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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • GOP platform to back two states

    August 21, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    The Republican Party’s platform is expected to include support for a two-state solution in the Middle East.

    The platform committee, meeting in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, rejected three amendments that would have removed language supportive of a two-state solution, according to a...

  • GOP, Democratic conventions will gain Jewish focus for similarities and gaps

    August 21, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    Get set for a political double feature with much of the same plot, but with different outcomes for the issues that tend to preoccupy Jewish voters.

    The same key words and themes will bounce around Jewish events at next week’s Republican convention in Tampa, Fla,. and at the...

  • Rand ... Rosenbaum?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 15, 2012 | 10:54 am

    The first public cause to which Ayn Rand donated her own money was the State of Israel.

    I find this little-known nugget fascinating for two reasons.

    One, it contradicts the idée fixe of Rand as not really Jewish. And two, it contradicts the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

    Rand’s...

  • Ryan hailed by Jewish GOPers, organizations see him as a face of budget confrontations

    August 14, 2012 | 10:20 am

    Anointing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney attached a name and face to his fiscal policy.

    Jewish Republicans, including the House majority leader, say they are thrilled with Wisconsin’s Ryan emerging as the ticket’s fresh face, hailing the lawmaker as a thoughtful and...

  • NJDC to push back on GOP bid to woo Jewish voters

    July 27, 2012 | 10:17 am

    The National Jewish Democratic Council is launching a bid to push back against GOP attacks on President Obama in Jewish communities in swing states.

    “The Republicans are going to spend a boatload of money trying to swiftboat the president and we will amass whatever resources we can...

  • Jewish Dems’ call on GOP to cut off Adelson’s giving revives civility talk

    July 10, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Sheldon Adelson, whose cash and rhetoric has hit candidates hard this election cycle, just got swiped himself.

    The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) wants Republicans, including presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to stop taking “dirty money” from Adelson...

  • Romney’s triumph eases GOP Middle East policy rhetoric

    April 17, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    The Republican primaries are effectively over, and gone with them is the sharp-edged rhetoric and departures from past U.S. policy on the Middle East.

    Gone is Rick Santorum’s pledge to strike Iran and his suggestion that West Bank Palestinians should be referred to as Israelis....

  • Social issues keep Jews from supporting the GOP

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 17, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    In the midst of the never-ending debate about whether this will be the election that moves Jews to the right, an intriguing new poll is just out from the Public Religion

    Research Institute. Titled “Chosen for What? Jewish Values in 2012,” it found that 62 percent of Jews want to...

  • April 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 16, 2012 | 3:52 am

    Israel’s right to say ‘no’

    Smadar Shir of Ynet supports Israel’s decision to deny entry to dozens of pro-Palestinian ‎activists who were part of a coordinated demonstration. ‎

    When a US embassy official refuses to grant a certain person a visa because he was ‎born in...

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