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  • Netanyahu starts re-election bid with tough Iran talk

    October 15, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off his re-election campaign on Monday, saying Israel had new unspecified "capabilities" to act against Iran's nuclear threat, an issue he said he had placed at the heart of the global debate.

    In a combative speech to parliament,...

  • The top foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    October 15, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    I concede that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama love Israel, are committed to its security and survival and they don’t want Iran to get nuclear weapons.

    We’ve heard them say that over and over again, ad nauseam. Literally. Ad nauseam. This pandering is becoming nauseating.

    I want...

  • Presidential candidates’ Jewish surrogates debate in Virginia

    October 11, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    Prominent Jewish surrogates for President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney tackled domestic issues and foreign affairs during a cordial debate in Northern Virginia.

    Former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), representing Obama, faced off against Dov Zakheim, an under secretary...

  • Ehud Olmert considers political comeback as early vote looms

    October 10, 2012 | 9:26 am

    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has just received a slap-on-the-wrist sentence in a corruption case, is considering staging a political comeback in an election early next year, a former aide said on Wednesday.

    Such a move could shake up a race that opinion polls suggest...

  • Back to the 50’s

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 4, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    When I read the paper this morning, I found something rather disturbing, which grew worse when I noticed no one else addressed the issue: a magazine called Family Circle held a cookie contest between the incumbent First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the opposing candidate's spouse,...

  • How to lose the next debate

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 4, 2012 | 11:23 am

    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate in Denver on Oct. 3. Photo by REUTERS/Michael Reynolds

    A couple of weeks ago, when I wrote a “Romney Wins First Debate” column, I didn’t think I was going out...

  • Iran’s Ahmadinejad says election, not war, solution for Syria

    October 2, 2012 | 9:48 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a national dialogue leading to elections was the way towards a solution to Syria's crisis, in remarks broadcast on Tuesday.

    He told Al Jazeera television that war was not the way forward, adding: "There is another way to find a solution,...

  • The 10 best political movies of all time

    October 1, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    With the U.S. presidential election looming large, we thought we'd look at the best 10 movies focusing on politics. Many of these films are quite old, but that's not a huge detriment. Writing and acting play huge roles in politics, and political films rely on the same fundamentals....

  • Soros pledges $1 million to Obama Super PAC

    October 1, 2012 | 9:49 am

    Billionaire George Soros pledged $1 million to a Super PAC supporting President Obama.

    The donation reported over the weekend by The New York Times will go to Priorities USA Action. It reportedly was announced Sept. 27 at a luncheon held by the Democracy Alliance, a group of...

  • Congressional races to watch

    September 27, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    The following are descriptions of eight congressional races of particular Jewish interest, plus four others featuring potentially viable Jewish contenders.

    Top eight congressional races to watch:

    U.S. Senate:

    Hawaii — Mazie Hirono (D) vs. Linda Lingle (R)


    Linda Lingle,...

  • Who’s making ‘daylight’ now?

    September 24, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    In the U.S.-Israel relationship, “daylight” is back, but this time it’s Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is being called on to draw down the shades.

    Netanyahu’s recent sharp rebuke of the Obama administration’s Iran policies has drawn equally pointed pushback from...

  • Survey: 69 percent of Florida Jews voting for Obama

    September 20, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    Sixty-nine percent of Florida Jews say they will likely vote for President Obama, as opposed to 25 percent for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new survey.

    The American Jewish Committee survey, which was conducted by QEV Analytics, reached 254 registered Jewish...

  • Palestinians insulted by Mitt Romney’s comments

    September 19, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    Just eight weeks before the American presidential elections, Palestinians are furious over comments by Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The private remarks were made in May to wealthy donors but released only now.

    Palestinians are “committed to the destruction and elimination of...

  • Netanyahu: ‘It’s not about elections in America, but centrifuges in Iran’

    September 19, 2012 | 9:44 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dedicates much of his time to thinking about how to handle the Iranian nuclear issue, considering it a rapidly approaching existential threat. Not surprisingly, it was also the main topic of a wide-ranging interview he gave with Israel Hayom before...

  • Romney’s Libya comments landed with a thud, according to poll

    September 18, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was the loser in a political fight over U.S. reaction to attacks last week on American diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday.

    Four in 10 U.S. voters felt less favorably toward Romney after...

  • Romney: Israeli-Palestinian conflict ‘unsolvable’ [VIDEO]

    September 18, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    [JTA] Mitt Romney told fundraisers in a private meeting that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was "unsolvable" and that his strategy would be to "kick the ball down the field."

    "I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the...

  • CON: Should rabbis endorse candidates?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    September 12, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    [Read the pro argument here]

    In the summer of 2008 I received a phone call from the Obama campaign asking me to serve as national co-chair of Rabbis for Obama. What prompted the call? First, an article I had written praising the senator for using his name Barack — which he said...

  • Dreaming of a wave election

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 7, 2012 | 9:25 am

    What just happened in American politics is not just that Charlotte mopped the floor with Tampa.  It’s that Democrats connected with the country beyond their wildest dreams.

    Here’s my fantasy:  Coming out of their convention, Democrats will realize that their message sings. 


  • Wexler: Obama best bet for Israel’s security

    September 5, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    Robert Wexler, a former congressman who is a chief Jewish surrogate for President Obama, told the Democratic National Convention that reelecting Obama was the better choice for a secure Israel.

    "Now is the time to support Israel as a thriving, democratic, and secure homeland for...

  • Tea Party: Will 2013 be payback time?

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    August 29, 2012 | 5:20 pm

    Chances for the partisan gridlock in Washington to get even worse next year increased last week with the victory in Texas of the Tea Party-backed candidate for the Republican Senate nomination.

    Ted Cruz, heavily favored in November to win the seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey...

  • Amid roasted pigs, country music and rabbinical blessings, Romney seeks to define himself

    August 28, 2012 | 10:19 am

    Whole barbecued pigs, cheerleaders and elegies to skinny-dipping farmers’ daughters.

    That was the organized noise Sunday night at the opening bash of the Republican National Convention at Tropicana Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.


  • Romney/Ryan and the lullaby of lying

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 27, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    It shouldn’t have taken Todd Akin’s crackpot contraception comment to alert us that Paul Ryan thinks rape is just another “method of conception.” 

    If the news media hadn’t grown blasé about the Republican war on women, plenty of pre-Akin Americans would have already known that...

  • RJC, ECI demand removal of ‘radical’ rabbi from Obama list

    August 24, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Two conservative groups called on the Obama campaign to sever ties with a “radical” on its newly-released list of more than 600 rabbis who support the president’s reelection.

    The campaign rejected the demand.

    The Republican Jewish Coalition on Thursday “expressed profound...

  • Rabbis join Obama support group

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 22, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    Some 613 American rabbis, ranging across all denominations, have signed up as supporters of Rabbis for Obama, it was announced Tuesday by the Obama for America campaign.

    The new figure represents more than twice the number of supporters than when the organization was launched in...

  • Where’s the tough love for Obama?

    By David Suissa

    August 22, 2012 | 11:39 am

    When it comes to criticizing Israel, liberal supporters of Israel routinely quote the Jewish value of self-criticism. Try telling a pro-Israel critic the following:

    “Israel is already being criticized beyond all proportion by much of the world community; it is being demonized and...

  • Adelsons donate to PAC supporting Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s campaign

    August 21, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Casino mogul and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson and his wife have contributed to an independent super PAC to support Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s congressional candidacy.

    Adelson and his wife, Miriam, each gave $250,000 to a new independent super political action committee, the Patriot...

  • The status quo Jews and Paul Ryan

    August 20, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Jewish conservatives applauded Mitt Romney’s choice of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his vice presidential nominee. But Jewish liberals who despise him and the GOP also cheered. They are certain the rise of the intellectual leader of the Republicans will give them the opportunity...

  • VP hopeful Paul Ryan meets with Sheldon Adelson

    August 15, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Paul Ryan met with Sheldon Adelson, a major giver to Republicans in the effort to defeat President Obama, just days after being tapped by presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney as his running mate.

    Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, met Tuesday with Adelson and other major Republican...

  • Paul Ryan’s courage

    By David Suissa

    August 15, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    “Have any of you all met Paul Ryan? I’m telling you this guy is amazing. He is honest; he is straightforward; he is sincere; and the budget he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, honest, serious budget.”

    These words are not from a Tea...

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