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  • Shutdown may affect Jewish social services

    By Jared Sichel

    October 1, 2013 | 5:38 pm

    Congress’ failure to authorize discretionary spending for the new fiscal year won’t only impact about 800,000 federal workers or the Americans looking to visit national parks. It may also affect local Jewish social service organizations that rely in part on federal funding. 

    ...
  • Obama wants to keep pressure on Syria as diplomatic option pursued

    September 10, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama and top national security officials urged Congress on Tuesday to keep the pressure on Syria over its chemical weapons arsenal while the United States explores a diplomatic alternative to military strikes.

    A potential diplomatic breakthrough put the...

  • Obama asks Congress to delay vote on Syria military strike

    September 10, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress to delay votes on authorizing military strikes against Syria in order to give Russia time to get Syria to surrender any chemical weapons it possesses, according to U.S. senators.

    "What he (Obama) wants is to check out the...

  • Most G20 leaders agree Assad was behind chemical attack, Obama says

    September 6, 2013 | 8:33 am

    President Barack Obama said on Friday that most leaders of the G20 countries agree that Syrian President Bashar Assad is responsible for using poison gas against civilians as the U.S. leader tried to rally support at home and abroad for a military strike.

    Obama said he planned to...

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  • Disappointing Chief Rabbinate vote has activists eyeing alternatives

    July 29, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    In a city with a seemingly infinite number of kosher restaurants, Jerusalem restaurateurs have a tough time obtaining certification from the country’s Chief Rabbinate.

    Proprietors of the city’s eateries have long complained of exorbitant fines, strict limits on what food they may...

  • Palestinian Islamist group Hamas re-elects Meshaal as its leader

    April 2, 2013 | 3:06 am

    Hamas re-elected Khaled Meshaal on Tuesday as the Islamist group's leader, at a marathon overnight closed-door meeting held in Cairo, an official with the organization said.

    Once reviled as a hardliner but now seen increasingly in the Arab world and by some Westerners as a...

  • March 5: Election Day

    By Rob Eshman

    February 27, 2013 | 3:13 pm

    I belong to a small, elite club that I would like to invite you to join.

    It’s called, People Who Give a S--- About Los Angeles.

    If you detect a note of anger and impatience in that name, you got it.

    Los Angeles, John D. MacDonald wrote in “A Deadly Shade of Gold,” is “the...

  • Senate confirms Hagel as secretary of defense

    February 26, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    The Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense on Tuesday, after an unusually acrimonious confirmation fight that threatened to complicate his work as civilian leader at the Pentagon.

    The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm the former Republican...

  • Senate clears way for vote on Pentagon nominee Chuck Hagel

    February 26, 2013 | 10:06 am

    The Senate cleared the way on Tuesday for the likely confirmation of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense.

    The Senate voted 71-27 to end debate and move forward, almost two weeks after Republicans launched a filibuster to block Hagel's nomination. It...

  • Peres receives official Knesset elections results

    January 30, 2013 | 10:42 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres received the official results of the elections for the 19th Knesset.

    The chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, delivered the results to the president's residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

    Peres was...

  • Final Israeli vote: Jewish Home gains a seat to give right wing a majority

    January 24, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    The Jewish Home party gained one seat in the final results of Israeli voting, pushing the right-wing bloc to a majority in the 19th Knesset.

    Israel's Central Elections Committee released the final tally on Thursday for the elections held two days earlier after counting 217,000...

  • Voters to Netanyahu: Get new friends

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 22, 2013 | 4:39 pm

    These were the most interesting-boring elections one could ever hope for. Boring – as the top job was secured early on by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Fascinating – as the parties, unburdened of having to compete for the top job, were free to combat one another for votes....

  • Analysis: The consequences of Israel’s vote

    January 22, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    A few observations about the Israeli election results:

    Right-left split changes, but not much: From an outsider’s perspective, Israel would seem to a very politically unstable place. The biggest party in the previous Knesset, Kadima, crashed from 28 seats to a grand total of...

  • Netanyahu claims election win despite party losses

    January 22, 2013 | 1:38 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent center-left challengers.

    Exit polls showed the Israeli leader's Likud party, yoked with the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu...

  • Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu take 31 seats; Yesh Atid comes in second

    January 22, 2013 | 1:27 pm

    Initial Israeli exit polls show the combined Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu ticket won the highest vote total while the new center-left Yesh Atid unexpectedly came in second.

    Polls released just after polls closed at 10 p.m. on Jan. 22 reported that the Likud-Beiteinu won 31 seats, down...

  • Economy more than anything drove Jewish vote, poll data shows

    January 17, 2013 | 10:32 am

    The economy was the strongest determinant for Jews who voted for Barack Obama, according to an analysis of polling data.

    "Not only do Jews hold fairly liberal to progressive positions on economic justice issues, their views on such matters emerge as the principal decision-making...

  • Peres using Facebook to urge young people to vote

    January 7, 2013 | 10:19 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres released a Facebook application to encourage young Israelis to vote.

    Peres on Sunday unveiled a video and Facebook application called "Bocher Mavi Chaver," or "Voter Brings a Friend."

    He collaborated with the popular actor Eyal Kitzis in calling...

  • Egypt’s contentious Islamist constitution becomes law

    December 26, 2012 | 9:19 am

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi signed into law a new constitution shaped by his Islamist allies, a bitterly contested document which he insists will help end political turmoil and allow him to focus on fixing the economy.

    Anxiety about a deepening political and economic crisis...

  • The children’s game our leaders play at our expense

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Last week, the U.N. General Assembly voted to ratify the Palestinian Authority's resolution to change its U.N. observer status from "entity" to "non-member state.” In my opinion, this decision did nothing except take the peace process backward another step. This resolution’s move...

  • Israel’s U.N. blunder

    By David Suissa

    December 3, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    It’s never a good thing to look like a loser. That applies to countries as well as people. Consider Israel, a winning country on so many fronts: It’s on the cutting edge of high tech, turns deserts into farmlands, wins awards at film festivals and boasts one of the liveliest, most...

  • Does the Jewish vote still matter?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 14, 2012 | 4:04 pm

    Does the Jewish vote still matter and if so, how? Exit polls indicate that 70 percent of Jews voted for President Obama, compared to roughly 39 percent of white voters overall. However, with California and New York, which have large Jewish populations, guaranteed to go Democratic,...

  • RJC urges unity after Obama win, notes GOP’s Jewish gains

    November 7, 2012 | 10:54 am

    The Republican Jewish Coalition called on all Americans to "come together to craft real solutions to the very serious problems our country faces today" after President Obama won re-election.

    In a statement released by Executive Director Matt Brooks, the RJC noted what it called a...

  • Palestinians show lukewarm reaction to Obama’s re-election

    November 7, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Palestinians reacted lukewarmly to the news of President Barack Obama’s re-election for a second term, saying they are not hopeful this will improve their situation.

    On the political level, Palestinian officials called upon Obama to help in peace efforts.

    Palestinian President...

  • Fighting over every percentile: Arguing about the Jewish vote and exit polls

    November 7, 2012 | 8:54 am

    President Obama’s Jewish numbers are down, but by how much and why?

    Get ready for four more years of tussling between the Jewish community’s Republicans and Democrats about the meaning of Obama’s dip from 78 percent Jewish support cited in 2008 exit polls to 69 percent this year...

  • Election day in Los Angeles

    By Jay Firestone

    November 6, 2012 | 8:30 pm


  • Election day snapshots

    November 6, 2012 | 7:52 pm

    Beverlywood

    Nettie Price voted for Obama in 2008, and in the past the registered independent has voted mostly a straight Democratic ticket. But not this year.

    Standing outside her polling place at Castle Heights Elementary School in Beverlywood, Price said this time she voted a...

  • Pics and quotes from Sinai Temple

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 6, 2012 | 7:31 pm

    “I have kids who got laid off from their jobs. I have a grandchild who just graduated college who’s having a tough time finding a job, and I just hope things change for the better.”

    - Muriel Perry, who cast her ballot at Sinai Temple this morning


    Dennis Kahan said he voted...

  • From Boca to Delray, Florida’s much-discussed Jewish voters finally have their say

    November 6, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    At approximately 10 a.m. on Election Day, a black sedan pulled up to the polling station at the J.C. Mitchell Elementary School.

    “He threw Israel under the bus,” said the car's driver, a chatty silver-haired man, as he helped an elderly woman from the back seat.

    “You vote your...

  • Security could intimidate, so Sinai Temple moves polling places outdoors

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 6, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Polling places often move around from year to year, but normally not on Election Day itself, as happened to the polls at Sinai Temple this year.

    On Nov. 6, when the day began, 14 booths were positioned inside the West Coast’s largest and oldest Conservative synagogue. But after...

  • Americans vote after long and bitter presidential campaign

    November 6, 2012 | 9:23 am

    President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney battled down to the wire on Tuesday, mounting a last-minute Election Day drive to get their supporters to the polls in a handful of states that will decide the winner in a neck-and-neck race for the White House.

    Capping...

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