Jewish Journal

It’s the Economy Again, Stupid

By James D. Besser

December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

Richard Cheney, left, and George W. Bush insist that they will push for a huge tax cut after they take office as vice president and president. Many Jewish leaders fear that removing large amounts of revenue from the federal budget will cause cuts in discretionary spending programs if the economy runs into trouble. Photo courtesy Bush campaign

Will the religious right dominate the Washington agenda as a Republican president, backed by a mostly GOP Congress, takes the reins of government?

That scenario is on the minds of many... read full article

  • Stuck in the Middle

    By Valerie Kreutzer

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Jörg Haider's ultra-right party entered Austria's coalition government last February, Danny Rosenfels remembers sorting through some of his documents wondering what things to pack. "It's the first time I've ever done that," he admits with a laugh.

    Rosenfels, an American...

  • Assessing Netanyahu’s Past Policies

    By Michael S. Arnold

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's still unclear whether former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be able to run in the upcoming election, but analysts already are wondering how a second Netanyahu administration might differ from the first.

    Three years after defeating incumbent Shimon Peres by a hair's...

  • Setting the Agenda

    By Matthew E. Berger

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When George W. Bush moves into the White House next month, his most difficult task will be to rally a fractured electorate and Congress around his presidency and his agenda.

    Even though domestic issues dominated his campaign, the 43rd president may find more consensus on foreign...

  • Establishing Boundaries

    By Julie Wiener

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For those who look up to the American Jewish clergy, it has not been a good year. Last week, one of the Reform movement's most prominent rabbis was suspended from the movement's rabbinical association for past sexual misconduct.

    Shortly after his suspension from the Central...

  • Is This Really a New Bibi?

    By David Landau

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Just 18 months after Benjamin Netanyahu was voted out of office, public opinion polls show that he would decimate Prime Minister Ehud Barak in a head-to-head contest -- if Netanyahu can only get around the legal obstacles to his candidacy.

    Ever smooth before the cameras, Netanyahu...

  • Choosing to See the Forest

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Christmas season dilemma arises for so many Jews in our city that it sadly deserves attention and comment. When I was a boy, growing up in a parochial Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood, I certainly harbored no yearning for a Christmas tree at home. I was thrilled with my little...

  • A Tough Transition

    By James D. Besser

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Presidential transitions are tough even in the best of circumstances. And with the outcome of this year's political brawl delayed by weeks of legal and political maneuvering, the 2001 transition will be tougher than most.

    That could play out in dangerous ways in the seething...

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