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  • Palestinian film ‘Omar’ nominated for Oscar

    January 16, 2014 | 10:09 am

    The Palestinian film ‘Omar,” directed by Hany Abu-Assad, has just been nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign Language Film category.

    It’s the second nomination for Abu-Assad, whose “Paradise Now” was up for the prize in 2005. It’s also the second time a Palestinian film...

  • Senate confirms Hagel as secretary of defense

    February 26, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    The Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense on Tuesday, after an unusually acrimonious confirmation fight that threatened to complicate his work as civilian leader at the Pentagon.

    The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm the former Republican...

  • Senate committee advances Hagel nomination

    February 12, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    Sticking strictly to party lines, the Senate Armed Services Committee referred the nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary to the full Senate for confirmation.

    The tally favoring Hagel, a former U.S. senator from Nebraska, was 14 in favor, all in the Democratic caucus,...

  • Senators assail Obama’s Hagel nomination, question judgment

    January 31, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Republican lawmakers harshly attacked Chuck Hagel on Thursday at a contentious hearing over his nomination to become the next U.S. defense secretary, questioning his judgment on war strategy and putting him broadly on the defensive.

    In one of the most heated exchanges,...

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  • 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,...

  • Spielberg’s year? ‘Lincoln’ nabs 12 Oscar nominations

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 10, 2013 | 8:33 am

    Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," a film about the passage of the 13th amendment abolishing slavery, garnered the most Academy Award nominations of any film this year, including Best Picture as well as nods in three major acting categories, achievement in directing for Spielberg and...

  • Jewish groups softening resistance on Hagel nomination

    January 8, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Now that Chuck Hagel is officially President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense, Jewish groups concerned about Hagel’s record on Israel and Iran are faced with a choice.

    Do they fight hard to derail his nomination, joining common cause with Republican opponents? Or do...

  • Revisiting Jonah Hill, Oscar nominee!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 16, 2012 | 11:34 am

    Jonah Hill is up for a supporting actor Oscar for his first dramatic turn in a major studio feature, “Moneyball,” and this whole awards season has been a heady time for the 28-year-old performer.  Previously best known for his performances in the pop-culture hits of comedy mogul...

  • ‘Better Life’ producers thrilled with Demian Bichir’s Oscar nod

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 13, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    The underdog in the race for best actor at the 2012 Academy Awards is certainly Demian Bichir, who was nominated for his searing performance as an undocumented worker struggling to raise his troubled teenaged son in Chris Weitz’s “A Better Life.”  While more expected contenders...

  • Jonah Hill: ‘Moneyball’s’ super-talented, super-nice Jewish boy [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 11, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Five minutes late to an interview at House Cafe on Beverly Boulevard, Jonah Hill apologizes like a contrite teenager. “I’m sorry I’m tardy,” he says, explaining he’d just flown in from shooting “Neighborhood Watch” in Atlanta and was scrambling to finish his Chanukah shopping.  His...

  • ‘50/50’s’ Will Reiser to compete against Woody, Diablo

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 6, 2012 | 7:32 pm

    When I spoke to screenwriter Will Reiser and Seth Rogen at Canter’s deli last fall, they were about to premiere their film, “50/50,” which is loosely based on Reiser’s battle with cancer while in his 20s.  Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rogen as stand-ins for the real...

  • Mitt Romney, John Thune make pitch to Jewish Republicans at RJC bash

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    April 5, 2011 | 10:40 am

    At the Republican Jewish Coalition’s winter leadership retreat here, it was the absence of certain likely candidates for president that had the crowd most excited.

    While names like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann generate enthusiasm at some other conservative gatherings, their...

  • Kagan expected to win approval to high court

    August 5, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    The U.S. Senate is expected to approve Elana Kagan to serve on the Supreme Court.

    The full Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on the nomination. The Senate Judiciary Committee had approved Kagan two weeks ago by a 13-6 vote mostly on party lines.

    If approved by the Senate, Kagan,...

  • Kagan seen as brilliant and affable—and a mystery

    May 11, 2010 | 1:40 pm

    Rabbi David Saperstein runs through a shopping list of superlatives on Elena Kagan—“self-evidently brilliant” and “steady, strategic and tactical”—before acknowledging that he doesn’t have much of a handle on what President Obama’s choice to fill a U.S. Supreme Court seat actually...

  • Life story, Israel trips tie Sotomayor to Jews

    May 26, 2009 | 7:38 pm

    Jewish groups don’t endorse U.S. Supreme Court nominees, at least in writing.

    The tears and choked sobs when Sonia Sotomayor accepted President Obama’s nomination on Tuesday told another story.

    Packed into the room along with Sotomayor’s family, friends and colleagues were...

  • Freshman Israeli filmmaker earns three Emmy nods

    September 18, 2008 | 1:48 am

    Arranging a telephone interview with Israeli documentary filmmaker Hilla Medalia requires the scheduling dexterity of a flight attendant: She is constantly en route to someplace else -- making movies, promoting various projects and generally wheeling and dealing. And the sense is...
  • Post-Palin Depression

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 11, 2008 | 12:26 am

    A therapist I know -- OK, since you dragged it out of me, my therapist -- told me that I'd be astonished if I knew how many emergency calls she got the night that Sarah Palin gave her convention speech.

    Actually, I wasn't that surprised. Judging from the number of unnerved post-Palin...

  • Jews’ Support Spans Political Spectrum

    By James Besser

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Will Jewish Democrats line up behind Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), now that the veteran lawmaker's campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination has been resurrected by Monday's blowout victory in the Iowa caucuses?

    Perhaps, but Kerry would be wise not to start sending out...

  • Lieberman’s Presidential Bid Is Already Over

    By Michael Levine

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As an active member of the Southern California Jewish community and a celebrity media consultant who has authored 12 books on communications, it pains me to point out an unpleasant truth.

    Despite the recent Gallup Poll showing Sen. Joseph Lieberman leading the field of Democrats...

  • Joe

    By Rob Eshman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Whatever happens in this election, we'll always have Lieberman. It is easy to forget now, amid the post-election chaos, just how momentous a day Aug. 8, 2000, was. Al Gore stood before supporters in Nashville (little did we know those may have been his only supporters in Tennessee)...

  • Jewish Angst

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Lieberman's Presence

    Recently, a Chinese-American doctor was monitoring my heart as the speed and incline were increased on the treadmill during a stress test. Perhaps he wanted me to relax; perhaps he was bored and was trying to make conversation. Apropos of nothing but my presence...

  • ‘Watts Side Story’

    By Tom Tugend

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Michele Ohayon was nursing her 2-month-old babywhen the phone rang at 5:45 a.m. and the caller answered a silentprayer: Ohayon's film, "Colors Straight Up," had been nominated asone of five documentary features in contention for an AcademyAward.

    The newly nominated director/producer...

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