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  • Bernie Sanders finally opens up about Jewish childhood

    1 day ago

    I interviewed Bernie Sanders a couple years ago, when word first circulated that the Vermont senator might seek the presidency. Though he knew about JTA going in — and must have known questions about his Jewish background were coming — he didn’t want to get into it.

    wrote at...

  • Republican Walker to drop out of 2016 US presidential race

    2 weeks ago

    Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin plans to drop out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race after deciding he has no path to win his party's nomination, a Republican familiar with the decision said on Monday.

    Walker's campaign announced he would hold a news conference in...

  • Bernie has it.  Trump has it.  Joe has it.  Does Hillary?

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 17, 2015 | 10:28 am

    As Joe Biden polls family and friends about entering the presidential fray, he’s getting two kinds of advice – personal and political.  The personal is about his life, his values and what he can give to his country.  The political is about Hillary Clinton’s vulnerability.


  • Why Trump is soaring

    By David Suissa

    July 21, 2015 | 5:01 pm

    The more outrageous Donald Trump gets in his noisy and obnoxious campaign for the Republican nomination, the more his front-running poll numbers seem to be soaring.

    What's going on? Are people that shallow? Don't they get that his shtick is just that -- a shtick? Can't they see...

  • Donald Trump tweeted a photo of his face, the American flag and Nazi soldiers

    July 14, 2015 | 12:48 pm

    Donald Trump has had a rocky (though high polling) start to his presidential campaign.

    He reportedly paid actors $50 to watch his announcement speech.

    His hard stance on immigration has landed him in hot water with NBC and other former business affiliates.

    He learned not to...

  • Clinton launches White House bid with promise to champion everyday Americans

    April 12, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    Hillary Clinton cast herself as a champion for everyday Americans on Sunday, kicking off her long-awaited second run for the White House with a vow to fight for a level playing field for those recovering from tough economic times.

    Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as...

  • Rand Paul promises to ‘take our country back’ in 2016 White House bid

    April 7, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) promised to be a different kind of Republican on Tuesday, launching a 2016 White House bid that he said would highlight the conservative principles of reduced government and spending as he vowed to break up "the Washington machine."

    The senator from...

  • What Would God Say?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 1, 2014 | 10:31 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am so conflicted! The situation in Israel conflicts me. The situation in America conflicts me. The situation in life conflicts me. I seem to be in the midst of conflict in most areas of my life. This week, someone who had sought recovery and then sought...

  • A Parking Space By Any Other Name

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 9, 2014 | 1:30 am

    Rabbi Simcha Bunam of P'shis'kha taught that in one pocket we should carry a piece of paper which reads, “The world was made for me, and me alone,” and in the other pocket should be one that says, “I am but dust and ashes.”

    Any time we’re feeling particularly low or discouraged,...

  • Obamacare will be Obama’s second big takeaway

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 17, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    We tend to use shorthand to talk about our presidents. Lincoln saved the Union and freed the slaves. Kennedy committed us to the moon landing and built the Peace Corps. FDR ended the Depression, created Social Security and won World War II.  

    It’s hard to know in the middle of a...

  • Media tycoon Saban Says dreams of Hillary Clinton as U.S. president

    November 29, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    Israeli-American media tycoon Haim Saban, a major donor to the U.S. Democratic party, said on Friday he would back former secretary of state Hillary Clinton with his "full might" should she run for president in 2016.

    Clinton, 66, whose four-year tenure as U.S. secretary of state...

  • Meeting JFK

    November 19, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    I was tutoring a student. We were reading about Colonial America. Every facet of life in that distant era seemed so bizarre to her 21st century sensibilities. She winced when we read that roasted squirrel was considered a tasty treat. She was visibly disturbed to learn that...

  • In court, defiant Morsi says he is still Egypt’s president

    November 4, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Ousted Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi, given his first public forum since his overthrow in a trial where he could face execution, declared on Monday he was still Egypt's legitimate president and shouted: "Down with military rule!"

    Morsi, an Islamist who was toppled by the army in...

  • Shanah tovah from the White House

    September 4, 2013 | 10:07 am

    No real news here, but it’s not every day the president speaks directly to the Jews (except for this week, when it seems he did).


  • Vigilance, not optimism, in engagement with Iran

    August 5, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Hassan Rohani was sworn in as Iran’s president on Sunday. In his inauguration speech, he alleged that his government would walk the path of “detente” with the world, but that the international community should engage with Iran through “dialogue” and “respect” instead of sanctions....

  • Extremely moderate

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 26, 2013 | 12:17 pm

  • This week from Israel - Facing tomorrow?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 24, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    This week, our President, Shimon Peres, celebrated his 90th birthday, followed by the 2013 Presidential Conference, named "Facing Tomorrow." More than a joyful week of celebration for our nation, this past week gave us, Israelis, a glance of a utopic fantasy.

    The guest list of...

  • Iran’s president-elect Rohani: More of the same or a bridge to the West?

    June 18, 2013 | 9:40 am

    Former national security adviser, former nuclear negotiator, a decades-old friendship with the supreme leader — Hassan Rohani is as Iranian establishment as it gets.

    Which is why, some Iran watchers say, he may be an invaluable asset in the quest to reduce tensions between the...

  • The off-campus Yudof

    By Tom Tugend

    April 18, 2013 | 11:43 am

    Mark Yudof, the soon-to-retire president of the University of California system, was born in Philadelphia, the son of an electrician, and during a distinguished career as head of the Universities of Minnesota, Texas and California multicampus systems, has never quite lost his taste...

  • Obama quotes Hatikvah in Passover message

    March 27, 2013 | 10:23 am

    President Obama cited the Israeli national anthem's invocation of an ancient Jewish longing for a homeland in his Passover message.

    "Last week, I visited the state of Israel for the third time, my first as president," Obama said in his message reeled Monday just hours before the...

  • Did Obama’s charm offensive in Israel work?

    March 21, 2013 | 2:02 pm

    President Obama had three goals for his first presidential trip to Israel.

    He wanted to persuade Israelis that the United States is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. He wanted to promote the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, albeit without...

  • Israel and the Palestinians gearing up for Obama visit

    March 13, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Preparing for a US presidential visit is a huge job. Preparing for a US presidential visit the week before Passover is an almost insurmountable task.

    While in Jerusalem, the President will be staying at the historic King David hotel, which used to be the site of the British...

  • Obama pledges to stand with Israel, stop Iranian bomb, in State of the Union

    February 12, 2013 | 11:14 pm

    President Obama pledged to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb and to "stand steadfast" with Israel in his State of the Union speech.

    "The leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands united in demanding that they...

  • L.A. activist attending Obama's inauguration finds Jewish values in week's festivities

    January 22, 2013 | 10:27 am

    The chill in the D.C. air never seems to diminish the warmth and excitement from a presidential inauguration. 2013 was no different, but it also felt uniquely Jewish.

    As a college student and law student in Washington DC, and later as an activist from California, I’ve attended...

  • DC Jews react on Obama inauguration, honor MLK with service

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    January 22, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Monday’s 57th Presidential Inauguration officially sent off Barack Obama into a second term as America’s 44th President and the country’s first African American commander-in-chief. After being formally sworn in Sunday at the White House, Obama gave his inaugural address to about...

  • Opinion: The Post-Kumbaya President

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 21, 2013 | 8:42 pm

    I wonder where Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan are having dinner tonight.

    Four years ago, while Democrats danced at inaugural balls, Reps. Cantor and Ryan dined at The Caucus Room, a Capitol Hill steakhouse, along with other top Republicans, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy, and Sens. Jim...

  • Obama in second inaugural speaks of a united America, U.S. involvement abroad

    January 21, 2013 | 10:18 am

    President Obama in his second inaugural address spoke of U.S. involvement throughout the world and Americans working together at home.

    Obama was sworn in publicly for his second term at 11:50 a.m. Monday by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Some 800,000 people reportedly...

  • Jewish Democrats ‘confident’ Hagel will follow Obama’s pro-Israel lead

    January 7, 2013 | 8:18 am

    The National Jewish Democratic Council said it was confident Chuck Hagel would follow what it called President Obama's "unprecedented" pro-Israel record.

    The statement Monday morning came before Obama's formal announcement expected later Monday nominating Hagel, a former...

  • The two faces of Morsi: Power-hungry peace broker?

    November 27, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    Is Morsi morphing into Mubarak?

    Last week Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi earned U.S. kudos that were quickly followed by expressions of concern -- the former for brokering the truce that ended the Israel-Hamas mini-war, the latter for then decreeing himself absolute powers.

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