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  • Democrat Ted Lieu to succeed Waxman in Congress

    By tessc

    November 5, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    State Sen. Ted Lieu, a Democrat, will succeed longtime Rep. Henry Waxman in California’s 33rd Congressional District after defeating Jewish Republican Elan Carr.

    Lieu won the seat in the seventh most Jewishly populated district in the country, 58 to 42 percent. He was bolstered...

  • Dear NSA (NSFW)

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 10, 2013 | 7:11 am

    Dear NSA,

    It turns out that our handyman has been looking at gay porn on my laptop.  Is there a way to correct your records?

    Name Withheld
    Washington, D.C.


    Dear Senator,

    We really have no idea what websites you’ve been visiting.  If we’d wanted to know whether you’ve been...

  • Was Frank Lautenberg sufficiently pro-Israel?

    June 4, 2013 | 9:25 am

    Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post berates AIPAC for what she calls its “fawning” remembrance of Frank Lautenberg, the longtime New Jersey senator who died yesterday:

    As for Lautenberg, AIPAC’s fawning can be chalked up to the gradual lowering of the bar for Democrats in an...

  • Senator Frank R. Lautenberg 1924-2013

    By Michael Berenbaum

    June 4, 2013 | 9:20 am

    Frank Lautenberg’s rise to wealth and prominence is a classic rags-to-riches story. Born in Paterson, N.J., the son of Polish and Russian immigrants who came to the United States through Ellis Island, his early life was unsettled as his parents moved about a dozen times while...

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  • Senators assail Obama’s Hagel nomination, question judgment

    January 31, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Republican lawmakers harshly attacked Chuck Hagel on Thursday at a contentious hearing over his nomination to become the next U.S. defense secretary, questioning his judgment on war strategy and putting him broadly on the defensive.

    In one of the most heated exchanges,...

  • 73 Senators sign AIPAC-backed letter urging continued Iran restrictions

    December 21, 2012 | 11:36 am

    A letter backed by AIPAC urging President Obama to keep up pressure on Iran even as he negotiates with the regime garnered signatures from 73 U.S. Senators.

    "We strongly believe there should be absolutely no diminution of pressure on the Iranians until the totality of their...

  • Senator Daniel Inouye, hailed by pro-Israel groups, dies at 88

    December 18, 2012 | 1:37 pm

    Daniel Inouye, the longtime Hawaii senator described by pro-Israel groups as one of Israel's best friends in the Senate, has died.

    Inouye, 88, and a decorated World War II hero, died Monday of respiratory complications at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

    "Senator...

  • Josh Mandel falls to Sherrod Brown in Ohio

    November 6, 2012 | 11:26 pm

    Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel failed in his bid to unseat Sen. Sherrod Brown.

    Republicans hoping to win control of the U.S. Senate had placed great hope in Mandel, a former Marine who is Jewish. Brown is a strong ally of organized labor and a pillar of the Democratic Party's progressive wing.

  • George McGovern, former U.S. senator and presidential candidate, dies

    October 22, 2012 | 8:07 am

    George McGovern, a former U.S. senator and presidential candidate who said the U.S. government sometimes "bowed to pressure" from a powerful Israel lobby, has died.

    McGovern died Sunday in hospice care in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was 90.

    A three-term U.S. senator from South Dakota,...

  • The face of Mormonism: Mitt Romney vs Harry Reid and Gregory Prince

    By Mark Paredes

    September 28, 2012 | 9:34 pm

    In a conference call with reporters two days ago, LDS Sen. Harry Reid delivered himself of the opinion that Mitt Romney had “sullied” the Mormon faith, saying that Romney “is not the face of Mormonism.” He may not be, but there’s no doubt that Sen. Reid was the face of chutzpah...

  • GOP senators plan resolution promising support should Israel strike Iran

    August 28, 2012 | 3:37 pm

    Republican senators plan to introduce a non-binding resolution pledging military, economic and diplomatic backing for Israel should it strike Iran.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told JTA on Tuesday that he and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) were drafting the resolution for introduction...

  • Czech Senate to consider property restitution

    July 16, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Czech Jewish leaders said they hoped their Senate would approve restitution of confiscated religious property.

    The Czech Parliament on July 14 voted in favor of distributing $3.7 billion among 17 religious denominations, including the Jewish community. The money is compensation for...

  • At UCLA, peacemaker Sen. George Mitchell gives insight Into Middle East

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 8, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    “We must be patient and realistic in our expectation regarding the Middle East,” Sen. George Mitchell told an audience at UCLA on March 1.

    Mitchell delivered this year’s Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture on the Conditions of Peace, and he struck a tone that was, perhaps...

  • Protesters get jail time for pie attack on Jewish senator

    August 31, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    Two war protesters were sentenced to 30 days in federal prison for throwing a pie in the face of U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan.

    Ahlam Mohsen, 24, and Max Kantar, 23, both of Michigan, attacked Levin in August 2010 while Levin was meeting with constituents in a deli in Grand...

  • Blogger held for threatening Senator Lieberman

    August 10, 2011 | 10:33 am

    The FBI has charged a Philadelphia blogger with threatening to shoot Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

    Dmitry Dyatlov, 23, was charged Tuesday for making the threat on his blog against Lieberman (I-Conn.). He was arrested Aug. 2, and bail was set at $500,000. According to reports, Dyatlov...

  • Senators introduce enhanced Iran sanctions bill

    May 27, 2011 | 10:34 am

    U.S. Senators introduced an enhanced Iran sanctions bill matching one recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The crux of both bills is a ban on business with any entity that does $1 million in a single trade with Iran’s energy sector, or $5 million over one year....

  • Ex-Rep. John Adler of New Jersey dies

    April 4, 2011 | 3:03 pm

    John Adler, a former New Jersey congressman, has died.

    Adler, 51, died Monday of complications from a staph infection, the Asbury Park Press reported.

    Adler, who was Jewish, had a long career in Democratic state politics when he won a swing seat in southern New Jersey in his...

  • Ex-Sen. George Allen to announce bid to regain seat

    January 24, 2011 | 11:09 am

    Former U.S. Sen. George Allen, who said the denial of his Jewish roots helped bring about his ouster, is running for his old seat.

    Allen was set to formally announce a bid Monday to replace Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who replaced Allen in 2006, The Washington Post reported.

    Allen,...

  • Six degrees of Senator Joe Lieberman

    January 19, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    It was an innocuous interview about a subject I no longer remember.  A dozen years ago, I made arrangements to meet Joe Lieberman in a Manhattan office building where he had other business.  The Connecticut senator, who announced this week he won’t seek re-election for a fifth...

  • Lieberman notes barriers he broke in ending his political career

    January 19, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) noted his “barrier-breaking” vice presidential candidacy in announcing his decision not to run again.

    Lieberman announced his decision Wednesday in Hartford. Present were four of his children and six of his grandchildren.

    He noted to applause from his...

  • Lieberman reportedly to announce he’s done

    By JewishJournal.com

    January 18, 2011 | 4:15 pm

    U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman reportedly will not run for re-election.

    Lieberman (I-Conn.), who became the first Jewish nominee on a major presidential ticket when Al Gore chose him as his running mate in 2000, will announce his decision Wednesday in Hartford, Politico reported.

    ...
  • Utah’s Lee tours Israel

    December 20, 2010 | 1:52 pm

    Mike Lee, Utah’s senator-elect and among the most prominent of Tea Party conservatives, met in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Lee, who ousted moderate Republicans in primaries in the recent election, toured Israel last week under the auspices of the American Israel...

  • Ted Kennedy Dead at 77

    August 26, 2009 | 4:48 am

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    U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a major figure in the Democratic Party who took the helm of one of America’s most fabled political families after two older brothers were assassinated, died late on Tuesday at age 77.

    “Edward M. Kennedy, the husband, father,...

  • Supreme Court says Al Franken wins Minnesota Senate seat

    June 30, 2009 | 5:03 pm

    From HuffingtonPost.com:

    The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that Democrat Al Franken be certified as the winner of the state’s long-running Senate race.

    The high court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining the Senate seat...

  • Is Al Franken Jewish?  Are You Kidding?

    By Rob Eshman

    June 30, 2009 | 4:35 pm

    How Jewish Is Al Franken?

    The Minnesota Supreme Court just declared that Democrat Al Franken is the winner in the Minnesota Senate race, beating out incumbent Norm Coleman. 

    That’s the perfect opportunity to explore just how the new senator from Minnesota views his faith.

    “I...

  • Jews should oppose Senator Craig’s ouster

    By Daniel Hemel

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Long before Sen. Larry Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, American Jewish groups harbored serious doubts about the Idaho Republican. In June 1990, when Craig, then a congressman, was running for an open Senate seat, the Jerusalem Post bemoaned his "miserable" record on...
  • Hillary Clinton touts tough Israel stand as ‘08 race begins

    By Jacob Berkman

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In her first address to a Jewish group since announcing her candidacy for president, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton tried to convince doubters that she'll stand by Israel in times of peril.

    Speaking Feb. 1 at a dinner for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) Northeast...

  • A Novel Boxer Novel

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has joined the long list of solons who have dabbled in writing. Unlike John Kennedy, she admits to collaborating with a professional writer. Also unlike Kennedy, she is not likely to win the Pulitzer Prize.

    Still, her just-released novel offers an...

  • No Boxer Rebellion

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The latest Field Poll shows U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer coasting toward re-election to a third term. She leads her Republican challenger, former California Secretary of State Bill Jones 48 to 32 percent.

    The race will probably get closer, but it is hard to see how Jones can catch up as...

  • Why John Kerry?

    By Ralph Nurnberger

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I have spent more than two decades working in Washington, D.C., to bolster the American-Israeli special relationship. I have worked with both Republicans and Democrats across the political spectrum.

    After seriously considering the records of both President George W. Bush and Sen....

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