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  • Dear Congressman Sherman: Your ‘no’ vote on Iran deal threatens Israel

    1 week ago

    In the least plausible alternative version of my life, I would have stayed in the San Fernando Valley rather than leaving more than 40 years ago and moving to Jerusalem. In that scenario, I’d be represented in Congress by Democrat Brad Sherman — and I might be less infuriated by...

  • Rivlin to GOP congressmen: Israel will defend itself against Iran

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told a delegation of visiting Republican Congress members that Israel “can and will do all that is necessary to defend itself” in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal.

    “Along with Israelis on all sides of the political spectrum, I am deeply concerned...

  • Republicans have the best bullies

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 20, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    It’s too soon to know how badly Donald Trump damaged himself by belittling John McCain’s war record on July 18 in Iowa. After all, George W. Bush wasn’t hurt in the 2000 South Carolina primary when his operatives rumored that McCain had an illegitimate black child, nor was W hurt...

  • Another golf event drops Trump course due to attack on immigrants

    July 7, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday with the announcement that a professional golfing event scheduled for October at a Trump course in Los Angeles will be moved, the latest fallout from his vitriol against undocumented immigrants from...

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  • Courting Adelson is not Jewish outreach

    April 23, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    This weekend, a collection of GOP presidential candidates will arrive in Las Vegas for a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition. But don’t allow yourself to be fooled into thinking that these candidates are making a real attempt to appeal to American Jewish voters. Their...

  • Obama: GOP senators in effective ‘coalition’ with Iran hard-liners

    March 10, 2015 | 12:20 pm

    President Barack Obama said Republican senators who wrote Iran’s leaders to warn them that the United States might not always abide by a nuclear deal were effectively in a coalition with that country’s hard-liners.

    “I think it’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress...

  • Ben Carson, potential GOP presidential candidate, stands by U.S.-Nazi Germany comparison

    December 5, 2014 | 9:26 am

    Dr. Ben Carson, who is considering a 2016 Republican presidential run, reiterated his provocative opinion that the United States is comparable to Nazi Germany.

    Carson, asked Wednesday in an interview Wednesday with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer whether he would like to qualify or retract...

  • Cartoon: THE GOP WINS THE SENATE!

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 12, 2014 | 2:30 pm

  • Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize U.S. Senate

    November 5, 2014 | 9:21 am

    Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to seize control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, dealing a punishing blow to President Barack Obama that will limit his legislative agenda and may force him to make a course correction for his last two years in office.

    The Republican...

  • Breaking (NOT): GOP hopes Jews vote for GOP

    August 5, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    There may be chaos in the world, with an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the specter of war in Ukraine and a seemingly endless cycle of violence in Gaza, but the earth continues to turn, the sun continues to shine, and Republicans continue to think Jews are about to turn Republican....

  • This is how you’ll feel when the GOP wins the Senate

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 24, 2014 | 10:06 am

    It’s the morning after.

    You stayed up late watching election results on TV.  By the time you went to bed, the Republicans had won five of the six Senate seats they needed to take control of both houses of Congress.  As the networks called each state for the GOP, it felt like a...

  • Obamacare: Glitches or death spiral?

    By David Suissa

    October 30, 2013 | 11:27 am

    It’s not easy to wrap your mind around a program as complex as Obamacare, which features 381,517 words in its actual bill and 11,588,500 more words in added regulations.

    Thankfully and mercifully, in trying to understand this migraine-inducing puzzle, I found some relief in one...

  • Adelson: Nuke Iran to get it to talk business

    October 24, 2013 | 9:27 am

    Sheldon Adelson, a top backer of Republican and right-wing pro-Israel causes, advocated bombing Iran with a nuclear device as a means of negotiation.

    “You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say ‘OK, let it go,’ and so there’s an atomic weapon goes...

  • My lunch with a Los Angeles Tea Partier

    By Rob Eshman

    October 23, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Of the 3,977 angry e-mails I received last week, one stood out.

    “I am a Jew, a member of Temple Emanuel in Los Angeles, and the founder of the largest local, grass-roots Tea Party group in Los Angeles called the Hancock Park Patriots,” Mark Sonnenklar wrote.

    “I, and many of my...

  • The Shutdown

    By Rob Eshman

    October 1, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    What the $%#@ is happening?

    I’m writing this 17 minutes after the Federal government shut down — for the first time in 17 years.  I remember clearly the last time this happened.  It was stupid and superfluous and self-destructive then.  It’s stupid, superfluous and...

  • The Won Percent

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 26, 2013 | 10:40 am

  • Ted Cruz, as in lose

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    September 24, 2013 | 9:56 am

    What's playing out in Washington this week is a classic example of that old political shibboleth, "that may be what I said but that's not what I meant." Republicans are piously assuring us they have no desire to shut down the government only to go marching off toward the cliff. ...

  • Hillary, helmets, ‘Crossfire’ and cash

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 26, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Money, they say, is the mother’s milk of politics.  Also of news, sports and the rest of the entertainment industry.  Three recent stories drive that home. 

    When Reince Priebus pressured Comcast’s NBC to drop a miniseries starring Diane Lane as Hillary Clinton, the hostage that...

  • As peace talks kick off, right wing intensifies efforts to influence their outcome

    August 6, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan has made it his mission over the years to warn members of Congress, particularly Republicans, of the perils of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    Dayan has been a regular visitor to Washington, his trips often coinciding with developments in the...

  • Self-inflicted wounds

    By Steve Greenberg

    July 17, 2013 | 12:16 pm

  • GOP and the Jews, together again and talking

    April 23, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    He had them until abortion.

    U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) was addressing the Reform movement's Consultation on Conscience conference about his passion, human rights and success in creating mechanisms to combat human trafficking and shine a light on global anti-Semitism. The...

  • Will Republicans let Lew get to Treasury?

    January 10, 2013 | 9:29 am

    Jacob Lew, nominated Thursday morning by President Barack Obama for the post of secretary of the Treasury, helped Orthodox observance reach the highest precincts of governance. But can a man that Republicans say “can’t get to yes” be confirmed for the job?

    Obama nominated Lew,...

  • Lieberman: No problem with Rice

    November 29, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Departing U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman said he would not object to the nomination of Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as secretary of state.

    Tuesday's apparent endorsement by Lieberman (I-Conn.) of Rice is largely symbolic, as he is retiring as senator and likely...

  • Cheers turn to jeers at GOP event

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 6, 2012 | 11:58 pm

    Amid life-sized cutouts of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Republicans gathered in a backroom at the Daily Grill in Santa Monica on Tuesday night to watch Fox News election returns on two large screens. 

    The mood was festive as the evening kicked off with drinks and appetizers and the...

  • Obama has made Israel stronger than ever

    October 30, 2012 | 10:54 am

    A famous scholar of American Jewish life once observed that we “earn like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans”.  We are committed to building a just and compassionate society and want our nation to provide a safety net with basic social services, even if we might not...

  • Out of Reagan’s shadow

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 12, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    Even though this is going to be a very close presidential election, maybe closer than in 2008, the Democratic convention of 2012 revealed a party that is stronger today than the dynamic gathering of hope and change that nominated Barack Obama four years ago. For the first time...

  • 3 Views on the GOP Hammering Obama on Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 5, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    This column went to press in advance of the Democratic National Convention. Please see the Rosner’s Domain blog at jewishjournal.com for updates. I also will be writing about the Democrats in next week’s newspaper. 

    ‎1.‎ President Obama came under attack yesterday for his many...

  • Oren ‘categorically denies’ he singled out GOP as taking partisan Israel shots

    September 4, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    Israel's ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, "categorically denied"  that he specified the Republican Party when he described as harmful making Israel a partisan issue.

    "I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel," Oren said in a...

  • Conventional Wisdom

    By Elliot Steingart

    August 29, 2012 | 11:23 am

    It’s good to hear opposing viewpoints. It’s part of the reason I’m in a relationship. My girlfriend told me the name of the Hebrew God is Yahweh. I’ve been Jewish for 27 years and I’ve never heard of Yahweh. It’s worth listening to the other side even if the other side believes in...

  • GOP senators plan resolution promising support should Israel strike Iran

    August 28, 2012 | 3:37 pm

    Republican senators plan to introduce a non-binding resolution pledging military, economic and diplomatic backing for Israel should it strike Iran.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told JTA on Tuesday that he and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) were drafting the resolution for introduction...

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