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  • Cops, race and violence

    1 week ago

    The recent death of Michael Brown has elicited strong reactions across the political spectrum---from Bill O’Reilly to Louis Farrakhan---everyone seems to have an opinion on how law enforcement interacts with young black males and the likelihood of black males being shot by cops.

    ...
  • Thriller brings gay romance, Mideast intrigue into focus

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 2013 | 11:52 am

    Filmmakers in Hollywood and abroad long have been fascinated by characters representing different races, religions, nationalities or ideologies who transgress social taboos and barriers by falling in love.

    Back in the silent and barely speaking movie era of the 1920s, Jewish boys...

  • College and your child

    By Dennis Prager

    July 31, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    The following are some of the basic postulates about America, religion, society, morality, the arts and Israel that are taught at almost every American university.

    America:

    • The United States is no better than any other country, and in some important ways it is worse than...

  • Divining the supremes on race

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 2, 2013 | 11:16 am

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the long-anticipated case of Fisher v. University of Texas. The thrust of the majority’s logic suggests that the advocates of race-conscious affirmative action will have a tough row to hoe from here on out.

    The...

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  • ‘Running Rabbi’ recounts chaos at Boston Marathon, vows to run in next year’s race

    April 16, 2013 | 10:00 am

    “It was a beautiful day. I was so excited to run and having such a good run. The crowd was unbelievable. The whole experience was amazing. It was almost magical."

    That’s how the Boston Marathon began for Rabbi Benjamin David, head rabbi at Adath Emanu-El in Mount Laurel, N.J....

  • East Africans, American clinch six top spots in Jerusalem race

    March 1, 2013 | 6:36 am

    East African runners and a U.S. Air Force captain won the six top spots in the annual Jerusalem marathon, which drew over 20,000 participants from 52 nations.

    Abraham Kabeto Ketla of Ethiopia won with a time of 2:16:29.25, a new record for the Jerusalem Winner International...

  • School board race pits unions against billionaires

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 20, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    Probably the greatest impact of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $1 million gift last week to the Coalition for School Reform, an independent political group supporting a slate of three reform-minded candidates for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board seats, was on...

  • Jan Perry, “tough” mayoral candidate, faces challenging route

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 6, 2013 | 9:22 am

    This is one in a series of profiles of the five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates running in the March 5 election. See below for a video analysis.

    Following a recent televised debate featuring the five top candidates running for mayor of Los Angeles, some campaign watchers...

  • Kevin James: The still-evolving outsider runs for mayor

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 6, 2013 | 9:04 am

    This is one in a series of profiles of the five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates running in the March 5 election.  See below for a video analysis.

    As the race for Los Angeles mayor heats up, many descriptors have been applied to Kevin James, one of the least-known of the...

  • Congressional races to watch

    September 27, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    The following are descriptions of eight congressional races of particular Jewish interest, plus four others featuring potentially viable Jewish contenders.

    Top eight congressional races to watch:

    U.S. Senate:

    Hawaii — Mazie Hirono (D) vs. Linda Lingle (R)

    Hawaii

    Linda Lingle,...

  • The Gold Man – A Guest Blog

    By Ilana Angel

    August 27, 2012 | 12:07 am

    I spent the weekend in San Francisco with the Englishman and our kids.  It was his birthday, and with his oldest daughter there attending university, we headed up so we could celebrate together. Our kids all get along in a marvelous way and I am truly blessed because I love his...

  • Australian sprinter Steven Solomon advances to 400-meter finals

    August 6, 2012 | 10:36 am

    Australian sprinter Steven Solomon qualified for the Olympics 400 meters final with a second consecutive personal best time.

    Solomon, 19, who only took up professional sprinting in 2009, finished third in his semifinal heat on Sunday in London, but his time of 44.97 was good enough...

  • How to ignore the campaign

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 30, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    Congratulations. You’re about to prevent hundreds of hours of your life from going down the rat hole between now and Election Day.

    It’s no mystery why we pay attention to campaign news. We’re wired to love stories. Suspense, surprise, risk, noise, combat: the thrill of a...

  • McCain condemns Bachmann for claim of Muslim Brotherhood agents in U.S. gov’t

    July 19, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor to condemn a suggestion by Rep. Michele Bachmann that the federal government has been penetrated by Muslim Brotherhood agents.

    A letter sent last week to inspectors general of several federal agencies by Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other...

  • Gingrich, bowing out, thanks Adelsons

    May 3, 2012 | 11:59 am

    Newt Gingrich, bowing out of the race for the Republican presidential nod, thanked Miriam and Sheldon Adelson for helping to sustain his campaign.

    “We share a combined concern about the Middle East and a combined concern about American security and the survival of Israel,” Gingrich,...

  • 20 years after the L.A. Riots

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 19, 2012 | 12:40 pm

    On April 29, 1992, the acquittal of four white Los Angeles police officers involved in the beating of Rodney King, an African-American man, triggered riots in Los Angeles that resulted in more than 50 dead, thousands injured and some $1 billion in property damage.

    To mark the 20th...

  • Community panel on the L.A. Riots

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 19, 2012 | 11:58 am

    On April 29, 1992, the acquittal of four white Los Angeles police officers involved in the beating of Rodney King, an African-American man, triggered riots in Los Angeles that resulted in more than 50 dead, thousands injured and some $1 billion in property damage.

    To mark the 20th...

  • Arabs boycotting Adidas for sponsoring Jerusalem race

    April 5, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Arab states launched a boycott against Adidas over its sponsorship of last month’s Jerusalem Marathon.

    The boycott of the sports apparel manufacturer was announced Wednesday in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, following a meeting of the Arab youth and sports council of ministers, the French...

  • The myth of the Iranian-American Jew

    April 4, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    This one’s for our children — the teens and 20-somethings who were born in this country or who’ve lived here most of their life, who have no memory of Iran except what’s been passed on to them or what they’ve constructed with their imagination. The kids who speak Persian...

  • Ethiopian immigrant is top Jewish finisher in this year’s Jerusalem Marathon

    March 18, 2012 | 11:48 am

    Ashrat “Assaf” Mamo is such a common sight when he pounds the pavement in Jerusalem that he’s on a first-name basis with city bus drivers who, he said, always “ask me about the marathon and encourage me.”

    On Friday, Mamo, a 27-year-old immigrant from Ethiopia, became the...

  • Santorum’s Southern sweep mars Romney’s front-runner status

    March 14, 2012 | 8:54 am

    Rick Santorum swept two Southern states in Republican primaries, complicating Mitt Romney’s status as front-runner and all but burying Newt Gingrich’s chance for the nomination.

    Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who emerged from last place in polling as recently as December...

  • Berman-Sherman race picks up steam

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 15, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    Last year, with political observers predicting the race between incumbent Democratic Congressmen Howard Berman (Van Nuys) and Brad Sherman (Sherman Oaks) could end up costing upwards of $10 million, the news that three separate Super PACs had been established to support one candidate...

  • One Serious Problem Gone

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 1, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    Over the past few days, the press reported a welcomed reminder of how America has been transforming itself over recent decades. Not in the depressing trajectory that is often the subject of the blather of 24/7 news outlets and their self-proclaimed “pundits.” Rather, by virtue of...

  • Perry set to drop out of presidential race

    January 19, 2012 | 10:41 am

    Rick Perry reportedly is dropping his bid to become the Republican presidential nominee.

    CNN and The New York Times reported Thursday that the Texas governor will announce later in the day his decision to bow out; a news conference reportedly is scheduled in South Carolina.

    Perry,...

  • Bachman pulls out of GOP race

    January 4, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    Michele Bachman pulled out of the race for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination after finishing sixth in the Iowa caucuses.

    “I ran as the next steppingstone, the passing on of the torch of liberty,” said Bachman, a Minnesota congresswoman, in a speech to supporters...

  • Ron Paul, The Media is Waking Up—Better Late Than Never

    By  David A. Lehrer

    December 21, 2011 | 5:09 pm

    We are nearly a year out from the next presidential election and there have been about a dozen Republican debates——more than enough time for the 24/7 news cycle and voracious cable news channels to inspect, examine and scour each candidate for every present and former wart. The...

  • The Israel Factor: Romney tops Gingrich who tops Obama

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 18, 2011 | 9:55 pm

    The Israel Factor project and panel has moved with me to the new Rosner’s Domain on The Jewish Journal. This is cause for celebration – the Factor was always one of the most provocative and widely read features of the Domain – but also for confusion – as I assume that some...

  • Sherman, Berman gun for endorsements

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 16, 2011 | 4:38 pm

    At his fundraising dinner on Nov. 10, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) acknowledged that his race for re-election in the West San Fernando Valley’s new 30th Congressional District is likely to be the most competitive challenge he’s faced in a while.

    As a result of...

  • Sherman, Berman reveal differences early in race

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 30, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    If it seems difficult to discern the differences in the records of Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, the two Jewish Democratic incumbents running for re-election in 2012 in the newly redrawn 30th Congressional District in the West San Fernando Valley, last weekend at least...

  • On Election Day, Jewish Dems face challenges

    November 2, 2010 | 10:47 am

    Several Jewish Democratic incumbents are fighting for their political survival as Americans head to the polls.

    Lawmakers under threat Tuesday in a midterm election cycle that has seen a conservative/Republican resurgence include U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Reps. Ron Klein...

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