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  • I can no longer consider myself a Republican

    3 weeks ago

    I have been a member of the Republican Party since I turned 18.  And well before that, I considered myself a rational, moderate conservative.

    For all that time, living in Jewish communities in West LA, Berkeley, Northwest DC and other less-than-conservative places, I have openly...

  • Protesters target Trump speech to California Republicans

    April 29, 2016 | 1:39 pm

    Protests erupted on Friday outside the venue where U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump was speaking to a group of California Republicans, a day after a demonstration against the former reality TV star turned ugly.

    About 300 people gathered outside the convention in...

  • Fearing Trump, Republican Jews give Cruz another look

    April 11, 2016 | 3:50 pm

    Ted Cruz came here to woo Republican Jews over the weekend, and in the absence of his opponents for the GOP presidential nomination came away with qualified support based not on who he is but who he is not — Donald Trump.

    Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich skipped the spring meeting...

  • Republican Jewish Coalition targeting 4 races where GOP senators are at risk

    March 29, 2016 | 9:33 am

    The Republican Jewish Coalition named four incumbent GOP senators as at risk in a fundraising drive.

    The fundraising email sent Tuesday listed Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Mark Kirk of Illinois as needing RJC assistance...

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  • AIPAC’s plans to ‘come together’ undone by Trump

    March 22, 2016 | 2:18 pm

    Hear out Donald Trump. Ignore Donald Trump.

    There were two distinct approaches to the Trump moment this week at AIPAC’s annual conference here, and there were mutual warnings that one or the other side would get burned.

    The burn came fast, and it came to those who said...

  • Foxman: Trump knew his Hitler-like salute was evoking fascist symbolism

    March 7, 2016 | 8:37 am

    Donald Trump knew he was evoking fascist symbolism when he asked supporters at a campaign rally in Florida to raise their right arms and pledge to vote for him, former Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman said.

    The salute at a rally Saturday for the front-running...

  • Donald Trump cites Jewish groups in bizarre explanation for not disavowing KKK

    March 3, 2016 | 11:34 am

    Donald Trump, entering the fifth day of defending himself against his equivocal response on CNN to an endorsement by David Duke, said the former Ku Klux Klan head was a “bad man.”

    The characterization Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” is about as direct as the front-runner for...

  • Trump releases healthcare proposals

    March 3, 2016 | 10:59 am

    U.S. Republican presidential front-runner candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled proposals for reforming U.S. healthcare that included repealing Obamacare, allowing prescription drugs to be imported, and turning the Medicaid program for the poor into block grants to states.

    ...
  • Jewish Republican security leaders: Trump would ‘make American less safe’

    March 3, 2016 | 8:13 am

    A number of prominent Jewish Republicans are among dozens of conservatives in the U.S. national security community who have come out against Donald Trump, the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

    The letter posted Wednesday by some 60 influential...

  • Cruz, Rubio claim anti-Trump title

    March 2, 2016 | 9:17 am

    Following Super Tuesday’s results, the respective campaigns of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio vowed to carry on the fight to deny Donald Trump’s nomination for president.

    “What you are hearing now is how do we prevent the party of Reagan and Lincoln from being taken over by someone who...

  • Will Republican Jews dump Trump?

    By Rob Eshman

    March 1, 2016 | 9:50 pm

    Donald Trump will set the cause of Republican Jews back 75 years.

    That’s why the leading voice of Republican Jews seems to have all but abandoned the leading contender for the Republican nomination.

    Trump’s bellicose takeover of the GOP has been met with a complete and telling...

  • Why the Republican Party is dying

    March 1, 2016 | 5:46 pm

    Last Sunday, 2016 Republican presidential nominee front-runner Donald Trump appeared on CNN with Jake Tapper. Tapper — in the mold of many journalists of leftist persuasion — attempted to smear Trump with those who support him by asking Trump about former Ku Klux Klan leader David...

  • Cruz campaign clarifies controversial endorsement of Bickle

    February 11, 2016 | 10:12 am

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has come under fire for associating himself with a controversial Christian evangelical leader who is notorious for having said that God sent Hitler to hunt Jews “for not accepting Jesus as the Messiah.”

    Last month, the Cruz campaign...

  • Republican Ben Carson’s campaign manager, 20 staff quit

    December 31, 2015 | 1:54 pm

    U.S. Republican Ben Carson's 2016 presidential bid was thrown into chaos on Thursday when his campaign manager and some 20 other staff members quit amid infighting, dropping poll numbers and negative media coverage.

    Barry Bennett, who oversaw Carson's rapid rise to the top tier...

  • GOP hopefuls stick to positions on NSA surveillance amid spying on Israel report

    December 30, 2015 | 12:51 pm

    Republican presidential candidates – from both sides on the aisle on the issue of NSA surveillance – on Wednesday protested the Obama administration’s spying on Israel’s government and the collecting of their communications with members of Congress, after the Wall Street Journal ...

  • Rivals hit Rubio for skipping important senate votes

    December 29, 2015 | 10:05 am

    Despite the early snow, the campaign for president is getting pretty heated up in Iowa and the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire.

    A Super PAC supporting former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s campaign for president, Right to Rise USA, launched its first negative...

  • Ted Cruz aims to liberate GOP from ‘crazy’ neoconservatives

    December 29, 2015 | 8:41 am

    Ted Cruz wants to make sure you understand: “Republican” and “neoconservative” are no longer synonymous.

    The Texas senator, inching up to second place behind front-runner Donald Trump in the polls just weeks before the Iowa caucuses, has launched a broadside against the “crazy”...

  • ‘Rabbi for Trump’ launches Facebook campaign for The Donald

    December 28, 2015 | 3:39 pm

    On Facebook, there are “Rabbis for Human Rights,” “Rabbis for Bernie” and, until recently, “Rabbis for Hillary.”

    Now, they are joined by a rabbinical flag-bearer for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

    The controversial GOP front-runner’s fiery rhetoric about Muslims...

  • Republican presidential hopefuls make their pitch to GOP Jews

    December 8, 2015 | 8:59 am

    In carefully tailored stump speeches that ranged in tone from apocalyptic to chummy, all but one of the Republican presidential candidates showed up in an attempt to woo Jewish voters.

    Many of the speeches at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Candidates Forum, held...

  • Sanders celebrates poll showing lead against GOP hopefuls

    December 2, 2015 | 10:50 am

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Wednesday celebrated a somewhat unrealistic poll that shows him leading potential Republican presidential candidates in a head-to-head matchup next fall.

    According to Quinnipiac University poll published Wednesday, Sanders leads...

  • Interview with GOP presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham

    November 25, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham is not garnering much support in national polls as he seeks to stand out in the crowded field of candidates vying for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

    Over the weekend, Graham campaigned in New Hampshire with his Senate...

  • 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...

  • Rubio: Adelson cares about Israel

    October 20, 2015 | 3:33 pm

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio publicly addressed his relationship with GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson on Tuesday, as the latter is reportedly readying to back him for president.

    Appearing on Fox News’ with Neil...

  • Poll: 75% of Republicans ‘less likely’ to vote for Muslim

    October 1, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon seeking the Republican presidential nomination, drew fire last month when he said he would not "advocate" for a Muslim president, but it turns out that most Republicans agree with him.

    In a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted Sept. 23-30, 75 per cent...

  • Candidates in GOP debate divided on whether to honor Iran deal

    September 17, 2015 | 8:51 am

    Candidates in a Republican presidential debate were divided over whether to honor the Iran nuclear deal.

    The question of whether or not to abandon the deal drew unusually sharp divisions in the CNN debate on Wednesday evening at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum...

  • To repeal or not to repeal: 10 notes about the GOP debate

    September 17, 2015 | 3:51 am

    If you want winners and losers, a full transcript and a general analysis of the state of the race – this isn’t it. I only want to write about the second GOP Presidential debate as it relates to Israel and the Middle East.

    1.

    If Israel hopes (and some in Israel’s government do...

  • Pressured by party, Trump signs Republican loyalty pledge

    September 3, 2015 | 2:15 pm

    Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday bowed to pressure from the party establishment and signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate in the November 2016 presidential election.

    His vow of loyalty on Thursday was something of a victory for the Republican...

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

    August 19, 2015 | 11:21 am

    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

    August 11, 2015 | 11:29 am

    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...

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