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  • Partisan Jewish groups focus on budget in assessing Ryan pick

    August 12, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Partisan Jewish groups focused on Paul Ryan’s leading role in the budget stand-off in assessing Mitt Romney’s pick as running mate.

    Rep. Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives budget committee, has taken a lead role in the stand-off between the White House...

  • White House agrees with Netanyahu on sanctions, calls for patience

    August 2, 2012 | 9:10 am

    White House officials agreed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment that sanctions have not set back Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program, but counseled patience.

    “We completely agree with the prime minister’s assessment that Iran has failed to make that...

  • Romney to get little poll help from Israel visit

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 31, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    Mitt Romney traveled to Israel Saturday to improve his chances with American voters interested in US-Israel relations. In particular, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate is trying to shore up his support among Jewish voters.

    But he shouldn’t expect to much of a bump at...

  • Why no US President Will Move the American Embassy to Jerusalem

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 30, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    There is a great deal of ferver among the pro-Israel camp in reaction to Mitt’s verbal commitment to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv. However, will Romney as a President move the American Embassy to Israel’s capital Jerusalem?

    Don’t hold your breath.

    A long line of...

  • 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...

  • Mitt, the Wailing Wall, and LDS support for Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    July 29, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    As I viewed the picture of Mitt Romney standing at the Wailing Wall during his current trip to Israel, I clearly remembered my first time at the wall. It was one of the spiritual highlights of my life. Like many Mormons who have traveled to the country, I feel like Israel is my...

  • Anglo-Saxon?  And By That You Mean…

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 26, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    So, I used to work as a flak in politics, and here’s something I learned.  If a candidate wanted to get a controversial opinion out there—say a racially marked dig at an opponent—here is how they might do it: get an unpaid advisor to make the remark for print but not...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews react: Los Angeles Jewish Home CEO & President

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 28, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    Molly Forrest, CEO and president of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, had surgery to alleviate arthritis in her neck in December 2010.

    Stuck in bed for 35 days, she read the entire Affordable Care Act – all 2,080 pages of it. She has since read it again so she knows it well, and she...

  • Israel Factor: Where’s the Romney lead?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 17, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    It’s gone. The Romney lead is gone. Our Israel Factor experts, like it or ‎not, have given President Obama a mark identical to Romney’s on the ‎ultimate question of “good for Israel”.

    Not a small feat, considering the ‎fact that this is the first time for them to do...

  • Sheldon Adelson gives Romney super-PAC $10 million

    June 13, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    Sheldon Adelson gave a pro-Mitt Romney super-PAC $10 million.

    The donation to Restore Our Future, a political action committee that works parallel to the Romney campaign, was reported by multiple media on Wednesday and fulfills the casino magnate’s promise to throw his weight behind...

  • Miami temple disinvites Wasserman Schultz

    May 25, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Miami’s Temple Israel said it canceled tonight’s appearance by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) due to security concerns, but the congresswoman – chair of the Democratic National Committee– called it “internal politics” after learning that a leading GOP donor quit...

  • Why Privileged White Girls Need Real Jobs

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    May 4, 2012 | 9:44 am

    Ann Romney raised five boys.  I’m sure that was hard.  So hard that to be honest, I’d prefer not to find out myself.  But at the same time, it doesn’t give her the same experience as having a job that gives you a paycheck.  There’s nothing wrong with her choice.  I actually happen to...

  • Hopeful Dems eye top committee spots

    April 17, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Amid the election season tumult, behind-the-scenes campaigns are also under way for who will be the next top Democrats on two key congressional committees — with Jewish lawmakers in the running for both leadership slots.

    Two veteran congresswomen, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and...

  • Adelson donates $5 million to Republican Super PAC

    April 17, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a major giver to the Newt Gingrich presidential bid, has donated $5 million to a Super PAC supporting Republican candidates.

    Adelson and his wife, Miriam, made the donation in February to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC connected to House...

  • Rosen, Romney, and Respect

    By Mark Paredes

    April 15, 2012 | 8:52 pm

    A lot of Romney supporters were outraged over Hilary Rosen’s recent claim that Ann Romney “has actually never worked a day in her life” during a discussion about women and the economy on CNN. While Hilary was clearly referring to a regular 9-to-5 job, many thought that the...

  • ‘Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 26, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    For politicians, it’s define yourself or let others define you. And, like I mentioned last week, Mitt Romney has done a terrible job defining himself—at least in any clear, relatable way. This satirical video gets at that, with a little help from Eminem.

  • More musing on Romney’s openly secret Mormon faith

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 20, 2012 | 6:47 pm

    Like Frank Bruni last month, Maureen Dowd spills New York Times news ink talking about how Mitt Romney can’t shake the feeling that he is a bottled up, out of touch presidential candidate, and in large part because he won’t talk about his Mormon faith, which is so central to his...

  • 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...

  • Santorum’s hitman and the racist LDS Church

    By Mark Paredes

    March 12, 2012 | 12:45 am

    It’s easy to see now why the voters of Pennsylvania gave Rick Santorum the boot six years ago. Now that he’s decided to play the same Mormon card that worked so well for the equally bright Rick Perry, I hope his defeat in the upcoming primaries is even more humiliating. Tomorrow...

  • Romney takes Florida in a romp

    February 1, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Mitt Romney won the Florida Republican primary by a wide margin.

    Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, finished with 47 percent of the vote on Tuesday to easily outdistance ex-U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, who had 32 percent. Romney is a relative moderate...

  • In Fla., Republican Jews shower Gingrich with applause (if not necessarily votes)

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 28, 2012 | 12:30 am

    Delray Beach, Fla.—Speaking on Friday at an event organized by the state’s Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) chapter, former House Speaker and Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich struck a mostly professorial tone as he talked foreign policy to a friendly audience.

    He may...

  • What Would Ken Jennings Do?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 23, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Ken Jennings, the former “Jeopardy!” champion, is Mormon. And, he writes in the New York Daily News, he remains suspicious of the outside world like many Mormons. Moreover, Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House isn’t making things better.

    Jennings writes:

    Romney isn’t an icon of...

  • Mormons and Money: Does God want Mitt to be rich?

    By Mark Paredes

    January 22, 2012 | 1:34 am

    Seek not after riches nor the vain things of this world; for behold, you cannot carry them with you. – Alma 39:14 (Book of Mormon)

    But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God. – Jacob 2:18 (Book of Mormon)


    In a week when Mitt Romney has been asked to...

  • Factor: Who’s better for Israel, Romney or Gingrich?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 20, 2012 | 11:01 am

    Our Israel Factor panel was never directly asked this question: Who’s better for Israel, Romney or Gingrich? And if both candidates Romney and Gingrich survive the SC, Florida and Nevada primaries we will make sure to fix this in our next survey.

    But in the meantime, as the duo enters the SC primary almost tied in the polls, we wanted to compare the performance on the two in previous Factor surveys and try to assess what makes each of them a stronger candidate in the eyes of the panel.

    First, the numbers, Romney and Gingrich since 2006:


  • Weekend tidbits: Should I bother with Florida?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 15, 2012 | 12:06 am


    I was going to go to Florida to write about the Republican race. I have a plane ticket and all other necessary arrangements have been made. But should I really bother with a race that seems all but over? With Romney leading by 15% over Newt Gingrich, one wonders whether taking...

  • Must Read, January 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 12, 2012 | 1:39 am

    Five Reasons Not to Attack Iran

    Writing in The Diplomat, Adam B. Lowther of the U.S. Air Force’s Air University presents his own reasons why the United States should think again before launching any kind of military assault on Iran.

    “Iran possesses what is likely the most...

  • Romney wins in New Hampshire; strong showings for Paul, Huntsman

    January 11, 2012 | 8:29 am

    Mitt Romney won New Hampshire’s primary race, with Ron Paul second and Jon Huntsman third.

    A number of news organizations were projecting a win for the former Massachusetts governor in the GOP presidential primary based on early returns Tuesday evening.

    With 18 percent of the vote...

  • 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...

  • At least 3 GOP candidates say war with Iran is an option

    November 13, 2011 | 1:08 am

    Three Republican candidates for president said they would go to war if Iran obtained a nuclear weapon.

    Mitt Romney, one of the frontrunners and the former Massachusetts governor, Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Rick Santorum, a former...

  • Opinion: Obama-Romney 2012

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 17, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    Forget the fantasy of Hillary Clinton taking Joe Biden’s place on the 2012 ballot.  Not only because it is not going to happen.  The theory that having Hillary on the ticket would galvanize the base and that coveted independent voters, especially women, would break toward...

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