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  • Opposition to Iran deal grows among U.S. Republicans

    1 day ago

    Opposition to a nuclear pact between Iran and major powers grew among U.S. Republicans over the past month, a Reuters poll showed, reflecting a partisan struggle in Congress as President Barack Obama sought to win approval for the deal.

    The poll, taken from Aug. 20-27, showed...

  • Jews still leaning Democratic

    1 week ago

    If the 2016 presidential election were held today, Jewish voters nationwide would probably split 70-30 for the Democratic candidate, much as they did in 2012. Including the undecided respondents, 58 percent of American Jews prefer the Democrat, 18 percent the Republican, and 24...

  • Dear Congressman Sherman: Your ‘no’ vote on Iran deal threatens Israel

    1 week ago

    In the least plausible alternative version of my life, I would have stayed in the San Fernando Valley rather than leaving more than 40 years ago and moving to Jerusalem. In that scenario, I’d be represented in Congress by Democrat Brad Sherman — and I might be less infuriated by...

  • CNN invites all but one Republican presidential hopeful to next debates

    2 weeks ago

    All but one of the 17 Republicans vying for the party's presidential nomination have made the cut so far for the next candidates' debates hosted by CNN, the network said on Tuesday in a decision that could leave former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore on the sidelines.

    CNN and the...

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  • Trump draws boos as he bristles at ‘war on women’ question

    3 weeks ago

    White House contender Donald Trump, known for his inflammatory rhetoric, reacted with pique at a Republican presidential debate on Thursday when asked about his past comments calling women "fat pigs," "dogs," "slobs" and "disgusting animals."

    Trump dismissed as "political...

  • Poll: Trump leads Republican presidential race with 25 percent

    July 29, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    Billionaire Donald Trump has taken a commanding lead in the race for the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination with the support of 25 percent in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, giving him a double-digit advantage over nearest rival Jeb Bush.

    The poll shows Bush, the former Florida...

  • U.S. Republicans, pro-Israel groups step up campaign against Iran deal

    July 22, 2015 | 5:42 pm

    Top Republicans vowed on Wednesday to do their utmost to scrap President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran as the biggest pro-Israel lobby geared up for an all-out campaign to pressure wary lawmakers into rejecting the agreement.

    A bigger push against last week's historic...

  • 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...

  • Republicans have the best bullies

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 20, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    It’s too soon to know how badly Donald Trump damaged himself by belittling John McCain’s war record on July 18 in Iowa. After all, George W. Bush wasn’t hurt in the 2000 South Carolina primary when his operatives rumored that McCain had an illegitimate black child, nor was W hurt...

  • Obama challenges Iran deal critics to come up with an alternative

    July 15, 2015 | 11:41 am

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday challenged critics of the Iran nuclear agreement to come forward with a viable alternative, saying the only two real options were a negotiated deal to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions or war.

    "What I haven't heard is: what is your preferred...

  • Another golf event drops Trump course due to attack on immigrants

    July 7, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday with the announcement that a professional golfing event scheduled for October at a Trump course in Los Angeles will be moved, the latest fallout from his vitriol against undocumented immigrants from...

  • Trump courts controversy in launch of White House bid

    June 16, 2015 | 9:42 am

    Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Tuesday in a blitz of boasts, inflammatory comments and attacks on both fellow Republicans and President Barack Obama's administration.

    "I will be the greatest...

  • Jeb Bush at N.Y. day school rips Iran deal as ‘very naive’

    April 23, 2015 | 3:29 pm

    Jeb Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, criticized the Iran nuclear framework agreement as “very naive” during a visit to a Manhattan Jewish day school.

    Bush made the remark on Thursday in a closed-door question-and-answer session with high school students at the...

  • Kerry to ask Congress for more time and space on Iran deal

    April 13, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry will make the case this week to skeptical Republicans and Democrats that the U.S. Congress should give him another two and a half months to secure a final nuclear deal with Iran.

    In closed briefings with the full House of Representatives on Monday...

  • 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...

  • The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

    March 30, 2015 | 11:03 am

    As Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) announced on Monday that he is running for president, his Virginia audience cheered. He dropped applause line after applause line on some 10,000 students at Liberty University, which bills itself as the largest Christian university in the world.

    Cruz...

  • U.S. regulators vote to set new, tougher net neutrality rules

    February 26, 2015 | 10:20 am

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 along party lines, with Democrats in support, to set new so-called net neutrality rules that would regulate Internet service providers more like traditional telephone companies.

    The rules ban Internet providers from...

  • Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan

    January 23, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership."

    In reality, it was among the...

  • Texas congressman takes heat for tweet on Obama and Hitler

    January 13, 2015 | 10:41 am

    Rep. Randy Weber, a Republican from Texas, has drawn hefty criticism and some praise after he compared President Barack Obama's decision not to attend a rally in Paris to Adolf Hitler's visit to the city after the Nazis invaded.

    Weber, known for his anti-Obama rhetoric, took to...

  • Can Reform center’s new director maneuver in polarized D.C.?

    January 8, 2015 | 11:19 am

    With an agenda that has come to match almost perfectly with the priorities of the Democratic Party, the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center has not had an easy time of it in an increasingly polarized Washington.

    But Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the center’s incoming leader, may have...

  • Cartoon: THE GOP WINS THE SENATE!

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 12, 2014 | 2:30 pm

  • Breaking (NOT): GOP hopes Jews vote for GOP

    August 5, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    There may be chaos in the world, with an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the specter of war in Ukraine and a seemingly endless cycle of violence in Gaza, but the earth continues to turn, the sun continues to shine, and Republicans continue to think Jews are about to turn Republican....

  • Has Israel become a left-right issue?

    July 28, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    About a decade ago, my rabbi was promoting congregational AIPAC involvement.  His argument went that AIPAC was not necessary for our local liberal Jewish Congressman, who was a member of our synagogue.  If he ever did anything anti-Israel, the rabbi always had the option of...

  • Elan Carr’s bumpy political road to D.C.

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 25, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Elan Carr’s road to Washington, D.C., leads through Torrance. And while that South Bay city is mostly topographically flat, for Republican Carr, the path will likely be steep and rocky.

    Carr, a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, finished first in the primary in the 33rd...

  • Over-confidence and neglect fuel Republican Cantor’s stunning fall

    June 11, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    A combination of over-confidence, neglect of his district and voter anger at congressional leaders fueled Republican Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss in Virginia, an upset that rocked the Republican Party.

    Cantor's loss on Tuesday to a political unknown, college professor and...

  • House Republican No. 2 Cantor to step down after election shock

    June 11, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    A shock primary election defeat for Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, left his political party in chaos on Wednesday as financial markets worried the shakeup might renew budget fights that in the past have caused government shutdowns and near credit...

  • Cantor’s loss leaves Jewish Republicans bereft

    June 11, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Eric Cantor’s defeat in one constituency, Virginia’s 7th Congressional district, triggered mourning among another: Republican Jews.

    Since 2009, Rep. Cantor (R-Va.) has been the only Jewish Republican in Congress. After the 2010 GOP takeover of the House, he became the majority...

  • Rand Paul’s Jewish outreach finds receptive if wary audience

    May 13, 2014 | 4:17 pm

    Can Rand Paul woo his party’s Jews?

    The Kentucky senator and likely candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is stepping up his Jewish outreach. In recent weeks, Paul chatted with rabbis on a conference call and proposed legislation to cut funding to the...

  • This is how you’ll feel when the GOP wins the Senate

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 24, 2014 | 10:06 am

    It’s the morning after.

    You stayed up late watching election results on TV.  By the time you went to bed, the Republicans had won five of the six Senate seats they needed to take control of both houses of Congress.  As the networks called each state for the GOP, it felt like a...

  • AIPAC says ‘no’ to vote on Iran sanctions bill

    By Jared Sichel

    February 7, 2014 | 9:35 am

    AIPAC, the main pro-Israel lobby on Capitol Hill, broke with its allies in the Republican Party, and came out against holding a vote on a new Iran sanctions bill until there is clear bipartisan support, The Hill reports.

    Here's a crash course on the last few months of...

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