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  • 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

  • But he’s a Muslim!

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 25, 2008 | 7:06 pm

    It made me think of my own family.

    Having coined "O'Bama" for the Irish working-class values that Joe Biden brings to the Democratic ticket, MSNBC motormouth Chris Matthews called his family in Pennsylvania -- where Scranton-born Biden is known as the state's "third senator" in...

  • 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...

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  • Biden and the Jews: Strong ties and friendly disagreements

    August 23, 2008 | 11:58 pm

    DENVER (JTA)—Before he announced his vice presidential pick on Saturday, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he wanted someone to spar with but who ultimately would be loyal enough to create a comfortable working relationship.

    No one knew then that he had picked U.S. Sen. Joe Biden...

  • VIDEO: Joe Biden (a self-declared Zionist) is good for the Jews

    By The Web Guy

    August 23, 2008 | 6:03 pm

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

    Sounds good to me! :-)

  • 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...

  • With seven rabbis and counting, Dem parley reaches out to the faithful

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 20, 2008 | 5:08 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Jewish voters and organizations often are among the first to object when Republicans and Christian conservatives inject religion into politics.

    But this year, especially at their convention next week, the Democrats are jumping into the religion game—and looking to...

  • 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...
  • I’m still thinking about the race card

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 31, 2008 | 6:05 pm

    Well, about as predictably as the sun rises in the morning, Part II of the McCain camp's race card strategy kicked in this morning.

    In response to their latest ad, Obama made an oblique statement about how McCain wants people to be afraid of Obama because he's not like those other...
  • On having your (political) heart broken—the Edwards scandal

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 30, 2008 | 11:12 pm

    The e-mail came when I was in Mexico, at a fitness resort that -- in pursuit of wellness -- confines BlackBerry use to guests' rooms.

    "Need to chat briefly with you regarding John Edwards and the effects of this scandal on his future political career." It was from a reporter I know...

  • Race is on my mind

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 30, 2008 | 7:56 pm

    I've got race on my mind today. Here we have the possibility of the first African-American president in history, and it's only a matter of time before the racial attacks kick in.

    The McCain campaign is struggling on the issues, and it's only going to get worse as the public gets...
  • Yeshiva student apologizes, Obama’s prayer returned to Western Wall

    July 27, 2008 | 6:18 pm

    Updated July 27

    The yeshiva student who pried Barack Obama’s prayer note from the Western Wall apologized Sunday.

    Identified only by the first initial of his name, Alef, and with his face obscured, the student went on Israel’s Channel 2 television to confess that he took the...

  • Obama's note at the Western Wall asks for God's guidance [VIDEO]

    July 25, 2008 | 3:20 pm

    The Western Wall rabbi has condemned an Israeli newspaper for publishing a note Barack Obama left in the Wall.

    Sen. Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee, visited Israel this week, and before leaving early Thursday morning, prayed at the Wall, the largest remnant of...

  • Sderot welcomes Obama

    By Dina Kraft

    July 25, 2008 | 1:34 am

    SDEROT, Israel (JTA) – At the New Age Beauty Salon in a run-down strip mall here, the manicurist and hairdresser swap opinions of Barack Obama, the latest in a series of high-profile visitors to come through this southern Israeli town.

    "Is there a chance I'll be able to give him a...

  • Obama world tour strikes gold

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 24, 2008 | 2:40 am

    Be careful what you wish for.  John McCain practically dared Barack Obama to go to Iraq, and he did, with a vengeance.  He has been on a world tour, going to three key areas Iraq and Afghanistan, where US troops are fighting; to Europe, location of America’s principal allies; and...

  • Ich bin ein Amerikaner

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 24, 2008 | 12:49 am

    "The world is waiting to love America again" ran the title of a recent London Observer editorial anticipating Barack Obama's visit to Europe.

    Love may be too strong a word to describe the world's feelings for America when George W. Bush was first sworn in as president, but not by...

  • Green transit, Hollywood Jew, New Yorker cover

    July 24, 2008 | 12:00 am

    Take Back L.A.

    I'm pleased Rob Eshman plans to get involved in making local transportation better ("Take Back L.A.," July 11).

    This is prime time for action, with the push for a new half-cent sales tax that would fund a subway extension and many other transit and highway projects...
  • Obama sounds both hawkish and dovish themes in Israel, Jordan

    July 23, 2008 | 4:49 pm

    SDEROT, Israel (JTA)—During his stops in Jordan and Israel, presidential contender Barack Obama stressed both his backing for tough Israeli security measures and his commitment to advancing the peace process.

    In meetings with several Israeli leaders Wednesday, Obama reaffirmed his...

  • Obama’s support lags previous Dems, poll finds

    July 23, 2008 | 3:16 am

    As he headed to Israel and the Palestinian Authority earlier this week, Sen. Barack Obama told reporters that as president, he would begin working on an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal from his first day in office. The presumptive Democratic candidate said, however, that both sides...
  • Now that Obama is in Israel, what should we expect?

    July 23, 2008 | 1:40 am

    Latest:

    Barack Obama arrived in Israel and stressed the historic ties between the United States and the Jewish state.

    The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is on a Middle East and European tour aimed at shoring up his foreign policy credentials.

    “I want input and...

  • Copycat bulldozer rampage in Jerusalem injures 28

    July 22, 2008 | 4:31 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—In an imitation of an attack nearly three weeks ago, an Arab construction worker rampaged through the streets of Jerusalem on a bulldozer, crushing cars and hitting a bus before being shot dead by Israeli border police.

    At least 16 people were injured in the attack...

  • Kuntar’s release reveals true evil of Iran’s regime

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 17, 2008 | 1:53 pm

    Photo
    (left to right; Released PLO Terrorist Samir Kuntar and Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah)

    Israel is in mourning today after yesterday’s exchange of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev for notorious PLO terrorist Samir Kuntar, four other terrorists and...

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