumna, was named head of Jewish outreach for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, a dream job for a young, politically active, liberal American Jew. Then, on April 14, Zimmerman was suspended...

  • 2016 Election Blog #15: New Poll Confirms Jewish Affinity for the Democratic Party

    By Steven Windmueller

    March 25, 2016 | 11:17 am

    As each presidential campaign unfolds, there are always news stories and editorials suggesting that a “shift” is underway among Jewish voters. In today’s newest Gallup poll, once again Jewish Americans appear to remain solidly embedded within their traditional political base, the...

  • Jewish Party ID: First 2016 numbers

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 18, 2016 | 3:50 am

    A new short analysis from Gallup from a few weeks ago focused on Jewish support for President Barack Obama:

    Obama's approval ratings throughout his presidency have averaged 13 points higher among Jewish Americans than among the general population. The trend in Obama's approval...

  • New Hampshire diary: The Political value of mentioning Israel in the campaign

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 8, 2016 | 2:29 am


    Senator Sanders agrees: there is no need for the US to normalize relations with Iran “tomorrow.” He said this at the Democratic debate in New Hampshire last Thursday: “Who said That think we should normalize relations with Iran tomorrow? I never said that. I think we should...

  • Sanders and Israel: Please say something

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 26, 2016 | 1:17 am

    En route to Des Moines, Iowa, where I will spend my time until caucus day like everybody else — it is everybody, isn’t it? — I pass the time reading an article about Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Israel, and then another article about...

  • Israel losing Democrats, or Democrats losing Israel?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 6, 2015 | 6:23 am

    Earlier this week, another poll proved that Israel is “losing Democrats”. David Horovitz of the Times of Israel published it, and Frank Luntz, a well-known pollster, gathered the evidence. A pile of evidence such as:

    Asked whether Israel is a racist country, 47% of Democrats...

  • Louisville diary: Is there a problem between Israel and the Democratic Party?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 4, 2014 | 3:30 am

    It was relatively quiet at the office of congressman John Yarmuth on the morning before Election Day. It is the office of a Democratic candidate that is confident in his victory today. His main task during the campaign, he tells me, was to assist the party’s other candidates in...

  • For lone socialist in Congress, pet issue finds the spotlight

    January 14, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont and the only self-described socialist in Congress, has long been an outspoken voice in Washington on issues of economic inequality.

    But with the vanishing middle class figuring prominently in the campaign for mayor of the...

  • My $32,000 electric car lunch with President Obama

    May 31, 2013 | 12:36 pm

    If you had something important to say to the President, how much would you spend to get his ear? On June 7, I'll be eating lunch with President Obama for $32,400. Two dozen other high-dollar donors will be there, but I'll be the only one in the room who does his own laundry. I'm...

  • Remembering Carmen Warschaw

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 7, 2012 | 4:10 pm


    I first met Carmen Warschaw when I became a political writer for the Associated Press in the mid 1960s.  I thought she was one of the most interesting, challenging people I'd met on my new beat, an opinion that has not changed over the years.   

    Carmen and her husband Lou --...

  • A young Republican activist’s final plea before election day

    November 5, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    The upcoming 2012 presidential election is the most important of our generation.  In the past four years under the direction of our current president, the United States has become a morass of economic volatility and disappointment.  In 2008, President Obama was an unknown quantity,...

  • Calif. Democratic Party chair rues any offense with Goebbels analogy

    September 4, 2012 | 9:43 am

    John Burton, the chairman of the Democratic Party in California, apologized to those who took offense at his remarks comparing Republican statements to Nazi propaganda.

    Following an uproar over the remarks, which were condemned by Democrats and Republicans, Burton issued a...

  • Democratic platform omits language on Jerusalem, notes Iran military option

    September 4, 2012 | 8:27 am

    The 2012 Democratic Party platform omits language recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and suggests that military force is "on the table" as an option for addressing the Iranian nuclear issue.

    The platform released late Monday night makes no mention of Jerusalem or of the...

  • Democratic party vote sends Berman v. Sherman contest to convention

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 22, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    In his race for reelection in the new 30th congressional district, Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) won a victory of a sort on January 22. In a preliminary meeting known as a pre-endorsement conference, more than half of the Democratic party activists from the new 30th...

  • Did Democrats dupe California’s redistricting panel and set up the Berman v. Sherman race?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 23, 2011 | 7:55 am

    UPDATE: The ProPublica reporters behind this story have answered some of my questions as well as those from other readers. Read their full update here.

    As a journalist working at a nonprofit news organization, I have a good deal of appreciation for what the reporters at ProPublica...

  • Big money, a game of chicken, and Wikipedia smears: a month in the Berman v. Sherman race

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 12, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    In the time since this blog first launched, media outlets have continued beating the bushes for news on the developing race between Rep. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks). As a result of this year’s citizen-led redistricting process, the...

  • Briefs: Jews back Obama because he’s a Democrat, study says; Ayalon leaves Nefesh B’Nefesh

    October 23, 2008 | 12:48 am

    Poll: Jews Back Party More Than Obama

    Jews are backing Sen. Barack Obama based primarily on traditional identification with the Democratic Party, a new study finds. The support has less to do with the presidential candidates' positions on issues or other factors, according to the...

  • Candidate profile: John Edwards

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In 2004, John Edwards lost the Democratic presidential nomination because he was considered a foreign policy lightweight. He won the vice presidential slot because his social policies had depth.

    Four years later, Edwards' social and domestic positions remain pretty much the same --...
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