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  • Jon Stewart makes a comeback to poke fun at Donald Trump and Fox News

    July 22, 2016 | 12:12 pm

    Donald Trump’s long, dark speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this Thursday left many viewers pining for some comic relief. Luckily, they got that and more with the return of a familiar Jewish voice: Jon Stewart.

    The beloved comic and political satirist came...

  • Ivanka Trump, you’re hired: The Donald’s daughter takes center stage

    July 22, 2016 | 10:30 am

    Thursday night, it turns out, would not be the night Donald Trump made his “pivot,” or toned down his rhetoric to appeal to a broad spectrum of Americans. But there was a Trump who made overtures to the wider electorate, with friendly language and — in the context of a Republican...

  • Peddling pierogies: A Jewish caterer takes on a Republican Party (convention)

    July 22, 2016 | 9:50 am

    Joan Rosenthal can’t make pierogies fast enough for the Republicans who have descended on Cleveland.

    It’s an odd spot for a Jewish woman who started out in the restaurant business at age 12 at the city’s best-known Jewish deli, but she embraces it.

    “This is so much fun!”...

  • Trump blames Clinton for Middle East turmoil

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    July 22, 2016 | 8:32 am

    In an attempt to reshape the narrative of the presidential campaign, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took issue with what is perceived to be Hillary Clinton’s strength, America’s foreign policy.

    “America is far less safe – and the world is far less stable – than when...

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  • Donald Trump, accepting nomination, paints dark picture in pledging to put ‘America first’

    July 22, 2016 | 8:18 am

    Accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump pledged to restore law and order to America, to put “America first” in world affairs, and to work with Israel — which he called “our greatest ally in the region.”

    Attacking presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary...

  • Cruz may be down, but he is not out as a favorite of the pro-Israel right

    July 21, 2016 | 2:18 pm

    Wednesday night’s gripping tale of a dramatic, sudden repudiation of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by Sheldon Adelson, the major pro-Israel philanthropist and Republican donor, seems a little less consequential in the light of Thursday morning, according to folks who are close with Adelson...

  • Booker blasts Christie for attacking Clinton on Iran Deal

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    July 21, 2016 | 10:24 am

    New Jersey Senator Cory Booker on Thursday blasted his governor, Chris Christie, for finding Hillary Clinton “guilty” of launching diplomatic negotiations with the Iranian regime over their nuclear program during a speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on...

  • Donald Trump Jr.’s call for school choice splits Jewish groups

    July 21, 2016 | 10:01 am

    An issue of historical concern to American Jews drew waves of applause when Donald Trump Jr. preached about it Tuesday night from the stage of the Republican National Convention.

    It wasn’t Israel, Iran or the fight against anti-Semitism. It was a call for the government to assist...

  • 5 Jewish things to expect from Donald Trump (and Ivanka) on Thursday night

    July 21, 2016 | 9:44 am

    We’ve caught glimpses of him this week. He gave a three-line speech Monday night. The next day, he addressed the crowd via video feed.

    But Thursday night is the real thing: Donald Trump, the official nominee of the Republican Party, will address 50,000 of his faithful from the...

  • At its last Cleveland convention, the GOP nominated a friend of refugees — and Jews

    July 19, 2016 | 1:40 pm

    Last night, a series of speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland told voters to elect Donald Trump, who has repeatedly called for a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States. One of the speakers, Sabine Durden, said “crooked Hillary always talks about...

  • Melania Trump says Donald will represent ‘all the people’

    July 19, 2016 | 9:53 am

    Speaking at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, said her husband does not discriminate based on race or religion.

    Her speech, which came following a night of attacks on presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration’s...

  • GOP convention shuts down YouTube comments in wake of anti-Semitic abuse

    July 19, 2016 | 9:02 am

    The Republican National Convention shut down comments on its YouTube livestream after anti-Semitic abuse appeared during a speech by Linda Lingle, the Jewish former governor of Hawaii.

    Comments including “Make America Jewish Again” punctuated by yellow stars of David and “Ban...

  • Fear, loathing and the shortest Donald Trump speech ever

    July 19, 2016 | 8:20 am

    It was the biggest surprise of the convention so far: The calmest and shortest speech came from Donald Trump.

    Just days after he took nearly a half hour of meandering tangents to introduce his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump kept his words to an uncharacteristic...

  • Michael Jackson, Bloody Bread & the RNC

    By Ilana Angel

    July 18, 2016 | 7:06 pm

    I woke up this morning to an invitation to dinner. It was a lovely email from a man on an online dating site. He told me my profile was interesting, he thought I sounded fun, appreciated my honesty, and said I had gorgeous hair. It was sweet and the truth is that I appreciate how...

  • At GOP convention, Jewish delegates cite Israel and style in backing Trump

    July 18, 2016 | 3:39 pm

    On the day Donald Trump wrapped up the Republican primaries, Marc Zell was ready to resign his position as vice president of Republicans Overseas, the party’s expatriate group.

    Zell, who lives in Israel, was put off by Trump’s inconsistent statements regarding the country. In...

  • Cleveland police chaplain delivers invocation at Republican convention

    July 18, 2016 | 1:59 pm

    The Orthodox rabbi who serves as chaplain to the Cleveland police delivered the invocation at the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

    Rabbi Ari Wolf, who also works as an administrator for the haredi Orthodox Telshe Yeshiva in the Ohio city, was a...

  • The politics of fear

    July 18, 2016 | 1:01 pm

    Newt Gingrich-- he’s no George Washington.  In fact, as Lloyd Bentson might have said, he’s no Dan Quayle either.

    Entering this week’s Republican National Convention, it’s remarkable how low our political rhetoric has sunk.  Gingrich last week offered his vision of how best to...

  • Republican convention apologizing to Sheldon Adelson for errors in funding appeal

    July 18, 2016 | 11:53 am

    The Republican National Convention will apologize to Sheldon Adelson for a letter asking him to cover a $6 million shortfall, saying it contained inaccuracies and was not reviewed by all its signatories.

    Politico reported Friday that the convention host committee was set to...

  • At Republican convention, Donald Trump sharing the limelight with rock and roll

    July 18, 2016 | 11:16 am

    On the Lake Erie boardwalk, a few Republican delegates huddle next to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for a quick selfie before scooting away.

    Walker was the anti-Donald Trump for 15 minutes last year, until he quit and asked other lagging Republicans to rally around Texas Sen. Ted...

  • GOP bigwigs skipping the big show

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    July 13, 2016 | 8:14 am

    Four years ago, Jewish Republicans rallied voters and party insiders around the “Obama, Oy vey!” slogan. This year, it’s “Oy vey iz mir! ”(Woe is me!).

    Jewish donors, bundlers, and party insiders are staying away from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next...

  • Prominent Jewish donors join Trump’s victory fund

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 24, 2016 | 10:38 am

    Several prominent Jewish donors, including some top supporters of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have been recruited by the Republican National Committee to help elect Donald Trump as president in the fall.

    On Tuesday, the Trump campaign and the RNC announced the names of...

  • Trump, after Republican pledge, breaks from pack on Iran deal, gay marriage

    September 4, 2015 | 11:19 am

    Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump showed again on Friday he will not easily be bound to party orthodoxy, breaking from many of his rival's policy stances on issues from the Iran nuclear deal to the gay marriage fight in Kentucky. 

    In an interview with MSNBC,...

  • Pressured by party, Trump signs Republican loyalty pledge

    September 3, 2015 | 2:15 pm

    Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday bowed to pressure from the party establishment and signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate in the November 2016 presidential election.

    His vow of loyalty on Thursday was something of a victory for the Republican...

  • Hillary, helmets, ‘Crossfire’ and cash

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 26, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Money, they say, is the mother’s milk of politics.  Also of news, sports and the rest of the entertainment industry.  Three recent stories drive that home. 

    When Reince Priebus pressured Comcast’s NBC to drop a miniseries starring Diane Lane as Hillary Clinton, the hostage that...

  • Broken platforms

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 12, 2012 | 2:55 pm

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  • Debunking myths on Israel and U.S. foreign policy

    September 7, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    Nowhere are the urban legends and mythologies more enduring and destructive than those that currently surround Israel and U.S. foreign policy.

    Here are five of the most popular myths that are worth unpacking and discrediting.

    Myth #1: Obama is Hostile to Israel

    Obama’s...

  • Dreaming of a wave election

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 7, 2012 | 9:25 am

    What just happened in American politics is not just that Charlotte mopped the floor with Tampa.  It’s that Democrats connected with the country beyond their wildest dreams.

    Here’s my fantasy:  Coming out of their convention, Democrats will realize that their message sings. 

    It...

  • Meir Soloveichik vs. David Wolpe: Two rabbis, two parties, two political philosophies

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    September 6, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    Republicans and Democrats may not have much common ground this election year, yet their national conventions shared one feature: Both gatherings were blessed from the podium by prominent American rabbis.

    The Democrats had Rabbi David Wolpe, a best-selling author and leader of a...

  • 3 Views on the GOP Hammering Obama on Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 5, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    This column went to press in advance of the Democratic National Convention. Please see the Rosner’s Domain blog at jewishjournal.com for updates. I also will be writing about the Democrats in next week’s newspaper. 

    ‎1.‎ President Obama came under attack yesterday for his many...

  • Romney blasts Obama on Iran, Israel

    August 31, 2012 | 9:00 am

    President Obama’s approach to Iran has made Americans “less secure,” Mitt Romney said in his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination.

    “Every American was relieved the day President Obama gave the order, and Seal Team Six took out Osama bin Laden,” Romney said...

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