For all the talk among pundits of Mitt Romney’s charisma problem, Romney’s Jewish supporters say what’s most inspiring about the Republican presidential candidate is that he actually does rather than just talk.
PHILADELPHIA -- It's the question that just won't go away for presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
No matter how many times he addresses it or gives major speeches about it, the 'pastor question' pursues him in the Jewish community -- and beyond.
What U.S. role in the world is best for Israel?
Is it to be loved, to be feared, or to be respected? The 2008 campaign provides a good lens for answering that question.
Steven Spielberg, arguably Hollywood's most influential citizen, co-hosted a fund-raiser early last year that netted $2.1 million for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign.
A few weeks later, Spielberg joined DreamWorks partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen in throwing a fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Clinton's chief rival for the Democratic nod, that yielded $2.2 million.
Spielberg has since formally endorsed Clinton and given the U.S. senator from New York the maximum donation of $2,300. But he has also contributed the same amount to Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois, and the primary campaigns of Democrats John Edwards and Bill Richardson -- who has since dropped out of the race.
Brief descriptions of Republican and Democratic presidential candidates and their likely appeal amongst Jewish voters.
If money is, as former California Treasurer Jesse Unruh said, the "mother's milk of politics," then Alan Solomont is one successful dairyman. Solomont, a longtime leader in Jewish philanthropic and national Democratic political circles, is one of the go-to men when big money is needed.
Obama vs. Clinton is the horse race among Democrats, as the voice of change and the voice of experience pass each other week to week in fundraising and in polls. Among Jewish Democrats, however, it's no race, insiders in the fundraising community say. While Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has generated considerable excitement, the years Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has spent focusing on Israel and other issues of concern to the nation's largest Jewish community puts her firmly in front.
Should candidates for the White House have to pass a religious test? The Constitution says no, but increasingly American political culture says otherwise.
The Democratic presidential candidates' attitude toward Israel is undergoing the same sort of word-by-word examination that was such an important feature of the 2004 campaign.
With California's early primary bringing unusual recognition to the Golden State, the Republican candidates are heading out West. They met in debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on May 3. Do these Republicans have a shot at winning Jewish voters over in 2008?
When the Westside chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC- LA) gathered at the home of philanthropist Daphna Ziman in Beverly Hills on April 12 to announce the organization's formal endorsement of Sen. Hillary Clinton for president, it took just a few steps into the foyer to note Ziman's strong ties both to the Democratic Party and to Judaism.