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  • Ahmadinejad in space?

    After successful monkey launch, Tehran is promising to send a man into space. If it’s a one-way trip, we have someone in mind.

  • Is AIPAC winning or losing in Hagel fight?

    AIPAC has taken no formal position on the Chuck Hagel nomination — which is no surprise, since the lobbying group generally avoids getting publicly involved in confirmation battles. But that’s not stopping the pundits from debating whether the Hagel fight is turning out to be a win or a loss for AIPAC. With Hagel’s chances increasing…

  • Lenny Bruce is smiling: Jew = cool in Netherlands

    Lenny Bruce lives on in the Netherlands — a researcher claims the kids there are now using "Jew" as a synonym for cool. OK, OK. That’s not quite what Bruce was saying. But still… (If you don’t get the Lenny Bruce reference, you’re goyish.)

  • Chofetz Chaim yeshiva: Hagel treif, Schumer: Hagel kosher

    At least one yeshiva is so nervous about Chuck Hagel that it took the unusual step of sending out a message to its supporters, urging them to fight his nomination to lead the Pentagon. In particular, the leaders of the Chofetz Chaim yeshiva in Queens (aka Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yisrael Meir HaKohen) wrote, it was important…

  • NYT: Morsi’s anti-Semitic videos put him in a bind

    From the New York Times: Since beginning his campaign for president, Mr. Morsi has promised to uphold Egypt’s treaty with Israel and to seek peace in the region. In recent months, he has begun to forge a personal bond with President Obama around their successful efforts to broker a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants…

  • Colin Powell: It’s ‘disgraceful’ to play anti-Semitic card against Hagel

    During his "Meet The Press" appearance over the weekend, Colin Powell ordered Chuck Hagel to write 100 times on a blackboard that there is no Jewish lobby, just an Israel lobby. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy But Powell also gave Hagel’s critics the paddle for playing the anti-Semitism card: They…

  • Ed Koch and Alan Dershowitz give thumbs down to Hagel

    In separate interviews with The Algemeiner, Alan Dershowitz and Ed Koch — two prominent Jewish backers/validators of President Obama — are slamming the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense. Dershowitz said the pick is a stinker and will increase the likelihood that Iran pushes forward with its nuclear program. But he…

  • On ‘Meet the Press’ the Hagel fight is a gay thing

    It’s always interesting to see when the general news media determines when one of "our" issues is there issue — for example, a few weeks back the New York Times decided to give major coverage to the growing Jewish debate over Chuck Hagel’s possible nomination as secretary of defense. The implication being… if Hagel gets…

  • So Mandy Patinkin knows Kaddish, but can he do a bris? (HOMELAND SPOILER ALERT)

    The season finale of Homeland featured Mandy Patinkin reciting Kaddish. (I won’t say why… just in case you DVRed it, or plan to start watching the series on DVD once you get finished with Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad). His delivery was solid. Of course, coming from Mr. Mamalsohen, that’s no surprise. The real question is… can…

  • Judge in sex abuse trial sour over Lemon Juice

    The latest headlines in the sex abuse trial of Nechemya Weberman, an unlicensed therapist and Satmar chasid, were about four young Satmar community members who are accused of taking photos of the 17-year-old accuser in court this week and posting at least one to Twitter. Their names: Joseph Fried, Yona Weisman, Abraham Zupnick and… Lemon…