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  • The Palin nomination: What does it mean?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 9, 2008 | 6:01 pm

    My blog won't be as frequent this fall, since I'm in Paris on a Fulbright. So with time zones and stuff, I'm off kilter. But I'm still following things like crazy!

    Obviously, the big news is the Sarah Palin nomination. I think it's very revealing, and let me tell you why. I think...
  • Ed Koch backs Obama, says Sarah Palin is ‘scary’

    September 9, 2008 | 2:25 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Back in June,  Ed Koch was holding out on whether to endorse Barack Obama. Now the former Big Apple mayor—a Democrat who has endorsed Republicans, including President Bush in 2004—is on board (see full endorsement below).

    What changed? Apparently, according to...

  • There's too much religion in presidential campaign, says ADL's Foxman

    September 9, 2008 | 1:46 am

    NEW YORK (JTA)—The political campaign season is now in high gear as the curtain falls on the Democrats in Denver and the Republicans in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

    While much of the media’s focus has been on handicapping the candidates and their chances in November, we would like to...

  • A request from the Jewlyweds

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    September 8, 2008 | 2:04 pm

    Dear Friends and Family,

    Adam and I want to thank you for the countless politically themed e-mail forwards, Web links, Facebook group invites and YouTube clips that you’ve sent our way over the last few months.

    We feel blessed to be surrounded by such a large group of extremely...

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  • McCain accepts nomination, offers little new on Israel, Iran

    September 5, 2008 | 5:04 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (JTA)—John McCain used his convention speech Thursday to unveil his game plan for claiming the mantle of real change: Shore up support among conservatives by touting traditional Republican positions while appealing to undecided voters by criticizing his party’s...

  • Biden, Palin lead campaign clash on Mideast

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 4, 2008 | 5:25 pm

    ST. PAUL (JTA)—The two vice-presidential candidates led the way Wednesday as the Obama and McCain campaigns worked to draw clear battle lines on Iran and Israel.

    In a highly anticipated speech at the Republican National Convention, Alaska Gov. and vice presidential nominee Sarah...

  • Allies and foes scrape through Palin bio for Jewish material

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 2, 2008 | 2:56 pm

    ST. PAUL (JTA)—A small Israeli flag propped up on a window frame. A Pat Buchanan button sported briefly as a courtesy. A prospective son-in-law with a biblical name.

    Little about the Frozen North is Jewish outside the realm of fiction (see Mordechai Richler, Michael Chabon,...

  • The Hollywood candidate is not Obama

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 1, 2008 | 4:37 am

    If John McCain wins this election, it will be because of Hollywood.

    It’s not that Hollywood is giving him big money (it isn’t); or that big celebrities are attracting attention to him (they’re not); or that star writers and directors are helping him with stagecraft and wordsmithery...

  • McCain surrogates likely to echo Bush on Iran and Israel

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 29, 2008 | 6:05 pm

    DENVER (JTA)—John McCain’s campaign has walked a fine line between upholding the values of the GOP base that still reveres George W. Bush, while repudiating the legacy of the most unpopular president in modern history.

    In at least one area, however, there’s no ambivalence: When it...

  • ANALYSIS: Sarah Palin . . . and the Jews

    By Rob Eshman

    August 29, 2008 | 4:36 pm

    When Sen. John McCain tapped Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate today, the Jewish political blogosphere -- as loud and fast and opinionated as (for lack of a better word) the Gentile Web -- came to a screeching halt.

    After all, you can fight about John McCain, and...
  • Dems use speeches to hit GOP on Israel

    August 28, 2008 | 2:42 am

    DENVER (JTA)—President Bush and John McCain backed policies that have endangered Israel, Democrats argued during their convention speeches Wednesday night.

    In a night dedicated largely to foreign policy and national security issues, several speakers at the Pepsi Center argued that...

  • VIDEO: JTA’s Wednesday Convention Summary

    August 28, 2008 | 1:24 am

    Eric Fingerhut and Ron Kampeas summarize the jewish events of the day at the election, while attending a jstreet function in downtown Denver.

     

  • The teacher

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2008 | 12:06 am

    Mickey Palmer is 87 years old and living in a cozy home by Elizabeth Lake, near Palmdale. She moved there 25 years ago when she retired from teaching sixth grade.

    When she called me at The Journal, I tried to do the math on how old that made her when she was my teacher at Encino...

  • A school with attitude

    By David Suissa

    August 27, 2008 | 11:41 pm

    If Barack Obama and John McCain wanted to elevate the level of discourse of their presidential campaigns, they could do worse than check out the last election campaign at Shalhevet High School.

    You would think that typical teenagers would be the ones poking fun at each other to try...

  • Biden’s the one

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 27, 2008 | 12:01 am

    Sen. Joe Biden is a first-class vice presidential choice for Sen. Barack Obama.

    If Biden didn't exist, Obama would have to invent him.

    Biden is just naturally what the Democrats used to be, the party of lunch- pail-carrying working people, not politically correct, prone to saying...

  • Obama camp to raise domestic issues in bid for Jewish vote

    August 26, 2008 | 6:04 pm

    DENVER (JTA)—After months of playing up their candidate’s support for Israel, Obama advisers say the campaign is opening up a second front in the battle for Jewish voters.

    Obama Jewish outreach director Dan Shapiro told JTA the campaign will now be emphasizing that the presumptive...

  • Yes, we Cain

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 26, 2008 | 5:50 pm

    ALTTEXT

  • Madonna, McCain & Hitler

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 25, 2008 | 6:11 pm

    Madonna is no stranger to provocation - it’s kinda what she does best.

    In her latest stunt, Queen Esther included a video montage in her world tour concert juxtaposing various political dictators: Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe…and John McCain?

    That last image ruffled a...

  • Let the games begin: GOP plays ‘Iran card’ against Democrats Obama and Biden

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 25, 2008 | 5:14 pm

    DENVER (JTA)—A year ago, the push for a congressional amendment that urged the declaration of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist group was signature legislation for much of the pro-Israel lobby. Only two dozen U.S. senators out of 100 opposed it.

    Two of those...

  • VIDEO: Joe Biden tells ShalomTV ‘I am a Zionist’

    August 23, 2008 | 5:44 pm

    In an April 2007 interview, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) declares “I am a Zionist’ and discusses his support for Israel.

  • Thirteen million Jews worldwide don’t sign ‘don’t bomb Iran’ petition

    By The Web Guy

    August 22, 2008 | 7:01 pm

    In what must be a contender for most understated headline and sub-head of all time, our friends at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) offer this:

    Group of Jews oppose Iran attack

    More than 150 Jews around the world have signed a statement calling on Israel not to attack Iran’s...

  • ‘Jewels of Elul’ offers candidates’ wisdom

    By Tom Tugend

    August 21, 2008 | 11:09 pm

    What is the dream of the future president of the United States?

    For the answer, check out your e-mail or a pocket-sized, 36-page booklet called “Jewels of Elul IV,” which is subtitled “29 Dreamers and Their Dreams.”

    Others include Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, Harvard...

  • From the people who brought you the Iraq war comes . . . The ALL NEW Cold War

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 15, 2008 | 9:09 pm

    Wait a minute: I thought the greatest threat to the American way of life was Saddam Hussein?  OK, he’s dead. 

    Then the greatest threat must be leaving Iraq.  But now President Bush seems ready to adopt Barack Obama’s withdrawal timetable.  Hold it, it’s Iran.  We have to be ready...

  • Debating Presidential politics, Chanukah in August

    August 14, 2008 | 5:59 pm

    Presidential Politics Debate

    A crowd of 250 Iranian Jewish young professionals gathered at the Luxe Hotel on Aug. 6 to hear a panel of Jewish community leaders speaking on behalf of both presumptive presidential candidates -- Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

    Rep....

  • Eating Bambi, Zell again, Bergson, broken heart

    August 14, 2008 | 1:45 am

    Agriprocessors

    I was relieved to learn that Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie of Chabad of Yorba Linda found that the working conditions and safety benefits at the Agriprocessors plant were "above par" ("Eating Bambi," Aug. 8).

    Has he done a comprehensive survey of meatpacking plants in the...
  • The Great Awakening

    By Rob Eshman

    August 14, 2008 | 12:53 am

    The Rev. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church will hold back-to-back public conversations this Saturday, Aug. 16, with the two presumptive presidential candidates, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain. The conversations, on the topic of "Compassion and Leadership," will be broadcast...
  • Podcast: Exclusive interview with U.S. Congressman Howard Berman about Obama & Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 12, 2008 | 3:32 am

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    U.S. Congressman Howard Berman

    On May 6th nearly 250 local Iranian Jewish young professionals gathered at the Luxe Hotel in Bel Air to hear a panel of Jewish community leaders speaking in favor of both Democratic presidential nominee candidate Barack Obama and Republican...

  • Being an African American candidate is different

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 6, 2008 | 12:48 am

    I never imagined that there would be an African American presidential nominee of a major party in my lifetime. Now that the Democrats are on the verge of nominating Sen. Barack Obama, I'm only just beginning to absorb how different it is. Most of what we know about black candidates...
  • McCain campaign checks out sole Jewish Republican Congressman as possible VP

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 5, 2008 | 8:40 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor bridges two unlikely constituencies, say those hoping to see the Virginia Republican on John McCain's presidential ticket: Jews and hard-core, red state conservatives.

    Pressed, however, these Cantor devotees admit there's not much between...
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