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  • Dating 101: Almost Divorced & Quitting Smoking

    By Ilana Angel

    4 days ago

    I had two dates last week. Both liars and neither particularly bright. Bless them. I don’t understand the concept of lying while dating, and have to laugh when the lies begin right at the start. By right at the start, of course I mean before we even meet. I went in with no...

  • Giuliani defends Trump over Obama comments

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    2 weeks ago

    Former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday defended controversial comments made by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, which was interpreted as implying that President Obama is sympathetic to Islamic terrorism.

    “I am very disturbed by the president’s failure to...

  • Muhammad Ali memorial service features remarks by Jewish leaders

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    Several Jewish figures participated in the June 10 memorial service for late boxing champion Muhammad Ali, with participants in the ceremony discussing Ali’s unparalleled athletic ability, controversial political activism and more.

    “[Ali was a great fighter for justice and...

  • Congress to block Obama’s proposed cuts to anti-terror funding

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 26, 2016 | 8:44 am

    Congress is moving towards passing a Homeland Security budget that will restore $270 million in funds for the Urban Area Security Initiative in the 2017 budget, back to the 2016 funding level of $600 million, Senator Chuck Schumer announced on Thursday.

    Since February, Schumer ...

  • Obama calls for solidarity with European Jews, Jewish students on Holocaust Remembrance Day

    May 5, 2016 | 8:53 am

    In his Holocaust Remembrance Day message, President Barack Obama called for solidarity with Jews facing anti-Semitism in Europe and on campuses.

    “Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community both at home and abroad,” Obama said in his statement released...

  • Clinton allies refute Trump’s claim on Obama’s Israel record

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    April 27, 2016 | 4:00 pm

    The Hillary campaign on Wednesday pushed back against Donald Trump’s criticism of President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s treatment of Israel during his first major foreign policy speech in Washington, D.C.

    During his speech, Trump criticized the Obama administration for abandoning...

  • Obama, asking ‘mah nishtana?’ answers that it’s his last White House Passover

    April 22, 2016 | 11:27 am

    President Barack Obama sounded a wistful note in his last Passover message as president.

    “Mah nishtana halailah hazeh?” said the White House statement released Friday, hours before the start of the holiday, using the Hagadah’s phrase, reserved for the youngest child at the seder...

  • In Riyadh, Obama defends nuclear talks with Iran

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    April 21, 2016 | 8:58 am

    President Barack Obama strongly defended the nuclear negotiations with Iran at the end of the US-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday.

    Speaking at the conclusion of the summit, Obama said the outcome of the negotiations proved it was the...

  • Paul Ryan, out of the running for president, asks to be seen as foreign policy maven

    April 19, 2016 | 3:05 pm

    Paul Ryan wants you to know he’s not running for president, he’s no fan of the Obama doctrine and he’s not a neoconservative.

    What the Wisconsin congressman wants to be, he suggested at an April 14 breakfast in his Capitol Hill offices with foreign policy reporters, is the...

  • Obama to host late Passover seder this year

    April 19, 2016 | 10:05 am

    President Barack Obama will host a Passover seder this year, but not on either of the nights it is required according to Jewish custom.

    A spokeswoman told JTA that Obama will host the seder next week following his return from travel overseas.

    Obama will be in Saudi Arabia on...

  • Will President Obama speak at J Street?

    March 31, 2016 | 8:29 am

    Speculation abounds that President Obama may refocus his attention, during the final year of his presidency, on the failed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Observers now wonder where and when?

    Election year initiatives are typically fraught with complications — in a world of...

  • Obama in Atlantic interview talks Netanyahu, Syria and Iran strike

    March 10, 2016 | 8:21 am

    President Barack Obama once invoked his own unlikely trajectory to the presidency to make the case to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he understood what it took to overcome obstacles.

    The revelation of another wrinkle in the contentious relationship came during an...

  • A 2016 election column that doesn’t mention Donald Trump

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 9, 2016 | 12:29 pm

    The 2016 presidential campaign is a real doozy and not only because of colorful personalities and bitterly fought primaries. It is nothing less than a test of the strength of two competing visions of America grappling with a wide range of issues that have been sucked into what...

  • A simple solution to the Obama-Netanyahu problem

    March 8, 2016 | 2:13 pm

    Things seemed to be going so well between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Then, one meeting falls through and it sounds like the Iran deal days again.

    According to the White House, the Israeli prime minister was ready to turn up for a...

  • Netanyahu’s office says White House knew meeting might not take place

    March 8, 2016 | 8:27 am

    The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an Obama administration official’s statement that the White House was “surprised” to learn that Netanyahu decided not to meet with the president in Washington, D.C., later this month.

    “Last Friday, during a meeting in the...

  • Obama urged to meet survivors of terror attacks on Argentina Jewish sites

    March 3, 2016 | 9:19 am

    Leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee urged President Barack Obama to meet with survivors of two 1990s terrorist attacks on Jewish institutions when he travels to Argentina.

    “As you work to renew the partnership between the United States and Argentina, we would like to...

  • Kerry on MOU agreement: ‘The sooner the better’

    February 25, 2016 | 1:53 pm

    The sooner the post-Iran deal security package and the “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) between the U.S. and Israel on strategic cooperation is signed, the better it would be for both countries, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

    “We are working on it now; we...

  • Obama signs anti-BDS bill, objects to pro-settlement provisions

    February 25, 2016 | 8:03 am

    President Barack Obama reiterated his strong opposition to the BDS movement as he signed the “Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015″ on Wednesday despite the inclusion of a provision that makes anti-BDS sanctions equally applicable to “Israel” and “Israeli-controlled...

  • At prayer breakfast, Obama cites rescuers, Jewish fight for civil rights

    February 5, 2016 | 11:54 am

    President Barack Obama cited examples of Jews and those who rescued them in a prayer day message calling on Americans to overcome fear and welcome the stranger.

    Obama in remarks Thursday to the annual National Prayer Breakfast cited multiple examples of faith communities working...

  • Obama mosque visit sends message of standing for religious diversity

    February 4, 2016 | 11:02 am

    An Orthodox Union official said a visit by President Barack Obama to a Baltimore mosque was an appropriate message embracing diversity.

    “George W. Bush went to a mosque a few days after 9-11 to send the message the United States should stand by principles of religious diversity...

  • WATCH: President Obama at Righteous Among Nations Awards Ceremony

    January 28, 2016 | 4:08 pm

    President Obama delivered remarks at the Righteous Among Nations Award Ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. This is the first time this ceremony has been held in the U.S. 


    THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Good...

  • Holocaust remembrance speeches: How Obama and Netanyahu’s worldviews differ

    January 28, 2016 | 8:32 am

    President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday evening at the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He exchanged warm greetings with Ambassador Ron Dermer, who noted that the speech was unprecedented. (Folks present said the last time a...

  • Sanders, Obama to hold Oval Office meeting

    January 27, 2016 | 8:27 am

    President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders at the White House.

    There will be “no formal agenda” for Wednesday morning’s Oval Office meeting, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement, adding that the meeting...

  • Obama says Sanders has ‘luxury’ of being long shot in Democratic race

    January 25, 2016 | 8:17 am

    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has had the "luxury of being a complete long shot" so far in the race to be the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, President Barack Obama said in an interview published by Politico on Monday.

    Obama said both Sanders and Hillary Clinton, his...

  • Obama to speak at Righteous Among the Nations ceremony at Israeli embassy

    January 22, 2016 | 2:49 pm

    President Barack Obama will speak at a ceremony honoring Righteous Among the Nations at the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., a sign of warmed ties between Obama and Israel’s government.

    Obama’s appearance at the Jan. 27 ceremony, marking International Holocaust Remembrance...

  • Obama says Iran has pledged to help find Robert Levinson

    January 19, 2016 | 8:11 am

    Iran will “deepen its coordination” with the United States to locate a Jewish-American man missing since 2007, President Barack Obama said.

    “Iran has agreed to deepen our coordination as we work to locate Robert Levinson, missing from Iran for more than eight years,” Obama said,...

  • Cruz: Obama treating Israel, Americans as enemies with NSA surveillance program

    December 30, 2015 | 9:07 am

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of treating Americans and Israel as enemies after a report revealed that the NSA intercepted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conversations with members of U.S. Congress the past two...

  • In Oval Office speech, Obama pledges to destroy Islamic State

    December 7, 2015 | 8:20 am

    Calling last week’s mass killing in San Bernardino an “act of terrorism,” President Barack Obama pledged in a nationally televised Oval Office address to destroy the so-called Islamic State.

    “It is clear the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization,” Obama said...

  • Obama says motive for California shooting not yet clear

    December 3, 2015 | 8:52 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that investigators do not yet know why two suspects killed 14 people and wounded 17 others in a mass shooting in Southern California, but vowed that the FBI and law enforcement would "get to the bottom of this."

    "It is possible that...

  • Obama, Gov. Brown; politicians react to shooting in San Bernardino

    December 2, 2015 | 3:35 pm


    "The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world, and there's some steps we could take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the...

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