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  • VIDEO: Jewish voters targeted in ‘push polling’—RJC fesses up

    September 17, 2008 | 3:55 am

    Joelna Marcus tells JTA she was the target of a push poll because she is Jewish. A caller, pretending to be a pollster, tried to insinuate Barack Obama is pro-Palestinian.



    The Republican Jewish Coalition has admitted it sponsored a negative poll about Barack Obama.

    Politico.com...

  • McCain and Obama campaigns focus on sanctions as Iran threat looms

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 16, 2008 | 6:47 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The mounting anxiety over Iran’s nuclear program is sparking campaign chatter over a possible Israeli strike and prompting a bipartisan effort to revive long-stalled sanctions legislation in the U.S. Congress.

    Time is running out, say advocates of new...
  • 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...

  • A self-proclaimed Zionist, Joe Biden is a friend of Israel

    September 11, 2008 | 12:05 am

    I returned from the Democratic National Convention in Denver with the announcement of Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, the memorable acceptance speech by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and the announcement of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican...
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  • Chicago rabbis organize nationwide Rabbis for Obama group, 300 sign on [VIDEO]

    September 10, 2008 | 1:58 am

    Rabbi Sam Gordon spoke out against anti-Obama smears last January



    More than 300 rabbis from across the country and across the denominations are publicly backing Barack Obama for president.

    According to a press release, Rabbis for Obama is a “grassroots effort” founded by two...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • VIDEO: In 2006, Lieberman calls Obama ‘Baruch’ and himself Obama’s mentor

    September 4, 2008 | 3:26 am

    Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn)  on his hopes and dreams for Barack Obama, March 2006:

    “As far as I’m concerned [Barack Obama] is a ‘Baruch,’ which means a blessing. He is a blessing to the United States Senate, to America, and to our shared hopes for better, safer tomorrows for all...

  • Michele Obama’s cousin’s cousin is a rabbi; Abbas met with Kuntar

    September 3, 2008 | 12:59 am

    Michelle Obama's Cousin Has Family Link to Most Prominent Black Rabbi in U.S.

    A cousin of the wife of Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, is a cousin of this country's most prominent black rabbi, according to a report in The Forward.

    Rabbi Capers Funnye is chief rabbi...

  • 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...
  • Obama says GOP ‘tough talk’ doesn’t help Israel; Transcript of speech

    August 29, 2008 | 3:10 am

    DENVER (JTA) -- Barack Obama said Republican "tough talk" was not protecting Israel.

    In his speech accepting the Democratic Party's presidential nomination Thursday night, Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) derided the Bush administration and his Republican rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for...

  • VIDEO: Blacks and Jews are back together and working side by side for an Obama victory

    August 29, 2008 | 1:21 am

    JTA’s Eric Fingerhut and Ron Kampeas on Thursday’s events at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.  With a focus on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, they explore a new emphasis on rebuilding the Civil Rights-era alliance of Jews and Blacks.  Included—Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. John Lewis.

  • It was 45 years ago today

    By The Web Guy

    August 28, 2008 | 2:20 pm

    It was 45 years ago today when Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech in Washington, D.C.

    I was a 16-year old kid from the suburbs who came to the steamy swamps of the District to join in the historic demonstration and hear what he had to say. I took the bus...

  • 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.

     

  • Agriprocessors rebukes Obama, Israel sends flood aid to Ukraine

    August 28, 2008 | 12:15 am

    Agri Rebukes Obama Over Criticism

    Nathan Lewin, who is representing the largest kosher meat producer in the United States, in a statement released early Tuesday wondered whether Barack Obama had weighed the evidence in the case or considered the company's repeated denials.

    On...

  • 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...

  • VIDEO: Jewish ‘condo vote’ will be hard to crack

    August 26, 2008 | 7:21 pm

    Ron Kampeas and Eric Fingerhut file their first video report from Denver, after attending a panel discussion Monday on the Jewish vote sponsored by the National Jewish Democratic Council

  • 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

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  • 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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