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  • Biden’s message carries Jewish echoes

    3 weeks ago

    As of this year, marriage equality is the law in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Last summer, the Supreme Court struck down California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, and federal district courts have followed suit, invalidating other laws mandating...

  • Disabled workers and minimum wage

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 12, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    With a major focus on jobs in President Barack Obama’s second term, people with disabilities worry that they will be left behind. Although the president mentioned the word “jobs” numerous times in his 2014 State of the Union speech and announced he would sign an executive order to...

  • Biden meets Israeli leaders following Sharon funeral

    January 13, 2014 | 3:37 pm

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres following the funeral for Ariel Sharon.

    Biden and Netanyahu held a private dinner Monday evening following a meeting that included U.S. and Israeli officials.

    The leaders...

  • Sharon at funeral remembered as ‘friend, leader, military chief’

    January 13, 2014 | 9:21 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at his public funeral was remembered as a man of courage and strength on the battlefield and in the political arena.

    “Sharon was a complex man who lived in complex times in a complex neighborhood,” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said...

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  • Biden pledges aid for poor Holocaust survivors

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 10, 2013 | 7:00 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden announced a new White House effort to aid aging Holocaust survivors living in poverty in the United States.

    Speaking on Dec. 10 at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., Biden said the Obama Administration will appoint a special envoy at the Department of Health...

  • Sanctions easing can be reversed if Iran does not deliver, Obama says

    November 14, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    President Barack Obama sought to reassure skeptical U.S. lawmakers on Thursday that any easing of sanctions on Iran that emerges from negotiations could easily be reversed and "ramped back up" if Tehran fails to curb its nuclear program.

    In his most direct appeal yet for more...

  • Will a new generation step up to civic leadership?

    November 12, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    At first glance, Jews might appear to be enjoying a renaissance of political influence in Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti is the first elected Jewish mayor and the two other citywide elected officials — City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Controller Ron Galperin — are Jewish, too. So are...

  • Israel, Palestinians seek peace deal within nine months

    July 30, 2013 | 9:55 am

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators on Tuesday gave themselves about nine months to try to reach an agreement on ending their conflict of more than six decades in U.S.-brokered peace talks.

    The two sides held their first peace negotiations in nearly three years in Washington on...

  • Biden: ‘Jewish heritage is American heritage’

    May 22, 2013 | 10:41 am

    Vice President Joe Biden said at a Jewish American Heritage Month reception that American and Jewish cultures are intertwined.

    “The truth is that Jewish heritage, Jewish culture, Jewish values are such an essential part of who we are that it’s fair to say that Jewish heritage is...

  • Arab League agrees to peace with land swaps

    April 30, 2013 | 9:14 am

    The Arab League agreed to a Middle East peace plan that would allow for agreed-upon land swaps.

    Qatari Prime Minister Sheik Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani, speaking on behalf of the Arab League, said Monday during a visit to Washington that the Arab countries favor a peace deal based...

  • Biden: Obama ‘not bluffing’ on Iran

    March 4, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Vice President Joe Biden said President Obama is "not bluffing" when he says he will stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

    The U.S. commitment "is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon period, end of discussion, period," Biden told the American Israel Public...

  • Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden to the AIPAC Policy Conference [FULL TEXT]

    By JewishJournal

    March 4, 2013 | 10:51 am

    Thank you, Mr. President.  (Applause.)  It’s great to be here.  It’s great to be here.  (Applause.)  Hey, Debbie.

    Ladies and gentlemen, oh, what a difference 40 years makes.  (Laughter.)  I look out there and see an old friend, Annette Lantos.  Annette, how are you?  Her...

  • No Obama or Bibi, but AIPAC conf. still looking to make noise

    February 26, 2013 | 11:12 am

    Next week’s annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington may be as notable for what -- and who -- is missing as what’s planned.

    For the first time in at least seven years, neither the U.S. president nor the Israeli prime minister will attend. In addition, for the second year in a...

  • Biden to address AIPAC conference

    February 26, 2013 | 7:43 am

    Vice President Joe Biden will address the upcoming AIPAC policy conference.

    Biden will speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on the morning of Monday, March 4, officials in the White House and with AIPAC told JTA.

    His speech comes ahead of President...

  • Iran’s supreme leader rejects direct talks with U.S.

    February 7, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, rejected a U.S. proposal for direct talks between the two countries.

    Khamenei was responding to offers from the United States, including last week by Vice President Joseph Biden at the Munich security conference, to hold a...

  • Rabbi Sharon Brous blesses inauguration

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 22, 2013 | 11:38 am

    Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR offered blessings on Jan. 22 at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., which traditionally is held the day following the official inauguration.

    “Elohei ha-ahavah, God of Love,” Brous began, addressing...

  • Broad Jewish support for Obama’s gun proposals

    January 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    President Obama's new gun control proposals drew broad Jewish communal support.

    The uniformity of the Jewish response to the proposals unveiled Wednesday stood in contrast to Republican opposition to many of the suggested measures, including a ban on assault weapons and tighter...

  • White House readies gun-control plan as more children laid to rest

    December 19, 2012 | 11:42 am

    The White House revealed the first steps of a gun-control plan on Wednesday as the United States grieved for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in another wave of funerals.

    President Barack Obama's initiative addressed national outrage over the shootings in...

  • Plan to build in eastern Jerusalem neighborhood is resurrected

    December 3, 2012 | 3:40 pm

    A building plan for eastern Jerusalem that stirred a furor when it was approved during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden has been resurrected.

    On Dec. 17, the Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee will discuss the plan to build more than 1,600 apartments in the...

  • YOUR VOTE MATTERS

    By Ilana Angel

    November 5, 2012 | 8:05 pm

  • Is cutting Big Bird kosher?

    October 29, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    When Governor Mitt Romney talked about ending funding for PBS – and Big Bird – during his first debate with President Obama, he was describing only one of the deep cuts in Romney-Ryan budget.

    But it’s not just Big Bird. And it hits us hard, at home, in the Jewish community.

    ...
  • Florida Diary 5: Biden avoids Libya, focuses on women

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 19, 2012 | 1:42 pm

    With the Paul Ryan rally yesterday still fresh in my memory (details here), I drove to a Joe Biden event Friday morning in Sun City, Florida. It was a much smaller event and much more scripted. The crowd was sitting on folding chairs, not standing on grass, the stage was nearer,...

  • Who’s winning the foreign policy debate?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 17, 2012 | 11:42 am

    It is often assumed that foreign policy is a field in which deeds matter more than words. But looking at the two presidential candidates in the 2012 election cycle, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, one might end up with the opposite impression: It is words, not...

  • Weaponization vs. ‘capability’: Defining the candidates’ differences on Iran

    October 16, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made headlines last month with this question: What are the U.S. red lines when it comes to Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program?

    The two presidential campaigns are offering two different answers.

    “Recently, President Obama and Vice...

  • October 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 14, 2012 | 1:58 am

    In-depth

    Erdogan, Sovereignty, and Israel

    Arsen Ostrovsky of Algemeiner calls the Turkish prime minister out on his anti-Israel hypocrisy following Turkey's strong reaction to mortar fire from Syria. 

    At the time of Israel’s response [in December 2008], Erdoğan unleashed a...

  • Biden, Ryan spar on Iran

    October 12, 2012 | 9:43 am

    Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan clashed over Iran’s nuclear program during their televised debate.

    Ryan assailed President Obama’s approach to the issue in Thursday night's vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville,...

  • Biden and Netanyahu on the same page? Parsing Biden-Ryan words on Iran

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 12, 2012 | 2:57 am

    Foreign policy was probably over represented as an issue in yesterday’s debate: Americans are more interested in domestic issues this year, and the time devoted to Iran and Israel doesn’t reflect the weight that the voters will give these issues as they make their decisions....

  • Biden at Rosh Hashanah event says ‘no daylight’ between Israel and U.S. on Iran

    September 13, 2012 | 9:45 am

    At a Rosh Hashanah reception at his residence, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said "there is no daylight" between the United States and Israel when it comes to Iran.

    Biden, in a  short address before the reception Wednesday on the grounds of the Naval Observatory in northwest...

  • 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. 

    It...

  • At Democratic convention, a focus on Jewish swing voters as key to election win

    September 4, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Jewish swing voters could make or break President Obama’s bid for reelection.

    At least that’s the case that Democratic Party leaders made in a training session that packed one of the larger halls at the convention center here on Monday, the day before the formal start of the...

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