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  • Obama victory opens window for negotiation with Iran

    November 7, 2012 | 9:34 am

    The re-election of Barack Obama may open an opportunity for new negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program as sanctions pile economic pressure on its theocratic leaders.

    Having so far resisted those in the United States, and Israel, who have pushed for military action against...

  • Angelenos wait in long line at Brentwood polling station

    By Jay Firestone

    November 6, 2012 | 10:30 am

    At 7am, early morning voters in the Brentwood neighborhood in Los Angeles waited in long lines to cast their vote in the 2012 presidential election.  

    Did you vote yet?  Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

     

  • Last pushes for Jewish votes in Ohio, other swing states stir emotions

    November 5, 2012 | 1:42 pm

    The family wedding. The entrance to the local synagogue. The future of Israel. Your precious grandchild.

    In the final days of what has been a close and bitterly contested election, it’s not so much that nothing is sacred in the fight for the Jewish vote. It’s that little that is...

  • Obama, Netanyahu united against Iran nuclear drive, White House says

    September 28, 2012 | 10:25 am

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday expressed solidarity on the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, the White House said, amid signs of easing tensions over their differences on how to confront Tehran.

    Obama, who...

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  • Lewinsky to write tell-all memoir about affair with Clinton

    September 20, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    Monica Lewinsky reportedly is writing a memoir about her White House affair with President Bill Clinton.

    She will get $12 million for the tell-all book, the New York Post reported, citing friends of Lewinsky.

    Lewinsky, 39, is out for "revenge," according to the Post.

    The...

  • Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran

    September 12, 2012 | 9:46 am

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about Iran as the White House denied that the prime minister requested a Washington meeting.

    "The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other...

  • 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...

  • White House: Romney’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital contradicts U.S. policy

    July 31, 2012 | 10:32 am

    A White House spokesman noted that Mitt Romney’s calling Jerusalem the “capital of Israel” contradicts United States policy over several successive administrations.

    The spokesman, Josh Earnest, said that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate’s declaration that...

  • McCain condemns Bachmann for claim of Muslim Brotherhood agents in U.S. gov’t

    July 19, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor to condemn a suggestion by Rep. Michele Bachmann that the federal government has been penetrated by Muslim Brotherhood agents.

    A letter sent last week to inspectors general of several federal agencies by Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other...

  • State Dept. reviewing how member of terror group visited White House

    June 25, 2012 | 10:15 am

    The U.S. State Department is reviewing how it granted a visa to an Egyptian lawmaker who met with top Obama administration officials and is known to be a member of a terrorist group.

    Hani Nour el-Din, during a visit here last week by lawmakers elected since the Egyptian revolution,...

  • White House won’t budge on Pollard release, despite Peres plea

    June 13, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    The U.S. stance denying clemency to Jonathan Pollard remains the same for now, a White House spokesman said, despite the plea by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    “Our position has not changed and will not change today,” Jay Carney said Wednesday. “And I would simply remind you that...

  • White House to host dinner for Peres

    June 7, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    President Obama will honor Israeli President Shimon Peres with a White House dinner after he awards him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    The dinner, to take place on June 13, will have 140 guests, including “former Presidents of the United of States of America, Secretaries of...

  • Obama celebrates Jewish petitioning of government

    May 30, 2012 | 5:38 pm

    President Obama celebrated the values of communities petitioning government at a White House reception honoring Jewish American Heritage Month.

    “We don’t just celebrate all that American Jews have done for our country; we also look toward the future,” he said.  “And as we do, I...

  • White House ‘regrets’ reference to ‘Polish death camp’

    May 30, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    The White House expressed its regrets about President Obama’s use of the term “Polish death camp.”

    In a statement Wednesday morning, Tommy Vietor, the spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, said the president “misspoke” during his presentation of a posthumous Medal of...

  • White House reassures Jews as it readies Baghdad offer to Iran

    May 22, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    The differences between the U.S. and Israeli positions on Iran’s nuclear program are about to become very clear, and the Obama administration is reassuring the Jewish community that the divide is not so vast.

    Administration officials in a meeting Monday with Jewish communal...

  • No change in White House approach to Israel following new coalition

    May 9, 2012 | 9:35 am

    The Obama administration will not change its policy approach toward Israel in light of the new government coalition, a White House spokesman said.

    “[A] new coalition government in Israel certainly will not affect our policy approach, and we continue to have very good relations with...

  • March 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 30, 2012 | 5:27 am

    Annan with a plan

    The Economist believes the UN-Arab League envoy’s plan to end the violence in Syria is far from an ideal solution.

    “A welcome bandage rather than a long-term solution,” is how a Syrian analyst describes the plan. Mr Assad, whose forces’ killing of 50...

  • 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...

  • UCLA homeless aid group headed to White House

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 8, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    A UCLA student group that supports the homeless is headed to the White House, one of five initiatives to win the White House’s Campus Champions of Change Challenge. The White House selected 15 finalists from hundreds of applicants, and online voters chose the top five.

    “It’s...

  • White House: Obama didn’t discuss bunker busters with Netanyahu

    March 8, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    A White House spokesman denied reports that President Obama promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bunker-buster bombs and refueling planes that could help in a military strike against Iran.

    “In meetings the president had there was no such agreement proposed or reached,”...

  • Obama and Netanyahu disagree, in private and in public

    March 6, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agree, at least in principle: Keep the talk on what to do about Iran behind closed doors. But once they’re behind those doors, they can’t agree — and they can’t seem to resist bringing their disagreements...

  • UCLA Homeless Aid Group Has White House Hopes

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 1, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    A UCLA student group that supports the homeless is one of 15 finalists in the White House’s Campus Champions of Change Challenge. The group was chosen from hundreds of applicants, and online voters will choose the top five.

    Rachel Sumekh, president of Swipes for the Homeless and...

  • Jewish groups urge White House to act on Sudan

    January 31, 2012 | 3:53 pm

    Jewish leaders delivered a letter to the White House urging action to allow food to reach hundreds of thousands of people facing starvation in Sudan’s border regions.

    Ruth Messinger, the president of the American Jewish World Service, and Rabbi Steve Gutow, the president of the...

  • With Jack Lew’s appointment, community once again has a White House address

    January 10, 2012 | 11:26 am

    President Obama on Monday announced that Jack Lew, currently his director of the Office of Budget and Management—a Cabinet-level position—would replace William Daley as White House chief of staff.

    Lew, 56, was chosen for his long years in government and his reputation as a skilled...

  • Report: Obama to name Lew to top White House slot

    January 9, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    President Obama reportedly will name Jack Lew to be his chief of staff.

    Lew, an Orthodox Jew, will replace William Daley, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.

    Lew is currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level position and a post he also...

  • White House warning: Assad must end crackdown or face ‘additional steps’

    December 21, 2011 | 10:54 am

    The Obama administration warned that the international community will take “additional steps” to pressure Syria’s rulers to end their crackdown unless they agree to the full withdrawal of forces from residential areas.

    The statement issued Wednesday by the White House, reiterating...

  • West Point’s Jewish choir sings for the president and diversity

    December 20, 2011 | 10:35 am

    It doesn’t get more “only in America” than this: A Christian president with an African-born Muslim father throws a Chanukah party at the White House, and the featured act is the West Point Jewish Chapel Cadet Choir—a group that serves as a beacon of Jewish pride and identity at...

  • Obama administration gets some of the leeway it sought in new Iran sanctions

    December 19, 2011 | 10:19 am

    New sanctions targeting Iran’s financial sector and its sale of crude oil give President Obama leeway to moderate their possible impact on oil markets and to use carrots as well as sticks to sway third parties into isolating the Islamic Republic.

    The sanctions target any foreign...

  • Iran sanctions compromise includes opt-outs sought by White House

    December 13, 2011 | 11:30 am

    A compromise congressional bill targeting Iran’s central bank includes opt-outs sought by the White House.

    The bill agreed upon by Senate and U.S. House of Representatives negotiators on Monday evening creates more leeway for the administration to opt out of cutting off entities...

  • Obama lights White House menorah at reception [VIDEO]

    December 9, 2011 | 11:55 am

    President Obama hosted 550 people at the White House Chanukah reception.

    The annual event, held Thursday in Washington, was attended by the president and vice-president and their wives and attracted a mix of Jewish dignitaries from the political, community and cultural worlds. The...

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