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  • The next president’s gums

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 3, 2008 | 11:31 am

    It's surprising that 40 years passed between the Nixon-Kennedy debates in 1960, which won the largest viewing audience in television history until then, and the airing of the first season of "Survivor," a monster hit that launched the "reality" boom that's dominated television ever...
  • VIDEO: Mayor Bloomberg urges Florida Jews to fight Obama rumors

    June 20, 2008 | 9:12 pm

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged Jewish voters in Florida to disregard damaging rumors about presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Dean Reynolds reports.

     

  • AIPAC, Persian tragedy, Christian support for Israel

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    AIPAC

    Do You think it is fair and balanced news to print only Sen. John McCain's comments to AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee]?

    I listened to Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hilary Clinton's comments and feel they deserve the same coverage in The Jewish Journal ("...
  • Volume 23, Number 17

    June 15, 2008 | 8:35 pm

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  • The torch has been passed

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 12, 2008 | 6:15 pm


  • 2008: The contest for the Jews

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    With Hillary Rodham Clinton's concession on Saturday, the real race begins. In the struggle between Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), there will be a fierce competition for Jewish support. Seeing potential weakness in Obama's Jewish flank, McCain will work...
  • Birthright Israel, sex and the column

    June 12, 2008 | 2:32 pm

    Birthright Israel

    Your idea of creating multiple levels of free services and programs for various Jewish groups is brilliant ("Free at Last," June 6). In retrospect, and l'havdil, we should take a lesson from Hamas and Hezbollah. What gives these organizations their popular support...
  • Hillary withdraws—the end of the beginning

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 8, 2008 | 11:13 am

    Now that Hillary Clinton has issued her long-awaited and full-throated endorsement of Barack Obama, the extended first phase of the 2008 race is over.  There is a slight feeling of anti-climax as we wind up for the big one.  On the Democratic side, the semi-finals were monstrously...

  • Will ‘President Obama’ be good for Israel?

    By Leslie Susser

    June 8, 2008 | 1:01 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Although Israeli officialdom is not commenting on the possibility of a Barack Obama presidency, in private some officials in Jerusalem are expressing mixed feelings about the prospect.

    There are concerns in some government quarters that Obama (D-Ill.), the...

  • Hillary Clinton’s address to AIPAC, June 4, 2008

    June 5, 2008 | 5:42 pm

    Hillary Clinton’s prepared speech, AIPAC Conference, June 4, 2008

    Thank you all very, very much. Thank you. It is wonderful being here with all of you, among so many friends and I feel like this is a giant family reunion. The largest AIPAC gathering in history and I feel like I am...

  • Negotiating with Syria, still with the Rev. Wright brouhaha, Museum of Tolerance expansion

    June 5, 2008 | 2:32 pm


    Talks With Syria

    M.J. Rosenberg opens with the unqualified claim that former Israeli Ambassador Dore Gold is "appalled" by Israel's negotiating with Syria. ("Israeli Talks With Syrians Make Sense," May 29). False. Gold has expressed no such view.

    Indeed, he actively participated...
  • Obama, Clinton on same page at AIPAC parley

    June 5, 2008 | 12:40 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—After months of seeking to paint each other as opposites on Middle East policy, U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were on the same page Wednesday at the AIPAC policy conference as they ripped into the Bush administration and John McCain on several fronts.

    ...
  • Obama to AIPAC: War in Iraq has hurt Israel

    June 4, 2008 | 1:04 pm

    WASHINGTON [JTA] -- Barack Obama told an AIPAC conference that the Iraq war had endangered Israel.

    "Because of war in Iraq, Iran, which always posed a greater threat than Iraq, is emboldened," the Illinois senator and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said Wednesday at the...
  • McCain raps Obama on Iran and Iraq at AIPAC

    By Ron Kampeas

    June 2, 2008 | 3:05 pm

    WASHINGTON [JTA] -- No confessional bloc rejects the Iraq war more than American Jews do. But in a bit of political jujitsu, John McCain is making the policy his own in his plea for Jewish votes.

    The presumptive Republican presidential nominee made headlines -- and drew heavy fire...

  • Obama and the politics of distraction

    By Raphael Sonenshein

    June 1, 2008 | 12:02 pm

    Democrats have trouble winning presidential elections.  One reason is that they have difficulty keeping the campaign focused on their issues.  Polls show that this year especially the issues favor the Democrats, with the big ones, the Iraq war and the economy deeply in the...

  • After weeks of feuding over Mideast, candidates head to AIPAC conference

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 29, 2008 | 3:41 pm

    If there's any doubt about AIPAC being the belle of Washington, check out next week's ball.

    The lobbying powerhouse's conference, to be held June 2-4, is the only policy event since the presidential election campaign was launched that has attracted all three major candidates: U.S....

  • Love you to pieces

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm


  • Israel is central to the Republican strategy in 2008

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 22, 2008 | 4:39 pm

    Have you noticed that Israel is making its way into the Republican talking points in a very big way as this campaign proceeds? This seems to be one of those 60th birthday gifts that leaves the recipient a little baffled and doubtful.

    While it is hardly news that Republicans have...
  • Nikbakht explains why Iranian Jews are not crazy about Obama

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 5, 2008 | 4:57 pm

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    My article this week in the L.A. Jewish Journal focuses on the lack of enthusiasm among Iranian Jews for Democratic Presidential candidate Barak Obama. From what I’ve gathered from local Iranian Jews, they are turned off by Obama’s desire to diplomatically engage Iran’s...

  • Voice of reason in a sea of insanity,  Jewish Dodgers, Prager, archaeologists, politicians and peace

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Food Issues

    Rob Eshman's article about food issues is a voice of reason in a sea of insanity ("Food Issues," April 11).

    Much of the meaning behind the holiday is in its simplicity, as Rob indicates. Changing one's diet for seven or eight days obviously extends beyond the seders....
  • Briefs: Pro-Israel doves launch D.C. lobbying effort, Carter—in Israel— calls Sderot attacks ’

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Pro-Israel Doves Launch D.C. Outfit


    J Street promo video


    Pro-Israel doves are launching an initiative aimed at countering the influence of established Jewish organizations on Capitol Hill. In a conference call Tuesday, organizers announced the launch of J Street, a lobby outfit and a...

  • Briefs: U.S. House recognizes Jewish refugees from Arab lands,  Woody Allen sues American Apparel

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Woody Allen Sues Over Rabbi Billboard

    Woody Allen is suing a clothing company for advertisements showing the actor dressed as a rabbi. Allen filed a $10 million lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan against American Apparel Inc. for using an image from one of the...

  • Richardson endorses Obama: Another turning point?

    By Pol Observer

    March 21, 2008 | 4:10 pm


    Today, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson endorsed Barack Obama for president. I’d call this a turning point for sure, if all previous turning points hadn’t simply turned out to be wrong turns that take us who knows where.

    But it certainly changes the chemistry of this race one...

  • Briefs: Obama condemns pastor’s politics, Merkel addresses Knesset

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Obama: Pastor's Views on Israel 'Distorted'

    Barack Obama, the Illinois senator vying for the Democratic presidential candidacy, addressed growing controversy over strong criticisms of U.S. foreign policy by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently retired as the pastor of his Chicago...

  • I was right!  Now what?

    By Pol Observer

    March 5, 2008 | 8:10 pm

    I was right on the button about Tuesday’s results when I swore that I had absolutely no clue what was going to happen.  But now that it has happened, and Hillary Clinton has had a really big night, we can certainly try to make sense of where things go from here.

    The main story is...

  •  Republicans anoint Obama—with slime

    By Pol Observer

    February 28, 2008 | 12:29 pm


    It looks as if Republicans are pretty certain that Barack Obama will win the Democratic nomination.  For most people, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  For those who run against Republicans for president, getting slimed is the only real compliment.  In the last few days,...

  • The Democratic endgame ain’t pretty

    By Pol Observer

    February 25, 2008 | 2:06 pm


    It’s getting painful to watch the endgame of the Democratic nomination.  If Obama wins, I imagine we might date the beginning of the end from the time that Clinton accused Obama of selling “false hope.” 

    Running against hope is, of course, hopeless, as the spouse of the original...

  • Welcome to JewsChoose 2008: Obama and the Jewish test

    By Pol Observer

    February 19, 2008 | 7:47 pm


    Hello! and welcome to JewsChoose 2008.  My name is Raphael Sonenshein (although I go by Raphe).  I’m a professor of political science at Cal State Fullerton, and a regular columnist for The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. 

    The Wisconsin results are coming in now, and it...

  • If Web hits were votes, the election will be between Baruch Obama and Ron Paul

    By The Web Guy

    January 31, 2008 | 10:47 pm

    Based on the number of visitors to our election stories today, look for a November contest between Democrat Baruch Obama and Republican Ron Paul.

    Four times as many people visited the Paul profile as checked out a pro-Obama pitch, the next most popular story.

    But web hits aren’t votes, thankfully. 

    I don’t think America is ready for the gold standard and other Flat Earth ideas.

    America likes humps.  Also, Israel.

  • Why I support Hillary

    By Rep. Brad Sherman

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Last year, Senator Clinton voted to label the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.

    Barack Obama attacked her vote ferociously.

    Hillary stood her ground.

    As a strong Democrat, I was drawn to Senator Clinton's unparalleled and tenacious stands on domestic...

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