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  • Obama strikes optimistic note in pitch for Clinton

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — President Barack Obama praised America’s diversity and solidarity, and defended his record, while telling Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton. Obama was the final speaker on a Democratic National Convention night Wednesday filled with big names. Before him, Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine and former New York…

  • Ted Cruz aide not a candidate for Yeshiva U president, school says

    (JTA) — A senior adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz who met with a committee in search of Yeshiva University’s next president is not a candidate for the position, according to a statement from the school. Earlier this week, JTA reported that Nick Muzin had been considered for the post, now held by Richard Joel. Muzin met multiple…

  • Hillary Clinton personally ensured pro-Israel platform, says adviser

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Hillary Clinton personally asked an adviser, Wendy Sherman, to make sure the Democratic Party platform remained pro-Israel, Sherman said. “I had very direct instructions from Secretary Clinton that there would be clarity about this issue and there would be no space,” Sherman, a member of the committee drafting the platform, said Tuesday at an event…

  • DNC staffers question Holocaust Remembrance Day statement in leaked emails

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Democratic National Committee staff members questioned chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s request for the group to put out a statement in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, leaked emails show. In an email chain from May released as part of the batch of DNC emails exposed this week by WikiLeaks, a staffer wrote that a statement marking…

  • Dems’ video on Hillary Clinton as secretary of state highlights Gaza cease-fire, Iran sanctions

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — A video that will be screened at the Democratic National Convention on Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state highlights her roles in achieving a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and in passing sanctions on Iran. The five-minute video released Tuesday is titled “67,” as Clinton was the 67th secretary of state,…

  • Democrats seek unity on Israel, but cracks begin to show

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — The Democratic Party has spent the first couple days of its convention projecting unity on issues from fighting racism to fair trade. But fissures are showing here on one issue that Democrats have long been united on: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their party, which has long commanded the vast majority of Jewish votes,…

  • How Sarah Silverman delivered the Democratic convention’s defining one-liner

    Corey Booker delivered an uplifting message. The first lady invoked the future of America’s children. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton’s once-bitter rival, endorsed her with vigor. But it was a raunchy comedian, Sarah Silverman, who summed up the night’s implicit message in nine ad-libbed words. “To the ‘Bernie or Bust’ people,” she said from the podium at the Wells…

  • Bernie Sanders urges unity behind Hillary Clinton, thanks supporters

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Sen. Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton on a night at the Democratic National Convention centered on restoring unity in the party. Sanders spoke Monday on the opening night of the convention in Philadelphia following two days of discord in the party. His supporters have voiced anger at…

  • Democratic convention’s first night studded with Jews

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Famous Jewish Americans are featured throughout the first night of the Democratic National Convention, from Sarah Silverman to Bernie Sanders. The convention’s first-night keynote speaker is Bernie Sanders, who lost to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the primaries, but was the first Jew ever to win a major party’s primary. This…

  • Bernie Sanders wants his delegates to back Clinton. They’re not listening.

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Bernie Sanders’ delegates are going to raise hell on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, his own wishes be damned. “Change that’s worth a damn always comes from the bottom up, not from the top,” said Norman Solomon, coordinator of the Bernie Delegates Network, an unofficial group, at a news conference…